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No miracle coming for these Angels

Oct 22, 2009, 1:30 AM EDT

In truth, the ALCS should be over already. While there’s been just the one blowout, the Yankees have outshined the Halos in every aspect of the game through four long nights of baseball.
*The Bombers are hitting .278/.375/.481 with eight homers, while the Angels have struggled to a .201/.273/.329 line.
*The Yankees’ pitching staff has an exceptional 1.032 WHIP, while the Angels are at 1.661.
*With Mark Teixeira hauling in wide throws left and right, the Yankees have committed just three errors to the Angels’ six.
Maybe the baserunning goes to the Angels, if only by default. Both teams have been abysmal, but at least the Angels have been caught stealing just once, while the Yankees have been gunned down three times in five attempts.
The Angels didn’t even seem to make a real effort in Tuesday’s Game 4. Their at-bats are getting worse by the day.
Against CC Sabathia in Game 1, the Angels saw 3.94 pitches per plate appearance. Facing A.J. Burnett and a cast of relievers in Game 2, it was 3.97. In the Game 3 victory, though, it dropped to 3.70. In the Game 4 humiliation, they were all of the way down to 3.45.
For the Angels to win the series now, they’d need to beat A.J. Burnett, Andy Petttite and Sabathia in succession. They have a realistic chance of winning Game 5 with John Lackey on the mound, but it’s doubtful that Sabathia will work again until Game 1 of the World Series. The Yankee bullpen is fully rested after the completely unnecessary off day on Wednesday, and all of the extra time off has given Joe Girardi’s crew a big advantage at the end of games, even if Girardi doesn’t know how to optimize it. At this point, it’s just a matter of whether the Yankees will wrap it up in five or six.

  1. bb - Oct 22, 2009 at 11:15 AM

    since the phillies were brought up, might as well continue.
    Basically an above average line-up (similar to the Red Sox).
    Average defense outside of Rollins
    1 great starter, 1 good starter the rest average starters
    A jekyl and Hyde bullpen with an above average closer
    Yes a quality team.
    …but the yankee are not Tampa or the Dodgers.
    Yankees (if they make it) in 5.

  2. iamalwaysright - Oct 22, 2009 at 11:23 AM


  3. yankfan - Oct 22, 2009 at 11:23 AM

    As a Yankee fan I always say ‘We have to let the other teams win once in awhile or they won’t play with us anymore’. Stats are stats and facts are facts. And … we love to be hated by you! NYY 2009 World Series Champions.

  4. bb - Oct 22, 2009 at 11:38 AM

    hey gunaquot
    in the years that the yankess are in the world series since 1995 the avreage TV rating was 15. in non-yankee years the tv rating was 12. the ratings for 2008 between the phils and rays was the worst in history at 8.4.
    Yes, MLB has seen the numbers and knows that the path to viewership ratings and wealth passes through the Bronx.
    The yankees are a money making machine which means the yankees have money to spend, sometime sit works like this year. sometimes it doesn’t.

  5. Church of the Perpetually Outraged - Oct 22, 2009 at 12:28 PM

    So I had to scan the NY Daily news to see what NY is thinking about our Phillies. If Filip Bondy is any indication of what the arrogant Yankees fans are thinking

    Unfortunately he’s a terrible writer, sorry you had to read him. Don’t think he’s indicative of what most NYers think.
    Assuming the Yanks win the series, if you want a much more honest view of the series matchup, head over to and read what Ben, Mike and Joe put together.

  6. Church of the Perpetually Outraged - Oct 22, 2009 at 12:31 PM

    Let’s face it folks, the Yankees and the Angels both bring excellent talent to the field, but the series will be decided on the field, not on some meaningless blog. The Yankees have the advantage and seem to be the hot team right now so the greater burden is on the Angels. I expect a good ending to this series no matter who prevails. Being a Ranger fan, I just enjoy seeing quality teams play for a change.

    You must be new here Mike. This is CTB were only outrage, irrational ranting and insults are posted. Take your “logic” someplace else. :)

  7. jimphl - Oct 22, 2009 at 12:41 PM

    Yankees, 2009 WS Champs, forgot about the Phillies? They are beating everybody they play, and breaking records in the process, remember they say the Dodgers were to pose a challenge. What challenge, and who WON last year. The AROD (PAY ROD) curse will continue, oh, and I lived on the west coast for many years.

  8. Will - Oct 22, 2009 at 12:41 PM

    I have been an Angeles fan for many years and this is turning in to a nightmare. The Yankees are a powerful club this year. This is unfortunate and I looking forward to the Angles to give them a tough run tonight.

  9. ChooseFreeWill - Oct 22, 2009 at 12:44 PM

    I’ll check them out… thanks…

  10. sw - Oct 22, 2009 at 12:55 PM

    Just to expand a little on the comment by bb, there aren’t too many teams in either league with pockets as deep as the Yankees. They can well afford to buy the best players available, where as many other teams need to rely more on trades and their farm systems.
    Sour grapes? Maybe a little. Unfair advantage? You could argue that one either way. The bottom line is that money attracts good players, and good players bring opportunity to a team.

  11. ChooseFreeWill - Oct 22, 2009 at 1:04 PM

    Lest we forget the 2008 NLDS… Sabathia was irrelevant and gave up a grand slam to Shane Victorino. He didn’t last long. Also, Manny heard 47000 Phillies fans chant “you took steroids” and paused as he was taking the field because of the PSA against steroids was on the jumbotron. Arod has a target on his back and his steroid use will become a public demonstartion in Philly…
    Agreed that Hamels is our biggest question mark.
    I love it. This will be one of the best world series of all time. The best team money can buy verses the best team, which is largely home grown through the farm system.
    Funny how I just discount the Angels… and I should not, but we could care less who we play. Bring it on!

