Monday, September 15, 2008

Coke-Aceves Update #1

Phil Coke won his first career decision tonight, also earning the honor of winning the game that moves Mariano Rivera past Lee Smith and into second place on the all-time saves list. He pitched a scoreless seventh inning, allowing no baserunners and striking out one, as the Yankees beat the White Sox 4-2. On Saturday, he pitched an impressive 2 2/3 innings, in which he gave up one hit and one walk while striking out two, in the Yankees' 6-5 win over Tampa Bay. That brings his season totals to 8 IP, 2 H, 1 BB and 6 SO, to go with a 1-0 record and 0.00 ERA.

Alfredo Aceves started tonight's game, and pitched well in a no-decision, allowing two runs on five hits and a walk, while striking out three over six innings. For the season, he's now 1-0, with a 1.80 ERA, over 20 IP, allowing 15 H, 3 BB and 2 HR, to go with 12 SO.

It's a tough call between these two right now. Obviously, Coke's numbers are more dominating, but Aceves has been impressive over 20 innings, including two very good starts, to just 8 IP for Coke. Most importantly, though, Coke is leading the voting 4-3.

1 comment:

  1. I can't wait for next season's upper deck phenomenon to catch fire-- the invasion of the "Cokeheads"... a group of rabid fans that drink tons of Budweiser, jabber on their cell phones the whole game, and make frequent trips to the mens' room.

    Other examples of Phil Coke mania sure to come:

    Phil Coke Promotional Mirror Night - all fans between the ages of 25 and 35 with a Wall St. work address receive an 8" by 11" mirror.

    "Got Coke?" t-shirt

    Also looking forward to the advent of the "Bruney Bin" fan section.