On The Cusp Of 40th AL Championship

Micheal RobinsonSenior Analyst IIOctober 21, 2009

While Skip Balas of ESPN's First Take doesn't think the Yankees have accomplished anything, I think they have. 

The New York Yankees still have one more game to win to become American League Champions in 2009, and then they much achieve their ultimate goal of winning the World Series.

With all of that said, Yankee fans shouldn't be celebrating yet, but they should be in good spirits after the 10-1 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on the road in Game Four of the ALCS.

The Yankees are now up three games to one on the Angels in a best of seven series.  Behind CC Sabathia, who is already 2-0 in the ALCS, and 3-0 on the post season.  Also behind an Alex Rodriguez bat, who is just turned the tables on everything that was believed about him in the postseason.

A-Rod is hitting .407 with five home runs and 11 rbi in the 2009 postseason.  Three of those five home runs have tied or given the Yankees the lead.  Unbelievable.

Meanwhile, workhorse CC Sabathia is 3-0 this postseason with a 1.19 ERA.  He is holding hitters to a .205 batting average with 20 strikeouts and only three walks.  If you are one of the people like Skip Balas, who doesn't think he has faced anybody and aren't giving him credit.  I think Joe Mauer, Jason Kubel, Vladamir Guerrero, Torri Hunter and Bobby Abreu are all decent hitters. 

One interesting point that Skip Balas made, I have to talk about, and I hate that I am actually giving this guy the time of day.  While other members of ESPN's first take was talking about CC Sabathia shutting down the Angels lineup, Balas said, "what lineup?  I haven't seen a lineup"  Well... there is a reason you haven't seen a lineup Skip, it has been shut down!