Originally posted by Green Jets & Ham+Oct 6 2004, 11:35 PM--></div><table border='0' align='center' width='95%' cellpadding='3' cellspacing='1'><tr><td>QUOTE (Green Jets & Ham @ Oct 6 2004, 11:35 PM)</td></tr><tr><td id='QUOTE'> <!--QuoteBegin-TomShane@Oct 6 2004, 10:58 PM This may be the first game I've ever seen where the Yanks have gotten squeezed while the opponent gets the big zone. Strange.
Did you hear the crowd offer a mock cheer when the ump finally called a strike? :lol:
BTW, funny how things work ... that ump may have unwittingly clinched this series for the Yankees tonite
If the Yankees win it in 9 the Twins have a fully rested Joe Nathan when the series moved to Minnesota
But because of the way things worked out, Gardenhire used Nathan for 3 inning and 53 pitches
Joe Nathan throwing 53 pitches in a losing effort for the Twins can VERY POSSIBLY be the turning point of this series?
So while it was totally not his intention, that ump contributed to putting the Yankees in the catbird seat [/b][/quote]
Good point. It's funny how an MLB season works, no? In the regular season the bats and the starting pitching wins, and in the playoffs it's allllllll about the middle relief.
The Yanks may have found their graham Lloyd/David Weathers in Sturtze. Still, Torre has to let Gordon soak up that 8th inning rather than go with the quick hook to Rivera. Gordon had struck a guy out and allowed a single. It's not like he'd given up a warning track double or a HR. Rivera didn't seem sharp until he got warmed up.
Posada's defense(or lack thereof) always seems to come to light in the playoffs-the sweep tag in game 6 vs. the marlins, 2 wild pitches last night. He also seems tired at the plate. And if Ruben Sierra isn't going to swing at good pitches, put Lofton or Tony Clark in there. Him arguing that last strike was beyond silly.
If they can get a good outing from Brown, the Yanks will take it.