Record Last Week: 3-1 (19 RS, 16 RA)
Season Record: 103-59 (915 RS, 753 RA), won AL East by 8 games, finished with the best record in MLB by 6 games
Schedule This Week: World Series Game Five @ Philadelphia (Monday), Game Six at home (Wednesday, if necessary), Game Seven at home (Thursday, if necessary)
Top stories from last week:
- The Yankees made a pair of roster moves before a World Series that featured the best of both leagues started, dropping Freddy Guzman and Frankie Cervelli in favor of Brian Bruney and Eric Hinske. Philadelphia, on the other hand, announced that Pedro Martinez would get the ball in Game Two.
- Game One featured a fantastic pitching matchup of former Indians and former Cy Young Award winners, but Cliff Lee outpitched CC Sabathia to give the Phillies a 1-0 series edge. We wondered if Joe Girardi would use David Robertson in a key spot, and sure enough he was on the mound when Raul Ibanez put the game out of reach by bouncing a single through the hole.
- Already down in the series, the Yankees turned to the enigmatic AJ Burnett in Game Two, and the righty didn’t disappoint. He threw his best game as a Yankee in the most important start of his career, helping the Bombers tie the series at one. Three runs was enough, but the Yanks could have built up a bit more of a lead had it not been for an ill-advised Derek Jeter bunt attempt. Mired in a deep slump, Nick Swisher was benched in favor of Jerry Hairston Jr.
- During the off-day between Games Two and Three, the Phillies announced that they would turn to Joe Blanton in Game Four, while manager Charlie Manuel took after his shortstop and ran his mouth. Prior to Game Three, the Yankees announced that Sabathia would get the ball in Game Four on three day’s rest.
- Game Three featured a pair of lefty starters, but in the end Andy Pettitte outdueled Cole Hamels for a 2-1 series lead. The offense came alive as Alex Rodriguez and Nick Swisher (thanks to a new stance) found their stroke, and the bullpen held down the fort late.
- Before Game Four, the Yanks announced that they would be turning to Burnett on short rest in Game Five. Joba Chamberlain blew the Yankees lead late, but the offense picked him up in the ninth thanks a megaclutch at-bat by Johnny Damon. The win put the Yanks just one game away from their 27th World Title.
- As has been the case throughout the postseason, the World Series television ratings have been strong. And I thought the Yankees were bad for baseball?
- Andy Pettitte said he wasn’t very happy with the contract he received for 2009, but something tells me he’ll get taken care of should he decide to come back. The Yanks met with Cuban lefty Aroldis Chapman during Game Six of the ALCS.
- Derek Jeter took home the Roberto Clemente Award for his work with his Turn 2 Foundation, so congrats to the Cap’n.
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