The scheduling gurus at Major League Baseball used their considerable brainpower to decide that it was a good idea to have the teams that finished their game and post interviews less than 20 hours ago get back on the clock first today, while the teams that just had a day off yesterday get the night start, guaranteeing a finish about the time when east coast TV programming flips over to infomercials, personal chat line ads, and the rest of the domain of the angry loner. On the flip side of that decision, at least the youngster Yankee and Indian fans will get to watch their idols, while the left-coast Halo fans won't have to ditch work early, unlike certain bloggers who will remain nameless.
After last night's truly dismal outing by Wang and multiple squandered opportunities by the Yankee battery, it might be easy to feel a bit low. However, just as I would advise you not to say the name "Lilly" around any Cubs fans today, I would advise you to look for the silver lining: every time the New York Yankees have lost game one of a post season series, they went on to play in game two. I looked it up.
Fausto Carmona gets the ball for the Tribe this afternoon. The 23 year-old phenom from Santo Domingo faced the Yankees twice this season, allowing 14 hits and six runs over 13 innings of work. One was a fine start, wasted by Joe Borowski as described in last night's gamer. The other was a highly serviceable, seven inning-start at the Jake where except for a solo shot by ARod, Carmona allowed a run on a ground-out twice and once on a ground ball single. However, Hughes, Chamberlain and Rivera were each superb that night and Carmona recorded the loss. Rested since September 26th, Carmona won his last seven decisions and finished the season five-hundredths of a run behind John Lackey for the AL ERA lead and has a legitimate candidacy for the Cy Young in his first full season as a starter.
Andy Pettitte gets the rock for the Bombers. Except for Tom Glavine, there is no pitcher in the history of baseball who has logged more post-season innings on the bump than the veteran from Texas. Here's hoping for strong work from our favorite southpaw along with some vigor from the Yankee bats to earn the Yankees a split, and then it's back to the Stadium. Go time is in one hour. Lineups follow, comment away.
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