Well day two of the postseason was another exciting day, unless you are a loyal Twins Fan as Minnesota once again lost at home to the visiting New York Yankees 5-2, and now face the near impossible task of winning 3 games in a row at an electric Yankee Stadium this weekend.
The veteran Andy Pettitte started and another member of the Core Four; Mariano Rivera closed this one out in front of a stunned and dejected group of Twins fans. Another veteran Lance Berkman who platoons as DH batting in the 8 hole, came-up big tonight with a go-ahead homer in the fifth and a RBI double in the 7th. Berkman was picked-up by the Yankees this year at the deadline for just this sort of game after spending years with the Astros never getting a chance to play in the spotlight. The Yankees seem to have a knack for taking the wind out of the sails of teams like the Twins who battle all year, then get sent home by a club that resembles and All-Star team. Justin Morneau the Twins slugger who went down with a concussion earlier in the year is sorely missed by his team this year, and as much as I love Jim Thome, he is not producing so far and the Twins appear to be doomed.
The Rangers meanwhile beat the Tampa Bay Rays 6-0, and this series looks like it will be safely over this weekend as well when the series moves to Arlington. The Ray fans unlike the loyal Twins fans, never really bothered to show up till the postseason and in the event this team does not make it to the Series I look for a shake-up top to bottom in Florida. Who knows maybe the Mariners can grab Carl Crawford after the dust settles! Meanwhile the Rangers offense is so deep and powerful they look like they may have a shot to go all the way if they can hit on all 9 cylinders. Today’s offensive hero was Michael Young the veteran who hit a 3-run homer in the 5th to put this one out of reach for the punchless Rays. Young almost never got the chance to connect for this longball as on the previous pitch he checked his swing late in what was an obvious swing that the umpires overlooked using their judgement much to the ire of the Rays. Joe Maddon eventually got thrown out of the game over this bad call that has helped fuel more calls for increased use of the replay. I’m ok with perhaps introducing the replay on a limited basis, but you can never replace the umpires ability to make judgement calls or the integrity of the game is in jeopardy.
Finally out here on the West Coast the San Francisco Giants jumped on the back of their Ace Tim Lincecum and rode him for a 1-0 victory over the Atlanta Braves. Lincecum fanned 14 Braves and the gangly Ace was in top form making the Braves look silly chasing his pitches out of the zone all night. As a matter of fact the Braves swung and missed at 31 pitches tonight which is extremely high. I look for this series to be a little tougher than the previous two mentioned and I also expect the Reds to come back and get a win over the Phillies tomorrow.
Well that’s it for now, It is sure fun to watch these great teams battling it out in October just like we used to do here in Seattle in a past lifetime! http://jeffsmariners.com