2011 ALDS Preview, Part 2 | Yankees vs. Tigers | Overall Team Numbers

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Please see Part 1 of our ALDS preview here.

Starting Friday night at 8:37pm at Yankee Stadium, the Yankees and Tigers square off in the American League Division Series for the...

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Why the Yankees can win it all

2. CC Sabathia gives them a chance to win every game he pitches, and Joe Girardi will have no problem using the big horse on short rest whenever he feels the need to.

3. The back end of the bullpen is very deep. Mariano Rivera and David Robertson were two of the best relievers in baseball, and Rafael Soriano has been pretty good since returning from the DL in July. If these three can dominate at the back end of the game, it could do a lot to bolster a shaky corps of starters.

4. This is a group that’s been here before. Not to rely too much on cliché, but the Yankees’ roster is loaded with postseason experience, so there shouldn’t be any concern about stage fright, or any reason to worry about players being overwhelmed by the moment.

5. You know what? Maybe it’s just their year. This was a team that was supposed to have critical starting pitching problems, that was supposed to have no chance of beating the Red Sox, and yet Bartolo Colon and Freddy Garcia held up all season, Ivan Nova surprised everyone and they finished with the best record in the American League.…

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The Yankee Analysts' September 2011 Monthly Wrap-Up

At least someone came to play on offense in September. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)

Please click on the following links for TYA’s previous monthly wrap-ups for the 2011 season:

August 2011
July 2011

June 2011

May 2011
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Chaos

It seems almost beneath mention that the Orioles had a comparatively large 4.7% chance of beating the BoSox when Chris Davis came to the plate last night in the ninth with two out and no one on. It would take a statistician of the quality of a Nate Silver to calculate the odds-defying chance that the Red Sox would miss the playoffs and that the Sox and Yanks would both lose last night’s game. If all three of these events were independent of each other (and I don’t think that they are), the odds against what we witnessed last night would be something like 1,750,000-1 – and I haven’t even tried to factor in the odds against what happened this month and last night to the Atlanta Braves.

(YIKES! While I wrote this, Nate Silver did calculate the odds. As I predicted, I got the odds wrong. According to Silver, the odds of what we witnessed last night were actually 278,000,000 to one.…

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2011 Playoff Predictions

ALDS: Rangers vs. Rays

The hot new thing is to talk about how dangerous the Rays are in the playoffs, and it is true that they have an attractive starting rotation on paper. But the Rangers have a fantastic offense opposing them, and I think people are overrating the Rays just a little. David Price sure didn’t look very scary Wednesday night. The Rays had a nice run in September, but that was largely aided by the Red Sox just completely falling apart. Factor in a mediocre at best offense, and they look like the weakest team in the playoffs to me, which I guess means they’ll probably win the whole thing. I’ll believe it when I see it though. (Rangers in 4)

NLDS: Phillies vs. Cardinals

What is there to say about this series, really? The Phillies are going to have Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee, and Cole Hamels pitching, and though the Cardinals probably shouldn’t be a pushover, I just don’t see them overcoming that sort of firepower, especially with Matt Holliday injured.…

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Preparing Myself For The Playoffs

After a crazy final week, the baseball rests for a day before beginning the playoff season. October is an amazing time  the majors, when we shift from a conditioned, relaxed, marathon pace to a true sprint where every pitch matters. As the Yankees get ready to begin the sprint, I think some reflection is appropriate...

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The 2011 IIATMS MLB Awards

The Babe Ruth Award: For the best offensive player in each league.

N.L. Matt Kemp
A.L. Jose Bautista

The Mariano Rivera Award: For the best relief pitcher in each league.
N.L.: Craig Kimbrel-This one was really amusing. Kimbrel got all but one vote, and it just so happened to be the very last vote I counted.
A.L.: Mariano Rivera-Who but? David Robertson gave him a good run for his money though, coming in second in a very close count.

The Angel Berroa Award: For the most outstanding rookie in each league.

N.L.: Craig Kimbrel-Another award Kimbrel comes within one vote of winning unanimously.
A.L.: Michael Pineda-The most diverse of all of the awards, with seven different rookies getting votes. Pineda edges out Ivan Nova and Jeremy Hellickson.

The Branch Rickey Award: For the best general manager of 2011 in each league.

N.L. Doug Melvin-Melvin was very aggressive in cashing in his prospect chips this year, but it worked, as the Brewers captured their first ever N.L.…

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