Saturday October 9, 2010
It’s been too long since baseball made the update. So many things have happened that have shocked us all to the core. It’s time to analyze the state of the MLB postseason.
At (Rangers lead series 2-0): The Rays need to start hitting in order to make a comeback. Texas’ pitching has been too much for the struggling Rays. Rangers’ OF Josh Hamilton has shown no side effects of his broken ribs as of now. Their hitting is a big factor leading up to the potential series finale at 5:30 EST on TBS (check local listings).
At (Phillies lead series 2-0): The Phillies are proving why they were in the World Series twice. They are survivors in the postseason and thrive off of their pitching and their fans. The Reds’ playoff inexperience is starting to show. Anyone hoping for a millennium version of the “Big Red Machine” might have to wait next year. Can Cincinnati come back from a 2-0 deficit? Find out tomorrow.
At (Yankees lead series 2-0): Speaking of comebacks, the Yankees rallied to take a 2-0 advantage. They picked up CC in Game 1 and gave Andy Pettitte his 19th postseason victory, the most all-time. The Twins need to steal home field advantage from the Yankees, forcing both Games 4 and 5 starting tonight. Otherwise, it’s déjà vu all over again.
At (Series tied 1-1): the Braves and Giants will at least have a Game 4 for sure. We don’t know who has the clear advantage at this point. Game 4 will feature Tim Lincecum, who had a stellar performance in a Game 1 victory. Game 2 was a different story, as the Braves came back in 11 to tie the series. Can the Braves win and keep manager Bobby Cox’s career alive? Will the Giants take home field away from Atlanta? Tune in tomorrow.
What are the deciding factors for these games so far?
- Bad umpiring: too many calls have been blown in each game. Bad strike zones and missed calls have gotten managers ejected and teams unfocused. They must be at their best to get the game right. It’s not happening any time soon.
- Great pitching: the performances from Lincecum and Halladay have been amazing and dominant. While they wowed the baseball world with their dominance, pitchers like Andy Pettitte impressed others with a gutsy performance in Game 2 of the Yankees/Twins Series.
- Clutch hitting: the Rangers relied on their hitting to propel themselves against the Rays. The Yankees have been hitting when they needed it most. The Braves’ OF Rick Ankiel hit a game winning clutch home run to tie their series at 2.
- Andy Pettitte won his 19th postseason game last Thursday, the most victories for any pitcher in postseason history. Is he hall-of-fame bound? We’ll see…
- Roy Halladay threw the second no-hitter of his career and the second in postseason history. Halladay could have had a perfect game if it hadn’t been for one walk. This brings us to:
Time for the magic man to take over!
Roy “Doc” Halladay made history, and he did it not just in the postseason, but in his career. He made history by throwing the second no-hitter in baseball postseason history, joining Don Larsen in that category. He threw his second no-hitter of the season and the second of his career. How does he do it? How does Halladay go out there night in and night out with electric stuff in nearly every start? It’s simple; he’s the best pitcher right now.
Halladay has an amazing work ethic, with pitches that can strike out the best hitters of the world. He uses his mind to out-think you. Just when you can predict which pitch he throws, he throws something completely different. He goes the distance more than anyone pitching now. Halladay only shows emotion when the job is done. He lets his pitching do the talking. He’s an old school pitcher, looking for his first championship. If Halladay keeps pitching like Halladay, that championship will become a reality for him.
Tune in to TBS and check your local listings for all playoff games. Good luck to your teams and see you next time.
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