September 23, 2011

G157: Red Sox at Yankees, PPD

Update, 7:06 PM: Postponed, rain; Sunday doubleheader at 1:00 and 6:30 PM
Red Sox -
Yankees - 
Russell Martin, waiting until after the Yankees had clinched the East before opening his cake hole:
Anything to get the Red Sox out would be awesome for me. ... I hate the Red Sox. ... I would love to see them lose. ... When you wear the pinstripes, you just kind of learn to be that way, I guess. ... It would be fun to be the spoiler and get 100 wins.
Example
Jon Lester / Freddy Garcia
Ellsbury, CF
Pedroia, 2B
Gonzalez, 1B
Ortiz, DH
Aviles, 3B
Crawford, LF
Scutaro, SS
Saltalamacchia, C
Reddick, RF
Saturday: Tim Wakefield / A.J. Burnett
Sunday: John Lackey / Ivan Nova

AL Wild Card
Red Sox  88  68  ---   (3 at MFY, 3 at BAL)
Rays     86  70  2.0   (3 vs TOR, 3 vs MFY)
Angels   85  71  3.0   (3 vs OAK, 3 vs TEX)
Game thread.

WC-Runner-up Watch: Blue Jays/Rays at 7 PM and Athletics/Angels at 10 PM.

16 comments:

hebdomad said...

Martin not do math so good. 100 wins means the MFY beat TB at least twice, which of course very much helps get the Sox in.

Sunday...please, Tito, start Aceves instead of Lackey.

Zenslinger said...

File under "things I won't be reading":

"Dan Shaughnessy writes that the Sox shouldn't be allowed in the postseason for the good of the game." - Extra Bases

Jere said...

""Dan Shaughnessy writes that the Sox shouldn't be allowed in the postseason for the good of the game.""

Haha! I heard CHB on Steve Somers on the FAN last night, saying how the Red Sox aren't one of the top 4 teams in the AL. I guess he doesn't realize that MLB considers teams' records for the entire season when deciding who makes the playoffs.

And about the "shouldn't" attitude: this came up with the 2006 Cardinals. So many people seemed to feel like they "shouldn't" have won, that they weren't the best team. But they were the ONE team who won 11 post-season games. Every team knew going in that's what they'd have to do to be considered World Champion. (Not to say that you shouldn't complain about the system itself.)

And CHB isn't the first to say this about the '11 Sox. I heard some radio caller say the same thing. Said some bullshit about how he's a Sox fan, but more importantly, he's a baseball fan, and for the game, the Red Sox "shouldn't" make the playoffs. In an odd twist, the hosts actually were smart, and by the end of the call had the guy admitting that he was full of shit, that he DOES care about the Sox first and foremost, and was really just "trying to do a reverse jinx."

allan said...

So CHB is doing Murray Chass's job now, too.

allan said...

"Allan Wood writes that Dan Shaughnessy shouldn't be allowed to write about baseball for the good of the game." - Joy of Sox

Jere said...

And about Russell Martin: first of all, good job by him coming right out and saying he hates a rival.

However, did he come out after the third straight win over the Rays and say "I'm really disappointed in myself, and my teammates, and my lord and savior Jesus Christ, we didn't give it 110 percent AT ALL when it came to our goal: ANYTHING to get the Red Sox out"? No. And like hebdomad said, is 100 wins or knocking the Red Sox out more important? He's got a decision to make.

laura k said...

is 100 wins or knocking the Red Sox out more important? He's got a decision to make.

Not really, unless the decision is to keep his mouth shut or not. Hitting .236, he doesn't contribute enough to matter one way or the other.

laura k said...

So many people seemed to feel like they "shouldn't" have won, that they weren't the best team. But they were the ONE team who won 11 post-season games.

Exactly what many Sox (and other non-NYY) fans said about the 2000 Yankees, and exactly my reply.

Pokerwolf said...

Yeah, and The Master of the Binder (Senor Girardi) said, "Boys will be boys."

Way to recognize the best sports rivalry in baseball, Joe. Bravo.

9casey said...

It is raining well here in CT. Amazed if this game is played tonight.

Dr. Jeff said...

Coolstandings: Chance of Sox making playoffs= 88.9%

Dr. Jeff said...

W/L contest update:
6 games left, sweeping the rest of the season gives them 94, so realistically it's between Danie and Bryan E.

Matt M 94-68 .938 79
Nick R 94-68 .927 122 nick
Peter L 94-68 .881 90 Lord Lynch
"truth" 94-68 .880 112

Danie 93-69 .895 119

Bryan E 90-72 .881 87

allan said...

The bottom two entries.

Sigh.

Michael Holloway said...

Red Sox picked up half a game on the Rays tonight. You're welcome.

B. Morrow: 7IP, 2H, 0R, 4BB, 9K, 0HR on 113/68

Good luck tomorrow and Sunday. Sunday should be fun.

laura k said...

Red Sox picked up half a game on the Rays tonight.

We were gamethreading the game, as the Sox were PPD'd.

Michael Holloway said...

We were gamethreading the game, as the Sox were PPD'd.

oh. cool.