Tag:2010 ALCS
Posted on: October 24, 2010 6:19 pm
Edited on: October 25, 2010 9:27 am
 

Caught looking at end of season

Ryan Howard The great Baseball Reference blog strikes again. This time, looking at something both Ryan Howard and Alex Rodriguez did this postseason -- ending their team's postseason by looking at a called third strike . On Friday Rodriguez became the ninth player in history to do so, and the next night Howard became the 10th.

Here's a look at the rest, which has seen nine of its 10 members join the club in the last 31 years.

Ryan Howard, 2010 NLCS vs. Brian Wilson
Alex Rodriguez, 2010 ALCS vs. Neftali Feliz
Carlos Beltran, 2006 NLCS vs. Adam Wainwright
Terrence Long, 2003 ALDS vs. Derek Lowe
Roberto Alomar, 1997 ALCS vs. Jose Mesa
Omar Vizquel, 1996 ALDS vs. Randy Myers
Howard Johnson, 1988 NLCS vs. Orel Hershiser
Willie Randolph, 1980 ALCS vs. Dan Quisenberry
Cesar Geronimo, 1979 NLCS vs. Bert Blyleven
Goose Goslin, 1925 World Series vs. Red Oldham

It's no surprise with more playoff series, it's become more uncommon. What's interesting, to me at least, is that only one World Series has ended on a called third strike -- 1925, when Washington's Goslin looked at third strike to give Pittsburgh the title. A total of 16 World Series have ended on strikeouts, but with two strikes and the season coming down to one pitch, most will get the bat off their shoulder and at least try to put the ball in play.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: October 22, 2010 4:07 pm
Edited on: October 22, 2010 4:40 pm
 

Yankees-Rangers ALCS Game 6 lineups

As the Rangers attempt to avoid losing Cliff Lee and dodge the raindrops, here's the lineup they're trotting out against the Yankees -- and vice versa.

Yankees
Derek Jeter, SS
Curtis Granderson, CF
Robinson Cano, 2B
Alex Rodriguez, 3B
Lance Berkman, 1B
Nick Swisher, RF
Jorge Posada, C
Marcus Thames, DH
Brett Gardner, LF

Phil Hughes RHP

Rangers
Elvis Andrus, SS
Michael Young, 3B
Josh Hamilton, CF
Vladimir Guerrero, DH
Nelson Cruz, RF
Ian Kinsler, 2B
David Murphy, LF
Bengie Molina, C
Mitch Moreland, 1B

Colby Lewis, RHP

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: October 22, 2010 3:29 pm
 

Weather forecast for ALCS Game 6

The weather forecast for Game 6 of the ALCS has rain headed to Rangers Ballpark, as the latest report from Weather.com indicates.

The rain is expected to start around 7 p.m. and could be a thunderstorm. There is only a 50 percent chance of precipitation, however, and it decreases hourly. It looks as if rain may appear at the beginning, with the possibility of delaying the 8:07 p.m. start. However, the worst that is expected to happen is to have a delay.

If the game is actually rained out, the Yankees could pitch Andy Pettitte on regular rest, leaving CC Sabathia on three days' rest for Game 7. Phil Hughes would be moved to the bullpen, where he had fantastic success last season.

The Rangers could also move up Cliff Lee in an attempt to go for the jugular and avoid pushing him back any further in the World Series should Texas get the job done in Game 6. That would push Colby Lewis, Friday's projected starter, back to a possible Game 7 as it is doubtful the Rangers would pitch Tommy Hunter in Game 7.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: October 19, 2010 5:27 pm
Edited on: April 18, 2011 12:34 pm
 

Rangers-Yankees ALCS Game 4 breakdown

The Rangers hold a 2-1 lead in the ALCS against the Yankees and are facing the struggling A.J. Burnett. All stats are from the regular season.

