Saturday, October 24, 2009

Angels at Yankees-ALCS Game 6 weather permitting

The Yankees will play the Angels tonight weather permitting at 7:57PM on FOX. The Yankees remain one win from a 40th pennant and first World Series trip since 2003. They were nine outs away from it on Thursday in Anaheim after a thrilling six-run rally, but could not hold a two-run lead and now have to win one of the next two games at Yankee Stadium to advance. The odds are certainly in their favor; 19 of the 28 teams to hold a 3-2 lead since 1985 have gone on to win the series. Here are the pregame notes and lineups via the Lohud Yankees Blog. MLB and the Yankees and Angels are in discussions and there should be an announcement on the game by 5, if they postpone it, the game will be tomorrow night. Poor as the conditions may be in the Bronx, the Yankees are always happy to be home. They were a major-league best 57-24 record at home this season, including a 36-10 mark since June 30. They lost consecutive home games only once in that stretch and have won all four postseason games there so far this year. The Yankees have really taken advantage of the New Park this season and are fit so well for it. The Yankees bullpen was supposed to be a strength in the postseason but it hasn’t felt that way lately. Phil Hughes has allowed three earned runs, nine hits and has a WHIP of 2.36 in 4 2/3 innings during the playoffs while Joba Chamberlain has a 3.38 ERA and has seen opponents hit. 500 off him over 2 2/3 innings. I wonder if they should use Robertson more often as he has been the best guy other then Melky Cabrera has five hits in the past two games and has upped his ALCS average to .381 (8-for-21). Cabrera also has three walks and four RBI, meaning that he might be flip-flopped in the lineup with … Nick Swisher continues to be a black hole in the lineup during the postseason. Joe Girardi has said he may sit Swisher tonight, but if he doesn’t, look for him to at least be dropped even lower in the batting order. Swisher is 2-for-17 with 16 LOB in the ALCS and 3-for-29 in the playoffs with only one RBI. I personally would play him in center and try to create runs at the bottom of the order instead of having Swisher continue to kill the offense. The Angels four first-inning runs in Game 5 marked the first time they’d scored in any of the opening three innings of any postseason game this year. The four runs also equaled the total runs they scored in all of Games 1 and 2 combined. Derek Jeter will play in his 47th LCS game tonight, moving him past David Justice and into second place on the all-time list (Manny Ramirez has 49). Jeter isn’t just showing up either; he’s on a nine-game postseason hitting streak that dates back to 2007. Alex Rodriguez had a down night, relatively, in Game 5, since he didn’t drive in a run for the first time in eight postseason games this year. He did go 1-for-3, though, with a double and run scored as well as two walks (one intentional). A-Rod has a hit in 10 straight playoff games. Yankees Lineup: Jeter(SS) Damon(LF) Tex(1B) A-rod(3B) Posada(C) Matsui(DH) Cano(2B) Swisher(RF) Cabrera(CF) No Angels lineup yet and I am headed out, hope to have a good postgame recap later if they plan and they win hopefully, could be a long night.

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Friday, October 23, 2009

Yankees workout news

There was no real news out of this evenings workout. The weather forecast isn't looking good and with that in mind Joe Girardi was asked about possibly using Sabathia on Sunday for Game 6 if it gets postponed tomorrow. He said he is going to stick with Pettitte for Game 6. It is a interesting thing to think about as you would love to finish it off in 6 and move on but of course if you use him to finish it off he won't be available for GAme 1 of the World Series. I think you just stick with what you have and hope that you come out on top with Andy Pettitte on the mound. The other thing was that Joe Giardi said he is going to sleep on Nick Swisher going to the bench or continuing to start him. I personally don't know he can get another start as he has been killing this team with the bat. I would like to see Gardner in CF and Melky in RF. I think there is enough offense against Saunders and I would like to see better defense anyway. I guess rain will be a big topic tomorrow but we will see how it goes. I will have any updates as they come in tomorrow and hopefully I will have the lineups and notes available ahead of time. I am heading out to the game tomorrow so as long as everything is available early I will get a post up.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Angels stay alive

