Friday, September 18, 2015
So who do we want in the one game Wild Card, Houston or Texas? The answer is easy... and it's not the team it looks like we're going to get
Posted by el duque at 5:40 AM
Of course, there's two whole weeks to play, and - considering the icebergs still ahead for the Yankees - nobody's guaranteed of diddly-doo. Still, Girardi's Geriatrics have a 5-game lead (losses, that is) in the Wild Card, and Houston is up by one (loss) over Minnesota.
So... right now... it's Houston?
This is bad. This is really bad.
The reason is not Houston. It's Dallas. Not the city. The pitcher. Dallas Keuchel.
If the Astros finagle their rotation to fit Keuchel into the one game - well - it looks like a short post-season, comrades. This year, Keuchel has pitched two games against the Yankees. He has thrown 16 innings - (OK, let's do the math, two goes into sixteen, that's um, eight... eight innings per game, right?) - and in those two starts he has given up exactly ZERO runs. That's an ERA of exactly ZERO-POINT-ZERO-ZERO.
Friends, that's not "lights-out." That's Stygian darkness. That's black hole sun, won't ya come and wash away the rain, black hole sun, black hole sun, black hole sun. And it's no fluke. Keuchel might be the 2015 AL Cy Young winner. He's won 17. His ERA is 2.56. This is the last guy in the solar system - after maybe King Felix - we want to face in a one-day baseball game, beauty pageant or hotdog eating contest. We don't want this guy. Calgon Beauty Beads, take me away!
Now... OK, breathe... there's always the chance that Tanaka can match him - inning per inning - if we work our rotation so Masahiro gets the nod. But I spent the last three weeks planning to face face Texas - whose staff is deeper but with less of an ace - and now, MAYDAY. The Rangers would probably start Colby Lewis, who is also 2-0 against us this season. But he's lasted 12 innings in two starts - a 4.97 ERA - and if we can score five, I'll take my chances. Also, Cole Hamels, the guy they got at the deadline, hasn't thrown any no-hitters lately. His ERA - over eight games - is 4.04. Yeah, they have Prince Fielder, who absolutely kills us, but pardon me if I don't cringe.
And let's face it: The real reason we want Texas is revenge. We owe them a ziplock bag with a bloody foot in it. They cleaned our clocks a few years ago - back in our Lance Berkman era - (not that many current Yankees remember it.) We have unfinished business. They are on my black list. They must pay for their insolence! They must be taught a lesson, mwahahahaha!
Folks, Houston isn't the Astros. It's the asteroid. We don't want Houston. We don't need Houston. What we need is... hmm, wait a minute, there is another option out there...
HELLO, PHIL HUGHES! Hey, Minnesota, how about a win streak!