ALCS Game Five: Yankees at Angels


We were lucky that the ALCS off-day didn’t come between Games 3 and 4. Otherwise there would have been almost two days of everyone questioning Joe Girardi‘s in-game management. Instead, they played Game 4 a day later and won decisively, making us forget about bullpen moves. We can thank CC Sabathia for that, who made moot any pitcher change issues. That’s what happens when you go eight innings and leave with a 10-1 lead.

As a Yanks fan, it’s hard to be more excited than I am right now. The team is on the brink of its first World Series since 2003, and the way the team is making it easy to feel confident. The pitching has been superb to this point, and maybe, just maybe, the offense is coming around after a slow start to the postseason. In fact, that could be one of the stories of tonight.

Only Hideki Matsui and Nick Swisher went hitless in the Game 4 assault. If they get in on the action tonight, man, I can’t imagine what the Yankees can do. They’re both starting tonight, though you could make a case for either or both of them sitting. WIth Jose Molina in the lineup, the Yanks could use Jorge Posada as the DH, and with a righty on the mound for the Angels (and with the flyballing A.J. Burnett pitching for the Yanks), they could have gone with Brett Gardner in center and Melky in right.

But Girardi doesn’t want to mess with the script that has gotten them to this point. The Yanks will certainly be looking to Swisher for a breakout game. As for Matsui, even with his 0 for 5 on Tuesday he’s still hitting .286/.412/.357 in the ALCS, so there aren’t many worries on that end.

We went over John Lackey earlier today, so for a quick take on him in elimination games, plus his performances against the Yankees in the playoffs, check out that. The Yanks fared well enough against him in Game 1, and will look for production similar to their nine hits and three walks off Lackey.

I have to cut myself off here. I’m just so damn excited.



1. Derek Jeter, SS
2. Johnny Damon, LF
3. Mark Teixeira, 1B
4. Alex Rodriguez, 3B
5. Hideki Matsui, DH
6. Robinson Cano, 2B
7. Nick Swisher, RF
8. Melky Cabrera, CF
9. Jose Molina C

Pitching: Number thirty-four, Allan James Burnett


1. Chone Figgins, 3B
2. Bobby Abreu, RF
3. Torii Hunter, CF
4. Vladimir Guerrero, DH
5. Kendry Morales, 1B
6. Maicer Izturis, 2B
7. Juan Rivera, LF
8. Jeff Mathis, C
9. Erick Aybar, SS

Pitching: John Lackey

Categories : Game Threads, Playoffs


  1. marc resnick says:

    i cant even doubt this team… every time i have they come up huge.

  2. Tank the Frank says:

    I want to see at least 6 strikeouts from AJ, and at least 2 hits with RISP. If that happens, I think you can pop the champagne!

  3. andrew says:

    Do Kendrick or Izturis get split righty/lefty? or does Scioscia just use his incredible gifted baseball mind to pick out the best matchups?

  4. Tim Salmon’s on MLBN’s pre-game show. Looking back on his numbers, he was a much better than I remember him being.

  5. JGS says:

    why is Kendrick not in the lineup? he has no significant platoon split and he murders the Yankees

  6. Play today. Win today. Das’ it.

  7. ansky says:

    We play today…

  8. Mike Pop says:

    Why do I watch the FOX pregame?

  9. crapulent aka I said good day sir says:

    I am so nervous!

  10. Drew says:

    Here’s the plan:

    Get Eric Karros off my tv screen.

    Watch DJ lead off with a hit.

    The rest will take care of itself.

    Go Al and Melk! And the rest of the Yanks too! woot woot. Fall classic here we come.

  11. Camilo Gerardo - your inception? fuck perception, go with what makes sense says:

    If Lackey puts up a 2.0 whip again, ballgame. it seems like we are just getting over the post-alds layover… which could mean that the angels are as well, but that is on burnett.

    • vin says:

      I’m starting to get that little knot in my stomach, and my breathing is getting shallower.

      Man, did I miss playoff baseball.

  12. Camilo Gerardo - your inception? fuck perception, go with what makes sense says:

    Q: is fox’s gun a little slow or are lackey,cc,ervin,aj holding back a little bit?

  13. dkidd says:

    i feel like aj often has a bad 4th or 5th inning. is there a way to check his era per inning this year? i looked at fangraphs but couldn’t find it

    kruk just predicted angels win the game 5-2, so we’re good

  14. Camilo Gerardo - your inception? fuck perception, go with what makes sense says:

    the mind is an amazing thing, and cocaine is a hell of a drug

  15. thurdonpaul says:

    how many red sox are crying now ?

