ALCS Game Two: Angels @ Yankees


2009 ALCSWith four days off between the Division Series and the Championship Series, there was plenty of time to focus on the negative, as some are wont to do. There was talk about CC Sabathia‘s struggles in the postseason and against the Angels, Anaheim’s ownage of the Yanks, the weather, and just about everything negative you could possibly think of. Game One, however, could not have possibly gone any better for New York. Sabathia dominated (and J-Poz wrote about it), the Yankees got timely hits and capitalized on Angel errors, and The Sandman closed the door. It all adds up 1-0 series lead.

The Yanks get a bit of a break tonight, because Mike Scioscia is sending Joe Saunders to the bump rather than the grizzled AL East vet Scott Kazmir. It certainly is a curious decision, but I’m not complaining. The Yankees will counter with AJ Burnett, who will have personal catcher Jose Molina behind the dish. It’s a good thing, Jorge Posada did such a horrible job behind the plate last night. Sigh.

Anyway, here’s the lineups.

Chone Figgins, 3B
Bobby Abreu, RF
Torii Hunter, CF
Vladimir Guerrero, DH
Kendry Morales, 1B
Juan Rivera, LF
Maicer Izturis, 2B
Mike Napoli, C
Erick Aybar, SS

Joe Saunders (16-7, 4.60)

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

AJ Burnett (13-9, 4.04)

The weather doesn’t look great, but everyone’s hopefully they’ll get this one. The baseball gods usually take care of these things, so I feel pretty confident that we’ll get nine innings in tonight. FOX has the call yet again, first pitch is tentatively scheduled for 7:57pm ET. Enjoy.

Categories : Game Threads, Playoffs


  1. TheLastClown says:

    Some friends of mine that do ticket business said that people inside the stadium are of the mind that they’ll go to great lengths to get this game in, due to the impending TV scheduling nightmare that tommorrow would be if this game were to get rained out.

  2. aj says:

    why didn’t they play earlier today? Imagine that, in less than ice cold weather.

  3. Salty Buggah says:

    I have to finish a damn essay on Shia and Sunni Muslims and then I have to leave to go somewhere so I cant watch the game. But I’ll be sure to follow it on my phone.

    Here’s hoping we witness Saunders in the fetal position on the mound tonight.

  4. Joe D. says:

    Of the four starts Yankees pitchers have made this postseason, the worst was A.J.’s five-walk, two-HBP performance against a not-particularly-patient Minnesota squad. The catcher for that worst of four? Mr. Jose Molina, of course.

    Small sample Size caveats quite obviously apply, but mildly fascinating nonetheless.

    • Vin R. says:

      In fact, his best three starts of the year were with Posada behind the plate. Apr 14 Tampa, Jun 14 Mets, and of course Aug 7 Boston.

      • Joe D. says:

        Shhhhh, Vin.

        You and your pesky “common sense” and “reality”…you make me sick.

        Baseball comes from here (points at lower stomach), in the gut. You nerdlingers and your damn fancy sheetspreads and Wordexcel thingies are ruining the game. Why don’t you stop making believe you enjoy baseball and go do an R-squared Z-score analysis or some shit.


        • Vin R. says:

          Well if we’re talking about guts, does Molina have more than Posada, who was and still is a big leader on this club?

  5. Tank the Frank says:

    I hope that this is one of those games that just follows the status quo. Nothing would be more frustrating than watching an inferior pitcher like Saunders mow us down as he did his last start. A lot of our big hitters have great numbers vs Saunders, and I just hope everything goes to plan. I’m looking for 4.1 IP, 5 ER from Saunders. He gives up way too many HR. Someone goes deep against him.

  6. Christos says:

    Who else got free tickets to last nights dominance?

  7. Reggie C. says:


    Your MLBTR post on red sox SS options for 2010 included a mention of trading Hanley Ramirez. Was that a throwaway name you decided to tack on the last second to add some zist to post, or is he a real possibility?

  8. Drew says:

    Dammit Jimmy Clausen wtf was that?

