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TriviaNerd86 The Yankees buy championships. You have to do it with players, not money. Like Boston or the Mets. #ThingsHatersSay 

This isn’t your typical Yankee hater comment; this one is just flat out wrong. First of all, why even mention the Mets? They don’t win championships. The Red Sox have won 2 in the past 86 years. I understand they have been recent, but how can you compare their success to that of the Yankees.

Then your argument of money. Would you like the Yankees to start losing on purpose? They have the money, so why not use it? This is a business, it’s not about being fair to other teams.

But, wait a second. Interesting how you chose the Mets and Red Sox. Your telling me the Red Sox and Mets don’t spend money? The Mets have the second highest payroll in MLB, and the Red Sox have the fourth highest (CBSSports). So what are you talking about? Not only do the Mets and Red Sox spend a lot of money just like the Yankees, but they don’t even win with it! It must not be the money then.

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ALDS: A Look at The Playoffs


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The Rangers lost yesterday and the Red Sox clinched the American League Wild Card which means that the only possible teams that can play the Yankees in the first round are the Tigers or the Twins. It looks as though the Yankees will be playing the Tigers in the first round. With a Tigers win last night, in a great game by the way, the standings are as follows.

Detroit Tigers –
Minnesota Twins 2.0

The Twins have two remaining games in this series, and that will be it for the year against the Tigers. Either way, I don’t think that the Twins can overcome the Tigers. But, what we can 
realistically hope for, is a race until the end. If the Twins continue to stay on the Tigers tails, Verlander will be forced to pitch on the final day of the season and most likely won’t be able to pitch the first game of the playoffs. That would be a huge lift for the Yankees and would exponentially increase their chances of winning the first game, which also exponentially increases their chances to win the series. If he makes the start on the last day of the season,  and the Tigers still decide to pitch him in the first game of the ALDS, Verlander would be going on 2 or 3 games rest, which he has never done in his career before. 
Also, if Verlander makes that start on the last day of the season, it would also affect the Yankees decision for which format they would want. If they picked the format with the 2 off days, the playoffs would start one day earlier, and the Verlander would be starting on just 2 days rest as opposed to three. That adds an advantage to that format. So here are the updated advantages to each format.
3 Days Rest Format:
1. You only need two starters and can skip Joba Chamberlain.
2. The bullpen will be well rested for each game
3. A-Rod can get the extra rest that his hip needs
2 Days Rest Format:
1. You don’t have to (potentially) face Verlander and Jackson twice
2. You expose their weak fourth starter
3. If Verlander pitches the final day of the season, he would only be able to start the first game on 2 days rest and would likely start the second game.
They both have their perks, but I would still pick the first format. 
Heres a look at all of the series:
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Congratulations! Yankees Secure AL East Title

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2009 AL East Division Champions
Home Field Advantage in ALL Series
Sweep Boston Red Sox 
Level Season Series at 9-9 After Losing First 8
Earn 100th Win

Player of the Game: The New York Yankees
The Wrap-Up:
Sit back and relax and wait for the playoffs to begin. Enjoy watching the youngsters.
Coming Up Next:
Who cares. But either way they open up a series with the Royals in the final regular season series at the New Yankee Stadium. The probables are Hochevar vs Gaudin.
CONGRATULATIONS 2009 NEW YORK YANKEES!!!

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Update: Swisher Out on Fly Ball

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In the bottom of the fifth inning with nobody out, Swisher was on second base and moved to third on a fly ball. An appeal was made and Swisher was called out. On the replay on ESPN, it showed that, by the naked eye, he did not leave to early. I understand the umpires are human and they make mistakes. I have no problem when they miss ball and strike calls by a half and inch or they miss a call at first by a split second. They are human and it’s nearly impossible to be perfect, and they do a great job. In this case, that call is virtually never made, and if you are going to make it, you better be 100% sure you are right. There was no way he was clearly out. You couldn’t even be sure by the slow motion close up. So, unless you are sure, you can’t make a call that is never made especially when you can’t even tell on a close up.
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Yanks Shut Out Boston, Win First 2

Magic number to one, Yanks can sweep tomorrow.

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Player of the Game: C.C. Sabathia: W, 7.0 IP, H, 0 R, 2 BB, 8 SO
The Wrap-Up:
In C.C’s last 16 starts, he has a 2.57 ERA and has struck out 108 batters. He has just been great for the Yankees and came up huge for them today. The Yankees magic number is now just one. Who would have thought that the Yankees would win a series in LA and come home and have a chance to sweep Boston? Now the Yankees have a legit chance to clinch against Boston. To me, that’s the last goal left in the 2009 regular season.
Coming Up Next:
Like I said, the Yankees will have a chance to sweep Boston, and clinch the division. It’ll be Pettitte vs Byrd. 


