Phillies-Yankees: Thoughts After Game One
So Game 1 of the 2009 World Series is in the books, and to be honest, I'm not surprised by the outcome. Coming into the game, the Yankees had the hottest lineup in all of baseball, followed by the Phillies. This is the big reason why most of the media and general public were picking the Yankees to win this series, usually in 6 games. I thought it was funny though cause I'm surprised that the people still haven't learned their lesson after all these years.
Why do you think the Phillies are the reigning World Series Champions and have returned to the best 4-7 games in baseball? It's not because of their hitting, I'll tell you that for sure. The Yankees have proven for years that you can't make it to a World Series on bats alone. This is their first trip since their loss to the Florida Marlins in the Series in 2003. So it can't be hitting, cause there are going to be times that your lineup gets cold, and if all you can do is get a bunch hit and average 5-6 runs a game you'll be a good team, but not a true contender.
So with that possibility out that leads to the real reason why, their pitching. Cliff Lee schooled the Yankees at the mound. They were thoroughly dominated by a seasoned veteran who has played in big games plenty of times in his career. No one in that lineup could figure out a way to string some hits together. They knocked in a garbage run in the bottom of the ninth to save themselves from getting shut out.
This leads to my explanation for the reason why the Yanks will not win this series, they can't match-up with Phillidelphia's pitching rotation. Philly won the series last year because they had better hurlers than Tampa Bay, and that will be the reason why they win again. You can have all the hitting you want, but what happens when the lineup gets cold and you don't have very many good pitchers, you lose games. The Yankees do have a talented rotation, the best money can buy, but they're also inexperienced when it comes to postseason play minus one Andy Pettitte.
Pitching will make the difference in this series, and right now Philly's pitching is far more superior than New York's. It's nice to see A-Fraud come out of his postseason slump, but he's going to ahve to wait at least one more year in order to get that most-coveted championship ring. Maybe longer if the Phils continue to dominate the way they have the last two years. I hope no one bet big bucks on the Yanks, cause their about to go down faster than the economy after the Iraqi War.
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