Rant-O-Matic: Previewing New York Yankees vs. Baltimore Orioles, Houston Texans vs. New York Jets

Here’s the latest edition of Rant-O-Matic for October 8, 2012:

New York Yankees vs. Baltimore Orioles

The Yankees took advantage of a five-run ninth inning on Sunday to take Game 1 from their AL East rivals in a 7-2 win over the Orioles and have the advantage heading into Monday when it comes to the pitching matchups. Andy Pettitte is one of the most experienced pitchers in the league at the moment when it comes to playing in the postseason and is 28-6 all time against Baltimore–which should work in the favor of the Yankees.

As for the Orioles, Wei-Yin Chen will be making his postseason debut and could be in for a long evening if the end of the season is any indication of what to expect. Chen went 0-4 over his final six starts of the regular season–which makes this an interesting decision for Baltimore in a crucial Game 2 of the series.

Houston Texans vs. New York Jets

While the Texans look like the best overall team in football heading into Week 5, the Jets are one of the biggest messes and Monday’s game could have a huge impact on whether or not Mark Sanchez will be replaced by Tim Tebow.

So far this season, Tebow is completing less than 50 percent of his passes and has thrown for less than 138 yards in two of his last three games. It doesn’t help that Sanchez has to play the rest of the year without star wide receiver Santonio Holmes and this should be a fun AFC matchup for all football fans to watch on Monday.

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