Oct
21

Offense returns to form as Yanks cruise to 3-1 series lead

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Be sure to check out tonight’s DotF and Ben’s YESNetwork.com recap.

Waiting is the hardest part, and waiting for Game Four to start after the tough loss in Game Three made for a rocky 24-hours in Yankee Universe. Joe Girardi was second- and third-guessed all day for some questionable pitching changes, and the search party was out for the offense that led the majors in OPS (by 33 points!). Nine innings later, none of these problems really mattered.

Derek Jeter led off the game by dumping a single in front of former teammate Bobby Abreu, but was immediately picked off after running on Kazmir’s first move. Although the Cap’n was picked off, it was an indication of how aggressive the Yanks were going to be tonight, attempting to steal four bases in total. After walking to lead off the second, Alex Rodriguez swiped second, again going on Kazmir’s first move. Jorge Posada eventually walked behind him, and just like the night before, the Yanks were looking at a first and second, none out situation in the second inning.

Home plate ump Jerry Layne showed early on that he was going to have a tight strike zone tonight, and it was clearly effecting Kazmir early on. After the walks to A-Rod and Posada to open the second, Hideki Matsui took the first two pitches to work himself in a favorable 2-0 count. However the took the next pitch – a fastball on the outside – for a strike, but swung late on a fastball out over the plate, and popped it up on the infield. Robbie Cano followed that up by getting ahead in the count before popping out to shallow left, and after working the count full, Nick Swisher ended the inning with a routine fly ball to right. For the second consecutive game, the Yanks missed an opportunity to put some runs on the board early.

A-Rod singled to lead off the fourth, the fourth consecutive inning the Yankees put the lead off runner on base. Posada followed with a double down the third base line, putting runners at second and third with none out. The last few times the Yanks were presented with a situation like this, they squandered it and walked away without any runs. This inning, however, would be different.

Kazmir got Matsui to swing awkwardly at an inside fastball for strike three, but Robbie Cano followed that up with a ground ball to the right side. Even though the infield was in, A-Rod broke home from third and made it in under the tag because of Howie Kendrick’s high throw. It wasn’t technically a hit, but after an 0-for-20-something stretch with runners in scoring position, the Yanks were happy to take it, and the 1-0 lead. Following a Swisher walk, Melky Cabrera singled through the 5.5 hole, scoring Posada and Cano for what seemed like a gigantic 3-0 lead. The inning ended when Swisher was called out for leaving the bag early on a Johnny Damon sacrifice fly, however the replay the showed the call was incorrect. Considering Swish was picked off second but called safe earlier in the inning, it was probably a makeup call.

Aside: Holy crap was the umpiring awful. Aside from the two Swisher plays in the fourth, there was also that majorly botched call at third base in the fifth. Both Posada and Cano are tagged while not on the bag. How are they both not out? Just terrible. And this is the postseason!

The playoffs have been full of offensive struggles for our heroes from the Bronx, but the Yankee bats seemed to come alive in the middle innings tonight. Mark Teixeira, 3-for-October coming into the game, ripped a single into left to lead off the fifth, chasing Kazmir from the game after he recorded just 12 outs on 89 pitches. A-Rod followed that up with a two-run jack off reliever Jason Bulger, his fifth in the postseason, giving him at least one RBI in eight straight playoff games, tying Reggie Jackson’s Lou Gehrig’s club record. The lead off runner reached base in each of the first six innings and eight of nine overall), and the bottom of the order, so bad in Game Three, came through by reaching base a combined nine times and drove in five runs. Melky Cabrera paced the offense with three hits and four runs driven in. All told, they put ten runs on the board, and it’s the first time since Game One of the ALDS against the Twins the Yanks scored more than four runs in a game.

While the Yankee offense went to work against Scott Kazmir and various Angels relievers, CC Sabathia went to work on the Angels hitters. Despite pitching on three day’s rest for the first time in pinstripes, Sabathia retired 13 of the first 15 batters he faced before serving up a solo shot to Kendry Morales in the fifth. He went on the give up two more consecutive hits in the inning, and also allowed the first two runners in the sixth to reach, but pitched around both jams without letting a run cross the plate. Sabathia was extremely efficient all night, throwing just 38 pitches through four innings, 80 through six innings, and 101 pitches through eight innings. Eight innings of five hit ball was just another ace-like performance in a postseason full of them.

