Pitching: LHP Andy Pettitte (8-4, 4.53).
Pitching: RHP Jered Weaver (9-3, 3.15),
TIME/TV: 4:10 p.m. (ET), FOX.
STATE OF THE STRIPES: The Yankees were beaten 10-6 last night in an ugly game that saw them kick a 5-1 lead. That dropped the Yankees a game out of first. Still, they have won three of four on this road trip and six of eight overall.
HALO HORROR: The Yankees are 38-47 against Los Angeles since the start of the 2000 season. It is the only team this decade they have a losing record against. The Yankees are 2-8 at Angel Stadium the last three years and 5-15 over the last five.
BRUNEY’S BATTLE: Brian Bruney’s last 7 games: 6.1 innings, 9 hits, 6 earned runs, 8 walks, 4 strikeouts, Opponents are hitting .474 against him in that stretch.
ANDY NOT SO DANDY: Pettitte lost his last start, giving up six runs on five hits and five walks against Toronto. He faced the Angels on May 1 and took a no-decision, giving up five runs over 5.2 innings in a game the Yankees won 10-9.
He is 12-8, 4.52 in 26 career starts against the Angels are 6-5, 3.79 at Angel Stadium in 14 starts.
A-ROD IN ACTION: Alex Rodriguez is 20 of his last 51 (.392) with six homers, 14 runs scored and 19 RBI. His average is up to .257.
OLD FRIEND: Bobby Abreu is hitting .306 with a .406 OBP and 54 RBI for Los Angeles. He has 38 RBI in his last 37 games.
CAPTAIN ON A ROLL: Derek Jeter is 8 of his last 18.
HEATING UP: Robinson Cano is 15 of 43 in July with seven extra-base hits and four RBI/
SLOPPY: The Yankees have five errors in their last three games.
HOME RUN HEAVEN: The latest career-home run chart:
8. Mark McGwire 583
9. Harmon KIllebrew 573
10. Rafael Palmeiro 569
11. Alex Rodriguez 568
Wonder what Killebrew thinks of being in that company?
DREAM WEAVER: Weaver is 6-1, 3.86 in his last eight starts. He lost to the Yankees on May 1, allowing four runs on four hits over six innings. He is 3-1 but has a 6.11 ERA in five career starts against the Yankees.
Back with more later on.
UPDATE, 2:47 p.m.: Here is Joe Girardi’s pregame:
If you’re really into the Joba situation, listen in. Girardi defends the right-hander and the decision to use him as a starter, etc. Girardi thinks it’s unfair that “so much attention” is paid to Joba.
But part of that he brings on himself with the many commericials and his persona. Which is fine, but at some point you need to back that up.
To me it comes down to this:
Joba as a starter in 2008: 3-1, 2.76 in 12 starts. 1.301 WHIP, 10.2 K/9
Joba as a starter 2009: 4-2, 4.25 in 17 starts. 1.562 WHIP, 7.9 K/9
Joba proved he could be a great starter last season. Same manager, same pitching coach, same team. He has not been the same pitcher this season beyond occasional glimpses. Unless that shoulder injury was worse than they said (a distinct possibility), than it falls on him to get better.
This is not about what role he should be in or how he’s being coached or any peripheral nonsense. This is about whether he can physically be the same pitcher he was last season. So far, he has not been.
Girardi keep bringing up Joba’s age and inexperience. With all due respect, that’s an excuse. He was younger and less experienced last season and he was a terrific starter. Not good, terrific.
UPDATE, 3:04 p.m.: The Mets signed Angel Berroa to a minor-league contract. He came highly recommended by Jay Hook, Roger Craig and Vinegar Bend Mizell.
Berroa on the Mets. It’s the gift that keeps on giving.
UPDATE, 4:13 p.m.: We’re underway here at Angel Stadium. 87 degrees and a beautiful day here in the O.C. Enjoy the game.
UPDATE, 4:18 p.m.: And A-Rod injects himself into the top 10 of the career home run list, tying Rafael Palmeiro with 569 home runs. He now trails Harmon Killebrew by four homers for ninth place.
UPDATE, 4:23 p.m.: 2-0 and Pettitte walks Figgins. Hey, that’s what Chone is trying to do. Just as Joba.
UPDATE, 4:25 p.m.: Great play by Gardner. Figgins was out, too. The 1B umpire, Brian Gorman, called him out but Mike Everitt came up from the plate and called him safe.
UPDATE, 4:34 p.m.: Via assorted Twitter-peeps: A-Rod has five hits vs. Weaver, four of them jacks. See previous post for his stats at this stadium. Just crazy.
UPDATE, 4:27 p.m.: Tyler Kepner has a good blog post on Joba. Check it out on Bats.
Meanwhile, Joe Girardi’s Hinske selection is genius as he homers.
Hinske was 3 for 9 against Weaver, Swishalicious 3 for 19.
