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Angels announce their ALCS rotation

Posted by: Sam Borden - Posted in Misc on Oct 14, 2009 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Mike Scioscia was a little more forthcoming at his post-workout media session in California, revealing his four-man series rotation. John Lackey, as expected, will pitch Game 1, with Joe Saunders pitching Game 2, Jered Weaver in Game 3 and Scott Kazmir in Game 4.

Scioscia had a good quote about the poor weather forecast and the Yankees potential three-man rotation, joking, “I’m hearing a lot of rain. We may face Sabathia seven times. We might play just one game a week. I don’t know.”

Here are the updated probables:

Game 1:
Sabathia vs. Lackey

Game 2:
Burnett vs. Saunders

Game 3:
Pettitte vs. Weaver

Game 4:
Sabathia vs. Kazmir

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103 Responses to “Angels announce their ALCS rotation”

  1. JeffNashville October 14th, 2009 at 3:25 pm

    Wow, Saunders in game 2. Nice move by Scoscia here. Sauders has pitched well in NY before and Weaver is better at home. Bring on the games and go Yanks!

  2. MikeBoston October 14th, 2009 at 3:27 pm

    I don’t think there were any surprises here, NYY have hit Kazmir well this year and last, I believe, but not having the numbers in front of me I’m not 100% sure.

  3. MikeBoston October 14th, 2009 at 3:29 pm

    Obviously you want to have at least 1 lefty pitching in the Stadium. I’m not sure about Suanders numbers against the NYY but you would assume they’re better than Kazmir.

  4. Laura October 14th, 2009 at 3:34 pm

    We’ll win the first two at home and then the Kazmir game in LA, setting up the clincher at home.

  5. vin October 14th, 2009 at 3:35 pm

    Kazmir has pitched well against NYY in his career, including this year. Which is interesting because he hasn’t pitched like his old self this year.

    http://www.baseball-reference......;t=p#oppon

    3 games, .233/.273/.329 for Yankee hitters.

  6. Jim the VT Yankeefan October 14th, 2009 at 3:37 pm

    Saunders had one good game and one poor one against the Yanks this year. I like the games one and two match ups.

  7. vin October 14th, 2009 at 3:38 pm

    Somewhat strange move. The Yankees hit lefties slightly better than they do righties. .286/.365/.480 for the season. Not sure how those numbers translate to home games only, though.

    I guess Scioscia wants Weaver to pitch at home where he’s significantly better.

  8. Erica - always OPPC October 14th, 2009 at 3:39 pm

    52 hours and 19 minutes until Game 1!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  9. iiicollies October 14th, 2009 at 3:41 pm

    Saunders has never pitched at new YS and last pitched in 2006 at the old one

    1 game ERA 3.00 innings 6.0 6 hits 3 runs 2 earned runs
    2 walks 4 Ks WHIP 1.333

  10. David Cone's Camera Face October 14th, 2009 at 3:41 pm

    peter gammons just called mariano the greatest PLAYER, not just pitcher, of his era. that’s impressive

    this is a pretty cool illustration
    http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_DGjY.....ees_lg.jpg

  11. JeterJobaCanoFanForever, enough said October 14th, 2009 at 3:44 pm

    Will the announced pitcher rotation for the Angel’s affect the Yankees rotation?

  12. NYY626 October 14th, 2009 at 3:44 pm

    Erica – always OPPC
    October 14th, 2009 at 3:39 pm
    52 hours and 19 minutes until Game 1!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    ____________________________________________________________
    Awesome, and that also means roughly 49+ hours until the work week is over!

  13. Jayhi October 14th, 2009 at 3:45 pm

    Break for the Yankees that Molina will be in against Saunders and Posada can face Weaver. Maybe Posada will DH in game 2 if Matsui doesn’t warm up.

  14. Greg October 14th, 2009 at 3:45 pm

    Nice that Saunders will be going on 12 days rest. For a guy who’s more of a finesse pitcher, that could be difficult for him.

    Anyone think Kazmir is hurt? He got lit up by the Sox and only had 1 K in 6 innings and now he’s only lined up to make 1 start in the ALCS.

  15. Doreen October 14th, 2009 at 3:46 pm

    The Angels have some good pitching, but the Yankees beat them 5 times this year 2 times (the most recent) in Anaheim. Never underestimate an opponent, but as long as the Yankees don’t get ahead of themselves, they’ll be good. I think they’re doing a lot better than us fans in that regard.