The New York Yankees lost to the Anaheim Angels 7-6 tonight. The Angels took a quick 4-0 lead on A.J. Burnett in the first inning and then the Angels were cruising. John Lackey was dealing and then it fell apart in the 7th inning. He was taken out with the bases loaded and two outs which I didn't agree with and Darrin Oliver gave up a 3 run double to Mark Teixeira. Hideki Matsui tied the game with a single and Robinson Cano hit a 2 run double to give them the lead. A.J. Burnett came out to start the 7th inning which once again I didn't agree with but it wasn't the heart of the order. He walked the first guy and gave up a hit and then Marte came in got Figgins on a sac bunt and he got Bobby Abreu out on a groundout with a run scoring. Phil Hughes came into the game and you think ok he will get out of this and pitch a good 8th inning and if he gets in trouble you go right to MO for the 4 or 5 out save. Phil Hughes walked the Torii Hunter and then ahead of Vlady Guerrero 1-2 he throws a fastball for some reason and its a single to tie the game and then Morales hits a single the give the Angels the lead. Mariano Rivera had to bail Joba Chamberlain out in the 8th as he gave up a double and single and got a out. Mo came in and got out of the inning and gave the Yankees a chance. They loaded the bases in the ninth inning and Nick Swisher was up with a 3-2 count but he popped up. He is the one guy in the lineup who is doing nothing and I would be shocked to see him playing on Sat night. I would start Brett Gardner in center and Melky in right. It would be nice to manufacture some runs plus your at home where they have enough power from other guys. Andy Pettitte will look to close it out on Saturday.

Yankees at Angels-ALCS Game 5

The Yankees will play Game 5 tonight in Anaheim looking to win their 40th pennant and head back home going to the World Series. The game is at 8:00PM on FOX. A.J. Burnett will oppose John Lackey. Here are the gamenotes from Chad Jennings and Sam Borden of the Journal News and also from the Yankees press notes. Burnett pitched decently in his first start of the postseason and very well in his second, but hasn’t earned a win in either one. He pitched into the seventh inning of Game 2 and allowed just two runs and three hits, but got a no-decision when the game went 13 innings and 310 minutes. Burnett did come back out to deliver a walkoff pie to Jerry Hairston, who scored the winning run. Alex Rodriguez had a single, double and homer in Game 4, continuing what has been an insane postseason for him. A-Rod has driven in a run in every Yankees playoff game (and eight straight dating back to 2007), and has 11 total RBI. If he continues to hit this well, he’ll shatter the franchise record of 15, held by Scott Brosius (1998) and Bernie Williams (1996). Melky Cabrera had a critical RBI single in the fourth inning of Game 4, and that hit snapped a personal 0-for-7 slide with runners in scoring position, as well as a team-wide 0-for-28 with RISP. As a team, the Yankees are 7-for-45(.156) with RISP during the ALCS. Game 3 was the first time that four teammates – in this case, Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez, Jorge Posada and Johnny Damon – aged 34 or older homered in any game, postseason or otherwise. Joe Girardi wouldn’t commit one way or another during the off day, but he’ll have a decision to make at DH if Jose Molina is catching. Jorge Posada, who has been on the bench this postseason when Molina catches, is hitting .333 this postseason (8-for-24) with two homers and three RBI and is 12-for-29 lifetime against Lackey. Hideki Matsui is at .261 (6-for-23) during the postseason and is coming off an ugly 0-for-5 in Game 4. The Angels have their ace, Lackey, going in the elimination game tonight and Lackey gave up only two earned runs in 5 2/3 innings of Game 1. If you’re looking for a weird prop bet on the game tonight, see if someone will give you action on how long Lackey will stay in the game; in each of his three postseason starts against the Yankees, he’s lasted exactly 5 2/3 innings each time. The Yankees are 33-20 in games where they can clinch a best of 7 series. They lost just one of the previous 13 series where they had a 3 games to 1 lead, that of course was the 2004 series against Boston. The Yankees at 6-1 this postseason have tied their best postseason start. They also accomplished this in 1999 and 2004. They have to remember what happened in 2004 and it doesn't mean anything unless you finish it. The Game 4 win was the Yankees most runs and largest margin of victory since Game 3 of the 2004 ALCS in Boston. CC Sabathia improved to 3-0 and became the 7th Yankees pitcher to ever be 3-0 in the postseason. Melky Cabrera had a postseason career high with 4 rbi's in Game 4. Yankees pitching this postseason has a 1.91 era while their opponents have a 4.41 mark. The Yankees pitchers have gone 6 innings or more with 3 runs or less in all 7 postseason starts marking the best stretch to start a postseason in franchise history. The Yankees pitching has given up 3 homeruns this postseason. The Yankees had 14 unanswered homeruns before an opponent hit one in the postseason which was the best streak in postseason history. A-rod has homeruns in 3 straight postseason games which ties him with Lou Gehrig, Johnny Mize, Hank Bauer, Reggie Jackson, Bernie Williams and Jim Leyritz. He also has rbi's in 8 straight postseason games which is tied for the best ever. The Yankees have come from behind to win 4 of their 6 postseason games. They led the majors with 51 comeback wins in the regular season. Happy Birthday to Robinson Cano who turns 27 today, it would be a nice way to celebrate with a AL Pennant. Yankees Lineup: Jeter(SS) Damon(LF) Tex(1B) A-rod(3B) Matsui(DH) Cano(2B) Swisher(RF) Cabrera(CF) Molina(C) Angels Lineup: Figgins(3B) Abreu(RF) Hunter(CF) Guerrero(DH) Morales(1B) Izturis(2B) Rivera(LF) Mathis(C) Aybar(SS)

