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Now that we know who our ALCS opponent will be, I want to solicit predictions from our readers. Give us your ALCS winner, how many games and some of the reasoning behind your thought process. I know this is a Yankee fan site but, don’t be afraid to pick against them or post a prediction if you’re an Angels fan. I’d love to hear the counter arguments for why the Angels will win.
I’ll start: My Prediction-Yanks in 6.
The Angels have a solid rotation, but lack the kind of #1 shut down starter that will scare you in a short series. CC facing John Lackey is a wash, so I figure that game comes down to the bullpens, which is a recurring theme for me. The Yanks have destroyed Jared Weaver in recent years, so they may even drop him down to #3 starter for this series. I like my chances with Weaver vs Pettitte. Scott Kazmir has been tough on the Yanks, but has averaged less than 6 innings per start and is somewhat diminished at this point of his career. If AJ brings his A-game, I’ll be very confident. They’ll get Kazmir out of the game and go after that subpar Angels bullpen. The Yankee lineup is better than the Angels lineup, but not by as much as you’d think. Yanks were #1 in the AL in Runs scored and the Angels were #2. The Angels lineup is heavily Right handed, so they should match up well facing the Yanks 2 lefty starters. The Yanks have much more power, but as we all know the Angels find ways to generate runs with their aggressive running game. Lineups are a wash to me.
I think this series comes down to a battle of the bullpens, and the Yanks win that handily.
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