From George King III (NY Post):
Members of MLB’s drug testing team might want to rent a room at Yankee Stadium.
For the second time in a week the testing team was at the Stadium last night collecting urine samples from two members of the Yankees and Angels after the Yankees’ 4-1 victory in [...]
Here are the lineups, via LoHud:
Derek Jeter SS
Johnny Damon LF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Hideki Matsui DH
Jorge Posada C
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher RF
Melky Cabrera CF
Pitching: LHP CC Sabathia (1-0, 1.37 ERA)
Chone Figgins [...]
Here’s a quick starting pitcher breakdown:
The gray highlights indicate the perceived advantage. This advantage is based on the pitcher’s regular season numbers, although I have factored in oppositional history, as well, albeit marginally. Therefore, CC is better than Lackey (he can dominate any lineup, regardless of his season numbers against LA), Burnett [...]
Here are 3 quick items on the day:
Jon Heyman (SI) outlines the possible causes for A-Rod’s resurgent October. Ben Reiter (S) notes the 5 keys which underpin the Angels-Yankees matchup. Mariano Rivera missed a few workouts this week due to an undisclosed personal issue. He did, however, manage to throw 25-30 [...]
Let’s take a look at the Yankees-Angels matchup from a defensive standpoint. I’ve compiled data regarding outfield arm runs (ARM), double play runs for infielders (DPR), range runs (RngR), error runs (ErrR), ultimate zone rating (UZR), and ultimate zone rating per 150 defensive game (UZR/150). Each figure represents runs above or below (-) average. For [...]
Angels manger Mike Scioscia announced his playoff rotation today, and it’ll be John Lackey in Game 1, Joe Saunders in Game 2, Jered Weaver in Game 3, and Scott Kazmir in Game 4. While LA has opted for a 4-man rotation, the Yankees seem to be leaning towards a 3-man, which would pit Lackey [...]
While the specific dates of the individual ALCS games were released in advance, their respective starting times were a mystery until now.
The chart was provided by the Yankees’ official website. CC Sabathia is scheduled to start Game 1 against John Lackey. You can catch every game on FOX. Despite FOX’s [...]
Earlier today, while offering his own ALCS predictions, Steve noted the following regarding the upcoming showdown between the Yankees and the Angels:
I think this series comes down to a battle of the bullpens, and the Yanks win that handily.
Steve is right on with his assessment. If the Yankees can maneuver through the [...]
Here are the lineups, courtesy of Pete Abraham (LoHud):
Pitching: RHP A.J. Burnett (11-9, 4.22).
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