    Getting back to that lunch: I should have said an Amercan cheese sandwich is PART of a pretty good lunch. All those things you guys added made it complete – chips, tomato soup, a pickle – Jeter, Arod, Mariano, etc.?

    Saunders got much better in the second half. He was pitching hurt in the first half of the season, but didn’t say anything because, well, everyone else was already on the DL.

  16. vin October 14th, 2009 at 3:46 pm

    “Will the announced pitcher rotation for the Angel’s affect the Yankees rotation?”

    No, Girardi won’t let the other team’s decisions dictate something as important as who starts what games. Bank on NYY going with 3 starters, unless there’s rain. It makes way too much sense. Girardi is just playing it close to the vest, as he usually does.

  17. Ray October 14th, 2009 at 3:47 pm

    Saunder’s last pitched on 10/4. Might be rusty after 2 weeks.

  18. Sal123 October 14th, 2009 at 3:47 pm

    According to Accuweather
    Friday 8:00 PM in the Bronx the rain will be gone.

  19. pat October 14th, 2009 at 3:48 pm

    Swisher uses reference to 1920′s offense of Murderers Row and calls this years Yankees line-up Death Row.

    A little less talking to the media from Swish this week please.

  20. vin October 14th, 2009 at 3:48 pm

    “Break for the Yankees that Molina will be in against Saunders and Posada can face Weaver. ”

    Great point. Having Molina face a tough RHP would just be unnecessarily cruel. Big break for the Bombers.

  21. Greg October 14th, 2009 at 3:50 pm

    “Break for the Yankees that Molina will be in against Saunders and Posada can face Weaver. ”

    The problem is that, looking ahead, it matches Molina up against Lackey in game 5.

  22. Bronx Jeers October 14th, 2009 at 3:51 pm

    “Swisher uses reference to 1920’s offense of Murderers Row and calls this years Yankees line-up Death Row.

    A little less talking to the media from Swish this week please.”

    ————————————————————–

    I guess that would make Nick Blackburn and Carl Pavano “The Executioners” ?

  23. crawdaddy October 14th, 2009 at 3:52 pm

    After listening to sports radio around the country thru XM Radio, it appears Girardi gets little respect as a manager. This playoff season might loom very large in changing that perception of him. I hope he’s up to the task and his team plays well for him.

  24. PittsburghYankeeFan October 14th, 2009 at 3:53 pm

    The pitching matchups favor the Yankees, now that we are seeing them for the first time.

    Yankees BP is better, and Saunders does not exactly blow me away, especially in YS on 12 days rest.

    Kazmir looked weak against Boston–of course he is hurt. He’s lost FB velocity. That’s why the Rayz got rid of him, and that’s why he’s being pitched in warm weather Anaheim.

    Mariano is not Papelbon–I just don’t see a game where he blows a 2-3 run lead, and you bet he’ll be used for 4-5 outs quite a bit. He’s had a lot of September rest.

    The length of this series will hinge on whether AJ can survive without giving up a big inning. He does it–short series, Yankees in 5. He doesn’t, then Yankees in 6-7.

  25. ePic October 14th, 2009 at 3:54 pm

    “Swisher uses reference to 1920’s offense of Murderers Row and calls this years Yankees line-up Death Row.

    A little less talking to the media from Swish this week please.”

    Um, he wasn’t talking about the lineup. He was talking about the pitching:

    http://latimesblogs.latimes.co.....ching.html

  26. Pel October 14th, 2009 at 3:55 pm

    Sweeney Murti with Mike Francesa:

    http://bit.ly/9A4yk

  27. Doreen October 14th, 2009 at 3:58 pm

    Oh, crawdaddy –

    I had the oportunity to listen to XM on the car this week. It’s awful. They barely – barely -mentioned the Yankees, except to say, more or less, of course they beat the Twins, it was a mismatch.

    Then they went on to shower praise on Joe Torre, and talk about the Angels and their destiny. They didn’t really say much about the Phillies, except to say, of course Brad Lidge is back – he’s a professional and the playoffs wipes the slate clean and he’ll be great.

    You just gotta shake your head and sigh. Thank heavens for his blog, the writers who give us the information they have, and all the participants here who link to or relate whatever tidbits they can find about the Yankees.

