College of Sports Media Game of the Night:
The NLCS kicked off last night as the Philadelphia Phillies used the long ball en route to a 8-6 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers. Tonight it’s the American League’s turn to get things going. Barring any type of weather postponement the New York Yankees and the Los Angeles Angels kick off game one of their series tonight in the Bronx. At first glance this looks like a classic example of David versus Goliath. New York had the best record (103-59) in the AL. The Yanks hit the most home runs (244) in the regular season and continue to do so in the playoffs. They have the three hard throwing pitchers that there going to rely on and they have arguably the best closer in the history of the game. On yeah they’re yearly payroll is close to 208 million dollars. The Angles had the second best record (97-56) in the AL and are arguably the best small ball team in baseball. They’re great at stealing bases, moving runners over and getting the timely hits with runners in scoring position. They have crafty pitchers, who can strike batters out with a little heat or use some of the off-speed junk to get hitters missing. During the regular season they played against other ten times and each team won five games (NY 3-1 vs LA @ home, LA 4-2 vs NY @ home). Tonight New York starts CC Sabathia. Sabathia dominated the Minnesota Twins in game one of the ALDS, going six and two thirds, striking out eight and giving up only one earned run. Los Angeles counters with John Lackey. Lackey was just as dominant in his first start against the Boston Red Sox. Lackey went seven and third, gave up four hits without giving up an earned run. Weather may be a factor tonight and if that’s the case Sabathia has the edge. Not only is he used to pitching in New Yankee Stadium, but he was once a Cleveland Indian and used to the frigid temperature.