Definitely, a playoff atmosphere at the Stadium. As you would expect. There’s lots of winds and big expectations of a Yankees sweep. Do you know anyone – anyone – picking the Twins?
I’m sitting in a booth – not the YES booth, a smaller one beside the Yankee radio booth – by myself. Cone is in his suite. Kay is hanging with some ESPN colleagues. It gives me an excuse to blog.
It’s the second inning, CC has four strikeouts and is getting a lot of swing-and-misses.
If Mauer comes up in a key spot in, say, the sixth inning, it might be Marte or Robertson who gets the call from the bullpen. That’s how much confidence Girardi has in Robertson.
The final decisions on the postseason roster were three guys for two spots. The three were Gaudin, Marte and Guzman. Once the Twins won, the pitchers were in. Gaudin is the long man, should a starter get knocked out early. As Girardi puts it, Gaudin is the insurance that allows him to use the rest of the bullpen however he chooses.
Mauer said his job tonight is to calm down Duensing and get him to keep the ball down. He also said the Twins are running on adrenaline and that it’s “probably good” that they have to play right away. There’s no time to be tired.
The Yankees were reportedly loose in the clubhouse before the games. Unlike the regular season, the media aren’t allowed in there before playoff games.
It would seem there’s even more pressure on A.J. in Game 2 now that Molina is in and Posada’s out.
As for “This Week in Football,” I am in last place in the picks. Last place. This week, I’ll take the Giants over the Raiders, the Jets over the Dolphins and am looking for a layup for my third pick. Eagles over Bucs.