I am very, very fortunate to be able to cover the Major League Baseball playoffs this season. And when I do get to a game — the first game I’ll be covering is Game 3 of the ALDS — I’ll have seven familiar faces in Yankee pinstripes.
SP Phil Hughes, RP Joba Chamberlain, RP David Robertson, C Francisco Cervelli, INF Robinson Cano, INF Ramiro Pena and OF Brett Gardner have all come through Trenton on their way to their run at a second straight World Series title.
Additionally, SP Andy Pettitte, INF Lance Berkman and INF Derek Jeter have all appeared at Waterfront Park on rehab assignments.
Of all the non-rehabbers, it may be Hughes who could play the most key role in this series. Yes, Cano has had an MVP-type season and will be relied upon to drive the Yankees offense, but it will be Hughes who will take the ball for what very well could be a pivotal third game of the ALDS.
CC Sabathia and Pettitte will face a tough task in Francisco Liriano and another Thunder alum, Carl Pavano. I wouldn’t at all be surprised to see the series tied at one going into Saturday, and it would be the former top prospect’s time to shine.
I’d make a prediction, but…well, those don’t seem to go too well for everyone involved. In any event, stay tuned to the blog, as I’ll have some tidbits throughout the postseason. And don’t miss my playoff coverage in the Democrat.
Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com