    I don’t know why Girardi does not get praise for keeping this “old” team fresh and healthy; and only lip service to how they developed the bullpen over the course of the season – also keeping them fresh and sharp most of the time. If they do go on to win it all, I hope Girardi gets his due, they I bet he doesn’t care.

  28. Joe October 14th, 2009 at 3:58 pm

    I have Saunders. He doesn’t seem to have good stuff yet somehow he always beats us. But I know better. This is our year people.

  29. Bronx Jeers October 14th, 2009 at 3:59 pm

    Francesa making the Angels out like they’re a team of track stars.

  30. pat October 14th, 2009 at 4:01 pm

    ePic

    Not everyone heard it or is reporting it that way. From SI’s Joe Lemire.

    “The 1920s Yankees had Murderers Row with Ruth, Gehrig, et al. Nick Swisher suggests this years club (A-Rod, Tex, etc.) has Death Row.”

  31. Blackaccord October 14th, 2009 at 4:04 pm

    Greg
    October 14th, 2009 at 3:50 pm
    “Break for the Yankees that Molina will be in against Saunders and Posada can face Weaver. ”

    The problem is that, looking ahead, it matches Molina up against Lackey in game 5.

    —————————————-

    May be we dont need a Game 5… :-)

  32. bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes October 14th, 2009 at 4:05 pm

    Bronx Jeers
    October 14th, 2009 at 3:59 pm
    Francesa making the Angels out like they’re a team of track stars.
    ====

    That makes sense. Francesa, along with numerous others, mistake baseball for track.

  33. Pat M. October 14th, 2009 at 4:06 pm

    A significant key to beating the Angels, will be to control the # 9 hitter Aybar & the keadoff hitter Chone Figgins as they are the table setters…..Obviously Hunter , Vladdy ( a ghost of what he once was ) Morales can hurt you, but Aybar and Figgins will kill you….

  34. Erica - always OPPC October 14th, 2009 at 4:07 pm

    Bronx Jeers
    October 14th, 2009 at 3:59 pm
    Francesa making the Angels out like they’re a team of track stars.

    ****

    The Twins were speedy too. Look how much that baserunning helped them when it mattered :lol:

  35. Erica - always OPPC October 14th, 2009 at 4:08 pm

    NYY626
    October 14th, 2009 at 3:44 pm
    Erica – always OPPC
    October 14th, 2009 at 3:39 pm
    52 hours and 19 minutes until Game 1!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    ____________________________________________________________
    Awesome, and that also means roughly 49+ hours until the work week is over!

    *****

    Now you are speaking my language :grin:
    (Says the girl who calls her mega millions tickets her retirement plan)

  36. ed - slacking in class now October 14th, 2009 at 4:09 pm

    Aybar was suppose to a platoon player with Iztarius (sp). is he having a career year as of now? maybe. like Pat M said, becareful with Aybar, we already witnessed what he could do to the Yanks with one bad pitch.

  37. crawdaddy October 14th, 2009 at 4:10 pm

    Francesa loves the Angels just as much as he loves the Red Sox. He’s been down on the Yankees for years now.

    IMO, I don’t think Cashman is that far off about the Yankees not getting much respect, but it’s not just the Angels, but many media types too. The Yankees have this perception as being high paid, but without much playoff success.

    This is the year to change that perception by playing well and beating the Angels and whichever team comes out of the NL this playoff season.

  38. MaineYankee October 14th, 2009 at 4:11 pm

    Erica – always OPPC
    October 14th, 2009 at 4:08 pm
    NYY626
    October 14th, 2009 at 3:44 pm
    Erica – always OPPC
    October 14th, 2009 at 3:39 pm
    52 hours and 19 minutes until Game 1!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    ____________________________________________________________
    Awesome, and that also means roughly 49+ hours until the work week is over!

    *****

    Now you are speaking my language
    (Says the girl who calls her mega millions tickets her retirement plan)

    ——————————————————-

    So are you planning to live quite meager in retirement or work till you are very old. :lol:

  39. Pel October 14th, 2009 at 4:12 pm

    More fear-mongering from Francesa.

    “Yankees are reliant on the HR and that scares you.”

    :roll:

  40. eric October 14th, 2009 at 4:14 pm

    SWEEP

  41. MaineYankee October 14th, 2009 at 4:15 pm

    Funny how before the ALDS they were saying the Yankees could have trouble with the Twins and after it’s over they weren’t so much.

