October 15, 2009

ALCS Preview: Part I

So far, we know the times of all seven games, and now we know the starting pitchers for the first three and most likely the fourth.

Here they are (via Sam Borden):

Game Angels starters Yankees starters
Game 1 (@NY) John Lackey (11-8, 3.83) CC Sabathia (19-8, 3.37)
Game 2 (@NY) Joe Saunders (16-7, 4.60) A.J. Burnett (13-9, 4.04)
Game 3 (@LA) Jered Weaver (16-8, 3.75) Andy Pettitte (14-8, 4.16)
Game 4 (@LA) Scott Kazmir (10-9, 4.89) Sabathia (probable)

It came as a surprise to most people that Joe Saunders would start game 2, as well as the fact that the Angels would announce their plans of a four-man rotation so early. Joe Girardi has said he is “definitely considering” using a three-man rotation, but nothing is set in stone.

Something to be aware of: The weather. It’s going to be awful for the series opener, and it may not even happen tomorrow night. I’ll have a breakdown of the pitchers and lineups posted tomorrow.

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