LADY AT THE BAT: 2009 ALCS: Series Preview

Thursday, October 15, 2009

2009 ALCS: Series Preview

After an almost excruciatingly long lay-off, the ALCS will finally begin tomorrow night at Yankee Stadium, weather permitting. The coming rain storm will likely lengthen what was already being thought of as a long series. The schedule-makers will have their hands full trying to reschedule games for this ALCS.

Looking past Mother Nature, the series breaks down like this:

Offense. The Yankee lineup is the most potent in all of baseball. However, the Angels are no pushovers. They may not have as much power, but they know how to get on base. Most importantly, they know how to run the bases. In a playoff series this is crucial. The Yankees are not terrible at running the bases, but they're not as good as the Angels. Edge, Angels.

Defense. The Angels are very sound defensively, at just about every position on the field. The Yankees have a really solid infield, led by Mark Teixeira at 1st base, but their outfield is a bit subpar, especially with Johnny Damon in left. Edge, Angels.

Starting Pitching. No one can compare to the Yankees 3-man rotation of Sabathia, Burnett and Pettitte. Those three names say it all. If they need a 4th starter, they're still ahead of the Angels when you can plug in someone like Alfredo Aceves for long relief. Edge, Yankees.

Bullpen. The Yankees have the best bullpen in baseball. If they have a lead after 6 innings, Joe Girardi can go to this pen to help hold the lead and secure the victory. Edge, Yankees.

So, who will win the series? Put an excellent bullpen and starting pitching together with a potent offense and acceptable defense and you have the Yankees winning the series. The weather will really foul things up, however, and the series will go 7 games

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