Tanya: I've accepted the fact that they are going to need a home run to win this game.
Steve: They can't get a walk tonight, so building a run will be problematic.
Tanya: Maybe we can lend the Orioles Nova for an inning to pitch in this game.
Steve: The old "Embedded Yankee" idea, ay?
Tanya: I was thinking more like "automatic extra bases".
Steve: Can I first-guess pushing Kuroda into the ninth?
Tanya: Not sure who else I want in there, honestly.
Steve: Robertson? Soriano?
Tanya: Both kind of scare me.
Steve: Kuroda did have three complete games this year, so this is not unknown territory, but... I was about to say "I told you so," but Mark Teixeira made a great save there
Tanya: Jeter being out of the game may be good for defense, but that's half of the offense. He'll play tomorrow even if he's hurting, but if it's at shortstop his already bad range will probably be worse.
Steve: Agreed. Another example of Girardi not letting the reliever start off the inning. If you were going to pull Kuroda if anything at all happened, why not just start fresh?
Tanya: I am more ok with this than leaving in the starter until they give up a base hit, but it's still kind of silly.
Steve: Well, we'll see if it's still a 2-1 game going to the bottom of the ninth.
Steve: Thome has looked kind of... done in this series.
Tanya: He'd fit right in on the Yankees, I guess.