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World Series Game 1 Preview

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First pitch of the 2009 World Series:
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Phillies probable pitcher:


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Cliff Lee
#34 LHP
(14-13) 3.22 ERA 231.2 IP 181 SO 1.234 WHIP
Last Game: 10/18 vs LAD: W, 8.0, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 10 SO
Postseason (2009): (2-0) 0.74 ERA 0.699 WHIP
vs Yankees (Season): (1-1) 3.00 ERA 1.750 WHIP
Away (Season): (8-5) 3.57 ERA 1.231 WHIP
Opposing Hitters (Yankees):
Most PA: Derek Jeter (30)
Best BA: Derek Jeter (.407, 11 for 27)
Most H: Derek Jeter (11)
Most HR: Jorge Posada, Alex Rodriguez (2)
Notable Stat: 2009 SO/BB: 4.21
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Yankees probable pitcher:

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CC Sabathia
#52 LHP
(19-8) 3.37 ERA 230.0 IP 197 SO 1.148 WHIP
Last Game: 10/20 @ LAA: W, 8.0 IP, 5 H, R, 2 BB, 5 SO, HR
Postseason (2009): (3-0) 1.19 ERA 0.882 WHIP
vs Phillies (Season): (0-0) 3.38 ERA 1.125 WHIP
Home (Season): (7-2) 3.17 ERA 1.133 WHIP
Opposing Hitters (Phillies):
Most PA: Raul Ibañez (43)
Best BA: Carlos Ruiz (.667, 2 for 3)
Most H: Raul Ibañez (11)
Most HR: Raul Ibañez (2)
Notable Stat: vs LHB: .198 BA
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Keys to the Game:
  1. You gotta swing: With a SO/BB ratio of 4.21, Cliff Lee is a major strike thrower. If you go up there taking pitches, your going to fall behind, badly.
  2. Early indicator: After first pitch strikes, opposing batters are hitting just .248 off Lee. When he throws a first pitch ball, they are hitting .316. That should give you an early indication of how effective Lee will be tonight.
  3. Get the leadoff man on: Lee is a great pitcher, and your not going to get a lot of opportunities. When leading off an inning, batters are hitting .320 off Lee. That will be one of your only chances to get something started, so take advantage.
  4. Start it up early: With no outs, opposing hitters are batting .307 off Lee. Again, your not going to get many chances, so take advantage.
  5. Pray: This guys pretty good.
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Bring on the Phillies

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First pitch of the 2009 World Series:
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The stage is all set. The defending champion Philadelphia Phillies will face off against The New York Yankees starting Wednesday night. While it may seem very easy to celebrate and get all happy right now, remember, there is still one more mountain to climb. It’s a mountain that may be the most difficult to climb this year. It should be a good series. Below I have a list of a couple of things to keep in mind as the series progresses. 

  1. CC Sabathia’s Saved: With the win on Sunday, the Yankees avoided using CC Sabathia again and their rotation will go unaffected. CC can now pitch game 1 rather than having to wait until game 3 if a game 7 was needed. It’s a situation that has probably kept the Yankees as favorites in this series. 
  2. Phillies in Game 2: Cliff Lee will start game 1, no doubt. But the question still looms for the Phillies over who their game 2 starter will be. They have a few options. They can go with the future hall of famer, Pedro Martinez, who has much experience against the Yankees. Or, they can go with the defending World Series MVP, Cole Hamels. If it was last year, Hamels would have been a no doubter. But its not last year. After a disappointing season, Hamels has pitched to a 6.75 ERA in 3 postseason starts.
  3. Howard vs Lefties: The win in game 6 also allowed for the Yankees to throw 5 lefties should the series go to seven games. That will be a problem for the 2009 NLCS MVP, Ryan Howard. In the regular season, Howard hit .207 against lefties, and .319 against righties. If the Phillies are going to win this series, Howard will be a part of it. And the heavy left handed staff for the Yankees may come in the way of that. 
  4. Can A-Rod Continue?: With another series comes another question: Can A-Rod keep it up? He hit .455 in the LDS and .429 in the LCS. He has combined for 5 HR’s and 12 RBI’s. Toward the end of the series, the Angels began to pitch around him, and it will be interesting to see how the Phillies deal with him. In this lineup, you may need to pitch to him. 
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To CC or not to CC?

Two proven pitchers… two good options.

CC 10:24.pngNobody questions the importance of game 6 — or any postseason game for that matter — nobody but Girardi. When your up 3-2 in the LCS, you better go all out to win. Game 7 will bring out every bad possibility, and will turn it into the ultimate failure. Game 7 is what to avoid. 

