by Rex Oâ€™Rourke of Albany
THE BRONX, NY â€“ Thrills, spills, and chills. Itâ€™s been a pretty much a typical Subway Series so far. Heading into todayâ€™s rubber match, and despite Mr. Castilloâ€™s point shaving incident, Iâ€™d have to say; advantage Mutts.
Secondly, the Mutts have exposed the Yankeesâ€™ soft white underbelly with a tutorial from the Sawx; make the starters throw pitches early and get to the pen – a bullpen without Damaso Marte (make me like you), Brian Bruney (more on him later), Joba Chamberlain (donâ€™t get me started, Iâ€™d rather have a shutdown eighth inning guy than a fifth starter), an inconsistent Phil Coke and a somewhat mortal Mariano Rivera. Itâ€™s not exactly re-inventing the wheel, but effective nonetheless.
Thirdly, although Johan Santana has been a bit shaky of late, Iâ€™d have to give a huge edge to him over A.J. Burnett. Mr. Burnett only seems to have a good year when heâ€™s pitching for a contract. Heâ€™s two straight bad starts from getting â€œbustâ€ status and my â€œEd Whitson Canâ€™t Pitch In New Yorkâ€ award. In fact, all Yankee starters just donâ€™t throw enough first pitch strikesâ€¦ PERIOD!
As for Brian Bruney, all I can say is that youâ€™ve got to be kidding me. For a guy that spends more time on the DL than the roster, calling out K-Rod (arguably the Met MVP) in the media is just ridiculous. Now, I like Bruney a ton, when heâ€™s healthy. He comes in to some tough spots, throws hard, gets strikeouts, and is really lights out – once again- when heâ€™s healthy. But come on pal, part of being a Major Leaguer is staying healthy and showing consistency and until you can do that, just keep your pie-hole shut. When and if you get back from Trenton, take a walk over to Derek Jeterâ€™s locker and heâ€™ll explain it to you.
Finally, I must speak of the A-Rod Walk-off Pop Up. I guess if you live long enough, youâ€™ll see everything. But of all guys to let off the hook, you pick Alex Rodriguez; a guy you just know isnâ€™t going to get it done! As soon as Jeter singled (which everyone on the planet knew he would do), you knew it was coming down to A-Roid. There was no way K-Rod was giving Teixeira anything to hit and I thought both the Yes team and the SNY team (thank you DVR) were a little slow to pick up on the unintentional-intentional walk. As for Castilloâ€™s gift, it was like giving Donald Trump a new car.
Until next week,
P.s… Who’ll be today’s Mel Rojas?