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Yanks-Phillies rematch looking very doubtful

So how are your LCS picks going? Looks like about as good as mine. You may recall I noted a few days ago that I had the Yankees and Phillies in the World Series in our preview section in March. Then in our blog poll, 74 percent of the votes went to the Yankees in the ALCS and 69 percent went to the Phillies in the NLCS.

So where do we stand? One win on each side from a Giants-Rangers World Series.

Stung by Joe Girardi's tinkering with the rotation and his refusal to use Mariano Rivera to keep games close even when his team was behind, the Yankees were a mess until CC Sabathia aced up yesterday to spark a Game Five victory. The defense is hurt by Mark Teixeira's season-ending hammy but he didn't have a hit anyway.

I like the Yankees' chances in Game Six but does anyone think they beat Cliff Lee in Game Seven? Nope. Stick a fork in the Bombers. The Rangers are going to the World Series for the first time.

The Phillies blew a golden opportunity last night to pull even and suffered a 6-5 loss that has them in a 3-1 hole and leaves the Giants a win away from the Fall Classic for the first time since 2002. This one was not lost by Roy Oswalt in a rare relief role in the ninth. It was lost in the Phillies' four-run fifth, when they took a 4-2 lead but had a runner thrown out at the plate and saw Jimmy Rollins leave men at second and third for the final out. It could have easily been a 6-2 or 7-2 game at that point, taking loads of pressure off Joe Blanton and Charlie Manuel.

Now the Phillies have to beat Tim Lincecum tonight in San Fran to stay alive. At least they have Roy Halladay on the mound. Frankly, there's a better chance the Phillies win three straight than there is for the Yankees to win the final two. The Phillies can run out Halladay, Oswalt and Cole Hamels with the final two games at home. Each of their three studs has a loss in this series and what are the chances any of them get two? Not good.

The Phillies have to stop getting hurt by Cody Ross and Buster Posey. And they have to find some offense of their own. One big inning in four games won't get the job done.

Forget about who you picked in our poll last week. Wonder how much Vegas was offering in the spring for a Rangers-Giants World Series. Crazy stuff.

---Mike Harrington
(www.twitter.com/bnharrington)

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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.

@BNHarrington | [email protected]


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.

@amymoritz | [email protected]

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