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Game One
2005-10-04 14:10
by Cliff Corcoran
Note: The Bronx Banter blog has moved to bronxbanterblog.com.

The line-ups for tonight's game are posted over on the YES Network site.

So far, so good. Torre is going with Crosby in center, and Bernie at DH, while Scioscia is running Erstad and Finley out there, with Anderson resigned to DH, Juan Rivera in left [Update: actually, reverse that], and Adam Kennedy burried in the nine-hole. Dig:

Yankees

R - Derek Jeter (SS)
R - Alex Rodriguez (3B)
L - Jason Giambi (1B)
R - Gary Sheffield (RF)
L - Hideki Matsui (LF)
L - Robinson Cano (2B)
S - Jorge Posada (C)
S - Bernie Williams (DH)
L - Bubba Crosby (CF)

R - Mussina (P)

Angels

S - Chone Figgins (3B)
R - Orlando Cabrera (SS)
L - Garret Anderson (LF)
R - Vlad Guerrero (RF)
L - Darin Erstad (1B)
R - Bengie Molina (C)
R - Juan Rivera (DH)
L - Steve Finley (CF)
L - Adam Kennedy (2B)

R - Bartolo Colon (P)

The only thing Scioscia did right is put Molina behind Guerrero [Update: actually, he screwed that up too]. Kotchman and DaVanon are left to rot on the bench. Check the YES link above to see these line-ups along with their triple-crown stats and OBPs, the latter of which are particularly enlightening.

Still no word on the Yankees final playoff roster, though honestly, the last man on the bench and in the bullpen shouldn't see any action in this series, let alone play an important role. If he does, it's likely going to mean bad news for the Yanks.

Update:

The roster is set:

1B - Jason Giambi
2B - Robinson Cano
SS - Derek Jeter
3B - Alex Rodriguez
C - Jorge Posada
RF - Gary Sheffield
CF - Bubba Crosby
LF - Hideki Matsui
DH - Bernie Williams

Bench:

L - Tino Martinez (1B)
S - Ruben Sierra (OF)
S - Mark Bellhorn (IF)
L - Tony Womack (OF)
R - John Flaherty (C)

Rotation:

R - Mike Mussina
R - Chien-Ming Wang
L - Randy Johnson
R - Shawn Chacon

Bullpen:

R - Mariano Rivera
R - Tom Gordon
R - Tanyon Sturtze
R - Aaron Small
R - Scott Proctor
L - Alan Embree
L - Al Leiter

Comments (377)
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2005-10-04 14:56:25
1.   Ryan
Too bad the Angels don't have a Gold Glove center fielder on their roster they could replace Finley with and in the process find a position for Kotchman...
2005-10-04 15:11:25
2.   Knuckles
Top 5 batters average OBP, and team aggregate OBP...

Yanks: .399, .355
Halos: .340, .325

Over a 5 game series that could translate to roughly 10 more baserunners for the Yankees.

Take advantage, fellas.

2005-10-04 15:14:19
3.   lem
Chuck Finley made the big comeback, eh?
2005-10-04 15:51:17
4.   joe in boston
Hi all -

Back from del Boca Vista - took the family to visit my parents...(actually Bradenton FL)

Enjoyed, really enjoyed Saturdays win with my dad, a 75 yr old lifelong Yankee fan.

Best of 5 scares me. So does Moose, but great to see the Sox getting CRUSHED right now. Gosh I hate that team

Enjoy everyone ! Go Yanks !

2005-10-04 16:25:02
5.   tocho
You mean Del vista boca?
2005-10-04 16:26:00
6.   Chucksax
White Sox 14, Red Sox 2. Boy, does that lift my heart up. Nothing better than watching the BoSox get the tar beaten out of them.

While I'm worried about the Angels, with the way the Yankees have been playing lately, I'm also fairly confident about how this series is going to go. Bartolo Colon is a good pitcher, but the Yankees do have a history of beating him about the head and shoulders.

Tonight? My prediction: Yankees 6, Anaheim 4. Moose: 6IP, 3 runs, Mo gets the save, A-Rod goes 3-5 with another home run.

2005-10-04 16:32:23
7.   Cliff Corcoran
D'oh! I pulled and Alex there on Finley. Fixed it.

Roster's finally posted. Womack over Lawton for the final bench spot. Leiter and Embree both make it, Jaret Wright doesn't.

http://www.yesnetwork.com/yankees/news.asp?news_id=1434

2005-10-04 16:33:49
8.   Cliff Corcoran
Oh, and YES just reported a different line up with Erstad batting fifth behind Guerrero. Wow. Scioscia couldn't have done much worse without dropping Vlad to ninth.
2005-10-04 16:34:56
9.   Bill
I'm so pleased Ruben is not in the lineup that I can't get worked up by Embree making the squad. I'll change my tune when he's brought in to face Erstad and hits him.
2005-10-04 16:36:09
10.   Zack
Wow, I just hope we never have to bring Embree in, or rather, that Torre never is tempted for such rash action.
2005-10-04 16:51:57
11.   tocho
Its really a shame, but I do not want to see Tanyon in big situations AT ALL in this postseason (by big situation I mean at least 3 run differences). Maybe Small can fill in Tanyon's role and Tanyon be the long-relief, mop-up guy.
2005-10-04 17:00:49
12.   Max
Is Wright still hurt, or have we really seen his best at this point (meaning he won't be on the team next season)? What a colossally bad move by the F.O. to sign him.
2005-10-04 17:08:26
13.   joe in boston
C'mon Moose - give us 6+ solid innings.

C'mon bats - break out and score big !

Love to see the Sox lose - I can already hear the whining !

2005-10-04 17:11:19
14.   Popcult
Ugh-Fox's coverage is already annoying me and it's only pre-game. Even their HD signal is crummy. Anyone recall when Fox's post-season contract with MLB expires? I really, really want NBC back.
2005-10-04 17:12:05
15.   marc
regarding Wright I heard Joe or Joe and Mel saying they discussed things with Wright and all ended up deciding it was best to just work out any problems and practice throw in the bullpen or something during the first round and then they'll decide about using him later.
2005-10-04 17:13:38
16.   marc
I get turned off by Fox when they start all the video game noise with graphics every second
2005-10-04 17:18:01
17.   Max
marc, thanks for the Wright update, but this sounds like Irabu (or Weaver or Vasquez etc etc) all over again...
2005-10-04 17:18:15
18.   Cliff Corcoran
The party line on FOX seems to be that the Yankees will be in good shape if they head back home with a split, largely because no one expects Mike Mussina to be able to do the job tonight. And the thing is . . . they're right. I don't know what the heck Torre was thinking. Here's hoping he knows something about Mussina's elbow the rest of us don't (such as it's just fine and his' throwing 92 with wicked knuckle curves in the bullpen). I'm dubious to put it mildly.
2005-10-04 17:18:34
19.   marc
I dislike these 5 game series. there's so much unpredictable luck involved I feel like they could practically flip a coin to determine the winner. I wish everything was 7 games.
2005-10-04 17:19:47
20.   Cliff Corcoran
The Yanks have Johnson, Wang, Chacon, Moose and Pavano for next year's rotation with Small and some minor leaguers in reserve. Wright should either be dealt or stuck in the pen. End of story.
2005-10-04 17:21:13
21.   marc
Yanks are going to kill them tonight even though Jeter quickly makes the first out. A-Rod and Moose will have big nights.
2005-10-04 17:23:16
22.   tocho
I'm already hating the Angels fans... In all honesty I never stopped hating them
2005-10-04 17:25:01
23.   tocho
Colon is not fooling around.
2005-10-04 17:26:27
24.   BxSparksNYC
Big boi throwing big stuff. Come on Mats!!!!
2005-10-04 17:27:49
25.   tocho
PURE HEAT
2005-10-04 17:28:56
26.   JVarghese81
He's making the big boy work...that's always a plus - what would be even better woul dbe some runs!
2005-10-04 17:30:47
27.   BxSparksNYC
Anybody second guessing the rook in the 6 hole. Perhaps Bernie there? Lets go Rook!!!
2005-10-04 17:32:16
28.   Mattpat11
If only Jason could run
2005-10-04 17:32:17
29.   tocho
Let's get a run
2005-10-04 17:32:26
30.   BklynBomber
#22 tocho — I lived in LA in the 80s and hit that stadium everytime the Yanks came in. Then, Yankees fans always outnumbered Angels fans, sometimes 2 to 1. They were almost like home games. The Angel fans who showed then were the most sun baked, ignorant, obnoxious a-holes I've ever seen attend a sporting event. The day this current Angel club goes below .500, that place will be 25% full again. Just more fuel for my position that professional baseball should not be played west of St. Louis — and definitely not in Florida after March.
2005-10-04 17:33:10
31.   Marcus
The Yanks are not falling for the breaking ball in the dirt, which is a good sign.

