10. And that, my friends, is why I wanted the New York Yankees. Between CC Sabathia and Mariano Rivera, this is a flawed pitching staff. Just ask the Rangers, who in this series have posted 5, 7, 8 and 10 runs in building a commanding 3-1 lead in the series. The 10-3 blowout tonight came despite two blown calls by right-field umpire Jim Reynolds, who allowed Robinson Cano’s homer despite obvious fan interference – Jeffery Maier, anyone? – and ruled Lance Berkman’s obviously foul ball as a homer. Seriously, the guy went 0 for 2 and all he calls are balls down the right field. He should be ejected from the playoffs. Right now.
9. To me the biggest play of the game was Elvis Andrus’ diving stop on Brett Gardner’s hot smash in the hole with the bases loaded in the 4th inning. A run scored on the play, but Andrus got the force out at third and helped limit New York to one run and only a 3-2 run lead. Also I’ve been hard on Derek Holland in the playoffs, but tonight he pitched 3.2 innings of one-hit ball. Bueno.
8. At Yankee Stadium tonight: Martha Stewart, Yogi Berra, Mark Cuban and Michael Jordan who, when shown up on the center-field video screen, clearly mouthed an “Oh s*#!@!” I know I was hard on the old/new joint today, but any stadium that plays Linkin Park and Marilyn Manson between innings and Parliament during the game is OK by me.
7. Down 3-1 and facing C.J. Wilson Wednesday in Game 5 and possibly Cliff Lee in Game 7, I wonder if Yankees’ manager Joe Girardi will admit his team is in trouble now? “I believe in this team,” Girardi just said, so I guess not. Even worse (better), Mark Teixeira is out for the series after pulling his hamstring (or was it his uterus?).
Read the rest of Richie’s Observations at his Sportatorium blog at DallasObserver.com.