Texas Rangers

Postseason stats: Hitting /Pitching

1. Elvis Andrus , SS
overall: .265/.342/.301 in 588 AB, 32 SB
vs. NYY: .233/.324/.333 in 30 AB

on road: .268/.354/.292 in 284 AB
against RHP: .264/.343/.301

2. Michael Young , 3B
overall: .284/.330/.444 in 656 AB, 21 HR
vs. NYY: .306/.306/.389 in 36 AB
on road: .260/.299/.380 in 334 AB
against RHP: .270/.314/.425

3. Josh Hamilton , CF

overall: .359/.411/.633 in 518 AB, 32 HR
vs. NYY: .250/.386/.400 in 20 AB

on road: .327/.382/.512 in 254 AB, 10 HR
against RHP: .401/.447/.716, 1.163 OPS

Tommy Hunter 4. Vladimir Guerrero , DH

overall: .300/.345/.496 in 593 AB, 29 HR
vs. NYY: .250/.286/.313 in 32 AB

on road: .284/.336/.461 in 282 AB, 13 HR

against RHP: .287/.328/.482

5. Nelson Cruz , LF

overall: .318/.374/.576 in 399 AB, 22 HR
vs. NYY: .250/.294/.563 in 32 AB, 3 HR
on road: .267/.324/.480 in 202 AB, 9 HR

against RHP: .314/.368/.572

6. Ian Kinsler , 2B
overall: .286/.382/.412 in 391 AB

vs. NYY: .400/.571/.500 in 10 AB
on road: .257/.322/.388 in 206 AB

against RHP: .258/.353/.389

7. David Murphy, LF

overall: .291/.358/.449 in 419 AB, 12 HR
vs. NYY: .250/.357/.375 in 24 AB
on road: .294/.367/413 in 218 AB, 5 HR
against RHP: .298/.368/.479 in 305 AB, 11 HR

8. Bengie Molina, C

overall: .240/.279/.320 in 175 AB
vs. NYY: .143/.208/.190 in 21 AB
on road: .241/.292/.316 in 176 AB
against RHP: .213/.253/.292 in 277 AB

9. Mitch Moreland, 1B 

overall: .255/.364/.469, 9 HR in 145 AB
vs. NYY: .250/.471/.250 in 12 AB, 5 BB

on road: .244/.330/.500, 6 HR in 86 AB
against RHP: .264/.373/.496

RHP Tommy Hunter
overall: 13-4, 3.73 ERA in 128 IP, 68 Ks, 33 BB
vs. NYY: 0-0, 3.60 ERA in 1 GS, 5 IP, 8 Ks, 3 BB
on road: 6-4, 4.48 ERA in 60 1/3 IP, 27 Ks, 19 BB

X-factor to win: A.J. Burnett has been awful of late, and if the Rangers can get to him early, Joe Girardi will have no choice but to go to his bullpen early. That could help  Texas not only Tuesday, but also in Game 5 on Wednesday.

Keep an eye on: In his only start against the Yankees, right-hander Tommy Hunter struck out eight Yankees in five innings. He didn't factor in the decision, but the Rangers won that game on Sept. 11 at Rangers Ballpark.

New York Yankees

Postseason stats: Hitting /Pitching

1. Derek Jeter, SS
overall: .270/.340/.370 in 663 AB
vs. TEX: .385/.448/.615 in 26 AB, HR
at home: .295/.365/.425, 7 HR
against RHP: .246/.316/.317 in 451 AB

2. Curtis Granderson, CF
overall: .247/.324/.468 in 466 AB
vs. TEX: .200/.360/.250 in 20 AB
at home: .262/.336/.511
against RHP: .243/.340/.526 in 308 AB, 20 HR

3. Mark Teixeira, 1B
overall: .256/.365/.481 in 601 AB
vs. TEX: .167/.286/.292 in 24 AB, HR
at home: .288/.410/.558, 15 HR
against RHP: .247/.344/.461 in 421 AB


A.J. Burentt 4. Alex Rodriguez, 3B
overall: .270/.341/.506, 125 RBI in 522 AB
vs. TEX: .360/.515/.720 in 25 AB, 2 HR, 8 RBI
at home: .294/.368/.553, 62 RBI in 228 AB
against RHP: .290/.352/.530 in 379 AB


5. Robinson Cano, 2B
overall: .319/.381/.534, 41 2B in 626 AB
vs. TEX: .233/.272/.300 in 30 AB
at home: .298/.360/.521, 16 HR
against RHP: .337/.400/.544 in 379 AB

6. Nick Swisher, RF
overall: .288/.359/.511, 29 HR in 566 AB
vs. TEX: .103/.188/.138 in 29 AB
at home: .287/.356/.498 in 279 AB
against RHP: .285/.330/.547 in 386 AB, 25 HR

7. Lance Berkman, DH
with Yankees: .255/.358/.349 in 106 AB
vs. TEX: .226/.400/.387 in 31 AB
at Yankee Stadium: .250/.314/.375 in 64 AB, 1 HR
against RHP: .267/..393/.453 in 322 AB

