Yankees World Series

Tomorrow night will be the first game of the World Series. For the first time since 2003 the Yankees will be participating in the series. At the beginning of the decade it was almost a given the Yanks would be there as they won in 2000 and made appearances in 2001 and 2003, but enough of the past. This season the Yankees have won 100+ games with possibly the best offense in baseball. They sport a 3-man rotation of C.C. Sabathia, AJ Burnett, and Andy Pettitte, with all three of them pitching great this postseason. They go up against the reigning champs, the Phillies. The Phillies are a team that, like the Yankees, win with great offense and have gotten good pitching from their starters. Cliff Lee their ace, acquired in a trade from Cleveland, Pedro Martinez, the veteran postseason pitcher, Cole Hamels, the playoff MVP last season, and Joe Blanton.

This series looks to be a great one, and after a few lackluster years of World Series we could use a good six, seven game series. These two really look like the best two teams in baseball and I expect some pitching duels, some back and forth offensive days, and ultimately just entertaining October baseball.

Moving past the excitement level of this series comes some predictions. I believe the Yankees will take this series in six. These teams are closely matched but I like the Yankees rotation just a bit more. Starting with the first game you have C.C. Sabathia against Cliff Lee. This game can go either way but I see the Yankees taking this one. Sabathia has been incredible this season and the Yankees have hit Lee in the past. Even if the Phillies take the first game I still give the advantage to the Yankees. The second game will feature AJ Burnett against Pedro Martinez and I find it unlikely the Yankees lose this game especially at home. The next game is the real key to the series. The next two games will feature C.C. Sabathia against Joe Blanton and Cliff Lee against AJ Burnett making it a strong possibility they split those games. If you are keeping track that leads two games for the Yankees and two for the Phillies. So if the Yankees win game 3 they will have a 3-2 advantage going back to NY while if Philadelphia wins game three they will have the 3-2 advantage with Pedro and Hamels pitching the next two games. I give the edge to the Yankees in game three with the way Hamels has pitched this season but if Hamels can put together a good game this can be a very close game.

Offensively the Yankees gotta hope for better performances out of a few players. Without A-Rod’s great postseason they might not have made it that far. If he slumps I wonder how well the offense will perform, this becoming especially important because the Phillies have so many players hitting now. At the end of the day though the offense can really only hurt the Yankees chances as I believe the key lies in the pitching.

My prediction is the Yankees take the series in six games with Andy Pettitte getting the series clinching win in new Yankees Stadium.

Leave a Comment