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Oct 22 – Half Mast: Yanks Season Ends with 6-1 Loss To Rangers

Game 6 Loss Ends The Dream to Repeat

(Arlington, TX) – In the end the inconsistency in the offense and the defense took their toll.  Neither could get it done again and the Rangers made their hits count en route to their first AL pennant.  For the Yanks, the wheels started to unravel in the month of September and their various wins down the stretch was more of their overall stronger individual capabilities than the sum of a team.  In 2009 they peaked at the right time, while this year they peaked way back in July.

Phil Hughes gave up a run early and then settled down only to get knocked out in the 5th on a 2-run double by Vlad Guerrero.  David Robertson came on and gave up a 2-run shot to Nelson Cruz and just like that the Yanks were in a 5-1 hole they could never come back from.  Texas starter Colby Lewis got stronger as the game went on a pitched 8 innings with 7 K’s and only 3 hits allowed.

Nolan Ryan’s dream year continues.  After leading the purchase of the Rangers in the summer he returns to the World Series for only the 2nd time in his career and some 41 years later for when he did it as a Met in 1969.  Whether they face the Giants or the Phillies the Rangers will be formidable.  Josh Hamilton (4 Hrs, 7 RBI’s, .350 BA) was named the series MVP.

See Yanks-Texas box score here.

2 Responses

  1. Hey nice post Emmett. lots to comment on but it will take me a while and I’ll make some posts and polls to facilitate others jumping in.

    I want to see Austin Romine in Scranton next year and even possibly the Bronx as he has better defensive skills than Montero and I think teams will all start running on the Yanks come 2011.

    If they get Crawford then Granderson or Swisher should go in a trade.

    I do think Andy is back for one more FINAL year.

    more to come!

  2. Best of luck to Texas in the World Series. They are a team that has played some good baseball all year long and are peaking at just the right time!

    As for the Yankees- this is a big offseason. They are pretty much handcuffed to Derek for the foreseeable future so hopefully he can have a rebound season in 2011. I’d love to see the Yankees get younger at some positions but I am not sure where that is going to happen. Getting Montero some serious time behind the plate next year NEEDS be a priority. Aside from that I would imagine we will bring back the same infield(Which isn’t a bad thing offensively speaking). Outfield I would imagine the Yanks would like to be in the running for Crawford but might not want to overspend with Gardner already in left- unless they thought they could unload Swisher or Granderson. The DH spot will have to be kept open to an extent with Posada, Montero, A-Rod, Jeter etc using it to rotate in and out of the field. Pitching- I would imagine they will open their wallets to Lee so he is definitely a possibility. But Sabathia is sitting at 20 mil a season already, with Burnett sitting at 16 mil, so how much do you give him? Andy is always a possibility as well. Plus you have Hughes who will be back with no inning restrictions.

    So CC, ?, Hughes, Burnett, ?.
    Javy is gone. Andy could be back- but wouldn’t be surprised if this was it for him this time. So if they get Lee in there- then that last spot doesn’t really matter. It would like just be Nova or something- but if they don’t get Lee- hopefully they could convince Andy to come back because it is going to be a situation where they need him.

    Big FA’s on their plate- Jeter, Rivera, Andy, and Lee (who they will want to negotiate). Should be interesting to see how the next few months play out.

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