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#1 Posted on 20.10.05 0825.24
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The Astros look really hungry....gotta take Houston in 6.
Should certainly be a pitcher's duel, as neither team really lit up the scoreboard this year...
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#2 Posted on 20.10.05 0831.45
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White Sox in 5.

They've been on a roll, and I don't see the Astros derailing them, especially since they're really suited to play either AL or NL style ball, I mean, they'll be benching Carl Everett, no loss there.
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#3 Posted on 20.10.05 0937.43
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Well, I was the only one who called this in the Playoff Prediction Thread (The W), so I'm certainly not going to back off of it now. Sox over Astros in 6. Sox pitching has been downright sick lately. Also, this year the Sox have run off 4 separate 8-game winning streaks. They are on a 4 game streak now...just sayin' is all.

I feel like the way things are going, even though the Astros have the bigger names, the starting pitching is a wash. I give Lidge the advantage over Jenks, but I think the bullpen depth of the White Sox is a little stronger. Offensively I think the Sox can do a few more things than Houston, which will be important in a series where it's not likely to be very high scoring. I say Sox take first 2 at home. Houston takes 2 of 3 in Houston. White Sox win their first series in 88 years in front of their home crowd in game 6 as the South Side goes crazy.
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#4 Posted on 20.10.05 1021.43
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I predict the Baby Jesus is crying.

And, eh, White Sox are the better team and will take it. Plus, god, I could not bear seeing Roger Clemens win again.
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#5 Posted on 20.10.05 1050.41
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As a Cub fan getting the occasional dirty look as I squeeze on the back of the bandwagon here, I feel the best thing I can do for the pale hose is pick Astros (in 6).

Coming into the post-season, with Clemens-Pettitte-Oswalt it appeared that the 'stros had pocket aces going in. And their bullpen looks every bit as good as the Sox'. Also, I think the White Sox get a little too much credit for being "masters of small ball". They try, but I have to give a slight edge to Houston in that area, too.

Having said all that, naturally the series will end up being dominated by someone no one mentions leading up to Saturday night.

Now prove me wrong, Ozzie.
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#6 Posted on 20.10.05 1345.48
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Astros in 6, and everyone stops arguing about Biggio's HOF credentials.
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#7 Posted on 20.10.05 1505.58
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First, over/under on Shoeless Joe Jackson references on FOX will be 75. And that is just during Game 1. Please, bring in Vin Scully to work alone for one game and save America some pain.
Do I root for a team with Clemens or a team with Captain Carl Everett? At least I once liked Clemens, so Astros in 6.
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#8 Posted on 20.10.05 1637.46
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Something a friend of mine mentioned that warrants retelling:

Suppose the White Sox go up by two games. What are the odds that Clemens retires right after game 2, then shockingly comes out of retirement as the new Sox pitcher before game 3 in Houston? He can say that he signed with the White Sox because he "just wants to play for a contender" and "Chicago made him an offer that rewarded his talents" and so he could "spend time away from his son." Sure, the rules of baseball forbid this happening. But if any two people could somehow conspire to subvert and pervert the rules of baseball, it'd have to be those shitweasels Selig and Clemens, right?

(edited by Jeb Tennyson Lund on 20.10.05 1738)
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#9 Posted on 20.10.05 1655.14
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    Originally posted by redsoxnation
    First, over/under on Shoeless Joe Jackson references on FOX will be 75. And that is just during Game 1. Please, bring in Vin Scully to work alone for one game and save America some pain.
    Do I root for a team with Clemens or a team with Captain Carl Everett? At least I once liked Clemens, so Astros in 6.


For all the crap that went on with Everett in Boston, he almost makes up for it for coming up with the "Curly-Haired Boyfriend" nickname for Dan Shaughnessey.

I say White Sox in 7.
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#10 Posted on 20.10.05 2104.03
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As I drove by US Cellular Field earlier this year, and as I have never been to Houston...

White Sox in six.
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#11 Posted on 21.10.05 0104.37
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As much as it pains me to say it, Chicago in 5. Well, at least a team from New England isn't in it.
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#12 Posted on 21.10.05 1245.56
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Chicago wins, but Houston manages to sqeeze Chicago into a second trip home. I'll say six, but the way both teams have been playing, the Series going the full seven wouldn't shock me.

