Sunday, October 14, 2012

My Thoughts After ALCS Game 2

As depressed as I've been watching the Yankees try to hit, I'm sure you're not feeling a whole lot better. So I may as well keep this review short and sweet.

Hmm... I think I did this not too long ago. How sad.

Hiroki Kuroda was brilliant. In fact, through 5 innings, he hadn't allowed a man to reach base. That included a stretch of 4 straight strikeouts to Miguel Cabrera, Prince Fielder, Delmon Young, and Andy Dirks. Even after Jhonny Peralta broke up the perfect game in the 6th, Kuroda got the next 3 batters out. Unfortunately things started to fall apart in the 7th inning, but that doesn't take away from the fact that Hiroki... like every other Yankee starter this postseason... put the team in position to win the game.

Then we come to the offense... ugh. They could only muster 4 hits in this game, and Teixeira's double in the bottom of the 1st inning was the only hit that went for extra bases. Four different batters failed with RISP (Martin did twice), leading to a head-shaking 0-5 with RISP. And because you don't feel bad enough about their performance, the Yankees racked up 10 strikeouts.

Onto Detroit this series goes, meaning a travel day tomorrow, and Game 3 happening Tuesday night.

Say Goodbye To Yankees Stadium

I do not think that we will be seeing this place again this season. Only game that looks winnable right now is CC Sabathia in Game 4. This offense is dead, cold is not even a viable word to use right now. I hate to be the pessimist but I do not see us seeing another game at home this season.

ALCS Game 2 : Tigers @ Yankees


After a really tough loss last night, in which the Yankees failed to score three times after loading the bases (they had 2nd and 3rd with nobody out in one inning), they will lean on Hiroki Kuroda. Kuroda is pitching on short rest for the first time in his career. I say "lean on" because the Yankee offense has done little to nothing this postseason, outside of Raul Ibanez (aka "Superman"). Maybe having some young blood now in the lineup in the form of Jayson Nix, will wake them up. Or maybe doing it for Derek Jeter will also light a fire under their behinds.

Here is the Yankees lineup...

Ichiro Suzuki LF
Robinson Cano 2B
Mark Teixeira 1B
Raul Ibanez DH
Russell Martin C
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Curtis Granderson CF
Nick Swisher RF
Jayson Nix SS

Go Yankees!


Video Of Jeter Injury

#HIROK In A Must Win Today

I am going to keep this short and simple because the Yankees at bats are leading me by example. The Yankees absolutely MUST win tonight or they go home, although without Derek Jeter they probably are anyway. The Yankees lost Game 1 and face Justin Verlander in Game 3 at Comerica Park with Phil Hughes on the mound instead of CC Sabathia. Hiroki, once again, is going to be pitching in this biggest game of his season and career with the Yankees. Not that Girardi helped him by throwing out all of our relievers last night knowing how Hiroki would probably be on a short leash since he is going on short rest for the first time in his career but hey what do I know. Just get it done...

Derek Jeter Has A Broken Ankle

I'm in awe of what Raul Ibanez has done for this team, but I really wish he would have left his cape in the clubhouse tonight, because if he hadn't done the hero thing again tonight we'd still have Derek Jeter.

Jeter left the game in the top of the 12th inning after scrambling for a ball to his left. At first I thought he'd aggravated his left foot, after fouling a ball off of it the other night. But on replay I saw that he turn his ankle. The scream Derek let out after he landed did nothing to make me feel better.

Now x-rays show that his ankle is broken, and he's lost for the remainder of the postseason. His career is not in jeopardy, so expect to see him in Spring Training next year. But it's up to Jayson Nix and Eduardo Nunez to carry the SS load from here on out.

Lord help us.

My Rants During Game 1

I wrote this before the bottom of the 9th inning...

Yeah, these aren't my thoughts after Game 1, but my rants during Game 1. This outta give you a good idea of what I thought anyway.

These come from my discussion with Burch on Facebook during the game, as well as some tweets.

"my next post at TGP may be about the fact I'm done watching this crap."

"I'm f***ing watching Ohio St vs. Indiana. That's how bad it is." - I'm an Ohio State fan, but I hadn't planned on watching any of their game against Indiana. It was more about this being the postseason, and me watching a football game involving Indiana. *shivers*

"I work tomorrow, and won't be home until around 6:30, so I'm going to miss most of tomorrow's game too. May be the most relaxing weekend I've had in a while."

"you have got to be effing kidding me" - that could have been in response to a number of things

"are u effing kidding me... again?" - that may have been Burch, but I'm still taking credit for that Tweet.

"did the Tigers find a magic lamp before the game?"

"this is gonna be one of those nights I break something..." - this was Burch, but I felt the exact same way as I almost threw my laptop at the wall. Seriously, I picked it up and was in mid-throw when I stopped myself.

"More good defense out of Detroit? Seriously?" - FYI, the Tigers were 2nd to last in MLB in UZR/150. Not that I think UZR is a good stat, but it's not so bad that you could call the Tiger defense anything close to good.

"come on, Swish! Get that f***ing ball!!!!" - There was no reason for Swish not to get to that pop-up in RF. He screwed up... one way or another.

"Great job by the 1B umpire that watched that ball the way he did!" - This was in reference to the ball Raul Ibanez hit, that flew over the 1B bag and was called fair. Yeah, I told the umps "good job", but not anybody on the Yankees but Andy Pettitte.

"This team needs to up and kill themselves. F*** them."

"It's right f***ing there!!! Shut up and swing, asshole." - That was for Russell Martin, who got upset at a strike call. Russ was wrong, the ump was right.

"Screw the 2012 Yankee hitters! I'm done." - And with that I didn't watch another pitch of the game.

I was really hoping that the bats would wake up in this series, as they were dead for the ALDS, and I was right. Sort of. You see, the Yankees put themselves in plenty of opportunities to score, unlike against the Orioles this past series. But they wasted those opportunities again and again and again.

Like I said earlier in a message to Burch, I'm going to miss most of the game tomorrow, as I have to work and won't be home until around 6:30. I really hope the Yankee bats wake the hell up and do something tomorrow, because if not the Tigers may very well win this series in Detroit.