ALCS Beat: Yankees back on track

I’m so rope they call me Mr. Roper
When the troubles arise I’m the cool coper
On the mic I score just like the Yankees

“3-Minute Rule” by the Beastie Boys

Yeah, the Yankees score alright.  Yet, like any team should, the Angels remain hopelessly positive. 

"We’ve got a mountain to climb," said Angels center fielder Torii Hunter. "We’ve just got to know we have to go out there [Thursday] and try to get that win. It’s a must-win. It’s not like we’ve got games left. We can’t go out there and let these guys win. If they do, it’s over with. We’re going to come with a different mindset and try to have some fun and get the job done."

But it ain’t going to be easy.  With the Yankees now 3 games to 1, it’s simply going to be an uphill battle that will take a miracle to overcome. 

Up until Monday night’s win for the Angels, the playoff series for them has been characterized as ugly and full of mistakes.  Not Tuesday night.  They were simply out-pitched and out-hit and the Yanks won 10-1.  C.C Sabathia is doing his best to outdo ARod in his bid to strip him of MVP of the Series.

On just three days rest, Sabathia almost repeated Game One’s numbers, allowing just one run in eight innings with just five his and two walks.    In Game One, he allowed one run in eight innings as well with four hits.  For the postseason, C.C. is 3-0.

Alex Rodriguez led the hitting attack, going 3 for 4 with his fifth homer of the fall and 2 rbis and 3 runs scored.  Melky Cabrera chipped in with a 3 for 4 performance and four rbis of his own.

The Angels have to be disappointed with their offense till this point.  Up until Tuesday night, the starting pitching has held up pretty well.  No Halo starter has given up more than three ER until last night (and if you want to pick nits, Kazmir only gave up four but we won’t go there).  Had the offense been a little more productive even a little more timely, it would be a different series now.

Tonight’s scheduled pitchers are John Lackey and A.J Burnett.  Don’t look for Torii Hunter to have a great night.  He’s 2 for 23 lifetime against Burnett.  However, those two hits?  Homeruns.

ARod is in pretty much in the same boat with Lackey.  He’s 9 for 51 (.176) lifetime against Big John.  Most of those hits have gone for extras though.  One double, one triple and FOUR homeruns. 

This is first time I’ve said this publically but…

Go Angels!

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