While I Recover From Swine Flu...

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Ok, Ok, I don't have swine flu (or H1N1 if you want to be politically correct). But I have been sent home from Quinnipiac University because of a fever of 100.3 and showing flu-like symptoms. Now instead of doing homework to catch up on, I'm blogging. Anyway, I digress.

Last night, Francisco Cervelli was the hero for the Yankees 14th walk-off win of the season, as he singled home Brett Gardner to win the game. The Yankees record is 94-53 and they are 6.5 games up on Boston.

However, the Boston Red Sox are playing just as well as the Yankees since they last met each other in August. The Red Sox came from behind to beat the Angels 9-8 making that 7 straight victories and 8 of their last 9.

This brings me to concern a little for the Yankees. Andy Pettitte was scratched yesterday with a sore shoulder. A.J. Burnett is 1-3 with a 7.67 ERA in his last 5 starts. I have no bleeping clue what the plan is for Joba in the playoffs. And some of the more pessimistic people will tell you CC Sabathia's playoff record isn't great (but I don't care because he's looked great since the All-Star Break).

Now look at the Red Sox: Josh Beckett is a proven postseason star and he is starting to pitch alot better recently. Jon Lester has gone 4-0 in his last 6 starts giving up 9 earned runs in 41.2 innings pitched. Clay "My Parents were Cousins" Bucholz is finally figuring out how to get major league hitters out. And Daisuke Matsuzaka came back and threw 6 scoreless innings against a formiddable Angels lineup.

The Yankees magic number is 11. By no means do I think they will pull a Mets. But you can make a case that the Red Sox are getting hot and healthy at the right time.

Then again, maybe we should worry about wrapping up the division and getting past Justin Verlander and the Tigers before we start worry about them chowdah heads up north.

Oh, and because it is on every sports website/blog, here is the video of the girl at the Phillies game throwing a foul ball back to the field.


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