• WasWatching.com Water Cooler Talk 10/27/09 – The Day Before The Start Of The World Series Edition

    Posted by on October 27th, 2009 · Comments (13)

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    Get Ready For Phillies Fan Infestation At Yankee Stadium?

    Posted by on October 27th, 2009 · Comments (6)

    I was watching (no pun intended) the news this morning on Channel 5 and they had a report that said ticket brokers are claiming that most of the tickets being bought for Games 1 and 2 of the 2009 World Series are being purchased by parties with a Pennsylvania home address.

    Won’t it stink if 10% (or more) of the Stadium crowd for these games was “Pro-Phillies”? At the least, Yankee Stadium security personnel could have their hands full covering these games. And, I wonder if Yankees fans will return the favor when the series heads south for Games 3, 4, and, possibly, 5?

    No, The Name Of It Is Not “I Got Your Number”

    Posted by on October 26th, 2009 · Comments (0)

    Haven’t thought about this song in about a thousand years…

    Pedro Not Facing His Daddy In The Boogie-Down

    Posted by on October 26th, 2009 · Comments (7)

    Via the South Florida Sun-Sentinel:

    Phillies manager Charlie Manuel confirmed Sunday that Cliff Lee will start Game 1 of the World Series on Wednesday, but he would not commit to using Cole Hamels in Game 2 on Thursday.

    “I ain’t answering that,” Manuel said when asked about Hamels. “I’m not trying to be a smart (aleck). I’m not ready to answer it yet.”

    Manuel seemingly was allowing for the possibility of going with Pedro Martinez, who has pitched in a lot of big games against the Yankees.

    In another twist, Martinez was hit on the lower right shin by a ball of the bat of Pedro Feliz during the first inning of the Phillies’ simulated game Sunday at Citizens Bank Park.

    Martinez said he was fine and continued pitching without any noticeable problems. Martinez started the simulated game and pitched two innings, facing 12 batters and throwing 50 pitches.

    General manager Ruben Amaro Jr., along with the rest of the Phillies’ coaching staff, closely watched the simulated game.

    Book it. There’s no way Slippery Pete the Mango Tree Sitter is starting Game 2 of the 2009 World Series – not after throwing 50 pitches today.

    Someone in Martinez’ situation…remember…they used to try and find him extra rest…and…this was before he was being held together with gorilla glue and 100-pound test fishing line…is not going to throw 50 pitches in a session and then come back on 2-days rest and pitch in a World Series game.

    Expect to see Pedro on the mound in Philly, on Halloween, starting Game 3 of the World Series…far from the Bronx.

    What The Other Guys Say…

    Posted by on October 26th, 2009 · Comments (5)

    For those interested, here are some good Phillies-related blogs to follow during the 2009 World Series:

    Scott Eyre’s Blog
    Phillies Nation
    The Fightins
    The Good Phight
    Balls, Sticks, & Stuff
    We Should Be GM’s
    Phollowing the Phillies
    The Phillies Zone
    High Cheese
    Philled In
    Crashburn Alley
    The 700 Level
    Phillie Phanatics

    Say what you want about the Phillies…but you can’t say they don’t have some dyed-in-the-wool fans, for sure.

    Yanks Court Aroldis Chapman

    Posted by on October 26th, 2009 · Comments (12)

    Via Jon Heyman

    Cuban defector Aroldis Chapman will be at ALCS Game 6 at Yankee Stadium as a guest of the Yankees, sources said.

    The invitation is a not-do-subtle way of gaining an advantage in talks for the talented left-handed pitcher. Word is that Chapman is seeking a deal worth $40-60 million, and the Yankees and Red Sox could be gearing up for a battle.

    The Cubs, Blue Jays, Rangers, Mets, Orioles and White Sox also have been mentioned as having interest.

    But that’s a lot of money to pay for a pitcher who’s unproven as a big leaguer, and only the Yankees and Red Sox have a history of taking such a plunge (Boston paid $103 million for Daisuke Matsuzaka; the Yankees $32 million for Jose Contreras).

