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Did You Know…

Pitcher Lefty Grove won the ERA title nine times – more than any other player.  Some others who have won the title multiple times are Roger Clemens with seven wins, Walter Johnson, Sandy Koufax, Christy Mathewson, Grover Cleveland Alexander, and Pedro Martinez win five each.

 

**factoid courtesy of ‘Armchair Reader – Grand Slam Baseball’

World Series, Game 6 – It’s A Wrap!!!

In truly historic fashion, the New York Yankees beat the Phillies 4 games to 2 to win the 2009 World Series.  This is the 27th championship title for the Yankees, and this championship run was a great way to close the 2009 season at their brand new ballpark.

Led by their outstanding starting pitching, the Yankees were dominant in several of the games and took advantage of the Phillies inability to knock their starters out early.  CC Sabathia and Andy Pettitte were both incredible and AJ Burnett threw a gem in Game 2 for the champs.

Offensively, the Yankees did it all very well.  Collecting clutch hits, scoring runs in bunches, and taking advantage of having a hitter’s count when battling the Phillies pitchers are just a few of the reasons that the Yankees prevailed.  Derek Jeter was on base often.  Alex Rodriguez and Hideki Matsui each took turns being catalysts for run production in the Yankee victories.

And then there is Mariano Rivera.  Whether he is needed to get 2 guys out or if he has to throw 40 pitches over 2 innings, Mo is almost always superb!!  His ability to dominate during the most stressful situations is what makes him stand out as one of the best closers in post-season history.

Congratulations to the New York Yankees.  This is a championship that many of us(not me) predicted would happen.  I also firmly believe that this is a championship that they had to win.  Under the gun, and with more pressure on them that any other team would face, the Yankees prevailed and now they can proudly boast that they are the ‘Best Team in Baseball”

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World Series, Game 5 – Powered By Utley!!

It took 5 games, but this was the one where good hitting beat good pitching.  Finally!!  The Phillies offense got off to an early start and their relief pitching held off a furious attack by the Yankees late in the game to earn an 8-6 victory.  Luckily for the Phils, Brad Lidge did not make it into the game – as I predicted…

Each team was led by their offensive superstar – for the Yankees it was Alex Rodriguez and for the Phillies it was Chase Utley.

A-Rod went 2-for-4 while driving in three runs and scoring another.  His 2 RBI in the 8th inning started another Yankee comeback that ultimately fell short.  Nobody’s talking about the A-Rod that didn’t get his first hit of the series until Game 3 anymore…

Utley was the Phillie’s offensive spark as he launched 2 home runs – a 3-run blast in the 1st inning and then a solo shot in the 7th.  He wound up going 2-for-3 with 4 RBI and 3 runs scored.     Utley now has 5 home runs in 5 games.  We’ll see if that streak continues on Wednesday…

Game 6 is right around the corner as we head back to Yankee Stadium.  Pedro versus Pettitte should be classic!!!

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World Series, Game 4 – A-Rod Delivers In The Clutch As The Yankees Take Control Of The Series!!

As if it were scripted by Hollywood, the biggest star in baseball who has been bashed for his inability to take over in important games, Alex Rodriguez, got the biggest hit of his life securing a victory in Game 4.

With heroic pitching taking a backseat for the second straight night, it was offense that took center stage for Game 4.  Each starting pitcher got hit hard early but managed to settle in as the game went on.  While neither was on their ‘A-Game’, both Sabathia and Blanton settled down after allowing early inning runs.  The bullpens did their part until Joba Chamberlain gave up the Yankees led by allowing the Phillies to tie up the game at 4-4.

And then it was his turn…  In the top of the ninth of a tied game, Alex Rodriguez was at the plate for the most meaningful at-bat of his career.  And he delivered an RBI double that allowed Johnny Damon to score the tie-breaking run.  Phillies closer Brad Lidge gave up 2 more runs to the Yankees and the team trailed by three runs heading into the bottom of the ninth as Mariano Rivera waited. 

And the rest is history – 3 up and 3 down as the Yankees take a 3-1 series lead and have full control as they look to win the 2009 World Series.

Game 5 will feature Cliff Lee and AJ Burnett.  Both looked awesome in their previous starts, and I’m pretty certain they’ll do fine again.  If the Phillies have a chance to win tonight, they better not give the ball to Brad Lidge!!!

