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Who does ALCS rainout help?

The Yankees and Angels try again tonight at 8:20 in Game Six of the ALCS after Saturday's monsoon in the Bronx forced them to wait yet another day (doesn't it seem like this series started three weeks ago?). There are two ways to look at this: One is that the Angels have lost their momentum from Thursday's thrilling victory and the return home will help the Yankees regain their balance. The other is the Angels get a huge boost from the rainout if they win tonight because they can come back with Game Six starter John Lackey on short rest.

And, you would think, Mike Scioscia would not make the same mistake twice and would agree when Lackey says, "This one's mine, Scios."

The big winner actually is the Phillies. They want this thing to go to seven games because the winner would have just one off day before starting the World Series. And it would mean both Lackey and CC Sabathia would be unavailable until Game Three Saturday in Philly and the Yankees would have to go to a fourth starter (likely Chad Gaudin) for the first time in the postseason.

It's absolutely crucial for the Yankees to wrap this up tonight in Game Six. They need a big game from Andy Pettitte. They get it done and everything goes as normal, where Sabathia can probably go in Games 1, 4 and 7 of the World Series. They don't and they're at a huge disadvantage against the Phillies. Should be interesting.

---Mike Harrington



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Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington, a Canisius College graduate who began his career as a News reporter in 1987, has covered the Buffalo Bisons since 1992 and Major League Baseball since 1995. A member of the Baseball Writers' Association of America, Harrington has reported on more than 30 MLB postseason series — including every game of the World Series in this century — and all three of the Bisons' championship runs in their modern era. He is a connoisseur of the famous Stadium Mustard at Cleveland's Progressive Field.

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Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, has covered the Bisons for The Buffalo News since 2002. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism/mass communication from St. Bonaventure University and a master’s degree in humanities from the University at Buffalo. An endurance athlete, she has completed several triathlons, half marathons and marathons.

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