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Baseball playoffs coming soon...

Posted on: September 30, 2009 10:52 am
 
So we are finally in the home stretch of the Major League Baseball season...the last week. A week from tomorrow the playoffs start and there isn't much left to be decided. Most races are basically over except for two in the National League and one in the American league. The reigning world champion Phillies are struggling at the end of the season and have seen their lead shrink to 4 over the Braves. Meanwhile, the Braves are hot, winning 15 of the last 17 games to get within two of Colorado for the wild card.

In the American League the Twins took the first game of today's day/night doubleheader to pull within one game of the struggling Tigers. If they win tonight they will be tied with only 4 games left to play.

With all of that said I want to go ahead and make my predictions for the post season.

In the American League, the Yankees have locked down home field advantage for the playoffs and the Angels have won the division with the Red Sox all but clinching the wild card. The one team left comes out of the central division. I think the Twins are going to pull the improbable comeback on the Tigers and take that division crown. That will mean they will win a date with the Yankees while the Red Sox will travel to Anaheim. I see the Yankees taking caring of business in the first round with the Angels winning in five over Boston. I think the Yankees will then out muscle the Angels and head back to the World Series for the first time in since 2003.

In the National League, both the Dodgers and St. Louis have wrapped up their divisions with the National League East and wild card still up for grabs. I see the Phillies limping into the playoffs by winning the division on the last weekend of the season and I think the Braves will overtake the Rockies for the wildcard. I believe the Dodgers will secure home field advantage which will send the Braves to Los Angeles and the Phillies to St. Louis. I see the Braves upsetting the Dodgers in 4 games and the Cardinals destroying the Phillies in 3. I then see the Cardinals taking care of the Braves in 6 and going on to face the Yankees for the World Series.

The Yankees have been the best team in baseball since late April and I don't see that changing. I believe they will beat the Cardinals in 6 and take home their league leading 27th title.

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Since: Sep 20, 2009
Posted on: October 1, 2009 12:30 am
 

Baseball playoffs coming soon...

During the post game show Colorado Rockies Manager Jim Tracy said, "we're one step closer" and "we're not done with anything yet, actually". Rockies win and dominate the Milwaukee Brewers 10-6. "We're a very good offensive team" said Tracy. About Todd Helton, "a future hall of fall player that wants to go back," said Tracy. About Carlos Gonzalez, "he's going to be a scary player."

Five Rockies starters have double-digit wins from Jorge De la Rosa, Jason Marquis, Jason Hammel, Ubaldo Jimenez and Aaron Cook.

The Rockies are only 3 back on the Division to the Los Angeles Dodgers. There is a very realistic possibility that the Rockies could end up taking the #1 seed. Wow.

Go Rockies.




Since: Sep 20, 2009
Posted on: September 30, 2009 11:53 am
 

Baseball playoffs coming soon...

Did you watch Sportscenter last night or today? The Braves lost last night. The Colorado Rockies won in dramatic fashion with a walkoff homerun by backup catcher Chris Iannetta in the 11th inning! It was an awesome game. The Rockies lead on the NL Wildcard is now 3 games.

I think that the Rockies have a team to emulate throughout the league because they have cohesion and unity at the highest levels. Every night you see a variety of players like Eric Young Jr. or Jason Giambi or Ryan Spilborghs come off the bench to help their team win.

Jason Marquis showed a lot of poise last night after digging himself a hole walks and even walking a player home. He went six innings and would have earned the win if it weren't for Milwaukee Brewers' catcher Jason Kendall's fluke 3-run shot in the 9th to tie it up. He snuck it over left field wall. Kendall hasn't hit more than 10 HRs in 3 years.

Relievers Matt Belisle, Rafael Betancourt, Matt Daley and Jose Contreras played very well last night.

When you face the Rockies you have to measure your team unity against ours. That is why the Rockies will win the Wild Card and go on to beat the Dodgers in 5, then beat the Cardinals in 5. We'll look at the American league when we get to the World Series, but trust me, The Colorado Rockies have a ton to prove to the East about unity, farming players, and yes pitching.

Go Rockies.



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