Phillies win the NL Pennant

The Philadelphia Phillies won the National League Pennant last night by the score of 10-4. They are in the World Series for the second year in a row and should be congratulated for that. The Phillies bats really bludgeoned the Dodgers pitching. The Yankees will play tonight and try to win the AL Pennant and set a date with the Phillies. There is no need to talk about the possibilites there yet as the ALCS isn't over yet but clearly it would be the 2 best teams in baseball if it does happen. The Phillies have big bats but they also have Cliff Lee pitching like an ace even though Cole Hammels hasn't pitched that well and Brad Lidge regaining his composure and looking like the old Brad Lidge. The Phillies were just a better team then the Rockies and the Dodgers both and it will be interesting to see if the long layoff will hurt them or if it really won't matter. If the Yankees win tonight they will both basically have the same time off since the World Series doesn't begin to next Wednesday. It was nice to dream of Joe Torre coming back to Yankees Stadium or at least possibly doing that but in the end Joe Torre got beat by the superior Phillies once again.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

All is quiet in Yankee Land

There was no real news out of the off day today. It looks like Matsui will still DH tommorrow with Molina catching but Girardi could DH Posada which I would do especially to protect A-rod. The other news of today is that the Yankees it appears will meet with international free agent Aroldis Chapman. If you don't know about him he is a 21 year old lefty pitcher who defected from Cuba during a tournament over the summer. It is believed he will want 40-60 million dollars. He throws 100 mph and is regarded as the best international player. It will be interesting to see what happens as all the big teams, Red Sox, Mets, Dodgers, Yankees are all interested. I have seen video of the kid and he looks good but you never know with these international free agents, they get the big money and then a lot of times don't do much of anything in the big leagues. A.J. Burnett did say today that a game like tomorrow is why he signed with the Yankees, it will be interesting to see how he reacts, as there isn't much pressure on him and maybe he will just come out and dominate but with him you just never know. I wonder also if the Yankees bats have awoken now and may do some more damage tomorrow night. The key to the game for the Yankees will be to get an early lead and take the crowd out of it and get the Angels to start pressing.

The umpiring problem

I have thought for the last few years that the umpiring has been getting worse and worse. It has now reached a crisis this postseason, it has never been so bad. The game last night was the worst umpired game I have ever seen. I don't know how you miss the calls they did, Swisher being out at second on a pickoff, Swisher not leaving early on a tagup and Posada and Cano both being out at third. They also had a problem with the Angels catcher and the homeplate umpire where he was saying the catcher was blocking his view and you can see the catcher trying to squat lower and clearly messing up his game. I don't know what can be done about this issue but it is time for something to happen. I personally don't like replay in baseball but there has been this idea of putting some umps, maybe the line umps up in a box and they can buzz the homeplate umpire when there is a clear mistake and it can be changed. I wouldn't want challenges like their are in the NFL and of course balls and strikes and balks could not be changed as they are judgement calls. I personally think their training and the way they are graded needs to change. If you make mistakes as bad as they did last night you will not umpire any big games anymore or something like that so there is recourse for their actions. I think the biggest thing with these umps is if you aren't sure then don't call it. If they didn't call Swisher out on the tagup no one would of argued although Torii Hunter seemed to think he left early. I just think they need to pay more attention and be in the right position to make a call and not get spooked by the crowd or whatever else may influence them. I am sure Bud Selig was on the phones today trying to come up with something but hopefully something will be done after this postseason.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Yankees pound the Angels