  12. YanksFn1 - Oct 22, 2009 at 1:05 PM


  13. GPrats - Oct 22, 2009 at 1:07 PM

    Living on the west coast for a spell doesn’t excuse you’re ignorance. Obviously you have regressed to curses and salaries to make your case that the Phils have a good ball club. They don’t need you. As you ring your hands and hope A-Rod fails, the collective strength of the Yankees should make them a slight favorite. Did I mention they have home field. Have they greatly improved their pitching staff?…Yes. These are the facts. Let me know how your hope for a “curse” works out for ya!!!

  14. Cindy - Oct 22, 2009 at 1:10 PM

    Yes Virginia, There is a Rally Monkey!

  15. GPrats - Oct 22, 2009 at 1:17 PM


  16. Dave - Oct 22, 2009 at 1:20 PM

    Uhhhh, where has the rally monkey been thus far?

  17. jim - Oct 22, 2009 at 1:31 PM

    He didn’t work at the game I was at Saturday when some dumb broad pulled one out.

  18. bb - Oct 22, 2009 at 1:36 PM

    to choosefreewill
    you clearly have not been watching the yankees this year, yes they spent alot of money but, this is also by every possible definition a cohesive and unified team. The yankees have not had this type of group in almost ten years.
    also, you flatter yourself if you think that you will say ANYTHING that alex has not already heard. also, philly fans are vocal but, when it comes to treatment of opposing hated players, you guys are pikers versus the crowd at fenway.
    lets talk about homegrown versus free agents:
    Yanks homegrown:
    catcher – Posada
    Short – Jeter
    2nd – Cano
    Center – Cabrera, Gardner
    Closer – Rivera
    Bullpen – Hughes, Robertson, Aceves, Coke, Chamberlain
    Starters – Pettite
    Free agents:
    So you see, when you know nothing other than what others tell you to know, you, you relaly run the risk of looking stupid.
    if your strategy is to wilt a-rod with shouting…better get a plan b very quickly.

  19. Rafalweb - Oct 22, 2009 at 1:41 PM

    Nightmare World Series for Mets fans….who do you want to win…Phils, or Yanks? Hmmmm. Ouch. Really, no one is beating the Yanks this year.

  20. bb - Oct 22, 2009 at 1:45 PM

    hey rafalweb!
    as a life long yankee fan, i can say without any hesitation or embarassment that i was 100% with the Mets in 86.
    …hope it helps.

  21. GPrats - Oct 22, 2009 at 2:02 PM

    CHOOSE FREE WILL needed that little bit of schooltime ya just gave em. Isn’t it funny how the pressure of facing the Yanks clouds even what would under normal circumstances probably be a lucid baseball fan into delirious and uninformed rants. Yeah, I can see it now. The old and played out Santa Claus booers making the Yanks so nervous that they can’t even function. Does CFL even know who has home field. I suspect by the time this thing gets to Philly the fans will have bigger problems to worry about than A-Rod’s publicity issues. Yeah….you know the pressure is on….WE AINT THE RAYS. Deal with it Philly!!!!!!

  22. Lee - Oct 22, 2009 at 2:20 PM

    Ur right Sabathia got hit in 2008… but he was pitching his fourth or fifth game on short rest IN A ROW. This year, he’s rested. Also, he didn’t have the lineup backing him up that he has now. An ERA under 2 and a 3-0 record proves this.

    Also, with the home stadium situation, the Yanks have the best home record in baseball. Better than the Phills. Who has the home advantage again?

    As for AROD, are you telling me you’re going to try to pitch around him? What if Tex heats up? You rather face matsui or posada with runners on base? That’s the beauty of this lineup. There is no let up. 1 through 9 can take you deep.

    I agree this is going to be a great WS (assuming the Yanks beat the Angels.. it ain’t over yet, but close), but in the end the pitching will be the difference.

    Yanks in 5

  23. Ladyfan - Oct 22, 2009 at 2:22 PM

    It’s certainly not for you to say who can or cannot participate in this blog or any blog. It’s arrogance like that which has kept the Yankees hated as a unit for so many years, not the games and series they have won. Do you notice anyone hating the Phillies? or the Cardinals? the Angels? the Rays who were a fantastic story last year? I doubt it . . . .most of us fans know and appreciate good quality along with excellent sportsmanship, and appreciate those who play the game that way. Your attitude is an exact example of why, no matter HOW many World Series then win, the Yankees will NEVER be perceived as true champions. It’s a shame, and it’s unfair to the true class of that team, such as Jeter, Posada and Cano, that they get lumped into the general perception of a team who loves money, victory and fame, but could not care less about honor or good sportsmanship.

  24. BigPappysBeardStinx - Oct 22, 2009 at 2:40 PM

    The Yankees have to be hated. They need us on that wall. They want us on that wall. Without us they have nothing. The Yankees give them the pain they so desire. Misery lasts longer than happiness anyhow. So we’ll give them a heavy dose. Yankee haters- I think you should just thank us for being there for you time and time again. Over and over and over. We will always be there for you. Without you we would be sad and lonely. Without you it would get boring. 26 championships. You make love fun!

  25. NYC777 - Oct 22, 2009 at 2:47 PM

    I think it’s time for the Angels to hit the showers. It’s all over for them.

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