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ALCS/NLCS Sunday Pitching Matchups

October 14, 2012

Baseball

ALCS – DET lead 1-0

Anibal Sanchez (DET) v Hiroki Kuroda (NYY)

After a great game last night, Detroit and the Yankees now gear up for a Sunday afternoon clash. I really don’t like having this game at four in the afternoon, because that is time for football. Regardless. Anibal Sanchez was roughed up by the Yankees on August 8 at Comerica Park. He gave up seven runs in three innings, and really didn’t pitch well at all. Since then, Sanchez has really settled down with Detroit since the move from Miami, and he’s now pounding the zone with strikes against a lot of the hitters he’s facing. Against Oakland, he went 6 and a third, giving up two runs on five hits. He struck out only three and walked two.

On the other side is probably the most consistent pitcher in baseball this season, Hiroki Kuroda. He has pitched really well all year long, and if there was one guy who you could count on to keep you in a ballgame, Kuroda is that guy. He came away with two no decisions the two occasions he faced the Tigers. On both occasions in Detroit, Kuroda was solid. He allowed a combined five runs in 13 1/3 innings, giving up 17 hits. He also had nine strikeouts and just one walk.

Overall

Hopefully Anibal Sanchez will be much better than he was the only other time he’s faced the Yanks this year, otherwise things could get out of control if the Yankees offense gets going. This game will be the first that the Yankees are playing without Derek Jeter, so it is important they can put runs on the board early. Kuroda will then form a key piece in this game to keep the Tigers numbers down. He’ll also want to go deep into this game considering the Yankees used seven last night.

NLCS – Game 1

Lance Lynn (STL) v Madison Bumgarner (SFG)

This will be an interesting matchup to get things started in this series. Lance Lynn raced to ten wins, collecting them by June 13th. At that point, he was 10-2 before the wheels just started to fall away a little bit. He did have a great September going into the playoffs, where he was 5-2 in eight appearances, going between being a starter and reliever. He featured in the Cardinals wild card game, and then three of their five games against the Nats. His best outing was three innings in the Cardinals 12-4 win against Washington, giving up two runs on three hits while striking out five. He played one game against the Giants this year, giving up four runs on eight hits in six innings of work, striking out six in the process. Lynn comes into this game replacing Kyle Lohse.

Madison Bumgarner has been a solid pitcher for the Giants, and in 2010 he was the youngest pitcher ever to collect a postseason victory, doing so in game four of the division series against Atlanta. In the division series against Cincinatti, Bumgarner pitched game two at home where he pitched 4 1/3 innings, giving up four runs on seven hits, striking out four. It was certainly a disappointing performance from Bumgarner, who has been very good at home this year, holding a 10-3 record with a 2.38 ERA. He’ll look to return to those numbers here to get the Giants off to the right start in this series.

Overall:

It is going to be really hard to find a winning pitcher from this game. Both guys are similar pitchers. If you were the Cardinals, you would obviously prefer to have Kyle Lohse starting, and it may hurt them a bit that Lynn hasn’t seen to much action as a starter within the last month. If he can get anywhere near close to the goods that got him 10 quick wins, Lynn should be fine and pitch a strong game. Bumgarner will be a handful for the Cardinals, but like Cincinatti, they’ll be able to push on with the job if they get him out of the game early.

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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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