Tag:World Series
Posted on: October 15, 2011 11:40 pm
Edited on: October 16, 2011 1:20 am
 

Rangers are clear team to beat in World Series



By Evan Brunell


ARLINGTON, Texas -- At this point, how can anyone pick against the Rangers to win the World Series?

It doesn't even matter whether St. Louis or Milwaukee comes away with a victory in the NLCS, because no one can stop the runaway train that is Texas. The Rangers' offense was in rare form during the ALCS, paced by Nelson Cruz's awe-inspiring feats. Even Michael Young, who couldn't hit his way out of a brown paper bag all postseason, got in on the fun in Games 5 and 6. Even with Milwaukee and St. Louis both gaining the ability to use a DH (but only the Cardinals benefiting from it, able to slot Allen Craig in the lineup), neither team can hope to out-slug the Rangers, who have Cruz batting No. 7, for crying out loud.

ALCS Coverage
Texas also has sensational defense and while its starting pitching wasn't quite up to snuff, the bullpen more than made up for the lack of any dominant performance by the rotation. When skipper Ron Washington can wave a wand and roll out Scott Feldman, Alexi Ogando, Darren Oliver, Mike Adams and Neftali Feliz in relief, who cares if the starting pitcher can't go six strong? In addition, if the NLCS has shown anything, it's that the Cards and Brewers have their own problems with starting pitching. So then it becomes a battle of bullpens, and the Rangers have to be the heavy favorites there as well.

Momentum-wise, can anyone doubt that the Rangers hold the edge over whichever NLCS team advances? Not only did Texas handle Tampa Bay with relative ease, the ALCS versus Detroit seems to have come right out of Hollywood. A walkoff grand slam, a crucial throw at the plate, the bullpen coming up nails ... what more can you ask from this Rangers team to prove that they are the deepest, strongest and most confident team left in the playoffs?

Running a comparison of all three teams, the Rangers win the battle of the offense. They win the battle of pitching, too, off of their strong bullpen and the lack of any separation in the three teams' starting rotations. The fielding belongs to Texas, too. The confidence and momentum pendulum swings toward Texas as well. There is just nothing here to indicate that the Rangers aren't the heavily favored team to win the World Series, even without home-field advantage. Given the NL won the All-Star Game, that means that Texas will host Games 3, 4 and 5, and it wouldn't be surprising at all if the World Series was won in Texas.

This article has been one entire broken record. Texas this, Texas that. But there's a reason for that. For the Rangers will be left standing tall at the end as your 2011 world champions.

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Posted on: September 29, 2011 1:32 pm
 

Brando, Vasgersian talk baseball

After Wednesday night's incredible action on the baseball diamond, MLB Network's Matt Vasgersian joined Tim Brando on CBS Sports Network's Tim Brando Show to discuss everything. Check out the video clip below.

Category: MLB
Posted on: September 29, 2011 1:17 pm
Edited on: September 30, 2011 9:16 am
 

2011 MLB Playoffs: Fan guide

By Matt Snyder

Hopefully in the next month we get the kind of excitement baseball provided to us Wednesday night. If that happens, here's how you'll be able to take it all in.

Internet

We've got you covered here. The schedule and results page will be updated throughout the postseason. You can see -- and mock, I'm sure -- our predictions. I've always maintained you don't have the right to complain without listing your own in the comments section, so man up and post them. Also, throughout the postseason, if you can't watch the game on TV, our scoreboard updates live by the pitch. There's even a comments board where you can fight amongst yourselves, which is always popular. And much safer than doing so in person.

Also, if you're on Twitter, follow @EyeOnBaseball, @ScottMCBSSports, @DKnobler, @greggdoyelcbs, @MattSnyder27, @ctrent and @EvanBrunell. Engaging with us on that forum is definitely encouraged.

TV

TBS has all NLDS and ALDS games. It also has the NLCS. Fox has the ALCS and the World Series.

TBS' lead broadcast team is Brian Anderson -- who has been the Brewers' play-by-play announcer -- along with color commentators John Smoltz and Ron Darling. That team will handle the NLCS and the Yankees-Tigers series. Tom Verducci will be the field reporter with this team. The other three broadcast teams for the divisional series are:
• Dick Stockton and Bob Brenly will work the Phillies-Cardinals series with Craig Sager reporting.
• Don Orsillo and Buck Martinez will work the Rangers-Rays series with Jaime Maggio reporting.
• Victor Rojas and Joe Simpson have the Brewers-Diamondbacks series with Sam Ryan reporting.

Of note, Ernie Johnson has been the top play-by-play man for TBS in the past, but he's unable to do so this year as he's with his family. His son has muscular dystrophy and has been hospitalized for weeks.

In the studio, TBS will go with Matt Winer as the host and a trio of former major-leaguers to analyze the action: David Wells and Hall of Famers Cal Ripken and Dennis Eckersley.

Fox will go with the Joe Buck-Tim McCarver tandem for both the ALCS and World Series as things currently stand. If Buck is unable to do so due to his coverage with the NFL -- and he's had voice issues this season -- expect either Thom Brennaman or Kenny Albert to take over. Ken Rosenthal will be the field reporter. Their studio show will be hosted by Chris Rose, with former players Mark Grace and Eric Karros analyzing. Also, White Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski has been added as another analyst (Chicago Tribune).

APPs

Appatalism.com has a few good ones.

Live play-by-play.

At bat lite, with video clips.

So let's all sit back and enjoy what should be a wonderful postseason.

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Posted on: September 29, 2011 10:56 am
Edited on: September 30, 2011 9:17 am
 

2011 CBSSports.com MLB playoff predictions

2011 MLB postseason predictions
Predictions
Brunell

Doyel

Knobler

Miller

Snyder

Rosecrans
DET/NYY ALDS
in 4

in 5

in 5

in 5

in 5

in 5
TB/TEX ALDS
in 4

in 4

in 5

in 4

in 5

in 4
ARI/MIL NLDS
in 5

in 5

in 5

in 4

in 4

in 4
STL/PHI NLDS
in 3

in 3

in 5

in 4

in 3

in 4
ALCS
in 7

in 6

in 7

in 7

in 7

in 6
ALCS MVP Justin Verlander James Shields Russell Martin Miguel Cabrera Doug Fister Jose Valverde
NLCS
in 6

in 7

in 7

in 6

in 7

in 5
NLCS MVP Prince Fielder Ryan Braun Justin Upton Hunter Pence Chase Utley Roy Halladay
WORLD SERIES
in 5

in 6

in 7

in 7

in 7

in 6
WORLD SERIES MVP Zack Greinke Corey Hart Derek Jeter Roy Halladay Cliff Lee Miguel Cabrera

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