Youve got CC who has pitched on three day’s rest before in the playoffs, AJ Burnett who is a dominant pitcher when everything is working for him and then you’ve got Andy Pettitte who is a postseason veteran being with many of the past Yankees’ playoff teams. This is about as good as a three man rotation there is. And this is how the Yanks will be running for the ALCS. CC will start game one, Burnett Game two and Pettitte Game three. It’s awesome baby! Yeah, I just quoted Dick Vitale, sue me.
CC’s past postseason experience will be key for his pitching on three days rest. It is going to be tough but he has done it before and he should be able to get through it and still give us a great outing. Now, the Angels are no easy team to beat but CC’s short rest will be a very important part to this series.
All I can say is I hope he is doning plenty of these fist pumps because he hasn’t had the most consistent of seasons. If he has all his pitches working he will be great but he needs to really work.
Andy Pettitte just needs to be the Andy Pettitte that Yankee fans all around have come to expect him to be. Or maybe a little better. He puts in a good effort and usually comes out with a good outcome. This quality pitcher is the third guy in the rotation and will probably have the least pressure on him. But that doesn’t mean he needs to lighten up. I’m sure Pettitte will give out a quality peformance as he alwasy does.
I hope I don’t have to into the offense being phenominal and them having no problem getting on and scoring. It is all going to come down to pitching and that’s that.
I’ve got to do a research paper on Napoleon that is due tomorrow and I have been the biggest procrastinator over the past couple years and I don’t even have an opeing paragraph done yet. I’ve got to move fast and I don’t really have time to write much more than this. So here’s my predictions for the NL and AL championship series’.
Dodgers in six
Yankees is five
Talk about a dominant performance. The Yankees, Angels, and Dodgers all swept their LDS opponents and have moved on the their respective league’s championship game. Wow!
Now, the Yankees simply flexed their muscles in their first round matchup against the Twins. They won both games at home to open the series, despite having to come from behind in a crazy game. When Mark Teixeira hit the walk off homer to left to end the game, the Yankees stormed onto the field and celebrated, leaving a stunned Twins team in the opposite dugout. In the third game of the series, the first in Minnesota, the Twins kept it close again, but when they had the chance to score some runs and put some pressure on the Yankees, they made some key baserunning mistakes that really cost them. It was surely a disappointing series for Twins fans but you can’t say that you didn’t see this coming.
My pick for the ALDS matchup of the Angels and Red Sox had the Red Sox coming out victorious after a five game series. Obviously I was wrong as the Angels really poured it onto the Red Sox and swept them. History wasn’t in line to repeat itself in this series and the Angels soared their way to the ALCS. It was kind of against my prediction but while I was watching the game three between these two teams, which was at Fenway, I told my dad in the eighth inning that the Angels would come back to score three runs against Papelbon and win the game. He didn’t want to believe it but when the game was over I left the room with him staring at the t.v. I felt pretty good about myself about that one.
The ALCS is going to be a very intriguing matchup between two quality powerhouses with good pitching. The Yankees obviously have a pitching advantage but the offense’s of these two teams are pretty evenly matched. The Halos have a very good and underrated offense that will really matchup well against the Yankees. But the key to this seris will be pitching. If the Yankees pitching can overcome the good Angels offense than the Yankees will roll onto the World Series. My Prediction: Yankees win it in six.
Now onto the Dodgers, the team that everyone thought would be leaving the playoffs early due to their end of the season slump. Well, the Dodgers didn’t feel like taking any of that and they went out and swept a very powerful Cardinals team, that a lot of people thought would not be a factor in the Central this season. With the one-two punch of Chris Carpenter and Adam Wainwright, how can you go wrong. Well, the Dodgers’ offense poured it on to the top two pitchers in the Cy Young race this year while in LA and when they went to St. Louis, Vincente Padilla put in a great perfornance and kept the Cards at bay while the Dodgers continued to have success against Cardinals pitching as they pushed Pineiro out of the game early. It was a great series for the Dodgers and they will want to use this head of steam going into the NLCS against whoever it is they end up playing.
