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WORLD SERIES GAME 3 PREVIEW

October 31, 2009 Leave a comment

TALE OF THE TAPE: GAME 3 STARTERS

YANKEES – Andy Pettitte

“I just try to simplify it, whether it’s a clincher, whether we’d been down, 2-0. I can’t do anything else except go out and make my pitches. I can’t really control anything other than that, so why worry about it?”

BREAKDOWN

  • 2009 Regular Season – 14-8, 32 GS, 4.16 ERA
  • Pettitte has gone 2-and-0 through 3 games in the postseason with a low ERA of 2.37.
  • Andy Pettitte is the winningest pitcher in postseason history, clinching the record number 16 win to clinch the ALCS, in his only 2 career starts in Citizens Bank Park he’s 1-and-0 with a 0.75 ERA.

KEY STAT: Allowed 193 H in 194 and two thirds innings pitched.

KEY MATCHUPS

  • Jayson Werth, 1-for-13 with 5 K
  • Carlos Ruiz, 2-for-3, HR

PHILLIES – Cole Hamels

“I actually feel great right now.”

BREAKDOW

  • A loosing 2009 Regular Season for Hamels – 10-11, 32 GS, 4.32 ERA
  • Hamels has 1 win and 1 loss through 3 games during the postseason with a high ERA of 6.75.
  • Cole Hamels recorded a no decision in his only start against the Yankees in 2009, but he had an ERA of 3.00, the biggest concern for Hamels is the fact that he’s allowed 6 HRs in 3 playoff starts.

KEY STAT: Opponents hit .273 off Hamels.

KEY MATCHUPS

  • Alex Rodriguez, 0-for-4
  • Johnny Damon, 3-for-5, 2B

TV: FOX 7:57 PM ET

COMMENTARY: Will it be Trick or Treat for Yankee batters on a cloudy Halloween night at Citizens Bank Park? Can Hamels keep it in the yard, or will Pettitte add to his postseason luster with win number 17? As almost a full moon peeks over the clouds, one thing is certain, tonight can be a wild one.

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WORLD SERIES GAME 2 PREVIEW

October 30, 2009 Leave a comment

TALE OF THE TAPE: GAME 1 STARTERS

YANKEES – A.J. Burnett

“I won’t change anything as far as my plan or my attack, just maybe not be so careless from the get go — just throwing balls over the middle to get strike one.”

BREAKDOWN

  • 2009 Regular Season – 13-9, 33 GS, 4.04 ERA
  • Burnett is yet to win or loose through 3 games in the postseason, while posting a 4.42 ERA.
  • He has pitched better at home than on the road this season with a 5-3 win/loss record and a 3.51 ERA, but he’s had no success against Philadelphia the only time he faced them this year taking a loss with a sky high ERA of 7.50 and allowing 3 HR.

KEY STAT: Led league with 97 walks and 17 wild pitches.

KEY MATCHUPS

  • Pedro Feliz, 2-for-15
  • Carlos Ruiz, 3-for-3, HR

PHILLIES – Pedro Martinez

“I don’t know if you realize this, but because of you guys, in some ways, I might be at times the most influential player that ever stepped [on to the field] at Yankee Stadium.”

BREAKDOWN

  • 2009 Regular Season – 5-1, 9 GS, 3.63 ERA
  • Pedro Martinez has a win/loss record of 6-and-2 in his postseason career with a 3.13 ERA through 12 games.
  • Martinez has been here before, facing the Yankees at Yankee Stadium during the post season. Throughout his career he has played well in Yankee Stadium with an 8-and-4 record through 16 games and an ERA of 2.95. But he’s fared very poorly in the postseason against the Yankees.

KEY STAT: Allowed 7 HRs in 44 2/3 IP

KEY MATCHUPS

  • Hideki Matsui, 4-for-28
  • Alex Rodriguez, 16-for-55, HR

TV: FOX 7:57 PM ET

COMMENTARY: A.J. Burnett has yet to secure a win in postseason play. In his last outing to closeout the ALCS, Burnett had a rocky first inning to start the game and later in the 6th, playing with a lead, gave up lead-off hit and a walk to start the inning. Pedro Martinez is 0-for-2 with a 5.93 ERA in his past five postseason appearances against the Yankees, along with some terrible playoff memories in Yankee Stadium. Something’s got to give.

Girardi has orchestrated a way for Burnett to pitch only at home during the World Series, where he is most comfortable. The Yankees are hoping that Burnett limits his walks and wild pitches, settles down and gives them a solid outing to even out the series. Charlie Manuel is following a similar line of thought, saving Jaime Moyer for game 1 at Citizens Park where he’s racked up a better record. The Phillies send an experience Pedro Martinez to the mound in the hopes that he can give them enough solid innings before the well rested bullpen is called into action.

