Classic 7 games…The Giants took a 1-0 and 3-2 lead on the Yankees, with 2 shots left to take home all the marbles, when the real drama began. The Yanks and Giants were locked up at 3-3 in the 9th when McClellan gave up a bottom-of-the-9th, walk-off run…That took the series back to San Francisco, where Sabathia and Lee each pitched into the 8th and each gave up 3 runs…the game stayed locked up at 3 until the top of the 11th when the Yankees finally nudged a run across, which opened the way for Rivera in the bottom of the 11th. The Giants scraped up 2 hits against him but couldn’t get anyone across. Long story in short: Yankees take the series in 7, with games 6 and 7 both tied going into the 9th. The Yankee bullpen combo of Rivera-Logan-Buerhle combined for 11 and 1/3 scoreless innings; Pujols hit .357 with 3 HR, including HR in games 6 and 7; Sabathia struck out 22 in 3 starts. The Giants got 3 HR and 7 RBI from Konerko; Tyler Graham stole 5 bases; Clay Bucholz had a 1.93 ERA in 2 starts.
Thanks to everyone for a great year. I’ll be working on trying to get all the seasonal stats, LCS, and DCS boxscores up and working over the next week.
Unless someone can talk me out of it, I’m strongly leaning toward NOT resetting the stats next year. It will save a ton of programming time and add quite a bit of strategy that doesn’t currently exist. For example, everyone uses a 3-starter rotation now, but it would require quite a bit more thinking if the start of the next series had to account for who had pitched the last game of the prior series.
Seriously, from my end this was the most seamless season I can remember, and late-season participation was at an all-time high. We probably set a record for trades as well. The more involved everyone is the more worth it this is for me, so my thanks to all of you for making this a very enjoyable season from my vantage point.
Leo will be getting in touch with you about payouts and details about next year. Enjoy the rest of the real playoffs!