Game 1 seems weighted (no pun intended) toward CC Sabathia and the Yankees against Francisco Liriano, who ended the regular season going 0-3 with an 8.10 ERA. On the other hand, the Yankees are winless in the last nine games started by lefthanders.
Liriano is 0-2 with a 3.12 ERA in five career games (four starts) against the Yanks. Marcus Thames (5-for-14, three home runs). He was 14-10 with a 3.62 ERA this season and earned the league's comeback player of the year.
The wild card could be his emotions. "I get too excited sometimes, especially when I get two strikes,'' he was quoted. ``I think I'm just trying to strike him out. I have to stay nice and calm and hit my spot, not try to overdo things, not try to rush. I'm kind of nervous, to be honest."
Liriano vs. Yankee hitters:
Derek Jeter: 5-for-13 (one homer, three RBIs)..
Nick Swisher: 5-for-16 ( two doubles).
Mark Teixeira: 3-for-16 (eight strikeouts).
Alex Rodriguez: 1-for-9 (four strikeouts).
Marcus Thames: 5-for-14 (three homers).
Jorge Posada: 3-for-6 (two doubles).
Curtis Granderson: 4-for-22 (12 strikeouts).
Brett Gardner: 3-for-9 with three RBIs.