Posts Tagged ‘Girardi’

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Rangers Handle Their Business On The Road

November 6, 2009
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Rangers Win Their 10th

The Rangers rebounded and rebounded in a big way on Thursday night defeating the Edmonton Oilers 4-2.  It was a complete effort by the entire team, especially Steve Valiquette who filled in very nicely in net for Henrik Lundqvist limiting the Oilers to only 2 goals. 

Coach John Tortorella obviously was in his players ears during Wednesdays practice because the Rangers skated for the entire 60 minutes.  There was not one time during that game when the win was in jeopardy.  The Rangers struck early and simply never showed any signs of letting up. 

An old sports adage goes “you can’t score if you don’t shoot”.  The Rangers on Thursday night were able to score multiple goals because of a season high 39 shots on goal.  They also took advantage when they were on the power play scoring three of the four goals on the power play.

Ales Kotalik had a huge night for the Rangers as he tallied three points with an amazing goal during the 2nd period from whom else but Marian Gaborik.  Gaborik and Callahan were constantly involved in the action as both recorded three-point nights. 

One play which stood out was during the second power play when Marian Gaborik made a beautiful pass to the point through two defenders setting up the slap shot goal by Kotalik.  

Sexy. 

 And FYI, if you haven’t noticed, Marian Gabroik will be mentioned in approximately 93 percent of all of my hockey posts.  It’s not because I have a man crush, the guy is straight filthy and will be the biggest acquisition made by any team this entire season.  

Finally, the Rangers defense also came through last night as they killed off power play after power play after some lazy defense which in turn caused a few penalties.  Rozsival again was a non factor which is baffling after his strong play during the entire last season; however, Dan Girardi and Marc Staal played extremely well defensively completely shutting down the Oilers.  

 All in all, the win was solid and it was exactly what the Rangers needed to accomplish.  The Rangers have the night off tonight and will play a tough road game against the Calgary Flames on Saturday.  Look for the Rangers to skate well and leave it all on the ice again as it will be their last game till next Thursday.

-JDizzle10

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Free Pick for November 6th:  Toronto/Carolina Under 6 -115

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27 outs to No. 27

November 4, 2009
Yankee skipper Joe Girardi

Critics have questioned Joe Girardi's managerial moves this postseason, but the Yankees are only one win away from their 27th championship

The biggest debate among sports media outlets for Monday’s World Series Game 5 was whether Yankee skipper Joe Girardi should start the $82.5 million man, AJ Burnett, on short rest, or go with Major League journeyman, Chad Gaudin.

Many critics — most from the biggest Yankee hater, ESPN — criticized Girardi’s decision to pitch Burnett over Gaudin, and from the outcome of Game 5, it may seem as if Girardi made the wrong decision. I disagree.

Gaudin had not pitched a meaningful inning in 30 days, and what most critics forgot is that, he’s Chad Gaudin. A journeyman with a plus 5 ERA in the National League, where left-handed hitters bat a robust .400 against him. Last time I checked, the Phillies biggest bats are left-handed.

Did anyone want Ryan Howard to regain his power stroke off a scrub like Gaudin? I sure as hell didn’t, and I’d bet my house that would have been the case. Howard would have devoured Gaudin like a fat kid staring at a red velvet cake after Ramadan.

Granted, Burnett got lit like a jack-o-lantern on Halloween, but did anyone think Gaudin would have faired any better? OK, I know what you’re thinking “The Yanks were 6-0 in his starts this year!” While that’s true, Gaudin started those game against primarily right-handed laden lineups, and by starting him in Game 5, Girardi would, without saying, acquiesced the game.

And that’s not how you coach, whether it be in Little League or the World Series. As my favorite Jets coach once said, “HELLO! You play to win the game!”

My point exactly.

Girardi went for the knockout punch. I can’t blame him for that. Unfortunately, Burnett whiffed on the haymaker and fell hopelessly through the ropes. But the Yanks have two games to win one for No. 27, and who better to have on the mound than Andy Pettite.

Cry all you want about Andy pitching on three days rest. Pettite is a big-game pitcher and owns a  3-1 record with a sub 3 ERA in five playoff starts on short rest. His worst outing on short rest, Game 6 of the 2001 WS against the Arizona Diamondbacks, was when he was notoriously tipping his pitches.

And does anyone think Pedro will throw another gem like he did in Game 2?  I don’t.

The Yankees are fierce against pitchers they’ve seen more than once, let alone twice in six days. I just don’t see Pedro navigating through the gauntlet that is the Yankee lineup…again.

With Jeter, Damon, ARod and Posada all hitting on all cylinders, I just don’t see him letting up less than four runs. The Yanks couldn’t buy a hit against Game 1 starter Cliff Lee, but the second time around, the Yanks dropped five runs on the “unhittable” Lee. And Lee won the Cy Young last year. So what would make you think that they couldn’t get to Pedro?

Pedro will pitch his first game of the post season on five days rest. His other two starts were on more than 8 days rest each. As the old adage goes, “Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.” Pedro isn’t fooling anyone tonight.

In the words of Curtis Jackson — 50 Cent to all you hip-hop novices — tonight, the Yankees will be “poppin’ them thangs.” Dom Perignon for everyone. Let’s fuckin’ go.