    • JMK aka The Overshare says:

      Who cares? I’ve never understood why some Yankee fans are as obsessed with the Sox as they are with us. There’s a reason for them to obsess over us, but no reason for us to obsess over them.

      But whatever makes you happy.

  16. yankw says:

    lets win this shit for halos heaven

  17. JMK aka The Overshare says:

    I’ve bought some very nice steaks and a fantastic bottle of scotch in preemptive celebration of the win. It’s over. In lieu of having booty, I may call an escort service to complete the trifecta.

  18. Drew says:

    I love how everyone is on Al’s dick now.

    Okay, seven good games and now people realize how special this dude really is.

    You’d think that 2100+ games would give people this idea, not 7.

  19. Camilo Gerardo - your inception? fuck perception, go with what makes sense says:

    dios mio, alex has had 0 swings and misses

  20. thurdonpaul says:

    start spreading the news…..

  21. Sleepy Carl says:

    Ah Karros with the jokes…

  22. ShuutoHeat says:

    So did anyone see the Philadelphia riot videos? Specifically the one where the dumb ass is standing on top of a car that drives away?


    Fast forward to 0:10 if you want to skip to the guy falling off the car.

  23. JMK aka The Overshare says:

    Anyone care to explain the “das it and das all” meme (as it appears to be, at least)?

  24. Andy in Sunny Daytona says:

    Who has a bigger head, Don Zimmer or John Kruk?

  25. That’s how Jeter rolls.

    Did anyone else just have serious issues with the comments section?

  26. Andy In Sunny Daytona says:

    Base hit for Derek Jeter.

  27. Dela G says:



  28. southernyankeefan says:

    got to love that start

  29. Mike Pop says:

    Here. We. Go.

  30. JGS says:

    Yankees >>>> Angels

  31. Mike Axisa says:

    That’s the kind of start I’m talking about.

  32. southernyankeefan says:

    I like it i like it ALOT

  33. Stadium Garlic Fries says:

    There you go guys..lets get it started..

  34. Bob Stone says:

    I predict a 4-3 Yankees win. In the last game I predicted 11-0 Yankees. I had the right number of runs. I was just too stingy in LA’s runs. Hopefully I’m right again, although I wouldn’t be unhappy with a 15-0 blow out.

  35. JackC says:

    I’ll gladly be shouted down here — but am I the only one questioning the second half of the Yanks; lineup a bit? No Posada – still Swisher?

  36. ShuutoHeat says:

    I’m lovin’ this, those were both hard shots. Com’on Tex let’s heat this shiet up!

  37. Andy In Sunny Daytona says:

    An Angel runner would have scored from first on that.


  38. Drew says:

    Mike, we know you said RAB had some problems. You cannot hide.

  39. Stadium Garlic Fries says:

    lets pull one outa here Tex.. we are set..

  40. Camilo Gerardo - your inception? fuck perception, go with what makes sense says:

    let’s go baby

  41. Don’t send the runners.

  42. JMK aka The Overshare says:

    Halo Blog discussing the Mariano non-spitball: http://www.halosheaven.com/200.....l#comments

    • ShuutoHeat says:

      ugh, I’m scared my IQ will decrease by 50% upon clicking that link…

      Hasn’t that issue been discussed to death already?

      • JMK aka The Overshare says:

        A) Your IQ will drop to squishy-face levels.
        B) Yes, it has been discussed ad-nauseum, but this is a video where Rev Halo talks about his paranoia with some guy from a slightly-above-basic-cable sports show.

  43. Andy In Sunny Daytona says:

    Lackey is like a bulldog. Look at the jowels on his neck.

  44. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Yay shitty umpiring.

  45. southernyankeefan says:

    And TEX is rung up on ball 4

  46. Stadium Garlic Fries says:

    oh Tex..u and ur curve balls..

  47. JMK aka The Overshare says:

    Not a strike, but whatever.

  48. Jackson says:

    To close to take.

  49. Bob Stone says:

    That pitch was away but too close to take.

  50. Mike Pop says:


  51. Camilo Gerardo - your inception? fuck perception, go with what makes sense says:

    think small, alex

  52. Drew says:

    Ugh. I hate umpires. That pitch was never in the strike zone.

  53. Well that was not what I expected. Come on, Hidek.

  54. Stadium Garlic Fries says:

    Come on Hideki..don’t disappoint us..at least a single..

