SportsNation Blog Archives Mark Teixeira
In case you missed it over the weekend -- or in case, like Bobby Wilson, you don't remember a good chunk of the weekend -- we take you back to the third inning of Friday night's game between the Yankees and the Angels.
Minutes after being hit by a pitch, Mark Teixeira comes toward home from second base on Robinson Cano's single and delivers a shot on Wilson worthy of a "Draft Duel" between Mel Kiper and Todd McShay (watch the collision on MLB.com). Depending on your point of view, Wilson was either too far up the first base line to pose any threat to Teixeira or reaching back across the plate as if to make a tag. Teixeira gets up and steps on home plate again; Wilson stays down and goes to the hospital.
After the game, Angels manager Mike Scioscia says it was a clean play, but as ESPN Los Angeles reported, some of his players felt differently about Teixeira's effort. So what's the call? Clean play or dirty payback?
Give credit to Bobby Wilson for taking the high road for not bashing a player who went out of his way to cause bodily injury on a defenseless catcher.” -- santoalcala
I am a lifelong Red Sox fan.....and my hatred for the NY Yankees cannot be described using the total sum of words in Webster's dictionary ... However ... it was a clean play. If he went in with his cleats up ... dirty. Catchers get hit all the time, don't block the plate if you don't wanna get hit ... period. Stop crying about it.” -- maetwagn
It wasn't a dirty play. It was a clean play at the plate. Tex did what he thought would get him to the plate. Catchers wear padding for a reason, and this is one of them. I hate people who talk about "unwritten" rules, because "unwritten" means what you would prefer, and not exactly what is.” -- Dman4Life8017
Remember back when CC Sabathia was a postseason question mark, and Alex Rodriguez was the postseason answer you knew you didn't want? In other words, remember last week? Now people can't get enough of the Yankees' latest primetime playoff performers.
Sabathia had allowed 22 earned runs and 22 walks in his first 25 postseason innings. But after a strong outing against the Twins in the division series, he now edges out Philadelphia's Cliff Lee as SportsNation's first choice to start a must-win game.
And after driving in 17 runs in his first 39 postseason games, A-Rod drove in six in three games against the Twins. But with the game on the line in the ninth inning, would you rather have Rodriguez at the plate than Derek Jeter?
This is the right move. With the 3 off days it only makes CC pitch on short rest once that is game 4, and it makes the bullpen deeper. Starters only need to go 6 innings. Joba 7th, Hughes 8th, Mo 9th game over.” -- con1030
Jeter in the regular season: .317/.388./459. Jeter in the post season: .311/.380/.477. So no, Jeter isn't "clutch", he's just a damn good player.” -- yanks23242
Tim Lincecum's gem against the Rockies Monday night may yet make a race out of the NL wild card, the lone prospect for any sort of September drama in the standings. But if the Giants ace eventually captures his second consecutive Cy Young, Monday's line -- 7 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 11 K -- may go down as the clincher.
Lincecum has been out in front of the SportsNation voting most of the season. He dominated the midseason Cy Young rankings and had a 46-percent lead on his closest competition, Chris Carpenter, as recently as two weeks ago. But between Lincecum's bad back and Carpenter's amazing second half, the gap had closed to 20 percent last week.
What would it take for Verlander to win the Cy Young?
I think he'd have to reel off dominant starts from here until the end of the season. As of now Zack Greinke's ERA, quality starts and strikeouts make him very difficult to beat. But Verlander, Felix Hernandez and CC Sabathia are right in the mix. Full transcript