A-Rod drove in two in the ninth with a home run, which was an absolute bomb by the way, to tie the game and sent it into extras. In the eleventh, Mark Teixeira hit a “wall scraper” to win the game down the left field line. Wow! What an exciting game but there is plenty more about this game that made it spectacular.
AJ Burnett and Nick Blackburn both threw outstanding games; Burnett went 6 innings and Blackburn went 5.2 each giving up a run. Burnett gave up five walks which could’ve led to some pretty bad happenings for the Yanks but he got out of it like both teams did over the course of the game. Blackburn gave up three hits and walked two while striking out three. Overall, the starters threw a pitchers duel that was exciting to watch. They always are, waiting to see who makes the first mistake that will cost them the game.
When Joba Chamberlain and Phil Coke combined to throw a perfect seventh inning I thought the Yanks were gonna cruise to another win with the way the bullpen was pitching. Yeah right! Phil Hughes came in to pitch the eighth and that is where everything went wrong. He was chased after only getting two outs after he gave up two hits and a walk which led to two runs. It was a tough performance from Hughes and the Twins took the lead going into the final inning.
This is where I picked up the game on the radio on my way home from the movies with some friends. I figured out that the Yanks were down 3-1. It was killing me how the Yankees might end up losing to the Twins. It was terrible. But then it all happened. Mariano Rivera finished the eighth and got out of the ninth with no more damage. This was the time for the Yankees to hit there stride. And they did. Teixeira got on base and Alex Rodriguez brought him home with a bomb to the bullpen. The game was tied and we almost won it in the ninth too. Swish almost hit one but it was a few steps short of the wall.
In extras, it was pretty close with each team making their fair share of mistakes, pitching and fielding. In general, the pitching only made a few mistakes to let guys get hits but the biggest one was when the Twins’ Joe Nathan threw the ball to second to try and pick off Brett Gardner and he threw it into the outfield. Gardner shimmied over to third and was immediatley the number one priority for the Twins’ defense. But Gardner made a mistake too. On a line drive to the middle of the infield, Gardner took off towards home. But he didn’t realize it was hit right at Orlando Cabrera and Gardner was doubled off at third. That killed me.
The Yanks were unable to capitalize in the tenth but when Mark Teixeira came up in the eleventh, he came threw and hit a bullet down the the left field line that hit the top of the wall and bounced into the stands for the homer. The game was finally over and the Yankees won again. Just like I predicted they would. It was a great game that was not only going have every one on the edge of their seats, but it was key to the outcome of this series. Now the Yankees don’t necessarily have to win on the road they can have the comfort of playing another game at home if they are unable to win in Minnesota, which won’t be an easy task.
This drop by Matt Holliday ultimately put the Cardinals in a 2-0 hole and has put a lot of pressure on the Cards to win both games at home. If they lose even one they are done. This is how important that drop turns out to have been. He’s going to be hitting himself when the Cardinals go home early.
The Dodgers truly did get lucky last night but the Dodgers I think have a talented enough team to win a game on the road. If they can win a game on the road already up two games then they can close this thing out early and get some extra rest. That would be really big for them. They are my pick to get to the world series this year.
Speaking of that, my friend and I made a bet about who would make it to the Fall Classic. My pick is the Yankees and Dodgers, the matchup that a lot of people really want to see. Joe Torre returning to Yankee Stadium and facing off against the current Yankee skipper. That would be so great. Now just because I really want to see that matchup doesn’t mean it is the obvious choice but I really think the Dodgers can get there if they play well enough.
My friend’s pick is the Angels and Dodgers. Now I don’t know about the Angels but the Dodgers are obviously my pick too. Whoever wins the bet has to buy the other a snack out of the vending machines at school. Nothing huge but we felt like making it interesting enough so that’s what we came up with.
Well, I’ve got nothing else to talk about right now so…
The Yankees just keep on rolling and to be completely honest, I think it will take a lot more than the effort the Twins gave last night to stop the Bombers.
CC was absolutely phenominal. I can’t say enough about it. He pitched 6 2/3 solid innings and he was just about as good as he has been all year. This win shows that despite being denied 20 wins on the season that he is still about as good as they get. With 8 K’s and only one earned run, I officially summarize this game for the Yanks as domination.
