Re: I HATE TO SAY IT....... BUT, THERE WILL BE NO WORLD SERIES AT FENWAY PAAAAK THIS YEAR.......
posted at 9/5/2011 12:36 PM EDT
I felt this was appropriate here so this is Copied & Pasted from a Thread Entitled "Yankees better at Clutch hitting" and I am slowly getting to the camp that our chances are slim as per the headline:
I’m still smarting from the 4-2 last game vs. NY. We had a 2-1 lead, Jones walks and Montero is hit by a pitch and then Martin gets a double and then he scores on Chavez’s single. I knew 2-1 was going to be tough to hold up but how to get more runs when Saltamachia looks at 2 right down the middle and then with a 0-2 count needs swing at a grounder. Crawford and Salty both end up 0-4. Then Agon, yup he’s been very good this year but with the bases loaded vs. Rivera gets called for a 3rd strike whether it was a ball or not.
Not happy to admit it but not only do I feel the Yankees(and I hate them) are a much better offensive team than we are, they are much more gifted at getting clutch hits. Some people would call it lucky and teams that don’t, unlucky. I, however, usually notice that irrespective of the sport, the lucky players are usually the better players. In addition to coming back against us in the 3rd game, in the 1st 2 games in the series with the Blue Jays, they came back with clutch hitting also to win. Yesterday, they did it convincingly. We need go face Toronto now 4 games up there after the Yankees just swept them…lucky if we do a 2-2 !
I have no confidence, irrespective of his Grand Slam in the middle game with Texas which didn’t come in a clutch situation as we were ahead some 3-4 runs, when Crawford comes to bat. In truth, other than Pedroia & Ellsbury, I have a bit of hope from Agon, Ortiz & Youk but the rest of the guys are mediocre. Vs. Texas, we get blown out 10-0, win 12-7( keep in mind they still got 7 runs) and yesterday maybe a bit better the 11-4 but still a thrashing and our 4 runs is like “pissing up wind”. We gave up 28 runs to Texas in 3 games at home yet and scored 1/2 as many, 14 runs. Is this a slight bump in the road? Let’s hope so.
Many think our pitching is better than NY’s…maybe our starters with Beckett & Lester as after Sabathia they are “iffy” but the difference is they can many times give their mediocre starters 5-6 runs while we struggle to score i.e. Lester only leading 2-1 when Yankees came back and I think their bullpen is just as good as ours. I would not be concerned with whom we’ll play if we come in 1st or 2nd, be it the Tigers, Rangers or Angels, but we should feel we are playing good baseball. Again, other than Pedroia and Ellsbury and a sometimes Agon, Youk & Ortiz I’m not tremendously positive of our chances in the post season. Lackey is lacking !!!