The pitchers of the playoffs

Cliff Lee, C.C. Sabathia, Roy Halladay, and A.J. Burnett. The season of the pitcher is becoming the playoffs of the pitcher. Baseball is, as we all know, 90 percent pitching. Everyone else on the field just needs to hit the ball. The Rangers finally moved beyond the divisional series. However, they did it on the arm of Cliff Lee. The Yankees, while possessing an outstanding lineup, depend on Sabathia, Pettitte, and in the ALDS, Phil Hughes. What does this all mean for the world of baseball…pitching is king.

Regardless of what your lineup consists of, pitching is the key to success. Prior to the playoffs beginning I picked the Yankees and the Phillies to meet once again in the World Series. After the divisional series, I’m staying with my picks. Here’s why:

The Yankees with a 95-67 record lead the Majors in runs scored and on base percentage. These two team stats are key, when combined with a solid rotation.  Although Yankee pitching is ranked 15th overall in ERA, experience and sheer talent count for something.

The Phillies 97-65 record and 3.67 team ERA will be a test for New York. Any advantage the Phillies may have, comes in the form of Roy Halladay and Cole Hamels. Like New York’s Burnett, which Roy Oswalt the Phil’s get could be a determining factor.

At the end of the day, the Yankees will prevail once again. I think this will be one of the best World Series we’ve seen in many years as both teams are relatively equally matched. I think New York’s experience will be the deciding factor. Yankees in 6.

Agree? Disagree? Let me know what you think!

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2 thoughts on “The pitchers of the playoffs

  1. I think you raise a good point. I wanted to reply to your post after watching Game 1 of the ALCS. The Yankees bring this aura if you will with them. To pull off the come from behind win they did last night shows they can shut down bullpens. Halladay and Hamels are going to have to go at least 6 innings to keep the Yanks out. I still say Yanks in 6. If the Series goes to a game 7, I think it comes down to the closers and is either team’s to lose.

  2. I’d like to disagree with your final outcome of Yankees in 6 and here’s why. When the two faced off in last year’s World Series, the Phils’ lineup was the same, but their pitching staff was different. Like you said, it all comes down to pitching. Last year Cole Hamels wasn’t solid, and neither was their closer, Brad Lidge. This year they have a new ace in Halladay, and Hamels is in the same form that he was in when they won the Series back in 08. The other big difference is Oswalt. True, he has his off days but he’s a top tier pitcher.

    I’d say Phils’ in 6 or Yanks in 7.

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