LEFT BEHIND – YANKEES: SOUTHPAW PROBLEMS IN THE PAST

ARLINGTON, Texas – The

Yankees stumbled in many areas

during the final month of the regular season, but one of the most

interesting numbers was 0-9. That was their record against

lefthanded starting pitchers to end the season.

Those numbers looked meaningless in the ALDS when the

Yankees beat both Twins lefties they

saw, Francisco Liriano and Brian Duensing. Now, the

Yankees head to the ALCS, when the

Rangers will throw C.J. Wilson and Cliff Lee.

Nick Swisher said the numbers from September should just be

thrown out because of what health issues did to the

Yankees lineup.

“There was a lot of [stuff] going on,” Swisher said. “We had a

lot of guys banged-up.

We had a lot of guys who weren’t even in the lineup.

This is a different team. I think we’re all, for the most part,

healthy.” During that stretch, the

Yankees saw some tough lefties, as

well. David Price and Lee were in that group.

It was also during that time when the

Yankees’ own starting pitching went

south.

Over the course of the season, the

Yankees’ average against

left-handers (.268) was nearly identical to the average against

righties (.266). Their power numbers were significantly less

against lefties. In 64 fewer at-bats, the

Yankees had 61 home runs vs.

lefties compared with 140 against righties and 252 RBIs vs.

571.

Before the stretch of nine losses in a row, the

Yankees had won nine out of 10

games against southpaws.

“It’s part of baseball,” said Curtis Granderson, who batted .234

against lefties. “I remember seeing earlier in the season where our

numbers were pretty good. It’s just one of those crazy things in

baseball. Sometimes the numbers go in your favor.

Sometimes they go against you. But then, sure enough, when the

postseason started we picked up two victories against two lefties.”

The

Yankees have all said they buried

the problems that plagued them to end the regular season once the

playoffs started. When presented with the 0-9 record, they treated

it the same way.

“I didn’t know that,” Brett Gardner said. “I don’t make anything

of it. The season is over and done with. The last two games we had

against lefties we won. It’s kind of baffling really. I don’t know

why that’s the case.”

Lining up

A look at some of the odds surrounding the ALCS, courtesy of

bodog.com

ALCS-SERIES PRICE

Yankees -170 Rangers +150

ODDS TO WIN THE ALCS MVP

CC Sabathia 15/2 Cliff Lee 19/2 Derek Jeter 10/1 Alex Rodriguez

10/1 Mark Teixeira 10/1 Josh Hamilton 10/1 Michael Young 12/1

Vladimir Guerrero 12/1 Ian Kinsler 12/1 Robinson Cano 12/1 Nelson

Cruz 14/1 Mariano Rivera 15/1 C.J. Wilson 15/1 Nick Swisher 16/1

Jorge Posada 16/1 Brett Gardner 18/1 Elvis Andrus 20/1 Neftali

Feliz 20/1 Lance Berkman 20/1 Curtis Granderson 20/1 Andy Pettitte

25/1 Field 10/1

EXACT SERIES RESULT

Yankees 4-0 9/1 (+900)

Yankees 4-1 4/1 (+400)

Yankees 4-2 15/4 (+375)

Yankees 4-3 9/2 (+450) Rangers 4-0

15/1 (+1500) Rangers 4-1 9/1 (+900) Rangers 4-2 6/1 (+600) Rangers

4-3 5/1 (+500)

TOTAL GAMES IN SERIES

4 6/1 (+600) 5 5/2 (+250) 6 2/1 (+200) 7 2/1 (+200)

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Over Games 51/2 -175 Under Games 51/2 +145

SERIES GAME SPREAD

Yankees -11/2 +120 Rangers +11/2

-150

WHERE WILL THE SERIES BE DECIDED?

Yankee Stadium +145 Rangers

Ballpark -175

TOTAL RUNS IN SERIES

Over/Under 47.5

TOTAL HOME RUNS IN SERIES

Over/Under 14.5

TOTAL STRIKEOUTS IN GAME 1 – CC SABATHIA Over/Under 5.5

TOTAL STRIKEOUTS IN GAME 1 – C.J. WILSON Over/Under 4.5