Record Last Week: 3-0 (15 RS, 6 RA) swept the Twins in the ALDS
Season Record: 103-59 (915 RS, 753 RA), won AL East by 8 games, finished with the best record in MLB by 6 games
Opponents This Week: The Yanks will face the Angels in the best-of-seven ALCS starting Friday.
Top stories from last week:
- The Yankees weren’t sure who they were going to face in the ALDS coming into the week, but they went ahead and chose the longer series anyway. Once the Twins beat the Tigers in Game 163 Tuesday night, the Yanks finally knew who’d be coming into town Wednesday evening. It was a favorable matchup for the Yankees both in terms of how each team’s roster stacked up, as well as in previous meetings this year.
- Joe Girardi and the Yankees finalized their Division Series roster, making two major personal decisions in the process. First, they decided to let Jose Molina catch AJ Burnett in Game Two, which caused plenty of animosity among the masses even though Burnett defended the move (somewhat). Secondly, they decided that Joba Chamberlain would work out of the bullpen, which wasn’t necessarily a bad thing.
- Game One of the Division Series featured a sterling pitching effort by CC Sabathia, as well as several clutch hits by Alex Rodriguez. Both players exorcised their October demons and the Yanks won in relatively easy fashion.
- AJ Burnett was shaky in game two, but A-Rod hit a megaclutch two-run homer off Joe Nathan to tie the game in the bottom of the ninth, setting up Mark Teixeira for the walk-off win in the 11th.
- Andy Pettitte locked up with ex-Yank Carl Pavano in a fierce pitcher’s duel in Game Three, but A-Rod and Posada went deep before the bullpen handled the rest. The Yanks won the game and the series, their first postseason series win since 2004.
- Jesus Montero and Austin Romine were ranked as the two best catcher prospects in the High-A Florida State League, then Montero made an encore appearance in the Double-A Eastern League list along with Zach McAllister.
- Based on a clinical exam, Dr. Marc Philippon thinks that A-Rod might be able to avoid the second, more serious hip surgery. If that’s not good news, I don’t know what is.
- The Padres are rumored to have interest in Yankees executive Billy Eppler for their vacant general manager gig.
- Attendance was down this year, but at least the YES Network is really popular in NYC, even more than ESPN.
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