By Rich Bauer
As the Yankees prepare for this evening’s battle royale, winner take all, against the Cleveland Indians, keep this in mind- all members of the bullpen are ready to go. That includes Dellin Betances, whose arm might be ready but how about his psyche? This should allow CC Sabathia to get out there and throw as hard and as long as he can with some smarts of course.
The relievers have 11 K’s and are pitching to a 2.63 ERA this postseason. Not bad at all for 24 innings of work.
I think the Yankees line up becomes stronger and more versatile when opposing pitchers also have to worry about Greg Bird. He has had a tough year dealing with his injuries, but I am glad to see him contributing this postseason.
A Bombers win puts them in the AL Championship Series for the first time since 2012, and considering home teams are just 6-14 in Division Series Game 5 scenarios over the past 15 seasons, I like their chances.
The Yankees winning Monday night and the Red Sox losing earlier in the day added to the jubilation for Yankee fans. Anytime the Yankees win and the Sox lose, it’s a great day (especially in October). John Farrell, sorry to see you go!
I suggested in a previous post that you should watch out for the Monmouth University Hawks football team. Well, they are in first place in their conference with a 5-1 record. Senior safety, Mike Basile, from Brick, NJ, is the school’s All-Time Leader in tackles, and is about to shatter the conference record for solo tackles in a career. Keep an eye on this guy as he might be following in the footsteps of Miles Austin and Chris Hogan, past Hawks to play in the NFL.
Photo: Monmouth University Hawks
By the way when was the last time anyone could say that Rutgers football was 5-1 and vying for a league championship?
Speaking of Rutgers, did you see that one of their top 2018 basketball recruits has already decommitted? Point guard, Mac McClung from Gate City, VA, was on campus September 30 for the start of basketball practice and the MidKnight Madness event. It also happens to be the same day he stood on the sideline watching the Ohio State Buckeyes annihilate the Scarlet Knights, 56-0. I’m sure that did not help.
Photo: Kingsport Times-News
I guess the trip didn’t go well and bet it didn’t help that he was on the field for the Knights vs Buckeyes football game.
Till next time I wish you and yours nothing but the best in the world of sports…Cheers