I've got a good feeling about Cano batting 6th...

2005-10-04 17:33:12
32.   tocho
Not even Womack could score on that one
2005-10-04 17:34:25
33.   Zack
ROBBIE!!!!!
2005-10-04 17:34:31
34.   BklynBomber
Wow! Rockin' Robbie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
2005-10-04 17:34:37
35.   BxSparksNYC
YEAH ROOK!!!!!!!!
2005-10-04 17:34:37
36.   Mattpat11
ROBBIE!!!!!!!!
2005-10-04 17:34:48
37.   marc
Cano huge!
2005-10-04 17:34:58
38.   JVarghese81
OOOOOOOOH HELL YEAH! Damn...GAnderson has practically no range out there in left. Damn.
2005-10-04 17:34:59
39.   randym77
Robby!!!!

Remember when he used to swing at anything that moved?

2005-10-04 17:35:26
40.   Zack
Annnd, Posada swings at the first pitch and grounds out, are we surprised???
2005-10-04 17:35:39
41.   Mattpat11
And Jorge, of course, fucks it all to hell
2005-10-04 17:35:47
42.   tocho
ROB ROY DELIVERS!!!!
2005-10-04 17:36:24
43.   BxSparksNYC
Wow. What a start. (Cue the Torre is a genius chants). Lets go Moooooooossseeee!!!!!!
2005-10-04 17:36:55
44.   yankz
CANOOOOOOOOOO!!!!

I KNEW he'd come through.

2005-10-04 17:38:33
45.   marc
Let's hope Moose doesn't give it all back now
2005-10-04 17:38:44
46.   Marcus
Wow, thank you Cano. Jorge does his usual thing, luckily in the 7th spot.
2005-10-04 17:39:08
47.   tocho
Up the Moose to hold this. Damn, I hope he's good tonight and does not have an implosion inning.
2005-10-04 17:39:16
48.   Stormer Sports
No negativity boys. Lets go!

Someone say two out hit?

Hell yes, we will pour it on. Let's have fun here.

2005-10-04 17:39:32
49.   JVarghese81
I've got a real good feeling about Moose...still that might just be my bias since I just like the way the man pitches.
2005-10-04 17:39:52
50.   yankz
Great start- get Figgins out.
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2005-10-04 17:40:04
51.   Marcus
SIT DOWN CHONE!
2005-10-04 17:40:29
52.   Stormer Sports
Chone goes fishing, pass the bait.
2005-10-04 17:42:19
53.   yankz
Hold. Them. Moose.
2005-10-04 17:42:22
54.   Stormer Sports
Moose, settle down, you're fine.

I have the bullpen locked in my closet!

2005-10-04 17:42:42
55.   BklynBomber
Smart move, Jason. Hold that ball ;-)
2005-10-04 17:43:22
56.   Stormer Sports
I love Crosby in Center, Love It!
2005-10-04 17:44:03
57.   Stormer Sports
The ball has good bite. I think Moose will be fine.
2005-10-04 17:45:22
58.   Popcult
Lookin' good Moose!
2005-10-04 17:45:23
59.   Mattpat11
MOOOOOOOSE
2005-10-04 17:45:51
60.   BxSparksNYC
Pretty sharp start for the Moose. Let's get it started again fellas...
2005-10-04 17:46:19
61.   marc
Moose looked OK but a couple of pitches looked very hittable and one was smacked for the base hit. Anyway so far OK
2005-10-04 17:46:29
62.   Stormer Sports
What a great inning pitched! Hell yes Moose, hell fucking yes!
2005-10-04 17:46:51
63.   BklynBomber
Unless he loses the plot completely, his stuff looks good enough for a Moose-terpiece tonight.
2005-10-04 17:48:08
64.   Cliff Corcoran
Superb first inning my Mussina. Hitting spots, keeping the ball low. He got away with a hanger to Cabrera because Cabrera's not much of a hitter, which is the nice thing about this Angel line-up. Pitched Guerrero perfectly, away away away, got two strikes on the very outside of the plate and then got him to chase a curve low and away for an easy tapper back to the mound.
2005-10-04 17:49:48
65.   Stormer Sports
Cliff,

Agreed. Preach it my boy, preach it.

2005-10-04 17:50:36
66.   Stormer Sports
Was that a strike?
2005-10-04 17:52:24
67.   BklynBomber
Let's go, Cap! Don't let Colon settle down...
2005-10-04 17:52:31
68.   Stormer Sports
Colon looking perrrty nasty here. Got to hit him, he can throw 140, can't count on the bullpen. Have to hit Colon.
2005-10-04 17:53:16
69.   BklynBomber
Storm — Bernie got screwed there.
2005-10-04 17:53:18
70.   yankz
Jeter's padding those great postseason career numbers :-)
2005-10-04 17:53:31
71.   singledd
It looked to me that everybody (except Posada) took the first pitch... even Robie!
Maybe Joe layed down the law.
Our game has always been patience... until this year. Maybe we're back! I hope so.
2005-10-04 17:53:37
72.   BxSparksNYC
Way to get ARod an AB Jeet. Let go Alex!!!!!
2005-10-04 17:53:38
73.   marc
can they do 2 out damage again?
2005-10-04 17:53:55
74.   BklynBomber
A-Rod is "due" vs Colon
2005-10-04 17:55:11
75.   BklynBomber
It's on now!!!!!!! ;-)
2005-10-04 17:55:15
76.   yankz
If they don't hit Guerrerro in the head, I'm going to be fucking pissed.

FUCK YOU COLON FUCK YOU FUCK YOU

2005-10-04 17:55:18
77.   BxSparksNYC
Damn, that's gotta hurt. Damn...
2005-10-04 17:55:41
78.   Stormer Sports
It's ON!

We have to retaliate for this, we have to, right?

2005-10-04 17:56:07
79.   marc
fuckin fat bastard I hope a-rod's fairly OK
2005-10-04 17:56:36
80.   tocho
Right on the ribs!!! Man, that's got to hurt. fucking colon.

Lets go JG!

