ALCS Game 1: Yankees vs. Angels

ANGELS (3-0, 97-65)
Chone Figgins 3B
Bobby Abreu RF
Torii Hunter CF
Vladimir Guerrero DH
Juan Rivera LF
Kendry Morales 1B
Howie Kendrick 2B
Jeff Mathis C
Erick Aybar SS

Pitching: RHP John Lackey (1-0, 0.00 ERA)

YANKEES (3-0, 103-59)
Derek Jeter SS
Johnny Damon LF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Hideki Matsui DH
Jorge Posada C
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher RF
Melky Cabrera CF

Pitching: LHP CC Sabathia (1-0, 1.37 ERA)

Here is a selection of the official information from the Yankees’ game notes for ALCS Game 1:

AT A GLANCE: The Yankees will begin the “best-of-seven” American League Championship Series vs. the Los Angeles Angels tonight at Yankee Stadium…is the Yankees’ 13th appearance in the ALCS, and first since 2004…are 10-2 in previous ALCS series, including a 6-1 mark in the last seven which have been a “best-of-seven” format…are making their 14th postseason appearance in the last 15 seasons after missing the playoffs in 2008…are 32-13 in 45 “best-of-seven” postseason series all time…are 133-88 all-time in postseason play.

WALK OFF MAGIC: The Yankees’ Game 2 win vs. Minnesota on 10/9 marked the Yankees’ 21st postseason “walk-off” win all time…was the Yankees’ 11th postseason “walk-off” HR, and first since Aaron Boone’s 11th inning homer in Game 7 of the 2003 ALCS…led the Majors with 15 “walk-off” victories in 2009, including a “walk-off” victory on 5/1 vs. the Angels…marked their second-most “walk-off” wins in a season behind a franchise-record 17 in 1943.

AGAINST THE BEST: The Yankees were a combined 21-14 this season against AL playoff teams (Red Sox, Angels and Twins) and did not lose a season series against any of the three (9-9 vs. BOS, 5-5 vs. LAA, 7-0 vs. MIN)…went 52-35 (.598) against teams who finished the season above .500.

LATE ARRIVAL: The Yankees scored 8R with 4HR and 6BB in the seventh inning or later during their three-game ALDS sweep of Minnesota, batting .257 (9-for-35) over the final three innings…posted a Major League-best .293 average under the same circumstances during the regular season…the Yankees batted .323 in the ninth inning and scored 87 runs in the frame during the regular season, leading the Majors in both categories for the inning (credit: Elias).

YANKEE STADIUM: The 2009 season marked the Yankees’ first in Yankee Stadium…became the seventh team among Baseball’s current 30 franchises to advance to the postseason in the first season in their current stadiums (also ATL,-1997 BOS-1912, COL-1995, STL-2006, SF-2000 and TOR-1989).

15 Comments

Huge performance by the big guy today. The Angels aren’t so sure they can now dominate the Yankees as in the past. Their play today was that of a triple AAA team.

Cano is fantastic in the field. He did look like a ninja however. But he is our ninja!

Good luck to AJ – may the winning continue.

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Excellent performance tonight by CC. This is why the Yankees went out and got him. AJ now it is your turn. Let’s make it 2-0 tomorrow.

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CC see ya!

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Great start CC. Also, how about that range from Cano. Now time for the pen, no sense pulling CC up to 100+ pitches if he is coming back for Game 4.

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$161 millions worth!

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Pitch to Abreu not low on GameDay!

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Look above……… there’s more action on Twitter!

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Haha. BTW, looks like everyone else is out having fun on a Friday night Don’t they know its ALCS time?

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a=absurdly?

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Weren’t the Angels supposed to be the team that didn’t make miscues and played good solid defense? I guess the cold is affecting their play.

A Rod had a great DS in 04 the cooled off. He isn’t going to keep the 1.000 batting average, but it does look like he will stay hot this time. Another absurdly premature prediction of course.

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Server time is +23 minutes!

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Cool confidence! (10 minutes ago)

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Let’s rattle Lackey some more!

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Let’s go Yankees!

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Yankee Stadium weather update: Brrrrr!!!

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