Monday, October 29, 2007

Red Sox complete the sweep

After scoring 29 runs in four game the Sox put the Rockies to bed for good in game four 4-3 completing the 4-game sweep. We’re the Red Sox really THAT much better than the Rockies or did the 8-day layoff after the NLCS hurt them that much? The Boston Pitching really turned it up a notch in the World Series, allowing only 10 runs and not giving up any big innings to a supposedly potent offense in the geographically favorable confines of Coors Field. The Sox put on a dominating performance never trailing in the series and not being press since playing at the Jake.

So, today they put on their rings, but tomorrow do they go after A-Rod? A little Johny Damon payback?

Friday, October 26, 2007

Do or Die in Mile High

The Sox get 6 good innings from Schill’ and even better 2.2 from Okajima to hold off the Rockies in what could have proven to be the pivotal game of the series, winning 2-1. The clutch Rockies’ bats that we’ve seen in the divisional playoff and NLCS have been nowhere to be found in the first two games of the World Series. If they don’t find them over the two games off then all of the pundits or East Coast idiots that predicted a ‘Sox Sweep will be right on time. If the Rockies don’t cut into the Sox’ starter and that bullpen only has to work 3 innings a night then they are done, particularly if there is a day or two weather delay, then they may see Beckett again, sooner than later, then this is all over except for the parade.

Monday, October 22, 2007

Cleveland lets it slip away

In the spirit of “The Drive” and “The Fumble”, and their last visit to the ALCS the Cleveland Indians will watch another World Series from home after letting the Red Sox stay off elimination 3 times, return the favor, and beat them 3 times in a row to take the AL pennant of Sunday. What was the major reason for the Indian’s futility in the ALCS? The fact that their three aces went 0-3? Also, despite the final score Joel Skinner’s decision to NOT send Lofton on a play which he clearly would have scored was a MJOR momentum swing in game 7. Not only does Lofton score but there is also a runner on second, no double play and you’ve got a new ballgame. Was this the most important play in the series? Did they just not have the mental mindset to finish them? Does this go down with the afore mentioned Cleveland tragedies as one of the worst in Cleveland history?

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Should the Sox have had Beckett start game 3?

If and when the Red Sox lose the ALCS that will be the lasting question of the summer. With a rotation like Beck, Shill, and ‘Dice-K’, why take a chance with a number 4 like Wakefield who has had such a long layoff? He didn’t make it out of the 5th and the Sox’s relivers let a bad situation get worse as Cleveland scored all the runs they would need in one inning AGAIN and now are 9 innings away from a trip to the Series. Tough call or the right decision?

Time to just give them their props

There’s no need to go into a big statistical rant on how many they have won in a row but in case you’ve lost count it’s 21 out of 22, but in addition to that the Colorado Rockies have the best ERA since the all-star break and less than 2 during the post season. In a brief warm-up before the World Series the Rockies swept through the D-Backs as if they were a AAA farm club, and now await the ALCS winner which will be a prohibitive favorite. But perhaps it’s time to just give them some dap and call it like it is…..belive it or not the COLORADO ROCKIES are the best team in Baseball.

Sunday, October 14, 2007

The Tribe rises up and takes home field advantage

Cleveland rides out the storm then explodes for a post-season record, scoring 7 runs one extra inning. Trott Nixion was the catalyst as the Tribe take game 2 AND home field advantage from the Red Sox. A base hit away from a commanding series lead and probable trip back to the World Series, Boston couldn’t get it when they needed it and now it looks like this one will go the distance. Are the Tribe the favorites now.

Friday, October 12, 2007

Is it already over for the D-Backs?

The D-backs couldn’t hold serve at home and now are on the brink of elimination as Colorado wins game 2 in extra innings. The streak continues and now the D-Backs must win 4 out 5 or hit the links until next spring.

The Rockies continue to be the hottest team in baseball and take game 1 on the road in Arizona and making it 18 out of the last 19, and more importantly 11 out of 19 against Arizona. The D-Backs look young and inexperienced and don’t look like a team that’s going to get back to Arizona after game 2. Colorado sends out Jimenez and Zona’ counters with Davis. In Jimenez's only other start against Arizona on Aug. 31, he gave up three runs, three hits and struck out six in 6 2-3 innings, but didn't factor in Colorado's 7-3 win in 10 innings. Davis won a career-high 13 games, but also tied a career-worst with 12 losses and finished with a 4.25 ERA in his first season with Arizona. He also struggled in his first postseason start despite earning the victory. But it’s do or die for the D-Backs as being down 0-2 going back to the mile high city would seal the deal. Can Arizona battle back from the brink as they have done all year?



