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2010 World Series SIMULATION (Game 4)
As a treat for those of you needing their baseball fix with spring training more than three months away, I’ve decided to post results from a simulated version of the 2010 World Series featuring the Yankees and Giants (NOTE: All simulations courtesy of WhatIf Sports). Game 1 saw the Yankees click on all cylinders in beating the Giants on the road. San Francisco came back in Game 2 to pull even. The Yankees offense picked up Phil Hughes in Game 3 to take control of the Series. What will happen in Game 4? Check it out:
If there was anytime for the Yankees and Giants to have their respective starting pitchers step up, it would be in this Game 4. While San Francisco needed rookie Madison Bumgarner to pitch the game of his life to even the Series at 2 games apiece, A.J. Burnett needed a good start to quiet the critics who called for Joe Girardi to go with ace CC Sabathia on three days’ rest. One of these instances happened, thanks to a rather unorthodox lineup decision for Girardi, as the Yankees pulled off a wild 14-8 win to take a 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven series.
Girardi shocked everyone — and I mean EVERYONE — by going with Jorge Posada at catcher over Burnett’s regular catcher, Francisco Cervelli. While nobody will confuse this move with a stroke of genius, the right-hander was able to keep the Yankees in the game. He retired 7 of the last 8 batter he faced with his final line reading: 6 IP, 10 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 1 K. For the second straight game, New York’s offense sent a Giants pitcher home early. Alex Rodriguez popped 2 HRs — the third Yankee to do so in this series — to pace the offense against Bumgarner. Nick Swisher and Brett Gardner also added HRs off the Giants’ young lefty contributing to a final line of 4 1/3 IP, 9 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 0 BB, 1 K.
The Yankees bullpen behind Burnett looked rusty in the 7th inning. Joba Chamberlain was the main culprit, being charged with three runs to let San Francisco tie the game at 7. As bad as Chamberlain was, the Giants bullpen fared even worse. Back-to-back triples from Curtis Granderson and Gardner highlighted a seven-run 7th inning at the expense of Sergio Romo and Dan Runzler which put the Bombers at double-digit runs for the second straight game.
With this win, the Yankees are now one win away from closing out the Giants. Game 5 will feature a rematch of Game 1, with CC Sabathia and Tim Lincecum facing off. Can San Francisco stave off elimination? Or will CC and the Bombers finish off the team that once played across the Harlem River? Find out the results tomorrow!