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ALCS Game 1: Not exactly "calm" before the storm...

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I guess this is what it's like in the 36th week of pregnancy.

Irritable, irrational, and impatient. You're constantly governed by an "any minute now" state of mind. And when that moment finally does arrive, it just gets more chaotic...more emotionally and physically intense.

Newborn. Rain. Same difference.

Tonight, we fight. If we beat the age-old battle with nature, then the Yankees take on the Angels in the Bronx with super-ace CC Sabathia (19-8, 3.37) facing basic-ace John Lackey (11-8, 3.83). I may or may not be overreacting a little (which should come as no surprise) when I say that the series is hinging on what happens tonight and tomorrow. As Scioscia noted (ok, joked): "Maybe we're going to face CC seven times this series. It depends on how much rain we get."

He really shouldn't kid around about stuff like this. Tubbo's ERA against the Halos is of equal obesity (0-2, 6.08 with LA batting .321 against him.) In Lackey's 1 start against NY this year (which apparently was enough for him to be regarded as a Yankee killer) he let up 2 runs on 6 hits over 7 IP. He's got a good arsenal, for certain, but I see him hanging just enough breaking balls to get him burned by our lefties.

Some additional points to consider:

  • Happy 6th anniversary of Aaron Boone Day!
  • If the game is postponed, our 3-man rotation takes a hit. Since the scheduling implications have already been discussed exhaustively, I'll just point out 1 other devastating consequence: the re-visiting of the Joba Chamberlain Starter/Bullpen Debate.
  • Out of curiousity, why is Joe Saunders Game 2's starter?
  • Also out of curiousity, 7:57 start time? To be a fly on the wall of the corporate meeting that brainstormed this...

So now we wait. Wait to play, wait to know. Wait to fight. It's like fate is manufacturing drama to compensate for the lack of Red Sox rivalry chatter. I'm not amused, fate.

Give 'em hell tonight, Yanks.


Lineup

Los Angeles Angels @ New York Yankees

10/16/09 7:57 PM EDT

Los Angeles Angels New York Yankees
Chone Figgins - 3B Derek Jeter - SS
Bobby Abreu - RF Johnny Damon - LF
Torii Hunter - CF Mark Teixeira - 1B
Vladimir Guerrero - DH Alex Rodriguez - 3B
Juan Rivera - LF Hideki Matsui - DH
Kendry Morales - 1B Jorge Posada - C
Howie Kendrick - 2B Robinson Cano - 2B
Jeff Mathis - C Nick Swisher - RF
Erick Aybar - SS Melky Cabrera - CF