    A few weeks back, I read this from Jim Callis on Chapman:

    I won’t be surprised if Chapman gets three times as much as Stephen Strasburg’s draft-record $15.1 million contract. He’s a 22-year-old lefthander with a fastball clocked at 100 mph at the World Baseball Classic, and he’s on the open market—a potent combination. As one scout who saw him at the WBC said, “If you are looking for more than that in a pitcher, you’ll be searching your whole life.”

    But here’s the kicker: Chapman never has dominated Cuba’s Serie Nacional. He’s much more of a thrower than a pitcher. Most of Cuban defectors haven’t lived up to their hype, and the last Cuban pitcher to attract this kind of fanfare was Jose Contreras. Contreras has three good seasons and a solid 71-63, 4.63 career, but expectations were that he’d deliver a lot more after signing a $32 million contract with the Yankees.

    So, there you have it. In a way, Aroldis Chapman is the Cuban Andrew Brackman. So, I’m sure that Brian Cashman will break the bank to obtain him for the Yankees.

    Monday Music Montage

    Posted by on October 26th, 2009 · Comments (0)

    Let’s kill an off day before the World Series and go back 20 years for a moment or two…


    WasWatching.com Water Cooler Talk 10/26/09 – The Day After Winning The Pennant Edition

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    The Yankees Starting Rotation For The 2009 World Series

    Posted by on October 26th, 2009 · Comments (10)

    So, for the Yankees starting rotation in the 2009 World Series, among your options are the following:

    Choice One
    Game 1 – 10/28 – Sabathia
    Game 2 – 10/29 – Burnett
    Off Day – 10/30 – None Needed
    Game 3 – 10/31 – Pettitte
    Game 4 – 11/1 – Sabathia (on 3-days rest)
    Game 5 – 11/2 – Burnett (on 3-days rest)
    Off Day – 11/3 – None Needed
    Game 6 – 11/4 – Pettitte (on 3-days rest)
    Game 7 – 11/5 – Sabathia (on 3 days rest)

    Choice Two
    Game 1 – 10/28 – Sabathia
    Game 2 – 10/29 – Burnett
    Off Day – 10/30 – None Needed
    Game 3 – 10/31 – Pettitte
    Game 4 – 11/1 – Chamberlain or Gaudin
    Game 5 – 11/2 – Sabathia
    Off Day – 11/3 – None Needed
    Game 6 – 11/4 – Burnett
    Game 7 – 11/5 – Pettitte

    Choice Three
    Game 1 – 10/28 – Sabathia
    Game 2 – 10/29 – Burnett
    Off Day – 10/30 – None Needed
    Game 3 – 10/31 – Pettitte
    Game 4 – 11/1 – Sabathia (on 3-days rest)
    Game 5 – 11/2 – Chamberlain or Gaudin
    Off Day – 11/3 – None Needed
    Game 6 – 11/4 – Burnett
    Game 7 – 11/5 – Sabathia (on 3 days rest) or Pettitte

    Choice One is crazy – because you’re asking everyone to pitch on 3-days rest at some point. Choice Two only gives you Sabathia in two games. And, Choice Three has CC three times – but twice on 3-days rest. And, with Choices Two and Three, you have Chamberlain or Gaudin getting starts in the World Series. And, do we really want that?

    Tough call, eh?

    October 2009 Survey Question #4

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    Matthews: Phils Match Up Well With Yank$

    Posted by on October 26th, 2009 · Comments (13)

    Via Wallace Matthews

    The Yankees have spent $1,187,333,651 on ballplayers since 2003, the last time they made it to the World Series. That’s one billion, one hundred eighty-seven million, three hundred thirty-three thousand and six hundred fifty-one dollars, if you’re scoring at home.

    The number jumps to $1,425,549,383 – almost enough to pay a Goldman Sachs CEO his bonus – if you go back to 2000, the last time they actually won a world championship.

    That’s a lot of money, a lot of time, an eclectic and ever-changing collection of a handful of great players and far too many frauds, failures and goldbricks who have passed through the Yankees clubhouse since the last time they earned a parade down Broadway.

