What’s up guys? So since I’ve been so busy lately I’ve been lacking in some good articles on the World Series. Admittedly, baseball is not my strongest sport, but if there’s anyone in this world who I know can put it into the proper perspective it is my youngest brother Yousef. So here’s a special World Series article for you guys, from a future Major League All-Star!
A World Series Recap
In game one of the 2009 World Series it was a pitching match-up with two former teammates, and CY Young winners. Coming into game one, the Philadelphia Phillies second baseman, Chase Utley, was 0 for 5, against CC Sabathia in his career including last years NLCS. Utley hit two solo homeruns off of Sabathia giving him two RBI’s, but he wasn’t the only Phillie to do damage. There was no surprise who the others were, Raul Ibanez had two RBI’s while Shane Victorino and Ryan Howard had 1 each. Ryan Howard and RBI’s were not uncomfortable together in the same sentence, he had at least one RBI in every game of the ALDS and ALCS. That streak did not end in the World Series, yet. Alex Rodriguez who was on the same track as Howard, went 0-for-4 with three strike-outs. He was not the only Yankee that didn’t produce, though. Mark Teixeira also went 0-for-4, but he is not having such a great postseason, so it isn’t that much of a surprise. Johnny Damon and Jorge Posada both went 1-for-4, and 3 other Yankees went 0-for-3. All of that from arguably one of the best pitchers in baseball, Cliff Lee, who threw a complete game 6-hit, 1 run, (which was not earned) game with 10 strike-outs. While his former teammate CC Sabathia went, 7 innings allowing 4 hits, on 2 runs, 3 walks, and 6 strike-outs. The only Yankee that really came through against Lee, was no surprise, the All-Time hit leader for the New York Yankees franchise, Derek Jeter. He went 3-for-4 with a run. The Phillies won 6-1.
In game two of the series, the Phillies offense flip-flopped. Utley went 0-for-3 and Howard went 0-for-4, it was his first game in the 2009 Postseason without an RBI. While on the Yankee side, Rodriguez went 0-for-4 with three strike-outs again. Mark Teixeira and Hideki Matsui each had solo homeruns, and Jorge Posada had a pinch-hit RBI single in the 7th. In game 2, it was another good pitching matchup with the great, Pedro Martinez, and , AJ Burnett. Burnett went 7 innings, allowing 4 hits, 1 run, 2 walks, and 9 strike-outs. Martinez went 6 innings, allowing 6 hits, 3 runs, 2 walks, and 8 strike-outs. The Yankees won 3-1, and the series is tied 1-1. Alex Rodriguez, who was almost impossible to get out in the first two rounds of the playoffs made history in game two, he became the only player in MLB history to have back-to-back three strike-out games in a World Series.