September 28, 2008

G161: Yankees 6, Red Sox 2

Yankees - 000 300 003 - 6 10  1
Red Sox - 000 000 020 - 2 5 0
***

Mike Mussina (3.47, 124 ERA+) / Daisuke Matsuzaka (2.80, 163 ERA+)

First game of a day-night doubleheader.

The only thing I want today (besides no Red Sox injuries)? No 20th W for Mussina.

***

There are still two undecided playoff spots: the AL Central and the NL Wild Card.

In the AL Central, the Twins are 0.5 GA of the White Sox.
Cleveland/White Sox at 2
Royals/Twins at 2
If the Twins win and the White Sox lose, Minnesota wins the division and heads to Tampa Bay. In any other scenario -- both teams win, both teams lose, White Sox win/Twins lose -- the teams would remain a half-game apart and the White Sox would have to make up a September 13 rainout against Detroit. That game would be in Chicago at 1 PM on Monday. If, after that game, the White Sox are tied for first place with the Twins, they would play Minnesota in another tiebreaker, also in Chicago, on Tuesday. The ALDS against the Rays starts on Thursday.

Over in the NL, the Mets and Brewers are tied for the wild card.
Marlins/Mets at 1
Cubs/Brewers at 2
If Milwaukee and New York remain tied, a one-game playoff would be played in New York on Monday. Both NLDS begin on Wednesday.

***

JoS Contest Updates:

The Red Sox have 94 wins, with two games scheduled for today. The W-L contest tie-breaker is Manny Ramirez's OPS, based on his complete 2008 season. Right now, Manny has an 1.031 OPS (.927 with Boston, 1.232 with Los Angeles). When we weed out the sub-1.000 OPS entries, we are left with:
                             MBM OPS
The Pita 96-66 1.037
Matt 96-66 1.014
Paul Hadzewycz 96-66 1.012

SoSock 95-67 1.062
Rob 95-67 1.038
MikeT9485 95-67 1.013

Zenslinger 94-68 1.015
Devine 94-68 1.001
It looks like it's between Zenslinger, Rob and The Pita. If Manny decides to hit four dongs or something, SoSock might enter the mix.

In the Yankee Elimination Day contest, we are looking at the first tiebreaker. The Yankees have 88 wins going into today's doubleheader. Our remaining contestants:
                     NY     Last Red
YED Wins Sox Win


Lewis S 0923 89 ALDS 4
Franco B 0923 88 G 162
Chuck C 0923 88 ALDS 4
Zenslinger 0923 88 ALCS 5

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CaKeY said...

Raining in Boston now. Doesnt look good. =(

ish said...

Didn't I choose 96-66 too? Must've said something like .900 OPS

ish said...

Might be seeing another rain delay to start things this afternoon.

ish said...

Nice ceremony. Started raining, rained throughout, and now the rain has stopped.

Zenslinger said...

So I'm rooting for either team to sweep so I can have a chance at one of these contests?

redsock said...

Fucking marathon in Toronto today. The usual 30 minute drive took 2 hours, 15 minutes and that's only because we made an illegal turn and parked in a garage 5-6 blocks away from where we work.

Fucking runners. I hope they all get cramps.

redsock said...

1. Brett Gardner, CF
2. Johnny Damon, LF
3. Bobby Abreu, RF
4. Alex Rodriguez, 3B
5. Jason Giambi, 1B
6. Xavier Nady, DH
7. Robinson Cano, 2B
8. Cody Ransom, SS
9. Jose Molina, C

1. Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
2. Dustin Pedroia, 2B
3. David Ortiz, DH
4. Kevin Youkilis, 3B
5. J.D. Drew, RF
6. Jason Bay, LF
7. Mark Kotsay, 1B
8. Jed Lowrie, SS
9. Jason Varitek, C

redsock said...

ish: 96 wins, but .986

ish said...

ish: 96 wins, but .986

Close!

Mets and Marlins playing on TBS and they're delayed until 2:00. I haven't heard any start time for the Red Sox game, but the tarp is off the field. Dice-K's got to warm up, though.

ish said...

I almost threw a post up onto my blog as a sort of back-up plan if you didn't get on in time.

redsock said...

At one of the various road block-offs, I wanted to yell at a cop: "But I've got a game thread at 1:30!!!"

Ah well, very late for work at noon, but in time for the game!

redsock said...

GDGD switched from "Delay" to "Warmup".

ish said...

So, here's what would be nice to happen...

