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World Series Matchups

Former Indians teammates Cliff Lee and C.C. Sabathia face each other in the opening game of the 2009 World Series tonight in Yankee Stadium.

With the World Series starting today at 7:57 ET on Fox this would be a good time to compare the postseason stats of the Phillies and Yankees players starting with today’s starting pitchers:


C.C. Sabathia and Cliff Lee have very similar stats for the postseason.

Sabathia 3-0, 1.19 ERA, 22 IP, 3 ER, 17 H, 1 HR, 3 BB, 20 SO

Lee…….. 2-0, 0.74 ERA, 24 IP, 2ER, 14H, 0 HR, 3BB, 20 SO

If both pitchers pitch their best game this should be a low scoring game but with two power laden lineups it may be difficult to keep the bats of either team silenced very deep into the game. This is a toss up since both pitchers have been dominating during the postseason.


MARK TEIXEIRA….. 8 H, 1 HR, 5 RBI, .273 OBP, .308, SLG, .205 BA

RYAN HOWARD…….11 H, 2 HR, 14 RBI, .462 OBP, .742 SLG, .355 BA

Howard has the clear advantage going into the World Series but I am not counting Teixeira out. His excellent fielding has negated some of his offensive shortcomings.


CHASE UTLEY……….10 H, 1 HR, 2 RBI, .439 OBP, .394 SLG, .303 BA

ROBINSON CANO…….8 H, 0 HR, 5RBI, .341 OBP, .371 SLG, .229 BA

Utley has driven in fewer runs but still gets the edge because all his percentage numbers are better than those of Cano.


JIMMY ROLLINS…10 H, 0 HR, 3 RBI, .279 OBP, .317 SLG, .244 BA

DEREK JETER……..11 H, 3 HR, 5 RBI, .435 OBP, .595 SLG, .297 BA

Jeter is the runaway winner at shortstop with better numbers than Rollins across the board.


ALEX RODRIGUEZ 14 H, 5 HR, 12 RBI, .548 OBP, .969, SLG, .438 BA

PEDRO FELIZ………..5 H, 1 HR, 2 RBI, .212 OBP, .355 SLG, .161 BA

It is embarrassing for Feliz to have his numbers compared with those of Rodriguez since he is trailing him by over 300 points in OBP, 600 points in slugging and over 250 points in batting average.


JAYSON WERTH…9 H, 5 HR, 10 RBI, .395 OBP, .813 SLG, .281 BA

NICK SWISHER…..4 H, 0 HR, 1 RBI, .222 OBP, .156 SLG, .125 BA

The edge easily goes to Werth with him having five times as many home runs as Swisher and ten times as many runs batted in.


MELKY CABRERA…..11 H, 0 HR, 4 RBI, .368 OBP, .371 SLG, .314 BA

SHANE VICTORINO..13 H, 3 HR, 7 RBI, .439 OBP, .722 SLG, .361 BA

Cabrera is having a good postseason average wise but his power numbers are not close to those of Victorino who is given the edge in center field.


RAUL IBANEZ……7 H, 1 HR, 9 RBI, .333 OBP, .387 SLG, .226 BA

JOHNNY DAMON 10 H, 2 HR, 5 RBI, .273 OBP, .405 SLG, .238 BA

This one is a tossup with both players having similar percentage numbers and Damon has outhomered Ibanez plus has three more hits but Ibanez has driven in more runs than Damon.


CARLOS RUIZ…..9 H, 1 HR, 7 RBI, .500 OBP, .500 SLG, .346 BA

JORGE POSADA  8 HR, 2 HR, 3 RBI, .361 OBP, .484 SLG, .258 BA

Ruiz is given the edge at catcher with him ahead of Posada in every category except for Posada having one more home run.


MARIANO RIVERA..0-0, 0.84 ERA, 10 IP, 1 ER, 7 H, 11 SO

BRAD LIDGE………….1-0, 0.00 ERA, 4 IP, 0 ER, 1 H, 4 SO

Lidge gets the edge but by the end of the World Series I expect Rivera to have better numbers.

Summary: Left out designated hitter numbers since the Phillies haven’t been using a designated hitter during the postseason until now.

Despite the Phillies winning most of the matchups I look for C.C. Sabathia to silence their bats for most of the World Series. If the World Series goes to seven games Sabathia and Cliff Lee could face each other three times.

I will be rooting for the Phillies but have a feeling the Yankees are destined to win.

I predict the Yankees will win in six games.

Sports Illustrated has a more detailed position by position breakdown:


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2 thoughts on “World Series Matchups

  1. Frances Faulk on said:

    Since I have limited knowledge of baseball, I took the liberty of using your blog to keep up with the players and positions. I enjoy the game very much.It’s great entertainment. Thanks for wonderful, enlightening blogs on the games

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