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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. WC Fields - Oct 22, 2009 at 2:54 PM

    As humbly as I can state it, the Angels & Dodgers are/were no match for the Yankees and Phillies this year. While it may be true that the Yanks have the ‘best team money can buy’, it’s also been true in the past when NY players failed to deliver. The big difference this year is that guys other than Derek Jeter are picking up the slack. Tuesday’s game showed the Yankees’ strengths and the Angels had no answer. But give them credit, they won 97 games which tells me they’re at least the second best team in the A.L. If the Angels play 101% tonight and the bounces (and calls) go their way, they may get to finish out their season in New York, closer to the opening game of the World Series.
    While the Phillies pounded the Dodgers and boast youth, power and confidence, the Yanks have Jeter, Arod and Sabathia along with one of the strongest supporting casts in a very long time. New York in five, maybe six games IF the Phils don’t suffer a power failure.

  2. Richie - Oct 22, 2009 at 3:03 PM

    Hey Matthew, as a Met fan you should be last one talking about the Yankees.Of course there is a media bias when it comes to the Yankees, there is an every possible bias with the Yankees when you compare them to the Mets. The FACT is that they have gone all the way 9 times out of 10 with the one exception being 2004. Unfortunatly the Mets have only won 2 championships and both were won due to the other teams errors, win one on your own for a change.

  3. Pat - Oct 22, 2009 at 3:08 PM

    You being a Met fan i can understand how you feel. I can also understand why you know all the Yankee stats for the playoffs for the last ten years the Mets have hardly ever been there. Yankees win 40th pennant tonight.

  4. ChooseFreeWill - Oct 22, 2009 at 3:12 PM

    bb… yes you are correct. I have watched 3 Yankees games this year, and in that series the Phillies SMACKED the Yankees… And regarding looking stupid… the only thing more stupid than Yankees fans are Cowboys fans… and your mother dresses you funny :)
    I’m not a fan of the Yankees in any way, from the owner all the way down the organization. And another point, The American League is a fraud. The DH? the Yankees have an .111 disadvantage in Philly with the pitchers batting. We put Francisco in left and let Ibanez DH and now we are a better team.
    The Phillies will win the 2009 World Series…

  5. comeonman - Oct 22, 2009 at 3:18 PM

    IT’S A WRAP TONIGHT, THE ANGELS DON’T WANT TO GET ON A PLANE AND FLY ACCROSS THE COUNTRY EAST TO LOSE AND FLY BACK TO THE WEST COAST.
    I’AM VERY SURPRISED AT THE ANGELS SHOWING IN THESE GAMES.

  6. Pat - Oct 22, 2009 at 3:19 PM

    You need to get over it!!!!!!!!!
    THe Yankees are a storied franchise since the beginning.
    Do you know the tax we pay to make MLB be more equal. About 80-100million dollars a year. We have a owner who puts his money back into his team and that is why we are winning our 40th pennant tonight and our 27th World Series shortly. All these “poor” teams that you mention have greedy owners who pocket their profits, that is why these teams stink. Also we Yankee fans are loyal to our team and pack our stadium daily. What about these teams that have fifteen to twenty thousand fans for a game if that.
    Don”t be bitter be A YANKEE FAN and happy all the time!!!!!!!

  7. CONCRETEJUNGLE - Oct 22, 2009 at 3:28 PM

    EVERYONE HATES ON THE YANKEES BECAUSE THEY ARE THE BEST, PEOPLE EVEN MAKE UP DUM THINGS LIKE ” THE BEST TEAM MONEY CAN BUY “, CHECK
    OFF HOW MANY HOME GROWN PLAYERS ON THIS TEAM, GO AHEAD AND COMPARE.’
    LAST YEAR JIMMY “BUTTER ROLL” WAS SO ENVIOUS OF WINNING IN NEW YORK
    HE HAD TO MENTION NEW YORK IN HIS LITTLE POST WORLD SERIES SPEECH … IF I HAD WON A CHAMPIONSHIP FOR PHILLY I CERTAINLY WOULDN’T BE REFERENCING NEW YORK IN MY SPEECH BUT HEY HE KNEW THERE IS NOTHING LIKE THE PARADE DOWN THE CANYON.THERE IS NOTHING LIKE WINNING IN NEW YORK, NOTHING!!!!!!!
    THE WORLD SERIES TROPHY WILL BE BACK IN IT’S
    RIGHTFUL PLACE, NEW YORK ………….
    KEEP ON HATING ON NEW YORK,,,,,,,
    CONCRETE JUNGLE WHERE DREAMS ARE MADE OF
    THE LITES WILL INSPIRE YOU, NEW YORK, NEW YORK…….

