10/03/2002 02:24 am ET
Big Picture: Angels make it a series
Make no mystique, Anaheim is not intimidated
By Ken Gurnick / MLB.com
Joe Torre talks about Yankee Stadium being a magical place. But the Angels come from the land of the Magic Kingdom, so they're not easily impressed and definitely not intimidated.
This series moves West tied, with a few fundamentals established. As they showed in Game 1, the Yankees still have the ability to pull games out of their bat rack. And the Angels are resilient enough not to care, as they showed winning Game 2.
Torre's resume is unparalleled, but Mike Scioscia as a manager is an unknown in October. While his decisions in Game 1 presumably had even the Rally Monkey second-guessing him, Scioscia had a chance to do it all over again 24 hours later.
He used Ben Weber. And when Weber got hurt, he used Brendan Donnelly, as if that Bernie Williams homer had never happened. And finally, with four outs to go, Scioscia used Troy Percival. Although, the way Percival pitched in Game 2, the Angels might not have won Game 1 even if they had used him. He got the save, but it wasn't pretty.
Nonetheless, the tied series shifts to Edison International Field, where the Angels were 27 games above .500 this year. But even a neutral site would be an advantage for the Angels. Just getting it out of Yankee Stadium is a moral victory.
Experience could come into play with the starting match-ups for Game 3, the tested Mike Mussina for the Yankees against Anaheim's Ramon Ortiz who, like every Angel except Kevin Appier, is making his postseason debut in this series.
Who's sizzling: Garrett Anderson and Troy Glaus. They are a combined 9-for-19 with four homers and six RBIs and six runs scored. Anderson scored three times in Game 2, his aggressive base running contributing to two of the runs. Glaus has hit go-ahead home runs in the eighth inning in both games.
Who's fizzling: Yankee starting pitchers Roger Clemens and Andy Pettitte allowed eight runs in nine innings and forced Torre's deep bullpen to work overtime.
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.