The Los Angeles Angels are taking on the New York Yankees in the ALCS, and game one begins Friday night in New York. The Angels need another great start from John Lackey, who went 7.1 innings in game one of the ALDS against the Twins where he held them scoreless. He only gave up four hits and struck out four, and the Angels would like Lackey to make a statement in game one and slow down the hot Yankee bats. Lackey will have his hands full with Alex Rodriguez, as he went 5 for 11 with two homers and six RBIs against the Twins. If Lackey can shut Arod down in game one, then maybe it will get in his head and he will struggle all series like he did in past postseasons.
The Angels bats will face a challenge in Yankees pitcher C.C. Sabathia. The big lefthander pitched well in the ALDS against the Twins, where he went 6.1 innings and gave up one earned run. Sabathia is one of the top pitchers in the game so the Angels will need players like Bobby Abreu and Vladimir Guerrero to continue the hitting they did in the ALDS. Abreu went 5 for 9 and took five walks, while Vlad went 4 for 10 with 2 RBIs including the series winner. Both teams are hot coming into this series and it should be a great match-up. The weather may cool off both teams though, as the New York weather has been awful lately with forecasts not looking good for game one tomorrow night in the Bronx.