Yankees and Orioles to Battle in Game 5

October 11, 2012 — Regardless of how the ALDS ends up, I will remember one aspect of it… the length of each game.

The first game of the series didn’t begin until a 2 hour, 26 minute rain delay came to a close, and the second game didn’t get under way until a 40 minute rain delay ended.

Then the series moved to Yankee Stadium after an all-night trip back to New York that began on a train and ended on buses.

Game 3 took 11 innings to complete, and tonight’s Game 4 went 13 frames.

For two teams that entered the postseason with a 9-9 split in the season series, the long battles are of no surprise. All four games have been well played, and for the most part, each contest has come down to one hit. The Yankees and the Orioles have given fans great theater and wild suspense.

As I look forward to tomorrow’s Game 5, I’m sure it will be just as close of a game as Game 1, Game 3 and Game 4.

But with CC Sabathia taking the mound for the Yankees in the deciding game at Yankee Stadium, I certainly like the Yankees chances. I am especially encouraged because of how dominant Sabathia was in Game 1, and I think he’ll be just as sharp tomorrow.

–Alfred Santasiere III

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