Inching towards mediocrity.


Angels in the outfield. (Now with 84% more runs scored against the Yankees! I hope.)

american league championship series

Well.

Here we are.

Another quick baseball related post, as we reach Game 1 of the American League Championship Series. This is it. This is for all the marbles. (In the American League, anyways.)

Game 1 of the National League Championship Series was last night, and it was a nailbiter. The Phillies edged the Dodgers in the end, but it’s far from over. My dream of an Angels/Dodgers World Series is FAR from over.

But that’s the National League. Big whoop.

The real fun begins when the two leading teams in the American League go head-to-head for the first time, post-season. The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim vs. the much-hated (by me, anyways) New York Yankees.

Here’s the projected lineups for both teams:

LA Angels:

  1. 3B Chone Figgins (.298, 5 HR, 54 RBI, 42 SB, .395 OBP)
  2. RF Bobby Abreu (.293, 16 HR, 103 RBI, 30 SB)
  3. CF Torii Hunter (.299, 22 HR, 90 RBI, 18 SB)
  4. DH Vladimir Guerrero (.295, 15 HR, 50 RBI)
  5. 1B Kendry Morales (.306, 34 HR, 108 RBI)
  6. LF Juan Rivera (.287, 25 HR, 88 RBI)
  7. 2B Howie Kendrick (.291, 10 HR, 61 RBI)
  8. C Mike Napoli (.272, 20 HR, 56 RBI)
  9. SS Erick Aybar (.312, 5 HR, 58 RBI)

RHP John Lackey (11-8, 3.83 ERA)

LHP Joe Saunders (16-7, 4.60 ERA)

RHP Jared Weaver (16-8, 3.75 ERA)

LHP Scott Kazmir (10-9, 4.89 ERA combined Rays and Angels)

New York Yankees

  1. SS Derek Jeter (.334, 18 HR, 66 RBI, 30 SB)
  2. LF Johnny Damon (.282, 24, 82 RBI)
  3. 1B Mark Teixeira (.292, 39 HR, 122 RBI)
  4. 3B Alex Rodriguez (.286, 30 HR, 100 RBI)
  5. DH Hideki Matsui (.274, 28 HR, 90 RBI)
  6. C Jorge Posada (.285, 22 HR, 81 RBI)
  7. 2B Robinson Cano (.320, 25 HR, 85 RBI)
  8. RF Nick Swisher (.249, 29 HR, 82 RBI)
  9. CF Melky Cabrera (.274, 13 HR, 68 RBI)

LHP CC Sabathia (19-8, 3.37 ERA)

RHP A.J. Burnett (13-9, 4.04 ERA)

LHP Andy Pettitte (14-8, 4.16 ERA)

It’s gonna be a helluva barnbuster, as they say. Or would say, 72 years ago. Alex Rodriquez’s usual post season slumping seems to have lifted…and that worries me to no end. The fact that they’re starting the series at Yankee Stadium also worries me. But I have faith in the venerable Angels. The Yankees need to be stopped…FOR GOOD.

Go Angels.

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