    • That was two deviously fiendishly brilliant playcalls by offensive supergenius Charlie Weis. Do you see how he totally flummoxed the haplessly out of position Trojan defenders with all that clever trickeration and motion? He totally caught them off guard and set up Clausen with an easy, wide open reciever.

      What’s that? That totally didn’t happen, and the Irish called to boring ass, vanilla slants that USC easily shut down because they’ve seen that play over and over again since Pee-Wee football?

      Oh, nevermind then. Forget I mentioned it, my bad.

  9. Tank the Frank says:

    I was at that game! 1998 Game 1. That was the loudest I’ve ever heard the Stadium. But I haven’t been to more than a handful of postseason games….

  10. Mike Pop says:

    Let’s fucking go Yankees!!!!!!

  11. Bob Stone says:

    I can’t wait for the first pitch.

  12. ShuutoHeat says:

    Let’s do this shit.
    Let’s bring the friggin roof down.

  13. So is it just me or do these Fox guys want to give no credit to the Yankees for winning last night?

    • crapulent aka I said good day sir says:

      It’s funny the guys at Halo Heaven or whatever the hell they are called think that the announcers are giving massive blowjobs to the Yankees. I think it’s a perspective thing.

    • Tank the Frank says:

      Honestly, I’m a huge homer, but it’s been all about the Angels mistakes; the Yankees can’t win close games, and because they played good defense and went 1st to 3rd once, they played “Angel baseball.”

  14. crapulent aka I said good day sir says:

    I was thinking all day that they should have been playing baseball today. WTF does television dictate this crap?

  15. Tank the Frank says:

    This FOX pre-game team is utterly unwatchable. Is anyone listening to this right now?

  16. We “got away with it last night”?

    Mark Grace is an idiot. That guy needs a mental slumpbuster.

  17. Mike Pop says:

    If FOX going to institute the K cam? A camera on Kate Hudson in the entire game that shows her in a box in the corner the whole time.

  18. andrew says:

    Does anyone have information regarding the weather? Not as in the forecasts for tonight, but right now, is it raining at the stadium? Is the tarp on? or are things looking like we’ll be on time?

  19. DelaG says:

    i am so fucking pumped for this game

  20. The Yankees are just like me.

    We both have a refrigerator full of whipped cream.

  21. ShuutoHeat says:

    LOL, was JoPO all teary eyed talking about the pies?

  22. Dela G says:

    that was a great piece about the pies

    [/pun intended

  23. ShuutoHeat says:

    Okay Burnett you heard those two bastards, prove those assclowns wrong!

  24. Marc says:

    Hooray for more baseball!

  25. Drew says:

    lol.. They say they think AJ will struggle, I suppose Saunders is teh Ace.

    • whozat says:

      Yeah, that was pretty dumb. I think they could both struggle, pretty easily. Burnett is already prone to wildness, he may have a tough time getting a grip on the curveball, and the Angels WILL take advantage of free baserunners in a way that the Twins couldn’t.

    • Tank the Frank says:

      Yeah, the guy with average stuff, bad numbers, and around 50 HR allowed (roughly) should cruise.

  26. Mike HC says:

    Asking these guys for predictions are stupid. Why would they predict a bad start for AJ? Who knows how he is going to pitch. I know everyone loves the predictions and stuff, but it just rubbed my as a bit bush league right there.

  27. ShuutoHeat says:

    Hey McCarver, why are you choking up a bit?
    BTW, old timer… STFU.

  28. Dela G says:

    the yanks HAVE to win this game, because i don’t know if they can take 2 in anaheim


  29. Comrade Samsonov says:

    why are they giving all of the credit for last night’s win to the Angel’s miscues?

  30. Mike Pop says:

    Alright Burnett, let’s keep that control in check.

  31. Comrade Samsonov says:

    why the hell is Wanda Sykes getting her own show???

  32. ShuutoHeat says:

    I don’t know about you guys, but I am getting crazy shivers over how friggin awesome all this shiet is.

  33. Drew says:

    GREAT scouting report there Timmy.

  34. Let’s fuckin’ roll, A.J.!

  35. Comrade Samsonov says:


  36. Riddering says:

    I waited until the last minute to turn to FOX and the first thing I see is still Joe Buck’s emaciated face.

