A-Rod Its about two hours before game time and its time to look at the starting line-ups and what the keys to victory are for both the Yankees and the Phillies and then we will make a prediction.

 

YANKEES
Derek Jeter SS
Johnny Damon LF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Jorge Posada C
Hideki Matsui DH
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher RF
Melky Cabrera CF

Pitching: LHP CC Sabathia (3-0, 1.19 ERA in postseason)

PHILLIES
Jimmy Rollins SS
Shane Victorino CF
Chase Utley 2B
Ryan Howard 1B
Jayson Werth RF
Raul Ibanez DH
Ben Francisco LF
Pedro Feliz 3B
Carlos Ruiz C

Pitching: LHP Cliff Lee (2-0, 0.74 ERA in postseason)

TIME/TV: 7:57 p.m., FOX

 

Yankees Keys to game one : The Yankees keys to success start and end on the shoulders of CC Sabathia. This is the biggest game of his career so far and he has been great. He needs to go at least seven innings and leave with the lead.

Alex Rodriguez needs to continue his path of greatness. He is having one of the most brilliant post seasons in the history of baseball. If it continues there is no way the Yankees lose.

Phil Hughes needs to pitch to potential: In the Regular season Phil was money. So far in the post season he has not been that guy. If the Yankees can get stability out of Hughes, Chamberlain, Rivera it makes it a 6 inning game which spells trouble for the Phillies.

Joe Girardi needs to play smart baseball. Joe is definitely a different style manager than the old Joe (Torre) who managed more from his gut. Girardi needs to make the smart moves as opposed to the popular moves. I think he has learned a lot already from the playoffs.

Phillies Keys to VictoryCliff Lee has to pitch like he is a Cy Young winner not like a slub. He can be great and has been great. CC is a soldier and Lee needs to keep the Phillies in the game and go pitch for pitch.

Ryan Howard: Howard needs to have a big night. If there is anyone that can crush the ball on CC it will be Howard.

Run the bases well: When the Phillies get runners on base they need to be aggressive and smart. Play for the one run, steal a bag, bunt a guy over. One run could mean the difference tonight.

Brad Lidge needs to not blow it. So many times during the regular season he choked and blew a save. If any team can come from behind its the Yankees if the Phillies get a lead they better keep it.

In my mind the winner of tonight’s game will have a huge advantage for the rest of the series. Both pitchers are great, but CC at home and A-Rod hitting over .400 in the post season. I’m going with the Yankees 7-3

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