Posted at 9:50 AM on October 4, 2007
by Chris Dall
Well the beginning of the MLB playoffs certainly didn't disappoint, with good pitching, solid defense, timely hitting and one questionable managerial decision. Here are the pitching lines we saw yesterday.
Josh Becket: 9 IP, 0 earned runs, 4 hits, 8 strikeouts
Brandon Webb: 7 IP, 1 earned run, 4 hits, 9 strikeouts
Jeff Francis: 6 IP, 2 earned runs, 4 hits, 8 Strikeouts
Cole Hamels: 6.2 IP, 3 earned runs, 3 hits, 7 strikeouts
Carlos Zambrano: 6 IP, 1 earned run, 4 hits, 8 strikeouts
John Lackey: 6 IP, 4 earned runs, 9 hits, 2 strikeouts
Pretty much all of these guys, with the exception maybe of Lackey, pitched well enough to win, and the Cubs might have won had Pinella kept Zambrano in the game.
Of course, now that we've moved past the aces, we might see some different scores in the following games. But yesterday was a good indication of why these teams are in the playoffs.
Posted at 2:54 PM on October 4, 2007
by David Zingler
It’s a tradition among sports fans to pick an alternate team or two to “go for” in the playoffs when their favorite team is not in the mix. Since our Twins are now scattered across North and Central America spending their substantial paychecks, we are now left to pick among the fortunate few teams that still have a chance at October glory.
Who should I “go for” during this postseason….the candidates (in no particular order):
Boston Red Sox: Sure, they finally won the AL East, but since they won it all in ’04 and broke “the curse” in the process, they are far less interesting…Yankees Lite??
New York Yankees: Please, not gonna happen…ever.
Cleveland Indians: Despite the fact they are Bob Collins favorite team and they beat the pulp out of our beloved Twins this season, I want the Tribe to do well. After all, the last time the won a World Series Satchel Paige was on their roster.
Anaheim Angels: Never been a fan of the Halos, they also won it just five years ago.
Chicago Cubs: I am so over them.
Philadelphia Phillies: Haven’t been to Philly, but would like to visit and you have to love them for ousting the Mets (sorry Chris).
Arizona Diamondbacks: They flew under the radar most of the season in the NL, but ended up with the best record in the league. They still don’t do anything for me.
Colorado Rockies: I am jumping on the bandwagon here; Monday’s one game playoff was a classic. Why not just go with the flow?
In summary, I would love to see a Cleveland vs. Colorado World Series. It would enrage TV network execs and put some of baseball’s best, most unknown, talent on display. (The Phillies are my back-up team).