    Just ain’t right.

    Still, LET’S GO YANKEES.

  37. baravelli says:

    “Turn up the heat?!” That’s really all they could think of for the Yankees keys? That means nothing!

  38. ShuutoHeat says:

    Bring this shiet on!

  39. Raul says:

    Joe Buck/Tim Mcarver are retards.

  40. master bra'tac says:

    A media question that i hope someone can answer: the foxsports Spanish channel in new york (on IO cable)has the rights to broadcast tonight’s ALCS game but instead of showing it on channel 223 its on channel 9 and 9 HD.
    My question has been like this before or is this the first for an arraignment like this?

  41. Handtius says:

    good start!

  42. Reggie C. says:

    AJ ks Figgins.

  43. Boom. Great pitch, A.J.

  44. Kevin G. says:

    Hah, the “I got ripped in 4 weeks” ad changed into “I got ripped in 3 weeks!

  45. ShuutoHeat says:

    OOH he dropped the hammer on him.

  46. Mike Axisa says:

    Figgins missed that by a mile. He’s all sorts of fucked up right now.

  47. That 0-1 pitch had FILTHY movement on it.

  48. Comrade Samsonov says:

    wow that was a sick 2 seam fastball to Abreu

  49. ShuutoHeat says:

    “It’s easier to get the first two strikes on Bobby Abreu, than the third strike.”

    Wait, you sure about that now? Let’s ask ZZ… wait he Ked him twice. STFU McCarver.

  50. Really, Joe? 1 finger usually means fastball.

  51. Ivan says:

    Come on AJ.

  52. Rey22 says:

    Oh here we go again with the whole Molina > Posada blablabla

  53. Make him chase it now, A.J.

  54. Comrade Samsonov says:

    hahaha they played the PC Richards whistle on hunter

  55. Drew says:

    This is the hardest he’s thrown in a Yankee uniform!!

    What, really? lol

  56. Comrade Samsonov says:


  57. Dela G says:

    damn those fucking bloop hits

    cmon AJ!

  58. Handtius says:

    bull crap.

  59. SF Yanks says:

    Go AJ, go AJ, GO!

  60. whozat says:

    lucky hit, crap.

  61. Ivan says:

    With the damn two out hits. Oh Well.

  62. ShuutoHeat says:

    That is some BS luck man.

  63. baravelli says:

    Uh-oh, they played the PC Richards whistle preemptively on that foul tip. That’s why that bloop fell in.

  64. Andy in Sunny Daytona says:

    That’s the second nutball-to-double of the playoffs.

  65. Gah, little bloop shit.

    On the replay, he’s pretty luck Hunter didn’t rip that. It was right over the plate.

    Bear down w/two outs here, A.J.

  66. Brazilian Yankee says:

    I love that Vlad runs like and old lady!

  67. Ivan says:

    Nice inning Burnett.

  68. Dela G says:

    attaboy AJ


  69. Mike Axisa says:

    Nice inning AJ. The bloop double was just one of those things.

  70. Handtius says:


  71. Comrade Samsonov says:

    Does anyone else find it annoying that haf the channels broadcast in 4:3 broadcast ratio and the other half in 16:9?

  72. Bob Stone says:

    Good start.

  73. Mike Pop says:

    Good stuff. A.J. threw some good pitches that inning.

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

    it is fun having Jorge bat b4 Jeter

  75. Dela G says:

    why not have molina bat 8th so you can have someone who could get on base for jetes?

  76. Dela G says:

    ugh jeter…

  77. Come on, Jeet. Make him establish command first; he hasn’t pitched in a long time.

  78. Comrade Samsonov says:

    1 pitch = 1 out = not a good start

  79. Ivan says:

    Saunders has a Power Sinker? Really?

  80. Riddering says:

    Oh, Jeter, you still have the patience of a much younger man.

  81. Look to turn on one here, Johnny.

  82. Brazilian Yankee says:

    This weather fucking sucks.

  83. Comrade Samsonov says:

    soooo fucking lucky

  84. Dela G says:

    damn, this wind is nuts!!