The New York Yankees defeated the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim by the score of 10-1 to take a commanding 3 games to 1 lead in the ALCS. CC Sabathia pitching on 3 days rest was simply unbelievable. He is a horse and a true ace that is a throwback type of pitcher. He went 8 strong throwing only just over 100 pitches giving up 1 run on 5 hits with 2 walks and 5 strikeouts. Chad Guadin finished the game off with a 1-2-3 ninth inning. CC Sabathia was signed in the offseason for a crazy amount of money that a lot of people felt the Yankees were bidding against themselves and went overboard but he is showing that he is worth every penny. CC Sabathia has been everything and more that the Yankees could of dreamed of. He has lost one game since July 28th including going 3-0 in the playoffs with a 1.19 era. The other hero is A-rod who has just become the player everyone has been waiting for. He had a single, double, homerun. He now has a rbi in 8 straight postseason games which ties him for the ML record. He also now is one homerun behind Bernie Williams for most in one postseason in Yankees history. He is batting over 400 with 5 homeruns and 11 rbi's in 7 postseason games. Derek Jeter had a couple more hits but Melky Cabrera had 3 hits to get back on track, Robinson Cano had a couple of hits and Johnny Damon had a couple of hits once again. The Yankees offense had been struggling but got back on track this evening. The only guy that really hasn't done anything is Nick Swisher. Jorge Posada had a strong game today also. The Yankees will now have tomorrow off and have A.J. Burnett on the mound to send them to the World Series on Thursday night against John Lackey. I wonder if Joe Girardi will sit Nick Swisher and put Brett Gardner in CF and Melky Cabrera in RF.

Yankees at Angels-ALCS Game 4

The Yankees remain two wins from the World Series after losing a heartbreaker in 11 innings yesterday. They will be trying to put a stranglehold on the series tonight with their ace on the mound against Scott Kazmir who has had 8 days of rest. This is a weird one:All seven of the Angels postseason wins over the Yankees (three in the 2002 ALDS, three in the 2005 ALDS and one so far this year) have been of the come-from-behind variety. Here are the pregame notes and lineups via Sam Borden and Chad Jennings of the Journal News. The Yankees will look to work the count and hit Kazmir when he is in a bad count or at least get his pitch count high and get him out of there in the 5th or 6th inning. Joe Girardi said Sabathia is good for 110-115 pitches even on 3 days rest. CC Sabathia threw 114 pitches in his Game 1 start and is pitching tonight on three days rest. Sabathia didn’t pitch on short rest this year, but did it in his final four starts last year for the Brewers and went 2-1 with a 0.83 ERA before getting roughed up in his one playoff start for Milwaukee. Joe Girardi says the short rest won’t give him a quick hook with Sabathia. “As far as the pitch count, I would have no problem letting him go 110, 115 if that’s what it took,” Girardi said. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, there have been 85 instances since 1995 in which a team has started a pitcher on short rest in the playoffs. In those games, the starters have gone 20-34, throwing 458 1/3 innings and compiling a 4.65 ERA. Alex Rodriguez hit his fourth homer of the postseason in Game 3, and he’s got a career-high nine RBI. In his previous 39 career playoff games before this year, he had a combined seven home runs and 17 RBI. Mark Teixeira has been struggling at the plate, taking a .120 batting average into today’s game. Could facing Kazmir be what gets him going? Texieira is 7-for-11 with four doubles in his career against the lefty. Howie Kendrick continued to torment the Yankees yesterday, finishing a double shy of the cycle and hitting an 11th inning single off Alfredo Aceves that led to him scoring the winning run. History would indicate tonight might be more of the same: Kendrick is 8-for-12 lifetime off Sabathia. Yankees Lineup: Jeter(SS) Damon(LF) Tex(1B) A-rod(3B) Posada(C) Matsui(DH) Cano(2B) Swisher(RF) Cabrera(CF) Angels Lineup: Figgins(3B) Abreu(RF) Hunter(CF) Guerrero(DH) Rivera(LF) Kendrick(2B) Morales(1B) Napoli(C) Aybar(SS) Joe Girardi and Mike Scioscia both basically laughed off the Mariano Rivera controversy. If you haven't heard there is a video from a Angels blog claiming he is throwing a spitter but it appears to be doctored that he spit near the ball but not on the ball. If you know anything about the spitter it doesn't do what Mariano throws so its a dumb created story.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Local NFL teams embarrassed

The New York Jets lost to the lowly Buffalo Bills at home yesterday 16-13 and the New York Giants got shredded defensively 48-27. There wasn't much to talk about with the Giants game as they couldn't stop New Orleans at all, it was a pitiful defensive performance. The officiating was terrible as the Giants had 2 huge plays go against them but in the end it didn't matter as they just simply couldn't stop New Orleans. The Giants will go back to the drawing board and hopefully figure something out defensively as they get ready for Arizona at home on Sunday night. The Jets were just beat by a terrible team. Mark Sanchez looked like the rookie he is with 5 interceptions and Rex Ryan looked like a rookie head coach once again. This loss was really bad and now they got to decide what to do with the QB as he may just not be ready and may have no confidence left. The Jets travel to play a weak Oakland team that they have to beat but who is the right QB for the job?? I wonder if they will make a switch, doubt it but its worth thinking about. The Jets running game was the lone bright spot as they had over 200 yards rushing.