The two clubs will take the day off tomorrow to regroup, then meet back up in the Big A for Game Five Thursday evening. AJ Burnett, presumably with Jose Molina in tow, will take to mound looking to clinch the Yanks’ first trip to the World Series since 2003. The Fightin’ Scioscia’s will counter with ace John Lackey, who the Yanks hit up for four runs in five and two-thirds innings back in Game One. The Yanks are certainly in a good spot, but that last win is always the toughest.

Categories : Game Stories
  • Andy in Sunny Daytona

    POSADA STOLE A BASE!!!!

    • Evil Empire

      That was the highlight of the game for me.

    • sangreal

      and yet Gardner failed… again

    • Raf

      the fear of seeing him break for 2nd was quickly overshadowed by the surprise of him being safe.

      but he completely botched that rundown back to 3rd lol.

  • pete

    aj’s sick of getting o’ershadowed. he’s going to strikeout 14 guys tomorrow

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bm61weFrK4c JobaWockeeZ

    EAST COAST BIAS!!
    /Angel Fan’d

    • pete

      a-rod and CC are biased towards the yankees.

      • ROBTEN

        Reality is biased towards the Yankees.

        • pete

          same thing.
          reality is biased towards god. Mo is biased towards the yankees. Either way, shit’s pretty unfair for everyone else.

    • http://www.newyorkjets.com/image_assets/8997/052109_coach_rex_ryan_presser_320.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

      Halos Heaven’s game recap headline: “Umpires Greenlight Yankees Game 4 Victory.”

      This after finally admitting, after conclusive evidence had been produced all day (see Deadspin’s coverage) that proved Rivera’s innocence, that Rivera, in fact, did not spit on the baseball in Game 3, while spitefully and childishly continuing to complain of Yankees-bias since the issue was dealt with so quickly by MLB.

      In the span of about 18 hours that blog has completely killed its credibility and embarrassed itself on a national stage (a self-created national stage, mind you, since nobody ever would have paid attention to them if not for Spit-Gate). Hopefully Angels fans have another web destination where they can get decent analysis and discussion of their team, that blog is strictly for sycophantic fanboys.

      • http://kikojones5.blogspot.com Kiko Jones

        Simply disgraceful.

  • boychick

    great to see the bats finally wake up.

  • Mike Pop

    Great game. So much different from the others. This didn’t even get me pacing back and forth at all.

    So awesome. Just ‘total domination’.

    • http://dinosaursneverexisted.files.wordpress.com/2009/04/melky.jpg Drew

      Fugghetaboutit.

  • Salty Buggah

    http://bostondirtdogs.boston.c....._10170.jpg

    (Yes, I got that from BostonDirtDogs.com)

  • Joey

    I thought the HP umpiring (balls and strikes) was refreshingly good. Sure there were some close calls that could have gone either way, but overall a well done job there

    • http://kikojones5.blogspot.com Kiko Jones

      Agreed. He was consistent. And really, that’s all you can ask for.

  • Evil Empire

    CC’s swagger > Angel’s grit

  • Salty Buggah

    I thought A-Rod tied Gehrig’s club (and MLB) record?

  • http://dinosaursneverexisted.files.wordpress.com/2009/04/melky.jpg Drew

    Step into the speculation machine.

    Any shot Jorgie DH’s Thursday.

    I’m thinking Joe will stick with Hideki.

    Howeva, in 41 PA’s Jorgie has a 389/463/556 (WHAT!!) line vs Lackey.

    In 40 PA Dek is no schmoe vs Lackey: 306/350/500.

    • Mike bk

      ha i was just asking the same thing…jorge did go 0-3 in game 1 while hideki went 2 for 3, so he probably stays with it.

    • Evil Empire

      I’m thinking Girardi will go with Matsui as the DH so that the a-lineup can be in there once Molina is PH’d.

      • whozat

        I think this is more important than those SSS numbers. You want to maximize the number of PAs that Matsui and Jorge get, and being able to PH Jorge ASAP and then have both of them in there is the best.

        • Evil Empire

          Y’know what would really make sense? If Posada caught the fucking game. I mean, can’t we just give it a whirl just once Joe, y’know…for kicks?

      • http://dinosaursneverexisted.files.wordpress.com/2009/04/melky.jpg Drew

        Yeah, I agree.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        That.

