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Yankees Win ALCS; Pettitte Wins 16th Postseason Game

It was really no shock to see the Yankees on the winning side of the 5-2 score last night at Yankee Stadium in their defeat of the Angels.

Neither team showed much power in the home run haven with the Yankees and the Angels combining for 16 singles among the 18 hits in the game.

Yankees Advance To 40th World Series

The Yankees advanced to their 40th World Series behind the pitching of Andy Pettitte who signed for less to remain with the Yankees knowing he had a better chance to reach the postseason. Pettitte pitched into the seventh inning allowing only one run.

Pettitte became the leader in postseason wins with his 16th win and he could add to that number in the World Series.

Pettitte Took Huge Paycut In 2009

Pettitte who earned $16 million in 2008 signed for $5.5 million in 2009 with incentives that he mostly met increasing his salary to the $10.5 million range. He missed by 16 innings of having met all his innings pitched incentives.

Sabathia Wins ALCS MVP

C.C. Sabathia won the ALCS MVP Award for his 2-0, 1.13 ERA performance in the ALCS.

Jeff Mathis was the best hitter in the ALCS hitting .583 and led all players in doubles with five. He also led in on base percentage with a .583 mark and slugging at 1.000 and OPS at 1.583. The most amazing stat is that he did it in only 12 at bats.

Vladimir Guerrero led in hits with 10. Robinson Cano led in triples with two.

Alex Rodriguez led in homers with three and in runs batted in with six. He also led in walks with eight.

Sabathia To Be Tested

By Phillies Hitters

C.C. Sabathia may have a tough task ahead of him to silence the bats of the World Champion Philadelphia Phillies.

The two teams are closely matched in postseason batting statistics. Both teams have hit 14 home runs. The two teams have both played nine games but the Yankees have 33 more at bats due to the extra inning games they played.

The Yankees have outhit the Phillies .262 to .261 but the Phillies have outslugged the Yankees .478 to .441.

Sabathia vs. Lee In Opener

The first game should be a pitcher’s battle with C.C. Sabathia 3-0, 1.19 facing Cliff Lee 2-0, 0.74 on the mound.

Pedro Martinez 0-0, 0.00 has only pitched in one of the nine Phillies postseason games but will have to pitch more often for the Phillies to defeat the Yankees. He really should be second in the rotation behind Lee and he has earned the spot with his scoreless pitching.

Cole Hamels 1-1, 6.75 has started three games and has allowed 6 home runs in 14 innings which does not bode well with him facing the power laden Yankee lineup in hitter friendly Yankee Stadium.

A.J. Burnett should start the second game for the Yankees with his 0-0, 4.42 record and has issued 10 walks in 18 innings.

Pettitte To Pitch Philadelphia Opener

Andy Pettitte 2-0, 2.37 should pitch the opener in Philadelphia later this week.

Rodriguez Has One More Hit Than Victorino

Rodriguez is tied for the postseason lead in hits with 14 with Vladimir Guerrero with Shane Victorino next with 13. He and Jayson Werth are tied for the lead in postseason home runs with five each.

If the World Series goes to seven games we could see C.C. Sabathia and Cliff Lee face each other three times.

The World Series could depend on which pitcher has the better World Series.

Rivera-Lidge Closer Battle

The closer battle between Mariano Rivera and Brad Lidge should be interesting with Rivera a more sure thing than Lidge. It will be interesting to see how Lidge reacts to the pressure of pitching in Yankee Stadium.

Rivera Better At Handling Pressure

Rivera may have a bad game but it won’t be because he can’t handle the pressure because no closer in the history of baseball has pitched in more pressure packed situations than Rivera.

We won’t know for sure until the games are played but it looks like we are in for a great 2009 World Series.

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