    Finally, the Yankees seem to have found the right combination of players to get them back to where they believe they rightfully belong every year, although in last night’s 5-2 win that finally vanquished the stubborn but underpowered Angels, it was a member of their original cast, Andy Pettitte, and a soon-to-be castoff, Johnny Damon, who ultimately brought them there.

    Plus, the Angels were willful participants in their own failure with their nightly baserunning follies, another episode of which was presented last night when Vlad Guerrero somehow managed to get himself doubled off first base on a routine pop fly to right in the second inning.

    The $201-million Yankees – down slightly from the $209-million version that failed to make the postseason in 2008 – did precisely what they were supposed to do against teams like those, no more and perhaps even a bit less.

    But the Philadelphia Phillies, the defending world champions who are ready and rested after finishing off the Dodgers on Wednesday, are a different story altogether.

    Unlike the Twins and Angels, who are National League-type teams trying to keep up in the high-powered American League, the Phillies are the exact opposite.

    They hit nearly as many home runs as the Yankees, scored just a handful fewer runs, and play in a ballpark just as homer-friendly to them as the new Yankee Stadium is to the Yankees.

    Most importantly this time of year, with the exception of Rivera, for whom they have no equivalent (but then, who does?) the Phillies’ pitching staff can match the Yankees, arm for arm.

    The Yankees have CC Sabathia? The Phillies have Cliff Lee. A.J. Burnett equals Joe Blanton. And though the Yankees are still stuck for a reliable fourth starter, the Phillies have J.A. Happ, a 12-game winner with a 2.93 ERA. And of course, there’s Pedro – shame on you if you ask Pedro Who? – who in the midst of the 2004 Yankees collapse against the Red Sox sat in the press room at the old Stadium and mused about the good old days sitting under a mango tree in the Dominican Republic.

    You think he might want to put a little hurt on his old tormentors?

    No, this is not going to be easy, even with Sabathia starting Game 1 on full rest and Alex Rodriguez still seemingly unaware that it is indeed October.

    The Yankees spent nearly as much money on this ballclub as they did on the ballpark it plays in just to get back to the World Series.

    Now, what kind of price will they have to pay to win it?

    Me? This World Series will come down to what happens in Yankee Stadium. The Yankees play extremely well at home. But, the Phillies have played well on the road this season. So, if the Phils can split the first two games of this series and then turn it into a situation where it then becomes a “best 3 of 5” with Philadelphia then having the home field advantage…well…things could get sweaty for New York.

    The key to this series…assuming that Sabathia and Pettitte do what they normally do…could be A.J. Burnett (for the Yankees). What happens in his starts could make or break the Fall Classic for the Yankees.

    Do you agree? And, if you do, does it scare you that Burnett could be the key player in this World Series?

    October 25th Vs. The Angels

    Posted by on October 26th, 2009 · Comments (13)

    Many times this season I acknowledged that this current Yankees squad, in some ways, had cast a huge shadow (over the rest of their league). But, I also questioned their ability to stand up to the light…wondering if this unit was great enough to survive the difficult gauntlet that a team must traverse to be called a champion.

    The time has come to rest those doubts. The 2009 New York Yankees are the champions of the American League.

    Additional commentary on this game will follow once I’ve had a chance to enjoy the coverage of the post-game celebration going down in the Bronx right now. In the interim, please feel free to leave your thoughts, etc., on this one and the Yankees victory in the comments section.

    Update, 10/26/09, 12:55 am ET: As promised, my thoughts on this one…

    In the end, this game boils down to four half-innings: The bottom of the 4th inning, the top of the 6th inning, and both halves of the 8th inning. Johnny Damon’s single in the 4th, Andy Pettitte retiring Kendry Morales in the 6th, Robbie Cano’s play on Torii Hunter’s batted ball in the 8th, and those errors by Howie Kendrick and Scott Kazmir in the 8th were all huge plays in this game.