No injuries. No 20th win for Mussina. Twins and White Sox both lose or both win, same with Brewers and Mets. Love to see some baseball tomorrow and Tuesday.


They're putting the tarp back on the field.

ish said...

Ah well, very late for work at noon, but in time for the game!

Hope all is well with the work front. "Why were you late?" "Uh, look outside."

redsock said...

No big deal. There's only one other person and she came in at 9 and dealt with it too. They are a bit more free and easy about such things here than in NYC! Plus I don't think any work has come in yet today.

nick said...

I'm leaving a while for that show I mentioned in Friday's game thread. Was hoping to catch a few innings before I left.

ish said...

That's good. The way this is going you'll be able to get a lot of work done.

It rained hard, then stopped, then started raining hard again.


Banner at Shea: "We don't want to say goodbye to Shea today!"

ish said...

If tomorrow's CHW/DET game is needed, the Tigers will most likely pitch Freddy Garcia.

nick said...

RS: "But I've got a game thread at 1:30!!!"

Cop: Oh yeah, what blog?

RS: Joy of Sox!

Cop: Well, shit! C'mon guys we gotta get this fellow through! Move it!

Sirens blare; motorcade forms....

ish said...

He worked out for several clubs earlier this season including the Red Sox and I guess was picked up by Detroit.

ish said...

"I'm sorry, runners, but I'm going to have you guys to stop so this guy can get through. He's got something a little more urgent today!"

redsock said...

Cop: "Hell yeah! I think Buffy's an idiot, too!"

Jake of All Trades said...

What's done is done, but had Friday been rained out and the Rays lose today it would have been a crazy tiebreaker scenario for the division with us still having 3 games to potentially make up before the playoffs could start.

ish said...

Honestly, luckily that didn't happen.

ish said...

Apparently Dice-K has warmed up once or twice already today, so the rain might pose more problems than just delaying the start now.

ish said...

Meanwhile, the Marlins/Mets game on TBS is beginning. Yay baseball!

ish said...

And by beginning, I mean they've just played a 1-2-3 half-inning

ish said...

Scott Olson against Oliver Perez... Definitely a playoff game at Shea as this is do or die, virtually, today.

redsock said...

If both games are unable to be played, Zen is in the running for both contests!

ish said...

AB says the Red Sox are hoping to get the game started at 2:30... which is now. But it's not on yet. Shouldn't be too long now.

ish said...

NESN back at Fenway.

ish said...

Red Sox have taken the field... Dice-K included!

redsock said...

BASEBALL!

ish said...

First pitch!

nick said...

Bastards! just as I get ready to leave.

My friend who is going to the show with me greatly dislikes all sports--yes, even baseball, so I doubt I'll subject him to radio play.

ish said...

Sliding catch on his knees, Drew makes a great catch!

ish said...

He gets his legs wet in the first inning!

nick said...

beautiful for drew. hope he doesn't fuck up his back any more.

ish said...

My friend who is going to the show with me greatly dislikes all sports--yes, even baseball, so I doubt I'll subject him to radio play.

Driver picks the tunes! That includes baseball!

ish said...

Dice-K looks good through a half! 1-2-3

ish said...

Oliver Perez is back out there after trying to catch a ground ball SEED barehanded last inning.

Scoreless in the top of the 3rd.

redsock said...

BEAT THE BIGOT!

ish said...

Castig: "Here's Jacoby Ellsbury!"

The producer played the very beginning of the Volvo commercial where Lyndon says "Hi"

ish said...

Pedroia doing his part!

But oh no! FY tried going for second and got gunned down by the Noodle! That's embarrassing.

ish said...

That helps his batting average, though!

redsock said...

AW FUCK -- Noodle gets an assist

ish said...

John Sterling probably lauding Noodle's arm, saying the best arm in the world.

Joe Mauer at .329, Pedroia at .326 right now.

ish said...

CLE 010
CHW 03

ish said...

KC - 00
MIN - 00

ish said...

FLA - 000
NYM - 000

redsock said...

Don: Mets and Brewers "in a virtual tie"

No -- AN ACTUAL TIE! They have the exact same record.

ish said...

CHC - 010
MIL - 00

ish said...

ESPN will have their only day-game of the season if Chicago needs to play the makeup game with Detroit.

ish said...

So... MORE BASEBALL! Hopefully.

ish said...

KC - 00
MIN - 01

ish said...

