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10/24/09 8:24 PM ET
Rain-induced rest likely benefits both teams
Angels' Saunders calls postponement 'a beautiful thing'
By Ian Browne / MLB.com
NEW YORK -- Both teams were primed to continue what has already been a highly entertaining American League Championship Series, but the Angels and Yankees will have to wait one more day. Mother Nature's mind was made up, and rain was set to pour on the tarp-covered Yankee Stadium deep into Saturday night.
"John Lackey is -- he's still in play [Sunday]," said Scioscia. "We'll get through Game 6. There's no sense talking about a Game 7. We'll have some more options and we'll obviously know better after tomorrow's game." But if the Angels can win with Saunders -- while perhaps using Weaver out of the bullpen in Game 6 -- they suddenly have a better chance of neutralizing Sabathia and the Yankees in a winner-take-all contest if Lackey is the man on the mound. While the fans and media will dissect such matters all day long, the teams at least say they keep a more tunnel-vision approach. "You worry about Game 6 for us," said Girardi. "Our focus is completely on Game 6. Does it give one team an advantage or not? I don't know. Maybe the extra day helps us more. I'm not really sure. I'm sure there will be a lot written about it, depending on what happens tomorrow night. But I don't know." "Actually, I think [the rainout is] to both teams' advantage," said Saunders. "Some guys felt a little tired down the stretch -- position players and pitchers. I think this is good for both teams. You can wake up when you want tomorrow and come out and play a game. It's a beautiful thing." The Angels -- who were within seven outs of their season ending in Thursday's Game 5, only to answer a stirring Yankees comeback with one of their own -- clearly are amped just to still be in this series. "I can only tell you guys in our clubhouse are ready to play," Scioscia said. "I'm sure it's the same way in the other clubhouse. And again, as we talked about a little bit before, momentum is nice after you win a good game. But you've got to come back and rebuild it pitch by pitch. That's what we're going to have to do tomorrow." And they'll get to do it under what should be dry skies. As damp as it was Saturday, the Yankees were still hoping to play and punch that ticket to their first World Series appearance in six years.
POSTSEASON POSTPONEMENTSSince Wild Card era began in 1995
|1996||ALCS, Gm. 1||BAL at NYY|
|WS, Gm. 1||ATL at NYY|
|2003||ALCS, Gm. 4||NYY at BOS|
|2004||ALCS, Gm. 3||NYY at BOS|
|2005||ALCS, Gm. 4||LAA at NYY|
|2006||ALDS, Gm. 2||DET at NYY|
|NLCS, Gm. 1||STL at NYM|
|NLCS, Gm. 5||NYM at STL|
|2008||WS, Gm. 5*||TB at PHI|
|2009||NLDS, Gm. 3||PHI at COL|
|2009||ALCS, Gm. 6||LAA at NYY|
Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.