ALCS Game One: Angels @ Yankees


2009 ALCSFour days later, the Angels and Yankees are finally ready to start the Championship Series. There’s no way of knowing how sharp either team will be until they get out there on the field, but I suspect we won’t be reduced to watching players so rusty we’d confuse it for a little league game. Just think of it as an extra All Star break.

We know all about how the Angels have handled the Yankees in recent years, and Brian Cashman even went so far as to say “I think they’re happy they’re playing us.” However, our beloved bombers are on the warpath this year, steamrolling the Twins in the ALDS and winning three of their last four against the Angels, including two in Anaheim. Both clubs have their rotations lined up nicely, so we should be in for a great series.

If you’re an ESPN Insider, you can read KLaw’s advance scouting report for the Angels right here. He notes that the Halos have a tremendous offense, but each of their starters  “has a pretty serious question about his effectiveness.” Oh, and their bullpen is shaky. The Yanks made only one small tweak to their ALCS roster, swapping Eric Hinske for Fast Freddy Guzman. I guess they felt Brain Bruney wasn’t necessary.

Here are tonight’s starting lineups:

Chone Figgins, 3B
Bobby Abreu, RF
Torii Hunter, CF
Vladimir Guerrero, DH
Juan Rivera, LF
Kendry Morales, 1B
Howie Kendrick, 2B
Jeff Mathis, C
Erick Aybar, SS

John Lackey, SP (11-8, 3.83 regular season)

Derek Jeter, SS
Johnny Damon, LF
Mark Teixeira, 1B
Alex Rodriguez, 3B
Hideki Matsui, DH
Jorge Posada, C
Robinson Cano, 2B
Nick Swisher, RF
Melky Cabrera, CF

CC Sabathia, SP (19-8, 3.37 regular season)

As you’re probably aware, the weather in the Bronx isn’t pretty, but it looks like they’ll get the game in. FOX, not TBS, has the game, and I believe they’re even going to air some of the pregame ceremonies. First pitch is scheduled for 7:57pm ET, but the introductions and stuff start around 7:30. Enjoy the game.

Categories : Game Threads, Playoffs


  1. Mike bk says:

    glad to hear that we are likely to get this one in because i dont want to wait another day, but also because cc starting tonight is crucial to him being able to start 3 games if necessary in the series. what are the chances of in game weather delays? in brooklyn the weather is still decent with no rain, but i dont know what it is like out by the stadium.

    • JMK aka The Overshare says:

      From what I hear, the crappy weather should start AFTER the game ends. I went to Game 2 of the ALDS and most predicted absolutely terrible forecasts. It was in the 60s and pleasant. Then it rained…let’s hope that happens again.

  2. Dela G says:



  3. JMK aka The Overshare says:

    I find it strange that the best hitter on the Angels, Kendry Morales, bats 6th in that lineup.

    • Mike Axisa says:

      Haven’t you heard? Bobby Abreu is the greatest free agent signing in sports history. The real question is why is he batting second?

      • The Artist says:

        That’s weird, because when he was a Yankee last year he was afraid of outfield walls, his walk rate was declining, he was never in great shape and was ‘kinda passive’ as a ballplayer.

        He must have got really good overnight or something.

        • I know, it’s weird. It’s almost like I’m somehow conditionally presupposed to not be impressed by the achievements of Yankee players, but be totally enamored of the achievements of non-Yankee players…

          Nah, that can’t be it!

          The Mainstream Media

          • The Artist says:

            You can’t actually enjoy it when the Yankees win, canb you? TEHY SPENT TEH 400 MILLLLLION!!!

            US STEEL!!! US STEEL!!!(who BTW-Has been bankrupt for years. Nice comp.)

  4. Teix is the Man says:

    Hopefully its– Baseball Gods:1, Mother Nature:0

    • Dela G says:

      after tonight it will be:

      Yankees 1, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim California Orange County Weast Coast America? “FUCK YEAH”: 0

  5. Salty Buggah says:

    Against Lackey:

    Swish: 5-for-43 with 1 HR, 1 2B, 4 RBIs and 17 K’s
    A-rod: 9-for-51, 23 K’s

    But these guys mash:

    Jorge: 12-for-29
    Tex: 19-for-49
    Melky: 9-for-26

    Here’s hoping A-rod and Swish overcome their past struggles against Lackey and that Jorge, Tex, and Melky continue to own them.

  6. Drew says:

    It’s fucking gametime. My boy is going to have a big series. I can feel it


    Let’s go Yankees!