  42. ed - slacking in class now October 14th, 2009 at 4:16 pm

    Erica,

    customized just for you :D :

    http://www.timeanddate.com/cou.....038;p0=179

  43. Erica - always OPPC October 14th, 2009 at 4:16 pm

    MaineYankee
    October 14th, 2009 at 4:11 pm

    Now you are speaking my language
    (Says the girl who calls her mega millions tickets her retirement plan)

    ——————————————————-

    So are you planning to live quite meager in retirement or work till you are very old.
    ****

    Plan C is marry well :-)

  44. ed - slacking in class now October 14th, 2009 at 4:17 pm

    Erica:

    wait, its this link:

    http://www.timeanddate.com/cou.....038;p0=179

  45. Erica - always OPPC October 14th, 2009 at 4:17 pm

    That’s cheating Ed!!!!!! LOL

    Crossing out post-its is half the fun

  46. bru October 14th, 2009 at 4:19 pm

    we have to win & silence the critics

    if we go out & smash lackey in game 1 the whole world will jump on board

    all the media has is opinions like the rest of us

    thats why you play the games

    half of them will be wrong

    if they are so good at predicting the future they will predict the lottery & retire

    it means nothing

  47. ed - slacking in class now October 14th, 2009 at 4:19 pm

    Erica: lol no its not. at least you don’t have to do math anymore. hehe.

  48. NYY626 October 14th, 2009 at 4:20 pm

    Francesa loves the Angels just as much as he loves the Red Sox. He’s been down on the Yankees for years now.
    ____________________________________________________________
    So last night I went shopping and I ended up buying a Jeter ESPN DVD from Modells ( Ummm I needed a baseball fix yesterday lol) Anyway, I watched most of it last night and Francessa was on it a lot talking ( gushing) about Jeter in various clips. He used to be semi-likeable. I don’t know what happened!

  49. Neil October 14th, 2009 at 4:20 pm

    Keep in mind that Andy Pettitte still has the best pickoff move in baseball. Catchers and other Yankee pitchers will be well schooled with video etc. as to what the Angels tendencies are with pitchers of similar motions of the Yankee pitchers.
    Scouting reports leave nothing to chance.
    Francesa ? He wouldn’t know the difference between a runner and a jogger.

  50. Erica - always OPPC October 14th, 2009 at 4:21 pm

    ed – slacking in class now
    October 14th, 2009 at 4:19 pm
    Erica: lol no its not. at least you don’t have to do math anymore. hehe.

    ****

    But I like doing it. It makes me feel like I have Yankee purpose!

  51. crawdaddy October 14th, 2009 at 4:22 pm

    “we have to win & silence the critics”

    Actually, it’s the following, as the only thing we will be doing is rooting them on.

    “The Yankees have to win & silence the critics.”

  52. JeterJobaCanoFanForever, enough said October 14th, 2009 at 4:23 pm

    “. . Girardi held meeting today with staff. He said impending rain, which could alter sked and impact rotation. Looking at lineup changes in OF” . . . about 1 hour ago from TwitterBerry

    OF changes could mean Damon or Melky out with Gardner in, right. Gee doesn’t like to play Damon in the rain, if I remember correctly.

  53. MaineYankee October 14th, 2009 at 4:24 pm

    Pat M.

    I think Tony Pena has been a real asset as far as helping dealing with the running game.

  54. crawdaddy October 14th, 2009 at 4:24 pm

    “So last night I went shopping and I ended up buying a Jeter ESPN DVD from Modells ( Ummm I needed a baseball fix yesterday lol) Anyway, I watched most of it last night and Francessa was on it a lot talking ( gushing) about Jeter in various clips. He used to be semi-likeable. I don’t know what happened!”

    He went to the dark side when his beloved Yankees let him down from 2001 until now. If the Yankees win it all, he will come back to the light and act like nothing happened while he was gone.

  55. bru October 14th, 2009 at 4:26 pm

    Neil
    October 14th, 2009 at 4:20 pm
    Keep in mind that Andy Pettitte still has the best pickoff move in baseball. Catchers and other Yankee pitchers will be well schooled with video etc. as to what the Angels tendencies are with pitchers of similar motions of the Yankee pitchers.
    Scouting reports leave nothing to chance.
    Francesa ? He wouldn’t know the difference between a runner and a jogger.

