Umps and Angels pitchers announced for ALCS


Although the Yankees are keeping their pitching plans under wraps for now, Mike Scioscia has unveiled the Angels’ ALCS rotation. John Lackey will get the Game 1 start against CC Sabathia with Joe Saunders to follow in Game 2. Jered Weaver will pitch Game 3, and Scott Kazmir draws the start for Game 4. I’m intrigued by the decision to go with Saunders in Game 2. Joe will have more analysis on that move later tonight, but Saunders does not match up particularly well against the Yanks in New York.

Meanwhile, Major League Baseball has announced the umpire crew for the ALCS. The good news: No Phil Cuzzi or C.B. Bucknor. Tim McClelland, a 28-year vet, will be the Crew Chief, and joining him will be Dale Scott, Jerry Layne, Fieldin Culbreth, Laz Diaz and Bill Miller. That strikes me a solid bunch of men in blue.

Categories : Asides, Playoffs


  1. Mike Pop says:

    I’ll always like C.B. Bucknor. Just because of that one game vs the Red Sox where he was outrageous behind the plate.

  2. pat says:

    Says a lot about the state of affairs with MLB umpiring when we as fans are excited a certain bunch of guys aren’t included.

  3. No Marty Foster, no Angel Hernandez, no Joe West. I’m good with that.

  4. Moshe Mandel says:

    The Saunders thing seems like a solid bit of stupidity. Kazmir has been better since September 1, is better against the Yankees in 2009 and his career. It makes me think he is either hurt or just not right, and they want to limit his exposure.

    • The funny thing is, at first I thought Scoscia was just doing what a ton of Yankee fans wanted to do and was flipflopping guys to take advantage of favorable home-road splits, but that’s backward too:

      Saunders Home: 98.1 IP, .263/.319/.460 allowed, 4.12 ERA, 1.281 WHIP
      Saunders Road: 87.2 IP, .295/.362/.448 allowed, 5.13 ERA, 1.597 WHIP

      Kazmir Home: 81.2 IP, .264/.337/.436 allowed, 5.95 ERA, 1.469 WHIP
      Kazmir Road: 65.2 IP, .252/.327/.376 allowed, 3.56 ERA, 1.355 WHIP

      I agree, I don’t get it. Just throw Kazmir in Game 2, he’s better. If you throw an inferior pitcher in Game 2 and save the better pitcher for Game 4, it may be too late for Kazmir to make a difference.

    • JAM says:

      Kazmir gives up a lot of more BBs than Saunders does, and you know the Yankees would make him pay for that. Furthermore, Saunders is much more effective against lefties (as RAB pointed out in the pitching comparison). That would neutralize the Yankee lefty power threat in Yankee stadium. I might have gone with the best starter for game 2 – Weaver – but Saunders for game 2 is hardly stupid.

      • Moshe Mandel says:

        Except thatdespite the walks and the effectiveness against lefties, Kaz has been better than Saunders against NY in 2009, and much better over their respective careers.

    • Mike HC says:

      Maybe it is a bullpen thing. I believe that the Angels bullpen is a weakness of theirs, and Saunders has a better chance to go deep into the game than Kazmir does. Kazmir is a high strikeout, high pitch count guy, whereas Saunders tries to pitch within the strike zone and keep his pitch count down. Just something to think about

      • Mike HC says:

        Kazmir can also have a larger effect as a reliever than Saunders, considering the kind of stuff they each throw. Maybe using Kazmir out of the pen in games 5,6, and 7 if necessary also played into it

  5. Moshe Mandel says:

    Also, regarding umps, I thought Cuzzi was a good ump until this week. All it takes is one mistake for one of these guys to be in the same boat.

  6. The best umpire name ever:

    “Fieldin Culbreth”

  7. Tom Zig says:

    Fieldin Culbreth

    You guys made that name up didn’t you. That can’t be a real person.

  8. Tank the Frank says:

    With Saunders going in Game 2, the Angels are practically begging us to fly to Anaheim up 2-0. ESPN mentions that the strategy is to neutralize the short porch. What they neglect to figure out is how good our true lefties (Matsui, Cano, and to a lesser extent, Damon) hit against LHP. Plus righties MURDER Joe Saunders. Jeter is one of the best in the game at hitting LHP, then we’ll have all our switch-hitters batting righty.

    Here’s a question: Will Joe try have Posada start Game 2 to gain another righty bat and an extra offensive advantage? That’s what I would do.

  9. Dan says:

    whats matsui’s numbers against saunders?

  10. [...] the Yankees, the Angels will change up their postseason rotation order for the ALCS. As we learned yesterday, the Angels will start Joe Saunders in Game 2 in place of Jered Weaver, who started Game 2 against [...]

  11. Dan says:

    i for 1….thanks

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