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Tag:World Series
Posted on: October 23, 2008 9:24 pm
Edited on: October 23, 2008 10:00 pm
 

0-for-19 ... and then an infield hit

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The last team to go through the first two games of a World Series without a hit with a runner in scoring position was the 2001 Yankees.

And they were just 0-for-4 total, for the two games.

The Phillies didn't make it through two full games, but they were 0-for-19 with runners in scoring position for the series before Shane Victorino's one-out infield hit in Game 2. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, it's the second-longest 0-for with runners in scoring position to start a World Series. The Dodgers finished the 1966 World Series 0-for-22 with RISP.

The Phillies went 0-for-13 in Game 1, becoming the first team to ever do that in a World Series game. Four teams had gone 0-for-12, most recently the 1980 Royals, in Game 5 against the Phillies.

Category: MLB
Posted on: October 23, 2008 8:51 pm
 

Will it rain on Saturday?

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The forecast continues to call for 70-80 percent chance of rain on Saturday in Philadelphia, where the World Series is scheduled to continue with Game 3.

Commissioner Bud Selig, though, said he's optimistic the game will be played.

"(Phillies president) David Montgomery says it's better now," Selig said. "they're going to get rain. The question is, when and how long? But the Phillies feel better about it."

The forecast baseball was given has the rain starting around noon. First pitch is scheduled for 8:35 p.m. It's unlikely that baseball would start the game in the rain.

If Saturday's game is rained out, Games 3-5 would be played Sunday-Tuesday. Games 6 and 7 in St. Petersburg would still be scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday.

That would mean a potential five games in five days, which could present pitching problems for both teams. Neither the Rays nor the Phillies have a fifth starter they would want to use.

Category: MLB
Posted on: October 22, 2008 1:32 pm
 

From Wall St. to 16th St. N.

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Imagine if you'd told someone back in 2003 that you were leaving a big successful company in New York to go work for a small, unsuccessful baseball team in Florida.

Seriously now, which company had a better future, Goldman Sachs or the Tampa Bay Devil Rays? Bear Stearns or the Devil Rays?

Where would you rather be working now?

You don't have to answer that. It's too obvious.

Yeah, the world sure has turned around in five years. It's turned around in just the last year, which is why the renamed Tampa Bay Rays are going to win the World Series which begins tonight at Tropicana Field. And why Rays president Matt Silverman (formerly of Goldman Sachs) and general manager Andrew Friedman (formerly of Bear Stearns) will be drenched in champagne sometime in the next 10 days, for the fifth time this year.

I'm not saying that there's no way the Phillies could win. They're a talented team, and Game 1 starter Cole Hamels is one of the best pitchers in baseball right now. They have the perfect closer in Brad Lidge, and setup man Ryan Madson has come out of nowhere to throw 99 mph in October.

But the American League is clearly baseball's better league right now, and the Rays play in baseball's best division. Their 97 regular-season wins mean a whole lot more than the Phillies NL-tainted 92 wins, and their playoff run through the White Sox and Red Sox is much more impressive than the Phillies' wins against the flawed Brewers and flawed Dodgers.

Not only that, but the Phillies have been an on-and-off offensive team all season. They can look great one week, and awful the next. Taking a week off at this time of year has to hurt them, just as it hurt the Rockies last year and the Tigers the year before.

The Rays have a deeper rotation, they have a lineup that works and they have a manager who can work magic even with an average bullpen.

In short, they're the team of 2008. This is the place you want to be, especially if the alternative was working for failing companies on Wall Street.

"You know it's funny, but going through this, I haven't had time to really reflect on it," Friedman said, when I asked him how much better it is now to be a Ray than an investment analyst.

Besides, even when the stock market is thriving, no one at Goldman Sachs pours champagne over your head. There's nothing on Wall Street that compares to winning the American League pennant.

"I think that feeling can only be achieved in sports," Silverman said. "I had a lot of people say they felt like they were 8 years old again, winning in T-ball. There's nothing like that in business."

There's nothing like the World Series, and nothing like winning it.

Rays in 5.

Posted on: October 17, 2008 4:55 pm
 

Will there be a Game 7? History says count on it

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Want to hear something weird?

No Red Sox postseason series has ended in six games since they beat the Cubs four games to two in the 1918 World Series. How about that?

It's true. Since 1918, the Red Sox have been involved in a Game 6 eight times. That includes two of the most famous Game 6's ever, the Carlton Fisk game in the 1975 World Series and the Bill Buckner game in the 1986 World Series.

One Red Sox win, one loss. But both forced Game 7 (and, of course, both times the Red Sox lost Game 7).

Anyway, the Red Sox also won Game 6 when they faced elimination in the 1967 World Series, in the 1986 ALCS, in the 2003 ALCS, in the 2004 ALCS and in the 2007 ALCS. They lost Game 6 when they could have wrapped up the 1946 World Series.

No Rays postseason series has ever ended in six games, either. But they have a better excuse.

 

 
 
 
 
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