The Yankees took a tough loss at the hands of the Angels yesterday afternoon after they forced extra innings on a Jorge Posada homer. The Yankees were unable to hold the Angels scoreless and on a bomb to left field, Jeff Mathis walked off with the double. The Angels avoided a sweep which would’ve kept the Yankees undefeated in the playoffs. It also would have avoided extreme embarrasement on their part to have been swept. This win will be a boost for the Angels who will play again today against a CC Sabathia who was about as dominant as there is when he pitched in the opener of the ALCS. His opponent on the mound for the Angels will be Scott Kazmir, another tough competitor and a worthy opponent.
The Yankees hit four homers yesterday accounting for all of their runs, but the lack of runs in extras cost them. Jeter, A-Rod, Posada and Johnny Damon all went deep but other than that, the offense was pretty quiet. The offense will need to wake up today to help Sabathia through a tough start on three days rest.
The decision by Joe Girardi yesterday to put in Alfredo Aceves can be supported by the fact that he is a right handed pitcher and the batter he came in to face, Jeff Mathis, was also a righty. It was a tough break and Girardi is getting a lot of negative comments from everywhere. Hopefully it won’t affect the game plan for today.
If the Yankees can win today, they will be in very good position to win the series in the next game at Yankee Stadium. If they don’t, they still have the home field advantage to use in order to win this series. It is unlikely the Angels will be able to pull off a win in New York so it is most likely that the Yankees will at the least, need to use the home field advantage to good use. They should be able to close it out wherever they are. They are such a solid team that as long as they don’t make any errors, mentally and on the field, they should beat the Angels and move on to the World Series in pursuit of their 27th world championship.
One last thing: how about that throw from Melky Cabrera on the walk off hit by Mathis? He was at the foot of the wall and he bombed a pretty accurate throw to just the right of home plate. Did I mention it was pretty much right on target. It was a crazy good throw. I knew he had a great arm, but he just launched it from the wall and it came closer than I though it would be to getting Howie Kendrick out at home. Wow.
Now how about that? The Twins are in the playoffs. I bet no one believed they could do it. I bet everyone thought the Tigers were a lock for the division but look who’s in the playoffs now. Regardless of who it is, the Yankees are going to sweep them. They are just too good.
The Twins pulled off a miracle win last night and it really was a great game to watch. The fans at that game must have been going crazy the entire game. After the game went into extras, I knew the Twins had it in their hands. I just had a feeling.
There were so many great plays and happenings in the extra innings that made it such a great game. Brandon Inge’s diving stop at third, Ryan Raburn’s throw from left to get Casilla out at home. It was all great stuff. The twins were able to come out victorious and I am not taking anything away from the Tigers. They played a great game. It’s just that the Twins were able to come up with one more extra run that ended up winning it.
Well, now that the Twins have finally reached the postseason, they have the amazing prize of playing the Yankees in the ALDS. Just oodles of fun.
Prediction 1: Yankees vs Twins
If you look at the season series numbers between these two teams, it seems as though the Yankees have easily taken the series by storm and have the obvious advantage in about every statistical category. Well, although Joe Girardi says it has been a closer series than it looks on paper, the Yankees will easily sweep the Twins in the ALDS and will move on to the ALCS. Three simple aspects of the Yankees’ game can explain why I am so confident with my pick for them to win the series:
Tremendous Offense, Dominating Pitching, Phenominal Defense
And then again, they have Derek Jeter
Prediction 2: Red Sox vs Angels
Red Sox win in 5
This matchup is going to be a lot clsoer than the Yankees’ against the Twins. For one, the Red Sox have not proven to me over the past half month that they can win consistently against teams that are actually good. They haven’t really been consistent at all and that is why I think this series will go five games.
The Red Sox have a really good pitching staff that they are bringing into the playoffs. As long as their pitching is good, I think the offense, which has struggled a little of late, can keep up. The Angels on the other hand, have also had some pitching problems. They still have some really reliable guys on their rotation but the offense has been phenominal this year. They have a good squad but I have to pick the Red Sox in this matchup.
Hey. This is for all of you umps from the Yankees-Jays game yesterday that missed a bunch of calls. Most of them being involved with Mr. Jeter. Yeah, the league’s top vote getter for the All Star game. The leader of this Yankees team. Yeah. You know who I’m talking about. I think you need to take a team field trip to a store to get some of these…
When Jeter stole third in the first inning, I was extremely mad. Jeter had a right to be as well. This was the first time I’ve ever seen Jeter argue a call. He is such a classy player and will only argue if he knows he is right. He got in there with his hand before being tagged and was clearly safe. He was right and his arguing would be backed up. Here was Jeter’s reaction after the game:
“I was just baffled by the explanation. I was told I was out because the ball beat me, and he didn’t have to tag me. I was unaware the had changed the rules.” Sarcasm is always fun when you know you’re right. Girardi got tossed for arguing the call and the crowd went wild when he walked back to the dugout. This whole situation was messed up. And that was just the beginning of it.
In the third inning, Jeter grounded a ball hit into the hole between third and short and did his signature jumping throw to get Aaron Hill out at second. The only problem was this… the ump called Hill safe when he was clearly out. Now Jeter didn’t argue this call because he didn’t have the best view of that end of the play. But the replays that they showed on t.v. clearly showed Hill getting to the bag late and that he was out. Yet another frustrating moment for Jeter courtesy of the umps.
Now, Jeter’s day was pretty tough, the Yankees lost, but not all was bad. Remember that Eric Hinske? Yeah, he made his debut for the Yanks yesterday and wasn’t too bad. In fact, his first at bat, he blasted a shot to deep right for his first homer. It was great. Also in the game, Hinske ended the first inning with a diving catch to rob Vernon Wells of a hit. He had a great debut. It could have been even better when he stepped up to the plate in the ninth inning with the Yankees down one. They had scored a couple runs already in hope of making a comeback, but Hinske struck out and the game was over leaving the Yankees with a loss. It was tough, but Hinske still had a really good game.
The ninth inning was yet another crazy comeback inning that the Yankees have had so abundantly this season. Thanks to the early struggles of the bullpen, the Yankees offense has had to make comeback after comeback. Well, that hasn’t been the case recently but it was last night and it almost happened again. We were only down one when Hinske stepped up to the plate. We were down three at the beginning of the inning. Alomst another crazy comeback but this time we took the loss. The upside to this is that the Red Sox also lost to the Oakland Athletics.
On Other Notes Around the MLB
- The Phils scored 10 runs in the first inning of their game against the Reds. Johnny Cueto, who many believe to have been and All Star snub, had 9 earned runs in 2/3 of an inning. When he was taken out, he was extremely mad at himself.
- Jason Marquis made another STELLAR start for the Rockies. He went eight innings giving up seven hits and two walks. He struck out three.
- A’s rookie Brett Anderson two hits Red Sox in first career shutout. A’s win 6-0 in Nomar Garciaparra’s return.
- Pujols, Fielder, Howard, and Gonzalez to compete for NL in home run derby.
So it was a busy day yesterday, huh? I’m wiped from being outside all day for the first time all summer with beautiful weather. So I’m out.