Game 5 World Series: Yankees @ Phillies, 11/02/09

Below, as per Sam Borden, are tonight’s lineups.  Not the strongest with Posada sitting, it is imperative that Swish, batting fifth, deliver should Lee avoid A-Rod.  It is also vital for others who have been languishing thus far, especially Cano and Teixeira, to deliver.  This is still a talented group capable of scoring runs, but it needs to continue to get diverse productivity.  I have the feeling that the Yanks may adopt a slightly different approach versus Lee, perhaps looking for and jumping on first-pitch fastballs rather then getting behind on them and watching an array of off-speed stuff drift around them.  That is, they might be selectively aggressive, and early.  Some early runs off Lee might take the starch out of the Phillies, but that requires A.J. being sharp again.  He is fully capable of the kind of gem he twirled in Game 2.  He just needs to relax, focus, and pitch at least even with Lee.  Should he do that, he will take the Yanks a long way to clinching their 27th World Series title.  Get it done tonight, guys.  Finish the job. [Edit: I forgot to mention this in the Game 4 wrap, but Frank the Sage brought some extra mojo for the Yanks from his weekend trip to Cooperstown, touching the cap or bust of every Yankee in the Hall of Fame.] Enjoy the game, everyone.  Let’s Go, Yankees!  Clap clap clap clap clap.

YANKEES
Jeter SS
Damon LF
Teixeira 1B
Rodriguez 3B
Swisher RF
Cano 2B
Gardner CF
Molina C
Burnett P

Pitching: RHP A.J. Burnett (1-0, 3.55 ERA in postseason)

PHILLIES

Jimmy Rollins SS
Shane Victorino CF
Chase Utley 2B
Ryan Howard 1B
Jayson Werth RF
Raul Ibanez LF
Pedro Feliz 3B
Carlos Ruiz C
Cliff Lee P

Pitching: LHP Cliff Lee (3-0, 0.54 ERA in postseason)

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Published in: on November 2, 2009 at 4:40 pm  Comments (2)  

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  1. That last 3 in the line up is brutal but nothing that can be done. Tonight Cano and Tex HAVE to do something this the bat this is needed.

    GO YANKEES

  2. Melky done for the year (not that there is much left). MLB agrees to let Pena on team. Gardner in CF the rest of the way.


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