2005-10-04 17:56:41
81.   JVarghese81
Hey, did you guys read A-Rod's lips when he was walking down to first - it looked like he said - he'll pay for that. Hmmm...let's just hope he heals that one quick.
2005-10-04 17:56:54
82.   BklynBomber
Get A-Rod's back, Jason!
2005-10-04 17:57:09
83.   Stormer Sports
May them pay Giambi, make them pay.
2005-10-04 17:57:43
84.   Popcult
We all know we have the wrong guy on the mound if you're looking for retaliation. Moose never does that sort of thing-it's just not in his nature. Barney the Dinosaur would be more likely to bean one of the Angel hitters.
2005-10-04 17:57:47
85.   BxSparksNYC
I hear you on retaliation, but the game is more important. Let wait a little.

- And of course Buck mentions Colon is pitching hurt. Why is this the first time I'm hearing this...

2005-10-04 17:57:56
86.   JRNYY
Jason makes him pay!!!!!
2005-10-04 17:58:06
87.   yankz
Attaboy Jason. Get Colon out of the game.
2005-10-04 17:58:08
88.   Stormer Sports
There ya go Giambino! Yes! Yes! Yes!
2005-10-04 17:58:23
89.   Mattpat11
I hate that Vlad's arm is already saving runs.
2005-10-04 17:58:25
90.   randym77
Giambi did make them pay!
2005-10-04 17:58:54
91.   BklynBomber
Let's go Iron Sheff. Make 'em pay!
2005-10-04 17:59:24
92.   Stormer Sports
Yea,

It's times like these you need a Pedro or Clemens. They have no problem plunking plunk plunking guys.

2005-10-04 17:59:56
93.   randym77
A-Rod was running pretty good there. Looks like he's okay.
2005-10-04 18:01:31
94.   Mattpat11
He didnt go on that. Oh well. Keep rolling, Moose
2005-10-04 18:04:28
95.   marc
shit, Sheff ooked at what seemed to be a good pitch to hit then swung at a miserable one. i hope A-Rod's OK and don't want to wreck the game with retailiation and warnings. save it for the hockey season if they still play that game
2005-10-04 18:04:30
96.   Cliff Corcoran
Colon got Sheff the same way Mussina got Guerrero. Away away away to go 2-2 then low and away fishing.
2005-10-04 18:05:44
97.   yankz
That's why you play Bubba.
2005-10-04 18:05:49
98.   marc
Moose looks slick so far. Can he make it through the 5th without imploding?
2005-10-04 18:05:55
99.   JRNYY
thank god for crosby out there
2005-10-04 18:07:55
100.   BklynBomber
Stop 'em right here, Moose.
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2005-10-04 18:08:13
101.   Ken Arneson
Interesting approach to Vlad. The A's get him out by pounding him in, in, in with nothing but fastballs. They never, ever throw him soft stuff away.
2005-10-04 18:11:18
102.   BklynBomber
Never forgot Scotty B's killer HR against Trevor Hoffman in '98 WS. CF Finley chases it, pounds the wall and clearly yells 'FUCK!'... Have it on tape, watched it many times ;-)
2005-10-04 18:12:11
103.   yankz
Phew.
2005-10-04 18:12:54
104.   sam2175
Ok, Moose, now is the time to buckle up. Got a break there. Finley has hit hard a couple of tims.
2005-10-04 18:13:01
105.   BklynBomber
8 lives left, Moose. Make it happen.
2005-10-04 18:13:37
106.   marc
get small ready
2005-10-04 18:13:43
107.   yankz
Moose's style pisses me off...
2005-10-04 18:13:48
108.   randym77
Come on, Moose! Another out, please!
2005-10-04 18:14:07
109.   BklynBomber
Good job, Moose!
2005-10-04 18:14:13
110.   Mattpat11
okay, no harm no foul
2005-10-04 18:16:16
111.   BxSparksNYC
Don't worry Marc - Moose is going to grind it. I'm estatic with how he's throwing so far. A nice break with the ground rule and we're going to the third. Obviously lefties look troublesome to Moose tonight. The cutter looks good on righties but no out pitch to the lefties...
2005-10-04 18:16:43
112.   marc
moose looked more lucky than good there. definitely not as sharp at the moment. we need runs badly to compensate for anything we lose in the time it takes to bring in Small if necessary.
2005-10-04 18:16:54
113.   Cliff Corcoran
Wasn't thrilled with Moose that inning. 4-0 ain't much with Moose prone to meltdown and the middle relief being what it is.
2005-10-04 18:17:32
114.   Max
I don't know about you guys, but a nine pitch at bat with Steve Finley in the second inning doesn't bode well...one more time through the batting order without significant damage to Moose would be wonderful, AFAIC.
2005-10-04 18:18:42
115.   BklynBomber
The O can't relax. Work the counts. Get on base. Keep grindin'...
2005-10-04 18:19:51
116.   yankz
I hope Colon isn't settling down.
2005-10-04 18:20:02
117.   BklynBomber
OK. 2 outs. Time to score!
2005-10-04 18:21:28
118.   Mattpat11
Posada's at bats are so depressing.
2005-10-04 18:22:38
119.   Zack
THis game has been a total puzzle so far. We look overmatched againt Colon the first two innings until there are two outs, when we suddenly get all sorts of hard hits and lucky drops.

On the other hand, the Angels look sharp against a not so great looking Moose, but so far so good, knock on wood.

Onto the third for Moose

2005-10-04 18:23:00
120.   Mattpat11
11 pitch inning for Fatty. I think seven of them were Matsui.
2005-10-04 18:24:03
121.   Mattpat11
We cant let Chone on the bases
2005-10-04 18:24:30
122.   Mattpat11
Good job Robbie
2005-10-04 18:24:40
123.   marc
they need to pinch hit Sierra for Posada later. The result may be the same but at least Sierra looks slightly more graceful getting out.
2005-10-04 18:25:49
124.   Mattpat11
marc, Sierra is at least somewhat imposing
2005-10-04 18:28:08
125.   Mattpat11
2-2 pitch was a strike.
2005-10-04 18:29:40
126.   Zack
Hell, I would say pinch hit Lawton..oh crap, hes not on the roster, well hell, our bench is offically awful...

Nice inning Moose, keep it up!

Is it a bad thing if I have actually found myself agreeing with McCarver a few times tonight?

2005-10-04 18:29:55
127.   BklynBomber
Before Robbie's play, went outside for a smoke, brought the radio and heard ESPN Radio's Dave Campbell say "Cano is not noted for his defense"... Granted, he's had some bad moments, but damn...
2005-10-04 18:30:22
128.   Popcult
Glad to hear we're getting relevant info from Fox. My life is fulfilled now that I know Rocky V is Chone Figgins' favorite movie. Nice of Fox to spend the whole inning discussing it...
2005-10-04 18:31:17
129.   joe in boston
Wow - nice job Moose. Strange game !

This is the time of the game that I leave the room while the other team bats. I can't take it.

On a completely unrelated note, is anyone pissed when Manny stares at his homeruns? I know Bonds and others do it....but....

I'd love it if he got knocked down the next at-bat. That really gets me pissed - especially against the Yanks (last weekend)

2005-10-04 18:32:48
130.   Mattpat11
Pop, lets be fair. The man's favorite movie is Rocky V. I mean seriously, what the fuck.
2005-10-04 18:32:51
131.   BklynBomber
Don't let Colon settle down, Yanks!
2005-10-04 18:35:51
132.   Mattpat11
Good job, Jetes. make tubby work. Now take him in, A-Rod
2005-10-04 18:36:23
133.   randym77
"Not noted for his defense"? You gotta be kidding me. :-P
2005-10-04 18:37:00
134.   Zack
Yeah, of all the Rocky movies, V??? There has to be something wrong with him, thats just wrong.