        If Posada DH’s, we lose the DH when he replaces Molina after AJ leaves.

        Matsui and Swisher are going to remain in the lineup, slumps be damned. Deal with it, people. It’s the right decision.

        • Ivan

          That.

        • hutch

          Quick question – if Posada DH’s, can’t he replace Molina in the field with Matsui taking Molina’s spot in the lineup? Or am I wrong on that?

          • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

            You’re wrong on that.

            Once the DH plays the field, he’s lost for the game and the pitcher bats. You cannot double-switch with the DH.

  • Mike bk

    any chance joe starts Jorge at DH, though hideki did get a couple hits in game 1?

  • Dela G

    God i am so fucking happy i can barely contain myself

    remember when the yankees were 0-8 against the redsox?

    yeah i don’t remember either

    • scooter

      Who are these Red Sox of which you speak?

      • http://kikojones5.blogspot.com Kiko Jones

        hahahahahahahahahaha

    • http://dinosaursneverexisted.files.wordpress.com/2009/04/melky.jpg Drew

      Oh, I remember. Made the rest of the regular season even better.

    • Accent Shallow

      If anyone wants to dig through the archives, I bet there’s some gems in there, in re: that fact.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        From the spillover threads during the 8th straight loss, on June 11th:

        ————-

        pc69 says:
        June 11th, 2009 at 9:17 pm
        I know I will catch all kinds of shit for this but Matsui is done and is liability to this team. Just DFA him and pay him his money.

        ————-

        Bill R says:
        June 11th, 2009 at 9:36 pm
        AXL has texted to me to tell you guys that he says we will not score again this inning.

        Pablo Zevallos says:
        June 11th, 2009 at 9:38 pm
        sarcasm alert, or do you know him personally?

        Bill R says:
        June 11th, 2009 at 9:39 pm
        No he’s a close friend of mine

        ————-

        TJ says:
        June 11th, 2009 at 10:35 pm
        Do we really need Girardi, seems to make some horrible errors in judgment

        Charlie says:
        June 11th, 2009 at 10:37 pm
        NO HE’S THE STUPIDEST MOTHERFUCKING MANAGER I’VE EVER SEEN. I WOULD LITERALLY FIRE HIS ASS.

        Charlie says:
        June 11th, 2009 at 11:21 pm
        by the way i was serious, not sarcastic here

        ————-

        Lanny says:
        June 11th, 2009 at 10:36 pm
        When has Girardi ever brought Mo into a game in the 8th in a non save situation? Get over that. We don’t have any type of pen. Aceves is a swingman. Not a shutdown 8th inning set up man.

        ————-

        Reggie C. says:
        June 11th, 2009 at 10:37 pm

        We need to trade for Huston Street. ASAP.

        ————-

        TJ says:
        June 11th, 2009 at 10:41 pm
        So much baseball left this year. Impossible to know if these games will mean anything.

        Lanny says:
        June 11th, 2009 at 10:42 pm
        0-8 vs the team you are competing with and your biggest rival means something.

        ————-

        Bill R says:
        June 11th, 2009 at 10:48 pm
        FUCK THIS TEAM!

        ————-

        Andy Stankiewicz says:
        June 11th, 2009 at 10:51 pm

        Thank you sir may I have another?
        I am freaking happy the Yanks do not have to see this team until August 6th.
        The Yankees have no answers for this team right now.None.
        They are the Yankees DADDY !!
        Now the Yanks can lick their wounds agaisnt the Mets and Nats.
        PATHETIC !!!!!!!!

        ————-

        daniel aka bryce harper says:
        June 11th, 2009 at 10:51 pm
        This is the kind of game that could convert you to B-Jobberism. So painful

        ————-

        Hova says:
        June 11th, 2009 at 10:55 pm
        This is almost as bad as the ALCS in 2004. No words to describe the pain as a fan and lack of pride on this team. How can you let a team take you 8 straight without a win?

        ————-

        Ace says:
        June 11th, 2009 at 11:01 pm
        The Red Sox are a flat-out better team than the Yankees in every facet of the game.

        ————-

        Sic says:
        June 11th, 2009 at 11:13 pm

        Why didn’t we fkng sign Daniel Bard ? Its Openheimer’s fault, we don’t have anyone decent in the bullpen.

