The Baseball Desert

Wednesday, October 22, 2003

Recipe for success

Take a little hot Mussina, some warmed-up bats, a dash of ice-cold Rivera. Mix well. Top off with a little melted Florida bullpen. Cook for 3 hours and 21 minutes...

Beckett was good last night, but not good enough. He held the Yankees to just 3 hits and 2 earned runs over 7 1/3 innings, but the Yankees took advantage of his exit from the game to tag on another 4 runs in the ninth inning and put the game beyond Florida's reach.

The Yankees actually had two fewer hits than the Marlins (6 vs 8), but their hits either came at the right time (i.e. with guys in scoring position), or left the ballpark, or both. Florida once again scattered a bunch of hits all over the place but were beaten by the hit / walk + 3-run homer formula.

Just one observation on the Yankees' otherwise great performance - what the hell is Soriano doing out there?? He went 0-for-4 last night and struck out three times, and in the process set a new major league record for most strikeouts in a single postseason (23). I don't know if Joe Torre has any options or ideas as far as Soriano goes, but if he does, now might be a good time to try them out.