NEW YORK YANKEES
Johnny Damon, LF
Derek Jeter, SS
Bobby Abreu, DH
Álex Rodríguez, 3B
Jason Giambi, 1B
Xavier Nady, RF
Robinson Cano, 2B
Melky Cabrera, CF
Jose Molina, C
LOS ANGELES ANGELS
Chone Figgins, 3B
Erick Aybar, SS
Mark Teixeira, 1B
Vladimir Guerrero, RF
Torii Hunter, CF
Garret Anderson, DH
Howie Kendrick, 2B
Juan Rivera, LF
Jeff Mathis, C
The Yanks are 4-9 in Anaheim since the 2005 season (which does not include a postseason record of 1-2 during the 2005 ALDS).
Ian Kennedy has never faced the Angels or any of their hitters. He was dealing over his last four starts for Scranton (27.0 IP, 14 H, 4 ER, 5 BB, 20 K -- 1.33 ERA, 0.70 WHIP).
Jered Weaver is a lifetime 2-1, 5.63 ERA, 1.56 WHIP in three starts against the Yanks. He is 4-4, 3.69 ERA, 1.13 WHIP in 10 starts at home this season.
Yanks' hitters vs. Weaver can be viewed here.
BRITTON OPTIONED: No surprise but Chris Britton has been sent back down to Scranton for the 199th time this season to make room on the roster for Ian Kennedy.
A-ROD SLUMPING: The four-game series in Arlington was a series to forget for A-Rod after struggling to go 0-for-15 with four GIDP and four strikeouts. He is also 0-for-9 with RISP and 3-for-25 (.120) overall during the month of August.
JOBA'S OPTIMISM: Most of you have now heard the earlier reports about Joba and his optimism that he'll be back on the mound before September 1.
Now it's not my intent to downplay the encouraging news because it does indeed sound like the injury he suffered on Monday night is very minor and won't be a long term problem for him.
But I'm not as optimistic about Joba's impending return as he is. The guy is a professional athlete and is as competitive as anyone on the team - so I would expect nothing less than a fierce determination to get back on that mound ASAP to help this team get back to the postseason.
However, Joba is not a doctor and will not be making the final decision on this matter. You can be sure that Joba will not set foot on a mound again this season until the Yankee brass is certain that he is 100% healthy.
If that doesn't happen until October, so be it. Playoffs be damned.