    ——————————————————–

    yes he would because that fat a** while he is jogging because thats all he can do people are flying past him

  56. NYY626 October 14th, 2009 at 4:29 pm

    He went to the dark side when his beloved Yankees let him down from 2001 until now. If the Yankees win it all, he will come back to the light and act like nothing happened while he was gone.
    ____________________________________________________________
    Can we tell him we don’t want him back? I’m not a fan of fair-weather fans :)

  57. G. Love October 14th, 2009 at 4:34 pm

    The thing that irks me about the media is the perception that since the Yankees are high paid even if they win it’s not a big deal.

    Ron Gardenhire is the only person on an opposing team than mentioned the fact that guys like Jeter, Jorge, Mo, Andy (to some extent) have to be high paid since they earned that money here. What were the Yankees supposed to do? Not sign their talented veterans to market value contracts?

    The same goes for free agents. The only one anyone can say we grossly overpaid for over the next competitive offer this year was CC.

    We were close in bids with AJ (with the Braves) and Tex (with Boston and the Nats) and the players chose to come here.

    I don’t understand in a country where everyone is trying to make the last dollar, the franchise that actually rewards it’s older players for their service and talent and rewards free agents for their talent is scorned at.

    Every writer who knocks the Yankees for payroll would leave their present job for a salary increase with better benefits.

    Heck, Pete just left here for that.

    Why the Yankees are bad guys because they spend is beyond me.

    Who is going to write the story about how Mo, Posada, Jeter, Cano, Melky, Gardner, Joba, Phil, Robertson, Coke, Aceves, Andy, Cervelli all came up through the Yankee minor league system. That’s not even mentioning that we basically remade Bruney through our system if he’s used. That’s more than half the playoff roster homegrown.

    That’s the story. Let’s see who has the sack to write it.

  58. Laura October 14th, 2009 at 4:38 pm

    Oh God, Diaz is going to be one of the umps during the playoffs? We are royally screwed! He’s horrible!

  59. PittsburghYankeeFan October 14th, 2009 at 4:38 pm

    And now for a Boston Red Sox break:

    http://www.boston.com/sports/b.....r_the_sox/

    What say you, trolls?

  60. lets go yankees (formerly lets go twins) October 14th, 2009 at 4:42 pm

    I know Weaver is much better at home but I am not sure how smart it is to go with your 4th best pitcher in game 2. If the Yankees win game 1 which I expect them to do with CC on the mound the Angels are relying on their 4th best to keep from going down 2-0. As a Yankee fan, I love that possible scenario even tho Scioscia is being proclaimed some sort of genius for doing this. In the playoffs you go with your best as early and often as possible.

  61. JeterJobaCanoFanForever, enough said October 14th, 2009 at 4:42 pm

    from LA Times . . .Bucknor, Cuzzi, Meals among umps NOT working LCS

    October 14, 2009 | 1:08 pm

    Major League Baseball just announced the umpiring crews for the championship series in each league. CB Bucknor, Phil Cuzzi and Jerry Meals, all of whom botched calls in the division series, were not included among the crews for LCS play.

    For the Angels-Yankees series: Tim McClelland (crew chief), Dale Scott, Jerry Layne, Fieldin Culbreth, Laz Diaz and Bill Miller.

    For the Dodgers-Phillies series: Randy Marsh (crew chief), Gary Cederstrom, Tom Hallion, Ted Barrett, Bruce Dreckman and Sam Holbrook.

    Happy anyone, anyone??

  62. lets go yankees (formerly lets go twins) October 14th, 2009 at 4:43 pm

    Oh and I said it yesterday and I will say it again today.

    The Yankees will steal more bases this series than the Angels.

  63. Lou in SoCal October 14th, 2009 at 4:44 pm

    I’m a Jersey Yankee Fan living in the O.C. My wife and I are leaving for The Series Tomorrow. I know it is going to rain through Monday. Has anyone heard how severe or what the plain is for the ALCS. Are there any windows in the weather?