        ————-

        rsam says:
        June 11th, 2009 at 11:47 pm
        NOW YOU SEE THE REASON WHITE SOX GOT RID OF SWISHER

        ————-

        Axl aka Tom Selleck says:
        June 12th, 2009 at 12:01 am
        This is REAL BAD. If Girardi still starts Wang on Wednesday…I’ll be front-line-and-center when he packs his bags and gets escorted out.
        The ONLY good thing out of tonight was ironically the great pitching of Brad Penny (horrible offense of the Yankees) because they have Clay Buchholz and John Smoltz waiting to come up and they can’t really get rid of such good pitching.
        Girardi is ruining the Yankees…the Yankees are again underachieving…and it’s back to pure embarrassment.
        Hate me all you want…it’s not going to change the embarrassment. Remember that.

        ————-

        Dela G says:
        June 12th, 2009 at 12:10 am
        i want to kill myself after that game

        • Reggie C.

          Those are some gems. However, I have no problem with what i said.

        • ROBTEN

          Half of these could have come from yesterday’s thread.

        • TheLastClown

          Sic’s little lament re: drafting IPK > Bard got me to thinking…why did they go with the finesse of IPK over the raw power of Bard? I mean, both of them were nice & shiny with collegiate polish.

          Only to find out that the Yankees actually did draft Bard in 2003, but he didn’t sign.

          Do you know why?

          • ROBTEN

            Here’s what was said in another forum in 04:

            “Bard was a 19th rounder and little attempt was made to sign him. He was basically a fallback in case Duncan didn’t sign. Bard wanted at least $3 million to forgo UNC…”

            http://www.nyyfans.com/forums/.....hp?t=63835

            • TheLastClown

              Thanks for the find. Interesting how things work out.

              Does it make sense that signing a pitcher would be a fallback in case of failure to sign a position player?

              The $ amount makes sense though.

              • ROBTEN

                I didn’t follow the minors or the draft then, but I think the commenter’s argument that a 19th round pick (actually, according to this, he was a 20th round pick) is a “fall-back” for your first round pick not signing doesn’t really make sense.

                Whether or not he was actually asking for $3 million, it seems to me that the fact that he was drafted in the 19th (or 20th) round meant that he was a signability case that the Yankees probably knew was going to college (he already had committed to UNC). If he did ask for $3 million from the 20th slot, I have to think that it just solidified the fact that he was not going to sign unless the Yankees paid significantly overslot. I mean, by comparison, Hughes was given a $1.4 million signing bonus.

        • A.D.

          Thank you for the work in putting this together, pure gold.

    • Accent Shallow

      What an awesome game.

  • danny

    one more win!

  • Ivan

    6 down, 5 to go. Can’t stop, wont stop.

  • JMK aka The Overshare

    I don’t think there’s a commercial I hate more than the J&R Music ad with the guy sort of playing guitar. It’s brutal.

    Also, Mosanna in the highest.

    • DSFC

      DirectTv. Black Eyed Peas. Sheer torture.

  • Mike bk

    as great as A-rod has been in the series, CC has to be right there for ALCS MVP.

    • http://dinosaursneverexisted.files.wordpress.com/2009/04/melky.jpg Drew

      right there? yeah.
      But, if Al goes 1-4 with a RBI on thursday I think he’ll still get it.

    • Evil Empire

      I think it depends on if there is a game 7, or if A-Rod ensures there is no need for one.

      • Dela G

        I think it depends on if there is a game 7, or if when A-Rod ensures there is no need for one.

        fify

        • http://kikojones5.blogspot.com Kiko Jones

          I think he’s proven that he’s probably the best player in baseball.
          – Jorge Posada commenting on A-Rod’s post-season.

          (He’s not exactly one of Alex’s cheerleaders which makes that statement a pretty big deal in my book.)

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

    A-Rod followed that up with a two-run jack off reliever Jason Bulger, his fifth in the postseason, giving him at least one RBI in eight straight playoff games, tying Reggie Jackson’s club record.

    Is that correct? ESPN and the AP have been saying all day that Ryan Howard just tied Lou Gehrig’s record of 8 consecutive postseason games with an RBI. I don’t think Reggie ever had 8 straight postseason games with an RBI, or they’d all be citing an incorrect stat.

