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Thursday ALCS/NLCS Matchups

October 18, 2012

Baseball

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

CC Sabathia (NYY) v Max Scherzer (DET)

So here is what I said yesterday, since thanks to the postponement of Wednesdays game 3, both pitchers will go again with an extra days rest. 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.

Overall:

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 4 (8:00 FOX): STL leads 2-1

Tim Lincecum (SFG) v Adam Wainwright (STL)

Since his great stint in the bullpen, Tim Lincecum will return to the starters mound for the first time since September 30. It will be great to see him on the mound, and will certainly make this start even more of one to watch. From his 8 1/3 innings of relief this postseason, Lincecum has given up just one run on three hits. In that time, he has also struck out nine. Against the Cardinals so far, Linecum pitched two innings of perfect relief, striking out and walking out one each.

Lincecum will go up against Adam Wainwright, who will be thrilled to see the mound again after the shortest start of his career. In his second NLDS start in game five, Wainwright went just 2 and a third innings, giving up six runs on seven hits, though he did strike out five of the seven batters he retired. Maybe it was a good thing though, as the Cardinals went on to win that game 9-7.

Overall:

Lincecum may have been good out of the bullpen for the Giants so far in this postseason, and I say keep him there. His record as a starter this year is nothing to be proud of, and his pitching delivery needs to be altered to make things easier on his body. It is a real question of which Lincecum turns up, the CY Young winning one, or the bad one. While Adam Wainwrights last start was very poor, he should be able to bounce back and pitch six or seven innings of solid ball.

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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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