This is weird. Watching four other games while the Red Sox game doesn't mean much. Besides Mussina's W-L record.

ish said...

Perks of Major League Baseball. Youk's "significant other" in the NESN booth promoting... something. That part isn't important.

ish said...

She didn't sound like she knew how many home runs Youk has hit this season. But it doesn't matter.

ish said...

Bay's been having a tough go of it lately.

redsock said...

I think she knew. But they asked if she thought he'd hit one today. Maybe she didn't hear the (quite stupid) Q.

ish said...

Damon's a little busy running over to foul territory.

ish said...

FLA - 000 0
NYM - 000 0

redsock said...

McCafe?

OHHH PUH-LEESE.

ish said...

You've never heard of that? They want to be like Starbucks.

ish said...

The sun is out at Fenway!

No sun here. :( Still rather dark.

ish said...

O'Brien: "This is a BIG strike zone today. This is a Game 161 or 162 strike zone."

ish said...

CLE - 010 0
CHW - 030 0

ish said...

CHC - 010 0
MIL - 000 0

ish said...

I guess I am carrying this whole gamethread today. 69 comments... I've made 48 of them.

ish said...

Wow. If the Mets and Brewers require a one-game playoff tomorrow, Jerry Manuel announced the pitcher will be Pedro, on 3 days rest.

That's a lot to ask, innit?

phil said...

Raining here in NYC. I'm not sure how any of these games are happening.

redsock said...

Pedro's last 4 starts: 7.77

Pedro's last 7 starts: 6.75

ish said...

KC - 000
MIN - 011

ish said...

Nick Punto is up with the bases loaded and 1 out.

redsock said...

I'm clueless. What are the Stems' other options?

redsock said...

i would like a thin crust pizza -- with some goat cheese.

ish said...

Couple of last-day blowouts...

TOR - 011 131 0
BAL - 000 000

CIN - 100
STL - 235

ish said...

Goat cheese, eh?

redsock said...

Jays building momentum for '09!

redsock said...

fuck yeah. basil, sliced tomatoes, cheese o' the goat -- more than a little on the well done side -- and a big ass bottle of red wine.

shit -- i'm hungry now.

ish said...

FLA - 000 001
NYM - 000 00

ish said...

Twins squandered their bases loaded-1 out opportunity.

ish said...

So far things are looking great for more baseball tomorrow.

redsock said...

There goes the no-walker.

ish said...

Where was THAT?

ish said...

Right down the shute.

Special A-Rod strike zone still in effect even though he goes home tomorrow.

redsock said...

HMM. back to a G1 zone?

ish said...

Case of missed opportunity from Friday night playing out. The unpredictable could actually have happened on Tampa's end.

TB - 000 030 00 - 3 6 0
DET - 003 200 0 - 5 6 0

That means if the Red Sox win these next two games, the Red Sox and Rays will end the season with identical records.

ish said...

And of course, if the Rays end up losing today.

ish said...

FLA - 000 002
NYM - 000 00

Perez has been knocked out of the game. That second run was scored via the bases loaded walk.

ish said...

And there is only 1 out at Shea.

ish said...

2 out, as Cody Ross popped out to third

ish said...

Looks a lot darker in New York now. Shea's lights taking significant effect.

ish said...

Drew grimacing a little bit...

ish said...

Chances of the Mets winning today are very slim now. Into that dreaded bullpen. Joe Smith taking on Alfredo Amezega with fish on the pond.

redsock said...

fucking blind ump and fucking nady

ish said...

Amezega hits a chopper right to Smith. Mets get out of a bases loaded jam - but they allow 2 runs.

ish said...

4 innings played in Minnesota... 2-0 Twins

redsock said...

Remy giving scores, saying "but I don't care about these games at all. ... Why should I care if the Mets get in?

ish said...

Maybe Don cares. Don's going to one of those cities for TBS.

phil said...

GDGD's frozen on Nady's first pitch.

redsock said...

Shouldn't the one hour delay have totally effed with the Bigot's head/routine?

redsock said...

My GD has been fine.

ish said...

TB - 000 030 03
DET - 003 200 0

HIT for Pedroia!

.32719 now!

ish said...

So the Rays now lead 6-5... So much for having identical records, perhaps.

redsock said...

Jeterian!

ish said...

FLA - 000 002
NYM - 000 002

ish said...

CHC - 010 000 - 1 2 0
MIL - 000 000 - 0 1 1

ish said...

It was a two-run dong by Beltran to tie it up at 2.

phil said...

