Oct
04

ALDS Playoff Scouting Reports

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For the last several weeks, every team in contention has been scouting potential matchups in advance of the postseason. “If you’re advance scouting us here in September, I think we’re holding back all our big plays,” joked Brian Cashman over the weekend. “We’re saving hopefully our best for October, and we’re playing possum in September.” I’m not sure how much a baseball team can hold back, but given how poorly the Yankees played in September, I sure hope they have some tricks up their sleeve.

Anyway, both Keith Law (Yanks, Twins) (Insider req’d) and Frankie Piliere (Yanks, Twins) posted scouting reports of every club that qualified for the postseason today. They both note the same positives for the Yanks; a powerhouse offense that will work pitchers to the bone and a bullpen that excels at missing bats. Of course the rotation question marks behind CC Sabathia are very real, but it’s comforting to be reminded that on any given day Andy Pettitte, Phil Hughes, and even A.J. Burnett is capable of spinning a gem.

As for the Twins, both KLaw and Piliere consider this year’s team to be stronger than last year’s, but they still have the potential to get burned by a pitching staff that relies on pitching to contact. That approach can work with good glovework, but Minnesota is atrocious defensively in the outfield corners and they’ve been known to shoot themselves in the foot at key times despite being a fundamentally sound club. Make sure you give all the reports a read, they’re great overviews of what we’re in store for later this week.

Categories : Asides, Playoffs

54 Comments»

  1. Yeah, I love Cash, but I don’t buy that quote at all.

  2. kaeron says:

    all other teams can go f themselves. yanks will win it all for sure! other fans are enjoying it so much and prob having an orgy right now lol.so whos nex tto be raped after the twins? come get some.gogo yanks but posada sucks lol whatevs

  3. Richard says:

    I love the people who bash Posada. Cervill is an ok defender at best but I sware me on a couple of jack on the rocks can out hit him. The guy’s bat is terrible. Posada is still a plus bat and when he takes Liranio or Fuentes into the seats to give us a lead on Weds I want all the Posada haters to be quiet for rest of playoffs. The real problem is Cervilli when he plays with Burnett. The guy can’t hit he is terrible. In the end the Yankees come down to the Starting Pitching, not Posada’s glove as much as people like to blaim him.

  4. vin says:

    wOBA’s of the Twins’ and Yankees’ regulars:
    .437 Thome
    .389 Cano
    .377 Swisher
    .373 Mauer
    .367 Teixeira
    .365 Thames
    .363 Alex
    .358 Gardner
    .357 Posada
    .352 Young
    .351 Valencia
    .346 Granderson
    .329 Cuddyer
    .327 Casilla
    .326 Kubel
    .320 Jeter
    .320 Hudson
    .314 Berkman
    .313 Hardy
    .312 Span

    Advantage Yankees.

  5. jsbrendog says:

    morneau out for postseason.

    source: the internet

    (or the espn ticker during sportscenter)

  6. It’s honestly going to take Posada retiring and (Mo forbid) Montero sucking for a year for people to appreciate the man, isn’t it?

    You’d think a THIRTY NINE year old catcher doing what Jorge has done this year would get him a little respect. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, as Yankee fans, every day we get out of bed we should go down on one knee and thank the good Lord for blessing us with Jorge Posada.

    EDIT: (Did we have a Jorge Posada Appreciation Thread already? Fuck it, he deserves two)

  7. Carlosologist says:

    The Twins have Young and Kubel at the corner OF spots. If Gardner sneaks one by third or first, hilarity will ensue.

  8. ZZ says:

    they’ve been known to shoot themselves in the foot at key times despite being a fundamentally sound club.

    Why do you say they are a fundamentally sound club (especially since the sentence before you say they make mistakes at key times)?

  9. Jerome S says:

    Gardner’s the fastest white guy in the AL but he can’t hit a fastball down the middle for his life lol whatevs.

  10. jay destro says:

    EVERYTHING SUX

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