Why the Angels lost

Before we focus entirely on the World Series, I want to take a quick look back at the ALCS, and why the Yankees were able to defeat their longtime nemesis.

The Yankees' pitching was phenomenal. The Angels, who led baseball in batting average (and were second in runs scored), were held to a .236/.300/.352 batting line. Their series OPS (.651) was almost .150 lower than their season OPS (.792); their .300 OBP largely negated their base-stealing ability. They failed to hit for almost any power, putting only three balls over the wall (the Yankees hit eight). In addition to the Yankees' great pitching, I believe the cold of New York hurt the Angels' hitters: in three games in Anaheim, they scored 13 runs; in three games in New York, they scored six runs. The Yankees, on the other hand, were able to score 13 runs in New York and 20 in Anaheim.

For as bad as the Yankees have looked (at times) laying down bunts this year, they were perfect last night: Melky did it twice, and Swisher once. And they were big, leading to two insurance runs in the top of the ninth.

The Angels were hyped for their excellent fundamentals, yet committed two crucial errors and another baserunning blunder last night. Overall, Anaheim made eight errors in the series compared to just three for the Yanks (all in one game).

But who gets your vote for most responsible for the Yankees' win? The offense, the pitching, or the Angels' poor play? My vote goes to the Yanks pitching.

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