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On The Brink: Nova Takes to the Hill In Decisive Game 5

Yanks and Detroit Face off to Advance to ALCS and Texas

(New York, NY) – The Yanks have shown power in Games 1 and 4 while losing closer matches in Games 2 and 3 and it all comes down to Game 5.  Ivan Nova takes the ball but both managers are expected to have a quick hook and all stops are pulled to win this game to advance to the ALCS.  Texas has defeated Tampa already.  It is time to make it happen as they Yanks hope to get a shot at Texas and revenge for last year.


The 2011 Show: Yanks Face Detroit in Game 1 ALDS

Pitching Duel Set:  Sabathia vs. Verlander

(New York, NY) – So the question for the Yanks (97-65) is can they turn it on now?  After posting the AL best record and 97 wins, their last 4 games were anything but special, losing them all including a 7-0 lead to allow Tampa to take the AL Wild card and bounce Boston out.  The opening match is a classic with the likely AL Cy Young winner for Detroit taking on the likely runner up in CC Sabathia.  A-Rod has been only 99 games all year so his impact in the playoffs remains a question mark but Cano and Jeter have played well down the stretch and Granderson won the AL RBI title while finishing second in home runs with 41.  Weather could also be a factor in Game 1 and Game 2 with rain a possibility for both matches.  Ivan Nova gets the Game 2 start followed by Freddy Garcia in Game 3.  In the other ALDS series the Texas Rangers will face the Tampa Rays.

Oct 25 – Friday Nite Yanks: Playoff Memories Re-visited

(Garnerville, NY) – After 5 years for the original crew to the current Section 430 crew (Jamie, Brendan, John, Emmett, Tom, James K. and Paul plus the mixed seat), a playoff game from the package came to be.  Emmett worked very hard and secured Home Game 2 of the ALDS, which tom won in the lottery but never occurred.  He also got Home Game 3 of the ALCS, which John won in the lottery and got to go to!  He took Peg and saw the Yanks final win of the 2010 season.  Here are some pictures to re-visit the last happy moment of the year for Yanks fans.

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.

Oct 20 – Staying Alive: Yanks Bounce Back with 7-2 Win; Back to Arlington

Cano Hits 4th Homer, Grandy, Swish Chime In Too

(New York, NY) – It was a grind-it-out effort from CC Sabathia and the Yanks will take it.  they beat the Rangers to force another game.  The offense came alive with 3 homers, 7 runs, some aggressive base running of their own and solid pitching.  Sabathia was not dominant, scattering 11 hits but limiting the Rangers to just 2 runs in 6 innings then allowing Kerry Wood put together 2 shutout innings to bridge to Mariano.

The Yanks played well all around, getting the timely hits and even showing some base running skills.  Posada pushed them and Texas made some poor throws to help the Yanks to an early 3-0 lead.  CC got some big double play balls to end threats and Kerry Wood’s second pick off of a runner (this time Andrus off of 2nd base) was another key to keeping the Rangers from starting any spark or rally.

They remain alive in the quest for #28.

See Yanks-Rangers box score here.

Oct 19 – Dire Straits: Yanks Pushed to the Brink with 10-3 Loss to Rangers

AJ Left in Too Long, Offense has Disappeared

(Bronx, NY) – Well it is a team effort, or lack thereof. As we saw the Yanks struggle down the stretch the various inconsistencies have shown up all over, again.  Only Cano is hitting (and to some degree Jeter) while the only pitcher that can hold his head up is Andy.  Last night, AJ actually gave 5 decent innings but as things usually do it unraveled int he 6th and while Joba was warming up for some reason Girardi left AJ in to pitch to Bengie Molina after intentionally walking lefty David Murphy.  First pitch in Molina crushed down the left field line for a 3-run shot and the Rangers never looked back.  Josh Hamilton banged 2 solo dingers, Nelson Cruz added a 2-run shot and the Yanks are on the brink of elimination in the ALCS, down 3 games to 1.

It started promising as Cano connected early with a somewhat controversial home run to right field with the Rangers claiming fan interference but the call was upheld.  And the Yanks battled out of a 2-2 tie with a run in the 4th before the fateful 6th inning.   From there the Rangers kept the pressure on tagging Logan and Joba for a run and Mitre for 3 for the second consecutive game of bullpen problems.

The rest of the offense has disappeared.  Tex has no hits in the series and left the game and likely the rest of the playoffs with a hamstring pull.  Thames has 5 K’s, Swisher is batting .067 and A-Rod is a cold .133.  It has all fallen apart and only CC can save the day with a solid CJ Wilson taking the hill for Texas in the afternoon game.

Jeter is calling all ghosts.

See Yanks-Rangers box score here.

Oct 18 – b-LEE-ding: Yanks K’d by Lee and Rangers 8-0

Good Duel from Lee vs. Andy, But Robertson Implodes in the 9th

(New York, NY) – The Yanks find themselves in an uncomfortable position having been defeated soundly by Texas and trailing 2-1 in the series.  But their offense has disappeared in the series, with the exception of the one big inning in game 1 and they head to game 4 with a shaky starter, AJ Burnett, scheduled to be on the hill.  Cliff Lee did as he does, striking out 13 and allowing only 2 hits in 8 shutout innings.  On the night 15 Yankees would fan. Andy matched it well enough except for a 2-run homer by Josh Hamilton in the first inning and against any other pitcher probably would have notched his 20th post season victory.

David Robertson gave up 5 hits and 6 runs in the 9th in a third of an inning as the Rangers put the game away for good.

Notes:   Lee’s 13 strikeouts gave him six double-digit strikeout games in eight postseason starts and set a new career postseason high.   He is the first pitcher in big league history to reach double digit strikeouts in three consecutive games in a single postseason.

See Yanks-Texas box score here.