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The Top Three’s

Here are this weeks top three…

teams on the rise:

  1. Seattle Mariners
  2. Baltimore Orioles
  3. Philadelphia Phillies

teams on the decline:

  1. Anaheim Angels
  2. Toronto Blue Jays
  3. Boston Red Sox

free agent signings:

  1. John Lackey to the Red Sox
  2. Chone Figgins to the Mariners
  3. Hideki Matsui to the Angels (edit: thanks to Evan Coleman for the correction.)

trades:

  1. Curtis Granderson to the Yankees
  2. Cliff Lee to the Mariners
  3. Milton Bradley to the Mariners

available free agents:

  1. Matt Holliday
  2. Jason Bay
  3. Ben Sheets

If you have any questions or comments on any of the picks I made, leave a comment on this entry and I’ll reply to you.

World Series Game 5 Preview

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The Yanks are up 3-1 in the 2009 World Series and with a win tonight, can lock up their 27th world championship. The Phillies, on the other hand, will look to send this series back to New York for a game 6 and hopefully, for them, a game 7.
The Yankees pulled off another heroic win last night. A 4-4 game going into the top of the ninth, and with two outs the Yankees got something going. Damon stole second and third base on the same play due to the extreme shift that was on for the left handed hitting Teixeira. A-Rod drove him in with a ringing double down the left field line and Posada drove in two more with a single. 
“We haven’t accomplished anything yet,” said last nights hero, Johnny Damon. “We’ve won three games and that’s not what we set out to do. We would like the fourth, and when this playoff time started, we set out to win 11. We’re at 10, and hopefully we can get number 11.”
Win number 11 would give the Yankees their 27th title and their first since the Subway Series 9 seasons ago.
“We play as a team and play like every game is our last game,” Chase Utley said. “So that’s not going to change how we go out there.”

Here is a summary of the game 5 pitching matchup:
Yankees probable pitcher:

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A.J. Burnett
#34 RHP
(13-9) 4.04 ERA 207.0 IP 195 SO 1.401 WHIP
Last Game: WS Game 2: W, 7.0 IP, 4 H, ER, 2 BB, 9 SO
Phillies probable pitcher:

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Cliff Lee
#34 LHP
(14-13) 3.22 ERA 231.2 IP 181 SO 1.243 WHIP
Last Game: WS Game 1: W, 9.0 IP, 6 H, R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 10 SO
So, the stage is all set. It will be the strikeout leader in 2008 against the complete game shutout pitcher in game 1. Either we return to New York with Yankees up 3-2, or the Yankees will be handed their 27th world series trophy later tonight.
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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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