ALCS — Yankees vs. Angels

2009ALCS.pngYankees vs. Angels…this should be interesting.

First, a few words about the Red Sox/Angels ALDS. I thought that the
Angels would win the series…but I certainly didn’t expect the Angels
to sweep that series. I can’t stand Jonathan Papelbon, so I must admit
that I was not sorry to hear that he blew the save, and the game, and
the series. If the Red Sox destiny was to go home after the ALDS, then
IMO that blown save couldn’t have happened to a more deserving idiot person.

As for the ALCS, I anticipate a battle. The Yankees and Angels split the season series, so the teams appear to be evenly matched. The Yankees seemed to get stronger as the season went on, and they appear to be on a mission after having missed out on the postseason last year. But the Angels also seem to be on a mission…to win it all in honor of former teammate Nick Adenhart, who was killed by a drunk driver earlier this season. They included him in their celebrations when they clinched their division and after beating the Red Sox. Frankly, if I wasn’t rooting for the Yankees to win the World Series, I’d definitely be rooting for the Angels. I find their tributes to Adenhart to be quite touching.

It will be interesting to see how Bobby Abreu performs against his former team. It will also be interesting to see if Alex Rodriguez can continue to play well, and make Yankee fans forget his performances in the postseason from previous years. And the Yankees have to hope that CC Sabathia can perform better against the Angels in this series than he did during the season, when he lost his two starts and had a 6.08 ERA.

The Yankees certainly have plenty of motivation to defeat the Angels. Not only are they trying to make up for the fact that they failed to make the postseason last year, but the Angels sent the Yankees home early in 2002 and 2005 by defeating them in the ALDS. The boys from the Bronx are out for revenge!

I’d like to say that the Yankees will breeze through the ALCS…I believe the Yankees will win, but I think it will take 7 games to do so.

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3 comments

  1. Jane Heller

    I, too, would like to think the Yankees will breeze through this series, Shelley, but I know better. The Angels are so tough. And I think Abreu will continue to make us wish he still played for us. That said, the Yanks have looked very dominant in the second half of the season so anything is possible. Seven games? I don’t know if my nerves can take it!

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  2. diamonddiva

    Jane, having the series go 7 games would be very nerve wracking, but I also think it would be very exciting as well.
    Buz, I actually forgot that Tex played for the Angels before he came to NY! For some reason, I was thinking he came to the Yankees from Atlanta. Oops! That will be a very interesting battle withing the battle…Yankees vs. Angels, and Teixeira vs. Abreu.

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