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ALDS Game 3 Preview

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NYY Leads ALDS 2-0
Yankees Probable Pitcher:

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Andy Pettitte
#46 LHP
(14-8) 4.16 ERA 194.2 IP 1.95 SO/BB
Postseason Career: (14-9) 3.96 ERA 2.32 SO/BB
Away (Season): (8-4) 3.71 ERA 2.00 SO/BB
Vs. Twins (Season): (1-0) 5.40 ERA 3.00 SO/BB
Opposing Hitters (Twins):
Most PA: Brenden Harris (17)
Best BA: Mike Redmond (.667, 2 for 3)
Most H: Delmon Young (9)
Most HR: Orlando Cabrera, Michael Cuddyer, Joe Mauer (1)
Twins Probable Pitcher:

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Carl Pavano
#48 RHP
(14-10) 5.10 ERA 199.1 IP 3.77 SO/BB
Postseason Career: (2-0) 1.40 ERA 5.00 SO/BB
Home (Season): (5-5) 4.97 ERA 4.29 SO/BB
Vs. Yankees (Season): (0-0) 2.70 ERA 8.00 SO/BB
Opposing Hitters:
Most PA: Johnny Damon (13)
Best BA: Johnny Damon (.417, 5 for 12)
Most H: Johnny Damon (5)
Most HR: Mark Teixeira (1)
Notable Stat: Career w/ Yankees: 26 GS, 5.00 ERA
Keys to the Game:
  1. Swing Early: In the regular season, opposing hitters hit .370 on the first pitch from Pavano.
  2. Get the Leadoff Man On: Leading off an inning, opposing batters are hitting .297 off Pavano.
  3. Get ’em In: Opposing batters are hitting .311 off Pavano with RISP.
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CC and Yanks Power Into ALDS

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Game 1: NYY Leads 1-0

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The absence last year didn’t last to long. The Yankees finished this season with the best record in MLB. The expected postseason drought was non-existant in game one. The big offseason gem — C.C. Sabathia — made the start for the Yankees, and he was dominant. He went 6.2 innings, giving up 8 hits, 1 earned run, struck out 8 and walked none. He gave up another run which was unearned. C.C. certainly answered any questions about his sluggish postseason history.
The other question, of course, was Alex Rodriguez. He, too, had many many questions surrounding him, and he, too, answered them. He went 2 for 4 with 2 RBI’s. When was the last time Alex Rodriguez had 2 RBI’s in a postseason game? 2004 against the Red Sox! I think we may see a different Alex Rodriguez this postseason.

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Jeter also had 2 RBI’s. He was 2 for 2 with 2 walks and 3 runs scored. He also added a big home run two-run home run in the 3rd inning with the Yankees down 2-0.
Swisher got the Yankees ahead for the first and final time in the 4th inning, with an RBI double down the left field line. 
Hughes, Coke, Chamberlain and Rivera all bridged together the final 2.1 innings, with Rivera pitching the ninth. It seemed as though Girardi wanted to just get everyones feet wet in the playoffs, and really wanted to win the game.
Twins starter Duensing was great the first time through the order, but the Yankees got to him and limited him to just 4.2 innings pitched, and knocked him around for 5 runs.
Player of the Game: C.C. Sabathia: W, 6.2 IP, 8 H, 2 R, ER, 0 BB, 8 SO
The Wrap-Up: This was a big game for the Yankees. For the last couple of years, the Yankees have just gotten knocked out in the first round. Last night, the Yankees gave themselves a great chance to win this series. A-Rod and C.C. both proved that they will have no troubles in the postseason. That was the only question that needed to be answered, all they need to do now is just play!
Coming Up Next:
Game 2 in New York. It will be Burnett vs Blackburn. New York leads the series 1-0. After this game, the series moves to Minnesota. 
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Who should catch A.J. Burnett in Game 2?(online surveys)

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ALDS: A Look at The Playoffs

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The Rangers lost yesterday and the Red Sox clinched the American League Wild Card which means that the only possible teams that can play the Yankees in the first round are the Tigers or the Twins. It looks as though the Yankees will be playing the Tigers in the first round. With a Tigers win last night, in a great game by the way, the standings are as follows.

Detroit Tigers –
Minnesota Twins 2.0

The Twins have two remaining games in this series, and that will be it for the year against the Tigers. Either way, I don’t think that the Twins can overcome the Tigers. But, what we can 
realistically hope for, is a race until the end. If the Twins continue to stay on the Tigers tails, Verlander will be forced to pitch on the final day of the season and most likely won’t be able to pitch the first game of the playoffs. That would be a huge lift for the Yankees and would exponentially increase their chances of winning the first game, which also exponentially increases their chances to win the series. If he makes the start on the last day of the season,  and the Tigers still decide to pitch him in the first game of the ALDS, Verlander would be going on 2 or 3 games rest, which he has never done in his career before. 
Also, if Verlander makes that start on the last day of the season, it would also affect the Yankees decision for which format they would want. If they picked the format with the 2 off days, the playoffs would start one day earlier, and the Verlander would be starting on just 2 days rest as opposed to three. That adds an advantage to that format. So here are the updated advantages to each format.
3 Days Rest Format:
1. You only need two starters and can skip Joba Chamberlain.
2. The bullpen will be well rested for each game
3. A-Rod can get the extra rest that his hip needs
2 Days Rest Format:
1. You don’t have to (potentially) face Verlander and Jackson twice
2. You expose their weak fourth starter
3. If Verlander pitches the final day of the season, he would only be able to start the first game on 2 days rest and would likely start the second game.
They both have their perks, but I would still pick the first format. 
Heres a look at all of the series:
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Who should start game 2 for the Yankees?(polls)

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One Last Decision

A couple of hours after the Yankees clinched their first division title since 2006, they are faced with a decision. They have some time, but there definitely needs to be some thought being put into to this now if your the Yankees. That decision is for the format of the ALDS. As the team with the best record, the Yankees will get to decide whether they want two off days or three off days. Both have their benefits. Lets look at them.

3 Off Days:
– You can go with 3 starters on normal rest and skip Joba.
– Your bullpen will be rested fully for each game.
– Alex Rodriguez can get the rest that his hip needs.
2 Off Days:
– You don’t have to (potentially) face Verlander and Jackson twice.
That is all assuming that the Tigers win the central division. If the Twins or Rangers make comebacks and thus face off against the Yankees, the Yankees will most certainly pick the three off days because neither of those teams have pitchers of the same quality of Verlander or Jackson.
Just to make it clear, the Yankees don’t have to make this decision until one hour after they either clinch the division or the opponent is decided, which ever comes later. In this case, they have to wait until the opponent is decided, so they still have time.
If the Tigers do, in fact, win their division and face off against the Yankees, I think they should pick the three off days. There are many more benefits to picking that format as I detailed above. As for facing off against Verlander and Jackson twice, I don’t think it’s a big deal. First of all, if they sweep the series, they won’t have to face either of them twice. Plus, a potential game five would be at home where the Yankees have a .705 winning percentage, and they would have C.C. and A.J. (or Pettitte) to oppose respectively. The Yankees would still have a good chance to win either of those games and would have all the other benefits I mentioned. 3 off days is the better choice in my mind.

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