August 9th, and there are 52 games left in the regular season. If you are like me, and you like baseball drama, suspense and excitement, now is the time you are even more glued to your television. My Yanks are 2 games atop the AL East, a division they have won 8 consecutive times, and they are making a serious bid for number 9. I have no doubt in my mind that we will once again, clinch the pennant this year. Take last year as an example, we were 3.5 games back on this day, and we had already been counted out. Well, you gotta love those fiesty yanks and their genius manager, cause boy did they fight and perserve in the end.
You might say, a 2 game lead is slim, Boston still has a chance. Yes, you are correct, anything and i mean, anything can happen in baseball. Situations change as quickly as a day or two. But if the way the Sox have been playing recently is any indicator of how they will perform over the next month and 3 weeks, then hey…you cant blame me for handing over the division title to my Yanks as early as August 9th. Cause since the All Star Break, all we have done is pick up momentum, whereas, they were on high octane fuel through a good part of the first half (remember that 12 game win streak *rolls eyes*) and all of a sudden, they seem to have run out of fuel.
Since the All Star Break, we have won 16 out of our last 23 (a .695 winning percentage), while sweeping two series (white sox and rangers), and winning all series but one against the Blue Jays.
How has Boston done? They have only won 12 out of their last 25 (a .480 losing percentage), and have lost 5 series on that stretch!! As if i need anymore proof, yesterday, they lost to the Kansas City Royals. Those lowly Kansas City Royals.
(A quick word on the royals: frankly, i am tired of people always dissing the royals, and mocking them calling them little league, easy wins, etc. I mean, these guys are as major league as any of your favorite team’s players. A little respect goes a long way…just because they are in last place doesnt make them deserve all the mockery that gets thrown their way).
I digress, the point is, everyone had conceded Boston was going to take all 3 games from the Royals, and here they are, they lost game 1. Now, they could go on and win the other 2 games, but fact still remains, they lost game 1. So what does that tell you when they can’t beat the team that EVERYONE (even yankee fans) have said they will undoubtedly beat?
The fact remains, Boston needs pitching, badly, to stay in this race. Especially in their bullpen! I dont know about you, but my smile widens just a bit when my Gameday tells me one of the EZ brothers is up. Or Timlin. Even the beloved Papelbon blew a save just the other day (which doesnt mean he’s bad, especially since our beloved Mo blew a save last night too).
The wild card race is fun to watch. Having already given the division to my Yanks, i am now interested in seeing who will be joining the ALDS in the Wild Card Spot.
Right now, the picture looks like this:
|Chi White Sox||66||45||.595||–|
Bad news out of Minnesota yesterday. Liriano might be going on the DL. I am not sure how the Twins will now fair down the stretch without their star kid, it all remains to be seen.
Which leaves the more apparent battle between the two Sox teams. Now, i dont know about you, but that man Ozzie Guillen…he’s not going to give up! He’s already like 9 games behind Detroit in that division and now he’s focused on that wild card. They helped their cause a bit last night by beating us in extras and seperating themselves from Boston by one game.
I really think they will win the wild card.
But like i said, anything can happen in baseball.
All of it is a recipe for pretty darn good baseball suspense over the next one month and 3 weeks. Who shall remain standing in the end? No one knows, but we shall all be watching.
Some notes on yesterday’s game.
– Alex was 3 for 3, with 2 walks and 2 RBis. However, since we didnt win the game, his performance, which included a clutch single in the 8th would all be swept under the rug. ALEX RODRIGUEZ IS SO UNCLUTCH!
– I wonder how Steve Phillips is doing today. Boy, his head must hurt from all this. Poor him, Alex hasnt folded and died like he so hoped for. His "bring Alex down" campaign seems to have backfired.
– I was VERY glad to see Robbie Jose back. After getting outs in his first 2 plate occurences, he regained his groove and got 2 very key hits (if only the rest of the team had been able to get him home). He also ran very well on his 9th inning double. You have to know i was VERY pleased to see this =].
– Our golden boy, Wang, had his first …i wouldnt say poor, i’d say UNgood outing in about 6 starts. It happens. This shouldnt rattle him. He’ll be fine.
– Scottie was throwing rockets when he came in in the 10th replacing Mo. He struck out Brian Anderson, Alex Cintron, and Scott Posednik like it was childs play. I was VERY impressed. But off course, what you will read in the papers is the single in the 11th to Jermain Dye which ended up being the game winner…
– Mo gave up a homer to Konerko to send the game to extras. The reaction of all of us on Marks blog was pretty much one of shock. This doesnt happen often…its a feeling we arent used to…but hey, its not the end of the world. I am not even in the slightest bit worried about Mo.
– Giambi left the game in the 10th cause he was apparently hurt by a pitch he was hit by. If such a big guy like Giambi can be hurt like that, i **** sure wouldnt want that to be me out there! *ouch*
Tough game to lose last night. Its always tough to lose in extras, but those runs we failed to get in (cano at third) really hurt us.
Well, yesterday is history, and today is another day. Thats why i love baseball. You can easily "make it up" the next day.
Let’s go Yankees!!!!