10 thoughts about Game 4 of the 2010 ALCS

Thought 1: A. J. Burnett wasn’t good.
There will be some defenders of his outing… that he was effective until the 6th inning and that he pitched better than expected.
But let’s get down to brass tacks. It was only his jaw droppingly low expectations that made this game look good by comparison.
6 innings, 5 runs, 6 hits and 3 walks is not a good line. That is a 7.50 ERA.
They needed a quality start. They didn’t get one.

Thought 2: After throwing out the first pitches, Girardi should have seen if Tino Martinez and Bernie Williams could stay in the lineup.

Isn’t the total lack of pop from the Yankees startling? Take away the 5 run outburst in Game 1, and the Yankees have scored 6 runs total in the series.

Thought 3: Maybe Mariano Rivera is a better 9th than Sergio Mitre
I could be wrong about that. For the second straight day, the scrubs of the Yankee bullpen let the game get out of hand in the 9th inning while Mariano Rivera sat on a chair, reading Bazooka Joe comics.
I know that Girardi doesn’t want to over use him this post season… He hasn’t thrown a pitch since Friday and has thrown 4 1/3 innings in the last 17 days.
I don’t think he’s worn out.

Thought 4: I think Josh Hamilton’s ribs are fine
If he hits 2 more homers, then he will have hit the most in a post season series history. So much for his swing not being strong.

Thought 5: Speaking of ribs, it looks like Bengie Molina found a good rib joint in Texas
At one point when he had his catchers gear on, his chest protector looked like it was going to pop off like a bad cumberbun.
Like he cares! He can have his cake and evidently eat it all too as long as he keeps crushing 2 out 3 run go ahead homers in the playoffs.

Thought 6: I don’t want to hear Yankee fans complaining about other fan bases leaving before the end of the game
For the second straight night, by the end of the game Yankee Stadium was so empty that it looked like one of those high school tournaments where they play the championship game in a big league park that only has friends and family sitting in the first few rows.
Thought 7: Remember when Joba Chamberlain could have fetched Johan Santana on the trade market?
Could he even be worth a used Santana CD now?

Thought 8: Doesn’t Game 5 starter C. J. Wilson look a little like the dude who plays Castle?
Could be just me.

Thought 9: This isn’t a best of 5 series
This series isn’t over… sure it LOOKS like the Yankees are dead from the neck up.
(Being outscored 25-5 over 3 games including losing by a combined 18-3 at home looks bad.)
But Sabathia isn’t going to have another subpar outing. This series is probably headed back to Texas. And if we’ve learned anything, it is don’t count this Yankee team out.

Thought 10: This isn’t 2004
I had a Yankee friend e mail me saying “This must be what it felt like for you after Game 3 of the 2004 ALCS.” Obviously he’s trying to pump himself up for a big 3-1 comeback.
And they could win… but here’s the big difference:
In 2004, the Yankees were left with Kevin Brown, Javier Vazquez and Esteban Loaiza to pitch Game 7.
The Rangers will have a rested and ready Cliff Lee.
See the difference?
It is subtle.

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