Posted at 11:20 AM on October 21, 2006
by Josh Lee
We're living in strange times, and it's hard to know what to expect from the game of baseball anymore, especially when it comes to the playoffs. The Braves finally relinquished their stranglehold on the NL East. The best two regular season teams in the AL were upset in the Division Series. Jeff Weaver pitched in the NLCS, and didn't even stink. I've given up on trying to make sense out of anything anymore.
So I guess I shouldn't be surprised to hear that the starting pitchers for Game 1 of the World Series will be a couple of rookies, Anthony Reyes of St. Louis and Justin Verlander of Detroit. At this point, I wouldn't be surprised to see La Russa and Leyland take the mound themselves, just to mess with my mind. And I'm not even going to bother trying to make a prediction: on paper, the battered and exhausted Cardinals don't have a chance against the rolling and rested Tigers, but in this Bizarro-world postseason, I'm not willing to put money on certainties anymore.