College of Sports Media Game of the Night:
World Series. Game One in the Bronx. Philadelphia Phillies. New York Yankees. The waiting is over and it’s time to get this series going. Both teams have been pounding the ball during this post-season and have been getting some fantastic pitching from their left-handers. For the Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard has been the catalyst. Howard is batting .355 with 23 RBIs and two home runs. There was no bigger trade deadline move then Philadelphia acquiring reigning AL Cy Young winner Cliff Lee from the Cleveland Indians. Since joining the Phillies, Lee has been dominant. In three play off starts he’s 2-0 with a 0.74 ERA. Lee gets the call tonight for the game one start.
During the regular season, the New York Yankees led the major leagues in most offensive categories including home runs. The trend has continued in the play offs. It was Mark Teixeira (39 HRs) doing most of the damage for the Bronx Bombers during the season and in October its been all Alex Rodriguez. A Rod is enjoying his best post-season as a Yankee. In nine games he’s blasted five long balls, driven in 12 and has a blistering .438 batting average. On the mound New York showcases a pretty formidable southpaw as well. In the play offs, CC Sabathia is 3-0, has a 1.19 ERA and struck out 20. Sabathia starts game one for the Yanks, up against his former teammate in Cleveland. That city may have figured things out when it comes to hoops, but in terms of baseball it’s no surprise the place is sometimes called ‘the mistake by the lake.’