September 21, 2009

Yankees-Angels series preview

The Yankees (95-55) begin a three-game set with the playoff-contending Angels (89-60) tonight.

The Yanks have already won four out of six against the Halos this season, and have won all three in Los Angeles. This is a pivotal series because of the potential rematch in the ALCS this postseason.

Series Preview:

Date: Yankees starters Angels starters
Mon., 10:05 p.m. Andy Pettitte (13-6, 4.14) J. Saunders (13-7, 4.75)
Tues., 10:05 p.m. Chad Gaudin (5-10, 4.81) Ervin Santana (7-8, 5.43)
Wed., 3:35 p.m. A.J. Burnett (11-9, 4.22) Scott Kazmir (9-8, 5.08)

My Outlook:
A single win this series ensures a season series victory with the Angels, which is pretty uncommon for the Yankees. By no means have the Yanks separated themselves from the pack, as they are still monitoring each of the starting pitchers very closely, except CC Sabathia. Pettitte, Gaudin and Burnett all have something to prove this series, and any quality performances are weighted highly because of the opponent.

Another note: One win this series means a clinched playoff berth for the Yanks. This is a moment I am sure manager Joe Girardi is highly anticipating.

Remaining opponents weighted winning percentage: 53.0 percent
Magic Number: 9

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