On the other hand, wouldn't it be a bit more alarming for a baseball player to say Shakespeare in Love is his favorite movie?

2005-10-04 18:37:01
135.   vockins
Adelphia ads by the third base scoreboard? Are we paying for that?
2005-10-04 18:37:25
136.   Mattpat11
that was outside
2005-10-04 18:37:27
137.   Zack
Good to see Darling is back pissing off the Yanks again
2005-10-04 18:37:29
138.   BklynBomber
No way strike 2 was a strike!
2005-10-04 18:37:50
139.   BxSparksNYC
Why is buck doing Football during this telecast. Does he think its Sunday? At least Tim isn't going along with it...
2005-10-04 18:38:05
140.   Mattpat11
Knock him in A-Rod!
2005-10-04 18:39:10
141.   randym77
Nice steal, Jete, but sliding in head first again? Haven't you learned your lesson?
2005-10-04 18:39:45
142.   Mattpat11
Oh, A-Rod. WTF were you swinging at?
2005-10-04 18:39:47
143.   yankz
So much for A-Rod owning Colon. I guess the K's have continued into October.
2005-10-04 18:41:38
144.   Mattpat11
That was an especially bad K. Its like he never even saw the ball.
2005-10-04 18:42:10
145.   Alex Belth
The Yanks need three more good innings from Moose. I'm not convinced he can give it to 'em, but so far, so good.

Dammit, for Alex with that second K.

2005-10-04 18:42:31
146.   marc
darling has a big fat strike zone much of the time and it's making it harder for them to take pitches especially with 2 strikes
2005-10-04 18:45:00
147.   Mattpat11
I dont necessarily care that he didnt take that pitch, but he didnt seem to be swinging at the ball. Just swinging and hoping to make contact
2005-10-04 18:45:26
148.   singledd
Geez... Its Amos and Andy. Do these jamokes even discuss the art of Baseball?
2005-10-04 18:46:26
149.   Alex Belth
Yo, I'm usually not one to whine and bitch, but let me do just that for a second in the sake of blowing off some steam: Is Gary Darling killin us or what?
2005-10-04 18:47:01
150.   Mattpat11
Why are we comparing Colon and Dean Chance?
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2005-10-04 18:48:12
151.   BxSparksNYC
He's inconsistent at best. But the lack of a zone is helping Moose I think.
2005-10-04 18:48:58
152.   Zack
Oh my god, that might be the most hideous shot I have ever seen: Joe Torre interviewing an old scary Gene Autry in 1986, two painfully ugly people (Autry looked awful at that age)
2005-10-04 18:50:17
153.   Mattpat11
How many pitches was that?
2005-10-04 18:50:35
154.   Cliff Corcoran
Anyone else think that last out would have fallen in front of Bernie?
2005-10-04 18:50:36
155.   Alex Belth
Okay, Cliff and co. Let's get Moose through the dreaded fifth...And how 'bout a couple few more runs boys!
2005-10-04 18:51:46
156.   randym77
I think Torre looks better now than he did in that clip. o_O
2005-10-04 18:52:17
157.   Cliff Corcoran
Both pitchers in the 70s in pitches after four. Can't allow the bullpens to decide this.
2005-10-04 18:52:29
158.   joe in boston
Man, a hit would have been nice there.

I hope Buck and Tim come up for air once or twice next inning. Can they just stop talking for 10 seconds please ?

2005-10-04 18:52:30
159.   Mattpat11
The dreded Mussina fifth inning is coming up.
2005-10-04 18:53:23
160.   BklynBomber
I really think Bubba's confidence is going to come up big for us at some point in the PS. Hopefully the WS...
2005-10-04 18:54:46
161.   marc
damn, I thought that Giambi fly was going out
2005-10-04 18:55:12
162.   BklynBomber
Let's go, Iron Sheff, get it going...
2005-10-04 18:55:49
163.   Zack
I just worry that Joe will take Bubba not getting a hit as an excuse to put Bernie in CF and start Ruben...
2005-10-04 18:56:24
164.   BklynBomber
Here we go Yan-kees, here we go...
2005-10-04 18:56:29
165.   yankz
Oh god, not the 5th...
2005-10-04 18:57:22
166.   BxSparksNYC
That was ridiculous....
2005-10-04 18:57:45
167.   Mattpat11
Come on, Mats
2005-10-04 18:58:46
168.   Mattpat11
shit.

Okay, we need a quick inning in the fifth. Its Moose's disaster inning

2005-10-04 18:59:16
169.   Alex Belth
Dag, Giambi just missed one. No way that first pitch to Matsui was a strike...Six huge outs for Moose coming up.
2005-10-04 19:00:08
170.   marc
good time for small to do some stretching and lite tossing.
2005-10-04 19:00:09
171.   BklynBomber
Damn. OK, Moose needs to keep the hammer down. No runs here.
2005-10-04 19:01:18
172.   yankz
And it begins...
2005-10-04 19:01:25
173.   Mattpat11
bad start.

We need a DP now.

2005-10-04 19:01:51
174.   marc
start some tosses, Small
2005-10-04 19:02:14
175.   JeremyM
I thought for sure that was hit until Crosby nabbed it. Thank God he's out there.

OK, Moose don't start.

And Rocky V?!?!?! I love the Rocky films and I stop at IV, which is no great shakes either. To think he's making a part 6 as well.

2005-10-04 19:03:46
176.   tocho
Here comes the DP
2005-10-04 19:05:13
177.   Mattpat11
we need the DP, Moose.
2005-10-04 19:06:11
178.   Mattpat11
A K is okay, but I dont want Chone getting up with a runner on.
2005-10-04 19:06:33
179.   BklynBomber
Good work, Moose... keep it going
2005-10-04 19:06:46
180.   Mattpat11
Alright Moose, just get Chone.
2005-10-04 19:08:01
181.   yankz
YEAH MATSUI!!
2005-10-04 19:08:03
182.   BklynBomber
GG Mats!!!!!!!!!!
2005-10-04 19:08:10
183.   Mattpat11
Go-Go Godzilla!
2005-10-04 19:08:40
184.   marc
Matsui with nice D
2005-10-04 19:08:57
185.   Alex Belth
Yeah Matsui! Nice grab, son. Okay, three more outs for Moose. And again, how 'bout some more runs? Time to run Colon.
2005-10-04 19:09:06
186.   Zack
Would love to get one more inning from Moose. Then maybe Small/Tanyon/Proctor for one, and Gordon Mo...Would like to prevent the 2 inning bit for either
2005-10-04 19:09:34
187.   BxSparksNYC
Nice play...exactly what we needed..
2005-10-04 19:10:47
188.   Mattpat11
Zack, if Moose can get a quick 6th, Id let him start the seventh
2005-10-04 19:10:56
189.   marc
We have a damn decent defensive outside like this with Matsui, Crosby and Sheff
2005-10-04 19:11:32
190.   Alex Belth
Two identically disappointing at bats for Cano. C'mon dog you want to make this dude work for his outs now. Bad at bat. I'll give him the second one, but this one was dumb.
2005-10-04 19:11:35
191.   tocho
All right Matsui!! great catch.

5th inning over. inhale, exhale, inhale, exhale.

83 pitches by Moose, he can give us two more, though I would be happy with one more.

6-7-8 batters coming up for Colon, I hope they at least make him work.

BTW, I hate that I'm OK with the name Chone now.