  64. Blackaccord October 14th, 2009 at 4:49 pm

    Following are the base steals for the season series between the angels and yanks..
    Angels had 19 SB and 9 CS.
    Yanks had 9 SB and no CS…

    Yanks have kept the Angels runners in check in September.. It was early in the season when they were running a lot testing out posada’s shoulder…

    Sep 21 – 1 CS
    Sept 22 – 1 SB, 1 CS yanks had 2 sb
    Sept 23 – 1 SB yanks had 2 sb

    Sept 14 – no SB , yanks had 2 SB

    july 10 – 2 sb
    July 11 – 4 sb, 2 CS
    July 12 – 1 CS

    May 1 – 3 SB , 1 cs yanks had 1 sb
    May 2 – 3 SB 1 CS , yanks had 1 sb
    Apr 30 – 3 SB, 2 CS, yanks had 1 sb

  65. betsy October 14th, 2009 at 4:50 pm

    I’m much happier not listening to Francesca ….who’s been ok. Michael Kay has been unlistenable……he’s WAY too negative.

    As to media coverage, actually I think on ESPN, MLB, etc., the Yankees HAVE gotten their share of respect. The majority of analysts feel the Yankees will emerge and that the winner, whomever it is, will win the WS because the AL is just better. I really haven’t seen much disrespect from the media…..except, ironically, from Kay. Francesca does love the Angels, but he said many good things about the Yankees yesterday…..though if he said the Yanks are reliant on the HR, he’s nuts.

  66. MikeBoston October 14th, 2009 at 4:58 pm

    Swisher’s Death Row comment is also a reference to the Hip Hop label with Dre and Snoop Dog. He’s a big fan of 90′s hip hop so he’s just trying to put his own spin on it, making it fun.

  67. crawdaddy October 14th, 2009 at 5:01 pm

    Betsy,

    Kay is playing some kind of game because he wants the Yankees to win badly this post season.

  68. Pat M. October 14th, 2009 at 5:02 pm

    For Michael Kay…Here’s a very simple equation to ponder……The NY Yankees ability to score vast quantities of runs late in the game + The Angels bullpen’s ability to surrender large quantities of runs late in the game = Yanks in 6

  69. JeterJobaCanoFanForever, enough said October 14th, 2009 at 5:03 pm

    Lou: Here’s link to use.

    The Yankees have invited all fans interested in weather updates concerning future home games to follow their official Twitter account at: @YankeesWeather (http://www.twitter.com/YankeesWeather).

  70. no.27 October 14th, 2009 at 5:06 pm

    Is there an easy way to find the Yankees stats against these pitchers?

  71. mick October 14th, 2009 at 5:06 pm

    Francesa or Francesca, as you call him, Betsy, is trying to be objective. He doesn’t sugarcoat anything and prides himself on being fair. It’s sensitive, frontrunning,entitled fans who are scared and offended by what he says.

    Just make up your own minds. Facing the truth about a team’s weaknesses, although many fans think we have none, is the first step toward improvement and winning.

    No, I am not Mike Francesa and yes, he gets tedious. He is just trying to be fair. And he truly is a Yankee fan.

  72. Lou in SoCal October 14th, 2009 at 5:08 pm

    JeterJobaCANOFan Enough said-

    Thank You!

  73. betsy October 14th, 2009 at 5:09 pm

    LOL Pat -and Craw, I’m sure he does. I’m not trying to make it sound like these guys should praise the Yanks to (no pun intended) high heavens while making the Angels out to be nothing special……It’s just, frankly, I’m shocked at Kay’s negativity. So be it…..It’s to be decided on the field. The Angels may very well prove to be the better team and, if they do, so be it (though it would be very painful, lol)

  74. Rishi October 14th, 2009 at 5:11 pm

    PeteAbe: Good news: Times to keep Globe: http://bit.ly/2MpEed
    1 minute ago from TweetDeck

  75. mick October 14th, 2009 at 5:11 pm

    Blackaccord

    Could it be the Angels speed is overrated?

    Guys like Figgins, Izturis, Aybar and especially Abreu are not exactly striking fear into the Yankees for their stealing capacity.

    First of all they must get on base. Let them try to run, 2 of our 3 starters are leftys, one is Pettitte, with the best move in the game.

  76. mick October 14th, 2009 at 5:14 pm

    Kay thinks negativity sells.

    He is a worry-wart to begin with and if his negativity gets callers that’s all he cares about.

    He seems like a life-long Yankee fan but at times,he seems to be in it for the money. He has even said things to that effect many times.

