Thursday, October 6

The Playoffs in 100 Words or Less

ALDS: Boston Red Sox vs. Chicago White Sox
Can Ortiz be a hero again? I doubt.
White Sox 3, Red Sox 1.

ALDS: New York Yankees vs. Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
Figgins = clutch. Wang and Chacon in postseason? Uh-oh, unless Sheffield becomes BMOC.
Angels 3, Yankees 2.

ALCS: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim vs. Chicago White Sox
I hate Comiskey. Vlad will shit on it. Colon unloads, Guillen implodes, hangs out with Kyle Orton.
Angels 4, White Sox 2.

NLDS: Houston Astros vs. Atlanta Braves
Don’t mess with Texas. Chipper Jones is old. Sorry Francoeur, it’s not August anymore.
Astros 3, Braves 1.

NLDS: San Diego Padres vs. St. Louis Cardinals
Fuck St. Louis, but they’ll win with ease. I hate Poo-holes.
Cardinals 3, Padres 0.

NLCS: Houston Astros vs. St. Louis Cardinals
Revenge is sweet. Mulder is shite. Biggio hits HRs, and Pujols cries on MVP award.
Astros 4, Cardinals 3.

THE WORLD SERIES: Houston Astros vs. Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
Clemens is scrappy, Washburn needs his pappy. Berkman vs. Guerrero = everyone’s a winner. Pitching beats Scioscia’s bitching, hell freezers over.
Astros 4, Angels 2.

PS. I wrote this in 11 minutes. I bet I'm wrong, but I'm sticking to it, Mariotti-style.


At 6:44 PM, Blogger Jim said...

Okay, I'm keeping track of these predictions. They actually look almost accurate.

At 6:46 PM, Blogger Jim said...

One other thing: baseball and TV will cry in their soup. Houston and LA in the final? Oh, man, there goes the viewership.

At 6:59 PM, Blogger JT said...

Ha! I hope baseball and TV do cry in their soup, which, just in case anyone is curious, would be a spicy blend of italian wedding and tomato broth with garlic croutons.

Part of me would like to think that baseball and TV will always be weeping as long as the Cubs play no physical part in the playoffs.

At 12:36 AM, Blogger Jim said...

What's with Joe Morgan arguing that a runner should be called out at second base even when the defensive player pulls his foot off the bag BEFORE he gets the ball for the force out?

At 7:55 PM, Blogger Jim said...

You've been very close on your predictions, JT. Now let's see if Houston is up and ready for revenge against the Cards or if they've worn themselves out with their 18-inning marathon.

At 8:04 AM, Blogger JT said...

Another correct call! I'm actually halfway good at this guessing thing!

Last night's game was nutty -- when you have collisions like that in the OF, you know it's not yr day.

I like the Angels, despite all the hubbub surrounding the Hose -- they're really the one team that Chicago should have trouble with in the AL, but then again that's what people thought about the Red Sox.

I'm sure the Astros will be up for anything; they have more momentum than The Fridge on skis.

At 9:45 AM, Blogger Jim said...

Tuesday's loss to the Angels seems to offer some proof to your last analysis, JT.

At 1:44 AM, Blogger Jim said...

Wow! The Pale Hose stole one tonight! Slow Mo sure made it look like the catcher caught that third strike, with the mit kicking up the dirt. But you have to blame the catcher for not tagging the runner, just in case.

At 6:15 PM, Anonymous Lazlo said...

I think the more interesting argument here is not whether the umpire made the correct call, the umpire ALWAYS makes the correct call. What makes a call correct is that the umpire made it, though I'll whine about many in the course of a season. The more interesting question is, what call did the umpire make? Not what call did he intend to make, but what did he actually signal? It wasn't all too clear, and if I were the Angels, I'd be upset about this one. The ump has to be clear, and obviously there was some confusion. If the Angels catcher had thought there was any chance that Pierzynski wasn't out, he would've just tagged him. Pierzynski stood there long enough.

At 8:33 AM, Blogger JT said...

I think it's kinda ridiculous that the home plate umpire changes his mind more or less upon consulting with umpires from other parts of the field... he made the same mechanism/motion/whatever that he made the ENTIRE game for 3rd strike, "You're Out", something he even admitted, and yet this time it's the odd one out. Not only that, but I read an article by Ryno saying that Josh Paul was trying to "sell" the out.... bullshit! He walked away because he caught the ball and went to the dugout, along with the rest of the team, and even AJ Pierzynski.

