ALCS Game 6 Preview

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Game 6 – LAA @ NYY
8:20 PM ET
NYY Leads 3-2

Angels probable pitcher:

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Joe Saunders
#51 LHP
(16-7) 4.60 ERA 186.0 IP 101 SO 1.430 WHIP
Last Game: 10/17 @ NYY: ND, 7.0 IP, 6 H, 2 R, BB, 5 SO, HR, 105-57 Pit-Str
Postseason (Career): 2 GS (0-0) 4.63 ERA 7 SO 1.371 WHIP
Postseason (2009): 2 GS (0-0) 4.63 ERA 7 SO 1.371 WHIP
Run Support (Season): 6.55 Runs/Game
vs Yankees (Season): 2 GS (1-0) 4.72 ERA 6 SO 1.350 WHIP
Away (Season): 15 GS (8-4) 5.13 ERA 49 SO 1.597 WHIP
Opposing Hitters (Yankees):
Most PA: Nick Swisher (25)
Best BA: Alex Rodriguez (.500, 7 for 14)
Most H: Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez (7)
Most HR: Alex Rodriguez (2)
Notable Stat: –3, < 2 outs: .436 BAA 27 RA
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Yankees probable pitcher:
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Andy Pettitte
#46 LHP
(14-8) 4.16 ERA 194.2 IP 148 SO 1.382 WHIP
Last Game: 10/19 @ LAA: ND, 6.1 IP, 7 H, 3 R, BB, 2 SO, 2 HR, 95-59 Pit-Str 
Postseason (Career): 37 GS (15-9) 3.90 ERA 148 SO 1.329 WHIP
Postseason (2009): 2 GS (1-0) 2.84 ERA 9 SO 0.947 WHIP
Run Support (Season): 5.52 Runs/Game
vs Angels (Season): 3 GS (0-2) 7.88 ERA 6 SO 1.813 WHIP
Home (Season): 16 GS (6-4) 4.59 ERA 74 SO 1.490 WHIP 
Opposing Hitters (Yankees):
Most PA: Torii Hunter (37)
Best BA: Mike Napoli (.556, 5 for 9)
Most H: Vladimir Guerrero, Gary Matthews (9)
Most HR: Torii Hunter, Juan Rivera (1)
Notable Stat: Night games: 3.54 ERA Day games: 5.73 ERA
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Keys to the Game:
  • First pitch: In the 2009 regular season, opposing batters hit .409 on the first pitch against Saunders. 
  • Wait it out: The third time a team faces Saunders in a game, they are hit a combined .302 in the regular season.
  • Think air: Saunders had a 1.32 GO/AO (Groundouts to Air outs) ratio in the 2009 regular season. The league average was 1.06 GO/AO. Saunders lives on the grounder, so think about keeping the ball off the ground. 
  • Swipe #2: Opposing teams are successful 82% (14 for 17) of the time when attempting to steal second base.   
Scouting Report:
  • The fastball: Saunders throws his fastball at an average speed of 90.5 MPH and throws it 63% of the time.
  • The curveball: Suanders throws his curveball 15.3% of the time at an average speed of 76.2 MPH.
  • The change: Saunders drops his change 17.9 % of the time at an average speed of 82.5 MPH.
  • The slider: The slider is Saunders least popular pitch. He throws it just 3.5% of the time at an average speed of 81.4 MPH.
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