    On the whole, you cannot say enough about the job from Andy Pettitte in this one – as well as the defensive play from Robinson Cano. In fact, in terms of collective play and the impact on the game, this might have been Cano’s greatest defensive game ever. Back to Pettitte, it was awesome to see the hand he got from the Yankee Stadium crowd when he left the game.

    Now, for some miscellaneous observations…

    General Joe has the guts of a burglar bringing in Joba Chamberlain when he did…considering the score, etc. For sure, I thought Joba was going to allow the Angels to make some noise there. Glad I was wrong.

    Chamberlain in the 7th inning – and Mo Rivera for the six out save. Hmmmm, has Phil Hughes fallen out of favor?

    All things said, the Angels helped the Yankees out in this game. As Mike Scioscia said after the game, the Yankees out-played the Angels, but, L.A. shot themselves in the foot in two of these games. There was only one game in this ALCS where the Yankees pounded the ball. And, in the post-season, overall, in 6 out of 9 games, the Yankees have not scored like they did during the regular season. We’re going to want to see more offense from New York in the World Series.

    On the positive side, as Joe Buck said in the post-game, the Yankees have now faced the Twins and Angels in this post-season, two teams known for being fundamentally sound, and the Yankees didn’t make any mistakes and took advantage of the opponent’s mistakes – and often. Credit Joe Girardi and his staff for that. I noticed Tony Pena, in the clubhouse celebration, getting a good soaking from the players. Perhaps the men on the field really appreciate the job from the coaching staff this year? Well, they should…

    Bring on the Phillies! It’s wonderful that CC Sabathia gets to start the first game – and maybe throw three times in the series. With that in place, you have to like the Yankees chances in this one.

    This will be the first season where the Yankees have reached the World Series since Drew Henson played for New York. How about that?

    ALCS Game 6 Thread: Because Even If MJ Is At The Game, Some May Need A Place For Their Stream Of Consciousness Ranting

    Posted by on October 25th, 2009 · Comments (54)

    Headline says it all…

    …anyone that wants a place to rant, feel free to do it here.

    WasWatching.com Water Cooler Talk 10/25/09 – ALCS Game Six Make-Up Edition

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    Madden: Scout Says Swisher, Hughes, Joba & Burnett Melting Against Pressure

    Posted by on October 25th, 2009 · Comments (9)

    Via Bill Madden

    If nothing else, the Yankees’ inability to close out the ALCS in five games exposed some of their vulnerability that didn’t show up during the regular season when they led the majors with 103 wins.

    Johnny Damon and Nick Swisher, who combined for 53 homers in the regular season, have been quieted in the postseason – especially Swisher, who will lug a .103 (3-for-29), one RBI, 10-strikeout postseason into Yankee Stadium for the rescheduled Game 6 tonight. And for whatever reason, the young power arms in the bullpen, Phil Hughes and Joba Chamberlain, have not fared well under playoff pressure.

    A National League scout following the ALCS admitted Saturday he’s had to alter his report on the Yankees. “Before the series, I felt they were about the best overall team I’d seen in 30 years, with almost no weaknesses,” he said. “But in Swisher’s case, in hitting those 29 homers over the course of the 162-game season, he saw a lot of a mediocre or worse pitching and now he’s hit the wall in the postseason against much better pitching. You can see his mechanics and confidence are all messed up now.

    “As for Hughes and Chamberlain, I didn’t like either of their body language in Game 5. It was the same with (A.J.) Burnett. That’s the Burnett I’ve seen over the last 5-6 years, a guy with great stuff who doesn’t pitch well in big-game pressure situations.”

    I don’t agree with including Johnny Damon in this one. He’s had two homers in this series already. And, Hughes’ overall numbers this ALCS have been O.K. – but, agreed he has allowed some baserunners in bad spots. Joba & A.J.? Burnett choked in Game Five. Of that, I am pretty sure. And, Chamberlain has just been terrible this post-season. His WHIP is 5.00 pitching in 3 games and only recording 3 outs.