Even better than 2-out rallies are no-out rallies.

redsock said...

why does remy always call ichiro "eachy-row"? it annoys me -- same as when buck martinez calls flo "david ORtiz"

redsock said...

BEAT THE BIGOT!!!!!!!!!

ish said...

C.C. Sabathia's pitched 6.2 innings so far, 1 unearned run, 5 K

redsock said...

be a nice time for that dong that cute girl was a-talkin' about.

Zenslinger said...

How else does one pronounce "Ichiro"?

redsock said...

barn door zone is back.

redsock said...

"each-uhh-row"?

ish said...

Mauer is 0 for 3... Batting .328

Zenslinger said...

Fucking DP!

Goofy as Remy's pronunciations often are, it's true that both "ee-chee-ro" (with no syllable emphasized) is correct.

ish said...

Rays get another run and lead Detroit 7-5 in the bottom of the 8th

ish said...

Troy Percival was pitching in the 8th and was relieved by Trever Miller for the Rays... Hmm.

ish said...

10-1 Blue Jays leading the Orioles in the 8th

Zenslinger said...

Just resting Dice-K I suppose.

phil said...

If the Sox had struck back in the bottom of the inning, Daisuke might've had a chance for the win. As it is, he's getting rested.

ish said...

Glad I'm not a huge Mets fan. Mets fans must be on pins and needles watching this bullpen take over so early.

ish said...

This is the deciding game for the red jerseys, Castig tells us. Boston is 4-4 so far with them.

redsock said...

OMG Lenny Clarke IS there!!!!

ish said...

Endy Chavez just saved the Mets' bacon! Hot line drive out to left from Jorge Cantu - it looked like Chavez wasn't gonna get there, but all of a sudden he reached up and made a lunging catch backward toward the wall in full stride.

ish said...

Can you hear his voice? I just heard someone yell something - sounded like Lenny.

ish said...

Now the Brewers have a bases loaded, 1 out opportunity against Michael Wuertz.

ish said...

Corey Hart strikes out swinging... 2 down for the Crew.

ish said...

MDC warming

ish said...

CHC - 010 000 0
MIL - 000 000 1

It's all up in the air!

ish said...

Brewers scored on a bases loaded walk to Craig Counsell

ish said...

CLE - 010 000 0
CHW - 030 000 2

5-1

ish said...

CHC - 010 000 0 - 1 3 0
MIL - 000 000 1 - 1 2 1

ish said...

TB - 000 030 040 - 7 8 0
DET - 003 200 002 - 7 8 0

!!!

ish said...

First final of the day!

TOR - 10 15 0
BAL - 1 4 2


Toronto ends their season 86-76
Baltimore's final record: 68-93

ish said...

FLA - 000 002 01 - 3 6 0
NYM - 000 002 0 - 2 3 0

ish said...

Wes Helms dong to put the Fish up.

ish said...

Next final...

WSH - 3 9 2
PHI - 8 13 0

Nats finish the season 59-102!
Phillies will go to the playoffs with a 92-70.

ish said...

That actually means the Nationals clinch the worst record in MLB this year! They had a game cancelled by rain this past week. Seattle is 60-101 right now.

ish said...

FLA - 000 002 02
NYM - 000 002 0

Another dong!


...Go Cubs!

ish said...

Onto the 10th in Detroit... Tigers got two more hits but couldn't do anything with them... Still tied at 7

Amy said...

I am watching the Mets game today...for the sake of my younger self and my son-in-law. Very discouraging.

Brewers just won.

ish said...

CHC - 010 000 00
MIL - 000 000 12


Ryan Braun two-run dong!

Amy said...

Ooops, no, top of ninth for Cubs.

redsock said...

COME ON -- give this a-hole an ND or something!!

ish said...

Amy, it's the bottom of the 8th in Milwaukee. Cubs can still come back!

Go Mets!

ish said...

Top 9 now? okay.

ish said...

This is great stuff. But the Mets HAVE to win now!

Amy said...

Come on, Cubs....

And if the Rays keep losing, I will be even more of a Yankee hater for destroying our chances for the division.

Amy said...

On the good news front, I remembered that I had switched my class on Wed to Thurs because of Rosh Hashanah, so at least I get to see game 1 of the ALDS.

ish said...

CANADA Kottaras pinch-running for Varitek

ish said...

Final...

ATL - 1 6 3
HOU - 3 8 1

Braves finish 72-90

As far as I know, the Cubs and Astros are still playing tomorrow. Astros stand at 86-75

ish said...

