Wednesday ALCS/NLCS Pitching Match-ups

October 17, 2012


ALCS Game 4 (8:00 TBS): DET lead 3-0

CC Sabathia (NYY) v Max Scherzer (DET)

This match up may well be the last in the ALCS, with the Tigers three games up. The Yankees do send their ace CC Sabathia to the mound, and he has easily been the best Yankee in the postseason. Sabathia will go on regular rest, having last pitched the final game against Baltimore on Saturday. In that game, he pitched a full nine innings, allowing a run on four hits while striking out nine. Sabathia will want to deliver a similar performance to give the Yankees the best chance at extending this series. Sabathia has been very strong this season against the Tigers, getting three wins from three starts. He allowed 10 runs on 20 hits, striking out a total of 20 batters. Over that period, he has a 3.32 ERA.

Sabathia will face a very strong strikeout pitcher in Max Scherzer. He has pitched only once so far this postseason, striking out eight batters in 5.1 innings. He gave up a run on three hits in that start, and still is suffering a bit from past elbow soreness. He was scheduled to start two games in this series, but because of that soreness has been limited to this sole start. If the Tigers make the World Series, similar would be in store for Scherzer.


Both of these pitchers are great pitchers in the own right, but I see Sabathia getting the job done here. He has been so good in his recent starts, and will do similar here. Scherzer has had his troubles of late, and hasn’t been as dominant as when he was way back in May against Pittsburgh where he struck out 15. As long as Sabathia doesn’t have trouble early and gets regular strike outs, he’ll do enough to push this series to at least one more game.

NLCS Game 3 (4:00 FOX): Tie 1-1

Matt Cain (SF) v Kyle Lohse (STL)

Unlike the ALCS, the NLCS is alive and kicking, and now the Giants will travel to St Louis for the first of three games. Bruce Bochy hands the ball to Matt Cain for this start, and Cain has had a really good year in 2012. The Giants have enjoyed having him on the mound too, winning eight of Cains final ten starts of the 2012 season. Cain pitched one of the seasons perfect games back on June 13 against Houston at AT&T Park. Cain struck out a crazy 14 in that game, and those factors earned him a game one start against the Reds. While he didn’t pitch well in that game, he did get the Giants into this series by winning game five of the NLDS. He gave up three runs on six hits in that game, striking out five. He’ll hope to pitch better against the Cards here.

Cain will go against Kyle Lohse, a player who has been one of the Cards better starters this year. He got the ball in the Cardinals Wild Card game, and pitched a one of his best games in his career against the Nats in game four. There, he pitched seven innings, giving up a run on two hits. He failed to get run support in that game, though he did only throw 87 pitches. He didn’t get a decision after Lance Lynn gave up the walk off home run to Jayson Werth in the nineth.


Expect a very strong start from both of these pitchers, and I think it will be a bit of a low scoring affair too. I like Kyle Lohse at home, after he was 8-1 in 16 starts at Busch Stadium during the regular season. He also has just a very good 2.33 ERA. Matt Cain has been really good this year as I have already said, and he could certainly pitch well enough to win this game. It will be an entertaining third game of the series, and one that I am looking forward to since the ALCS is all but over.

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About JarrahVW

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