Drew’s Morning Dish — Fri., September 13

September 13, 2013 | Drew Forrester

Drew’s Morning Dish — Fri., September 13

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).

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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.

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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.

 

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5 Comments For This Post

  1. Chris Says:

    Potentially 2 winning seasons in a row. There’s that at least.

  2. tsnamm Says:

    JJ will have to prove he can pitch when the spotlight shines the brightest…so far he hasn’t done that…from the ALDS last year when he blew the save to the Yankee’s to last night’s debacle; when the pressure’s on JJ doesn’t seem to have it. He’s going to need to perform in these kinds of games the same way he does when closing against the Twins in May, and so far he hasn’t shown he can do that… right now the O’s are just an above average team, in order to become contenders they will need to win games like theses last 2 to the Yankees, and beat up on subpar teams too, which is something they were not all that proficient at this year. When you keep letting opportunities pass you, sooner or later they come back to bite you, and right now the O’s are being bitten big time.

  3. unitastoberry Says:

    When you don’t fix problems from last season you can always expect new problems to crop up and make things even worse.

  4. Eric Says:

    Your comment on Girardi’s decision to have Granderson bunt in the 9th inning situation and that no way in hell would Buck have done that is telling. What does that say about Buck as a game strategist? That was an obvious decision.

    Regarding Ravens/ Browns, I thought I would never have said this, but if you switched QBs the Browns would win.

  5. RJ Says:

    Ravens pitch a near shutout Sunday…you heard it here first!

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