Tons of coverage as we are finally ready for some baseball …
We’ve seen Alex Rodriguez have first-round success against the Twins before, only to struggle against a rival in the ALCS. Is this the year he keeps the hero’s cape on all the way through October? That’s the focus of my column as we get set for Yankees-Angels tonight at the Stadium.
CC Sabathia knows how to handle pitching in poor weather, and it sounds like he’ll have plenty of it tonight. Chad Jennings looks into that, as well as some contingency plans the Yankees have for their pitchers if the weather starts playing havoc with the series schedule.
Mark Teixeira and Bobby Abreu are both having a homecoming, of sorts, in this series and Rick Carpiniello takes a look at the issue from both sides. Here’s the piece on Teixeira and here’s the one on Abreu. Both players figure to play critical roles for their new teams as they battle against their old clubs.
John Lackey has pitched big games before and refuses to be intimidated by the Yankees or Yankee Stadium when he takes the ball tonight. Josh Thomson has that story.
Phil Hughes has made a slight mechanical adjustment as he tries to improve on an inconsistent showing in the Division Series, and the notebook also rounds up the news from both sides of the Stadium on a rainy workout day in the Bronx.
Lastly, check out the position-by-position breakdown of this ALCS matchup. I went back-and-forth on a lot of these, and the truth is that these teams are pretty even across the board. Ultimately, I picked Yankees in seven.
Back with much, much more throughout the day.