  55. Tony says:

    They better call that shit (Tex) for Burnett

  56. Bob Stone says:

    HitDeki – Hit one out!

  57. JMK aka The Overshare says:

    The homeplate umpire is who?

  58. BigBlueAL says:

    Maybe Tex should be benched for Cecil Fielder.

  59. Mike Axisa says:

    A-Rod lost his clutch. Just great.

  60. Burnett better get that same call on the backdoor curve to lefties.

  61. YankeeScribe says:

    He’s living off his curveball

  62. YankeeScribe says:

    Why isn’t Posada DHing?

  63. ShuutoHeat says:

    Fucking crowd is stupid. Do they expect every pitch to be a strike/strikeout?

  64. JSquared says:

    The fastball is off the plate to matsui, but a curveball that didn’t touch the zone once… was a strike? nice.

  65. Drew says:

    I’m surprised Culbreth didn’t call that a strike. Douche.

  66. Good eye, Hidek. Now find a gap.

  67. A.D. says:


  68. TJ says:

    Goddammit all over again

  69. Jackson says:

    Well that was a tease.

  70. southernyankeefan says:

    well that de-escalated quickly.

  71. trueblue says:


  72. Dela G says:

    that strikeout to tex was bullshit by the way

  73. yankw says:

    arg Tex is killing the flow

  74. Brazilian Yankee says:

    That was textbook Yankees’ offense: get two men on than go 0 for 3 with RISP.

  75. Drew says:

    It’s funny how one pitch can change an inning.

    Thanks flashy Fieldin Culbreth.

  76. trueblue says:

    I don not get it, nor do I agrewe with Matsui starting.. His bat looks as slow as he is

  77. ShuutoHeat says:

    People are complaining already? Amazing.

  78. Dela G says:

    cmon aj, you got this

  79. ansky says:

    that sucked a little bit.

  80. Stadium Garlic Fries says:

    Please don’t put this midget on base AJ..

  81. Brazilian Yankee says:

    AJ is not even close. Just great.

  82. Henry Triana says:

    If you didn’t start Burnett for this game, who would you start? Chamberlain or Gaudin?

  83. BigBlueAL says:


  84. Dela G says:

    well a leadoff walk isnt what you want to see…

  85. southernyankeefan says:

    Alright Aj throw some strikes.

  86. Drew says:

    Ahhh! Get JoMo in there! AJ is wild.

    ..Oh crap!

  87. Hugh Jassman says:

    Leadoff walk from AJ = Yankees win ALCS at home?

  88. Drew says:

    It’s crazy how much I loved when Bobby would smile during an AB while he was a Yank. Now I hate it pisses me off like no other.

  89. JMK aka The Overshare says:

    Not how you want to start the game.

  90. I really don’t get why Melky plays in left-center for Abreu.

  91. Brazilian Yankee says:

    Great start, at least he has his personal catcher. It’s not like we could have used Posada’s bat.

  92. PsiFighter37 says:

    Well, this isn’t good.

  93. Mike Axisa says:

    Where the hell do they have Melky playing against Bobby?

  94. Mike Pop says:

    Not what I wanted to see. But it’s alright.

  95. ansky says:


  96. trueblue says:

    Awesome start.. Offense shits the bed then AJ does teh same. fucking great, get the asshole fans in teh game. Brilliant.

  97. ShuutoHeat says:

    Ugh, not to be a sore loser/winner. But I hate the way the Angels grins/smirk, all of them. They look like a bunch of pedos at the candy shop.

  98. TJ says:

    Well this sucks

  99. Yankee1010 says:

    Bad AJ usually waits a little longer to show up.

    Oh well, looks like the offense will have to win one.

  100. Stadium Garlic Fries says:

    Fuck this shit..come on AJ

  101. YankeeScribe says:

    Well this might get ugly early

  102. JackC says:

    Well, at least Posada will be in to hit soon

  103. Brazilian Yankee says:

    Hits with runners in scoring position, didn’t know you could do that.

  104. trueblue says:

    Good.. Boston AJ showed up tonight.

  105. dkidd says:

    i just killed a man with a trident

  106. Dela G says:

    fuck, this isn’t the start anyone wanted to see

  107. southernyankeefan says:

    Man AJ needs to find his stuff.

  108. Mister Delaware says:

    [presses restart button]

  109. David A says:

    Ya AJ was overdue for a blowup game…

  110. PsiFighter37 says:

    Looks like we have bad AJ tonight.

