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Monday’s ALDS/NLDS Probables

October 8, 2012

Baseball

ALDS Game 2: NYY leads 1-0

Andy Pettitte (NYY) v.s. Wei-Yin Chen (BAL)

Andy Pettitte has been a lock for the Yankees since coming out of retirement. The break away clearly hasn’t harmed him, and he was one of the better Yankee pitchers. Here, he has been rewarded with a start in the second game of this series. This season, he was 5-4 from 12 starts, and has just a 2.87 ERA. He also picked up an impressive 69 strikeouts from 75.1 innings. Pettitte never pitched against Baltimore this year, and will be a bit unfamiliar with some of their newer hitters. When it comes to the postseason, Pettitte has a great record at 19-10, though he does have a 3.93 ERA.

Pettitte will go against Wei-Yin Chen, who has had three starts against the Yankees this season. New to the majors at the start of this year coming across from Taiwan, he has certainly shown that the adjustment hasn’t been too hard. He held a 12-11 record with a high 4.02 ERA. He also had 154 strikeouts and 57 walks. Chens best start against the Yankees came on May 15th, when he kept them to just two runs on four hits while striking out four.

Overall:

Chen is a solid pitcher, but Pettitte should have the goods here. He has been a solid postseason pitcher for years, and despite having only 12 starts this season, has shown that the time off hasn’t harmed in one bit. He is still as mean a pitcher as he was when he was in his prime, and I think that the element of surprise may be on his side when he comes up against the Oriole hitters.

NLDS Game 2: WSH leads 1-0

Jordan Zimmermann (WSH) v.s. Jaime Garcia (STL)

This is going to be a battle of two guys who have been really solid all year for their respective clubs. Jordan Zimmermann holds a 12-8 record this season with a 2.94 ERA, along with a solid 153 strikeouts. If the Nats needed a win, Zimmermann was certainly someone they could count on to pitch well and give them a shot. He reminds me of the Yankees Hiroki Kuroda or Tim Hudson of the Braves. He isn’t always someone who is amazing to watch when he plays, but he does the little things to get the Nats across the line. He has been less than impressive against the Cardinals this season, with no decisions in either of his two games, and he has a 9.90 ERA from 10 innings. He has given up 11 runs on 15 hits in total, as well as striking out eight.

On the other hand is Jaime Garcia, who is another solid leftie pitcher. Like Zimmermann, Garcia is also 26, but has an extra year of MLB experience. Garcia currently holds a 7-7 record with a 3.92 ERA. This season, he has also struck out 98 batters in 20 games pitched. He too hasn’t faired too well against his opposing side, having a 10.13 ERA in one game pitched. In that game, he had just two strikeouts while giving up six runs and six errors on nine hits, lasting 5.1 innings. Garcia will look to rebound from that performance this time around, though considering that game was less than two months ago, it may still be dwelling on his mind somewhat.

Overall:

This will be a really close pitching matchup. Hopefully both Zimmermann and Garcia will tighten things up to give their teams the best chance. Zimmermann has been the better of the two this season, and hasn’t performed too poorly at Busch Stadium in the past. Look for him to have the better game here.

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