Archive for April 23rd, 2010

AJ Burnett, who is coming off back-to-back 7 inning stints, returns to the Anaheim mound for the first time since his failed game 5 start in the ALCS. He’ll be opposed by Ervin Santana, who makes his second start against the Yankees this season. Santana was the losing pitcher on Opening Day.

For much of the past decade, the Angels have had more than their fair share of success against the Yankees. At times, it has even seemed as if the Angels were in the Yankees heads. Well, last year’s ALCS has likely changed that dynamic for good, so it will be interesting to see if the tone of this series is different from the recent past.

vs. Ervin Santana PA BA OBP SLG HR RBI
Derek Jeter SS 31 0.444 0.516 0.815 3 4
Nick Johnson DH 7 0.500 0.714 1.250 1 2
Mark Teixeira 1B 33 0.231 0.333 0.385 1 7
Alex Rodriguez 3B 27 0.240 0.296 0.480 2 7
Robinson Cano 2B 25 0.304 0.320 0.652 2 5
Jorge Posada C 16 0.273 0.438 0.545 1 3
Curtis Granderson CF 29 0.231 0.310 0.500 2 3
Nick Swisher RF 33 0.143 0.273 0.250 0 0
Brett Gardner LF 6 0.000 0.000 0.000 0 0
Total 207 0.261 0.338 0.511 12 31
Erick Aybar SS 6 0.200 0.167 0.400 0 1
Bobby Abreu RF 77 0.313 0.416 0.453 1 11
Torii Hunter CF 24 0.087 0.125 0.348 2 2
Hideki Matsui DH 17 0.214 0.353 0.214 0 0
Kendry Morales 1B 6 0.167 0.167 0.167 0 0
Juan Rivera LF 10 0.250 0.400 0.250 0 0
Maicer Izturis 3B 18 0.250 0.333 0.313 0 3
Howie Kendrick 2B 12 0.364 0.417 0.455 0 3
Bobby Wilson C 3 0.000 0.000 0.000 0 0
Total 173 0.252 0.341 0.374 3 20


Yankees vs. Angels    
Season: 2010 Season: 2009 Season: 2008 All-Time
NYY: 2-1 Tied: 5-5 LAA: 7-3 NYY: 324-272
  • Earlier in the week, the Angels placed Jeff Mathis on the disabled list with a fractured wrist.
  • The Yankees look to change their luck in Anaheim. Since 2000, they have gone 20-27 in the Angels’ home ball park.
  • Before the game, Derek Jeter addressed the Arod/Dallas Braden style in his usual style. According to Marc Craig of The Star Ledger, Jeter said, “”It ain’t like he brought it from home.”
  • On this date in 1903, the Highlanders (as the Yankees were then known) won their first game as a New York franchise. Since then, the team has won 9,467 more games in the city that never sleeps.

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Was Joe McCarthy the best Yankees manager...

Who is the greatest Yankee manager of all time? The list of candidates is very impressive: Miller Huggins, Joe McCarthy, Casey Stengel, Billy Martin, Joe Torre. According to Chris Jaffe, author of the soon to be released “Evaluating Baseball’s Managers”, McCarthy wins hands down. In an interview over at Bronx Banter, Jaffe addresses the relative merits of several great Yankee managers of the past as well as those of the current skipper.

...or was Casey Stengel?

Even though it is hard to argue with McCarthy, whose teams, as Jaffe notes, were dominant in the post season, I do think you need to give Casey Stengel some credit for dealing with the handicap of a relatively un-integrated team. That might not have been such a big issue in the American League, but it surely must have played a role when Stengel’s Yankees would face the likes of the Giants, Dodgers and Braves in the World Series.

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Yesterday, A’s starter Dallas Braden unleashed a childish tirade at Alex Rodriquez for having the unmitigated nerve to step on the pitcher’s mound when returning from third to first after a foul ball. Seriously. According to Braden, this is yet another part of baseball’s unwritten code that often leaves so many of us amused. Even if this is some kind of “code”, and I’ve never heard of any such thing in over 20 years of following baseball, does it justify Braden’s reactions both on and off the field?

After the game, Braden made no less than a threat to Alex Rodriquez. Of course, if he was so outraged, one wonders why Braden waited until he was walking off the field to confront Arod? Could it be that his bravery grew along with his distance from Rodriguez? Regardless, MLB needs to address Braden’s conduct. Making direct threats is not something that should be tolerated. At least a fine is in order…and a suspension wouldn’t be unwarranted.

Someone else who needs to address Braden’s comments is Derek Jeter. Time and again, Arod’s critics invoke the Captain when trying to put him down. Of course, that’s just a ploy meant to attack Arod where he is most vulnerable. As the captain, Jeter needs to step up and let Braden know that calling out a teammate in his name is not acceptable. Arod doesn’t need Jeter to be his defense lawyer (Arod handled the situation deftly on his own), but in this case, Braden specifically referenced Jeter. As the team captain, Jeter should go out of his way to say something like, “Arod doesn’t have to be like me. If Dallas has a problem with Arod, he should probably discuss it with him directly”. Short, sweet, classy…and being a good teammate.

He Said:

The long and short of it is it’s pretty much baseball etiquette. He should probably take a note from his captain over there, because you don’t run across the pitcher’s mound in between an inning or during the game. I was just dumbfounded that he would let that slip his mind. – Dallas Braden (via LoHud Yankees Blog)

He Said:

He just told me to get off his mound. I was a little surprised. I’ve never quite heard that, especially from a guy that has a handful of wins in his career. I’ve never even heard of that in my career and I still don’t know. I thought it was pretty funny, actually. – Alex Rodriguez (via LoHud Yankees Blog)

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