I stayed up for every pitch.
Hell, I’m such a glutton for punishment, I stayed up and watched the Buck Showalter press conference after the 6-5 loss to the Yankees on Thursday night.
And, I’ll keep watching until it’s officially over because I’m clinging to the belief that “it ain’t over ’til it’s over”, but let’s face reality on September 13. It’s over for the Orioles. Nice try, good run, blah, blah, blah…it’s over.
I’m not sure the three out of four series win does much for the Yankees other than help them dispose of the pesky Orioles. With these pitching injuries they’re enduring, I just dont’ see how they can overtake Tampa Bay or Texas for a wild card spot. But, they put themselves firmly in the race over four nights of work while the Orioles put themselves on the outside-looking-in for the last two weeks of the season.
Everyone in town is going to blame Jim Johnson for Thursday night’s 9th inning collapse.
I’m generally not in favor of doing that, because one player rarely has a “game changing” impact. Even Danny Valencia, the 8th inning hero, didn’t change Thursday’s game by himself. Two other guys had to be on base for his 3-run homer to matter.
In this case, though, Jim Johnson is going to have to wear the goat horns.
His performance in the 9th inning was brutal.
Unfortunately, he’s sacked with the two worst words you can get if you’re a Baltimore sports figure.
He’s become: Billy (1) Cundiff (2).
Joe Girardi’s decision to bunt in the 9th inning with runners on 1st and 2 and no one out was an interesting decision, particularly when you take into account there’s no way in hell Buck Showalter would have done it.
Curtis Granderson’s sacrifice bunt was the right move for two reasons. One, it meant the Yankees could score a run without the benefit of a base hit and, two, it created the possibility that a wild pitch could score a run.
Nice move, Girardi.
You guys must have known something about Jim Johnson.
The Yankees skipper had a terrific series. His decision to start Phil Hughes was masterful, as it got Buck to exhaust a couple of his left handed hitters early. He was always going to use Hughes, of course, but the initial plan was to start Dave Huff, a lefty. Just after Wednesday’s game, Girardi announced he was going to start Hughes, which made Buck juggle his lineup and batting order the next day. Then, in the 4th inning and with Hughes up 4-1, he pulled him for Huff. Pretty crafty move.
We’ll have all of our predicted scores up at WNST.net later on Friday, but let me tell you how the Ravens game is going to shape up on Sunday.
Summary: It will be closer than you want it to be.
Ravens win 23-16.