2005-10-04 19:11:36
192.   Mattpat11
Posada's at bats are so fucking depressing
2005-10-04 19:11:51
193.   BklynBomber
Was that just 2 pitches 2 outs?
2005-10-04 19:11:51
194.   BxSparksNYC
You'd think Posada would take a pitch sooner or later....Jeeesh.
2005-10-04 19:12:55
195.   Zack
Matt, depends totally on pitch count. I would not push our luck with a weak elbow and all. But who knows.

Two first pitch outs by Cano and the master, Posada

2005-10-04 19:13:08
196.   BklynBomber
McCarver needs to be drawn and quartered.
2005-10-04 19:13:26
197.   Cliff Corcoran
Six pitch inning. Sigh.
2005-10-04 19:13:33
198.   yankz
God I can't help but be so happy right now. "Float on" by modest mouse did it.
2005-10-04 19:13:45
199.   randym77
Giambi is always drenched with sweat, even the weather is cool.
2005-10-04 19:13:49
200.   marc
talk about going fast. Moose didn't even have a chance to catch his breath
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2005-10-04 19:13:52
201.   Alex Belth
Good inning for Colon, bad one for the Yankee O. Bernie Williams sure looks his age tonight: he's had pitches to hit in each at bat and he just can't get around on them and drive them.
2005-10-04 19:14:29
202.   Mattpat11
and Bernie at least makes him throw four pitches.

I'm more annoyed with Posada. Robbie contributed tonight.

2-3-4 coming up. Getting OC out is key here.

2005-10-04 19:14:45
203.   sam2175
185

Alex, was that, "Nice grab, san"?

2005-10-04 19:15:24
204.   Mattpat11
Oh, I agree Zack. if he can get out of this with 90-ish, let him start 7
2005-10-04 19:15:31
205.   tocho
I think this will be the critical inning for Mike, he needs to get it done.

Don't let Vlad come up with men on.

2005-10-04 19:17:52
206.   Mattpat11
we cant let Cabrera on before Anderson and Vlad.
2005-10-04 19:18:03
207.   Mattpat11
and we dont.
2005-10-04 19:19:20
208.   Cliff Corcoran
Small warming, looks like he is indeed in the Sturtze role.
2005-10-04 19:19:59
209.   Mattpat11
that was strike three
2005-10-04 19:20:40
210.   randym77
Posada hit well Sunday. A double, a single, and a walk. He hasn't been very "clutch" this year, though. Seems to hit better when it doesn't matter.
2005-10-04 19:21:05
211.   Mattpat11
95 and Vlad up with no one on.
2005-10-04 19:21:18
212.   Cliff Corcoran
And Leiter's up, apparently as the #1 LOOGY. Moose got to Vlad without any runners on. Good stuff.
2005-10-04 19:21:57
213.   Mattpat11
I hate Vlad.
2005-10-04 19:22:24
214.   Zack
No Joe, leave him in, no no no
2005-10-04 19:22:46
215.   yankz
Hmm...
2005-10-04 19:22:52
216.   Mattpat11
I would have let him face Erstad.
2005-10-04 19:23:39
217.   Cliff Corcoran
I don't see the point in Yanking Moose here. Erstad is hardly David Ortiz.
2005-10-04 19:23:39
218.   Mattpat11
Oh Christ, Al's coming in, isnt he
2005-10-04 19:24:02
219.   vockins
Moose was as solid as I could expect. Nice work.
2005-10-04 19:24:26
220.   Popcult
Oh no-the bullpen. Please tell me Leiter was throwing just for fun and isn't coming in.
2005-10-04 19:24:43
221.   Cliff Corcoran
Scioscia should go to Quinlan here.
2005-10-04 19:24:55
222.   Alex Belth
Well ain't that a hell of a way to end your night. Mussina makes two good pitches to Vlad, makes a mistake, up and out of the zone, that gets Vladimirized for a single. McCarver said he questioned the pitch selection and I agree with him. Still, it took a freak like Guerrero to actually do something productive with it. So, now we get Leiter to pitch to Erstad? Pass the pepto, bro.
2005-10-04 19:24:55
223.   tocho
Al, just don't walk the bases loaded, PLEASE!
2005-10-04 19:25:21
224.   BklynBomber
Don't agree with this move. Did you see the pitch Yogi/Vlade hit and the two pitches before it? Jesus H.... I hope I'm wrong.
2005-10-04 19:25:44
225.   yankz
LEITER WHAT NO PLEASE THIS IS A JOKE RIGHT

FUCK THE LOOGY CONCEPT

2005-10-04 19:25:51
226.   marc
looks like he was on a pitch count. and he may be tiring If it works out they have em available again in the series. I son't mind small but I'm not anxious to see scrub like Leiter
2005-10-04 19:25:51
227.   vockins
Leiter? Ugh.
2005-10-04 19:26:08
228.   Cliff Corcoran
Nice to be wrong about Moose, but 5 2/3 IP isn't enough. That's Torre's fault though. Erstad still hitting, ball one. Yup, all according to the script.
2005-10-04 19:26:15
229.   Zack
Oh Gosh, Lieter...please Joe, I hope you know what you ar edoing
2005-10-04 19:26:55
230.   Zack
Wow, Vlad helped us out there, that was terrible by him
2005-10-04 19:27:13
231.   Mattpat11
Al throws two Ks AND Jorge contributes?
2005-10-04 19:27:22
232.   yankz
Bad decision = YAY!
2005-10-04 19:27:24
233.   vockins
SWEEEEEEEEEEEEEET

That solves the Leiter problem.

2005-10-04 19:27:50
234.   randym77
Woo-hoo! OK, Jorgie, you earned your paycheck tonight as far as I'm concerned.
2005-10-04 19:27:50
235.   Alex Belth
Terrible play by Vlad.
2005-10-04 19:27:53
236.   Bill
Are they insane? I thought batting Erstad 5th was nuts. But this tops it.
2005-10-04 19:28:20
237.   Cliff Corcoran
Wow. Vlad out by a mile stealing second to end the inning. Terrible. Best part, the Yanks now get to face Erstad to lead off the next inning. Fantastic!
2005-10-04 19:28:26
238.   tocho
POSADA!!
2005-10-04 19:28:42
239.   marc
Whoa, you got to be kidding. what a gift joke, Vlad tries to steal.
2005-10-04 19:28:49
240.   BxSparksNYC
I second that Vockins. Moose was real solid. Couldn't have asked for anything more. Was going to say Leiter is on a tight leash but wow what a bonehead play. I'll take it. Does Leiter go back out or do you get the Gor in there?
2005-10-04 19:29:52
241.   Mattpat11
Obviously we'll never know, but I think Leiter was in control of the situation there.

Maybe he has a niche

2005-10-04 19:30:43
242.   Cliff Corcoran
See, now, we complain about Torre, look at the way Scioscia manages this team. Dreadful.
2005-10-04 19:31:00
243.   Max
WOW, was anyone as short of breath throughout those last two innings as I was?

I was nervous and morbid enough to look back at the pitch-by-pitch of Moose's nightmare 5ths against Cleveland and Toronto in August....6 runs given up to the Tribe, 8 runs to the Jays, numerous doubles, walks, hit by pitches, homers after lights out pitching for 4 innings.

Obviously Joe must have had flashbacks, because that was one heck of a tight hook on Moose. Thank goodness for Mats and for some bonehead Angels baserunning this time.

Still not going to exhale until the ninth, especially with our O going to sleep.