Angels answer back

The New York Yankees lost to the Anaheim Angels by the score of 5-4 in 11 innings this evening. Andy Pettitte started the game and pitched well except for one huge mistake giving up a 2 run homerun to Vlady Guerrero with 2 outs and 2 strikes. The curious thing was that Joe Girardi came out to talk to them right before the homerun and looked right at Jorge Posada. I am guessing as were the announcers that he was saying don't throw a strike and yes Pettitte missed his spot but why not just throw something in the dirt and get him to chase. The Yankees also had many chances going 0-8 with RISP and that just won't cut it. The worst decision of the game and the one that ultimately cost the Yankees was taking Dave Robertson out of the game when he got 2 easy outs for Alfredo Aceves who gave up a single and double to lose the game, this just makes no sense when it wasn't like one guy had great numbers and the other didn't against Kendrick. Robertson had faced him twice and Aceves never faced him. Joe Girardi was upset after the game and just said they liked the matchup better but cut the interview short and wouldn't talk about it. The Yankees really need to start scoring other ways then just hitting homeruns. The Yankees once again didn't play great at least not from a offensive standpoint but are still in control of this series and have to feel good about CC going tomorrow against Scott Kazmir. If the Yankees can win tomorrow they will be in great shape no matter what happens in Game 5. A-rod hit another homerun and so did Derek Jeter but Tex, Cano, Swisher and Cabrera are really killing the Yankees, I wonder if Girardi will sit Swisher tomorrow and go with Gardner in center and either Hairston or Melky in right.

Yankees at Angels-ALCS Game 3

The Yankees will be trying to put a strangle hold on this series this afternoon. The game is at 4:15PM on Fox. Andy Pettitte goes up against Jered Weaver who looks exactly like his brother Jeff Weaver who was a former Yankee. Here are the notes and lineups via Chad Jennings and Sam Borden of the Journal News. The weather won't be a factor out in sunny southern california where the temps will be around the 70's. The last Yankees team to win their first 5 postseason games were the 1999 Yankees. The 1970 Orioles are the only AL team to win its first six. Andy Pettitte is tied for John Smoltz for most victories alltime in the postseason. If he wins today's game he will be all alone on top of the list. The 21 players the Yankees used in Game 2 set a new ALCS record in a extra inning game. The 38 combined players used by both teams also set a ALCS record. Yankees relievers have allowed 3 earned runs in 17 2/3 innings pitched this postseason. They are 2-0 with 2 saves and 20 strikeouts. The Angels have made 4 errors in the first 2 games of the series and are hitting 154 as a team. You would expect that to change but maybe the Yankees pitching is that good and the pressure is on the Angels. Vlad Guerrero simply isn't the same player he used to be, he stranded 8 runners in Game 2 and has 2 rbi's this postseason. Derek Jeter hit his 19th postseason homerun in Game 2 moving him past Reggie Jackson and Mickey Mantle into sole possession of third place on the alltime list. I would say of course though he has had many more games to do it in though. Yankees Lineup: Jeter(SS) Damon(LF) Tex(1B) A-rod(3B) Matsui(DH) Posada(C) Cano(2B) Swisher(RF) Cabrera(CF) Angels Lineup: Figgons(3B) Abreu(RF) Hunter(CF) Guerrero(DH) Rivera(LF) Morales(1B) Kendrick(2B) Napoli(C) Aybar(SS)

Sunday, October 18, 2009

CC to pitch Game 4

I know everyone involved with the Yankees and Angels is beat and the Yankees cancelled their workout today but they had a conference call with Joe Girardi and Andy Pettitte. Joe Girardi announced today that CC Sabathia will be the Game 4 starter so even if the Yankees win tomorrow he will be going in Game 4 for the kill. I think it is a good move because if it goes to game 7 he pitches twice but even if it doesn't then he should be lined up to go for the World Series. The thing is you have to worry about winning this series and what is best for right now and that is CC pitching as often as he can so I like the move by the Yankees. There is no more news today and there will be a game at 4:15 tomorrow afternoon so there will be plenty of stuff early on tomorrow, the lineups and notes and any other news.

