It’s great to have an Ace, even if it came with a steep price tag…
Behind the stellar pitching of CC Sabathia and a few Angels miscues, the Yanks took Game 1 of the American League Championship Series from Los Angeles.
CC went 8 innings to eliminate any bridges between himself and Mariano Rivera. He only allowed 4 hits in the 4-1 victory, and struck out 7. Mo picked up the save. These types of performances will certainly allow Sabathia to shed the stigma of his past play-off failures, and re-invent himself as a big game pitcher.
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Going into the series, I felt one of the keys was to get Johnny Damon going. He had been ice cold during the Twins series. Despite the cold NY temperatures last night, Johnny was warmed up with two hits. He also scored two runs. His play is instrumental to the Yanks’ chances of returning to the World Series.
I am headed to New York (on business, not pleasure, unfortunately), so I have to keep this post short. I guess I had better take a coat…
When I saw that the Los Angeles Dodgers had beaten the Philadelphia Phillies on a walk by Andre Ethier, it brought to mind the formula that Joe Torre had used against Phillies starter Pedro Martinez so many times when he was in Boston (right, Julia?). Let Pedro pitch his game, keep it close, wait for his exit, then strike. That formula worked to perfection last night as the Dodgers scored two runs in the bottom of the 8th inning to win, 2-1.
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The NLCS is now tied at 2, and headed for Philly. I am thinking that I might spend Sunday night on South Street in Philly. I wonder if the place might be rockin’? 😉
The Yankees made a minor move this week when they signed a free agent first baseman. They picked up Trent Lockwood of the independent Amarillo Dillas. I don’t know much about the guy or if he is considered a prospect or not, but he did hit 14 home runs and is known for his defense. Hey, what a Dilla!