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Take The Long Way Home
2008-08-24 16:41
by Cliff Corcoran
Note: The Bronx Banter blog has moved to bronxbanterblog.com.

The Yankees jumped out to a 7-2 lead in Baltimore this afternoon, bouncing Daniel Cabrera in the fourth after he'd thrown 95 pitches. The problem was that Darrell Rasner wasn't much better, using up 98 pitches in 3 1/3 innings and leaving men on first and second for David Robertson, who needed just two pitches to allow both to score. In the fifth, Robertson left a man on for Edwar Ramirez, who needed just two pitches to allow a game-tying home run to Brian Roberts.

Robinson Cano broke the tie with a 425-foot homer to dead center off lefty Jamie Walker in the seventh and Jose Veras, Damaso Marte, and Mariano Rivera made it hold up as the Yankees won an 8-7 game that lasted a minute more than four hours.

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Confusion follows Marte wherever he goes
After Brian Roberts singled of Veras to put the tying run on base in the eighth, Damaso Marte got two crucial outs by striking out Nick Markakis and Melvin Mora, then got the first two outs of the eighth, one of them a strikeout of Kevin Millar, before walking Luke Scott and giving way to Rivera. After the game, Marte revealed that he's been dealing with some inflammation in his elbow, but that after some rest (he'd pitched to just one batter since August 12, giving him nearly 11 days off) he's feeling much better. The elbow trouble supposedly dated back to his 42-pitch outing against the Rangers, which ended in Marlon Byrd's walk-off grand slam and was Marte's longest outing in terms of total pitches since August 2006. Of course, when questioned by Peter Abraham before the game Joe Girardi denied that Marte had any health issues. If Marte can build on today's "comeback" performance, he could have a huge impact on the remainder of the Yankees' season.

As for Rasner, he said he was disgusted with his performance and that it felt like he had never pitched before, while all concerned (Rasner, Girardi, and catcher Ivan Rodriguez) said he was simply leaving his pitches up in the zone.

Up in Toronto, the Red Sox won a 11-inning game that took just three hours and 42 minutes, while the White Sox beat the Rays at home in a tenth-inning walk-off set up by an interference call on a rundown and took over the lead in the Central with the Twins losing to the Angels. As a result, your Wild Card standings look like this heading into this week's showdown in the Bronx:

Team W-L GB
BOS 75-55 -
MIN 74-56 1
NYY 70-60 5

Comments
2008-08-24 19:31:17
1.   Chyll Will
We can do this...
2008-08-24 20:42:24
2.   weeping for brunnhilde
How in the fuck are we ten games over .500?

That's what utterly confounds me.

1 I suppose we can, but frankly, I'm not holding my breath.

Still, it ain't over til the fat lady takes the fork in the road.

2008-08-24 21:32:57
3.   Chyll Will
2 Don't allow yourself to get stressed. It's doable. If Rumpofglasskin can come back and actually pitch effectively, I'm willing to believe we can run an '07 Philly on these mofos.
2008-08-24 21:46:27
4.   tommyl
3 Or an '07 Rockies. Its highly unlikely, but it is doable. These three games with the Sox will tell us a lot. Need at least 2 out of 3. A sweep would be even better. Anything less and we're in trouble.
2008-08-24 21:47:13
5.   tommyl
Oof, we draw Halladay and Burnett again this weekend? That's sort of cruel.
2008-08-24 22:17:03
6.   thelarmis
5 and pavano in the 'other' game.

we really do need to sweep the shit sox.

5 games to make up in 5 weeks. definitely doable. not easy, but certainly doable. crossing all digits and eyes...

2008-08-24 22:33:22
7.   Cliff Corcoran
6 Actually, I'm not sure if the Jays, who also have an off-day today, are going to throw Burnett on Friday or Saturday, so it could be Pavano v. Burnett rather than Pavano then Burnett. That said, what's on the sidebar is my best guess based on the available evidence. And, yes, with AJ and Doc on the docket for the weekend, the Sox series becomes even more important, if that's possible.
2008-08-24 22:53:14
8.   thelarmis
i think we actually match up pretty well, pitching-wise, for the upcoming sox series.

pettitte did well last time out (iirc) and wake is just getting off the dl. byrd/ponson is a toss-up. lester had a rough outing his last start (iirc) and the baseball gods need to look after moose and his 20 wins!

ah, either way, it's gonna be a long, difficult week and the yanks better show up to play some hardball at the Stadium...

2008-08-25 02:12:04
9.   nemecizer
At this point I'd be satisfied in knocking the Sox out of the wild card as well so that if we don't go to the post-season, then neither do they. 5 games in 5 weeks is doable, but I ain't holding my breath.
2008-08-25 06:22:58
10.   Alex Belth
Yanks have some payback vs. Burnett. If he does pitch, they'll pound him. Halladay, that's another story...
2008-08-25 07:04:58
11.   tommyl
10 Yeah, Halladay is scary good. I love how last game Kay said something like, "He's got 9 losses so someone must hit him." The answer Mike is no, no one hits him, but when your offense routinely scores 1 run a game you will sometimes lose 2-1 after pitching a complete game. He has a 2.64 ERA and a WHIP of 1.04. No one hits him.
2008-08-25 07:27:47
12.   JohnnyC
Well, significantly, somebody does hit him:

ERA W L G GS CG IP H R ER HR BB SO AVG

vs. TAM
5.32 0 3 3 3 1 22.0 23 13 13 2 7 18 .277

2008-08-25 07:36:53
13.   pistolpete
The only upside I can think of to getting Doc and Burnett again is that perhaps our hitters learned something by facing them only a week prior.

Then again...

But hey, at least no Beckett. I say we need the sweep. Don't make that last series at Fenway mean anything, otherwise we may just hang it up right now.

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