Yankees 3, Phillies 1: The Empire Strikes Back. Sorry, that was totally hacky. I haven’t looked, but I’m guessing that line is being used by no less than two dozen outlets this morning. Anyone that can find them and make a note of it in the comments gets bonus points. Anyway:
In the copious back and forth I had with Phillies fans in my “it’s not time to panic yet, Yankees” post, almost everyone said that Burnett would get lit up last night because, well, I don’t know exactly why. Yes, the guy was a bit erratic down the stretch, but he was still an above average pitcher this season, totally capable of dropping a nice performance like this one last night. Teixeira and Matsui shaking off the cobwebs was welcome too. And for the “good outcomes don’t mean good decisions were made” file, how about Molina picking off Werth and Posada hitting that pinch hit RBI? I bet Burnett still has good stuff and wins last night even if Posada was behind the plate, but with it breaking down the way it did, Girardi will probably get some genius points today, for whatever they’re worth.
Ah, Pedro. I love the guy. Like I said over at NBC, I hoped like hell that he would be able to catch some 1999 lightning in a bottle. He didn’t quite do that — who could? — but he gave a solid and gutsy performance, showing all of the smarts and guile he’s always had, even if he doesn’t have the velocity anymore. But really, if you had told anyone before the game that he’d throw over 100 pitches, lasting into the seventh and giving up only two runs before his exit, you would have assumed a Philly win, right? He was just met with a better performance by his counterpart. That happens.
I can’t tell you how much I’ve been enjoying this World Series so far. I’m a pitching guy, and we’re four for four in solid starting pitching performances. Here’s hoping it keeps up.