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Some things to think about while New Yorkers watch the weather forecast and Phillies fans pray for rain.
John Lackey didn't want to come out of the game with the bases loaded and two out in the seventh. Darren Oliver, brought in to make Mark Teixeira switch sides of the plate, wasn't the answer.
In the bottom of the inning, A.J. Burnett was pulled after the first two batters reached base. The Yankees' bullpen blew the newfound lead.
Angles manager Mike Scioscia has used 24 pitchers, an average of almost five pitchers per game. Yankees manager Joe Girardi (25 in five games) has averaged five per game (although only two in each of CC Sabathia's starts).
Do a little managing of your own and critique the pitching decisions so far in the ALCS. Are Scioscia and Girardi too quick to switch pitchers, or are they doing whatever it takes to win?
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