Yankees are out but baseball is still alive

The regular season is over and the post season is about to begin. Even though the Yankees are out of it, I am still baseball obsessed and will be posting my thoughts about the games ahead, including who I have decided to root for this post-season.

Most years, I root against the team that kept the Yankees out of the post-season, or beat them in the post-season, for instance if they didn’t make it past the ALDS or ALCS. Or the Red Sox. It’s always good to root against the Red Sox. This year however, the team that kept the Yankees out of the post-season was the Yankees. They just didn’t win enough games. There are some teams that I absolutely won’t root for, like the Braves, who aren’t in it, and the Orioles who are, but don’t have the most wins in the American League. An important fact that I had to bring out.

The final teams haven’t been decided, since they now have this stupid 1 game Wild Card playoff. The fourth team is YTBD. The teams competing are: Kansas City Royals and Oakland A’s (9/30) in the AL and Pittsburgh Pirates vs. San Francisco Giants (10/1) in the NL. I like the Oakland A’s, they were Hunter’s first team but they have Lester, which makes me want to hate them, but the Royals have Shields, which makes me want to root against them. I have the opposite problem with the NL teams. Pirates have Russell Martin, who is adorable, I mean a really good catcher and longtime favorite player of mine. The Giants have Buster Posey, who is also a really good catcher and fun to watch. The minuses here are the Giants are ORANGE and the Pirates are YELLOW. Also Russell has gone from being clean-shaven to a scruffy little thing. Since I promised to pick one I am going with the Royals (can’t get past the Lester dislike) and the Pirates (Russell is my boo!).

For the ALDS series between the Tigers and Orioles (starts 10/2), I am going with the Detroit Tigers, because, well Baltimore. The NLDS between the St. Louis Cardinals and Los Angeles Dodgers (begins 10/3) is also hard, normally I would go with the Dodgers because they are the blue team, and the Cardinals failed to beat the Red Sox last year (the rivalry is alive!) and they have Don Mattingly. But they are LA soooo, all right, I talked myself into it, my pick is the Dodgers.

So there you have it. After the Wild Card is done, I’ll be back to pick my teams for the rest of the Division Series.

Lions and antelopes

~~ Rays 5, Yankees 2 ~~

It’s been said, I don’t know who said it, that the antelope runs for its life, while the lion runs merely for his supper. What does this have to do with baseball? The Yankees are AL East champions, they have home field advantage, there is essentially, nothing left to clinch. Right now they are just playing to win games simply to win. The Rays are fighting for a playoff spot, their ‘life’. That could be a good thing or a bad thing. For the Rays tonight, they played hard and won. For the Boston Red Sox, well need I say more?

It’s never a good thing to lose, but its not always a bad thing. If this loss knocks the Red Sox out of the playoffs, in my opinion that makes this loss, not a bad thing.

Cano hit a home run, that’s always a good thing. He probably won’t get 30 home runs this season, but he has 28 and 118 RBI. MVP? I don’t know, I don’t think so.

~~ Questo è tutto, dice la principessa ~~ Monday, September 26, 2011 😛

The streak is broken ~ happy dancing ~ May 17

This past weekend, I had a terrible nightmare. I dreamed the Yankees were swept by the Red Sox. Shhhhhh.

Did I not say that the Yankees would not lose forever? Tonight when they got the lead they held on to it. In what some are saying is an encouraging sign, they scored runs in the later innings. I admit it was frustrating to see them score 3 or 4 runs in the first or second, then none later in the game. That is what happened in the first game of the series, 2 runs in the second and 3 in the fifth, then when the Rays went ahead, they weren’t able to score any more, despite having opportunities. Tonight the Yankees kept scoring runs, even into the 9th inning. Last nights game was a debacle, but it is history now. Onward and upward Yanks, no looking back.

~~Yankees 6, Rays 2~~

Nova gave up one run, a home run, in the 3rd inning. He kept going, held the Rays to one run. He pitched 5-⅓ inning and picked up his 4th win. Robertson and Chamberlain each pitched 1-⅓ innings, giving up no runs, Sanit pitched ⅔ of the ninth inning, after giving up a run, Mo came in to finish the game. Since the Yankees were up 4 runs by this point, not considered a save situation. That greedy offense, scoring 2 runs in the ninth so Mariano wouldn’t get a save.

Alex hit two home runs (they come in bunches!), the first tied the game, the second put the Yankees ahead. And then they did that thing they do, tacking on insurance runs. 2 in the 7th, then 2 in the 9th. And Jorge? Jorge got 2 hits. Yay Sado. He didn’t get the run, only because Nunez pinch ran for him.

Swisher had a fever, he was replaced in right field by Chris Dickerson, just called up from Scranton, he also batted in a runner. So after a couple of miserable, WTF? games, this game was a joy to watch.

~~ Questo è tutto, dice la principessa ~~ 😛