    Now, Swishalicious has just been flat out exposed this October. He has 10 whiffs in 29 BA, overall. At this rate, he may be posting one of the worst post-season showings ever by a Yankees full-time position player. But, if the Yankees need to count on Nick Swisher to win a post-season series, then they have much bigger problems than Nick Swisher.

    October 2009 Survey Question #3

    Posted by on October 24th, 2009 · Comments (3)

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    2009 ALCS Game Six Cancelled

    Posted by on October 24th, 2009 · Comments (5)

    Just heard Mike Francesa announce it. They’ll try again tomorrow – and, now, Game 7, if needed, will be Monday at 8 pm ET (not 5 pm as reported earlier).

    It will be interesting to see if this move costs the Yankees in some way…as it may have in the past.

    MLB To Make Call On Weather For ALCS Game 6 @ 7 pm ET

    Posted by on October 24th, 2009 · Comments (3)

    Via the Daily News

    Major League Baseball has issued a revised forecast and says they will now wait until 7 p.m. Saturday to decide whether or not to wait out the soggy weather in the Bronx or postpone Game 6 of the ALCS to Sunday night.

    The Yankees opened the gates at 5 p.m. as scheduled.

    MLB is apparently waiting on a storm front that is expected to arrive in the area around 7 p.m. If the front slides past the Stadium there is hope of getting the game in Saturday night.

    “We believe there’s a chance we’re going to play,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said at his pre-game press conference around 4 p.m. “There’s a chance it will push through and we’ll see what happens. As we all know weather can change really quickly around here.”

    If the game is postponed until Sunday, it is expected to begin at 8:20 p.m. If there is a Game 7, officials say it will be played on Monday, with an expected first pitch at 5 p.m.

    Wow, a 5 o’clock start on Monday, if it comes to that? Shame they didn’t move today’s game to 1 pm…because, then, they would have gotten it in, for sure.

    WasWatching.com Water Cooler Talk 10/24/09 – ALCS Game Six Edition

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    Our own “M.J.” will be at the game tonight…so, let’s wish him some good luck with the weather and even better luck with bringing home a Yankees win in this one!

    Daily News Yankees Playoff Posters

    Posted by on October 24th, 2009 · Comments (3)

    Oh, these are great. The ones for A-Rod and Joba are spot-on. And, the one for Swisher…well

    Jackson, Gardner Or Cabrera In 2010?

    Posted by on October 24th, 2009 · Comments (4)

    If you’ve been paying attention to this blog through the years, you would know that I’m a big fan of the Bill James Baseball Handbook. And, the Bill James Baseball Handbook 2010 is due to be released at the end of next week.

    Related, the good folks at ACTA Publications recently were kind enough to share a “sneak peek” of the Hitter and Pitcher Projections from the Bill James Handbook 2010.

    Checking those out, I found it interesting to see that they have the following AB totals and BA/OBA/SLG projections for some young Yankees outfielders in 2010:

    Melky Cabrera: .278/.341/.406 in 471 AB
    Brett Gardner: .277/.368/.375 in 325 AB
    Austin Jackson: .294/.356/.411 in 282 AB

    Granted, Jackson’s major league projection is based on his minor league numbers. But, it’s fun stuff to look at these projections and wonder who the Yankees should play in center field next season: Melky, Gardner or A-Jax? Then again, with Johnny Damon being a free agent and Nick Swisher playing his way out of town this post-season, maybe all three of these players will be manning the Yankees outfield in 2010?

    That’s the beauty of a book like the Bill James Handbook 2010 – lots of great stats and the like which lead to some fun thoughts, questions, debates, etc. I’m sincerely looking forward to seeing this years edition when it comes out on November 1st.

    The Andy Pettitte Game Six Curse?

