Ten-Run Sixth Ends Yanks’ Regular Season 103-59

That’s one heck of a year, 103 wins, capped by blowing the doors off Tampa Bay 10-2 in the finale before the ALDS begins.  Alex Rodriguez set the major-league record with 7 RBI in one inning, homering twice in the sixth with a three-run shot and a grand slam.  Michael Kay made a salient point about the symmetry in A-Rod’s season, tattooing the first pitch of the regular season he saw with a three-run shot, and ripping the last of the regular season for a grand slam.  He also reached 30 homers and 100 RBI on his grand slam, finishing with a .286 average.  A-Rod quite simply helped turn around the Yanks’ season with his crucial return, and I see a big October and November ahead for him.

A.J, was sharp, allowing two runs one earned on seven hits and a walk in five good innings.  Joba looked good in relief, as did Coke, Hughes, and Mariano–four perfect innings combined. Good finish to a solid, but up-and-down, first season in pinstripes from A.J. as he heads into the playoffs.

Jeter went 2-4 to finish the season at a great .334, the fourth-highest of his career, with 18 homers, 66 RBI, 107 runs, 30/35 in stolen bases, and an OBP over .400.  Great year from The Captain.  JD was 2-4 with 2 doubles and 2 RBI, 82 for the year for him, .282 average.

The team broke the franchise mark for the most homers in a season, with 244.  They won 103 games.  They got better, stronger, and more reliable as the season went on.  They won big series against Boston, the Angels, and Seattle, and swept Boston twice, Tampa, Detroit, Baltimore, and Chicago.  They won the East by eight games.  After starting 13-15, the Yanks went 90-46–nearly two of three wins for nearly five months.

The Yanks are ready.  Detroit and Minnesota appear headed for a one-game playoff Tuesday.  I just hope they require extra innings.  Bring on the winner, and all others thereafter.

Published in: on October 4, 2009 at 4:14 pm  Comments (5)  

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  1. What an awesome way to end the regular season! A-Rod deserved the year he’s having. Let’s just hope all of his success translates into the postseason too!

  2. Just looking at the year this team has had, it’s amazing. They have 8 power hitters and Melky. 103 wins, 244 homers, the bullpen, Sabathia. The list doesn’t really end. I wonder what would have happened if Xavier Nady had not been injured.

  3. Amen to that, Lisa. I have a very good feeling about A-Rod this October and November.

    You’re absolutely right, Rob. To that I’ll add Wang. Imagine if he had been…Wang. This team might have had a good shot at 110 wins.

  4. With all due respect, Rob A., I wonder what would have happened if the 18 starts that Wang (12 g, 9 starts, 1-6, 9.64) and Mitre (12 g, 9 starts, 3-3, 6.79) had were given to a legit (4.50 to 5.00 ERA) pitcher? Maybe four more wins for 107?

    Basically, I am seconding what Jason wrote above.

  5. Just watching the Tigers-Twins games To the 12th! I’m liking this.

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