WORLD SERIES GAME 1 PREVIEW

October 28, 2009 Leave a comment

TALE OF THE TAPE: GAME 1 STARTERS (from www.yankees.com)

YANKEES – CC Sabathia

“I’ll go out and try to do the same things I’ve been doing all year.”

BREAKDOWN

  • 2009 Regular Season – 19-8, 34 GS, 3.37 ERA
  • Sabathia is in the midst of a solid postseason posting a 3-0 record with an impressive 1.19 ERA.
  • CC has faced the Phillies once this year, it was a no decision and CC posted an ERA of 3.36. He is even through 3 games for his career against Philadelphia with an ERA of 4.35.

KEY STAT: Opponents batted .223 against him at home.

KEY MATCHUPS

  • Jayson Werth, 0-for-6
  • Ryan Howard, 3-for-7

PHILLIES – Cliff Lee

“I don’t think I ever doubted myself.”

BREAKDOWN

  • Don’t be fooled by the numbers, the 2009 season record for Cliff Lee is unimpressive at first glance: 14-13, 34 GS, 3.22 ERA. Remember this includes a rough beginning in Cleveland before his transition to the National League with Philadelphia.
  • He has proven his mettle this postseason, going 2-0 through 3 games with a miniscule ERA of 0.74
  • It was in the season opener at Yankee Stadium that Lee began to look like the dominating Cy Young winner of 2008, allowing just 1 run through 5 2/3 innings and securing a win against Sabathia. Nevertheless his has posted a career record of 4-and-4 through 9 games against the Yankees with an ERA of 4.04.

KEY STAT: Opponents batted .272 overall against him this season.

KEY MATCHUPS

  • Johnny Damon 2-for-22
  • Derek Jeter, 11-for-27

TV: FOX 7:57 PM ET

COMMENTARY: The battle of the former Cleveland Indians starters is set to go off tonight in Game 1 of the World Series. The teams have gone through their preparations, the managers have carefully modified their lineups and implemented a game plan, the players have faced the media, and the media has methodically broken down every facet of this game. Now it is time to play, and for all the charts, all the Q&As, all of the analysis about the advantages of each team position by position, there are somethings that are abundantly clear: there is not a lack of confidence on either side of this series, and ultimate success will come down to pitching.

And what a pitching duel we have in store for us in game 1. Two former teammates, the American League’s last two Cy Young winners, alike in personality and style, and both having a post season for the ages. It’s almost like they are looking at each other in a mirror, that’s why it is hard to give an edge to either one of these pitchers. It is also the reason why their performance tonight may have a lot to say about how this series goes. One game does not a series make, but there is no doubt that the stakes of this duel in baseball’s cathedral tonight are incredibly high.

ALCS GAME 4 PREVIEW

October 20, 2009 3 comments

TALE OF THE TAPE: GAME 4 STARTERS (from www.yankees.com)

YANKEES – CC Sabathia

“I don’t think it’s that big a deal going [on] three days’ rest”

BREAKDOWN

  • 2009 Regular Season – 19-8, 34 GS, 3.37 ERA
  • Sabathia is 5-7 for his career against the Angels. Like Pettitte he has struggled in Angel Stadium. In 2009, Sabathia went 0-1 with an ERA of 6.75 at Angel Stadium.
  • CC dominated the Angels in his last outing, and has a 1.01 ERA in four career starts with three days’ rest.

KEY MATCHUPS

  • Vladimir Guerrerro, 3-for-15, 3 Ks
  • Torii Hunter 20-for-68, 3 HRs, 17 RBI

ANGELS – Scott Kazmir

“I’m not going to try to do anything extra, just pitch my game.”

BREAKDOWN

  • A pedestrian 2009 season with a record of 10-9, 27 GS, 4.89 ERA.
  • Has been very sharp with the Angels, posting a 1.73 ERA in six regular season starts with the Angels
  • He’s had success against the Yankees during his career, posting a 2.67 ERA through 14 games. In 2009 he went 2-1 with an ERA of 3.20. But he allowed five runs in six innings in the ALDS.

KEY MATCHUPS

  • Derek Jeter, 4-for-36, 11 Ks
  • Mark Teixeira, 7-for-11, 3 RBI

TV: FOX 7:57 PM ET

COMMENTARY: Today is the start of the CC Sabathia experiment. Girardi has chosen to go with a three man rotation and everyone in the organization is confident that CC is well rested for the task at hand, including the man himself. Sabathia is 2-for-3 with a 4.63 ERA through 7 games in Angel Stadium, but has an astounding 1.01 ERA in four career starts with three days’ rest. The Yankee lineup will face Scott Kazmir who was traded to the Angels because of his past success against the Red Sox and the Bronx Bombers. Though he’s yet to win at his home park, Kazmir does carry a decent 3.19 ERA through 4 games in Angel Stadium. It’s difficult to quantify how much yesterday’s win may have done for the confidence of the Angels, Sabathia’s performance good or bad may be a game changer.

