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3 to Watch: The (maybe it's a) WS preview edition

Posted on: June 26, 2011 6:30 pm
 
This isn't a prediction. This is just a statement of fact.

The Phillies are the most impressive team in the National League. The Red Sox are the most impressive team in the American League.

And when they meet for three games this week in Philadelphia, some people are going to see it as a World Series preview.

Not a prediction. Just a statement of fact.

And yes, I've looked at the standings. I know that the Red Sox are half a game behind the Yankees in the AL East. I'm not saying that the Red Sox are guaranteed anything at this point, or even, for that matter, that the Phillies are guaranteed anything.

But from the time that the Red Sox traded for Adrian Gonzalez and signed Carl Crawford, and from the time the Phillies signed Cliff Lee, there's been a sense that one team was the best in the American League, and that the other was the best in the National League.

Seven months later, there's still that sense.

Seven months later, it feels like it's worth noting that only five times in the first 14 years of interleague play, two teams that met in the regular season went on to meet in the World Series (and that four of those five times, the team that won the regular-season series ended up losing the World Series).

Just remember, that's not a prediction.

It's just a statement of fact.

On to 3 to Watch:

1. The Angels announced that they're going to bring the Nationals presidents race to Anaheim this week. The Nationals announced that they're going to bring Davey Johnson, who last managed in the big leagues when Bill Clinton was president. It figures to be quite a week, beginning with Nationals at Angels, Monday night (10:05 ET) at Angel Stadium.

2. After watching Justin Verlander pitch in person on Saturday night, I'm more convinced than ever that Verlander is the best pitcher in the majors. But if my mind is going to be changed, perhaps it happens in Red Sox at Phillies, Tuesday night (7:05 ET) at Citizens Bank Park. Josh Beckett, who starts for Boston, leads the majors with a 1.86 ERA. Cliff Lee, who starts for Philadelphia, has thrown two straight shutouts and has allowed just one run in the last 33 innings.

3. The Yankees have invited Dick Groch, the scout who signed Derek Jeter, to come to town to see Jeter get his 3,000th hit. Groch now works for the Brewers, so it sure would have been nice if Jeter had a chance to get it when Milwaukee comes to town this week. He's eligible to come off the disabled list for Brewers at Yankees, Wednesday night (7:05 ET) at Yankee Stadium, but it's basically a given now that he won't be ready that soon. Jeter told the Associated Press on Sunday in Tampa that he won't even begin a running program until Monday or Tuesday. Wednesday's game should be interesting, anyway, as Brewers starter Shaun Marcum tries to prove his hip injury really is nothing serious. Marcum has pitched just four innings in his last two starts, but the Brewers insist it was just predetermined caution when they removed him after three innings the last time.


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Since: Jun 22, 2011
Posted on: June 28, 2011 7:14 pm
 

3 to Watch: The (maybe it's a) WS preview edition

  1. Verlander
  2. Halladay
  3. Lee
  4. Becket
  5. Lencecum
  6. Shields
  7. Hernandez
  8. Haren
  9. Hamels
  10. Jurrjens

Jurrjens may be legit




Since: May 22, 2010
Posted on: June 28, 2011 7:02 pm
 

3 to Watch: The (maybe it's a) WS preview edition

1.Lee
2.Halladay
3.Verlander
4.Hernandez
5.Beckett
6.Lincecum
7.Kershaw
8.Shields
9.Haren
10.Sabathia

Thats my top 10 lol
 


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