-If you’re in the ‘Posada should catch AJ Burnett’ camp, you had a rough night last night. 2 passed balls and a wild pitch (that most catchers block) on the evening, one of them leading directly to a run scored with Mauer on 3B in the 3rd inning. The 2nd passed ball was the result of a miscommunication between Jorge and CC, the first one he just whiffed on. Even his hit wasn’t anything to boast about, it was an excuse me pop fly to right that simply landed where nobody could catch it. To top it all off, Matsui hit the biggest HR of the evening, so any notion of sitting Hideki and placating Jorge with a DH start was shot down as well. If you’re Jorge and going to bitch about being sat down, you should really bring it for the game you start, and show Girardi why he’s wrong. Posada did the exact opposite last night, he proved Girardi right.
-Boy, the Twins sure looked tired in the 1st inning last night. CC didn’t look overly sharp, he actually seemed a bit nervous to me (which is fine) and the Twins hitters were missing his pitches by a foot. Denard Span couldn’t pick up his slider all night, but even Cabrera and Mauer were failing to make contact on some swings. As the game wore on, they looked better. But I don’t think we got a true measure of the Twins team last night. AJ Burnett vs Blackburn with everyone getting a good night’s sleep should more competitive.
-AJ Burnett denied that he requested Molina behind the plate. I’ll have a full piece going up on this later today.
-A-Rod looked terrific at the plate last night, as he had all year. First RBI single was pulled to Left and the 2nd he went the other way and knocked it off the Right field wall. It’s typical of his approach, which has been good all season. I’ve never had an issue with the results Alex would get in recent years in the post season, you can be hitting the ball hard and in bad luck. But he wasn’t doing that. My problem with him was always the way his approach seemed to change, he would be trying to pull outside pitches and was lunging at pitches out of the strike zone. It was painfully obvious to anyone that he was simply trying too hard in past years. But this season, his approach has been great all year and kudos to him for finally figuring it out. Nobody works harder than he does, you knew this would happen eventually.
-Congrats to out buddies over at River Ave Blues for landing the playoff recap gig at the YES Network website. Make sure to check it out, Joe, Mike and Ben always do a great job and offer a unique take on things.
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