    Posted by on October 24th, 2009 · Comments (9)

    Every post-season “Game 6” that Andy Pettitte has ever started, to date:

      Cnt Date      Series G Tm   Opp GmReslt App,Dec    IP   H  R ER BB SO HR Pit
       1 2003-10-25 WS     6 NYY  FLA L  0-2  GS-7  ,L   7    6  2  1  3  7  0 106
       2 2003-10-15 ALCS   6 NYY  BOS L  6-9  GS-5       5    8  4  4  2  5  1  92
       3 2001-11-03 WS     6 NYY @ARI L  2-15 GS-3  ,L   2    7  6  6  2  1  0  62


    O.K., sure, it’s an extremely small sample size – no questions there. But, Pettitte has never won a “Game 6” in his long post-season career. Will Game 6 of the 2009 ALCS break that streak?

    What The Rain Means…

    Posted by on October 24th, 2009 · Comments (5)

    The Yankees have said that they’re starting Andy Pettitte in Game 6 of the 2009 ALCS – whether, no pun intended, the game is played on Saturday or Sunday. And, you can bet that the same goes for CC Sabathia in Game 7, if necessary. Should Game 6 be pushed back due to rain, the only way it helps the Yankees, in reality, is that, if needed, A.J. Burnett could come out of the pen in a Game 7 situation – as that game being played on a Monday (instead of Sunday) would give Burnett three days rest since his last start. And, that’s it – since the Yankees really only have a three-man rotation.

    And, what about the Angels? You have to figure that Joe Saunders is starting Game 6 – no matter when it’s played. And, if the game happens on Saturday, and the Angels should win, then L.A. would probably come back with Jered Weaver to start Game 7 on Sunday. But, if Game 6 is pushed to Sunday, then the Angels have the option to start Jered Weaver (as probably planned) or John Lackey in Game 7 (albeit on three-days rest). Also, for a Game 7 situation, regardless of when it’s played, Scott Kazmir is available for the Halos too.

    So, a rainout of Saturday’s game just means that the Angels could use John Lackey in Game 7, if scheduled. Is that a big break for them? Well, it doesn’t hurt, right?

    WasWatching.com Water Cooler Talk 10/23/09

    Posted by on October 23rd, 2009 · Comments (14)

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    Wild Thought: Yanks Fans Afraid Of The Weather?

    Posted by on October 23rd, 2009 · Comments (8)

    My buddy – who I will call “Phil” as that’s his real name – had tickets to Game Two of the 2009 ALCS. They were good seats – in the Main Level, not far from first base, and under cover. But, Phil also had a family wedding that night (of the game).

    Now, Phil is as big a Yankees fan as can be found. And, he really wanted to see the ALCS game – but, there was no way he could skip the wedding. So, he decided to play the weather game – hoping that there would be a rain-out last Saturday, the day of Game Two, where they would call the game and then play “Game Two” on Sunday (the next day). This way, he could go to the wedding and then go to the game the following day.

    But, they didn’t call the game last Saturday. And, on the following Monday, I asked Phil if he ended up selling his tickets at the last minute.

    Much to my surprise, he said that he ended up eating the tickets. According to Phil, he offered the tickets to several people on Saturday morning, once he realized that the game was not going to be called in advance, and could find no takers. In fact, he said that he couldn’t even give them away – despite telling all that the seats were under cover and safe from the rain, etc., should it happen.

    Related, just last night, someone who I work with told me that their friend went to the game last Saturday. She told that her friend went on to StubHub the morning of the game and found tons of seats available for sale – at discount prices – probably because people didn’t want to deal with the cold and rain, etc.

    So, this all leads to today’s wild thought: Have Yankees fans become “fair weather” fans? If not, how can you explain people having to dump tickets at discount prices for an ALCS game – or not even being able to give great tickets to an ALCS game for free?

    Modern Family

    Posted by on October 23rd, 2009 · Comments (4)

    I’ve seen the new ABC show “Modern Family” three times now. I saw the one with the bike and the hot neighbor. I’ve seen the one Shelley Long. And, this week, I caught the one where Gloria was called a coal digger.

    While watching it this week, I said to my wife “This is just like ‘Arrested Development.'”

