This post isn’t really going to be anything special, just some random tidbits I picked up on last night that I’d like to share with you:
1. Melky Cabrera wiggles his top hand’s index finger while batting right handed and his bottom hand’s index finger while batting lefty. Both times, that’s his right hand. I’ve probably noticed this before, but for some reason, it really stuck out last night–probably ’cause the Melk-man had four batted in last night. Any thoughts by you guys as to why he does this? Perhaps it’s a timing-mechanism thing.
2. Hideki Matsui looked very timid at the plate last night. While watching, my dad and I were shocked at some of Hideki’s half swings on balls that we thought he could normally crush. Because of how much he steps in the bucket, he’s able to hit more pitches on the inside half. Last night, though, Matsui was taking those pitches. Maybe it was just a one game funk, but hopefully he can break out of it and bust open in Game 5 and beyond.
3. Home plate umpire Jerry Layne did something that annoyed me last night. Angels’ manager Mike Scioscia came out of the dugout to clarify where some pitches were missing. Layne said they were missing inside, and then went on to comment about how catcher Mike Napoli was perhaps blocking the plate because he was setting up too high. This got under my skin. There is no need for Layne to give that explanation. As the umpire, all he needed to say was: “Mike, they’re missing inside.” That should have been the end of the conversation. Layne seemed to do a good job behind the plate, but that discussion irked me. The umpire should not need to explain himself.
Other observations: CC Sabathia is a beast. Alex Rodriguez is deity-like. Hopefully, A.J. Burnett can have another strong start tomorrow night in Game Five and bring the Yankees back to the World Series.