18 games was not enough for these two teams. They have to play up to 5 more games against each other. The New York Yankees and Baltimore Orioles battled until the final day of the MLB season for the AL East Crown, which went to the Yankees by 2 games in the end, but now they are fighting for something even bigger: A trip to the American League Championship Series. I think there is a great chance that this series will go 5 games, but I also could see one team taking over the series early. Could be either team too. The O's and Yankees split their 18 games this year, each winning 9 games against each other, so anything could happen.
Lets Take a Look at the Match-Ups:
CC Sabathia vs. Jason Hammel
I give the edge to the Yankees here. Hammel has been out for awhile, CC is hot and so are the Yankees' bats.
Andy Pettitte vs. Wei-Yin Chen
I give the Yankees the edge in this game too. Pettitte is the most successful Playoff Pitcher of All-Time and Chen ended the season a little rough.
Miguel Gonzalez vs. Hiroki Kuroda
The series shifts to Yankee Stadium for Game 3. Could be a pretty even match-up, but again I give the edge to the Yankees.
If it goes further, the Yankees would start Phil Hughes in Game 4 and Sabathia again for Game 5.
Despite me giving the edge to the Yankees, somehow the O's keep winning. Should be a great series folks! You can listen to the games on Sports Radio 1340 WEPM!
Prediction: Yankees in 5.