LA Angels (0-0) at NY Yankees (0-0)
Angels probable pitcher
- #51 LHP
- (0-0) 2.57 ERA 5 SO
It was only his second postseason start, but Saunders had the composure of a man who'd been doing it for years. He struck out Mark Teixeira to close a perfect first inning and put away Melky Cabrera after Robinson Cano's RBI triple in the second. Saunders induced double-play grounders from Jeter in the fifth, Hideki Matsui in the sixth and Cano in the seventh.
Yielding six hits and one walk, Saunders struck out five men. He's known as a finesse lefty, but it's something of a misnomer. Fully recovered from a shoulder issue that bothered him off and on most of the season, he can pound 92-94 mph fastballs on the fists or elevate and get hitters to chase with two strikes. He also has a quality breaking ball and changeup that he'll throw in any count.
Combined with his excellent stuff, Saunders has a swagger. He showed it when he pitched a scoreless inning at Yankee Stadium in the 2008 All-Star Game, and he showed it at the new Yankee Stadium while keeping his team in a game it eventually lost with a defensive lapse.
|Vs. NY Yankees||1-0||4.73||13.1||2||6||.291|
Series at a Glance
|Standings - 10/25/2009||W||L||PCT||GB||Home||Away|
|Los Angeles Angels (AL West)||97||65||.599||-||49-32||48-33|
|New York Yankees (AL East)||103||59||.636||-||57-24||46-35|
|Stats - 10/25/2009||AVG||R||HR||RBI||SB||SO||ERA||IP||H||BB||SO|
Yankees probable pitcher
- #46 LHP
- (0-0) 4.26 ERA 2 SO
The 37-year-old southpaw already holds the Major League records for most postseason starts (37) and innings (231) and is tied with John Smoltz for the most wins (15). His 148 strikeouts rank third all-time, and he is currently tied with Roger Clemens, Catfish Hunter and Dave Stewart for most wins in postseason series clinchers. A win in this one by Pettitte would put him alone at the top, with five.
Pettitte has started 10 previous potential clinchers, whether it was his team trying to end the series or prevent it, and is 4-3 with three no-decisions in those games. It will also be his fourth start in a Game 6, but he has never won one. He lost Game 6 of the 2001 World Series to Arizona, which won the title the next night. Pettitte got a no-decision in Game 6 of the 2003 ALCS, which the Yankees won in Game 7, but then lost Game 6 of the '03 Series to Josh Beckett and the Marlins.
|Vs. LA Angels||0-2||7.88||16.0||8||6||.323|
Angels hitters vs Andy Pettitte
Regular Season stats only
Yankees hitters vs Joe Saunders
Regular Season stats only
|Hairston Jr., Jerry||-||-||-||-||.000||1||0||1|
Stars 'n' Pinstripes (2-4) (4-2)
Yankees 5, Angels 2
Santana, E pitched to 1 batter in the 8th.
Pitches-strikes: Saunders 83-42, Oliver 33-20, Santana, E 16-8, Kazmir 22-12, Weaver, Jr 10-4, Pettitte 99-64, Chamberlain 7-4, Rivera, Ma 34-23.
Groundouts-flyouts: Saunders 7-3, Oliver 5-1, Santana, E 2-1, Kazmir 1-1, Weaver, Jr 0-0, Pettitte 8-4, Chamberlain 2-0, Rivera, Ma 4-1.
Batters faced: Saunders 22, Oliver 8, Santana, E 4, Kazmir 5, Weaver, Jr 2, Pettitte 25, Chamberlain 2, Rivera, Ma 8.
Inherited runners-scored: Oliver 3-0, Kazmir 1-1, Weaver, Jr 2-0, Chamberlain 1-0.
Umpires: HP: Dale Scott. 1B: Tim McClelland. 2B: Laz Diaz. 3B: Bill Miller. LF: Jerry Layne. RF: Fieldin Culbreth.
Weather: 58 degrees, partly cloudy.
Wind: 8 mph, Out to RF.
October 25, 2009
Box score official statistics approved by Major League Baseball Office of the Commissioner