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Jim Bowden breaks down some potential late inning batter/pitcher matchups we might see in the Divisional Series.
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Welcome to this playoff preview brought you by Toyota autobiography Bryan Webber to -- but foxwoods dot com's baseball idolized him -- Jimmy as you know. Playoff games dumb down 21 late inning at bats look spotlights a matchup we could see. In big situations in the post season. Will start with the Yankees and twins what matchup standout to you prior. Think first of all when you look at the New York Yankees rotation actors CC sabathia. There's some questions about how late in the game Andy -- -- -- are gonna be able to pitch. So one of the keys is going to be a match up of Yankees lefty reliever Boone Logan. Against the Minnesota Twins let him hitters Joe Mauer Jim Thome Jason Kubel Denard span. Remember they lost Damaso Marte who was their best left in -- league reliever in the post season last year. And this'll be Logan's first postseason appearance now. Granted earlier this year Logan went 25 outings without giving up Iran how ever. The pressure of the playoffs is a different atmosphere and his slider will be the telling factor. The fact is during the regular season when hitters swung his breaking ball they miss Brian over 50% of the time. The Yankees will need that effectiveness in these important 67 -- matchups until Kerry Wood and Mariano Rivera get into the ball game so it's almost set up the stage for Rivera in the ninth let's talk about a potential all under the radar matchup in this it -- I think -- has to be markets -- of the Yankees against the twins left handed pitchers. Would let -- starting pitchers Francisco Liriano and Brian dancing starting two of the games. And with two quality left handers in the bullpen -- Jose Mike Harris and Brian for went days. The Yankees will meet power from their DH spot and the back is. Tim is eight for twenty against liriano and dancing this year including three home runs against -- now. Okay let's move on to the other division series the rays taking on the Rangers alleged breakdown the important late inning match up in that one. Okay -- this series could be decided. By their running game so the key matchup for me in this game is going to be the rangers' catchers against the rays base runners. The Rangers have thrown out only nineteen point 6% of their runners as a team. The Rangers won't catch Bengie Molina in game one for Cliff Lee and he's only thrown out 23%. Of the runners erased the lead the American League. With a 172. Stolen bases. As well as taking the extra bases good as any team the American League they're so good -- the base pads that despite being thirteenth in the league in hitting. They were third in the league in runs scored. A great tribute to their speed. And aggressiveness that no doubt the rays have a better rotation but as we look deep into the game as their pitching match -- that could happen inning 789 attacking Jerod. Yeah we know the rays eight to nine innings earned great hands and walking Ben war and rock feel Soriano. But the late inning match up our -- and think show against MVP Josh ambled to and of the Texas Rangers is one the pay attention to. Remember -- comes we'll look recorder almost side armed delivery with a breaking ball with Tuff angles against what will be. The MVP -- the American League should be a very thing that surprised. Let's jump over to the National League if the reds are gonna continue to shock the world not that the -- give -- a key late inning matchup presented that. Well -- key will be dusty Baker's use of all three left in -- relievers not just rolled his Chapman. But Arthur Rhodes and Travis would. The -- starters will have a difficult time matching with the Phillies starters as we know. But when they get into the sixth inning it will be dusty Baker's -- decisions. In how do you verbalize his left these against the middle of that Phillies lefty hitting lineup that includes of course Chase Utley. Ryan Howard. And roll -- we all know Brian by now that -- those 10205 miles an hour his slider has become filthy nasty. But Dusty Baker can't use them in the -- inning to set up Cordero he's gonna have to use him in the most important parts of the game when he needs to get their big boys out. It could be a six inning could be -- seventh inning can be the eight team in the ninth inning. The luxury of having three left handed relievers to mix and match will probably also influenced dusty. To make quicker hook with a starting pitchers when the Phillies left handers come to the plate. Late in the ball -- so that's -- Cincinnati. Late in the game against the reds good lefties -- bottom should be the MVP Jaber. That's a great question Brian and I'll tell you why JC Romero was supposed to be that guy but his back has been bothering him. And his earned run averages over five since the All-Star game. If it's in the seventh period dating I expect manager Charlie Manuel to go with a righthander. Ryan Madson against both. The writing and the left these like -- or Bruce as you asked his velocity is up. His off speed pitches he can locate. And he's pounding the strike zone and missing bats at rates that are better than any time in his career let big hitters are batting just 217 against them. This year has earned run average is just one point five from the All-Star break I think that's who he's gonna use that situation let's let. But up with the other NL division series Atlanta taking on San Francisco what could be the key late inning magic and not one. Well the Giants look at specialist Javier Lopez. Against either Jason Heyward or Brian McCann will be the matchup that could be the most interest. Lopez is -- mostly fastballs sliders now only showing the change and that's a positive adjustment for him. Lefties are hitting just 162 against them and he struck out 28 of them. In only 99 at bats and against Atlanta in five appearances Bryant -- -- -- -- should be an outstanding post season party Major League Baseball we appreciate the insight that to put this playoff preview brought to -- Toyota. Autobiography for Jim O'Brien will see you next up.