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World Series, Game 3 – Pettitte & A-Rod Prove Their Werth!!

For the first time in this series, offense was king!!

Two of the most exciting offensive teams in baseball managed to  collect 14 hits in Game 3 – 6 of which were home runs.  The Phillies struck first scoring 3 runs off of Andy Pettitte in the second inning.  However after that little spurt of offense, Pettitte was able to  remain calm and his Yankee teammates responded by scoring at least one run in the 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th innings.

Alex Rodriguez was finally able to collect his first hit of the series, which was a controversial home run.  Nick Swisher also managed to launch one into the outfield seats while Hideki Matsui homered for the second straight game.

While the 3-headed monster of Rollins, Utley, and Howard were kept in check by going just 1-for-12, it was All-star Jayson Werth that provided most of the offense for the Phillies as he blasted two home runs.  Unfortunately for Philly, both were solo shots. 

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Now the Yankees go into Game 4 with a 2-1 lead and look to take a commanding lead in the series.  Game 4 is always a crucial game and if the Yankees win, their confidence will be at a series high!!  Their ace, CC Sabathia, will take the mound to ensure their best chance at a win while the Phillies counter with Joe Blanton.  If the Big 3 from Philadelphia don’t break out from their collective slump,  the Yankees should have enough firepowerto win the game.

Game 4 is just around  the corner!!!

World Series, Game 2 – Yanks Dig The Long Ball!!

Another game down, and another round of great starting pitching!!  The Yankees emerged victorious as they evened up the series 1-1 and made this championship match-up a best of 5 games series.

Both AJ Burnett and Pedro Martinez were on their game.  Continuing the trend established in Game 1, both starting pitchers looked great but this time it was a few timely hits that helped the Yankees squeak by the Phillies…

AJ Burnett pitched the best game of his post-season career as he went 7 innings, allowing just 4 hits while striking out 9 batters.  Pedro Martinez was equally effective going 6 innings and allowing 6 hits and striking out 8.  The big difference was the long ball.  2 of the 6 hits Pedro allowed were solo home runs.  Mark Teixeira connected for the first shot and then Hideki Matsui hit the go-ahead homer to give the Yankees a lead that they would not relinquish.

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2 games down, and 2 classic pitching match-ups are in the books.  We’ll see what happens Saturday night when Andy Pettitte and Cole Hamels take the mound. 

Something tells me that round three may be just as good!!!

World Series, Game 1 – Controlled By Cliff And Chase!!

Without showing an ounce of stress due to the high profile situation, Cliff Lee put on a pitching clinic against the Yankees in Game 1 of the World Series.

Going the distance, Lee threw a complete game while allowing just 6 hits, 3 of which went to Derek Jeter.  It wa san amazing performance as he kept New York’s power hitters at bay while striking them each out numerour times.  For the night, Lee struck out 10 total batters with the Yankee power-trio of Teixeira, Rodriguez, and Posada striking out 7 times. 

Not to be outdone was Chase Utley who extended his post-season hit streak to 26 consecutive games.  Utley provided all of the fire-power that the Phillies would need as he connected for 2 solo home runs early in the game. 

The Phillies never looked back, and now they have a 1-0 lead in this best of 7 games series.

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Tonight we get to see what AJ Burnett and Pedro Martinez can do.  This will be  the highest profile game of Burnett’s career so far; it will be interesting to see how he defends the Yankees’ home filed advantage.  Meanwhile, Pedro has been in similar circumstances before and he usually shined brightly.

Plain and simple, the Yankees must pull out all stops and win tonight if they want  a chance to get back into this.  And if the Phillies win tonight, this could be their last road trip of the year!!

I’m ready for Game #2!!!

My World Series Prediction. What’s Yours??

I have wavered back and forth for days about who I think will win the World Series…

These teams appear to be so evenly matched in the more important aspects of the game that I think the winner will come down to a very simple equation – The team that makes the fewest mistakes will win!!!

But who will that be??  What team will make the fewest base running errors?  What team will have the fewest passed balls?  Who is going to capitalize and score runs based as a result of these kinds of errors?  Whoever does that should walk away as the 2009 World Series champions!!

I know who I want to see win the title.  But to me they have 1 glaring flaw on their roster and I feel that it happens to be the other team’s biggest strength.

