October in August. The atmosphere at the stadium these last two games had playoffs written all over it. Two quality games in a row, two wins and tied for the Wild Card (again).
Exhibit A as to why the Yanks re-signed Pettitte should be game 1 of this series. Pettitte raises his game for the occasion time and time again, and Tuesday night was no different. 8-1 in his last 10 starts.
Unreachable Number? If a record has been set post WWII, I normally do not view it as an unattainable record. But, when the YES Network flashed a stat, I realized, what I saw was just that. Roger Clemens and Randy Johnson two of the generations most dominant pitchers with 12 CYs between them are 2nd and 3rd all-time in strike outs. And even with them pitching well into their 40s, they remain more than 1,000 Ks behind the all-time leader of Nolan Ryan. That to me, for whatever reason, just blew me away - 5,714 strike outs - no one is passing that.
1B Formula - I've been harping since the start of the season for a full time first baseman. I changed my mind. If it means having Damon, Matsui, and Cabrera in the everyday lineup than I am OK with Giambi being the 1 through 6 guy, with Phillips closing the game out 7 through 9.
Farnsworth - Yes he gave up a two run homer to Youkillis ending his 7 inning scoreless stretch and forcing Torre to bring in Rivera sooner than he liked, all that considered, I thought he pitched pretty well. The homer was not a bad pitch, it was a good hit by Youks. Farnsworth was aggressive, and I liked what I saw. The one thing he needs to improve on, or the final piece of the improvements is the ability to throw strikes and get ahead of the batters. It always seems he's behind 2-0 in the count. He fixes that, and we're good to go.
NL Leadership Change - D-Backs have lost control of the West. Brewers have fallen to .500 and out of first, and the Mets lead is now down to 3 games. No lead is safe when you enter the final month of the season.
Will the brooms be out today?