Saturday, April 24, 2010

Game 16 Recap

[WPA data via FanGraphs]

1. Despite allowing the first three batters he faced to reach base, A.J. Burnett was poised to escape the first inning without any damage. Eric Aybar's walk was erased when he was picked off stealing and a double by Torii Hunter followed by a Bobby Abreu single put runners on the corners with one out. Hideki Matsui lined out to short before Kendry Morales chopped a sky high ball of the plate that netted him an infield single and an RBI. Angels 1-0.

2. The Yankees got it going in the third as back to back doubles by Brett Gardner and Derek Jeter tied the game at one. After Nick Johnson struck out looking and Mark Teixeira was hit by a pitch, A-Rod drove Jeter in with a single to left. Robinson Cano came to the plate next with two outs and men on first and second and pulled a single into shallow right field.

Aiming to put the Yanks up by two tuns, Teixeira came barreling around third base and just as the ball was bouncing over Angels' catcher Bobby Wilson, Teix plowed into him like a freight train, sending Wilson and his equipment flying backwards as he got up to make sure he touched the plate. Teix was fine, but Wilson had to be taken out of the game immediately and carried down the dugout steps back into the locker room. 3-1 Yankees.

3. The Yankees only lead of the game didn't last long. Abreu and Hunter led off the bottom of the 3rd with a double and a single. Matsui grounded into a double play that scored a run and again Burnett was close to escaping an inning but ultimately did not. He hit Kendry Morales with a pitch and gave up back to back doubles to Juan Rivera and Macier Izturus that put the Angels ahead 4-3.

4. Nick Swisher tied the game at 4 with a solo shot off of Santana in the 4th.

5. The score remained deadlocked until the bottom of the 8th when Joba Chamberlain gave up a long single to Hideki Matusi to lead off the inning, bringing up his nemesis, Kendry Morales. At that point, Morales was 4-6 off Joba and he improved that ratio when he smacked a go-ahead two run home deep over the right field fence. The Angels took the lead 6-4 and Brain Fuentes sat the Yanks down 1-2-3 in the 9th. Game over, as the Bombers dropped their second in a row.

IFs, ANDs & BUTs
  • The Angels had just lost catcher Jeff Mathis with a broken wrist and Bobby Wilson was making his first Major League start. He sustained a concussion and an ankle injury but nothing too serious. It was unfortunate that Teixeira collided with him so squarely but everyone involved agreed that it was a clean play and there doesn't seem to be any lingering anger over the incident.

  • The Yankees stubbed their toe badly in the sixth inning. After Curtis Granderson walked and Nick Swisher was hit by a pitch, Brett Gardner squared to bunt and ended up popping and eye-high fastball right back to Ervin Santana. Next, Jeter lined one back up the middle that almost took Santana's head off, but got slowed down by his grasping try enough for Howie Kedrick to get the out at second base. There were runners on the corners for Nick Johnson but he grounded out to second to end the inning.

  • Santana and Burnett had very similar nights, both going just about six innings (6.1 for A.J.), giving up 8 and 9 hits, 4 runs (all earned), each hit 2 batters and struck out 3. They threw 103 and 104 pitches, respectively (about 60%) for strikes and neither factored into the decision.

  • Burnett made an awesome stab on a ball up the middle to end the 4th inning.

  • The pitch that Morales homered on was a hanging slider. That was obviously the death knell for the Yanks but the inability to capitalize in the 6th, particularly Gardner's failed bunt attempted was a huge missed opportunity.
The Yanks look to shake it off and get back at it this afternoon, as the game is on FOX at 4.


  1. This blog would be great if you guys had any sense of objectivity. Teixeira was obviously pissed that he got beaned and decided to take an unnecessary cheap shot at a young catcher. Please stop acting as if the Yankees are infallible.

  2. A catcher who he was teammates with on the Angels and a player who he wished well before the game began?

    I'm giving him the benefit of the doubt which is a lot closer to being objective than claiming to be able to read his mind like you are. Fuckhead.

  3. Jason from The Heartland4/24/10, 11:43 AM

    Channeling the latest Anonymous's screed: This would be a great blog, Jay, if you stopped being a Yankees fan and didn't give a frog's fat ass about pertinent details and nuance. Shame on you for liking the Yankees and having a fine capacity for detail. This is exactly why I went off on a previous manifestation of "Anonymous" a week or so ago; it's pathetically easy to leave no name and bellyache about what others write without basis in fact. All too often, the "Anonymous" commenters simply add nothing to the discourse, unlike Jay and Matt, who unfailingly do a good job. Whatever, Anonymous.

    Gardner's bunt was horrible, both the attempt and more importantly not laying off an obvious ball. Horrible.

    3-10 with RISP isn't bad, but that the Yankees failed in their chances from the middle innings onward spelled trouble. I felt bad things coming after they failed to score in the sixth.

    Kudos to A.J. for keeping it knotted after promptly giving away the lead.