2010 ALDS… in the books

October 9, 2010 – CC Sabathia (pictured below with Kerry Wood) gave the Yankees a gutty
performance in Game 1 of the ALDS — and Yankees hitters gave him a big comeback.

Andy Pettitte and Phil Hughes were nothing less than
brilliant in Game 2 and Game 3, respectively.

As most people in baseball would acknowledge, the postseason
is about pitching. Good pitching always seems to beat good hitting or even
great hitting.

The Yankees won this series with strong pitching. Besides
Sabathia, no starting pitcher was looked at as a sure thing going into this
series, but they all came through in a big way – as did relievers Boone Logan, David Robertson
and Mariano Rivera.

Now, as the Yankees await the Texas Rangers or Tampa Bay
Rays, their pitching staff is stronger than it was a week ago. They will go
into the ALCS well rested and with more confidence than they could have
possibly had at any other time during this season. That increased level of confidence
has a lot to do with the performances of Pettitte and Hughes. In Game 2,
Pettitte proved that he’s healthy, and tonight, Hughes showed that he’s got the
stuff that it takes in to get it done in October.

The Yankees’ next challenge will be significantly more difficult than their latest conquest, but they are a team of experienced players who know how to win when it counts. And October is when it counts.

–Alfred Santasiere III


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