  77. RS October 14th, 2009 at 5:15 pm

    How come when we talk about the Angels’ speed, everyone fails to mention how sometimes their overaggressiveness can badly hurt them?

    Yes, the Angels steal bases, but they also have one of the worst success rates in the league. The Yankees are FAR more effective in terms of SB/CS, while the Angels just kind of run loose without much acknowledgment for the score, game situation, etc.

    Last year they lost to the Red Sox in the ALDS on a freaking suicide squeeze. If that ever happened to the Yankees, no would be praising them for having speed…they’d be killed for it.

    We already saw in the last series how heads up defense can punish overaggressiveness, and that the Yankees are capable of making the big plays, when necessary, to cut down baserunners. Also, Posada threw out 28% of basestealers this year, which is right around average. It’s not like the Angels are guarenteed anything on the basepaths.

  78. mick October 14th, 2009 at 5:20 pm

    G Love

    You know this is a country where everybody loves the underdog. The media sells this because it’s what the vast majority of the country wants to hear. The Yanks are not and never will be “America’s Team.” They are the team that people love to hate. The media is just giving them what they want to hear.

  79. -Yanks all the way- October 14th, 2009 at 5:23 pm

    So last night I went shopping and I ended up buying a Jeter ESPN DVD from Modells ( Ummm I needed a baseball fix yesterday lol) Anyway, I watched most of it last night and Francessa was on it a lot talking ( gushing) about Jeter in various clips. He used to be semi-likeable. I don’t know what happened!
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    Dwelling on the negative makes for better radio. When Maddog was there, Mike would play the pro Yankee role while Dog did his thing. Now Mike is trying to play both sides. Plus Francessa does work for the Met’s radio station who I’m sure doesn’t want it’s talk show host with Yankee pom poms…

  80. 100 pitches of fun... October 14th, 2009 at 5:36 pm

    Just listening to Kay with Showalter. Kay said he is very surprised that the Angels would go with Saunders in a game 2 since he isn’t that good. He said you want to go with your best in the 1st 2 games. Of course Showalter said he likes the move because he is a lefty. I doubt Showalter even knows anything about him. He also said he likes Fuentes because he is a lefty against the Yanks lineup. Kay asked him to predict a winner and he said he wouldn’t do that. lol Enough already…

  81. Azaz October 14th, 2009 at 5:48 pm

    pti people just said kate hudson is about to be on

  82. MR.OCTOBER October 14th, 2009 at 5:53 pm

    G-LOVE Again you hit the nail on the head!!! 13 players came from the minors.

  83. jankees junkie October 14th, 2009 at 5:53 pm

    francessa has sat in the upper deck at the stadium enough times that he can say what he wants about the yankees, whether i or anybody else agrees with him. he’s not just a casual fan, hes died in the wool although like anybody else he has his guys he loves and his guys he hates. for instance, he was a big thurman guy, and didnt like reggie, i was the opposite.

    just cause i disagree with him alot its still obvious that at his core, hes still a big yankees fan. but its important to remember that being a booster all the time just doesnt make good radio.

  84. Doreen October 14th, 2009 at 6:01 pm

    I have no problem with Francesa or Kay or anyone else pointing out the Yankees’ weakness(es). I think what gets to me (and perhaps others) is he seemingly never talks about their strengths, while being just the opposite with their opponents – focusing on their strengths while ignoring any weaknesses.

    I also think, as far as Kay goes, he’s like most of us – really hopeful that the Yankees will win, but almost afraid to say it out loud. It’s silly. I know it’s silly. But after seeing the unhappenable happen in 2004, as little as it has to do with 2009 five years later, a lot of Yankees fans are afraid to be as free-wheeling in their optimism. Again, silly, but true.

    Most other people are, as the saying goes, hedging their bets. Hey, this should/could be a close series.

    Francesa comes across as a spoil-sport and a cranky guy. And I do realize that much of what goes on in his little show is for calls and ratings. Who knows how he is off the air in the privacy of his home?

  85. Doreen October 14th, 2009 at 6:16 pm

    Okay, where did everyone go? :)

  86. vin October 14th, 2009 at 6:17 pm

    “He also said he likes Fuentes because he is a lefty against the Yanks lineup. ”

    AHHHH!!!!! The Yankees actually hit lefties better than they do righties!!!! Is anyone listening?!?! The main stream media is driving me nuts this week.

