How will the Yankees bounce back Tuesday at Angel Stadium in Game 4 of the American League Championship Series, scheduled for 7:57 p.m. ET on TBS? That remains to be seen.
With a 2-1 series lead, the Yankees will get a look at Angels starter Scott Kazmir, with whom they have a history -- and not a good one: During his tenure with the Tampa Bay Rays, Kazmir went 6-5 with a stellar 2.67 ERA against the Bronx Bombers.
Not surprisingly, Kazmir has proven to be a matchup problem for several key members of the Yankees lineup, including Derek Jeter (4-for-36, .111 AVG), Johnny Damon (6-for-36, .167 AVG), Hideki Matsui (5-for-28, .179 AVG), Nick Swisher (5-for-27 .185 AVG), Robinson Cano (4-for-26, .154 AVG) and Alex Rodriguez (3-for-24, .125 AVG).
"I have faced [the Yanks] quite a bit," Kazmir said. "I think there's not going to be any disadvantages or advantages to anyone. ... I just have to execute pitches."
Executing pitches is something ace CC Sabathia did plenty of in Game 1 of the ALCS, allowing only one run on four hits over eight innings en route to a 4-1 victory over the Angels. The big lefty will take the hill Tuesday night on three days' rest.
"I don't think it's that big of a deal going [on] three days' rest," Sabathia said. "Everybody made such a big deal of it last year. But if you're healthy enough during the year, I think anybody is able to do it."
The following chart breaks down how experts from MLB.com and MLB Network see Game 4 of the ALCS shaking out:
ALCS Game 4 Predictions
|MLB.com||NYY||4||7||0||A-Rod continues torrid pace.|
|MLBN||NYY||5||10||0||CC spins second perfect game in postseason history.|
|MLB.com||NYY||6||11||0||CC shuts down Halos again.|
|MLBN||NYY||4||10||1||Angels down Yanks behind hit parade.|
|MLBN||NYY||2||7||0||Kazmir replicates regular-season success vs. Yanks.|