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3 to watch: The Home sweet home edition

Posted on: August 22, 2010 5:47 pm
 
The American League playoff races are in danger of becoming runaways, with the Rangers far ahead in the West, the Twins opening a gap on the White Sox in the Central and the Yankees and Rays holding good leads over the Red Sox for the East and wild-card leads.

What's a lot harder to determine -- and maybe almost as important -- is how those four teams would match up come October.

Will it be Yankees-Twins and Rays-Rangers? Or Yankees-Rangers and Rays-Twins? And who has home-field advantage?

Heading into play Sunday, the Twins were 2 1/2 games better than the Rangers. The team with the better record at the end of the season will open the playoffs at home, against the wild-card winner (as of Sunday morning, the Yankees led the Rays by one game). The team with the worse record likely opens on the road, against the East winner (since both the Yankees and Rays are likely to finish with better record than the Rangers and Twins).

Here's why it may matter: Counting last October, the Twins are 1-11 in New York since the start of 2008. Over the same span, they're 5-6 at Tropicana Field.

The Rangers, meanwhile, are below .500 on the road this year (including three straight losses in New York, and three straight at Tampa Bay). They're 39-23 at home. The Twins have also been much better at home (39-22, vs. 32-30 on the road).

You've got to believe that the Yankees would prefer to play an opening five-game series against the Twins, who don't have a dominating No. 1 starter, than against the Rangers, with Cliff Lee (who won twice for the Phillies in the 2009 World Series).

Keep all that in mind as the Twins play four games this week in Texas.

On to 3 to watch:

1. The Yankees used just three starting pitchers in the postseason last year, and they won in large part because those three (CC Sabathia, A.J. Burnett and Andy Pettitte) were so good. Now two of those three are question marks, with Pettitte still on the disabled list with a groin injury and Burnett going 0-3 with a 6.08 ERA in four starts this month. With Javier Vazquez struggling with a lack of velocity, the Yankee rotation looks a lot less formidable, which is one reason it will be interesting to see how Ivan Nova does, in Yankees at Blue Jays, Monday night (7:07 ET) at the Rogers Centre . Nova, a 23-year-old right-hander who is considered the Yanks' top pitching prospect, was 12-3 with a 2.86 ERA at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. The Jays aren't an easy opening opponent, especially at home, where they've hit a major-league leading 103 home runs in 55 games.

2. When Zack Greinke won the AL Cy Young Award last year, it was supposedly an indication that voters no longer care about how many wins a pitcher has (Greinke had 16; runner-up Felix Hernandez had 19). But what does that mean for Hernandez, who has a 9-10 record this year but otherwise has credentials to be legit Cy candidate (including a 1.54 ERA in his last 14 starts)? Hernandez gets another good chance to make his case, in Mariners at Red Sox, Wednesday afternoon (1:35 ET) at Fenway Park . His opponent is Jon Lester, whose own Cy chances had to take a big hit when he allowed nine runs to the Blue Jays on Friday night.

3. Lee's Cy chances have taken a hit recently, too, as he's 0-2 with an 8.24 ERA in his last three starts. His next start comes in Twins at Rangers, Thursday night (8:05 ET) at Rangers Ballpark , and you can bet someone will mention that the Twins also tried to trade for Lee this year. Francisco Liriano starts Thursday for the Twins, which is appropriate, since if there's a Twins pitcher who has a chance to be a true No. 1, he's it.

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Since: May 2, 2010
Posted on: August 24, 2010 2:58 am
 

3 to watch: The Home sweet home edition

Tell you why Bucholz gets no mention,is because ofhis timeon DL.. Price has same type numbers w more starts,Bucholzalsowasgoing upagainst other Teams 3'sand4's early on ( first 4 starts ).That said,he has been solid,been great and will geet better. Bucholz also barely has any PUNCH OUTS...

CC will always be in the CY Race,the NYY Lineup makes sure of that, but he is NOT the best PITCHER in the AL this year, top 4 yes, CY No,but he may win 23-25 Games too so he cld win,approx 10 starts left for the # 1's...

To the guy that Stated LEE has been horrible,you just lookat his box score and say that,you must have not seen him in TX...1st start shlda been postponed instead,he flies in toTX in Morning from Seattle,starts in afternoon( prolly didn t get much sleep thinkn of his new team).. Anyway, he had a CG 1-0 Loss w Rangers,and the RANGERS due to paying a HIGH PRICE for a RENTAL announced LEE would be starting on a EXCELLARATED ROTATION of 5 DAYS till the post season started..Meaning if he was due an xtra off day,he wldPiytch no matter who was originally slotted for that day, they announced thisto "MAXIMIZE their Investment"....LOL,can tell this is a team that hasnt hadtoo many POST SEASON Oppurtunities, being up7 games in their Division, to Maximize the "Investment"LEE should be rotated back on a normal rest schedule,even skipping his nxt start of giving him a couple more days rest..... Its hardly like LEE has givin upruns every inning,he was cruising vs the NYY and in the 7th had a 6-0 lead and BAM hit a wall,allowed 4 earned and cldnt get self outta the innning..5 Dyas later Lee faces the Oriolesis CRUISING and BAMin the 6th allows 7 EARNED and had to be taken out yet again..... LEE will never ask to comeoutta games,he is SOFT,he is a great PITCHER, but he isnt SUPERMAN, and he isnt that big of a GUY ( Like Halladay or a huge guy like CC ) his starts are screaming R E S T... A S A P !!!

To maximize GENERAL LEE allow him to go into the Post Season RESTED, thats where you will MAXIMIZE your return from trading for this guy.. You dont want his arm falling off in the ALDS, without LEE rested the Rangers are domnee in ALDS,wa rested ( FA in a month come post season time,LEE will be rested and FOCUSED, he alone gets you 2 wins per round,1st round u just gtta win 1 more w 3 other Pitchers, LEE vs PRICE,LEE Outpitched PRICEuntil the 7th inning,had more K's,no walks and less pitches,Price was in DUGOUT w 5 walks and Rangers never made him pay for those walks,WALKS will KILL UR Post Season fast...

LEE has 11 walks and 175Punch outs, now thats a K/BBL Ratio....


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