Friday, August 28, 2009

Game 128: Late

The Yankees have lost two series since the All-Star break, the one that concluded last night against the Rangers and before that, one against the White Sox that spanned the end of July and the beginning of August. It was too late to salvage a halve in the series out in Chicago, but the Yanks avoided a sweep as CC Sabathia worked around one bad inning and the offense touched up Buehrle for 7 runs in 4 1/3.

The same lefty-lefty match up will be replicated in the Bronx. The big fella wasn't perfect his last time out against the Red Sox on Sunday Night baseball, but the 4 runs he allowed over 6 2/3 were good enough to get him the win. He's won his last five starts and is looking to go a perfect 6 for 6 in August with a victory tonight.

In his career, Buehrle hasn't had much luck against Sabathia or the Yankees. In 9 starts against the Bombers, the lefty is just 1-6 with a 6.84 ERA and CC has owned him, going 6-0 in 10 career head to head starts. These numbers make for decent storylines, but don't mean a whole lot. The Yankees have been in a continuous state of flux since Buehrle first faced them back in 2001 as El Duque started against him and the only two players who appeared in the game and are still on the team are Derek Jeter and Jorge Posada. Clearly the offenses involved have played a major factor in that 6-0 head-to-head record against Sabathia and those have changed quite a bit as well.

More relevantly, Buehrle hasn't been great as of late, either. Since his perfect game, he's gone 0-4 in six starts with a 6.16 ERA, even though one of those consisted of 8 innings of shutout ball against the Mariners. During that span, he's struck out just 12 in 38 innings and walked 7 while giving up 54 hits.

The weather in the NYC area this evening may not be conducive for a baseballing contest and as Ross from New Stadium Insider notes, there aren't many chances for make up dates with only a little more than month left in the season. Expect the Yanks to do all they can to get the games this weekend in, which could lead to a late one tonight.

I'll be late for that, I can't wait for that,
I think I was made for that,
So I'm comin' in when I feel like,
To turn this mo'fucka up only if it feels right.


  1. These god damn White Sox announcers I am stuck with are insufferable. "We", "Our White Sox", "2 to nothing Bad Guys", "Stay Fair! Stay Fair! Stay Fair!". It is brutal.

  2. Radio or TV Cliff? I suppose it doesn't much matter - ChiSox announcers are notoriously open homers. As much as I don't like Kay, Sterling, and Suzyn, at least they're subtle in their homerism.

    Oddly enough, Ken "Hawk" Harrelson, easily the worst amongst the Sox announcers, was a Yankee announcer for two years in the late 80s.

  3. TV and it is absolutely brutal. It sounds like I am listening to two White Sox fans sitting on their couch watching the game. I have had to deal with some pretty bad announcers with Extra Innings but nothing like this.

    As much as everyone hates on Kay, try putting up with the alternative for a while.