8. Brett Gardner, LF
overall: .277/.383/.379, 47 SB in 477 AB
vs. TEX: .333/.440/.333 in 21 AB
at home: .274/.384/.401
against RHP: .287/.387/.453 in 322 AB

9. Francisco Cervelli, C
overall: .271/.359/.335 in 266 AB, 0 HR
vs. TEX: .556/.733/.556 in 9 AB, 6 BB
at home: .262/.336/.361 in 122 AB
against RHP: .246/.315/.302 in 179 AB


A.J. Burnett, RHP
overall: 10-15, 5.26 ERA in 186 2/3 IP, 145 Ks, 78 BB
at home: 5-7, 4.59 ERA in 80 1/3 IP, 67 Ks, 33 BB
vs. TEX: 1-0, 2.50 ERA in 3 GS, 19 2/3 IP, 17 Ks, 7 BB

X-factor to win: Surviving the first inning. The Yankees have given up runs in each of the opening frames of the first three games of the series, a total of six runs.

Keep an eye on: Burnett hasn't pitched well against too many teams, but the Rangers are one of them. He's gone seven innings twice in three starts against Texas, striking out 17. Nelson Cruz has struck out five times in eight at-bats against Burnett and Josh Hamilton is hitless in five at-bats.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: October 19, 2010 12:31 am
Edited on: October 19, 2010 11:21 am
 

Another postseason pitching gem

Cliff Lee The year of the pitcher has naturally turned into the postseason of the pitcher -- and now you can add Cliff Lee's ALCS Game 3 gem to this year's postseason pitching performances to remember.

As a whole, Lee's outperformed Roy Halladay and Tim Lincecum to this point, and his outing at Yankee Stadium may have been as good as their Game 1 NLDS performances.

There were plenty of words written about Bill James' game score stat after Lincecum's two-hit performance against the Braves outscored Halladay's no-hitter against the Reds. Lee didn't match either in game score, but he could have had the Rangers' offense not exploded for six runs in the ninth.

Lee finished the game with a game score of 90 -- assuming he finished the ninth unscathed, he would have surpassed Halladay's game score of 94 (one point for every out, two more for an inning after the fourth). With one strikeout, he would have tied Lincecum's 96. The way he was pitching and the way the Yankees looked at the plate, that doesn't seem like much of a stretch.

What may have set Lee's outing apart was the team he did it against -- the Yankees. New York's 859 runs were the most in the majors, its .786 OPS was the second-best in the majors and wOBA (weighted on-base average) of .347 was the best in the majors.

The Reds were fourth in runs (790), third in OPS (.774),  wOBA (.339), so they were too far off the Yankees, except that they played in the weaker National League.

I'm not sure I buy Linecum's outing or Lee's outing being superior to Halladay's no-hitter, all three were amazing to watch and starts that should be celebrated and will certainly be remembered. It's like judging a piece of art -- does it matter which painting is better? Just appreciate them all on their own merits and be glad you got to see them.

Here's a look at the three phenomenal starts and three phenomenal starters:

Halladay vs. Reds: 9 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 8 Ks, 1 BB, 28 BF. 104 pitches, 79 strikes. Game score: 94
Halladay's 2010 postseason: 1-1, 2.25 ERA, 16 IP, 15 Ks, 1 BB, 8 H, 4 ER

Lincecum vs. Braves: 9 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 14 Ks, 1 BB, 30 BF. 119 pitches, 75 strikes. Game score: 96
Lincecum's 2010 postseason: 2-0, 1.69 ERA, 16 IP, 22 Ks, 4 BB, 8 H, 3 ER

Lee vs. Yankees: 8 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 13 Ks, 1 BB, 27 BF. 122 pitches, 82 strikes. Game score: 90
Lee's 2010 postseason: 3-0, 0.75 ERA, 24 IP, 34 Ks, 1 BB, 13 H, 2 ER

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: October 19, 2010 12:24 am
Edited on: October 19, 2010 11:29 am
 

Yankees sticking with Burnett

A.J. Burnett Joe Girardi is sticking with A.J. Burnett to start Game 4 of the American League Championship Series on Tuesday.

When he was asked in the postage press conference if he was still going to pitch Burnett, Girardi didn't hesitate.

"Yes. Yes," Girardi said.

He answered the follow-up -- if he'd had to think about it -- just as quickly.

"No," Girardi said.