    I’d surmise that ARod tied Gehrig (and Howard) for the team and MLB record, not Reggie.

    http://www.washingtonexaminer......49342.html

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

      Yeah I fucked that up. I fixed it. Don’t know where I got Reggie from.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        You socialist bastard.

    • Mike bk

      on the rbi’s it is howard and lou and in hr’s it is behind bernie so not sure what record reggie holds they are supposedly talking about.

    • ROBTEN

      Reggie’s streak is World Series games (which also includes Gehrig).

      ARod, Howard, and Gehrig’s streak is playoff games.

      http://www.baseball-reference......hives/2984

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        Holy crap moly, Feared Williams put up a .545/.607/1.318 in a six game stretch in the 1996 playoffs.

        Delicious.

        • Ivan

          Yeah, thats pretty impressive for a full time musician.

          • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

            His smooth-jazz-funk-fusion is the most feared music in the industry.

            • southernyankeefan

              does’nt reggie have the record for most home runs in a 7 game series???

              • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

                We’re talking about consecutive games with an RBI.

                We’re not talking about homers.

                • southernyankeefan

                  Mike A said he didn’t know where he got reggies name from just trying to point out a possibility.

                • Brian

                  ARod tied Reggie for HRs in a postseason by a Yankee. Still behind Bernie, though.

  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

    Bring it home, Yanks.

    One more win and I will be very glad my purchase last week was not made in vain.

    • scooter

      What did you buy?

      • TheLastClown

        WS tix? AL Champ hat/shit/other swag?

        • TheLastClown

          Shirt*

  • http://dinosaursneverexisted.files.wordpress.com/2009/04/melky.jpg Drew

    Heh, Al took a course in “Derek Jeter Media Relations 101.” He’s pro at giving cliche answers now.

    • Salty Buggah

      Yea, I noticed that too.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        Well, you gotta take it one game at a time, take what the defense gives you, play your game, try and stay focused, blah blah blah words words words.

        • Salty Buggah

          Hmmm, sounds like McDaniels right there.

        • http://kikojones5.blogspot.com Kiko Jones

          hahahahahahaha

          So true…

    • Evil Empire

      Did he even dart his head around, acting like he’s trying to find someone in the background during the entire interview? That’s the Jeter signature.

      • http://dinosaursneverexisted.files.wordpress.com/2009/04/melky.jpg Drew

        haha Nah he hasn’t started that yet.

        I said he took “Derek Jeter Media Relations 101.”

        The Dart head around move is “Derek Jeter Media Relations 202.”

        • Evil Empire

          They both got their degree in Fucking Hot Actresses a while ago.

          • JMK aka The Overshare

            Maddona has the physiology of freeze dried ice cream at this point, but Kate’s pretty solid.

  • http://kierstenschmidt.com Kiersten

    If you’re happy and you know it clap your hands *clap* *clap*

    • JMK aka The Overshare

      For an epic win like this, bitches should be clapping something else!

  • http://twitter.com/hopjake Jake H

    The O looks like they have come around. I think this is done on Thursday. CC is just the man.

  • Ivan

    Now that the series is all but over, I think it’s time to focus our attention to the WS shall we. I,ve never have this much confidence in a yankee team like this in a long, long time.

  • http://twitter.com/hopjake Jake H

    6 wins down, 5 more to go.

  • Esteban

    Tim McClelland: “I’m not sure I believe the replays”

    WHAT?

    • http://dinosaursneverexisted.files.wordpress.com/2009/04/melky.jpg Drew

      Nahhh he said on the first replay I believed in my heart it was the right call. Then I saw it again and saw he left on time.

      He didn’t deny it.

  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

    On YES postgame, McClelland admits he blew two calls.

  • http://dinosaursneverexisted.files.wordpress.com/2009/04/melky.jpg Drew

    Yo Angels, I’m real happy for you, and imma let you finish….but the Yankees have the best team of all time.

    /Kanye’d

  • http://twitter.com/hopjake Jake H

    Love how on Halos Heaven they are blaming everything but their team. Kazmir was getting squeezed. Ha. The zone was pretty consistent all night long.

    • Evil Empire

      The Angels are the new Red Sox. In a bad, “man their fans are bitches” way.

  • http://www.teamnerdrage.com leokitty

    I found the abysmal umpiring tonight to be hilarious given that Fay Vincent just had his op-ed piece about needed umpiring reforms published by the Times.

