It’s the 2009 World Series all over again, as the Yankees host the Phillies for three games in the Bronx.
The last time the Phillies were in town, the Yankees became world champions. A feeling Yankees fans hope to relive by beating the Phillies once again.
Both line-ups are stacked with power, from Utley to Posada. Whether or not they decide to hit is the question both clubs can’t seem to figure out, unlike last season.
Pitching will decide the winner; so let’s break down all three match-ups:
Can we say pitching match up of the week? Roy Halladay against CC Sabathia is a baseball dream, which Phillies skipper Charlie Manual made sure would work by switching around the rotation. Both Cy Young winners, both staff’s ace, but only one can win.
Roy Halladay is very familiar with the Yankees playing for Toronto Blue Jays up until this season. It was a very happy departure, as Halladay wrecks havoc everywhere he goes. Halladay is different because he is gotten better. Halladay currently has made 15 starts, boosting an 1.96 ERA, with 85 strikeouts, five complete games, one perfect game, and allowing only three home-runs in 101 innings pitched. His ERA against the Yankees is 2.84, but that includes Arod who is DTD. Arod has had the most success by far against Halladay, batting just shy of .300. Look for Robbie Cano to stir up trouble, as he has all season. No doubt, the Yankees bats are hot, but when Halladay is pitching no player is hot. It’s Cliff Lee x2, yikes!
CC Sabathia has to bring his a-game to the mound or he will get eaten alive. Sabathia seems to only be capable of beating the Orioles in 2010, but let’s not forget that CC is a second-half pitcher, considering 14 of his 19 wins last season came after June 15. This match-up is perfect for Sabathia to get back up to speed, timing is right and he is a fierce competitor. Just like Roy, CC has 13 starts with a 4.01 ERA, with 69 strikeouts, allowing 12 homeruns in 85 innings pitched, but has two complete games. Not even comparable stats wise but CC is just as good Yankees hope this is his breakout game because once Sabathia gets on par he tears through batting line-ups. Ibanez has faired well against CC, but watch out for Jason Werth as this guy can hit. Without their lead-off J-role, the Phillies are having major issues and are losing games. For the first time in a long time they trail the crappy Mets and are in third place in the NL East. Yankees might be the wake-up call so Sabathia needs to shut them down right from the start. CC has the better team to back him that is a fact.
Is Arod is playing? And is Posada DTD again? Big questions, but still it is Roy Halladay and even as a Yankee fan it’s hard to bet against Doc.
Game Two and Game Three will be featured in Part 2 of this post, because the above pitching match-up deserves to be on it’s own.
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