Posted by: Jeremy | October 19, 2009

Jeff Mathis is the Yankees’ daddy

Mathis, the new Yankee Killer, now that David Ortiz is washed up

Mathis, the new Yankee Killer, now that David Ortiz is washed up

Forget Jeff Mathis’ career .200 batting average coming into this year’s playoffs. The Angels’ backup catcher, whose doubles in the 12th in Game 2 and in the 10th tonight went to waste, came through with another two-bagger, this one to drive home the deciding run in Los Angeles’ 5-4, 11-inning Game 3 win to cut the Yankees’ ALCS lead to 2-1.

Mathis’ winner came after a puzzling two-out, nobody on decision by Joe Girardi to replace David Robertson with Alfredo Alceves. Howie Kendrick, who homered and tripled earlier in the game, singled off the new reliever before Mathis brought him around on his shot off the wall in left-center. Even know-it-alls Joe Buck and Tim McCarver were miffed by Girardi’s decision to yank Robertson after just 11 pitches, so there’s no use in me trying to figure that one out.

New York used solo homers from Derek Jeter, Alex Roidriguez and Johnny Damon to jump to a 3-0 lead before Little Andy let it get away by giving up a solo blast to Kendrick and a two-out, two-run bomb to Vladimir “Washed Up” Guerrero in the sixth. Macier Izturis’ sac fly after Kendrick’s triple gave the Angels a 4-3 lead in the seventh, but Jorge “Rat” Posada tied it with a solo shot to dead center off Kevin Jepsen in the eighth.

Even after Posada’s homer, the Angels blew a couple chances to put it away — Bobby Abreu was thrown out trying to stretch a leadoff double to a triple in the bottom of the eighth and Mathis’ double to start the 10th led to a bases-loaded, one-out jam that Mariano Rivera was able to escape.

All in all, this one comes as a huge relief. After watching five-plus hours to see the Angels blow it Saturday, another four-and-a-half hour Yankee win would’ve been enough to completely kill my spirit.

I imagine the win has to be a bit of a relief for the Angels and their actual fans too — they’re now down 2-1 with a shot at tying the series tomorrow. Scott Kazmir (10-9, 4.89 but 2-2, 1.73 in six starts after coming over from Tampa Bay) and CC Sabathia (19-8, 3.37) have the ball.



  1. i like your photo choices
    mathis is my homeboy

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