    Other than that, A-Rod rules my world. And CC. But A-Rod does it more often.

  • JMK aka The Overshare

    So I checked out that horrible Angels blog and was surprised to find that they not only hate McCarver and Buck, but think that the two announcers are biased in the Yankees favor.

    Something’s not right here.

    • ShuutoHeat

      Something is wrong alright.

      I think even if we got real pictures of McCarver and Buck in action with Aybar. They’ll still say McCarver and Buck are biased in favor of Yankees.

  • Dela G

    A-rod to the angels:

    FUCK YO COUCH ANGELS, FUCK YO COUCH!

    • Evil Empire

      FUCK YO AGROCRAG ANGELS!

      • http://www.facebook.com/dougchu Doug

        ietc

      • Dela G

        haha perfect

  • Ant

    I thought this was a pretty hilarious comment over at that retarded angels blog. Wow those people are dumb.

    “No, I am saying whole heartedly, that this game is no longer fair and impartial.
    that in fact, the umps( or ump or two) are paid off. Seriously, look at it from a business perspective. Look at how much money the Yanks will make if they make the WS. How little it would cost them to pay the umps in relation to how much they have already paid out in salary etc. The mafia does in fact exist.”

    by Big Bad, ‘Vlad’! on Oct 20, 2009 8:59 PM PDT up reply 0 recs

    • JMK aka The Overshare

      Pass me my tinfoil helmet and beam me up.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Joseph Pawlikowski

      If these were Yankees fans posting here, we would have banned 95% of them.

      • JMK aka The Overshare

        Regardless of fan allegiance, there should be some level of civil discourse. Their level of credibility is shot. Sure, we have some fans that can be a bit unreasonable or have viewpoints that differ with reality–they are the minority here. And the behavior of the moderators and admins there is baffling.The most egregious thing is their admin banning people for simply admitting they are Yankee fans, regardless of the content of the post.

        Listen, the Yankees were simply the better team today. There’s no way around it. Even if the umpires could have dictated aspects of the game, it would be unbelievably difficult for them to make a nine run difference.

        That place is a horror show.

        • mustang

          Totally Agree.

    • DSFC

      Hmmmmm…so the umpiring was why they lost a TEN TO ONE game, eh?

      Angels fans are some of the very worse.

  • southernyankeefan

    looking at the box score i didnt realize CC had so many ground balls. 14-5 ground balls to flyballs.

    • whozat

      That’s Angels baseball :-)

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  • ShuutoHeat

    RAB should run some kind of caption contest for that funny cwybaby Angels picture.

  • Tom Zig

    What is this pitch that CC throws that has BBTN so perplexed?

    Kruk called it a “one-seam whatever it is, the devastator”
    Ravech called it s screwball

    • TheLastClown

      Change.

  • Peter Abraham

    Arod has a corked bat. Go pats!!!

    • Handtius

      can you guys check and see if this is really him? doubt it though.

      • JGS

        unlikely–the real Pete would have linked himself

        • pat

          hahah yup.

        • handtius

          Yeah..that’s true.

  • mustang

    I took a look over at the Angels blog because of the comments made here and I have to say I’m thankful. Thankful of the fact that this is the only blog I have ever used and of Ben, Joe, Mike and their work here.
    I hope that’s not an example of the other teams blogs.

    • southernyankeefan

      I did the same. every comment is an EPIC FAIL

      • ShuutoHeat

        It’s like they’re all on crazy pills there. If not crazy pills, some stupid pills or a combo of both.

        There’s a thing they say…
        “You can’t cure the stupidity in a man.”

  • count crapulent

    God spits on people who doubt him. Oh yes He does. Count on it bitches.

    I am going to complain of northeast bias next season the first time we lose to the Red Sox. And southest bias if we lose to the Orioles and way way southeast bias if it’s Tampa.

    The ump spotted us 10 runs. how freaking great of them.

  • Handtius

    Just read this at ESPN. Thought it was hilarious:

    Rivera said he wasn’t angry at the accusations.

    “No, I laugh at those people. What am I going to get mad for?”

    • Handtius

      Speaking about the so called spit ball.

    • count crapulent

      “and the Gods laughed…”

      • ansky

        And on the seventh day…he laughed.

  • pat

    Omg that Posada/Cano “call” at 3b was hilarious. How on earth could he have possibly fucked that up? What a joker that Tim McClellan.

