ALCS Game 4

Totally Missed It

This is the reality of life and work and death and taxes. Some games, you can’t even follow the score on the Yahoo gamecast. I’m more stunned to see the score line of 10-1. I guess Sabathia really is that good and can make the Angels look like the Orioles.

The box score makes for interesting reading, as does the recap:

ANAHEIM, Calif. – Yes, the umpires were terrible again and have positioned themselves as the theme of the playoffs, along with the temperature, the battering by Ryan Howard(notes) and renaissance of Alex Rodriguez(notes), and the fact you can’t trust your closer anymore.

It’s fine for the umps, because it seems they’ve been out of position on everything else. I think we can assume that when the next discussion on instant replay comes around, they’ve probably lost their vote (along with their right to gripe about the result).

It will be written that they cost the Los Angeles Angels some on Tuesday, which of course they did, but if they were unlucky on all the calls they guessed on, they were at least lucky the New York Yankees had CC Sabathia(notes), who took the baseball on three days rest and made sure Game 4 would hardly be a game at all, and A-Rod, who hasn’t missed more than a handful of pitches since the end of August. It’s nice when life sends you cover.

As it is, the Yankees are a win from their first World Series appearance in six years after routing the Angels, 10-1. They have won six of their seven playoff games. Sabathia has won three of them. Rodriguez has five home runs and 11 RBIs. Welcome to the new Yankees.

I’m guessing it was one of those horror games where the road to hell is paved not with good intentions but umpiring decisions. Still, when I think about the 2007 midges game in Cleveland, I take this one. 5 more to go.

A-Rod looks like he is da-bomb, having knocked yet another over the fence. Even Melky had 3 hits in this orgy of offense form the Yankees. The Series averages of the Angels tells a pretty sorry tale.  Or that the Yankees pitching overall has been excellent.

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