  8. That brutal 8th inning by the Phillies bullpen was downright Angelsesque.

  9. So anyone else watching the Dodgers/Phillies game suddenly feel like they were back in 1999?

  10. I’m disappointed that the guys on the FOX 5 local pre-game 7:00 show never once told the Yankees to keep fucking that chicken.

  11. slappy white says:

    Hey TSJC….can we be stopped ?



  13. Riddering says:

    Wow. FOX has one of those movie voiceover guys.

    “No one saw it coming. Three. More. Times.”

  14. e mills says:

    so pumped right now!

  15. slappy white says:

    I got the pre game jitters, but once I have that first shot out of the way Ill be fine

  16. Drew says:


  17. Mike Axisa says:

    I want to punch Joe Buck right in the cocksucker.

  18. Eric Karros’s hair helmet is glorious.

  19. fred says:

    The rain is quickly blooming in NJ and headed for the stadium. I fear they play 3-4 innings & get rained out with both teams losing their aces.

  20. Dela G says:

    good god a-rod has some pink ass lips

    looks like pink lipstick

  21. crapulent aka I said good day sir says:

    Mike Maddog Russo was on Dave Letterman the other night. My god he still sucks. Letterman called the Angels the Los Angeles Anaheim California Santa Barbara Angels.


  23. Ivan says:

    “We Play Today, We Win Today…Das it”

    Go Yankees!!!

  24. Zack says:

    CC isnt a guy who can go out and dominate? are you kidding?

  25. ShuutoHeat says:

    “Sabathia isn’t the type that will dominate… ” really now?

  26. Salty Buggah says:

    Why are some people hating on Kobe rooting for the Dodgers?

  27. ShuutoHeat says:

    No offense to Nick Adenhart and his family, but I wonder how many times Adenhart’s name will be mentioned in this series ALCS.

  28. ansky says:

    Yanks in 6? Thanks Mr. Grace.

  29. Salty Buggah says:

    “I can make one prediction, it’s cold out”

    That’s not really a PREdiction…

  30. ansky says:

    I’m so amped!

  31. Salty Buggah says:

    So its harder to throw a breaking ball in this weather. Does that mean CC has an advantage with his power fastball?

    • ShuutoHeat says:

      LOL, I find it harder to pitch in general during the cold weather. I don’t know about the pros.

  32. Mike Axisa says:

    FYI – the show unread comments feature is off for the game.

  33. Fall out of the booth, Joe. Please?

  34. JobaWockeeZ says:

    I almost forgot what Yankee baseball feels like…

  35. Quikksand says:


  36. ansky says:

    Over/under on how many times Joe Buck points out Kate Hudson and Jay-Z?

  37. crapulent aka I said good day sir says:

    Jay-Z said he made Yankee hats famous. Just like he made the J and Z subway lines famous. He’s alsome.

  38. No matter who wins this game, the important thing is that all you need is love. Love is all you need.


  39. Andy in Sunny Daytona says:

    Dancing tough in a mirror. Blackberry. What?

  40. So do they actually show a Blackberry in any of those ads? I don’t think they do.

  41. Somehow listening to “Magnificent” on the eve of the ALCS is apropos.

  42. Ivan says:

    iight, lets go.

  43. The Artist says:

    Anyone know where I can get that PC Richard whistle?

    It’s for a new meme I want to start. Since they play it at Yankee stadium when someone strikes out, I want to post it when someone tells a bad joke. I was looking for it for that Ronan Tynan thread, and came up empty.

  44. Dela G says:

    let’s get get it yanks

  45. Quikksand says:

    Let’s go CC!

  46. Dela G says:

    let’s hope the velocity moves up

  47. Quikksand says:

    0-2 Get ‘em CC!

  48. I haven’t tried to look this up at all, but I’m pretty sure the CHONE prediction engine thinks we’re going to win this series handily.

  49. slappy white says:

    i love tex rockin the elmer fudd hat


  51. Dela G says:

    dayum, i forget how fast figgons is sometimes

  52. Mike Axisa says:

    Where the hell was Figgins going that play? He was on the grass by three feet.

  53. ShuutoHeat says:

    holy! we have a ninja for 2b!!!!! we’re going to win! you can’t trump ninjas!

  54. Jake says:

    Cano apparel win.

  55. Andy in Sunny Daytona says:

    Is it that cold? How can Melky get around out there wearing a fur coat?

  56. Quikksand says:

    grounded to cano!

