LCS probable Lineups and Predictions

October 15, 2009 |


  We made it through the first round of the baseball playoffs. In all four series the higher seed prevailed and we are left with two pretty good League Championship Series. Yankees/ Angels provides us with the two best teams in the AL. New York is hot, but LA will be flying high after finally vanquishing the Red Sox in a playoff series. In the NL, we have a rematch of last years NLCS. The Dodgers will be hungry and Philly wants to get back to the ultimate prize.


          Here are the projected lineups for each team along with my pick for the result. In the lineup comparison the player that I feel has the advantage at each position will be in all caps.



           New York Yankees                       Los Angeles Angels

Man:       Joe Girardi                                         MIKE SCIOSCIA 

C                JORGE POSADA                              Mike Napoli

1B               MARK TEIXEIRA                          Kendry Morales

2B              ROBINSON CANO                          Maicer Izturis

3B              ALEX RODRIGUEZ                       Chone Figgins

SS                DEREK JETER                                Erick Aybar

CF              Melky Cabrera                             TORII HUNTER

LF             JOHNNY DAMON                          Juan Rivera

RF              Nick Swisher                                  BOBBY ABREU

DH            Hideki Matsui                                VLADIMIR GUERRERO

L-PH         BRETT GARDNER                          Gary Matthews

R-PH        Jerry Hairston                              HOWIE KENDRICK

SP              CC SABATHIA                               John Lackey

SP             AJ BURNETT                                   Joe Saunders

SP               ANDY PETITTE                            Jered Weaver

SP                Joba Chamberlain (maybe)   SCOTT KAZMIR

L-setup   Phil Coke                                        DARREN OLIVER

R-setup   PHIL HUGHES                              Kevin Jepsen                                  

Closer        MARIANO RIVERA                   Brian Fuentes


      The Angels will not be scared of the Yankees. Many of the players were on the 2005 team that beat the Yankees in the Divisional round. That being said, the Yankees starting rotation has to be considered more playoff ready and the Angels cannot compete with the Yankees offensive firepower. The Angels will need to score by generating runs with speed. It probably won’t be enough.


    PICK:  Yankees in 6


         Los Angeles Dodgers                     Philadelphia Phillies

Man:         JOE TORRE                                     Charlie Manuel

C                RUSSELL MARTIN                           Carlos Ruiz

1B             James Loney                                      RYAN HOWARD

2B            Ronnie Belliard                                 CHASE UTLEY

3B            CASEY BLAKE                                   Pedro Feliz

SS            Rafael Furcal                                       JIMMY ROLLINS

CF          Matt Kemp                                            SHANE VICTORINO

LF        MANNY RAMIREZ                             Raul Ibanez

RF        ANDRE ETHIER                                     Jayson Werth

L-PH    JIM THOME                                          Greg Dobbs

R-PH     MARK LORETTA                                 Miguel Cairo

SP              CLAYTON KERSHAW                     Cole Hamels

SP               VICENTE PADILLA                       Pedro Martinez

SP              Hiroki Kuroda                                   CLIFF LEE

SP               Randy Wolf                                         JA HAPP

L-setup     GEORGE SHERRILL                  Scott Eyre

R-setup     RONALD BELISARIO              Ryan Madson

Closer       JONATHAN BROXTON             Brad Lidge


     This rematch will be exciting from beginning to end. Both teams showed they had no quit in them in come from behind victories i at least one game in the previous series. The batting is pretty even, as evidenced by the fact that I gave each team the advantage at 4 starting positions. The Dodgers are hoping that Manny starts to hit a little better than he has recently. If they can get that, the deciding factor will be the Dodgers pitching. Philadelphia has the bigger names in Hamels and Lee, but I think the Dodger starters are just as quality. The real difference will come once the starters are out. LA has depth and versatility in its bullpen that the fragile Phillies just can’t match.


       PICK:   Dodgers in 6