Here goes…

The Philadelphia Phillies will win the World Series.  And they’ll do it in Game 6 at Yankee Stadium!!!

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There you have it.  Now it’s time to sit back, relax, and enjoy what should be a historic and memorable championship series!!!

Who are you taking??

 

The Official “30-YOC” World Series Preview

The 2009 baseball playoffs have been thrilling to watch so far and I firmly believe that the two best teams are the two that will start battling for the World Series trophy on Wednesday.

I cannot recall the last time I thought a series was so evenly matched.  In recent years, my memory recalls easily being able to identify the team that on paper had a clear advantage.  Yet for these clubs, that is not so easy to do.

On to the breakdown…

PITCHING

Jeez, who would you rather want, CC or Cliff?  Cole Hamels or AJ Burnett?  Happ or Pettite?  In a pinch, I would select the Yanks, and that’s largely due to the fact that they have Andy Pettite on their side.  I’ll take a guy with his experience over a rookie’s any day(unless that rookie is named Livan).  CC and Cliff Lee are a wash in my opinion, and I think that their match-ups will come down to team defensive play – the team with the fewer mistakes should win those battles.  Between Hamels and Burnett, I like that Burnett gets a start at home but you cannot disqualify what Hamels did last year…

When it comes to the bullpen, and specifically middle relief, I think that the Phils are far more superior than the Yankees.  Being able to use Blanton, Moyer, and even Pedro Martinez in any pitching role during this series gives the Phillies a huge advantage.  And while the Yankees have some strengths in their bullpen, it does not come close to equalling what these three guys can offer a team.  If any of the Phillies starters get hit hard early on, the Phillies have a great chance to remain in the game with their middle and long relievers.

As for closers, the Yankees have Mariano Rivera – enough said!!  And even though Brad Lidge has been great so far for the Phillies, the feeling I have is that a breakdown is imminent and I am just not sure if it’s going to happen in 2009 or 2010.

OFFENSE

If it wasn’t for the quality pitching that both of these team possess, I would predict a very high-scoring series.  The players on these clubs have the potential to score and drive in runs by the bunches, it will be interesting to see who capitalizes on their opportunities…

A-Rod = Ryan Howard.  Jeter = Rollins.  Damon = Utley.  And so on…  The only player that I think is an odd fit for the Phillies is ‘Big Tex’.  If he plays well and capitalizes when there are runners on the bases, he may be the difference maker for the Yankees.

These teams both bring talented offenses to the plate that can beat you in various ways.  Home runs will be hit, bases will be stolen, and it will all just depend on who is on base when these happenings take place.

When it comes down to it, the team with the fewest base running mistakes should evolve as the winner!!!

INTANGIBLES

Both teams have provided late-inning heroics during these playoffs.  Both of these teams have had players off of their benches contribute winning elements to their team success thus far.  The World Series will be no different.  Will it be Jorge Posada or Matt Stairs that makes the difference this time???

HOME-FIELD ADVANTAGE

While both teams play extremely well at home, and pretty damn good on the road too, I am not sure that having home field advantage matters in a 2-3-2 series.   Actually, I think the team that gets three straight home games has a big advantage.  If the Phillies can win just 1 of the first 2 games at Yankee Stadium, they come home for the next three with a ton of confidence.  I think it is imperative that the Yankees win Game 1 of  the series, and although not equally as important, if they manage to go up 2-0 they would be in a great spot to win the whole thing.

If the series was 2-2-1-1-1, I think a major advantage is had by the home team.  But this 2-3-2 really doesn’t seem as big of a deal as having home-filed advantage should be.

PREDICTION

Stay tuned – coming tomorrow!!!

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Bring It On Pedro!!!

So now that it’s official and Pedro Martinez has signed a contract with the Phillies, I was eager to see just how quickly he might suit up and take the mound for the reigning champions.  And although he is not shown as a probable starter during the 4-game series against the Marlins, I am keeping my fingers crossed that the schedule changes as I really want to see ‘The Fish’ get a hold of him.

I will admit that I am not a fan of Pedro Martinez.  I would prefer his brother, Ramon, during his prime over ‘Pete’ any day.  With that being said, Martinez did put together some incredible seasons a decade ago and if he can come close to regaining any of that form the Phillies have made a nice move that should help them out during the second half of the season as they work to defend their World Series championship.

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