That’s the adjective I keep seeing repeated in the headlines regarding the Los Angeles Angels play last night in Game 1 of the American League Championship Series against the New York Yankees. The Angels, who bested their error record during the regular season with only 85 miscues, made some pretty nasty and costly ones in Friday night’s game. Like a botched routine popup that ended up to be an rbi single.
I’ll admit I was rooting for Big John Lackey. But it’s hard to give that kind of edge to the Yankees and expect to win because you know the Yanks will step in and seize the advantage. With the way C.C. Sabathia was pitching last night, that was kiss of death. True, Sabathia has had issues with the Angels during the regular season (0-2, 9 ER in 13 1/3 innings though he did strike out 11). But that was all ancient history and as they say it’s a brand new season when it comes to the playoffs. Sabathia went 8 innings last night against the Halos allowing only 4 hits and just one run (an rbi single by Kendry Morales). Sabathia walked one and struck out seven.
Torii Hunter had begrudging praise for Sabathia (in reference to the mid-40s temperature):
"CC was the cold weather. He was pitching his butt off. CC’s the real deal, man."
Other ALCS Bits:
- Speaking of mid-40 degree weather, yes, it was that cold. And we’re only in the beginning of the League Championship Series. The MLB Postseason schedule is set till November 5 (assuming all games are played). It’s going to get a whole lot colder unless the Angels and Dodgers pull it off.
Jim Caple of ESPN has a tongue in cheek article about how HE feels about the postseason schedule.
- Apparently, singer Ronan Tynan was a late scratch for singing God Bless America in last night’s game for making an anti-Semitic remark.
- Anyone care what Nick Swisher has to say? If so, check out MLB.com’s Q&A with him posted today.