Angels, Yankees Advance to ALCS
The division championship series teams have played 12 games. The Dodgers, Angels and Yankees swept their series in a total of nine games. The Phillies need a win tonight to give them a three games to one championship over the Rockies. If that happens the four winners would have played one game over the required 12 to sweep all four series.
If the all the teams had required five games to win their third game they would have played 20 games. The team that wins the World Series still needs eight more wins before taking the World Series trophy to their home city.
It may be time to switch to three seven game series to prevent hot teams from sweeping the division series. All the teams with home field advantage will have won if Phillies win tonight. The Rockies are the only team without the home field advantage that will be able to play more than one game at home during the division series.
The fans of the Cardinals, Red Sox and Twins had to watch their opponents celebrate in front of the them on their home turf in the last two days and the Rockies fans are one loss from suffering the same fate.
Angels 7 Red Sox 6
It is fitting that 39 year old Darren Oliver would get the division series clinching 7-6 win over the Red Sox. Oliver has turned his career around since joining the Angels. He has been an amazing 15-3 with the Angels over the last three seasons.
Jonathan Paplebon failed to save the win and gave up his first postseason runs of his career to take the loss. Billy Wagner had fared no better before being relieved by Paplebon by giving up up two runs in the eighth inning. Wagner ended the series with a 18.00 ERA while Paplebon posted a 13.50 ERA during the ALDS.
Bobby Abreu made the right decision to sign with the Angels and led the Angels with a .556 average. He will face his former team of last season the Yankees later this week.
Yankees 4 Twins 1
The Yankees had to be hoping they would face the Twins considering the way they had dominated them this year. They carried their dominance over the Twins during the season into the postseason with a 4-1 win yesterday.
Andy Pettitte who I think got the shaft from the Yankees last winter by reducing his salary to free up money for C.C. Sabathia, A.J. Burnett and Mark Teixeira pitched well. He gave up one run, three hits and struck out seven to win his 15th postseason game.
Alex Rodriguez led the Yankees in batting average hitting .455 with two homers and six runs batted in. He slugged 1.000 in the ALDS.
Phillies 6 Rockies 5
The Rockies were ahead 3-1 after three innings but allowed three runs in the top of the fourth. They then scored a single run in the bottom of the frame to knot the score at 4-4 after four innings.
Ryan Howard drove in the winning run on a sacrifice fly in the ninth inning to give the Phillies a 6-5 win.
Brad Lidge saved the win for Chad Durbin but threw only nine strikes in twenty pitches while walking two so he didn’t exactly dominate the Rockies.
Tonights Game: 6:07 ET on TBS
Philadelphia at Colorado
Starting Pitchers: Cliff Lee who won the first game of the series in a complete game win over the Rockies will start for the Phillies.
The Rockies hit .188 against Lee. His mound opponent will be Ubaldo Jiminez who was roughed up the Phillies in his last start will be on the hill for the Rockies. The Phillies hit .409 with Jiminez on the mound in the first game.
Postseason Summary: The Dodgers, Yankees and Angels have all advanced to the championship series in their respective leagues. The three teams had the three best winning percentages in the majors in 2009.
It has not been a good postseason so far for wild card champions with the Red Sox already eliminated and the Rockies one loss from being eliminated.
As it stands now the Yankees or Angels will face the Dodgers, Phillies or Rockies in the 2009 World Series.
The Angels and Yankees will have to wait four days till the ALCS opens on Friday. The probable starters C.C. Sabathia and John Lackey will have not pitched since October 7 and October 8 respectively when they face each other on October 16.
The Dodgers played their last game on Saturday and won’t play till Thursday when they face the Phillies or Rockies.
The idea matchup in the World Series for the MLB would be a Dodgers-Yankees series with the Fox Network drawing extremely large numbers of viewers from New York and Los Angeles the No.1 and No.2 cities in population with over 12 million combined population.
The worst matchup population wise would be the Angels and Rockies with a total combined population of over 4.4 million.
We still could see a Dodgers-Yankees matchup for the first time since 1981 which is 28 years ago.
We could see an all Southern California World Series if the Angels and Dodgers were to be in the World Series with Anaheim 26 miles southwest of Los Angeles.
There is still a chance of Phillies playing the Yankees in their first World Series matchup since 1950 which was 59 years ago when the Yankees swept the Whiz Kids.
However all of this is conjecture for now since we don’t have a team to play the Dodgers in the NLCS yet and a round of championship series games has to be played but it is interesting to look at the possibilities.