2005-10-04 19:31:06
244.   tocho
Who will face Erstad? Leiter? Oh man, we need some runs here...
2005-10-04 19:31:09
245.   Mattpat11
Bubba is kind of sucking again
2005-10-04 19:32:12
246.   Zack
terrible night for A-rod at the bat
2005-10-04 19:32:14
247.   yankz
Dammit A-Rod. Wonder if it's the rib?
2005-10-04 19:32:53
248.   Alex Belth
Argh for Alex. Told you he wouldn't do dick against Colon tonight.
2005-10-04 19:33:09
249.   Mattpat11
Cliff, Scioscia personally drove that team out of the playoffs last year. I'll never understand the praise he gets
2005-10-04 19:33:51
250.   Cliff Corcoran
I think Leiter is coming out to get Erstad. I'd then go straight to Tommy. Remember, Finley's GPA is around 50 points higher against lefties.
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2005-10-04 19:35:04
251.   randym77
I think Marc's right. Mussina was pulled because they don't want to tire him and his inflamed elbow, not because they didn't think he could get the out. Maybe they learned their lesson after his last start.

A-Rod is not having a very good night...

2005-10-04 19:36:01
252.   Mattpat11
come on, Al.
2005-10-04 19:36:28
253.   Zack
Nice sequence by Al, still didn't throw a real strike of course...You think Gordon Cliff? Not Small? Well, here comes Sturtze...
2005-10-04 19:36:33
254.   Bill
Erstad is the worst No. 5 hitter in post-season history. Discuss.
2005-10-04 19:36:34
255.   vockins
Sturtze? What the hell.
2005-10-04 19:36:35
256.   Cliff Corcoran
Mattpat, I can deal with Bubba having nothing at the plate as long as Torre keeps him in CF. The Angels give so much away to the Yankees at the plate that they can afford to have Bubba play the part of Erstad from the nine-hole. It's not like he's hitting fifth (!).
2005-10-04 19:37:17
257.   Alex Belth
Al! Whatta ya say! Good job. Now, more heart- stopping fun with Taynon. Better get Flash up in a hurry.
2005-10-04 19:37:28
258.   Mattpat11
Al Leiter does a nice job there. IMO, he made Erstad look silly both times.
2005-10-04 19:38:52
259.   JeremyM
Nice job by Al, wow, never thought I'd say that.
2005-10-04 19:38:56
260.   Jen
Nice Al. Very nice.
2005-10-04 19:39:24
261.   Cliff Corcoran
Zack, I'm not taking chances. The FOX guys are right (believe it or not), if the Yanks get one here, they're in good shape with Randy going in Game 3 at home. Not the time to take risks.

That said, worth seeing if Sturtze can get two outs from the bottom of the order to keep Mo and Go to one IP a piece. But if anyone gets on . . . anyone at all . . .

2005-10-04 19:39:24
262.   Mattpat11
Zack, i dont think a pitcher necessarily has tt throw legitimate strikes as long as they're attractive enough to the hitter (like tonight)
2005-10-04 19:40:02
263.   Zack
Great job Tanyon and Joe...ugh
2005-10-04 19:40:09
264.   yankz
God Sturtze blows
2005-10-04 19:40:20
265.   JeremyM
Gee, couldn't see that coming with fuckin' Sturtze.
2005-10-04 19:40:28
266.   BxSparksNYC
Put it in the bank. Tanyon's good for giving a team hope...Jeesshh
2005-10-04 19:40:55
267.   vockins
Son of a bitch, Sturtze.
2005-10-04 19:41:14
268.   Mattpat11
Tanyon sucks.
2005-10-04 19:41:17
269.   Cliff Corcoran
Somehow I forgot about Molina. I was thinking Rivera, Finley. Ugh. Gordon. Now.
2005-10-04 19:42:51
270.   vockins
Was that worth an out, Torre?
2005-10-04 19:43:04
271.   Alex Belth
You think this is enough to convice Joe to bury Taynon once and for all?
2005-10-04 19:44:04
272.   Cliff Corcoran
He didn't have Gordon warmed up when he brought in Sturtze? What was he thinking. Anyway, Tommy in now. Gotta get the Angels in order to prevent a Vlad AB in the eighth. If Vlad comes up, Joe has to go to Mo early.
2005-10-04 19:44:33
273.   marc
I turned my head to post that Sturtze could be a bigger problem than Leiter and unfortunately hear cheering and a score up for Angels
2005-10-04 19:46:02
274.   Zack
Poor Tanyon, he had a half season of out of nowhere brilliance, and then Torre abused him into returning to his normal crappiness...

Well, I am fine with gordon for 1 1/3, knock on wood

2005-10-04 19:46:04
275.   BklynBomber
Flash for 4 outs... Let's get it done!
2005-10-04 19:46:39
276.   Cliff Corcoran
Did that foul really almost hit Jaret Wright?
2005-10-04 19:47:18
277.   Zack
Wowza, thought that was gone off the bat, and the way Sheff played it, thought it was gone too...whew!!
2005-10-04 19:47:34
278.   Mattpat11
I thought Sheff dropped that for a minute. My heart stopped.
2005-10-04 19:48:13
279.   Alex Belth
Jeez Sheff, we've all been wondering when you are finally gunna drop one making that basket-snow cone catch. Almost got me there.

Homina, homina, homina.

Um, a few runs please. Is that too much to ake?

2005-10-04 19:48:23
280.   vockins
Thank God.

Speaking of God, Happy New Year.

2005-10-04 19:48:49
281.   Cliff Corcoran
Sheff is coming up big in the field in key games. He made two great catches on Saturday to keep Unit from imploding and that one just might have saved this game.
2005-10-04 19:50:03
282.   BxSparksNYC
Cliff - Jared must have broken a couple of mirrors this year....
2005-10-04 19:50:26
283.   BklynBomber
We need to change the mo here and send these faux fans onto the 5 Freeway right about now...
2005-10-04 19:50:32
284.   Alex Belth
Hey whether Torre abused Taynon or not, he was gunna return to his usual crappiness sooner or later.
2005-10-04 19:51:01
285.   Cliff Corcoran
Nice that the heart of the order will get a look at Shields here.
2005-10-04 19:51:31
286.   BxSparksNYC
Was any of those pitches close. That was the worst of the bunch tonight. Darling is really killing me
2005-10-04 19:52:21
287.   Zack
vockins, its always a tough choice between God and the Yankees, isn't it? These years that the high holy days fall during the playoffs are tough!

Thought that was gone off the bat of Sheff

2005-10-04 19:53:04
288.   Cliff Corcoran
Good point, Alex, he is 34 after all, still, he might have kept it up for a season or more if Torre had eased off some. He really overdid it to start the season.
2005-10-04 19:53:20
289.   Mattpat11
I hate this wide angle shot they used every time a ball is hit in the air
2005-10-04 19:54:02
290.   Max
I don't know that I've seen this highlighted in the numerous previews of this series, but our strategy of compressing games by using Gordon and Mo for more than one inning is particularly difficult against the Angels...given that Gordon has been hit VERY hard by the Halos all year (7+ ERA).

Hope Gordon puts that all behind him starting tonight...I'm not ready to have Mo pitching 2 innings plus...

2005-10-04 19:54:10
291.   Zack
True Alex, but stranger things have happened, no?
2005-10-04 19:55:07
292.   Mattpat11
Gordon needs to get them in Order. I'd rather not Anderson or Vlad with runners on
2005-10-04 19:56:20
293.   Mattpat11
I thought Robbie was going to throw that away
2005-10-04 19:57:48
294.   Mattpat11
one more, Flash
2005-10-04 19:57:59
295.   yankz
Mighta gotten lucky there, but the umps owe us.
2005-10-04 19:58:07
296.   BklynBomber
Finally we get a break from the ump!
2005-10-04 19:58:20
297.   vockins
Zach-

I'm not Jewish, but there are a few Jewish Yankee fans last time I checked, so I figured I'd give the shout out.

