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The Yankees Will Sweep The Angels

Keith Cousin
Oct 17, 2009

As I observed last night’s ALCS, I came to the realization I was watching two completely different ball clubs. On the one side, the Yankees looked like a team of destiny. Expressions on each of their faces showed poise, confidence, unwavering concentration, and yes, cockiness. CC Sabathia (8 IP, 4 hits, 7 strikeouts) attacked the strike zone mercilessly. The offense was aggressive and opportunistic. The Bombers are reaping the benefits of that successful off-season spending binge (acquiring Mark Teixeira, A.J. Burnett, CC Sabathia), and in my opinion, will win their MLB leading 27th World Series Championship.

On the other side, the Angels looked tentative, confused, and just plain cold (temperature in the mid-40’s, windy and drizzling at game time). I don’t think I’ve ever seen a pop-up in the infield drop between the shortstop and third baseman in a meaningful contest like I witnessed in the first inning of this game, when the ball fell between Erick Aybar and Chone Figgins allowing a run to score. Speaking of Figgins, another 0 for 4 on the stat sheet dowsed all hopes of him becoming a reliable postseason table-setter. Chone’s always been a streaky hitter, but he’s currently 0 for 16 in the postseason and playing like a deer in the headlights. Los Angeles is a team that needs to rely on speed, hit and run, aggressive base running, and fundamentals. I saw no evidence of any of these things in the first game, especially when Vlad Guerrero gave his best home run trot (maybe that’s how he runs these days) to a ball that didn’t even leave the field of play. Now that’s embarrassing!

The bottom line, Yankee fans should bring their Snuggie (now with cool designs) to the stadium to bundle up like Kate Hudson watching AROD’s every move, and if Mike Scioscia’s team doesn’t show more spunk, those fans should bring their ShamWow on a broomstick as well.

I believe The Yankees will sweep this series. Of course, I could be writing something completely different tomorrow. Baseball is unpredictable.

1 comment:

  1. So far your prediction isn't looking so bad. With Pettitte the road warrior on the hill for game 3, the yans are looking good. However, the only snag comes in game 4, where, if the Yanks come in up 3-0, Chad Gaudin is sure to pitch instead of CC. This of course is not an automatic loss by any means. We have seen Gaudin pitch some dominant starts in the reg season, and of course our bullpen is capable of handling a huge workload if Chad is shaky. But it will certainly not be easy. I actually picked the Yanks to win in 5 prior to the start of the series, and I am holding strong to that prediction.