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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Magic number to one, Yanks can sweep tomorrow.
Play of the Game: Bottom 8, 2 Out, 1-0 NYY: Johnny Damon 2 RBI 1B
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.
“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!
A.J. Powers Yanks past Halos for first time since ’04.