Girardi has Pettitte going for game 6. With the rainout on Saturday, the Yankees have a chance to start Sabathia on regular rest. Regardless, Girardi has Pettitte going for game 6. 
This brings us back to the original statement. The importance of game 6. Starting Pettitte in game 6 may be the safe route — you will have CC to fall back on should you lose — but by doing that, you are treating both games as if they have the same importance.
As I said before, you better want to stay away from game 7. You don’t want to be in a spot where one mistake ends your season. So, we come to the question, which pitcher gives you the best chance to win game 6, and avoid game 7.
The answer to that is CC. In the regular season, Pettitte had an ERA of almost 8 against the Angels. And CC, has not only proven himself to be the one in the postseason, but has beaten LA twice already. 
Then rises the question, What if CC doesn’t win? Then we are screwed for game 7? Well, if your not going to win game 6 with CC, your not going to win game 7 with CC. After all, would you rather have your best pitcher against Saunders in game 6 or Lackey — their best — in game 7.
It’s not hard to agree with Girardi here.
“We’re going to stick with Andy.” Girardi said.
It’s almost as simple as that. Again, after all, Pettitte is a darn good pitcher. There’s no reason you can’t win behind Pettitte. He is the most experienced, most accomplished and the best case for a so called “big game pitcher.” In reality, CC and Andy are both pretty damn good options. And having a chance to pitch them back to back in game 6 and 7 isn’t to bad of  a spot.
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ALCS Game 4 Champs & Tramps

Yanks pound Angels, one away from the pennant.


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With the Yankees 10-1 win on Tuesday night, the Yankees are just one win away from their first World Series appearance since 2003. Here are the champs of the game, and the tramps of the game.

Champs:

A-Rod
With yet another home run last night, A-Rod now has an RBI in every game this postseason. He has more home runs and RBI’s this postseason than he recorded in his four previous postseasons with the Yankees. His home run was his fifth of the postseason and the third of this series, both career bests. 

CC
Another “choker” in the postseason has come up big for the Yankees. Pitching on three games rest on Tuesday, CC went 8 innings giving up just 5 hits, 1 run, 2 walks and 5 strikeouts. Sabathia has an ERA under 1.4 this postseason and a WHIP of .750. Chances are we won’t see Sabathia again in this series.
Other Considerations: Melky Cabrera, Kendry Morales, Ervin Santana
Tramps:

Kazmir
After a great season against the Yankees, pitching to an ERA of 3.20 in 3 regular season starts, the young lefty struggled in his postseason debut in Anaheim. Kazmir went just 4 innings, giving up 6 hits and four walks while surrendering 4 runs. His control was just not there, and the results reflected that.
Umps
Just a couple of weeks after a horrible foul ball call in the ALDS, the umps didn’t have a much easier time tonight. Starting with a missed call on a pick off at second, the umps continued to miss relatively easy calls throughout the night. Swisher was called out on a sac-fly saying he left to early, when replays showed that not only did he not leave early, but the ump wasn’t looking anywhere near the play. Later on, an easy double play call was missed, where only one of the two out runners were called out. Ultimately, none of the calls lead to any runs, but MLB should certainly look into these umps.
LA’s ‘pen
Holding down this Yankee lineup when trying to bridge 5 innings is not an easy task, but this Angels pen had big trouble holding the score. Santana was the one bright spot out of that pen. The combination of Bulger and Palmer gave up 5 runs in just 1 2/3 innings. That was the defining factor of game 4.
Other Considerations: Chone Figgins, Bobby Abreu, Hideki Matsui
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ALCS Game 1 Preview

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Game 1: Best of 7 Series

Angels Probable Pitcher:

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John Lackey
#41 RHP
(11-8) 3.83 ERA 176.1 IP 1.270 WHIP

Last Game: 10/8 vs BOS: W, 7.1 IP, 4 H, 0 R, BB, 4 SO
Post Season (Career): 12 G (3-3) 3.02 ERA 1.264 WHIP
Away (Season): (5-3) 3.80 ERA 1.233 WHIP
Opposing Hitters (Yankees):
Most PA: Alex Rodriguez (61)
Best BA: Jorge Posada (.414, 12 for 29)
Most H: Mark Teixeira (19)
Most HR: Alex Rodriguez (4)
Notable Stat: Night Games: 4.71 ERA
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Yankees Probable Pitcher:

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CC Sabathia
#52 LHP
(19-8) 3.37 ERA 230.0 IP 1.148 WHIP