2005-10-04 19:58:52
298.   Zack
Holy crap, another great yet terrifying catch by the Sheff!
2005-10-04 19:58:56
299.   BklynBomber
GG Iron Sheff! ;-)
2005-10-04 19:58:59
300.   yankz
279- psychic, man. Keep 'em coming.
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2005-10-04 19:59:04
301.   vockins
Stop freaking me out, Sheff!
2005-10-04 19:59:19
302.   Mattpat11
I dont think I had ever seen Gary Sheffield jump prior to that
2005-10-04 19:59:26
303.   Cliff Corcoran
There's Sheff again with an inning-ending catch to keep Vlad in the on-deck circle.
2005-10-04 20:01:32
304.   BklynBomber
Let's take any drama out of the bottom of the 9th, Pinstripers! Two or three runs here would extend my life for a week or two...
2005-10-04 20:01:39
305.   Cliff Corcoran
Just need three outs from Mo. Amazing.
2005-10-04 20:02:25
306.   Shaun P
Some very nice plays in the field by Godzilla and Sheff tonight.

I've been very happy with Torre's use of the 'pen so far. Moose tiring and with the lefty up, in comes Leiter; but only to pitch to the lefty; then Sturtze in for the righty, and he gets pulled in favor of Gordon as soon as he got into trouble; and now Mo for the 9th. Just as we would have done it, huh? =)

2005-10-04 20:02:25
307.   Zack
Anyone else finding it very hard to read hits off the bat? A lot of these pop ups look and sound a lot better to me then they are, hrrrm
2005-10-04 20:02:31
308.   marc
damn, wothout pretty good pitching we'd be sunk. We haven't done squat forever
2005-10-04 20:03:10
309.   Cliff Corcoran
Anderson "made it look easy?" I thought just the opposite.
2005-10-04 20:03:21
310.   Shaun P
Yeah Zack, the ball is carrying quite a bit tonight. Does that happen often in Anahiem?
2005-10-04 20:03:29
311.   yankz
IMO, priorities for the winter: Bullpen, then center field.
2005-10-04 20:03:48
312.   Mattpat11
Zack, they're using some Godawful camera angles.
2005-10-04 20:03:56
313.   Zack
Vockins,
Dig it, nice of you to remember, and happy new year to you too! Lets hope Mo makes it a great start!
2005-10-04 20:04:58
314.   Cliff Corcoran
Zack, it does seem the ball isn't carrying properly. I'd heard this place played as a pitchers park this year after being neutral last year.

Shaun, I would have gone straight to Gordon instead of Sturtze and I would have let Moose pitch to Erstad.

2005-10-04 20:06:18
315.   BklynBomber
Bernie Baseball!
2005-10-04 20:06:49
316.   Mattpat11
nice hit there from Bernie
2005-10-04 20:06:50
317.   Cliff Corcoran
Look, that's not a corpse wearing Bernie's uni after all!
2005-10-04 20:07:04
318.   Shaun P
Bern, baby, Bern! I'd love to see another run (or 4) here. Let's go Bubba - give Torre every reason to play you again tomorrow! (Though with groundballWang pitching, it might not matter.)
2005-10-04 20:07:11
319.   yankz
Or maybe, Joe Buck, it's cuz Sierra freaking sucks.
2005-10-04 20:07:41
320.   Mattpat11
Christ Bubba. At least you catch
2005-10-04 20:08:41
321.   BklynBomber
OK, it's very cool that Bubba is starting. Now, someone has to tell him it's OK to take a pitch in the PS.
2005-10-04 20:08:50
322.   marc
I hope Mo's in top form. tough part of the order coming up
2005-10-04 20:09:01
323.   Cliff Corcoran
Yeah, extremely stupid comment by Buck there. Of course you leave your best defensive OF in there to hit with a three run lead in the ninth and the best closer in history coming in.
2005-10-04 20:10:56
324.   Cliff Corcoran
Holy schnards! Did you see Mo's road numbers for this season?! I had no idea! One earned run and a 0.25 ERA?!
2005-10-04 20:11:34
325.   Mattpat11
no one on for Vlad.

Good.

2005-10-04 20:12:36
326.   Cliff Corcoran
Bubba catches everything hit anywhere near him and some stuff that isn't. He has to play the field again in Game 3.
2005-10-04 20:12:52
327.   Shaun P
Mo has a 4.10 ERA against the Angels, huh? I wonder how much of that came in, say, '96-'99, when the only Angels still on the Angels are Anderson and Erstad?

Its so terrible to have stats thrown out that are essentially meaningless. Give me Mo's ERA against the Angels over the last 3 years if you want to give me something useful.

Sorry for the rant - FOX is just annoying me. Let's go Mo!

2005-10-04 20:13:36
328.   Mattpat11
How do you walk Vlad?
2005-10-04 20:14:20
329.   marc
damn you Mo. horrible walk
2005-10-04 20:14:30
330.   vockins
I haven't read the entire thread, so maybe this has been covered, but the "scene" at Angel Stadium is real goofy.

Maybe the Yankee Stadium experience isn't as pure as the driven snow, but the thunderstick, rally monkey, waterfall thing is another level of dumb.

2005-10-04 20:14:33
331.   Mattpat11
And Jorge returns back to form.
2005-10-04 20:14:53
332.   Cliff Corcoran
Anyone else notice Mo's been walking the big guns when he can (Ortiz on 9/11)? Could it be strategy from an aging pitcher who knows he can get everyone else out?
2005-10-04 20:15:09
333.   yankz
Come on Mo, I have shit to do.
2005-10-04 20:15:48
334.   yankz
Dammit Cano.
2005-10-04 20:15:48
335.   Shaun P
Wow, Vlad walked on Mo - wow.

Get the dp, Mo!

2005-10-04 20:15:56
336.   Mattpat11
You knew that Cano was going to fuck this up.
2005-10-04 20:15:56
337.   vockins
Ah shit.
2005-10-04 20:16:09
338.   Zack
Come on Mo
2005-10-04 20:16:17
339.   Cliff Corcoran
Tough play for Cano, but I knew he'd be making a costly mistake in the field in this series. I think we all did.
2005-10-04 20:16:28
340.   rmd0311
Ahhhhhhh... What a terrible hop... He should have had that though...
2005-10-04 20:16:32
341.   BklynBomber
No problem... Mo will get it done.
2005-10-04 20:16:40
342.   Shaun P
Dammit Cano! Someone warned this would happen!

Bear down, Mo, c'mon . . . we need this one!

2005-10-04 20:16:47
343.   BxSparksNYC
I know it was a difficult play but get in front of that and knock it down please...l
2005-10-04 20:17:30
344.   rmd0311
bad feelings...
2005-10-04 20:18:02
345.   Zack
Wow, great play by Jeter, and the fact that they almost got a dp there shows you how slow Molina is.

Come on Mo

2005-10-04 20:18:04
346.   BklynBomber
One more, baby...
2005-10-04 20:18:09
347.   Cliff Corcoran
Nice try by Cano to turn that one knowing Bengie Molina was running. Even better play by Jeter to get the lead run.
2005-10-04 20:18:28
348.   Mattpat11
fuck Tino!
2005-10-04 20:18:37
349.   BxSparksNYC
Damn. Tino usually digs that...sh*t...
2005-10-04 20:19:17
350.   BklynBomber
#339 — That was it. Out of system...
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2005-10-04 20:19:44
351.   Shaun P
Cano almost redeemed himself there. Tino's bad on that one.