Burnett was 10-15 with a  5.26 ERA in the regular season and wasn't used in the ALDS. He went 1-7 with a 6.61 ERA in the last two months of the season. However, he did make three starts against the Rangers this year and went 1-0 with a 2.50 ERA and a 1.28 WHIP.

Last season, Burenett was 1-1 with a 5.27 ERA in five postseason starts.

The Yankees could have used CC Sabathia on short rest, but then would have had to find a Game 5 starter on short rest, too.

Burnett will face Tommy Hunter, who was 13-4 with a 3.73 ERA. He went five innings in a no-decision against the Yankees on Sept. 11, allowing two runs on six hits, while striking out eight and walking three in a Rangers victory.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: October 18, 2010 6:56 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 11:29 am
 

Rangers-Yankees ALCS Game 3 breakdown

The American League Championship Series moves to Yankee Stadium for the matchup we've all been waiting for -- Cliff Lee vs. Andy Pettitte, the future Yankee vs. the consumate Yankee. (All stats from the regular season.)

Texas Rangers

Postseason stats: Hitting /Pitching

1. Elvis Andrus, SS
overall: .265/.342/.301 in 588 AB, 32 SB
vs. NYY: .233/.324/.333 in 30 AB
on road: .268/.354/.292 in 284 AB,
against LHP: .268/.341/.301 in 153 AB

2. Michael Young, 3B
overall: .284/.330/.444 in 656 AB, 21 HR
vs. NYY: .306/.306/.389 in 36 AB
on road: .260/.299/.380 in 334 AB
against LHP: .322/.374/.497 in 171 AB, 6 HR

3. Josh Hamilton, CF
overall: .359/.411/.633 in 518 AB, 32 HR
vs. NYY: .250/.286/.400 in 20 AB
on road: .327/.382/.512 in 254 AB, 10 HR
against LHP: .271/.331/.458 in 166 AB

Cliff Lee 4. Vladimir Guerrero, DH
overall: .300/.345/.496 in 593 AB, 29 HR
vs. NYY: .250/.286/.313 in 32 AB
on road: .284/.336/.461 in 282 AB, 13 HR
against LHP: .338/.395/.536 in 151 AB, 7 HR

5. Nelson Cruz, LF
overall: .318/.374/.576 in 399 AB, 22 HR
vs. NYY: .250/.294/.563 in 32 AB, 3 HR
on road: .267/.324/.480 in 202 AB, 9 HR
against LHP: .330/.388/.587 in 109 AB, 21 RBI

6. Ian Kinsler, 2B
overall: .286/.382/.412 in 391 AB
vs. NYY: .400/.571/.500 in 10 AB
on road: .257/.322/.388 in 206 AB
against LHP: .376/.473/.484 in 93 AB

7. Jeff Francoeur, RF
overall: .249/.300/.383 in 454 AB
vs. NYY: .143/.208/.190 in 21 AB
on road: .270/.328/.405 in 237 AB
against LHP: .300/.363/.442 in 120 AB, 4 HR

8. Bengie Molina
overall: .240/.279/.320 in 175 AB
vs. NYY: .111/.273/.111 in 13 AB
on road: .241/.292/.316 in 176 AB
against LHP: .350/.412/.420 in 100 AB

9. Mitch Moreland, 1B
overall: .255/.364/.469 in 145 AB
vs. NYY: .250/.471/.250 in 12 AB, 5 BB
on road: .244/.330/.500 in 86 AB
against LHP: .200/.304/.300 in 20 AB

LHP Cliff Lee
overall: 12-9, 3.18 ERA, 3.23 xFIP, 212 1/3 IP
since joining TEX: 4-6, 3.98 ERA, 3.27 xFIP, 108 2/3 IP
vs. NYY: 3 GS, 23 1/3 IP, 3.09 ERA, 4 BB, 18 K, 8 ER, 2 HR
on road: 7-6, 3.53 ERA, 3.49 xFIP, 112 1/3 IP

X-factor to win: Cliff Lee. He's good.

Keep an eye on: How about Jeff Francoeur? I know it's a tiny sample size, but his career against Andy Pettitte, Francoeur is 5 for 8 with a double and a solo homer in eight plate appearances against Pettitte in his career.