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

    sheeeeet, wind blowing in again, anyone?

  86. Ivan says:

    Where the fuck is the Jet Stream?

  87. Comrade Samsonov says:

    at least damon hit the ball hard

  88. Slappy White says:

    time for Tex to wake up

  89. Comrade Samsonov says:

    why did the HP ump turn to the yanks dugout?

  90. Dela G says:

    damn, saunders mowed down tex there :(

  91. Riddering says:

    Time for the Saunders fauning to start.

  92. Ivan says:

    Yo Tex really needs to start hitting.

    • Comrade Samsonov says:

      true dat, he’s got what 3 hits all postseason?

    • whozat says:

      Yeah, he’s had like…one or two at bats since he ripped a ball all the way to the wall, and a whole TWO GAMES since he won a game with a screaming line drive of a homer.

  93. Dela G says:

    beautiful pitch by burnett!

  94. That pitch was F I L T H Y

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

    is aj the one that switched to going 1-seam/sideways2-seam or is that CC?

  96. Dela G says:

    i like this fox trax plus thingy

    sounds cool

    • whozat says:

      I’m pretty sure it’s just pitchfx.

      open up gameday, if you hover over any pitch in the display in the middle, it shows release and result speed.

  97. Juuuuuuuust a bit outside.

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

    lol @ mccarver not knowing the ball ends at teh plater slower

  99. Quikksand says:

    LET’S GO A.J!!!!!!!!

  100. whozat says:

    wait that first pitch was a ball?

  101. Jordan says:

    Tim McCarver is brain dead.

  102. Rey22 says:

    “We’re a better team with you sitting”

    Oooooh God, please, someone, make it stop!!

  103. Mike Axisa says:

    Boy, PeteAbe sure never gets bored of cracking jokes about empty seats, huh?

  104. Drew says:

    Did you folks out back realize the ball doesn’t go 94 mph forever! This is unbelievable!

    • Jordan says:

      Actually, it depends on who the catcher is. If Molina is behind the plate it actually adds 1.5 mph to Burnett’s fastball in flight.

      If it’s Posada a 93 mph fastball is arrives at 76 mph up against the backstop.

      Well that’s what Tim McCarver told me, anyway.

  105. ShuutoHeat says:

    Oh yeah geniuses, objects don’t lose any speed/force/power while traveling a certain distance. Because this is earth. Nothing loses speed/force/power while in motion.

    99 mph fastball thrown across the stadium will stay constant.

    McCarver you’re a bumbling moron.

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

      don’t forget seam friction

      • ShuutoHeat says:

        ugh, there’s so much science to just pitching along that if we explained it to McCarver his head would explode.

  106. alittleblackegg says:

    Wow, AJ looks on tonight.

  107. Dela G says:


  108. Like a cat, baby. Like a cat.

  109. Riddering says:

    Have I mentioned recently how much I love good pitching?

  110. Quikksand says:

    2 great innings by A.J.

  111. Raul says:

    Fox trax plus. Not new. At PNC Park they have it on the scoreboard after every pitch

  112. Comrade Samsonov says:

    nice quick inning

  113. Mike Pop says:

    For real man. He acted like that ‘Fox trax’ thing was the greatest invention.

  114. baravelli says:

    I guess it’s interesting that the pitch lost 7 mph as it travelled, but they need to show me how that relates to different kinds of pitches, and different qualities of pitches. Does this measurement relate to the so-called “late life” you hear about and which I was always skeptical wasn’t an illusion of some kind? Can pitchers really somehow control something about a pitch’s aerodynamics that makes it lose less speed? If they actually did work, their Trax dealy could be very cool, instead of just a gimmick.

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

    CC should def do vw comerciales. good inning for allen J

  116. No reason to chase that, Alex!

  117. Dela G says:

    damn it, right at Aybar

  118. Dammit, Rodriguez got jammed.

  119. Dela G says:

    joe buck, your knowledge of teletubbies makes you lose a ton of man points

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

    excellent tellitubbie reference, JOE, good for youuuu

  121. ShuutoHeat says:

    Hey Joe Buck, you can’t think of something more manly than… Teletubby? You could’ve said wanna be ninja.

