Saturday, October 17, 2009

Petey Shines But Lifted Too Soon...CC Dominates Halos

In Friday playoff results, the NY Yankees and pitcher CC Sabathia stifled the California Angels by a score of 4-1. Sabathia was downright dominating, going seven innings and allowing only four hits and one run. The Angels and John Lackey never had a chance in this one. It'll be AJ Burnett (13-9) facing the Halo's Joe Sauders (16-7) at the Stadium beginning at 7:57pm EDT. I can't see the pinstripers losing this series, much less any series on their way to a world championship. Admit it, they're just too strong in all aspects of the game, especially with Joba in the bullpen, where he should stay forever. The Angels would love it if they could get outta town with a two game split.

Over in the NLCS, the LA Dodgers prevailed by a score of 2-1 over the Phillies, evening up the series at one as the teams move east to the cheese steak city of Philadelphia. This was a game where many eyes were on Philadelphia starter Pedro Petey Martinez and he did not let anyone down. Instead, he was outstanding, bringing back memories of the late nineties and early two thousands. Manager Charlie Manual made the monumental error of lifting him after seven innings of one run, two hit and no walk baseball. He never allowed a runner to touch the third base bag and threw only 87 pitches. Manuel's move backfired spectacularly when his bullpen, SO effective the night before, ended up walking in the winning run. Charlie must have been kicking himself all night long with sleep elusive. Petey used guile and his brain to confuse and confound the team from California and I, for one, am very proud of him. He should have been left in to pitch the eighth and the Phillies then would have gone to their ace closer. But the manager called it a different way. Shame.

Again, the ALCS game starts at 7:57pm EDT and it'll be televised by Fox and Fox HD. The Halos are in a must win situation...being down 0-2 to this 2009 Yankee team would not be a good thing, to put it mildly. The Phillies and the Dodgers have a travel day off. Click on this post's title for all the playoff coverage you'd want SI style and I hope you make your Saturday a good one. Your comments would be great to read and fantastic to answer. As always, BE WELL. See you soon.


At 10/18/2009 1:03 AM, Anonymous rakeback said...

Sabathia has been dominant all year, and so its no surprise that he has continued that in the post-season. After the All-Star break last year he was the best player in the National League for the Brewers.

At 10/18/2009 6:46 AM, Blogger Peter N said...

Hello Rakeback and I fully agree with you. CC is one of the best and I don't see anything or anybody who will stop the Yankees from winning it all this year. After all, they're the BEST team out there...this year.

Thanks for the comment. P

At 10/18/2009 7:23 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Petey ... should have been left in to pitch the eighth and the Phillies then would have gone to their ace closer."
"Ace closer"? Lidge has been OK in the post-season, and was great in 08, but in 2009 he had probably the worst season of a full-time closer in the history of the game.

At 10/19/2009 12:46 PM, Blogger Peter N said...

Hello Anon. I was referring to Lidge's 2009 postseason so far...he's been great. I know he had his troubles earlier, bigtime.

Thanks for the comment and for reading. Pete


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