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September 24, 2005

Eight Eleven

From the Toronto Star:

This is only the 11th day this season on which the Yankees have either held or shared the lead in the AL East. That may seem low for a team trying to win its ninth consecutive division title, but given the chronology of discontent that has rocked the Bronx Bombers, it's actually a lot.

The Yankees were a season-high nine games behind the O's on May 7; were in fourth place on June 13; and were 5 1/2 games behind Boston on Aug. 10.

Indeed, August 11th, that's when the magic started. Scott Proctor, of all people, got the start - filling in for the Big Unit - and pitched well. And, even though the middle guys in the pen allowed the Rangers to come back, the Yankees pulled it out with a Jeter HR in the 7th and some Rivera magic (as usual).

Including that win, since then, the Yankees have gone 30-11 (which is a blistering .732 winning percentage). At the same time, Boston went 23-17 (which, at .575, is pretty good darn ball too).

When this is all said and done, the Yankees can look back to "Eight Eleven" - it's when the rabbit came out of the pinstriped hat.

Posted by Steve Lombardi at September 24, 2005 10:02 AM

Comments

magic number?

Posted by: Straylightrise at September 24, 2005 12:58 PM

Think the baseball/pitching gods are trying to tell Jaret Wright something? This is the 3rd time he's been nailed

Posted by: Raf at September 24, 2005 01:25 PM

The Baseball Gods should tell Torre that Wright should not be in the rotation and Small should. 6.2 IP, 4 Hits, 0 BB's, 0 Runs. Unreal.

Posted by: JJay at September 24, 2005 06:18 PM

Damn Raf, I started my post for today with the exact same line.

Posted by: Jen at September 24, 2005 07:20 PM

You can't fault Torre for starting Wright today. What you can question is why the guy in the other dugout, who's playing for nothing, is managing the way Torre's supposed to be managing but isn't. He had two opportunities to take Wright out of the game. First, when he was hit in the first inning and later, after the first two batters got on safely. Instead, he, as usual, waited to have the bases loaded, nobody out situation which Mel's notes must tell him is the optimum situation for a pitcher to enter a game. Cano's error notwithstanding, how many pitchers get out of that situation giving up less than 2 runs? Not even Mo. And, this day, with Small in the pen and rested, Torre had no excuse to keep Wright in there after 4 runs and 6 hits. What irony that the media's Manager of the Year candidate Torre gets schooled by John Gibbons...he took Lilly out in a similar situation on Friday and got 7 innings of 1 run relief from his pen. He got shutout but he gave his offense a chance. Torre ended up getting 8 innings of shutout relief from his pen but not before allowing Wright to give up 7 and basically kissing off the game and a one game lead in the division. Let's hope Torre does edge out Wedge for AL Manager of the Year. It'll keep his fans warm while they're watching other teams in the post-season in October.

Posted by: JohnnyC at September 24, 2005 09:18 PM

You can't fault Torre for starting Wright today.
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Sure you can. You know what you have in Wright, and it ain't much. The errors weren't that big a deal, they happen, but Wright was getting smoked.

I wouldn't completely blame Torre for the loss, it was a bad game all around. The offense had plenty of opportunities (Posada, we know you own Schoenweiss, but why are you swinging at the first pitch??!!), but didn't get it done.

Oh well. I'd say Small gets Wright's last start of the season. No time to futz around, the playoffs are at stake

Posted by: Raf at September 25, 2005 10:00 AM