  8. CONCRETEJUNGLE - Oct 22, 2009 at 3:29 PM

    EVERYONE HATES ON THE YANKEES BECAUSE THEY ARE THE BEST, PEOPLE EVEN MAKE UP DUM THINGS LIKE ” THE BEST TEAM MONEY CAN BUY “, CHECK
    OFF HOW MANY HOME GROWN PLAYERS ON THIS TEAM, GO AHEAD AND COMPARE.’
    LAST YEAR JIMMY “BUTTER ROLL” WAS SO ENVIOUS OF WINNING IN NEW YORK
    HE HAD TO MENTION NEW YORK IN HIS LITTLE POST WORLD SERIES SPEECH … IF I HAD WON A CHAMPIONSHIP FOR PHILLY I CERTAINLY WOULDN’T BE REFERENCING NEW YORK IN MY SPEECH BUT HEY HE KNEW THERE IS NOTHING LIKE THE PARADE DOWN THE CANYON.THERE IS NOTHING LIKE WINNING IN NEW YORK, NOTHING!!!!!!!
    THE WORLD SERIES TROPHY WILL BE BACK IN IT’S
    RIGHTFUL PLACE, NEW YORK ………….
    KEEP ON HATING ON NEW YORK,,,,,,,
    CONCRETE JUNGLE WHERE DREAMS ARE MADE OF
    THE LITES WILL INSPIRE YOU, NEW YORK, NEW YORK…….

  9. Geo - Oct 22, 2009 at 3:33 PM

    Maybe it’s the 26 championship rings……

  10. Jay - Oct 22, 2009 at 3:39 PM

    Oh please. People that hate the Yankees hate them for one reason:
    THEY WIN.
    There was no big Yankees hate going on in the mid 80’s through the early 90’s when they were sucking badly. There wasn’t even any hate after they won in 1996 which was a story-book thing. It was after they clobbered everybody in their path in 1998 when the haters surfaced and it just got worse as the years wore on.
    As for the money haters…..you can’t have it both ways. You can’t “money doesn’t mean anything” when they lose and then blubber about they “buying championships” when they win.
    With regard to a potential match-up with the Phillies? Bring it. Look at these names:
    Clay Kershaw
    Hiroki Kuroda
    Randy Wolf
    Vicente Padilla
    Those were the starting pitchers in the Phillies 4 wins in the NLCS. The Dodgers were relying on a Texas Rangers cast-off like Padilla to take them back to LA. Cliff Lee pitched great, but then what? A shaky Hamels against a lineup like the Yankees with their right handed hitters and switch hitters? Who the Phillies have after that? And their bullpen is still a question mark.
    Yankees in 5 in the World Series.

  11. ChooseFreeWill - Oct 22, 2009 at 3:43 PM

    The Phillies are defending their World Championship… The Phillies are the BEST! The DH is for wussies…

  12. ChooseFreeWill - Oct 22, 2009 at 3:46 PM

    One thing that Phillies, Yankees and soon Angels fans can all agree on… Bobby Abreu is just bad luck!

  13. JHH - Oct 22, 2009 at 3:48 PM

    This series could be over but it also could be 2-2 except for a fat 0-2 fastball to A-rod. Angels are off-balance, in part because of some fine pitching and in part because of going into the series with a five-day layover and let down.
    The Angels ARE NOT a weak hitting team and they are NOT a poor defensive team. If the Yanks don’t keep them off balance and open the door for the Angels to get back in this series (or if the Angels break out of their series slumber), you eastern media hype guys will be served crow, cooked and seasoned! Go Angels!!!

