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Friday ALDS/NLDS pitchers

October 12, 2012

Baseball

ALDS – Tie 2-2 (TBS 5:07)

Jason Hammel (BAL) v CC Sabathia (NYY)

This pits the two game one starters up against each other yet again. Hammel was very good in that game at home, holding the big hitting Yankees to just two runs in 5 and 2/3 innings. His outing really set the tone for the rest of the series, with almost every game after being a really tough and grind-it-out game. He did throw 112 pitches in that game, but it shouldn’t affect him too much. On April 30 against the Yankees, Hammel allowed two runs on six hits which was his best start of three against the Bronx Bombers.

He’ll face CC Sabathia, who is so good in the postseason. He pitched 8 2/3 innings, allowing just two runs on eight hits to register the win. He is an absolute workhorse, and if he pitches anywhere near that good the Yankees will be in with a great shot. When pitching at Yankee Stadium this year, CC was 7-4 with a 2.69 ERA, compared to the road where he was 8-2 with a much higher 4.02 ERA. If he can continue to locate his pitches in the right spot, he’ll have a great outing.

Overall:

This should be another great contest between these two ball clubs. Baltimore obviously come in with much more momentum, but CC will certainly look to put a stop to that. In the regular season, CC wasn’t the best performer against the Orioles, but as we have seen already, that all goes out the window in the postseason. That is similar to what Hammel will look to do – put the game one start behind him. If he can replicate that start, he could beat Sabathia here, but Hammel will want to keep the pitch count down a little.

NLDS – Tie 2-2 (TBS 8:37)

Adam Wainwright (STL) v Gio Gonzalez (WSH)

This matchup will pit a very experienced post season campaigner against arguably one of the best starters from this season, in one of the biggest games of the season. Adam Wainwright will certainly be ready for this start, and will want to get a win having missed out in a close one in game one. He was in line for the victory when he exited after 5 and 2/3 innings, but ended up with a no decision. In that game, he allowed a run on six hits. He also got a lot of swings and misses from the Nationals lineup, striking out ten in that game.

Wainwright will face the man who registered the most wins (21) in the regular season, Gio Gonzalez. In game one of this series, Gonzalez stole the win off Wainwright. The Washington ace gave up just two runs in five innings – a two run home run which was also the only hit he gave up. Despite that, he did issue seven walks after striking out just five.

Overall

This will be a great matchup to finish the series, if things are as close as what they were in game one, it should be an entertaining contest. There is a teams season on the line, and that will certainly add to the motivation which these two pitchers should already have. Similar to what I said in game one, Wainwright will certainly bring his game here, but will Gios ability to get the ball past Matt Holliday and Carlos Beltran win out? Only time will tell.

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About JarrahVW

I am a student from Melbourne, Australia who loves sport and wants to make writing about it his career. I have a wordpress site at www.sportsotheworld.com with analysis and general information about many Australian, American and International sports. As well as that, I also write on www.thefarmclub.net.

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