Rockies in 4 due to the Phillies bullpen. Yankees in 3. Wish I could go different, but, horses for courses. Dodgers in 4. Red Sox in 4. Extra bonus should go to which game will TBS not show the beginning of by preempting it for a bad sitcom repeat (see Game 6 of '08 ALCS).
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smark/net attack Advisory System Status is: Elevated (Holds; June 18, 2006) While the switch from Cena to RVD should alleviate some complaints, the inevitability of the belt's return to Cena (note where Summerslam is this year) and the poor initial showing by the new ECW are enough to keep the indicator where it is for now. The pieces are in place, though, especially on RAW, for improvements to be made to the IWC's psyche in the near future.
I'm pretty sure I've seen those AL playoff matchups roughly 17 times in my life. Really, Boston and Anaheim meet AGAIN for the 4th time in 6 years?
History is not kind to either Anaheim or the Twinkies here. Red Sox vs. Yankees, part SNORE coming up.
Since I decided to cease sleeping, I spent my year watching a LOT of Rox games in HD (as well as the D-Backs). I liked their team from the start of the year. Ubaldo Jimenez may be the most underappreciated pitcher in the majors. His fastball is just blazing (fastest average amongst starters), and his stuff nasty. They have a lot of clutch guys in their lineup, so I hope they return to the World Series and get 'er done this time.
More than a bit of wishful thinking on the last one, but I can see it; the Yankees have a great offense but the pitching could go south. For some reason, I think the Phillies will either win quickly or lose in 5.
Obviously Holliday's error was a blunder but Franklin still gave up a walk, a single, a passed ball, another walk and another single and only needed one out to end it at any point. Rasmus also made a huge running mistake and the offense left 7 men on base and went 0 for 9 with runners in scoring position. It's not Holliday that blew Wainwright's performance as much as it was all the Cardinals except for Wainwright blew Wainwright's performance.
Originally posted by http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/page3/story?page=behrens/santo/050301It might very well be the most familiar radio broadcast in the long, sordid history of Chicago sports. The Milwaukee Brewers were hosting the Cubs on Sept. 23, 1998. Chicago was locked in a tight wild-card race with the Mets and Giants. The Cubs held a 7-0 lead over Milwaukee entering the seventh inning -- just the sort of scenario a fatalistic Chicago fan greets with dread.
Cubs starter Steve Trachsel was removed from the game. The bullpen quickly allowed a sequence of singles, walks and hit batters. In the bottom of the ninth, the score was 7-5. The bases were full, and a haggard Rod Beck stood on the mound. Ron Santo and Pat Hughes called the game on WGN Radio.
HUGHES: "Two down, the Brewers have the bases loaded, and a 2-2 count on the hitter. Here's the pitch. Swung on. Fly ball to left field. Brant Brown going back. Brant Brown ... drops the ball!"
SANTO: "Oh, nooooooooo!"
HUGHES: "He dropped the ball!"
HUGHES: "Three runs will score, and the Brewers have beaten the Cubs."
Hughes spoke flatly. Santo wailed. Listening to their broadcast, you could feel the sincere disappointment, a savage hatred for Brant Brown, and -- perhaps more than anything -- a profound desire to console Santo. The noise he emitted was the sound of pure grief.
That call should be appended to the Book of Lamentations. My condolences to Cardinal fans.
Actually, the best rookie hitter in the AL is Joe Mauer. With the knee issues last year, he actually spent enough time on the DL (and not enough time on the active roster) to stay a rookie another year.