Monday, October 26, 2009

One of the Best World Series' Money Can Buy

This years World Series is going to be great if you were never a fan of Cinderella stories. The series will feature two teams in the top ten in payroll with both spending over 113 million dollars on their team. That being said, lets break this down and see who possesses the advantage here.

Starting Pitching: Each team's starter is a borderline god, so CC Sabathia and Cliff Lee will be a great matchup that we could possibly see three times. After that though, things get interesting. The Phillies have Pedro, JA Happ, and a struggling Cole Hamels, where as, the Yankees don't really have a fourth starter. If they go with Chad Gaudin, he won't have a shot against the game four starter, who I'm guessing will be Happ. However, the bottom line is that the yankees first three starters (Sabathia, AJ Burnett, and Andy Pettite) will control the outcome of this series
Advantage: small to Yankees

Batting: I never thought I'd say this, but I think the Yankees aren't as dangerous as the Phillies here. I'm not saying they aren't great, but the Phil's have more weapons near the bottom of their lineup. I really like guys like Jason Worth and Carlos Ruiz to be key factors in this game. The Yankees middle is as treacherous as any though and if I'm Philadelphia, I'm doing what the Angels did and walk ARod whenever I can.
Advantage: very small to Phillies

Bullpen- With Joba, Phil Hughes, and Mariano Rivera in the Yankees 'pen, all a starter needs to do is get through six. Its one of the greatest trios in baseball right now. The Phillies though are suspect here; Brad Lidge has been good, but he hasn't been tested much nor has he faced a lineup like this.
Advantage: big to Yankees

Bench: Other than Matt Stairs, who you will only get one at-bat from a game, the Phillies don't have the depth you would expect from a NL team. On the other side, The Yanks have lots of depth in Rod Gardner, Jerry Hairston, and Jose Molina, something that could come in handy.
Advantage: Yankees

Coaching: Joe Girardi tried to over-manage in the ALCS and it resulted in the series lasting longer than it should have. Jerry Manual has been here before and knows exactly what to do. If the Phillies are going to win this, they will need some great decisions by Manuel on who to use in the bullpen
Advantage: Phillies

I really wanted to not pick New York because they are everything that is evil in this world, but they are just too good. The Phillies are a mediocre team at home which will hurt them, and even though they are the best road team in the MLB, it will be different in New York. My prediction is that the Yankkes will win in six games, with Mark Texiera (the godless asshole) getting the MVP.

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