Last Game: 10/7 vs MIN: W, 6.2 IP, 8 H, 2 R, ER, 0 BB, 8 SO, HBP
Post Season (Career): 6 G (3-3) 6.54 ERA 1.989 WHIP
Home (Season): (7-2) 3.17 ERA 1.133 WHIP
Opposing Hitters (Angels):
Most PA: Torii Hunter (74)
Best BA: Howie Kendrick (.667, 8 for 12)
Most H: Torii Hunter (20)
Most HR: Torii Hunter (3)
Notable Stat: vs LHB: .198 BAA

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Keys to the Game:
  1. Swing Early: This regular season, opposing hitters hit .354 on the first pitch from Lackey.
  2. Think Under the Ball: When the ball is hit on the ground against Lackey, opposing hitters are batting just .188, so focus on keeping the ball in the air.
  3. Work the Count: Lackey throws 64% of his pitches for strikes. That’s good, but nothing special. So, for the Yankees, don’t be afraid to take some pitches, there’s still a chance you won’t fall behind. 
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Things to Keep in Mind:
  • Bobby Abreu makes his return to Yankee Stadium in the postseason. It will be interesting to see how the crowed greets him. I bet they will greet him nicely.
  • Lackey has a ERA of a little over 2 in day games and a little over 4 in night games. That should help out the Yankees. 
  • When Lackey throws to Napoli, opposing hitters are batting .308 as opposed to .237 when he throws to Mathis. Hopefully, that will keep Napoli out of the lineup. He has always killed the Yankees.
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Lineups:
Yankees – Jeter SS, Damon LF, Teixeira 1B, Rodriguez 3B, Matsui DH, Posada C, Cano 2B, Cabrera CF
Angels – Figgins 3B, Abreu RF, Hunter CF, Guerrero DH, Rivera LF, Morales 1B, Kendrick 2B, Mathis C, Aybar SS
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ALCS – The Five Questions

We are now just one day away from the ALCS opening game between the Yankees and the Angels. The game will take place in Yankee Stadium and will likely be Sabathia for the Yankees and Lacky for the Angels. It could be held up by rain, but lets hope it won’t be. Here are the top 5 questions I am looking foward to to learning the answers to as the series progresses. 

1. If necessary, will Sabathia be able to pitch effectively on 3 days rest?

Girardi’s plan is simple; stupid, but simple. He will go with a 3-man rotation that looks like this: Sabathia, Burnett, Pettitte^, Sabathia^, Burnett^*, Pettitte*, Sabathia* (^=away, *=if necessary). As we know, Giardi is not a fan of pushing his starters. So, his brilliant plan to protect C.C., is to hope that one of the games gets rained out. Good job Giardi. Assuming that he will, in fact, need to start on 3 games rest, it will be interesting to see if he can come through. As you remember last year, C.C. went consistently on 3 games rest and carried the Brewers on his back into the playoffs. Sabathia has pitched four games on 3 games rest and has a 1.01 ERA in those starts. But, in 2 starts in the ALCS, he has a 10.45 ERA in 10.1 innings.

2. Which first baseman will perform better: Teixeira or Morales?

If you saw my entry yesterday, you saw that these two players have very, very similar numbers. In the regular season they had almost an identical BA, OBP, SLG, HR and RBI. They both hit better against righties and have similar numbers against lefties and will both face 2 righties and 2 lefties (assuming a 4 man rotation.) For both of them as well, this is their first appearance in the ALCS.

3. Will A-Rod continue his “clutchness”?

In the ALDS against the Twins, A-Rod hit .455 with 2 HR and 6 RBI, which are all career bests for him in any postseason series. I think its fair to say that without A-Rod, the Yankees might not have won that series. If he continues to play like this, this series will be A LOT easier. He has 67 home runs against LA, his best against any team, so that may help.

4. Can the Yankees overcome their Anaheim Hex?

Although the season series was even at 5 this year for these teams, there is no doubt that the Yankees have had some struggles against this team, especially on Anaheim’s turf. They had 2 series in LA this year. They got swept in one and won their first series since May of 2004 in the other. If the Yankees are going to win this series, they will need to end the hex.

5. Will Hughes pitch well?

Hughes was one of the most dominant relievers in baseball this year, with a 1.40 ERA and 65 SO in 51.1 innings. In his second postseason series in his career, it was a different story. He pitched 2 innings and gave up 2 runs and 5 hits. Although the Yankees swept, it would have been a lot easier if Hughes had pitched like he did during the regular season. I think its fair to say that this series could very well come down to how well Hughes pitches. 

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