Let's not praise him for being a genius or anything - just another fat ass in the White Sox jersey. Angels should be 2-0 up, but hey, let's face it, they have to be happy with an away split in Chicago in games where they reasonably(in my mind, no Cubs bias at all) outplayed the White Sox. Buehrle was superb, but if that game had gone to extras, who knows what would have happened.

At 2:18 PM, Blogger Jim said...

I saw better replays of the "catch" last night. The ball did in fact hit the ground before Paul caught it. The batter was not technically out; however, the real problem is with the umpire.

As laszlo says, he's out if the umpire says he's out, and he's not out if the umpire says he's not out. Nothing else matters.

Probably Paul was trying to "sell" the out. But if that's the case, he was making a dumb and dangerous move. Throw the damn ball to first! Take no chances. It's a playoff game, stupid!

The only people Paul "sold" on the out were his own teammates. That was just dumb on his part.

But finally, I have to blame the umpire. He's GOT to do a better job. These guys are selected as the best of the best in the playoffs. Theres should be NO sloppy officialling. Mistakes, maybe, but that was just sloppy on the part of the ump.

Which is why it's always okay to boo the umpires.

At 2:22 PM, Blogger Jim said...

Note: I have a couple of typos in my last posting:

"Theres" should be "There" and "officialling" should be "officiating." We bloggers have the opportunity to correct our mistakes. Umpires don't have this luxury.

At 9:16 AM, Blogger Jim said...

White Sox took care of your Angels, with a little help from the guys in black, heh, heh!

At 12:31 PM, Anonymous Lazlo said...

I'm not a huge Sox fan, but I do feel like I'd have to root for them over the Stros or the redbirds. I mean, I just can't stand Jim Edmonds. Also, the Sox are kind of in our group of teams that have waited long enough between world series victories.

Really, I'm not too sure who I'd like to win the NLCS. It would be entertaining to see the Cardinals fail to make it to the Series, but I don't much care for the Astros. I have no predictions for the World Series though. I can't really see any of these three teams winning it. What a bunch of bums. It would have been more entertaining if it had been Padres vs. Angels. I would have learned about some players I didn't know at least.

At 7:07 PM, Blogger Jim said...

I'm betting the World Series will turn on an upiring decision. That way we'll all have something to talk about during the winter.

Football doesn't seem to have the alure it once did. Basketball hasn't been the same since Michael retired, and who cares that the hockey thing is back in business? Boxing? Do they still do that?

Come on, JT, I'm tired of talking to myself, and that lazlo guy's a creep.

At 9:44 AM, Blogger Jim said...

Pujols grabs the headlines in Monday night's Cards victory over the Astros, but it was that little pest, Eckstein, that made it all happen.

That kid is a ball player. If the Cards make it through the World Series, he's the one who deserves the most credit. Without that little pest, the Cards are just another team that got swept by the Red Sox in '04.

At 12:49 PM, Anonymous Lazlo said...

Yeah, Eckstein is he hero of that team offensively. But I think it's primarily because he is not pitched the right way. Sure, he's gonna get on base sometimes, but he should be reminded frequently that baseball is a dangerous sport, especially when you weigh about 145. You have to pitch him inside, and preferably up. He's still gonna scratch some hits though.

At 12:50 PM, Anonymous Lazlo said...

By the way, JT, you need to start posting. That Jim guy kind of freaks me out.

At 2:13 PM, Blogger JT said...

I'm grateful the TV I was watching when Pujols hit that HR was not mine, else I'd be without a TV right now. They'd better finish it off tomorrow night. No more fucking around, just pitch the Astros into the World Series.

As for Eckstein, he pisses me off for the simplest reason: he's a good lead-off hitter and I'm insanely jealous of that. He is a superb example of what a good lead-off man can do: he gives yr big hitters a chance to knock in some RBIs. He can bunt single, scratch and slap singles into the opposite field like Ichiro, and is a general base-stealing menace.

Imagine how good we could be with a good lead-off guy, and of course, the team I hate the most has one of the better ones in the league.

I would say it's irony or something, but I hate that word too.


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