CLE - 010 000 00 - 1 9 1
CHW - 030 000 20 - 5 10 1

KC - 000 000 00
MIN - 011 000 0

ish said...

Close play for Marlon Anderson at first base on a ground ball to second...but called out.

Reyes just hit a ground rule double to right.

Tying run to the plate! Beltran!

redsock said...

I just sponsored Kottaras's BR page. It started off high (as all new pages due no matter who they are) but went down. It was at $60 a few days ago -- at $25 today.

I had some credit at BR because of an earlier snafu so I grabbed it. But now he has to stay in the organization!

Amy said...

Reyes on 2d, Beltran up with two out at Shea.

ish said...

C.C. Sabathia is pitching the 9th for the Brewers!

ish said...

Edwin Jackson pitching out of the bullpen for the Rays in the 10th!

Still tied at 7

Amy said...

Ish and I on the Mets game thread.

ish said...

Luckily it's the bottom of the 8th for the Mets rather than 9th!

ish said...

Beltran walks!

2 on for Delgado!

ish said...

Brewers win!

Amy said...

Now Brewers have won. :(

Zenslinger said...

Mauer singled. He's at .329; Pedroia at .327 after that DP.

Imagine if he were to pull ahead, he'd rest for the second game. Otherwise, he'd play?

ish said...

Final...

CHC - 010 000 000 - 1 4 0
MIL - 000 000 12X - 3 4 0

Sabathia CG on three days rest! Santana did that yesterday. 4 hits given up and no earned runs!

redsock said...

let's go mets!
make the yanks feel worse for not getting to the playoffs.

ish said...

White Sox win!

They will play tomorrow.

Arthur Rhodes will pitch to Delgado.

ish said...

Final...

CLE - 010 000 000 - 1 9 1
CHW - 030 000 02X - 5 10 1

Cleveland finishes 81-80

ish said...

81-81*

ish said...

Delgado flies out to the warning track in left!

End of the 8th... 4-2 Marlins

Amy said...

Shit. Fly out by Delgado. Mets leave 2 on base.

ish said...

COKE.

Mussina is done.

ish said...

Still tied at 7 in Detroit... Top 11th

ish said...

Just as I say that...

FKR take an 8-7 lead

ish said...

Johnny Pesky on the radio talking about a lady in the stands who asked "Can I kiss you?" And he said yes, and was bummed because he never got her number!

ish said...

I'm surprised Jerry Manuel's keeping Ayala out there in the 9th. He gave up those two runs... Just gave up a base hit with 0 out.

ish said...

Twins have the bases loaded, 1 out, bottom 7th

ish said...

O'B: "By the way, happy birthday to you - happy belated birthday..."

Pesky: "Thank you. I'm only 27."

ish said...

pitching change in New York... Ayala out.

ish said...

KC - 000 000 0
MIN - 011 000 2

4-0!

ish said...

Pedro Feliciano in there for the Mets. Man on first, 1 out

ish said...

Castig: "I figured out, Johnny, that you've hit over 13,000 miles of ground balls!"

Pesky: "Well, that could be..."

ish said...

2 out... Another pitching change for the Mets.

redsock said...

HGH going for the golden shower.

ish said...

8-7 Rays going to the Bottom of the 11th.

ish said...

Cantu flies to center... They go to the bottom of the 9th at Shea.


Last Call for Shea Stadium.

ish said...

Here we go. David Wright starts things off in the bottom of the 9th.

ish said...

Final...

FKR - 000 030 040 01 - 8 11 0
DET - 003 200 002 00 - 7 10 0

Rays finish reg. season 97-65, and will be assured at least a 1 game better record over Boston.

Tigers will play Chicago tomorrow.

ish said...

Ground-rule double for Kotsay!

Meanwhile, there's a baseball game in Boston today!

redsock said...

POUND JtC!!!!

frigging tub of goo

ish said...

Wright really extending the AB...

But he pops out to second.

1 out.

redsock said...

thanks for the base runners you buggy motherfucker.

ish said...

Now JtC is taken out of the game.

He was only throwing 91 mph.

ish said...

The New York Mets' season is in the hands of Endy Chavez and Damion Easley.

redsock said...

we need a seriously big mind trick here.

ish said...

Chavez grounds out to the pitcher.

2 out.

It's up to Damion Easley.

ish said...

Red Sox pass the 3 million mark for attendance.

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