Game Thread: April 15th, Angels vs. Yankees

Ivan Nova faces off against Jerome Williams in the rubber match of this weekend’s three game set against the Angels. Neither of the two previous games have been close thus far. The Yankees trounced the Angel’s in the series opener and then the Angels returned the favor on Saturday. A loss wouldn’t mean much, not at this point in the season, but it would be nice if the Bombers could win their first series of the year at home.

Here are the lineups:


1. Erick Aybar – SS
2. Howie Kendrick – 2B
3. Albert Pujols – 1B
4. Torii Hunter – RF
5. Vernon Wells – CF
6. Bobby Abreu – LF
7. Mark Trumbo – DH
8. Maicir Izturis – 3B
9. Chris Iannetta – C


1. Derek Jeter – SS
2. Curtis Granderson – CF
3. Alex Rodriguez – 3B
4. Robinson Cano – 2B
5. Mark Teixeira – 1B
6. Nick Swisher – RF
7. Raul Ibanez – DH
8. Russell Martin – C
9. Brett Gardner – RF


57 thoughts on “Game Thread: April 15th, Angels vs. Yankees

  1. Nova looks great. If Pettitte or Pineda came back now, it would be crazy to send Nova down.

  2. I hope we don’t have to deal with the guy-they’ve-never-seen-before thing.

    • that guy Jeter is unreal! Lovely slomo replay of his swing.

      Nova’s doing nicely. Jerome Williams kept them off it for quite a while. couldn’t square him up.

  3. I love watching Ivan walk in from the inning. If it went well, you know he wants to whoop and celebrate, but he guards from looking too happy.

    This time it was a grimace, but not one I would take seriously.

    • you know, his bat is NOT slow. He realized too late that strike 2 was gonna be in there, and swung, reaaaly fast. His last swing on a low outside pitch also had to be fast to make that almost square contact. That was a fast grounder up the middle.

        • oh, I wasn’t disagreeing that you don’t much want him to face lefties. I was just saying that Raul’s spotty results shouldn’t be assumed.

  4. Stretchy Tex! Another throw at the rubber band limit. There have been many these last few games.

    • yeah, there have been a couple doubles bouncing off the wall, but they were well struck, so maybe he looked worse for the circumstance.

      then Grandy (I think – they’re all wearing 32) had to reach twice to pick it up.

  5. I see 96 pitches, he looks to be tiring, walk, now a behind in the count double. This inning was it.

  6. The seats behind home – jete clubbing another hard, this time to left center – are pretty well populated. But this afternoon, great game at Fenway, they were sitting on laps, jammed full.

    I wonder if they are more reasonably priced. They’re certainly not huge, like here.

    • ESPN box score says Fenway had 38,024 people today, which was 102.9% full. Yanks probably have more than that, but much less than 100% full.

  7. Boy, Kendrick has been amazing. If Mike’s piece and the comments hold, and Robbie goes, we should keep an eye on him.

    • I’m not much of a fan of the Ibanez signing, but he’s certainly doing what was expected: power, low OBP, crappy fielding.

      • I defended his fielding a week ago, but I happened on Lookout Landing from Seattle, and found the top ten board of video’s of Raul’s blunders. The rep that won’t die!

        • Yeah, I’m only judging by one play, but that’s all we have to go on.

          Still, if he can keep hitting HRs, it will be worth it.

    • shame he went a little nuts over his daughter being harassed. He was onto something with that sound of our jobs going away. Don’t think anyone would have voted to miss the 90’s economy, but the party went sloppy.

      • Guy could’ve won the popular vote before that incident. Howard Dean’s implosion in ’04 was the same way.

  8. Nice double by Cano. ESPN has been oddly unannoying tonight. Gushed over Robbie’s swing.

  9. even the home plate ump, Jim Joyce and his steerike calls raised not an argument from me. Delightful!

    MON – APR – 16 – vs Minnesota – 7:05 PM – YES, ESPN
    TUE – APR – 17 – vs Minnesota – 7:05 PM – YES, MLBN
    WED – APR – 18 – vs Minnesota – 7:05 PM – YES
    THU – APR – 19 – vs Minnesota – 7:05 PM – YES, MLBN
    FRI – APR – 20 – at Boston – 3:05 PM – YES, MLBN
    SAT – APR – 21 – at Boston – 4:05 PM – FOX
    SUN – APR – 22 – at Boston – 8:05 PM – ESPN