|Take me out to the ball game,
Take me out with the crowd;
Buy me some peanuts and Cracker Jack,
I don’t care if I never get back.
Let me root, root, root for the home team,
If they don’t win, it’s a shame.
For it’s one, two, three strikes, you’re out,
At the old ball game.
Well I’ve been listening to Mike Francesa all afternoon which has been much better for my blood pressure than MSNBC.
He basically agrees with me that Girardi missed an opportunity with a game in hand to finish out the Series with his two best pitchers on full rest by pitching Burnett in Philadelphia (though he doesn’t focus as much as I do on losing both Posada and Matsui to real Baseball).
While the Yankees are certainly in the best position to win, Girardi is telegraphing that he intends to win tonight because he’s leaving himself with nothing much for tomorrow.
Sabathia is vincible and even more so on second short rest. All indications are that Rivera will be asked for at least 6 outs tonight and maybe as many as 9. As a Mets fan I clearly remember what happened in ’86 when the BoSox did not close it out and all the conditions to repeat that are being set up here.
But it probably won’t go to Game 7.
Tonight’s matchup is Pettitte and Martinez, both on short rest. Francesa thinks this hurts Pettitte more than Martinez and I just don’t know enough about either of their recent performances to contradict him.
On the other hand nobody else was disputing it either.
The consensus opinion seems to be that Pettitte is good for 5 and Martinez for 6 and then it’s anyone’s guess. Could be a high scoring game since there is a profound lack of faith in the middle relief of both teams.
But the Yankees have Rivera.
Utley will probably not get a chance to break Reggie’s record because they’re going to pitch around him to get to Howard who has not exactly shown his regular season form against the left handed Yankees, just as Olbermann predicted.
If (and it’s a big if) there is a Game 7, it will pretty much be Sabathia and Hamels since the bench is empty. Neither one has impressed me. The Phillies should probably be able to count on Lee (on 3 days rest) for long relief since this would be his normal practice day.
Well, I’m sure they have somebody.
Part of me would like to see Girardi punished for panicking, but if the Yankees win it tonight it will match my original prediction of Yankees in 6 (undocumented except by my family I’m afraid). On The Bus might be interested to know that Francesa has either read her post or independently developed an obsession with game times and suggests pools based on duration.