    Not throwing your two best starters on the road in games 1 and 2, in a series in which you do NOT have home field advantage is a decision that should be lambasted. Of course, I’m sure everyone is gushing about the move.

  87. Get Yer Damn hands Off Of her! October 14th, 2009 at 6:22 pm

    I really like Gardenhire and Sciocia.

    Both down to earth, great managers. I’m glad we were able to face these two thus far.

    I respect them, even though Scioscia scares me !

  88. no.27 October 14th, 2009 at 6:23 pm

    Quick question.. anyone know how many rows are in section 419?

    Thanks

  89. Gonzo October 14th, 2009 at 6:32 pm

    Essentially turning game 2 over to chance. If Burnett is no good they have a chance, otherwise it’s gonna be all Yanks. Saunders isn’t overpowering and he plays right into the Yankees strengths: he doesn’t keep walks down, he doesn’t strike men out and he’s fairly susceptible to the Bomb. Not to mention that in 2 games the Yanks have .825 OPS against him. Gotta like how this works out, Pettitte can easily match Weaver in game 3.

  90. bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes October 14th, 2009 at 6:40 pm

    No. 27,

    I’m told all Grandstand Sections have 14 rows. That’s second-hand.

  91. Erica - always OPPC October 14th, 2009 at 6:40 pm

    Captain Lou Albano died :-(

  92. m October 14th, 2009 at 6:42 pm

    Is it silly of me to like our chances no matter who we’re facing?

    I mean, the blowouts were few and far between. In most games we’ve been able to keep the Runs Allowed pretty much in check.

    I like our chances.

  93. Azaz October 14th, 2009 at 6:44 pm

    john kruk “they dont have a fourth starter”

  94. m October 14th, 2009 at 6:49 pm

    Mo, Fielder, Mauer, Pujols, Lincecum, Ethier

    For Pepsi’s Clutch Performer of the Year.

    I gotta go with Ethier if it’s clutch. I know, I know, Mo. But he does it every year. :)

    Vote here:
    http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/fan_for...../index.jsp

    ===================================

    Also, Romine bounced back with a 3-for-4 day. Michael Dunn with the save.

  95. Joe from Long Island October 14th, 2009 at 6:51 pm

    Just got home, and before having dinner I came here.

    You want to know how to stop the Angels’ running game? Don’t let them get on base. To me, I think that’s the biggest reason why they have lorded it over the Yanks in the past – they’ve had better pitching – starting and bullpen.

    Well, the Yanks have the best starting pitching in too many years, and the same for their bullpen. Let’s see what happens now. Remember, you can’t steal first base.

    Just my opinion. Now, off to eating.

  96. m October 14th, 2009 at 6:51 pm

    lol @ Kruk. Yankees have something better than a 4th starter. They have options. All we need is 6 good innings. Go-Dan, Joba, and CC on short rest can give us that. And if they can’t we have Aceves and whoever didn’t start to come in and keep it close. Everyone has a short leash in the playoffs.

  97. Joe from Long Island October 14th, 2009 at 6:53 pm

    When I went to ALDS game 1, my wife and I sat in row 14, section 430, and it was the very last row. Perfect for getting those wind gusts.

  98. Weatherman October 14th, 2009 at 6:59 pm

    sorry folks, Game 1 has been PPD. No makeup date announced.

  99. pat October 14th, 2009 at 7:00 pm

    Umpires for Friday- Tim McClelland, Dale Scott, Jerry Layne, Fieldin Culbreth, Laz Diaz and Bill Miller.

  100. Christina- Here come the bandwagoners... October 14th, 2009 at 7:00 pm

    Joe, that sounds just lovely. I can’t imagine how it is going to be Friday, if they are correct with their forecast for rain and wind.

    And for those interested, there were tickets for games 2 and 6 on ticketmaster today. If you want tickets and werent able to grab some, keep checking that site. There were decent seats available ( I think in section 200) for 116 dollars.

  101. m October 14th, 2009 at 7:00 pm

    Of course, I won’t VOTE for Ethier. ;)

  102. Rishi October 14th, 2009 at 7:14 pm

    Did you know?

    BryanHoch: Yankees.com >> Mariano wins Delivery Man of Year Award http://bit.ly/zlrwy

  103. mick October 14th, 2009 at 7:16 pm

    RIP Capt. Lou.

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