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Running on Empty?

Posted By Alex Belth On October 21, 2010 @ 9:02 am In Bronx Banter,Cliff Corcoran,Yankees | Comments Disabled

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Over at PB, Steve Goldman reflects back on the 1958 Whirled Serious [2]. The Yanks won, coming back from a 3-1 hole:

Casey did some things that Joe Girardi can’t do. He can’t/won’t ask CC Sabathia to pitch in every game, he can’t ask Mariano Rivera to throw four innings—hell, it seems like he can’t ask Rivera to throw at all—but Joe also has some things that Casey didn’t have, like a bullpen stocked with pitchers, some of whom aren’t Sergio Mitre or Dustin Moseley. He has far more freedom to make moves with pitchers than Stengel had, and at much less of a risk to anyone’s health. In short, if there is any lesson to be taken away from the 1958 World Series, it is this: HEY, JOE: QUICK HOOK.

Back to the (immediate) future, Cliff wasn’t moved by yesterday’s Yankee win [3]:

Perhaps its because, even if they do come back to tie this series, they’ll still have to beat Cliff Lee in Game Seven to win it. Perhaps its because, after being dominated by the Rangers for four games, a single win, even a lop-sided one such as the 7-2 Game Five, doesn’t carry enough weight to restore balance to the series. Whatever it is, Game Five felt like a repeat of Game Three of the 2007 Division Series against the Indians, a face-saving but empty victory that did little other than postpone the inevitable series loss suffered in the following game.


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[2] Steve Goldman reflects back on the 1958 Whirled Serious: http://www.pinstripedbible.com/2010/10/20/coming-back-the-casey-way/

[3] Cliff wasn’t moved by yesterday’s Yankee win: http://www.pinstripedbible.com/2010/10/21/alcs-game-five-postponing-the-inevitable/

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