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.
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.
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.
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?
Originally posted by redsoxnationFirst, 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.
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.
Originally posted by Deputy MarshallADDITIONAL 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 ;)
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.
smark/net attack Advisory System Status is: Elevated (Holds; July 5, 2005) It's good to see that the WWE isn't backing away from Batista or Cena. There's still some questions lingering over a few of the draft moves they either made or didn't make (Jericho being a prime example), but the stage is set for a solid run to Summerslam that may send the indicator down. The longer Triple H stays away is also a plus...
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.
"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.
"He is the most overrated piece of crap in the league. He bitched and whined after he got his ass beaten in New England last year, so the NFL changed the rules. Then he got his ass beaten in New England again. Every year he's the top MVP candidate. Every year he's supposed to be the best. Every year he's going to carry the Colts to the Super Bowl. And every single year he goes to New England and gets his ass beaten. And his brother's a whiny little bitch." -A friend of mine, on Peyton Manning
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.
-The Big Kat When you're tired of wishing on a falling star, you gotta put your faith in a loud guitar. -KISS
Doesn't help Boston fans to know that Manny's going to be out a few days. ESPN.com - MLB - Hammy keeps Manny out of BoSox-Angels opener No return date's been cited, but he shouldn't be out for too long.