    The Yankees won 10-1, and I shot a gun for the first time today. Today was awesome.

  • Salty Buggah

    “He did something a little different,” Angels center fielder Torii Hunter said. “I think he’s shorter with his swing. He’s a lot more patient. He looks different at the plate. He definitely wants it. You can tell by the way he’s swinging. That guy is a bad guy, man. I wish he was on my team.”

    Oh snap, that’s a shot at Chone Figgins!?!?1!!!

  • DSFC

    Oh, and how about a pat on the back for the often maligned Melky? Great game tonight by Leche.

  • tretiak

    Just got back from the game. Man that was awesome! Good to see the bats come alive. CC is an absolute horse. A-Rod is a monster. The Angels were so depressed they didn’t even show the stupid Rally Monkey after the double play in the 6th. I am so pumped, can’t wait to see them to close it out on Thursday in person!

  • YFan
  • Salty Buggah

    Heh, Sterling called A-rod by full name Alexander Emmanuel Rodriguez after his HR.

  • Jeremy

    ARod’s career numbers in the playoffs:

    .288/.378/.535/.913

    Not too shabby.

    • Eric S

      Regression to the mean, ftw.

    • EB

      Actually that before last nights game. now its
      299/388/563

      as opposed to his career line
      305/390/573

      • Jeremy

        Good catch.

        Of course it helps your career playoff stats when you have a 1.469 OPS in 7 playoff games so far. Monstrous.

  • http://Youcan'tincreaseyourrange TLVP

    You can call it what you want – east coast bias, big name bias – but its not intentional

    A number of calls have gone our way that shouldn’t have this offseason – i think we all agree on that – but some of the umps making those calls also made horrible calls against the Yankees (like the tag up yesterday)

    • The Lodge

      The umpiring has just been bad. Not Bad-with-intent of skewing the game outcome in favor of one team or the other.

      The difference is that Halos Haven and the fly-by-night post-season Angels (and Scioscia) are whiny bee-otches about it.

      Don’t believe the hype, TLVP.

    • http://kyivpost.img.com.ua/img/forall/a/355/5.jpg Rose

      You can call it what you want – east coast bias, big name bias – but its not intentional

      You would think the umpires would rather work in the nice weather lol…New York and Philly in November? Or LA…

      Seems like a no brainer for somebody who is just standing out there for 4-5 hours not moving a whole lot lol

      • http://Youcan'tincreaseyourrange TLVP

        I think both you and The Lodge are missing my key point – it is NOT INTENTIONAL.

        We could then debate if the there is an unintentional bias in favour of the Yankees, and why that might be – for instance we all know that big name pitchers tend to get a wider strike zone and CC is about as big a big name pitcher you can be

        • The Lodge

          I got where you were coming from. Just adding my 2 cents (and a dig on that blog, california baseball, etc.) to your thoughts.

        • http://kyivpost.img.com.ua/img/forall/a/355/5.jpg Rose

          I wasn’t saying you thought it was intentional…I was just writing “as if it were” because it wouldn’t make sense lol

  • Beantownbosoxh8er

    This might have been asked alredy buuuuutttt…..now that CC has 3 great starts under his belt what is his postseason ERA….after the twins I believe it was down to 6.54ish…

  • Tampa Yankee

    True story:

    I’m on my way home from work and I’m talking to my dad about the Mo BS from yesterday and I’m a little pissed about it so I tell my dad “I hope the Yankees go out there and knock Kaz around to the tune of a 4inn 6h 6r 4bb 2k night.”

    Fast forward to when Kaz is taken out and I give him a call to boast that I was pretty close to what his actual line was. After talking for a little bit, the game comes back on and as Bulger is throws his first pitch to ARod I say to my dad “Hey I’ll talk to you later, I want to watch ARod take this guy deep”. As I am setting the phone down, BOOM! C-YA! An Abomb by ARod!

    My father proceeds to call me back and ask for today’s Lotto numbers so if I’m not around much any more it’ll be because I’m rich bitch!

    It was a good night!

  • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

    Aside: Holy crap was the umpiring awful. Aside from the two Swisher plays in the fourth, there was also that majorly botched call at third base in the fifth. Both Posada and Cano are tagged while not on the bag. How are they both not out? Just terrible. And this is the postseason!