  122. Brazilian Yankee says:

    That outside corner is huge.

  123. PaulF says:

    So, AJ looks good so far.

  124. Dela G says:

    that 2-2 pitch was bullshit

    that ball was way out

  125. ansky says:

    Is Cano dressed like an awesome ninja again tonight?

  126. Gonna be a quick night for batters if that 2-1 pitch keeps getting called.

  127. whozat says:

    ok. so there’s a wide zone tonight.

  128. PaulF says:

    Joe Saunders = Nick Blackburn?

  129. ansky says:

    shady strike zone right now.

  130. Jordan says:

    I would like to see the QuesTech data regarding umpire accuracy in calling strikes.

    If these TBS and Fox pitch trackers are at all accurate, MLB must be complacent with having their umpires basically flip a coin on anything not directly down the middle.

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

    i want someone to stare back at a catcher when his eyes peer in on a batter

  132. Swisher doin’ what Swisher does.

    Let’s go, Robbie.

  133. Dela G says:

    great eye swish

  134. Andy in Sunny Daytona says:


  135. Salty Buggah says:

    I love how the Fox guys completely ignore the outside call. Fuckers.

  136. baravelli says:

    Maybe this is just wishful thinking, but does it look like Saunders doesn’t actually look so good, despite not giving up a hit yet? He’s missing a lot of locations, and his breaking pitches don’t look under control.

  137. ansky says:

    here comes that ninja magic!

  138. ShuutoHeat says:

    Hey Joe Buck, is your middle name “Captain Fucking Obvious” ? Goes well with your partner, “Captain Fucking Clueless”.

    No shit you’re going to get pounded when your sinker doesn’t sink.

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

    ooo, cano wanted that 0-1 pitch

  140. Yanks21 says:

    Is this the same ump that did the Twins Series..

    if so, he sucked and then really sucked!

  141. Spaceman.Spiff says:

    Come on Ninja Cano.

  142. NINJANO W/THE RBI! Woo!

  143. Dela G says:


    1-0 yankees!!!

  144. Brazilian Yankee says:

    Oh Man, we love that Ninja!

  145. Doug says:

    Ninjason Cano!

  146. Mike Pop says:

    Robbie Cano!!!!!!!

  147. Yanks21 says:


  148. Andy in Sunny Daytona says:


  149. whozat says:

    It took FOREVER for someone to get to that ball!


  150. Mike Axisa says:

    Finally they pull that two-out bullshit on the other team. Great job Robbie. Two strike hits are a bitch.

  151. Ivan says:

    Wow just terrific hitting by Cano.

  152. claybeez says:


  153. ansky says:

    JUDO CHOP!!!!!!

  154. Reggie C. says:

    Cano swats a triple !

  155. Dela G says:

    i love me ninja cano!

  156. alittleblackegg says:

    Cano is my favorite Yankee hitter. 0-2 count triple? Badass.

  157. ansky says:

    man no team goes 1st to home like the Ang…er..YANKEES!

  158. putt says:

    I like 2 out rbi triples.

  159. ShuutoHeat says:

    Ninja heard your fucking comments, so he said “I’ll slaughter the ball”.

    Joe Buck, patience if a virtue and silence is golden… so STFU guys.

  160. baravelli says:

    Okay Melky, at least pass the pitcher’s spot in the lineup…

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

    mewants robinson to pull his shaw up to his eyes

  162. Anyone else occasionally hearing a clicking sound?

  163. PaulF says:

    how come when swisher takes two pitches its “patient”, but when cano takes two pitches hes “passive”

    He was waiting for that pitch and now the yankees are ahead.

    We love you robbie!

  164. Quikksand says:

    ninja cano baby!

  165. Dela G says:

    man, they might just walk melky and let molina bat


  166. 62-20 is obviously a fantastic mark when you score first, but don’t most teams win most of their games when they score first?

  167. Brazilian Yankee says:

    Melky is awful from the right side.

  168. whozat says:

    Fail, Melky. Needed to take that walk!

  169. Dela G says:

    damn it

    well at least they got the lead

    now AJ, let’s hold em down

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