Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Great game Twinkies Hope you're tired

Had to wait 12 innings, but the Yanks finally know who they're facing in the first round after the Twins beat the Tigers in what was both an awesome and heartbreaking game. You had everything in this game: good starting pitching, lead swings back and forth late, a stud closer getting out of a jam of two runners on and no outs without giving up a run, a young kid making a foolish fielding play only to redeem himself later in the inning with a perfect throw to the plate. It was wildly entertaining and insightful for the Yanks as both teams showed their weaknesses: the inability to get a hit with runners on base being the key reason the game went three extra frames.

With the Twinkies still celebrating in their clubhouse, you can only imagine how exhausted they'll be for the series with the Yanks. They may be able to go on adrenaline in Game 1, but I wouldn't want to bet on that against CC. Plus, think about the energy it took for them to get to this point. They came back from being 3 games down with 4 to play to beat the Tigers. Hope they run out of steam soon!

I do feel badly for the Tigers to lose such a memorable game, but they did squander a healthy lead in the last few weeks of the season, something they'll spend the offseason agonizing about.

Anyway, back to the Yanks, who as expected chose to start their series on Wednesday, giving them the extra off days and allowing them to stick with CC Sabathia, AJ Burnett and Andy Pettitte and skip over Joba Chamberlain. I hate all the extra days in the postseason after months of watching games on an almost daily basis. But given the age of some of the Yankee players, an extra day here and there can't hurt.

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