Wednesday, October 10, 2007

The series no one has thier eye on

The Major Leagues’ best batting average team (Col) faces it’s worst (AZ) for the first time in history, but both teams posted 90-win seasons. The Rockies won 10 of the 18 played this year, but in a 7-game series Webb can make the difference if he gets 3 starts. The Rockies have been the hottest team in baseball for quite some time now, and no one seems to give them, or the D-Backs for that matter, a chance of winning the World Series if they manage to win the NLCS. So who has the edge in the series and can the winner take it all?


Sox have slight edge

This sets up to be a great series with both Cleveland and Boston having 96 wins, but like most post season series this looks like it will come down to pitching. Both teams with strong staffs playing at their best. It’s the Indians ‘power pitching’ vs. the ‘craftiness’ of the Red Sox’s aces, like Beckett and Schilling. Both teams are coming off long rest so the teams should be rested. The Sox have an edge with Boradwalk and Parkplace (Papi and Manny) hitting the best they have all year. Can the Indians manufacture enough runs to keep up the the Red Sox long ball?

Monday, October 8, 2007

Yankees battle back from the brink

Special note to the Phills, Angels, and Cubs, thanks for showin’ up but you may want to have your bats ready by the time the post season starts. The Angles scored 4 runs in three games, Phillies scored 8, and the Cubs 6. If you add them all up the total is “thank you for coming, enjoy the off season”. So we have an all NL West NLCS, there are a lot of sports pundits who owe some apologies stating the NL West was the weakest division in baseball. In the AL the Red Sox are still waiting for an opponent but it appears Cleveland won’t make them wait long. PS – is there a club in the market for a 7-million per year manager soon to be unemployed?

Swept Away

Special note to the Phills, Angels, and Cubs, thanks for showin’ up but you may want to have your bats ready by the time the post season starts. The Angles scored 4 runs in three games, Phillies scored 8, and the Cubs 6. If you add them all up the total is “thank you for coming, enjoy the off season”. So we have an all NL West NLCS, there are a lot of sports pundits who owe some apologies stating the NL West was the weakest division in baseball. In the AL the Red Sox are still waiting for an opponent but it appears Cleveland won’t make them wait long. PS – is there a club in the market for a 7-million per year manager soon to be unemployed?

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Phillies v. Rockies

After winning 12 of their last 13 games the Rockies are riding a winning streak that only 2 other teams in the history of the game have. Can their mojo possibly continue through October, or did the stretch run wear them out? This series is also going to be a great series to watch, as the Phillies and the Rockies are first and second in the NL in runs and RBI -- with the Phillies having a slight edge here. This will be another fight to the finish for both teams. Who will make the plays down the stretch to win? Who matches up better?

Yankees vs. Indians

The Indians don’t have the power that the Yankees' lineup does, and they are going to attempt to compensate with depth and consistency which was their strength this year. The Yankees have concerns about the pitching staff, as they have all season. After Pettitte and Wang, Mussina's production has been spotty at best. Although the Yankees swept Cleveland in the six-game season series, do they have enough to win in the second season? Cleveland’s approaching this series as nothing to lose and everything to gain, could the Yanks’ be looking ahead to the ALCS?

Cubs vs. Diamondbacks

Even though they won the West are the Diamondbacks a fraud? Arizona was outscored 732-712, and became the first team in over a CENTURY since the 1906 White Sox to have the best record in the league despite the worst batting average (.250). The series starts off with Zambrano (18-13) v. Webb (18-10) Zambrano has had an up-and-down season for the Cubs, but seems to have regained his dominance heading into the playoffs. The right-hander was 5-5 with a 5.62 ERA in his first 12 starts, then went 9-2 with a 1.43 ERA from June 6-Aug. 3, they will need him to pitch well if they are going to have a chance. Game 1 is so important and that’s why it’s such a point of focus, but beyond that, this series is dead even when you look at infield, outfield, starting and relief pitching. What will be the deciding factor? Pinella? Mistique? Curses? And who comes out on top?

Red Sox vs. Angels

In what looks like the best series on paper, the Angels take on the Red Sox beginning Wednesday at 6:30est with Beckett (20-7) v. Lackey (19-9) in games 1 and 4. Both staff aces on the mound alone makes for a great setting but throw in Fenway in October and the consistency of the Angel bats, and you get a great series. But Lackey has struggled when facing Manny Ramierz, who is 10-for-23 (.435) with four homers against him, and David Ortiz, who is 10-for-26 (.385) with two homers. Anaheim will have to deal with ‘Boradwalk and Parkplace’ if they want to advance to the ALCS. So the question is do they have the arms to silence the guns of Boston, and do the ‘Sox have enough offense to combat the persistent onslaught of the Angel lineup?

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