Some notes from ALCS Game 2

The victory for the Yankees was their 17th walkoff win of the year, 2nd in the postseason. The Yankees had 3 errors after having none in their first 4 postseason games. The Angels have 5 errors in 2 games in the ALCS. Chone Figgins was 0 for 19 before his rbi hit in the 11th inning last night. Bobby Abreu, Vlad Guerrero and Kendry Morales are 3 for 28 in the series. The Angels will workout this afternoon at Angels Stadium, the Yankees canceled their workout. The pressure is really on the Angels now but the Yankees have had a lot of problems in Anaheim lately. They did win 2 out of 3 in the middle of September there though and that should give them some confidence.

Yankees win a classic

The New York Yankees defeated the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim last night or early this morning depending on how you look at it by the score of 4-3. This game was truly a classic, leading up to this game everyone was saying how they wouldn't get it in and all the weather problems and scenarios that would or could take place and not only did they get it in they played 13 innings. A.J. Burnett got the start and was really really good except for the 5th inning where he gave up 2 runs but got out of a jam, it could of been a lot worse. He ended up pitching 6 1/3 innings giving up 2 runs on 3 hits with 2 walks and 4 strikeouts. Phil Coke came in to finish the 7th and walked the first batter but then struck out Bobby Abreu and Joba Chamberlain finished the inning off with a strikeout. It looked for a while that the 5th inning would really come back to haunt the Yankees. They gave up a 2-0 lead and then had 1st and second no outs and Derek Jeter at the plate. I was expecting him to bunt to move the runners over with Damon and Teixeira coming up but instead he bounced into a 1-6-3 double play. Johnny Damon stranded the runner on third and for a while the Yankees couldn't get anything going after that against Joe Saunders and the Angels bullpen who were outstanding. The Yankees bullpen was also outstanding as Phil Hughes pitched 2/3 of an inning scoreless and then Mariano Rivera pitched 2 1/3 scorless innings. He gave up one hit and had 2 strikeouts. Alfredo Aceves pitched a inning and a third and actually gave up the lead in the 11th but A-rod answered back off Angels closer Brian Fuentes with a game tying homerun to rightfield. A-rod now has 3 homeruns and 8 rbi's in 5 games this postseason. All of his homeruns have tied the game for the Yankees and all were in the 7th inning or later. Damaso Marte retired the one batter he faced and Dave Robertson pitched 1 1/3 scoreless innings giving up 1 hit, 2 walks and he had a strikeout. The Yankees won it in the bottom of the 13th when Jerry Hairston Jr. who was the last player on the bench led off with a single. Brett Gardner bunted him over to second and then Robinson Cano was intentionally walked. Melky Cabrera came to bat and hit one to the right side that looked like it may get through and be a game winning single but Izturis the second baseman made a nice play to get to it but for some reason attempted to throw to second, threw wildly and it went into left field and Hairston came around third and scored the game winning run. The Yankees now lead the series 2 games to none with the next 3 if needed in Anaheim. Andy Pettitte will be on the mound against Jered Weaver tomorrow afternoon at 4:15. This game was a classic lasting 5 hours and 10 minutes seeing 8 pitchers for the Yankees and 5 for the Angels. There was a blown save by Fuentes, Mariano being Mariano and A-rod being the hero again. There was a lot of great pitching and some clutch hitting with some shoddy defense on both sides, I think the weather had a lot to do with it and I am sure they will all be happy they will be in warm and sunny southern California now for a few days.

NFL week 6

The New York Giants will be playing at the New Orleans Saints at 1. The New York Jets will be playing at home against the Buffalo Bills at 4. The Giants are in the marquee matchup of the week. Drew Brees and the Saints have the number 1 ranked offense in the country and the Giants have a good offense also. Jeremy Shockey will be all fired up I am sure to face his former team and try and stick it to them. I am going to pick the Giants going out on a limb and saying 28-24. I would not be shocked if they lost a close game though. I expect this to be a very entertaining good game. The Jets are playing the Bills and after 2 losses in a row will try and get back on track. I think this is a good matchup for them and they shouldn't have too much trouble. I would expect the Jets to run the ball with the weather being bad out and get the running game going. I am going to pick the Jets 24-10. I am not going to pick a random game this week as I am doing this so late. I was 1-2 last week and am now 5-3 on the season. I am looking to bounce back with a clean sweep of the local teams. Everyone enjoy the football and I will recap the games later on tonight.

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