Monday, October 26, 2009

Thhhheeeee Yankees Win!

Well, the Yankees made it official last night. They are going to the World Series for the first time since 2003, when they lost the championship to Josh Beckett and the Florida Marlins.

I, myself, was actually at the game last night. I was able to see my beloved Yankees finally overcome their demons and beat the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the playoffs for the first time, first hand.

I, for one, was actually surprised at the ease in which the Yankees overtook Los Angeles.

That is not to take anything away from the Angels. They were a very formidable opponent.

However, in many instances, the Angels beat themselves more so than they were beaten by the Yankees. The usually defensively sound Angels committed eight errors during the six game series - many of which led to damage.

CC Sabathia was awarded the ALCS MVP for his two absolutely dominant pitching performances in Games One and Four.

Sabathia went 2-0 while pitching 16 innings over the two games (eight innings in each). In addition, he fanned 20 while surrendering only two runs.

Consideration for the award also went to the rejuvenated Alex Rodriguez, who went 9-21 in the series with three home runs and six runs batted in, including his memorable game-tying homer in the 11th inning of Game Two.

Other noteworthy ALCS performances would include those of Mariano Rivera (7.0 IP, 2 SV, 1 ER), Johnny Damon (9-30, 2 HR, 5 RBI) and Melky Cabrera (9-23, 4 RBI, 3 BB).

For Los Angeles, Vladimir Guerrero batted .370 (10-27) with a home run and five runs batted in, while Angel ace John Lackey pitched 12.1 innings and posted a 3.65 earned run average.

New York will now go on to play the Philadelphia Phillies in the World Series.

Philadelphia easily handled the Los Angeles Dodgers, the team with the National League's best regular season record in 2009, by putting them away in five games during the NLCS.

The Fall Classic is scheduled to start on Wednesday night, though the time of the first pitch is yet to be determined.

Every World Series game can be seen on Fox.

I will be back either later tonight or tomorrow to preview this year's World Series, which should prove to be an excellent match-up between two teams which both possess a power-laden lineup and a dominant starting pitching staff.

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