With the exception of the blowout loss in game two of the weekend series, I thought it was pretty good baseball being played out there.
13 games to go, 6 of them against the birds, and with Detroit playing hot, suffice it to say I am not entirely comfortable with a 2.5 game lead in the Wild Card. Hopefully Cleveland can put a dent in the Tigers when they mix it up.
Yanks September Record: 10-4.
Clutch hitting - Jeter gets the headlines, but I think props need to be given to Giambi for coming through in games 1 and 3 with key hits. Further, Doug Mientkiewicz also stepped it up big time with Gold Glove quality fielding and solid ABs.
Too much rest? I think the only two guys that benefit from the 6 man rotation is Mussina and Clemens. The extra day off appears to be a negative for Pettitte and Wang. It is a trade off for sure and is another example of Torre trying to keep all his players happy instead of trying to do what's best for the team - maybe I'm wrong on that, but I doubt it.
The Future is Bright - Staying on pitching and taking a moment for a glimpse into what the pitching staff might look like for '08: Starters - Wang, Pettitte, Chamberlain, Kennedy, and Hughes. Relief: Farnsworth, Ohlendorf, Ramirez, Sanchez, Vizcaino, and Rivera.... Not a bad mix to start out with.
Philly Pipe Hitters - If there is any justice in this world then the Phillies would win the NL Wild Card (1.5 games back), and the Mets would have to face them in the NLCS with the rights to go to the big dance. The Mets have led the East I think the entire season, yet seem to get their brains beat in when they meet up with the guys from Philly. I think it would be a great setting for the Mets to have to go through them to make it to the Fall Classic. It would add some legitimacy to their playoff appearance seeing how they are getting there by leading one of the worst divisions in the history of MLB.
NFL Update - Clearly the Chargers and the Saints were the most over hyped team coming into the '07 season. Giants have a good offense and no defense. The Bills have no offense and a pretty good defense. Maybe we can swap units and field a competitor between the two of them. And finally, Tom Coughlin should be fired.
.... In Other News - O.J. is arrested ... The Mob fixed was on at the Emmy's - no way The Sopranos should have won the best drama again... and is anyone surprised that the only people that refused to disavow the MoveOn.org ad were the Democratic Presidential candidates? They are on the take by the billionaire socialist Soros and they want more of his money for a little longer, so they just shrug when the character of a General in the military is questioned - nice leadership.