    And, doing a quick google on it today, I see I’m not alone with that feeling:

    If you haven’t checked out the show, you may want to…soon. It’s just off-beat and funny enough that it’s a sure bet to get the hook way too soon….like “Arrested Development” did…

    Did Burnett Choke It Up In Game 5?

    Posted by on October 23rd, 2009 · Comments (8)

    Via John “No relation to Charlie or Alan, or Valerie, as far as I know” Harper

    A.J. Burnett was at his dazzling best Thursday night as long as he was losing by four runs. When it really mattered, however, he didn’t look at all like the guy the Yankees saw as a big-game pitcher when they gambled $82.5 million on him last winter.

    Basically he looked unnerved in the first road postseason start of his career.

    Burnett fell behind, 4-0, before he got an out in the first, as his troubling tendency of blow-up innings reared its head at a crucial time. And then after dominating the Angels through the sixth inning, he couldn’t get an out after the Yankees stunned John Lackey with a six-run rally in the top of the seventh.

    Suddenly dealing with the pressure of trying to hold a lead, Burnett immediately gave the Angels, and a silenced crowd, new hope by giving up a single and a walk to the Halos’ Nos. 8 and 9 hitters.

    I thought about this 8 hours ago. So, I do think that A.J. sharted himself in the seventh inning last night. How about you?

    Nooooo…I don’t want to know if you also fashioned some undevised skid marks after the Yankees tied the game in the seventh…the question is…do you think that Burnett choked last night once it became a “ballgame”?

    October 22nd @ The Angels

    Posted by on October 22nd, 2009 · Comments (18)

    But there is no joy in Yankeeland — mighty Swishalicious has popped up.

    Two days ago, I mentioned that Game Four of this ALCS “feels like Game Three of the 2004 ALCS all over again.” Well, for sure, this game, Game Five of the 2009 ALCS, sure feels like Game Four of the 2004 ALCS all over again.

    Wow. In the end, it was Joe Girardi who had a Grady Little moment in this game – leaving his starting pitcher in too long. Perhaps Girardi just saw the mistake that Mike Scioscia made in this game, taking his starting pitcher out too soon and that was the seed planted in his head which led to this call? Then again, maybe, just maybe, Phil Hughes could have pitched more like “regular season Phil Hughes” and less like “post-season Joba Chamberlain” and helped out, a tad, and taken General Joe somewhat off the hook with that call on A.J. Burnett?

    So, what do we have here? Looks like the Angels have made Mike Scioscia into an honest man – and there will be a Game Six of this ACLS to be played in New York.

    Between the mess that could come with the weather forecast for that day and the fact that Andy Pettitte, who will be starting for the Yankees in Game Six, has an ERA of 4.59 at the new Yankee Stadium this season – compared to an ERA of 3.71 on the road – this could be a very dangerous situation for the Bronx Bombers.

    Should New York lose Game Six, it leads up to a winner-take-all Game Seven. Now, granted…sure…if it comes down to a Game Seven the Yankees will have their ace, CC Sabathia, on the mound in that contest. But, this would be the third time that Sabathia has faced the Angels over the course of seven games. And, you would have to think that’s somewhat helpful to Los Angeles in terms of figuring out a plan of attack that may be more successful than the two previous times they squared off against CC…

    Plus, hey, in a Game Seven situation, anything can happen. If the Halos don’t need Jered Weaver in Game Six, then maybe he stars for them in Game Seven against Sabathia?

    Man, again, this one really stings. It’s not as bad as Game Five of the 1995 ALDS or Game Seven of the 2001 World Series. It’s more like Game Four of the 1997 ALDS…or…like Game Four of the 2004 ALCS…but…wait…I already said that, right?

    I’m going to need some serious soporifics now – thanks a lot Yanks.

    ALCS Game 5 Thread: Because MJ Needs A Place For His Stream Of Consciousness Ranting

    Posted by on October 22nd, 2009 · Comments (140)

    Headline says it all…

    …anyone that wants a place to rant, feel free to do it here.

    -Posted by MJ

    WasWatching.com Water Cooler Talk 10/22/09 – ALCS Game Five Edition

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