Oct
14

Umps and Angels pitchers announced for ALCS

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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
  • Mike Pop

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

    • Mr. Max

      Are you kidding? CB has been a running joke with me and my friends for years. They guy is atrocious, and an incredible glory whore.

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

        I think you might have missed the point of his comment.

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

          You said you gave Mary Jane a pearl necklace, how much did THAT cost?!?

        • Mr. Max

          Sorry, you’re right, I misread that as “I’ve” instead of “I’ll.” My bad.

    • http://twitter.com/JamalG_BB Jamal G.

      Heh, he was actually throwing haymakers by the ninth inning when he was signaling the strikeouts.

  • pat

    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.

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

      Rule #1 of umpiring:

      If people know who you are, you’re doing a bad job.

      • http://www.secondavenuesagas.com Benjamin Kabak

        And I always thought it was “don’t talk about umpiring.”

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

          The final rule of umpiring is: If this is your first time here, you HAVE TO umpire.

    • Tom Zig

      I wouldn’t mind if Cuzzi and Bucknor were included if the calls always went our way

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

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

  • http://theyankeeuniverse.com Moshe Mandel

    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.

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

      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.

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

        “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.”

        I’m not sure that Game 4 ‘being too late for Kazmir to make a difference’ is the best reason why this is a mistake. It’s a mistake because, as you noted, the home/road splits are backwards, and also because if Kazmir starts in Game 4 he’s probably only pitching one game in the ALCS (and if he pitches two he won’t pitch the second game until Game 7), whereas your Game 2 starter is, unless there’s a sweep, definitely going to pitch two games in the ALCS (and he can pitch that second game in Game 5 or Game 6, not Game 7). In a vacuum, if you’re looking at Games 1-4, none of those games is any more important than the others. I think the affect on Games 5-7 is what’s important.

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

          Fair enough.

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

            Rather long comment on a rather insignificant point. My bad.

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

              You’re probably just hungry. Go have some pernil, you tubby bastard.

      • TheLastClown

        Loopy stuff indeed.

        The only thing I can figure is that Saunders threw a great game, albeit at home, his last start against the Yankees.

        Maybe Kaz lost some credibility in Scioscia’s eyes after giving up 5 runs in the DS?

    • JAM

      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

        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

      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

        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

  • http://theyankeeuniverse.com Moshe Mandel

    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.

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

      +1

    • RCK

      This is true. One high-profile blown call will get someone labeled a “bad” ump forever.

    • http://twitter.com/hopjake Jake H

      True. I think these umps will be ok thou. I do think the Yanks have a lot better shot to go to LA with 2 wins now that Saunders is pitching game 2.

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

    The best umpire name ever:

    “Fieldin Culbreth”

    • ClayBuchholzLovesLaptops

      +1

      He is my favorite umpire only because of his name. Derek Jeter’s cousin Tim is a close second, though.

    • Tom Zig

      hmmm didn’t see you posted that.

      me = reading fail

  • Tom Zig

    Fieldin Culbreth

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

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

      You should have seen his dad, Ballsandstrikes Culbreth. Best umpire in the 70′s, hands down. That guy knew how to call a game.

    • JGS

      Fieldin Henry Culbreth III

      very solid name

  • Tank the Frank

    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.

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

      Jorge v. Saunders:
      5 PA, 2 singles, 1 walk, 1 K (.500/.600/.500)

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

        And:
        Molina v. Saunders
        7 PA, 1 single, 2 K (.167/.167/.167)

  • Dan

    whats matsui’s numbers against saunders?

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

      http://www.baseball-reference.com/play-index/

      Type whatever name you like into that little box and click the “Go to Page” button. It’ll list all his statlines against every pitcher faced. Enjoy.

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  • Dan

    i for 1….thanks