UPDATE, 4:44 p.m.: Yankees say they have signed seventh-round pick Sean Black (RHP) and 12th-round pick Brett Gerritse (RHP).
UPDATE, 5:03 p.m.: Andrew Eugene dealing. Yankees lead 3-0. Meanwhile there are literally at least two hot babes in every row of the stands behind home plate here. I don’t know how people watch the game game here.
UPDATE, 5:10 p.m.: Weaver walks A-Rod, which is better than allowing a homer.
UPDATE, 5:18 p.m.: Cano apparently didn’t see A-Rod taking a lead off second base because he knocked a single into center field. 4-0 Yankees.
Meanwhile Michael Kay is calling the Fox booth and screaming, “Say he’s throwing a no-hitter! Say it!”
UPDATE, 5:20 p.m.: See? Aybar doubles.
UPDATE, 5:21 p.m.: Abreu RBI single. What a great value he has been for the Angels. That’s 55 RBI for him.
UPDATE, 5:28 p.m.: Nice job by Pettitte limiting the damage. Take notes, Joba. This is pitching.
4-1 Yankees after four innings.
UPDATE, 5:37 p.m.: Mark Feinsand of the News has some bloggy thoughts on Joba, too. Check it out.
UPDATE, 5;51 p.m.: That didn’t take long. Single, homer and Yankees lead only 4-3. Pettitte again in damage-control mode as the top of the order comes up.
It’s never easy with the Angels, especially here. If Mike Scioscia is not the best manager in the game, he’s in the picture.
UPDATE, 5:56 p.m.: Figgins knows Hinske is a defensive liability and took third easily. Now RBI machine Abreu with runners on the corners and one out. Hard not to see the Angels at least tying it.
UPDATE, 5:59 p.m.: RBI single and Andy is cooked, Three hitless innings and then poof, seven hits over the next 1.1. David Robertson gets a shot to get out of it.
CC and AJ better be real good this summer.
UPDATE, 6:03 p.m.: What was that I said about how well Andy was pitching? Yikes. Final line: 4.1 7 6 6 2 1.
Yankees trail the Angels again, now 6-4.
UPDATE, 6:13 p.m.: Yankees haven’t had one of these disaster innings in a while. But that qualified. Seven runs on six hits, a walk and a stolen base. Angels lead 8-4 and it looks like the Yankees started the break a few days early.
UPDATE, 6:17 p.m.: Jered Weaver has recovered from his early woes. He has fanned four of the last six batters he has faced. Nine for the game.
UPDATE, 6:19 p.m.: Yankees get seven put on them and go 1-2-3 in the next inning.
UPDATE, 6:29 p.m.: If this game were an election, NBC news could have declared Los Angeles the winner by now. Yankees have allowed nine runs in the last three innings.
UPDATE, 6:37 p.m.: Hinske again homers. He’s been more helpful today than Angel Berroa was for two months. The two-run blast brings the Yankees to within 9-6.
That Hinske has already driven in four runs as a Yankee underscores how wasteful the Yankees were leaving Berroa on the roster as long as they did.
UPDATE, 6:52 p.m.: Brett Tomko, the human white flag, out to wrap this one up. This has a chance to get really bad.
Looks like it’ll be CC to try and avoid a sweep tomorrow. At least Hughes and Rivera will be rested.
UPDATE, 7:00 p.m.: A-Rod moves into the Top 10 in career home runs. At least he’ll be happy.
He has 65 homers against the Angels, more than any opponent. He has 35 homers here. The Angels probably would have signed him if the Yankees had let him walk.
UPDATE, 7:02 p.m.: And Matsui goes yard. 10-8 Angels. Hope you had the over. What a nutty game. Do the Yankees have two more runs in them? The bigger question is can they keep the Angels from scoring.
UPDATE. 7:08 p.m.: Cano walks (really, Cano walked?) and Hinske comes to the dish as the tying run. Could he hit a third?
18 runs on 21 hits in this game. Neither club has covered itself in pitching glory today.
UPDATE, 7:13 p.m.: Tomko out and Coke in.
UPDATE, 7:23 p.m.: So the Yankees have allowed two Angels to reach base after striking out on wild pitches.
If I’m Dave Eiland, I ask to get paid for each trip to the mound. Or get milage at least.
UPDATE, 7:26 p.m.: Bobby Abreu five RBI the last two days. I would guess he’s pretty pleased with that given how the Yankees dismissed him after last season.
UPDATE, 7:30 p.m.: Just when they looked in it, Phil Coke takes them out of it. That’s six runs allowed by the bullpen so far.
UPDATE, 7:31 p.m.: As the players say, nothing you can do but wear it. 14-8 Angels.
UPDATE, 7:37 p.m.: Jeter GIDPs to further enrage the bridge-jumping fan base.
UPDATE, 7:38 p.m.: Back later with some reaction. Yankees lose 14-8.