One more to go - why does it always have to be heart-rending . . . and crap, here's Kotchman.

2005-10-04 20:19:54
352.   Cliff Corcoran
Pinch running with a catcher?

I guess the advantage of not starting Kotchman is he can PH wherever because he's better than everyone except Vlad.

2005-10-04 20:20:43
353.   Mattpat11
Oh Thank god
2005-10-04 20:21:01
354.   randym77
Nice win.
2005-10-04 20:21:06
355.   Zack
Love you Mo! Man, he looked pissed!

That bat didn't just break, it exploaded!

2005-10-04 20:21:19
356.   vockins
Goddamn! Stressin' me out!

Crucial win!

2005-10-04 20:21:21
357.   BxSparksNYC
Whew. Great game. Thanks Cano on the clutch hit, Moose on the clutch pitching and Mo with the clutch save. Receipe for success...
2005-10-04 20:21:24
358.   Cliff Corcoran
So very nice to be wrong about Moose tonight. Good stuff!
2005-10-04 20:22:06
359.   rmd0311
Great game... Moose was great...
2005-10-04 20:22:45
360.   Shaun P
Alright! That's much better, Mo.

I don't know how Moose did it, but I'm glad he did. A heck of a risk on Torre's part, but Moose made it pay off big-time.

2005-10-04 20:23:05
361.   marc
Yes! Mo finishes in classic broken bat fashion and gets another post-season save. and I would add torre pulled all the right strings though I know he won't get much credit here.
2005-10-04 20:24:15
362.   murphy
i am glad we pulled that one out, but cano's not getting to that ball was ugly. that's some little league fundamental shit. you get in front of the ball and knock it down. you don't stab at it backhanded and hope for the best. cano better buy rivera a beer for shutting down the rest of the inning.
2005-10-04 20:26:16
363.   Shaun P
I don't think I've ever heard Cano speak before; pretty confident sounding voice. Extra Innings is great, but they don't show any postgame stuff, unfortunately.
2005-10-04 20:26:19
364.   Alex Belth
Whew! Okay, so that ninth inning was a heart attack. Cano had a tough play to make but he didn't get his body in front of the ball to at least knock it down. Again, it was a difficult play, nasty hop, but he should poor fundamentals there. Also, man, I thought Tino'd be able to pick that ball for the DP. Fine, Mo gives up a run, but gets the save.

That's one. And I'm more ascared of Lackey than any other Angels starter, so it was a huge win tonight.

Brilliant job by Moose. I had a feeling he might do well. That's as important a game as he's ever pitched in New York, particularly considering how unsure we were of what to expect.

Pretty crisp game. Couple of nice--or fortunate--catches by Sheff, nice over the shoulder nab by Anderson.

Mmmm.

2005-10-04 20:27:09
365.   Zack
This is the first interview I have heard with Cano, hes got a cute voice and accent
2005-10-04 20:31:22
366.   Nick from Washington Heights
So, of course, no acknowledgement will be made by some Torre critics (who post a lot on this site) that he might have made a good decision in resting Moose on Sunday. Mussina's performance, which was sharp, speaks for itself, but Torre's a lucky idiot I guess.

Good win. Anxious ninth but honestly, as long as we're ahead against this anemic offense I'm ok.

2005-10-04 20:35:08
367.   unpopster
never thought I'd be saying this but Al Leiter looked good too!
2005-10-04 20:38:00
368.   Shaun P
Nick, credit where credit is due, as I've been a Torre critic - I thought he did a great job tonight (see 306). It was a risky move pitching Moose, but it paid off. Can't ask for more than that.

BTW - the local Boston FOX affiliate just showed that its cheaper for a Red Sox fan to fly roundtrip to Chicago, get a good ticket to Game 2 at the Cell (with all sorts of ammenities), stay in a pretty decent hotel and come back the next day - than to get a ticket in the same part of Fenway. Forget parking, food, anything.

Damn. Now we know how Boston affords the second-biggest payroll in MLB.

2005-10-04 20:43:39
369.   marc
interesting, Torre said when he came out to talk to Moose while Moose didn't hand him the ball right away Moose just looked down and Torre decided Moose had enough. I guess Moose usually insists on staying in and the way he acted this time he didn't think Moose had much left. My interpretation anyway.
2005-10-04 20:48:58
370.   Zack
Shaun...Daaamn, are tickets that expensive? Insane...

And as for Torre's move of starting Moose, I would say it was a very lucky thing that Moose pitched well. Maybe its got to do with the extra day or rest, so maybe we should give him 6 days, who knows...

What I do know is that Torre ran out the right lineup today, didn't pinch hit for Bubba and left him in for defense, and though the decision to go to Lieter could have backfired, otherwise, did very nicely today.

Now, if he starts Sierra tomorrow, well, who knows...

2005-10-04 20:52:44
371.   Shaun P
Zack, the breakdown went something like:

Ticket at Fenway, no ammenities: $525
Comparable ticket at the Cell, with ammenities: $200
Roundtrip flight to Chicago from Boston: $199
1 night at decent hotel (+ cab fare/transportation costs): $125

Crazy, isn't it? I'm sure there are people in Boston who are flying to Chicago tomorrow morning.

2005-10-04 20:56:39
372.   Cliff Corcoran
Shaun, that's probably playoff prices. The Yanks boost ticket prices a little more for each round, with the World Series tickets being pretty ridiculous. Perhaps the Sox just jump right to WS levels? Meanwhile, sounds like playoff baseball in Chicago is a bargain.
2005-10-04 20:57:49
373.   Cliff Corcoran
Okay, that's definitely playoff prices. Are those face value? Sick. Gotta be good seats!
2005-10-04 20:58:41
374.   Cliff Corcoran
Oh, and mad credit to Joe for his line-up and for getting Leiter and Sturtze out quickly, but listneing to Moose just now say he had no idea what he'd have tonight, I think Joe just might have been a lucky idiot with regards to his pitcher.
2005-10-04 21:17:01
375.   Max
Joe probably got a bit lucky, and I was as much a worrier as anyone regarding Mussina. But Moose said that the two extra days definitely helped. So credit to Joe for this decision.

Torre seemed to have a bit of an edge when he was asked in the post-game whether he felt "vindicated". I can't blame him...not because he didn't deserve to be questioned, but the way he was roasted for the Yankees loss in the last game at Fenway, you'd have thought the team lost the division...the spin in the press that the Red Sox "really won the weekend" by getting the wild card and White Sox for an opponent was nothing short of absurd.

I just thought the negativity over a meaningless final game was over the top, and I'm glad Mussina justified his faith. Long way to go in this series, though.

2005-10-04 21:58:49
376.   markp
I'm a big critic, but I said Mussina was the obvious choice two days ago.
2005-10-04 22:28:46
377.   KYK
I think Joe has all pitchers on a short leash.

If anything, he's going to give Moose and RJ a longer leash for a batter or two, but I think everyone else will get pulled the instant they get in trouble.

We criticize Joe's moves here all time, but I've got to think that Joe knows what's on the line here and won't give his guys the show of confidence he gave during the season.

I can't remember what the situation was, but he pulled the Rocket from game seven in 2003. I think he got really burned last year in game seven - but he didn't have any real options.

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