• July 31st vs. The Angels

    Posted by on July 31st, 2008 · Comments (4)

    So, round one of ten goes to the Angels. And, it’s by unanimous decision.

    Three three-run homers. It’s tough to beat that hand.

    This was an important game for the Yankees – because it was Pettitte on the mound against Garland. New York had to win this game. Why? Follow this logic…

    Sidney Ponson starts tomorrow for the Yankees and Darrell Rasner starts on Sunday. How do you think those two are going to do against the Angels?

    Also, Mike Mussina pitches on Saturday. And, that day will be a mess for the Yankees. There’s going to be seventy old-timers in the Yankees clubhouse before the game – and tons of media – with it being the last Old-Timer’s Day at the Stadium. Bottom line…it will be a zoo. It’s going to be a huge distraction for the Yankees team. And, we know how well Mussina does when things are not “typical” for him.

    Honestly, I can see the Angels pounding Ponson tomorrow. And, I can see the zoo-nature of Old-Timer’s Day being something that will be an issue for the Yankees on Saturday. So, say the Yankees end up losing on Friday and Saturday. Add this loss. That puts Rasner on the hill, Sunday, against the best team in baseball, trying to break a three-game losing streak for his team. No pressure there, huh?

    Oh, and, by the way, Ponson will be facing All-Star Ervin Santana, Mussina will face Jered Weaver, and Rasner gets to face John Lackey (and his ERA of 2.93).

    We could be looking at a sweep now…given that Pettitte failed in this one and New York played their way into a “L” tonight.

    Comments on July 31st vs. The Angels

    1. July 31st, 2008 | 11:38 pm

      Hey now, stick to one metaphor- either boxing or poker… :-)

      What’s the Yankees’ record on Old Timer’s Day?

    2. July 31st, 2008 | 11:50 pm

      According to the comments section of this one:

      http://waswatching.com/2007/07/07/july-7th-vs-the-angels/

      The Yankees have lost their real game on six of their last nine OTD’s – when a game was played. (There was a rainout in ’06.)

    3. MJ
      August 1st, 2008 | 9:07 am

      I was there last night and it was ugly. Pettitte had nothing, the defense looked apathetic, and even though the Yankees hit some balls hard off Garland, somehow, he was able to keep them off their game last night. Pudge couldn’t make a good throw to save his life. It was an all-around miserable game.

      Funny moment: after a strikeout, Pudge initiated an “around the horn” but threw to Giambi at first instead of to A-Rod at third. Giambi caught it and tried to throw it to Jeter but, as we all know, he throws like a girl. The ball sailed in the air and then short-hopped Jeter where he had to short hop it and trap it between his glove and his stomach. Giambi can hit but where did he learn to throw like that?

    4. August 1st, 2008 | 9:56 am

      The BALCO Throwing Academy.

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