2009 World Series Preview

The biggest prize in baseball has arrived. It is a showdown between two of the most deserving teams today. The New York Yankees (the best record in baseball) take on the Philadelphia Phillies (the defending World Series Champions). How do these teams match up? Let’s first examine the road taken by both.

The Yankees have a lineup equivalent to an All-Star team. Brand names like Jeter, A-Rod, and Texiera highlight a dream team batting order. Their pitching isn’t too bad either. CC Sabathia is worth every penny, while Mariano Rivera is still the most dominant closer in playoff history. They had a rocky start, losing the “Yankees/Sox” first eight games. That all changed as many problems were solved with A-Rod returning, Phil Hughes as the bridge to Mo, the 2nd half surge. For the Yankees to win, they need to do the same things they did to the Twins and Angels: throw them off their game. Sabathia needs to pitch like in the past three postseason starts. Jeter and A-Rod need to keep the momentum going, and the others need to pick up the slack. If they can’t hit, then pick it up with the glove lie Texiera.

The Phillies have a lineup not of mostly brand names but blue collar players that refuse to quit. All-Stars like Howard, Utley, and Rollins lead the team on and off the field. Outfielders Raul Ibanez and Jayson Werth have been great and welcome surprises to their lineup. A huge surprise is their pitching; acquisitions Cliff Lee and Pedro Martinez have answered the call to the mound each time they start. They had a slow start with a shaky rotation, and having a bulls-eye on their backs made teams more determined to take them down. Since those acquisitions (mentioned earlier) signed on, they’ve been rolling ever since. For the Phillies to win, they need to win at least one game in Yankee Stadium. The Phillies can match them up in every position for every move. They need to push the buttons in order to become World Series Champions again.

Managers Joe Girardi and Charlie Manuel are going to have their hands full. They will allow their teams to take off the gloves and unleash an all-out war. This is a World Series we will talk about for years to come. The Phillies have more players with experience, but the Yankees are hungrier to win it all.

Prediction: Yankees in 6

Well, that’s all the time I have for today. Feel free to leave a comment below or email me at spidey23us@yahoo.com. You can also leave a note for those using Facebook to view the latest updates. Take care everybody.

Yours Truly,

Sebastian Maldonado

Copyrighted @ 2007


6 thoughts on “2009 World Series Preview

  1. Sebastian, I agree with your analysis, but I would add more emphatically that the rest of the Yankee line-up — specifically, Cano, Melky, and Swisher – – need to earn their keep. Even Posada, one of my heroes, left far too many men on base (and often in scoring position) during the ALCS. The hitting and pitching all-stars pull their weight, and more, in a variety of ways (i.e. Teixeira). It’s the bottom third of the lineup that better get it in gear. I like your prediction of Yanks in 6.

  2. I agree with you on yankees in 6. Also, with Cathy that the bottom of the order must carry their pinstripes and help the offense. Cano got hits during the year, though not in the clutch, and now in the post season he has reverted to last years early season form. Keep swisher on the bench and use hairston and hinske more joe, “what are you saving them for, the off-season!”

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