New York Yankees vs Minnesota Twins @ Target Field, 6:07 PM ET on Sportsnet (Yanks lead series 1-0)
Starters: NYY Andy Pettitte (0-0) vs MIN Carl Pavano (0-0)
Reason to watch: Francisco Liriano pitched five scoreless inning as Minny took a 3-0 lead, but the Yankees reminded us all again last night that when you play New York the game ain’t over till it’s over. The Twins are sending Carl Pavano (17-11, 3.75 ERA) to the mound, and the Yankees and Yanks fans are all to familiar with the former Yankee starter. If you remember Pavano signed a (huge deal for the time) four years 40 million dollar contract with the pin stripes only to be hampered by injuries, alienate himself from the rest of the team and called out for babying and lying about those same injuries. Pavano has worked extremely hard to resurrect a career that was heading off the deep end quickly.
Pavano started for 30 games plus for the second straight season something he never came close to in his four seasons in NYY. Of Course, players like Derek Jeter, Andy Pettitte, Jorge Posada and Marino Riviera remember Pavano’s tenure with the Yanks and will probably look to punish and embarrass the Twin’s starter. Pavano’s last playoff start was back in 2003 with the World Series winning Florida Marlins.
New York will turn to veteran Andy Pettitte who other then Jeter and Riviera has been such an integral part of those Yankee championships. The 38 year old has 40 career post season starts with a recored of 18-9 with a K/BB ratio of 164/71 and 3.90 ERA. During last seasons championship run Pettitte was 4-0 in five starts with a 3.52 ERA.
Montreal Canadiens vs Toronto Maple Leafs @ ACC on CBC, 7:00 PM ET
Reason to watch: You’re Canadian, you don’t need a reason to watch Hockey, you’d watch Hockey even if you didn’t like the thing out of spite. But the return of the (Northern) beautiful game is as exciting as it been in while for Leaf fans. It’s so important that the Leafs start the season off with a strong start and produce wins and points early. I can’t imagine how deflating it would be for players like Tomas Kaberle, Phil Kessel, and Luke Schenn if the season starts off poorly and trying to dig their way up thru the standings.
I think best case scenario is the Leafs finish 7th or 8th place in the East, worst case scenario at least we have that 1st rounder (oh no we don’t, D’oh).