ADDITIONAL PREDICTION - in the Top of the 4th inning during Game 4, Carl Everett will be attacked by a velociraptor while fielding a ball hit by Craig Biggio. At the post-game press conference, a battered and bandaged Everett will say just two words: "I believe."

There's an interesting MSNBC feature up right now, which has Tom Glavine scouting batters from both teams. Interesting in some of the stuff he has to say about some batters, but perhaps more interesting is the fact that Jeff Bagwell isn't listed on there at all.

LINK - Tom Glavine's World Series scouting report

Edit - Right, Carl Everett wouldn't field a ball hit by his teammate.

(edited by Deputy Marshall on 21.10.05 2045)
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#13 Posted on 21.10.05 1353.47
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    Originally posted by Deputy Marshall
    ADDITIONAL PREDICTION - in the Top of the 4th inning during Game 4, Carl Everett will be attacked by a velociraptor while fielding a ball hit by Jermaine Dye. At the post-game press conference, a battered and bandaged Everett will say just two words: "I believe

While you get points for the dinosaur joke, you lose them for having Everett fielding a ball hit by his teammate ;)
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#14 Posted on 21.10.05 1531.06
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The only thing I can say with 100% certainty is that there's no way in hell this series will end in Houston. It's going at least six and is probably going seven. That's how evenly matched these two teams are.

I'm picking the White Sox in seven because they have a slight advantage in the lineup, their starting pitching is slightly more stable (meaning that while it may not be as dominant as Houston's can be, Chicago's starters will eat up more innings than Houston's will, negating Houston's clearer bullpen advantage), and they have the home field.

No matter what happens though, both teams deserved to be here, both teams deserve to win it, and it's going to be one hell of a series.
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#15 Posted on 23.10.05 1000.24
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White Sox take a 1-0 lead. And, the one consistent throughout Roger Clemens 20 plus year career stays intact: Whether he was in Boston, Toronto, New York or Houston, he has never pitched a bad game in his entire career. Sure, he got whacked for 2 innings. But, as always, there was a convenient excuse, the hamstring injury, replacing the old fashioned groin injury or blister. Funny how that hammy injury didn't seem to impact him when he came out of the bullpen against the Braves in the first round. If the hammy injury wasn't a ready made excuse, would the presence of hothead Joe West behind the plate have provided the incentive for Clemens to pull 'Possessed Rebellion II' from his bag of tricks as a method to get himself out of the game?
Clemens will go to the Hall of Fame as one of the top 5-10 pitchers of all time; and I know the stat-heads will throw out numbers on how much better he is than these pitchers, but, big spot, I'll take Luis Tiant, Jack Morris or Dave Stewart over Clemens and I think I have a better shot of my starter going deep and getting the win.

(edited by redsoxnation on 23.10.05 1100)
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#16 Posted on 23.10.05 1337.24
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I'll take Houston in five.
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#17 Posted on 23.10.05 2026.55
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I don't really care who wins now, I'm just happy Clemens lost. It couldn't have happened to a better person.

Here's hoping the whole thing ends in a tie somehow.
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#18 Posted on 23.10.05 2232.47
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"I don't think that taste [the taste of Pujols' walkoff in the NLCS] is there." --Tim McCarver, exactly 0.4 seconds before Scott Podsednik's walkoff homerun.
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#19 Posted on 23.10.05 2249.00
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    Originally posted by gugs
    "I don't think that taste [the taste of Pujols' walkoff in the NLCS] is there." --Tim McCarver, exactly 0.4 seconds before Scott Podsednik's walkoff homerun.


Classic. Whether they come from silly Campbell's chunky soup commericals or Sports Illustrated magazine covers, jinxing is REAL. This is just further proof.
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#20 Posted on 24.10.05 0900.57
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I was lucky enough to be at the Cell last night, and I had never heard the crowd so loud as when Konerko stepped up and hit that clutch, 2 out grand slam. That is, until Scott Podsednik stepped up and a hit a clutch, 1 out walk-off homer! Best baseball game I've ever been to, and it happened to be in the World Series with my favorite team coming up with the victory. Two more to go.
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