Thursday, October 7, 2010

2-0, Heading Home

Andy Pettitte added to a postseason resume full of strong starts just like this one (this being all the more impressive since it was only his fourth start since coming off of the DL). Curtis Granderson continued to show the talent that attracted the Yankees to him last winter, as he is taking this series over so far. Two of Brian Cashman's under the radar trade deadline pickups, Lance Berkman and Kerry Wood, are playing like the stars they were a few years ago, giving the Yankees a boost. Mariano Rivera continued to shut the door. All of this added up to the Yankees taking a 2-0 ALDS lead home to New York. That Carl Pavano lost to the Yankees in the playoffs for the second consecutive year since he left the team made it all the more sweet.

It will be even sweeter if they can close out the series and advance to the ALCS for a second consecutive year.

The Yankees come home with a 2-0 lead, needing one win to advance. Nothing is guaranteed until the last out of this series is made, and the Yankees would do well to not give the Twins any momentum. Five game series can change in a hurry, we see it all the time. So you can't get complacent.

Phil Hughes takes the ball for the Yankees Saturday night. He has every reason in the world to be aggressive up 2-0 and with the home crowd behind him. At the same time, a big key to success for him is limiting the longball. The Twins have a few power lefties in their lineup, exactly the type that have been taking Hughes deep at home all season. In particular, he needs to be careful with Mauer, Thome, and Kubel. I'm not saying don't attack, just try to stay on the corners, particularly away, and make them play to the big part of the park in left field. The offense should be similarly aggressive, as they were tonight. Hopefully they can even take further advantage of all of the runners they have been putting on base and push a few more runs across early, taking pressure off of Hughes.

Go Yankees. Everybody enjoy your weekend.


Anonymous said...


As Mike King would say, "The Twins really need to win this next game, because if they don't then the Yankees will have won three out of five games in this series--AND as well all know, once a team wins three games in a best of five series, that series is over."

Also, it should be noted that Derek Lowe pitched his best postseason game since Game 7 of the 2004 ALCS. Unfortunately for him, he lost this time.

Lastly, with the Rays on the brink, I don't know if there's anyone out there who can stop the Yankees. I just hope that the Lakers don't win another title in June. If they do, in light of the past two NBA Finals, the last Final Four (Duke), and the Yankees run of success, I think we'd all have to reach the conclusion that perhaps God is really, really pissed off at humanity.

--the Gunn

TimC said...

God likes his Saints, though.