Battle in the Bronx

Friday, September 25, 2009

YANKEES (97-56)

<span class=Joba Chamberlain on May 17, 2008" style="border: medium none ; display: block;" height="248" width="300">Image via Wikipedia

Jeter SS
Damon LF
Teixeira 1B
Rodriguez 3B
Matsui DH
Posada C
Cano 2B
Swisher RF
Cabrera CF

Pitching: RHP Joba Chamberlain (8-6, 4.73).

RED SOX (91-61)

Jon LesterImage via Wikipedia

Ellsbury CF
Pedroia 2B
Martinez 1B
Youkilis 3B
Ortiz DH
Bay LF
Drew RF
Varitek C
Gonzalez SS

Pitching: LHP Jon Lester (14-7, 3.33).

TIME/TV: 7:05, My9, MLB Network.

High Five!: The magic number for the Yankees is 5, which means the Yankees can clinch the division with a sweep of the Red Sox this weekend.

They're due: The Yankees have never beaten Lester in his career as he is 3-0 with a 1.9o ERA. I'd like the Yankees to put an 8 spot on him today so I don't have to listen to people tell me he is one of the best lefty pitchers in the game, as in better than CC or Johan.

Chance to tie it up: Right now, the Red Sox lead the season series 9-6, so a sweep also means the two teams will tie the series. While it may be insignificant, just think back to the Yanks starting 0-8 against the Sawks and see how far they've come.

Joba's time to shine: Joba, whether he thinks so or not, has struggled the past couple of starts. He could really prove a lot of things to a lot of people, most importantly Joe Girardi and Brian Cashman, with a big start tonight.

Win it for Nathan!: If you haven't seen this story yet, click here to get caught up. I want this teacher to have to wear a paper bag over his head when he goes to school next week.

Blog Updates: I will be (forced to be) at a Shen Wei Dance Performance as part of the program for Syracuse freshman. I will of course be sneaking looks at the score, but may miss a large portion of the game. I am unaware of John's schedule, but we'll try to get something up for this one.

Enjoy the Game

UPDATE 7:15: John here, I'm forced to watch the game on NESN, and I want to say, they are actually making a good point about Joba. That if they were to limit his innings like this it should have been done earlier in the season rather than heading into the playoffs. Because now he is taking steps backwards, which I agree wholeheartedly with.


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