9/14 – Yankees vs. Angels
Hello on a beautiful late summer evening here in the Bronx, with temperatures in the very comfortable seventies and clear skies beginning to turn to dusk over Yankee Stadium.
As you’d imagine, part of the pregame discussion concerned the novelty of playing a one-game series here against the Angels, making up a May 3 rainout. The Yankees probably lucked out on that one — it was five days later that Alex Rodriguez returned and helped them become the best team in the big leagues since then, going 79-31 (.681) to lead the circuit.
But these Angels, with their pesky, push-the-envelope approach, are no pushovers — you might say the Yankees have the same questions to answer with the Angels that they did with the Red Sox. The Angels’ record since May 8 is the second best in the big leagues at 73-42, and they enter play here trailing the Yankees by just six wins for the best record in the Majors. There’s still a lot that can happen between here and October, so yes, this is an important game.
How far will Joba Chamberlain go tonight? You’d imagine it’ll be more than the three innings he pitched in his last three starts, and that’s certainly the plan. But we’ll have to see if he can find his efficiency and handle an Angels lineup that knows what to do against tough pitching.
|Pitching: RHP Jered Weaver (15-5, 3.76).|
|Pitching: RHP Joba Chamberlain (8-5, 4.45).|