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“Losing streaks are funny. If you lose at the beginning, you get off to a bad start. If you lose in the middle of the season, you’re in a slump. If you lose at the end, you’re choking.” – Gene Mauch, one of the most winning managers and at one time a player in baseball history.
The Washington Nationals, the worst team in the Majors have won their last eight games in a row.
NL East is becoming a better race than the AL East….why?
The Philadelphia Phillies should not be so comfortable as the Florida Marlins swept the Champs over the weekend. Marlins are only four behind the their division rival and if anyone remembers what a complete collapse looks like it is the Phillies from two seasons ago.
Marlins were not the only team in the NL East to sweep; as the Atlanta Braves took all three from the all mighty Dodgers. Atlanta sits just a half a game behind Florida.
Tampa Bay is still struggling and losing. If they want to catch Boston their window of opportunity was this past weekend. The Rays are so talented and young that whatever is going on internally needs to be addressed ASAP before it is too late. The wild card is ripe for the taking with only one and a half behind Red Sox who are tied presently for AL Wildcard.
Texas Rangers took two of three from the Angels this weekend. Texas has put themselves just three and a half behind the first place Angels and tied it up for the second time in a week with Boston for the AL Wild Card. Ranger players want the division and it is in close reach to steal.
Boston will not just fold and lay dead. That is a promise. Theo Epstein is hard at work even as you read this and this is not the last any Yankee will hear of this team.
Guess the Yankees didn’t want, nor need to add another ace starting pitcher and Brian Cashman should thank Steinbrenner Jr. for keeping the wallet close. Detroit took Jarrod Washburn, an ace for Seattle before the trade deadline. A move that Yankees fans questioned because it seemed logical and easy. Washburn is a mess in a different uniform something Cashman and Co. are very familiar with in the past; grabbing a consistent, proven ace just not having the same production as before. Phew.
The Rogers Centre was at full capacity tonight up in Toronto. The fans looking relieved, confirming it was just a nightmare, as Roy Halladay, the best pitcher in baseball, walked onto the Blue Jays mound once again. Toronto’s ace looked like a goner before the trade deadline but the cost for Roy’s arm was just to high a price, even for the Yankees.
Halladay is so dynamite that if any opposing team’s starter has to be basically perfect. It is inevitable that hitters will not be able to produce against Halladay, so in preparing for a game like tonight’s the idea of how to win has to be under this assumption.
It is refreshing that Girardi tells it like it is no. No matter who the player, the treatment has now consistently been shown to be equal. Not one guy gets treated any differently, which is a huge part of the comradeship that has formed.
The definition of “team” is what Girardi has accomplished in his last season and a half. That is no small feat with the amount of all-stars with huge paychecks the Yanks have. Then having to fill a hero’s shoes in Torre, only to have that same man he once called his skipper sell the team out for all to read about didn’t make the new Joe’s job any easier.
Girardi is now in sync with the players and it has shown in the determination to win over and over. Beating Halladay was just another full-blown example of what is happening and Girardi is responsible for the team’s success.
Along with our skipper, the players are so proud of their team to let that go.
This was seen tonight but the outstanding job done by Andy Petite who pitched seven plus solid innings. Commanding the plate with his cutter, Petite struck out Alex Rios for his sixth strike out and that was in the bottom of the seventh. Continue reading ‘Joe Girardi’s Secrets: How The Yanks Took A Halladay’ »