  111. Yikes. Burnett’s lucky that didn’t go farther.

  112. Henry Triana says:

    Great. Yankees don’t do shit with men on 1st and 2nd with no outs. Yet the angels drive em both in. This won’t be good.

  113. BigBlueAL says:

    The only positive that can come out of Burnett pitching like crap tonight is hopefully it ends the stupid Molina catching Burnett experiment and leads to Posada catching every game in the WS.

  114. Camilo Gerardo - your inception? fuck perception, go with what makes sense says:

    err, melk missed cut-off on abreu’s ‘double’

  115. charlespoet says:

    So what time is game 6?

  116. Stadium Garlic Fries says:

    alright AJ..settle down now..still no big deal..

  117. Jackson says:

    That really should only be one run. The defensive alignment turned Abreu’s single into a double. Who shades that far over?

  118. Drew says:

    Jose put the 2 run single sign down. Dammit.

  119. trueblue says:

    Gaddamn Burnett is a frustrating SOB

  120. Yankee1010 says:

    Jorge, get your gear on.

  121. southernyankeefan says:

    well this fucking sucks.

  122. JackC says:

    I’m trying to think of the wins Burnett’s gutted out when his stuff hasn’t been there…coming up empty

  123. JGS says:

    well, this sucks

  124. ansky says:

    So…this is what CC inspired?

  125. JMK aka The Overshare says:

    Thank God Molina is catching him.

  126. TJ says:

    Jesus this is terrible

  127. Riddering says:

    I am amazed and know not what to say.

  128. Mister Delaware says:

    Bright side: More ticket and concession revenue

  129. Henry Triana says:

    I wonder if he can get an out?

  130. trueblue says:

    You fucking chump Burnett…

  131. Everything has been absolutely SMOKED.

  132. Dela G says:

    man this sucks

  133. charlespoet says:

    Wow. Blew a chance in the top of the first and now, the only person AJ is fooling is himself and Girardi. Looks like the route is on.

  134. southernyankeefan says:

    These are’nt exactly bloopers either.

  135. Tony says:

    Molina better never catch again.

  136. Dela G says:

    good thing is that his pitch count is low!

  137. trueblue says:

    This is exactly why game 4 was a must win. AJ has no constitution

  138. charlespoet says:

    Could have sworn this was 2009 not 2004.

  139. Stadium Garlic Fries says:

    can Girardi get Gaudin started

  140. ShuutoHeat says:

    Burnett is shot, no control. That pitch to Vlad had nothing.

    Let’s stop the bleeding Burnett, don’t let the dumb ass crowd get to you.

  141. Mike Axisa says:

    It’s okay guys, Molina’s catching. No worries.

  142. Jake K. says:

    Wow. He’s got nothing.

  143. nathan says:

    I thought BP was at 5 EST

  144. Henry Triana says:

    He needs to walk Morales.

  145. danny says:

    wth, this is unraveling to fast.

  146. Lanny says:

    How’s Molina’s catching doing??

  147. Drew says:

    It’s aight. Our catcher is a HOF’er

  148. Yankee1010 says:

    Look at the bright side – if and when the Yanks get to the World Series, we will not be subjected to another damn Molina at-bat.

  149. Brazilian Yankee says:

    Do something girardi, enough of this fucking loser.

  150. Dela G says:


    this is incredible

    can this please end?

  151. Mike Pop says:

    Eww man.

  152. Josh K says:

    Come on AJ!!!!! Damnit!!

  153. TJ says:

    This isn’t happening…this isn’t happening

  154. danny says:


  155. Stadium Garlic Fries says:

    come on..stop this shit..can some one visit the mound at least?

  156. Will says:

    Alright, getting to sleep early tonight.

  157. PsiFighter37 says:

    Well, I guess we’ll have to win it back home.

  158. Mike Axisa says:

    Oh good, so now Girardi doesn’t have the quick hook.

  159. dkidd says:

    wow. like batting practice

    take a breath, aj. yanks will score more than 4 tonight

  160. slappy white says:

    way to shit the bed AJ

  161. C says:

    Gaudin and Posada, come on down!

  162. nathan says:

    Check the CF camera… they know exactly whats being thrown

  163. JackC says:

    Um…NOW you can bring in Aceves…

  164. Dela G says:

    will someone make an out for the angels?

    that is the 64000 dollar question

  165. Lanny says:

    Isn’t over managing Girardi going to replace Burnett now and try to salvage this?