  57. whozat says:

    When did Melky’s arm become only “fair”?

  58. Drew says:

    lol Robbie is all eskimo’d up

  59. Dela G says:

    and here we go with the abreu dick sucking

  60. JobaWockeeZ says:

    So valuable? Nick Swisher is more valuable than Abreu you know.

  61. Mike bk says:

    i miss pitch-trax.

  62. Quikksand says:

    0-2 count! Get ‘em CC!

  63. Tony says:

    Audio being weird for anyone else?

  64. Handsome B. Wonderful says:

    Gotta love Tim McClelland’s strike call– best (and longest) in the game.

  65. crapulent aka I said good day sir says:

    Cano is going to hold someone up at 2nd. In a gangsta kinda way.

  66. Salty Buggah says:

    FILTHY breaking call

  67. Esteban says:


  68. Dela G says:

    wow posada sold that strike out like a lunatic!

    fuck yeah

    bye bye bobby

  69. Mike Axisa says:

    That was durrrrrrty. Back away Bobby, you might get hurt.

  70. Quikksand says:

    ZZ with K #1

  71. e mills says:

    nice graphics there

  72. Handsome B. Wonderful says:

    CC ARE YA WIT ME!?!?

    (A mix of Stuart Scott and Chris Berman)

  73. Stadium Garlic Fries says:

    oh..now Tim McClland is going to irritate with that ultra delayed call.


  75. Quikksand says:

    3 at bats, 3 0-2 counts!

  76. Dela G says:

    damn you torii hunter

  77. Gotta waste that one, CC.

    • Mike bk says:

      i love how everyone complaining teix swung 3-0 would be saluting it if he hit a 3 run bomb on it.

  78. pedro says:

    end this now

  79. Dela G says:

    phew, i thought vlad got some of that

    on to teh bottom!

  80. Handsome B. Wonderful says:

    Well done. Good Work!

  81. Ivan says:

    Good inning.

  82. Quikksand says:

    1st inning, CC doesn’t break a sweat! GO YANKEES!!!

  83. Drew says:

    Vlad looks like he is about 47 years old.

  84. Salty Buggah says:

    Awesome…gimme 8 more of those CC

  85. Stadium Garlic Fries says:

    way to get started CC…lets roll..

  86. Esteban says:

    I already miss the fisting

  87. Why the hell is there a bull in a fenced in pit right by the highway in the middle of nowhere, Taco Bell?

  88. crapulent aka I said good day sir says:

    I wanna see someone come out in a NorthFace jacket looking like the Stay Puft Marshmallow man.

  89. Andy in Sunny Daytona says:

    Oh! I see Robbie has a movie coming out. Nice.

    • ShuutoHeat says:

      yes, that’s why we’re going to win.

      If you look up the food chain, what’s on top? A friggin ninja.

  90. Salty Buggah says:


  91. Drew says:

    haha jeter tells the camera man to GTFO

  92. ansky says:

    I love how Jeter’s walkup song is Empire state of mind….simply awesome!

  93. Stadium Garlic Fries says:

    I am counting “Competitor” while describing John Lacky.. So far count is upto 2.

  94. Quikksand says:

    Let’s get a leadoff hit Jeter!

  95. Mike Axisa says:

    Lackey’s trying to be a tough guy, not wearing any sleeves.

  96. YanksFor27 says:

    did he just say jeter is having a bounce back year? from hitting .300 in ’08?

  97. Dela G says:

    wow that stat was incredible about jeter getting on base

    110/126 playoff games to get on base?


  98. ansky says:

    so no pitch tracker while the Yankees bat?

  99. Handsome B. Wonderful says:

    Thumbs up, let’s do this:


  100. Dela G says:


    this man is fucking money

  101. Salty Buggah says:

    Nice Jeterian start

  102. Doug says:

    Stellar at-bat.

  103. Drew says:

    YEahhhhh babY! Jetes doin shit

  104. Quikksand says:

    Lead off hit for Jeter!

  105. Esteban says:

    the captain

  106. Jeter totally fisted that

  107. Sam says:

    After McCarver said that did anyone else really want Jeter to get a hit to left?

  108. Ivan says:

    Come on Damon

  109. Dela G says:



  110. Stadium Garlic Fries says:

    alright…lets do it..

  111. ZOMG! THE YANKEES TOOK AN EXTRA BASE?!?! But that’s how the Angels play!


  112. Quikksand says:

    Damon double! Jeter to 3rd! GO YANKEEES!!!!!!!!!

