World Series Preview: Infield Comparison

Collectively, in 2009, the Phillies hit .258/.334/.447.

Conversely, in 2009, the Yankees hit .283/.362/.478.

The Phillies’ statistics are influenced by their pitchers’ at-bats, making these macro numbers relatively useless. Therefore, it seems as though a more detailed and comprehensive comparative analysis of the two teams is needed in order to better understand why and...

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Game 1 Preview | World Series 2009 | Phillies at Yankees, Wednesday, October 28, 2009

It’s been raining all day, although I keep hearing reports that the rain is supposed to stop a little before gametime, so it sounds like we’ll probably have baseball tonight.

Tonight (assuming they...

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Note: Check Out Crashburn Alley

During the ALCS, it seemed that the only place for Yankees fans to view how the other side’s fans were approaching the series was to visit the horrid place known as Halos Heaven. Thankfully, there are a number of excellent Phillies blogs, with Crashburn Alley being the best of the group. If you want...

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Yanks roster updates

The Yankees decided to include Bruney, which means they will have 12 pitchers to face the Phillies. The Yankees already know that they plan to use CC Sabathia on short rest twice if the Series were to go seven games. But they also either have to use Chad Gaudin as a fourth starter or both A.J. Burnett and Andy Pettitte on short rest if the Series goes at least six games. Because of that, the Yankees figured it would be wise to carry an extra pitcher this round rather than a third catcher, so that eliminates Cervelli.

As for Hinske, the Yankees envision needing a pinch-hitter, especially in the three DH-less games in Philadelphia more than they imagine needing Guzman’s speed. So Hinske, who also was not on the roster for the first two rounds, will be added.

The Yankees still can rely on Brett Gardner as their primary late-inning speed guy, and Jerry Hairston a second pinch-runner.

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Law's "5 things"

5. Make better relief choices

David Robertson should be the first righty out of the pen over Joba Chamberlain, Chad Gaudin and Alfredo Aceves; if Phil Hughes‘ struggles are more than just a fluke, I’d give Robertson important outs in the eighth. In fact, I’m not sure where I’d deploy Joba at this point; his command is poor, and his stuff isn’t blowing guys away. And, of course, using Mariano Rivera for more than three outs — something Girardi, to his credit, has done this month — is always a good idea.

Get the impression Law isn’t too fond of Girardi’s decision-making skills, excluding his use of Mo?

* Note: I did a Google Images search (with ‘moderate’ security settings) for “hog-tie” and let’s just say that none were “moderate” or usable in a family friendly environment. Hench the chimp. That was a result of a search for “Joe Girardi confused“.

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