  14. Jay - Oct 22, 2009 at 3:52 PM

    ChooseFreeWill, you do remember that the Yankees/Phillies series took place in May correct? When Burnett wasn’t pitching well and the Yankees were relying on Brett Tomko to come in after Mo Rivera in extra innings. You do also remember that in the one win that it was Alex Rodriguez, not long after surgery smacking a home run off Brad Lidge to tie the game in the 9th right?
    That was a LONG LONG time ago. The Phillies don’t have the starting pitching nor the bullpen to beat the Yankees OR the Angels for that matter.

  15. bb - Oct 22, 2009 at 3:53 PM

    francisco? who???
    oh and thats right ibanez…another of the phil’s home grown talent.
    a talented team in a lesser league. Lee was very good in the AL…in the NL he becomes dominant. same with CC. even pedro with no arm can hang in the NL.

  16. GPrats - Oct 22, 2009 at 3:54 PM

    What is all this whining about the DH. When the games are played in Philly, they will be played under NL rules. Are Philly fans making excuses just in case things don’t workout? Maybe the P’s should have won more regular season games, and secured home field. Sorry about you’re luck…………….WHINERS.

  17. GPrats - Oct 22, 2009 at 3:58 PM

    I have a friend who sounded just like you until a couple of days ago………….He’s an Angels fan.

  18. GPrats - Oct 22, 2009 at 4:04 PM

    It’s always the same. One hit wonders trying to talk themselves into being a dynasty. The Yankees just deliver. 27 sounds like good number. Keep that in mind next you’re crunching them.

  19. Ladyfan - Oct 22, 2009 at 4:05 PM

    Well Jay, since you are obviously not a Yankee hater, I doubt you are in a position to understand why they are so hated. You are looking at from a Yankee fan’s point of view. I do agree with your dates, as to when they started to build their rep as a team with a “we are SO much better than the rest of the world” mentality. Yes, that mentality started when they started winning. Many teams have been consistent winners without the ego. The Phillies are in contention to repeat last year’s success, and I do not detect any superiority attitude at all in that clubhouse or from that manager, OR from any of their fans. Nor do I hate them, nor will I if they repeat last year’s success, because they are a classy, hard working, unconceited group of team players with a true love of the game. So thank you for making my point, which was that you are a good snapshot of the typical Yankee fan, and Yankee player. Completely convinced that you, and the Yankees, are “entitled” to win the World Series. That’s what gets people to despise you. No one is entitled. It has to be earned. And winning doesn’t make ANY member of ANY team a better or more deserving PERSON than any other player equally hard working. As a Red Sox fan, I admit freely that the Yankees fielded a stronger team than we did this year. I don’t despise them for that, and they won the division title (which we won last year) fair and square, money notwithstanding. That may make them the best team, but it doesn’t make them, or their fans, any better PEOPLE than any of the rest of us. If you can’t grasp that, you only make my point for me.

  20. GPrats - Oct 22, 2009 at 4:06 PM

    That’s better. SHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

  21. ChooseFreeWill - Oct 22, 2009 at 4:09 PM

    Start spreading the news… The Phillies will repeat!!! The Philadelphia Phillies will hoist the 2009 World Series Championship, and if it happens in the Bronx all the better!
    Oh wait, the Yankees haven’t won anything yet, I keep forgetting. They still have a game scheduled against the Angels tonight. And I guess Yankee fans are forgetting the 3-0 lead against the Red Sox.
    Say Goodnite Gracie!

  22. GPrats - Oct 22, 2009 at 4:11 PM

    Oh please stop. You’re making me cry Oprah.

  23. GPrats - Oct 22, 2009 at 4:13 PM

    One hit wonder trying to make hit records…………NICE

  24. pat - Oct 22, 2009 at 4:14 PM

    What cave do you live in. NY sports fans in general and Yankee fans in particular are the best and smartest fans in the world.
    Why the NY Yankees may be hated by people like you who don’t get to root for a very sucessful team. SORRY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  25. Russ - Oct 22, 2009 at 4:16 PM

    Yeah, the Yankees are pretty good. But it is a known fact that Alex Rodriguez and Andy Pettit (and maybe others) are known steroid users. Can we all agree their accomplishments and the Yankees’ success and greatness are tainted and meaningless? I used to like baseball until I learned that MLB chose to not deal with the steroid issue. Yeah the Yankees are great. But it’s all a drug-induced illusion.

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