Tuesday, October 20, 2009

CC and ARod push Angels to the brink

CC Sabathia defied the bad history of pitchers going on short rest in the postseason with a truly dominating performance against the Angels tonight. Not only did he pitch well, he got better as the game went along, which made no practical sense. You would think with less rest he would lose steam more quickly. But he threw harder and spotted the ball better in the 7th and 8th innings than he did earlier in the game. You could tell by the looks on the faces of the Angels players that they knew they were finished.

On the offensive side, Alex Rodriguez continued his postseason resurgence. Things didn't look promising for the Yankees at first as they blew a prime run-scoring situation in the second inning, failing to score after starting the inning with runners on first and second. But Melky Cabrera finally came through with runners in scoring position, eventually driving in 4 runs tonight. And then ARod again took control of the game with another well-timed blast. In two series this year, he has surpassed his playoff performance of the previous four years combined.

With CC 3-0 in the playoffs and ARod with five homers and 11 ribbies so far, looks like talk of their postseason struggles has been vanquished for good.

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