October 5, 2009
Welcome to another post-season as dramatic as ever. Anything goes, and anyone is capable of winning. Every major league team is ready and hungry for the game’s ultimate prize: the World Series Championship. Let’s analyze the teams:
ALDS (American League Division Series): New York Yankees vs. Detroit Tigers/Minnesota Twins- the Yankees will host and start this series Wednesday at Yankee Stadium. Both the Tigers and the Twins have been dealt a bad hand. It wasn’t enough to face the Yankees; they play tomorrow at Minnesota with both bullpens on short rest. They’re not playing tonight due to Monday Night Football’s Packers/Vikings game. They will have to use their best pitchers for Game 2 of the series. If Detroit wins, they would travel from Detroit to Minnesota and New York in a 4-day stretch. Whoever wins will have to contend with a well-rested and determined Yankee Team. Prediction: Yankees in 4
ALDS: Boston Red Sox vs. Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim- the Red Sox have the upper hand in the regular series. However, the Angels have a line-up that could beat opponents any which way possible. Speed, power, and pitching is the key to the Angels’ success. The Red Sox have tried to mirror that image. Both teams know what it takes to win. Yet, the Angels will be the ones moving on. Prediction: Angels in 5
NLDS (National League Division Series): Philadelphia Phillies vs. Colorado Rockies- the Rockies held off every other 2nd or 3rd place team to take the Wild Card. Now they must take on the defending world champion Phillies. The Phillies bolstered their pitching staff with Cliff Lee, Pedro Martinez, and rookie J.A. Happ. The Rockies will be the Phillies’ first test to repeat. They’ll pass the hard way. Prediction: Phillies in 5
NLDS: St. Louis Cardinals vs. Los Angeles Dodgers- veteran managers Tony LaRussa (St. Louis) and Joe Torre (Los Angeles) square in a battle of mental chess. Torre’s Dodgers beat the Cubs last postseason. The Cubs are not the Cardinals; they have the best player in baseball today: Albert Pujols. It doesn’t hurt when St. Louis has the best 1-2 pitching punch in the National League: Adam Wainwright and Chris Carpenter. St. Louis should win this series, but don’t be surprised if the Dodgers pull off the series victory. Prediction: Cardinals in 4
Time for the magic man to take over!
Every potential World Series matchup is intriguing and exciting. Every baseball fan around the world is waiting to see who will become the next World Series champion. Mostly everyone is picking the Yankees and Cardinals. The matchup I want to see is a matchup that has a chance to happen: Yankees vs. Dodgers
Picture this. The old rivalry in the 1970s reignited for the richest prize. Here’s the twist: Yankees SS Derek Jeter would face his first manager, Joe Torre. The magnitude of this World Series will be elevated to another level. Jeter has always considered Torre to be a father to him. Their father-son bond was successful during their championship run in the late 1990s. Times have changed; Jeter is not a kid anymore. Torre is relaxed and still patient, and he must be searching to beat the Yankee organization after the way he was let go (see The Yankee Years). Both are hungry for another World Series win. Yet, it would be bittersweet. These two men considered each other to be family. I’m sure they will be happy if the other one wins, but personal feelings don’t change the fact that each man wants to be champion.
Well, that’s all the time I have for today. Stay tuned this Friday for my NFL Week 5 Picks. If you disagree with anything I say, leave a comment below or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks for reading and good luck with your teams.
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