Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (63-52) @ New York Yankees (69-44)
Pitching Probables: LAA – Dan Haren (12-6, 2.81 ERA) NYY – A.J. Burnett (8-9, 4.54 ERA)
Game Info: 4:05 PM PT; TV - Fox Sports West; Radio - KLAA 830 AM
Alright, Angel fans, it is time to dispense with the cupcake opponents and see if the Angels can really go toe-to-toe against the best the American League has to offer. OK, the Yankees aren't quite the best, but they are awfully close and still more than qualify as the kind of top flight competition that the Halos are going to have to face if they make the playoffs.
I've said all along that I think the Angels can do some damage in the post-season if they catch teams at the right time, given how good their rotation is. The "right time" included having the offense riding a hot streak, so suffice it to say that this is not the "right time." But that only makes this all the more worthwhile of a test. Can the Angels really go into Yankee Stadium and trade haymakers with the big bad Bronx Bombers on the strength of their starting pitching alone? Can the bats spring to life now that the occassion calls for it? Does this Halo roster really have the talent necessary to be a contender?
I don't know those answers and, frankly, I don't think the Angel players know those answers either, but after this series, we should know all too well, whether we like the answers or not.