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Let’s Be Realistic

The headline story on ESPN.com today has been an article written by John Kruk about all of the question marks surrounding playoff teams. He talked about all of the teams, but I want to focus on what he said about the Yankees and the Red Sox. 

Who is going to pitch for the Yankees? How does their rotation set up? Overall,A.J Burnett has been awful, excluding some of his recent starts, and besides CC Sabathia, which arms can the Yankees call on? Can you deem Andy Pettitte healthy after having to miss a start or two because of his shoulder? What they’ve done in monitoring Joba Chamberlain‘s workload has been unbelievable, but he’s not even in the equation to start.”


Fair enough, to a point. No doubt Burnett has been shaky, but his last two starts are a huge indicator that he is back. He has been dominant in those two starts, and I don’t think theres any indication that he will collapse again. Sabathia is Sabathia and he’s been great. Then theres Pettitte. He missed one measly start and said he felt great. So I don’t know if I can believe John Kruk more than I can believe the guy who actually had the pain.

Then he talked about the Red Sox:

Boston is really the only team heading into the postseason that you can look at and say, “This team is ready for the playoffs.” Aside from the middle relief, which hasn’t been too good, Jon Lesteris pitching well and Daisuke Matsuzaka has looked good. The Sox look to me to be the one, of all the teams likely headed to the postseason, that is the most dolled up and ready to play in the playoffs.”


Then why are they in first in the WILD CARD?! Come on Kruk. They just lost two out of three to the ROYALS! They blew a 6-0 lead and lost 12-9. Come on. Wakefield has been terrible, Byrd is not worthy of the playoffs, their bullpen blows games all of the time and Beckett has had some shaky starts lately. Come on. How can you possibly say that the Red Sox are better than the Yankees right now when the Yankees have been in first place for over two straight months. The Yankees will have home field advantage in all three series, the Red Sox won’t. The Red Sox will play the Angels, the Yankees will play the Twins/Tigers. Don’t be ridiculous. The Yankees have an exponentially better chance of winning the world series than the Red Sox. Let it be known right now that the Red Sox T.V. station is not NESN, it’s ESPN!

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Tables Turn, Yanks Take Series in LA la Land

A.J. Powers Yanks past Halos for first time since ’04.

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No it’s not a typo, the Yankees did actually won a game in Anaheim. A.J. Burnett got the start for the Yankees today. I don’t think anyone knew exactly what to expect, including myself, but the result was more than any of us could have asked for. He went 5.2 innings giving up two runs on seven hits while striking out 11 and walking three. He was dominant and it’s a shame that he wasn’t able to go six. If he can keep this up — he’s done very well in his last two starts — then it would be a HUGE lift for the Yankees in the playoffs. The opposing pitcher was Scott Kazmir. He came in with an ERA under 2.5 against the Yankees as a Ray, and made his first start against the Yankees as an Angel today. He was pretty good to say the least. He pitched six innings of three run ball, walking three and striking out four. The Yankees really only got to him the fourth when they scored three. After a Hairston strike out, five straight Yankees reached base, highlighted by a Cano two-run single and a Cabrera RBI double. The Angels scored their two runs in the fifth and sixth. In the fifth, they had second and third and no one out and scored just one on an Abreu RBI ground out. In the sixth, they scored on a Matthews RBI double. Ian Kennedy made a return out of the ‘pen. I don’t think I was the only one thinking “oh no” when he came in. He pitched ok. He pitched a scoreless inning, loading the bases on two walks and a hit batter, but ultimately escaped unharmed. Rivera came in in the ninth to nail down a Yankees 3-2 win.
Player of the Game: A.J. Burnett: W, 5.2 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 3 BB, 11 SO
The Wrap-Up:
It’s about time! This is the first Yankee series win in Anaheim since May 2004. Wow! I said that the Yankees needed to just win one this series and they win two. I said it would be okay if the Red Sox swept, they have lost two. Things have worked out in the last couple of days, bringing the Yankee Magic Number down to five. We’re almost there. It’s starting to look like the Yankees will clinch against Boston. Oh sweet karma!
Coming Up Next:
The immortal Red Sox come into town for a three game set. It’ll be Lester vs Chamberlain in the first game. Oh god.
Congratulations: 
I would like to congratulate the Yankees on making it to the playoffs once again. They follow up not making the playoffs with the best record in baseball. New York doesn’t accept failure and this Yankee team has proved that for 106 years. Congrats on a great season! Keep your focus and win the division, that’s the objective here. Clinching just the playoffs isn’t too big a deal, but it’s certainly worth mentioning.
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