Sunday, October 25, 2009

Rainout helps Yanks as much as Angels

The consensus seems to be that yesterday's rain-out gave the Angels a huge advantage against the Yankees in the American League Championship Series because it will allow them to start John Lackey in Game 7 if they win tonight. But the Yankees can take Lackey out of the equation with a victory tonight and yesterday's rain-out puts them in a better position to win because if gave Andy Pettitte an extra day's rest. By his own admission, the extra rest helps Andy as he gets older and the numbers back it up: 6-1 with an extra day this season.

Game 7 should be avoided at all costs, but I would feel pretty good about our chances with CC Sabathia on the mound. I was a little concerned during the offseason when the Yankees were pursuing him because I didn't think he was enthusiastic about coming to New York. I had no problem with him holding out for as much money as he could get from the Yanks, but I was worried that he didn't really want to pitch in NY and we don't need guys like that. But he has thrived in his first postseason with the Yanks, carrying the team on his big back and putting them in a great position to win.

Even against Lackey, I have a lot of confidence that CC could pitch the Yanks to the World Series and a date with Philly. But I really don't think it will get that far. The Yanks will close it out tonight in a game that's going to be a must-see. Sorry, football Giants, can't pay attention to you until after the World Series.
Thanks to Keith Allison via Wikipedia for the photo.

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