Phillies and Yankees In the 2011 World Series: A Prediction

Roy Halladay

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The New York Yankees and Philadephia Phillies will meet in the World Series. Philadelphia is the dominant team in the National League playoffs. While the Phillie offense isn’t the most potent, the Phillies have what every team strives for….pitching.

The Phillie rotation is strong and reliable. The Phillies rotation is, arguably, the best in the playoffs right now. This is true for either league. It is for this reason, and this reason alone, I predict the Phillies will beat the Yankees and win the World Series. New York will bring the lumber. Granderson, Cano, and Teixeira will be swinging. The problem lies with Roy Halladay and Cliff Lee. Fans must remember 2010 and the ALCS. Lee had the Yankees number. He was as close to un-hittable as any pitcher can be.

Halladay is phenomenal and will be problematic for Yankee hitters. The flip side, Sabathia will do well. Ivan Nova is proving to be worth more than his $432,000 salary. From my perspective however, that’s about as good as it gets for the Yankees rotation. AJ Burnett‘s inconsistency makes him unreliable. We don’t know which Burnett will show in Game 4 of the ALDS let alone in subsequent series.

The Yankees can’t rely solely on offensive output. Not to mention, I think the Phillies will have an easier run through the NLDS and NLCS than the Yanks’ in the American League. Simply put, the Yankees will be tired. Detroit will play tough. Regardless if the Rangers or Rays make the ALCS, either team is capable of giving the Yankees a rough ride. In the end the Yankees will make it there, but not without a few bumps.

As a Yankee fan it is difficult to make this prediction. As an objective blogger, I have to do what I have to do.

Prediction: Phillies win in 6, (I hope I’m wrong).

 

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