Posted at 12:07 PM on October 5, 2007
by Bob Collins
I am inclined by nature to feel a little better about the Indians' chances in this series after game 1. Then I ran the numbers.
In the last 7 years, the Yankees have not won a division series in which they won the first game of the series. In that time, they have never lost a series in which they lost the first game of that series.
Posted at 10:17 PM on October 5, 2007
by Bob Collins
The Indians have had their share of MVP candidates this year. Victor Martinez, for one and this evening's newest Cy Young candidate (next year?) Fausto Carmona, for another. Grazy Sizemore. C.C. Sabathia.
But who figured the game would hinge on a plague of Canadian Soldiers (aka "mayflies"), which struck around the time Joba Chamberlain was trying to become a legend? Had the flies not attacked -- and apparently eaten all of the flesh on -- Chamberlain, we -- that is, the Tribe -- could be going back to New York and, I'd guess, certain death.
Fine. I'll take it. Fate, you give us an attack of flies, and I'll give you the over-the-shoulder Willie Mays catch.
So now the series comes down to Roger Clemens, who is finished, and Jake Westbrook, who is valuable only if someone bets you a million dollars that you can't name the players the Yankees gave up to acquire Dave Justice.
Westbrook, signed to a fairly fat contract. Then Travis Hafner signed a fairly fat contract, and that left C.C. Sabathia, the soon-to-be-former-ace of the staff out in the cold, marooned in Johan Santanaland.
He's a free agent next year and the loser in the Santana free agent sweepstakes next year, gets Sabathia.
Meanwhile, Alex Rodriguez is becoming Barry Bonds in oh so many ways. A-Rod hung up an 0-4 (with 3 Ks) Friday night, to go with his 0-2 (2 BB) Thursday night, to go with his 1 for 14 in the ALDS vs. Detroit last year, to go with his 2 for 15 in the ALDS in 2005.
So what does this mean? It means if the Indians should win game 3, and Alex Rodriguez does not put up some numbers, he opts out of his contract in New York because the New York fans will turn on him, and erase the whole notion that the Yankee fans have now accepted him as a "true Yankee."
In which case, Jake Westbrook becomes the answer to another trivia question.