    Amen, brother. It also annoyed the hell out of me that Jerry Lane explained himself to Scoisca much more than necessary in between innings at one point. The only thing he should’ve said is that the pitches were missing inside.

  • http://kyivpost.img.com.ua/img/forall/a/355/5.jpg Rose

    I hate doing it (lol) but I have to give TJSC credit. I was getting frustrated with the offense, and rightfully so, due to lack of activity for basically the entire post season (unless the long ball was involved). He said “It’s only the 3rd inning.” Now, the offense had been pretty terrible through out the playoffs thus far…so it wasn’t exactly a small sample size compared to the playoffs…but a small sample size overall just the same. Well the offense woke up finally.

    The best was seeing Melky rip hits for 2 RBI’s a piece off of two different pitchers…that’s a good sign. Teixeira had some great cuts. Unfortunately, Matsui and Swisher are still lost in the Bermuda Triangle…

    By the way, in case if any of you didn’t know? CC is a BEAST

    • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

      Re: Matsui:

      He just seemed so…odd at the plate last night. He wasn’t swinging at pitches he normally would’ve creamed himself over. I made this observation and someone responded with the assertion that he was being “timid” last night, and that was definitely apparent.

      • http://kyivpost.img.com.ua/img/forall/a/355/5.jpg Rose

        He did seem very strange last night…

        Usually he’s so poised at the plate. In his slight defense, the ump was calling some low strikes on him and I could see on his face he was getting frustrated…and Matsui barely ever shows any emotion…especially at the plate during an at bat.

        • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

          Yeah, but as I said last night, there were pitches on the inner half that would be perfect for Matsui to pull over the RF fence or down the line, especially considering his step-in-the-bucket-swing, but he was taking them.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      I hate doing it (lol) but I have to give TJSC credit.

      Don’t hate. Congratulate.

  • count crapulent

    The Angels got a lot of calls in their favor in the ALDS. What bias then? Last I checked, Boston was on the east coast.

    If bad umping can get us 10 runs, then it’s truly bad. But we’ve had game changing calls against us and we don’t obsess about it for 2 days. We are usually screaming at our own team and lack of production.

    Hear that Angels fan: your own team and their LACK of production. Bad umps does not explain a 9 run difference in the score.

    • Sam P.

      Yeah, and bad umpiring didn’t get Tex on which led to the A-Rod homer. And bad umpiring didn’t lead to the three runs they got in the 9th, either. Unless Abreu threw the throw to 3rd into the stands on purpose to protest said bad umpiring.

      Also, with the weird calls at 3rd base on the Posada/Cano tag out, Cano didn’t come around to score on that play. So bad call be damned, the Yanks did not actively benefit by plating runs b/c of the call.

  • pete c.

    The umpiring in this series was as bad as any I’ve ever seen. swisher was out at 2nd in the pick-off, and the make-up call on the sac fly was just digraceful. Finally I don’t know what was worse Cano’s and Posada’s baserunning or the 3rd base ump blowing the call on the DP.

  • Bo

    Best thing about CC’s start was that it saved Girardi from making 15 trips to the mound and make 8 changes.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      You can always find the way to spin a positive into a negative, Bo.

      You’re a champion. A champion of non-champion-ness.

    • http://Youcan'tincreaseyourrange TLVP

      i hope it’s sarcasm but somehow i’m not sure

  • Rob in CT

    Other than the awful upiring, that was a lot of fun. CC was great (and efficient!). ARod continued to be awesome. The baserunning stupidity didn’t hurt, so we can laugh about it. Gaudin got some work in, while the rest of the ‘pen got a rest. I even thought Tex had some good Abs, results aside.

    • ansky

      I love how McCarver couldnt figure out how an ump could miss a call that replays show clearly going the other way!…kinda like how TMAC was sure Torii was safe in game 1 even though every replay showed OUT!

  • ansky

    CC is a BEAST!

    Angels fans on that that Halos blog are straight Guano insane!

    /pet detective’d

  • AeroFANatic

    And the best part about CC dominating in game 4…lines him up perfectly for Games 1, 4, and 7 of the World Series….provided this series does not go 7 (which I don’t think it is)

  • mryankee

    Joe can keep his job one more day. The smartest thing he ever did was hand the ball to CC. That is more like it. BTW thank you Mike Sciossa for sending Kazmir out as opposed to Santana.