Wow…What a great night of baseball! Sorry to sound generic. Manny absolutely demolished that baseball. I will start with the Yankees game though, let my excitement cool down a little. I may not be as ecstatic as some Red Sox fans, as I felt like they were in control even with the game tied, being at home and all. Just a feeling though.
Fausto Carmona…I believe in you. Keith Law, I believe, projects you to be a number 2 starter. And that may be. Maybe you will not be an ace, but you have awesome stuff, and have now proven it on baseball’s biggest stage (He may be an ace as Keith Law has knowledge, but is not omnipotent). I have twice watched Carmona pitch nine innings this season, once against the Red Sox earlier in the year, and now against the Yankees. And both times I was thoroughly impressed. So the Yankees bats had good reason to struggle tonight. Melky Cabrera belted a hanging slider, and that was it.
What cannot be ignored is the pitcher on the other side though. Pettite was very good. Sure he gave up some hits and allowed nine total baserunners in just over six innings (6.1) and Carmona ultimately pitched better against an even better lineup. But Pettite left with the lead and had not given up a run on the night. What more can you ask for? Pettite may not be [great] statistically in the postseason, in relation to say, Bob Gibson, but he has definitely been good.
Now to the thriller…The other thriller I mean. Manny, as I mentioned, struck that ball as well as one could. But remember, there was something else that was dominant tonight. It was our seemingly inept bullpen down the stretch. The one that suffered from fatigue, ineffectiveness, and Eric Gagne, who may have been the ineffectiveness that I speak of. Four and a third innings thrown without a hit and two total walks, both issued by the one guy who can get out of trouble with what seems like relative ease, Papelbon. Now, I do not condone walks, and obviously his job would have been easier without them, but I would rather him give them up, then anyone else in the pen.
Matsuzaka was ok. Ortiz reached base five times. But the story was Manny…and that dominant bullpen.