If there's anybody on the Yankees who is (as Teddy Roosevelt called himself) "strong as a bull moose," it's CC Sabathia.
He pitched brilliantly against the Angels on 3 days rest, and the Yankees turn to him again. He has a chance to put the Yankees firmly in the driver's seat for the Series.
His opponent is former Oakland A Joe Blanton, who was sent to the Phils last season midseason in a classic salary dump to a big market team.
Jeter has hit him (.333/.385/.583- fearful symmetry), Tex has pounded him (.333/.357/.704), Jorge has crushed him (.400/.500/.600) and Arod has destroyed him (.571/.727/1.571).
With last night's offensive outburst, the Yankees finally started to look like the Yankees. Here's to staying hot.
I feel like this is the most 'must win' game for the Yanks so far. They're bringing back their ace against a guy no one is giving a chance. But Joe Blanton is not a bad pitcher, and with a sure fight coming between Burnett and Lee, I don't want to let Philly back into the Series. Step on their neck.
Let's go Yankees!
11/01/09 8:20 PM EST
|New York Yankees||Philadelphia Phillies|
|Derek Jeter - SS||Jimmy Rollins - SS|
|Johnny Damon - LF||Shane Victorino - CF|
|Mark Teixeira - 1B||Chase Utley - 2B|
|Alex Rodriguez - 3B||Ryan Howard - 1B|
|Jorge Posada - C||Jayson Werth - RF|
|Robinson Cano - 2B||Raul Ibanez - LF|
|Nick Swisher - RF||Pedro Feliz - 3B|
|Melky Cabrera - CF||Carlos Ruiz - C|
|CC Sabathia - P||Joe Blanton - P|