  113. Zack says:

    1st to 3rd? i thought angels could only do that

  114. The Artist says:

    Nice. 2nd and 3rd, nobody out.

  115. ansky says:

    Johnny will take that!! that bat died a hero.

  116. Mike Axisa says:

    Business, they’re in it.

  117. Salty Buggah says:


  118. Handsome B. Wonderful says:


  119. Broken bat double? That shit was FISTED, bro.

  120. Esteban says:

    Only the ANgels can go 1st to 3rd right?

  121. Doug says:

    Is that the kind of defense that produces Juan Rivera’s 1-year UZR sample?

  122. Stadium Garlic Fries says:

    setting it up for Grand Salamai?

  123. Andy in Sunny Daytona says:

    Thats how you break slumps. That, and banging a big chick.

  124. Dela G says:

    lol why the hell do you swing at 3-0!!???!!!

  125. John Duci says:

    wow 3-0??

  126. Esteban says:

    terrible teix

  127. Tex…what the fuck?

  128. JobaWockeeZ says:

    It’s up to A-Clutch.

  129. Salty Buggah says:

    WTF TEX? 3-0

    Cmon A-rod, get head start on MVP.

  130. Quikksand says:

    damn TEX

  131. Stadium Garlic Fries says:

    what the hell was that?

    • Brazilian Yankee says:

      The pitch to Tex? It was right donw the middle. He should have hit that one a loooong way. He needs to get it going in the playoffs.

  132. e mills says:

    wtf was that???

  133. Handsome B. Wonderful says:

    That’s deep enough.

  134. jose says:

    Good job driving in a run Alex!

  135. Dela G says:

    Hey a-rod comes through and gives the yanks the lead!


  136. Quikksand says:

    Yankees lead!

  137. JobaWockeeZ says:

    I’ll take it. It’s all they need.

  138. Salty Buggah says:

    Someone tell Tex to stop popping up

    Nice job Alex

  139. Gettin’ a lead for CC. I like it.

  140. Ivan says:

    Productive AB A-Rod.

  141. Mike Axisa says:

    Booya, good job getting that run in, Al.

  142. John Duci says:

    Good Job Alex. Im still confused on why Tex was swinging 3-0?

  143. Doug says:


    Wow, Torii Hunter took a terrible route to the ball.

  144. Okay, we got a run. Mission #1 accomplished. Now, let’s knock in another, HazMat.

  145. Sam says:

    Pfft. If A-Rod was really any good he would have hit a grand slam there

  146. Mike bk says:

    let’s go hideki

  147. C says:

    There we go A-Rod

  148. Andy in Sunny Daytona says:

    You’re going to need 9 threads today, Mike.

  149. John Duci says:


  150. ansky says:

    Its uncanny how AROD has been driving in Jeter all postseason!

  151. Handsome B. Wonderful says:

    I can has pop-up?

  152. Salty Buggah says:


  153. Dela G says:




  154. Stadium Garlic Fries says:


  155. Brazilian Yankee says:

    YES!! The ghost of Luis Castillo strikes!

  156. E-ROC says:

    How about that infield defense for ya?

  157. Mike bk says:


  158. Sam says:

    The angels do all the little things right to win

  159. ShuutoHeat says:

    Gotta love the clowns! Send out the clowns!

  160. ansky says:


  161. Zack says:

    this team does all teh fundamental things too!1!

  162. slappy white says:

    couldnt see it for the headgear

  163. Riddering says:

    You can’t blame A-Rod for that one.

  164. JobaWockeeZ says:

    LOL, I’ll take that too.

  165. Quikksand says:

    It drops through!!!!!!!!!!!! 2-0 Yankees! What a communication breakdown by the Angels infield!

  166. whozat says:

    All I know is the Angels play the game the right way.

  167. Stadium Garlic Fries says:

    “Angels never beat themselves”//

  168. Arman Tamzarian says:

    Single? Is it to dumb to give an error?

  169. Doug says:

    it’s the second coming of HAH!

    “hey chone ju wan play statues?”


    “ok* *ball drops*

  170. The Artist says:

    Saw that one coming the minute Aybar looked at Figgens.

    SS has to take that, he gets to call everyone off and has to take charge there.

  171. Ivan says:

    But the Angels Don’t make mistakes and are ALWAYS Fundamentally on point.

  172. Brazilian Yankee says:

    Lackey is throwing nothing but fastballs. Hopefully we’ll start catching up to it soon.

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