UPDATE 6:50: this post was written by Fernando Arencibia but it was under my post and I wanted it on the top so I had to repost it, sorry.

ALCS GAME 3: PREVIEW

October 19, 2009 Leave a comment

TALE OF THE TAPE: GAME 3 STARTERS (from www.yankees.com)

YANKEESAndy Pettite

“I threw 3 bullpens since my last start. I’m hoping that’s going to keep me feeling really sharp”

BREAKDOWN

  • 2009 Regular Season – 14-8, 32 GS, 4.16 ERA
  • Pettite is 12-10 for his career against the Angels, but historically has struggled in Angel Stadium. This year he posted a 0-2 record with a mammoth ERA of 7.84.
  • Of course Pettite has the experience card on his side, with a 15 and 9 record in the postseason, he has over 218 postseason innings under his belt.

ANGELS – Jered Weaver

“You know, they’ve got guys 1 through 9 that can hurt you. But so did Boston.”

BREAKDOWN

  • A successful 2009 season with a record of 16-8, 33 GS, 3.75 ERA.
  • Weaver has been stellar at home where he’s lowered his overall ERA by almost an entire point: 9-3, 17 GS, 2.90 ERA
  • His career record against the Yankees is 4-2 through 7 games with a 4.88 ERA, In 2009 he split 2 games against New York with an ERA of 5.59.

TV: FOX 4:13 PM ET

COMMENTARY:
Once again Andy Pettite is asked to set the tone for the Yankees as they head into their first away game of the series. Pettitte is headed into a venue where he’s had no wins this season and is 6-7 with a 4.19 ERA for his career, but he is one win shy of having the most wins in postseason history which speaks to how prolific he’s been when it counts the most. Pettitte can make his struggles in Angel Stadium a thing of the past, but the Bronx Bombers must liven up their bats in order to make this happen.

ALDS PREVIEW: Game 1

October 7, 2009 Leave a comment

LINEUPS: (Taken from the Lohud Yankees Blog)

YANKEES
Jeter SS
Damon LF
Teixeira 1B
Rodriguez 3B
Matsui DH
Posada C
Cano 2B
Swisher RF
Cabrera CF

Pitching: LHP CC Sabathia (19-8, 3.37 regular season)

TWINS
Span CF
Cabrera SS
Mauer C
Cuddyer 1B
Kubel RF
Young LF
Harris DH
Tolbert 3B
Punto 2B

Pitching: LHP Brian Duensing (5-2, 3.64 ERA regular season)

TV: 6:07 PM EST TBS

KEEP AN EYE ON: Alex Rodriguez, CC Sabathia

NEWS AND NOTES: Chad Gaudin made the roster and will be the Yankees long-man, with Joba being a big-inning guy. The Yankees are 7-0 against the Twins this season.

YANKEES PLAYOFF ROSTER:

Here is the Yankees playoff roster.

TWINS PLAYOFF ROSTER:

Here is the Twins playoff roster.

PREDICTION:

YANKEES HOME RUNS: Derek Jeter, Mark Teixeira, Alex Rodriguez

TWINS HOME RUNS: Jason Kubel

CC SABATHIA:

7 innings 7 hits 3 Earned Runs 2 Walks 8 strikeouts

FINAL SCORE: 8-5 Yankees

Categories: ALDS, Series Preview

Series Preview: 9/15-9/16 Toronto Blue Jays AT New York Yankees

September 15, 2009 Leave a comment

The Yankees start a two game set at home tonight against the Toronto Blue Jays. Here is my preview:

Tonight: RHP Sergio Mitre (3-2, 7.02) vs. RHP Roy Halladay (14-9, 3.03)

Wednesday: Chad Gaudin (5-10, 4.81) vs. LHP Brian Tallet (7-9, 5.26)

Tonight: Sergio Mitre made his last start against the Blue Jays, pitching 4.1 Innings, giving up 11 hits and 11 runs (9 earned.) In Halladay’s last start vs. the Yankees he pitched 9 innings giving up only 1 hit and 0 earned runs.

Wednesday: Gaudin pitched 3.2 innings giving up 4 hits and 3 earned runs in his last start vs. the Blue Jays. He is 1-0 with a 4.10 ERA in 26 lifetime appearances vs. the Blue Jays. Tallet faced Mitre in his last start giving up 5 earned runs in 5 innings.

PREDICTIONS:

Tonight: Blue Jays win 10-2
Wednesday: Yankees win 9-3