September 17, 2005
September 17th @ The Blue Jays
For the second day in a row, it was one of those games where, if this game was in the first half of the season, the Yankees would have found a way to blow this game. It's truly been a new world since July 1st. If I heard it correct on the YES coverage today, the Yankees have the best record in baseball since that date. Hearing this fact provides confidence for what may be in store for the rest of this season.
And, while I confess that there were several moments today where the fear of losing this game crept into me, Shawn Chacón's effort was uplifting. Not only did he provide the bullpen with some much needed rest, but, he reestablished himself in terms of "Who is Shawn Chacón for the Yankees? Is he the guy who was gang-busters at the start of his tour here - or the the guy who has been banged around at times lately?"
Also, am I the only one who thought that DP in the 9th to save Gordon, and the game, looked like a replay of the DP that ended the 1977 ALCS? Nettles to Randolph to Chambliss. And, the reaction today, especially from A-Rod, at the end of the game seemed like it was an LCS win.
Still on A-Rod, his play on the DP was another example of why he is the Total Paquete. He had a very bad day at the plate this afternoon - but, with the glove, he has a huge part in saving the game. That was clutch - and, something that a DH could never provide.
The win today puts the Yankees in a good spot. If they can sweep this series, it probably allows them some rope in one of the four-game series with the O's. And, then, maybe if they end up splitting one of those sets, and not winning both, a sweep of this three game series offsets that issue.
Speaking of series, I'm disappointed in the A's current showing at Fenway. They've pitched well - but, they need to score more runs against the Sox. I really thought that these four games would be a split. Maybe tomorrow will bring good news?
The Yankees magic number is now 17. Any combination of Boston losses and Yankees wins that equal 17 means the Yankees will win the A.L. East.
15 games to go.
Posted by Steve Lombardi at September 17, 2005 10:13 PM