CC wasn’t the only successful Yankee last night. Far from it in fact. Let’s start with the Captain. Mr. November just picked up where he left off in the regular season and completely dominated Twins pitching. He was 2-2 with a homer, three runs scored, and two RBI’s. An outstanding performance from the captain was just the beginning of the successt the Yankees had last night.
Hideki Matsui surely showed that he still deserved the nickname “Godzilla” and belted a homer in the fifth. He finished the game having gone 1-3 with that homer and he also drew a walk.
A-Rod went 2-4 wtih two RBI’s and a run scored and he played a solid third base as well. Nick Swisher also drove in a run to add to the Yankees’ success. Another thing I’d like to add about Swisher is how important his clubhouse presence has been all season. Every team should have at least one guy like this. Someone to keep everyone going and to keep spirits up. The jokester on the team, the prankster. Swisher definitely filled that roll this year with the Yankees and I am really grateful of that.
When the game finally rolled into the ninth inning, it looked as if the game was done with. The Twins had no chance. They weren’t even gonna come close to scoring at all…
-Now with the way I just said all that it seems like I’m going to say that they came back and won the game. Yeah right. Not on Mo’s watch.
Mariano Rivera pitched as spectacularly as he has all year. Another great performance that left the Twins scratching their heads. He let up one hit and one walk but other than that he was fantastic striking out two.
The great thing about Mo is that he does all of this with only one pitch. His cutter, which wasn’t originally a cutter, has gotten the job done over his career unlike any other pitcher’s pitch in history has. That story was in Sports Illustrated recently and it was one of the best articles I have read in a while. Mo is one of a kind.
With the opening game win in the books, the Yanks have one day off before they send AJ Burnett out to face off against Nick Blackburn.
-By the way doesn’t Blackburn and Joe Mauer look really similar or is it just me?
Well, I’m pretty sure that Burnett has the advantage in this one but Blackburn is still a quality pitcher. The Twins may have some chance… possibly… maybe a little… Yeah right, I’m just joking. The Yankees are going to win this one as they did the first one.
Now how about that? The Twins are in the playoffs. I bet no one believed they could do it. I bet everyone thought the Tigers were a lock for the division but look who’s in the playoffs now. Regardless of who it is, the Yankees are going to sweep them. They are just too good.
The Twins pulled off a miracle win last night and it really was a great game to watch. The fans at that game must have been going crazy the entire game. After the game went into extras, I knew the Twins had it in their hands. I just had a feeling.
There were so many great plays and happenings in the extra innings that made it such a great game. Brandon Inge’s diving stop at third, Ryan Raburn’s throw from left to get Casilla out at home. It was all great stuff. The twins were able to come out victorious and I am not taking anything away from the Tigers. They played a great game. It’s just that the Twins were able to come up with one more extra run that ended up winning it.
Well, now that the Twins have finally reached the postseason, they have the amazing prize of playing the Yankees in the ALDS. Just oodles of fun.
Prediction 1: Yankees vs Twins
If you look at the season series numbers between these two teams, it seems as though the Yankees have easily taken the series by storm and have the obvious advantage in about every statistical category. Well, although Joe Girardi says it has been a closer series than it looks on paper, the Yankees will easily sweep the Twins in the ALDS and will move on to the ALCS. Three simple aspects of the Yankees’ game can explain why I am so confident with my pick for them to win the series:
Tremendous Offense, Dominating Pitching, Phenominal Defense
And then again, they have Derek Jeter
Prediction 2: Red Sox vs Angels
Red Sox win in 5
This matchup is going to be a lot clsoer than the Yankees’ against the Twins. For one, the Red Sox have not proven to me over the past half month that they can win consistently against teams that are actually good. They haven’t really been consistent at all and that is why I think this series will go five games.
The Red Sox have a really good pitching staff that they are bringing into the playoffs. As long as their pitching is good, I think the offense, which has struggled a little of late, can keep up. The Angels on the other hand, have also had some pitching problems. They still have some really reliable guys on their rotation but the offense has been phenominal this year. They have a good squad but I have to pick the Red Sox in this matchup.