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3 to watch: The Rematch (or preview) edition

Posted on: June 13, 2010 7:33 pm
 
Given that most American League teams play only five National League teams in any given year, there should only be about a 31 percent chance of a "World Series rematch" in any given regular season. And yet, this is the fifth time in six seasons that the two World Series teams have played an interleague series the following year.

I'd like to say there's some great meaning in that. The fact is that it means basically nothing.

But with the Phillies due back at Yankee Stadium on Tuesday, for the first time since Game 6 last November, this is one of the few times it has felt like not only are we seeing the two best teams from last year, but we also may be seeing the two best teams the two leagues have to offer this year.

Granted, the Phillies have played so poorly of late that they've managed to fall behind the Braves and the Mets in the NL East. Granted, the Yankees have spent most of the season behind the Rays in the AL East, finally catching them on Sunday.

There's obviously no guarantee that these two teams see each other in October, but it's still easy to think that we could have the first true World Series rematch (in October, that is) since 1977-78.

And if we're not seeing a World Series preview this week in the Bronx, maybe we're seeing one in Atlanta, or in Minnesota.

We'll touch on all three, in this week's 3 to watch:

1. The Yankees (and 12 other teams) were happy to see Roy Halladay depart the American League last December. They won't be nearly as happy if they see him in Game 1 of the World Series this October. There's a long way before then, but a Halladay vs. CC Sabathia matchup will give Phillies at Yankees, Tuesday night (7:05 EDT) at Yankee Stadium even more of an October feel. Halladay is 18-6 with a 2.84 ERA in 37 career games against the Yankees.

2. The Phillies are behind the Braves. The Yankees have spent most of the season behind the Rays. So naturally, while the Phillies play the Yankees this week, the Braves will play the Rays. And if you don't believe Halladay vs. Sabathia is a look-ahead to what we'll see in Game 1 this fall, how about James Shields vs. Tim Hudson, in Rays at Braves, Thursday night (7:10 EDT) at Turner Field ?

3. Don't like Halladay vs. Sabathia or Shields vs. Hudson as a possible Game 1 World Series matchup? OK, then how about Ubaldo Jimenez vs. Francisco Liriano, who will meet up in Rockies at Twins, Thursday afternoon (1:10 EDT) at Target Field . The Rockies are four games out of first place in the NL West, which sounds pretty good when you remember that a year ago at this time, they were 10 1/2 games out.
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Since: Jun 15, 2010
Posted on: June 15, 2010 12:04 pm
 

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I love the Phils and Rollins, but why would you think he is suddely going to become a patient hitter, working counts, etc.  Sounds like the opposite of Jimmy Rollins who plays shortstop for the phillies.  For years he is criticized for his inability to work counts, swinging at the first pitch, not taking walks, etc.  Victorino has been better in the leadoff spot than Rollins has been for a couple years (remember he was batting below .200 before moving to leadoff).  Rollins has never been a high OBP guy or take many walks, or pitches (most likely man to watch a pitcher walk the bases loaded and swing at the first pitch he sees).  I love Rollins, and hope he does provides a spark, but can guarantee it won't be becouse he transformed his game over night like you are suggesting.   And a snow out for tonites game is more likely than Lee coming back to the Phils this year


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