New York Yankees

Postseason stats: Hitting /Pitching

1. Derek Jeter, SS
overall: .270/.340/.370 in 663 AB
vs. TEX: .385/.448/.615 in 26 AB, HR
at home: .295/.365/.425, 7 HR
against LHP: .321/.391/.481, 6 HR in 291 AB

2. Nick Swisher, RF
overall: .288/.359/.511, 29 HR in 566 AB
vs. TEX: .103/.188/.138 in 29 AB

at home: .287/.356/.498 in 279 AB
against LHP: .294/.415/.433, 13 2B in 180 AB

3. Mark Teixeira, 1B
overall: .256/.365/.481 in 601 AB
vs. TEX: .167/.286/.292 in 24 AB, HR
at home: .288/.410/.558, 15 HR
against LHP: .278/.413/.528, 10 HR in 180 AB


Derek Jeter 4. Alex Rodriguez, 3B
overall: .270/.341/.506, 125 RBI in 522 AB
vs. TEX: .360/.515/.720 in 25 AB, 2 HR, 8 RBI
at home: .294/.368/.553, 62 RBI in 228 AB
against LHP: .217/.314/.441, 35 RBI in 143 AB




5. Robinson Cano, 2B
overall: .319/.381/.534, 41 2B in 626 AB
vs. TEX: .233/.272/.300 in 30 AB
at home: .298/.360/.521, 16 HR
against LHP: .285/.343/.514, 13 HR in 214 AB

6. Marcus Thames, DH
overall: .288/.350/.491 in 212 AB
vs. TEX: .435/.435/.609 in 23 AB, HR
at home: .267/.342/.410 in 105 AB
against LHP: .300/.352/.454 in 130 AB


7. Jorge Posada, C
overall: .248/.357/.454 in 383 AB
vs. TEX: .250/.294/.438 in 16 AB, HR
at home: .288/.382/.540 in 198 AB
against LHP: .257/.340/.493, 8 HR in 136 AB

8. Curtis Granderson, CF
overall: .247/.324/.468 in 466 AB
vs. TEX: .200/.360/.250 in 20 AB
at home: .262/.336/.511
against LHP: .234/.292/.354 in 158 AB

9. Brett Gardner, LF
overall: .277/.383/.379, 47 SB in 477 AB
vs. TEX: .333/.440/.333 in 21 AB
at home: .274/.384/.401
against LHP: ..252/.373/.353, 9 SB in 139 AB


Andy Pettitte, LHP
overall: 11-3, 129 IP, 3.28 ERA, 4.05 xFIP
at home: 7-4, 11 GS, 70 IP, 3.47 ERA, 4.65 xFIP
vs. TEX: 1 GS, 1-0, 2.25 ERA, 8 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 4 K, 3 BB

X-factor to win: Andy Pettitte is one win from winning 20 postseason games in his career. He's 19-9 with a  3.87 ERA in his career in the postseason and 2-0 with a 3.00 ERA in two career postseason starts at the new Yankee Stadium.

Keep an eye on: Derek Jeter has hit .417/.488/.583 in 36 at-bats against Lee, with six RBI, four doubles and five walks.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: October 12, 2010 6:10 pm
Edited on: October 12, 2010 6:11 pm
 

Start times for championship series announced

MLB postseason The start times for the ALCS and NLCS have been announced. The ALCS will have five night games starting at 8:07 p.m. with two 4:07 p.m. starts in Game 2 and Game 5 as the NLCS takes top billing that night. Meanwhile, the Phillies and Giants have a bit of moving around in game times.

You can also view the start times in the MLB Facts and Rumors calendar on Google (replete with pitching probables and the World Series start times). If you have your own Google Calendar, embed it with this link . All times Eastern.

ALCS (on TBS):
Game 1: 8:07 p.m. on Friday, 10/15
Game 2: 4:07 p.m. on Saturday, 10/16
Game 3: 8:07 p.m. on Monday, 10/18
Game 4: 8:07 p.m. on Tuesday, 10/19
Game 5*: 4:07 p.m. on Wednesday, 10/20
Game 6*: 8:07 p.m. on Friday, 10/22
Game 7*: 8:07 p.m. on Saturday, 10/23

NLCS (on FOX):
Game 1: 7:57 p.m. on Saturday, 10/16
Game 2: 8:19 p.m. on Sunday, 10/17
Game 3: 4:19 p.m. on Tuesday, 10/19
Game 4: 7:57 p.m. on Wednesday, 10/20
Game 5*: 7:57 p.m. on Thursday, 10/21
Game 6*: 3:57 (7:57 if no ALCS game) p.m. on Saturday, 10/23
Game 7*: 7:57 p.m. on Sunday, 10/24

*if necessary

-- Evan Brunell

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