Sunday, September 20, 2009

Game 150: I Need To Know

This afternoon in Seattle, after a last second loss on Friday and a dominant win yesterday, the Yankees square off in a rubber match against the Mariners. Aside from the full slate of NFL games, two interesting match ups are taking place earlier in the day with implications to the playoff picture.

The Twins could pull to within one game of the Tigers with a win against them today which is important because the winner of the AL Central most likely facing the Yanks in the ALDS. Also, if the Rangers lose to the Angels, the Bombers will be in position to officially clinch a playoff berth by beating the Mariners. The Yanks would probably rather gain some cushion for home field advantage over the Angels because the Rangers are going to disappear from the picture soon enough, but those are some things to watch for.

Going for the Mariners this afternoon will be Ian Snell. After starting off the season poorly for the Pirates, Snell actually asked to be demoted to AAA back in June, citing "too much negativity" concerning his performances from the fans, media and even some bloggers. It was widely considered that he would be traded from the Pirates after the demotion and was, shortly before the non-waiver deadline. He, along with shortstop Jack Wilson, were exchanged for 5 minor leaguers, including catching prospect Jeff Clement.

Snell took Jarrod Washburn's spot on the roster after the lefty was shipped to Detroit, but hasn't performed well in his place. He has a 4.86 ERA in 9 starts but has averaged just over 5.0 IP an outing and has walked 30 while striking out 25. He's 4-2 over that stretch, but the team is only 4-5.

Joba Chamberlain toes the rubber for the Yankees this afternoon, making his 5th artificially shortened start in a row. His last time out was the most encouraging of the bunch, lasting 4 innings against the Angels, with the only run coming on a solo homer to Vlad Guerrero. He still wasn't especially efficient, needing 67 pitches to get those 12 outs, but it was an improvement over his previous efforts.

With only two starts remaining after this one in the regular season, Joba should be cleared for 5 innings this time out in order to work up to being fully stretched out for the postseason. It would be nice to know Joba is on the right track for October and good performance today would be a big step in that direction.

I need to know (I need to know),
Because I don't know how long,
I can hold on,
And if you're makin' me wait,
If you're leadin' me on,
I need to know (I need to know),
I need to know (I need to know).


  1. Joba Sucks a big one9/20/09, 5:44 PM

    He was cleared for 5 innings all right! BWAHAHAHAHA! Joba Chamberlain, starting rotation material! No doubt about it!

  2. That's odd, I don't recall posting this under a bridge...

    Been a long time since you've have something to gloat about, isn't it Anon? Must have been tough watching the Yanks become the best team in baseball and coast to home field advantage. Now kindly go fuck yourself.

  3. Joba Sucks a big one9/20/09, 6:11 PM

    I don't think I'll be doing THAT... but seriously I would like to see some discussion from you boneheads regarding what the rotation looks like for the playoffs. AJ Burnett and Joba are both crapshoots, Petitte just missed a start to shoulder fatigue right? The only thing solid in your rotation is CC, and we all know how great he is in the playoffs....

  4. Was it so hard to make an actual comment instead of being a total dick?

    We'll address the playoff rotation when it's time for, you know, the playoffs. A lot can and will change between now and then so it's pointless to assess and reassess it every time someone has a terrible or great start. Look around at other team's rotations, there are a ton of question marks out there.

  5. Not on the Red Sox! Haha!

  6. You're right, Dice-K isn't a question mark... he's an exclamation point!

  7. Beckett has a 6.29 ERA over his last 7 starts as well