  166. ansky says:

    I didnt know we were starting game 7 Kevin Brown today.

  167. Mouch "Half Man Half Couch" says:

    Smoke them last night get smoked tonight.
    I just hope they wrap it up on Saturday so CC can pitch game 1 in the World Series

  168. Stadium Garlic Fries says:

    what a downer to start with…i will stil watch all nine innings..

  169. trueblue says:

    The O will totally shut it down I’m sure

  170. Jim says:

    Isn’t this what Gaudin is on the roster for?

  171. Jake K. says:

    Get Swisher warmed up.

  172. JMK aka The Overshare says:

    The silver lining is that there’s no way Molina catches Burnett again, right? Right?

  173. Josh K says:

    Nice check swing…give me a break…

  174. Well, the nice thing about this (bear with me here) is that it’s the first inning. If A.J. can hold it to 4 (probably not?) the Yankees can erase that. If there’s one offense that can make up a 4 run deficit in the first, it’s the Yankees.

  175. Dela G says:

    thank god

    an out!!

    there is a god!

  176. TJ says:

    I thought that was gone

  177. Riddering says:

    Thank you, Swisher. Thank you.

  178. Doug says:

    Joy. ONE out.

  179. E-ROC says:

    One out!

  180. Drew says:

    Not to say this game is over. It isn’t. The positive I take from this early blow up is that Molina may not catch AJ in the WS.

  181. JGS says:

    hey, an out!

  182. Henry Triana says:

    Well, atleast no one’s hit a home run yet? Right guys? RIGHT!??!?

  183. Yankee1010 says:

    One, Izturis definitely went. Two, Molina, any time you want to pull your magical pitch whispering, that’s cool.

  184. Marcus says:

    You’ve got to be kidding me. They are just smoking everything. Can we get a BABIP correction plz?

  185. YankeeScribe says:

    Finally! 1 out!

  186. Eirias says:

    I can just SENSE the Lanny/Brazilian Yankee here, even before I post!

  187. If AJ would have left without recording an out, would his ERA for the game have been infinity?

  188. Yankee1010 says:

    There’s no way Molina is allowed to bat, right?

  189. ShuutoHeat says:

    All pitches hit were at the bottom of the zone, that’s going to happen. His stuff isn’t as sharp as it was last time around, so it’s much easier to tee off on it.

  190. Hugh Jassman says:

    Burnett’s got nothing.

  191. Lanny says:

    It’s a good thing we only got 8 real hitters in the lineup down by 4 in the 1st.

  192. Drew says:

    Nomaas is going to have a field day with this first inning.

    Luckily AJ will get the W anyway.

  193. Camilo Gerardo - your inception? fuck perception, go with what makes sense says:

    lesson one: don’t walk a cold Figgins

  194. Russell NY says:

    You’re going to pull AJ with 16 pitches? Lets get real. They are swinging at first pitches. AJ walked the leadoff speed man. That has disaster written all over it. He far from “sucks” though.

  195. Randy A. says:

    Remember earlier in the year when the Yankees blew two 4-run leads in a row to the Angels? I think thats enough proof to say that 4-runs over 8 more innings is not really that much. Hopefully Burnett turns it around but please…back away from the ledge

  196. Mister Delaware says:

    Oh fuck yeah GIDP!!!

  197. mustang says:

    Wow damn we get down really fast around here you would think they haven’t come back all year.

  198. SmittDogg says:

    Thank god.

  199. dkidd says:

    we’re winning this game

    das it

  200. JGS says:

    ok, now lets get those back

  201. ashish says:

    games over. why am i even wasting my time?

  202. Dela G says:


    AJ wont allow another run

    i guarantee it

  203. Brazilian Yankee says:

    Down 4 with an offense that doesn’t know how to hit with runners in scoring position. This game is going to be challenging.

  204. Mouch "Half Man Half Couch" says:

    Posada has to bat for Molina. AJ lost any pull that he had by pitching batting practice in the first.

  205. YankeeScribe says:

    The bats are going to have to win this one

  206. ansky says:


  207. charlespoet says:

    What the inning is over? Angels are chokers only scoring 4 runs. Too bad McCarver.

  208. ShuutoHeat says:

    Com’on boys, let’s do this shiet. Let’s quiet those mofos in the stands. Make them shut their big ass yaps.

  209. Riddering says:

    A.J. is going to go O’Neill on some coolers in the dugout: y/y?

  210. Will says:

    Remember how we used to say “WHEN” AJ retries a batter, like it was a sure thing?