Saturday, October 08, 2011

What? No Championship?

I grew up a Yankee fan and I still am, but many of the players I grew up watching have retired: Graig Nettles, Reggie Jackson, Goose Gossage, Willie Randolph, Don Mattingly, David Cone. I can't watch younger players the same way, so I've come to enjoy the regular season more than the postseason.

And anyone who tracked the regular season knew the Tigers had better pitching than the Yankees. Consider that our projected rotation going into the season was C.C. Sabathia, A.J. Burnett, Phil Hughes, Bartolo Colon, and Freddy Garcia. Burnett started well, but tailspinned for most of the year. Sabathia faltered late. Phil Hughes had a dead-arm issue most the year (Innings limits, hah). Everyone expected Colon and Garcia to tire, and they did.

Going into the playoffs, our rotation was basically Sabathia and standout rookie Ivan Nova against Detroit's proven Justin Verlander, Doug Fister, and Max Scherzer. One wrinkle, like Game 1's suspension due to rain, and the Tigers would have even more of an advantage.

No surprise at all. I am surprised the Red Sox collapsed and the Phillies lost to the Cards. It could be the Tigers' year, but I give the edge to the Texas Rangers.


pattinase (abbott) said...

It has been a surprising playoffs so far. No Phillies--hard to believe. No Red Sox--hard too. And no Yankees hardest of all. If Justin Verlander gets to pitch three times, they might do it.

Graham Powell said...

Texas' pitching has been solid so far - 6 runs in 20 innings. And their biggest bats have shown up when it counted. Adrian Beltre had three homers in a game against the Rays, and Nelson Cruz - who'd been in a slump - had two last night, including a walk-off grand slam in the 11th.

So why am I commenting on a 3-day-old post? Well, as the punch line to a great joke has it: "Telling you? I been telling EVERYONE!"