1. Don't Go Anywhere, These Series Will Be Worth Watching
I'm predicting at least 6 games in both series, probably 7. Everybody's got pitching (though the Yanks and Ranger's staffs have both looked shaky in different ways) which makes for great baseball. Halladay looked human in his second start but still was impressive, and Cliff Lee has yet to make the short walk out to the bump, and how bout Oswalt? Just saying. And the team with the least offense pop is the Giants, and they scratched out 4 runs against Halladay which is infintely better than the leagues top offense (the reds) could do, which makes me think that there is some great baseball being played at this point in October.
2. Cody Who?
For those of you who follow the giants as closely as i do (I don't at all), Cody Ross, formerly of the Florida Marlins, apparently plays for the Giants. And he definitely is playing this series... 3 bombs already... he basically is the giants offense right now, and i must say I'm impressed. The question looms though, can he keep it up, and if he does will he see another pitch to hit... Somebody else my have to contribute (heaven forbid).
3. The Phil's GM needs/ will get a raise
Lets take a look at the 2 big pitching moves hes made this year. 1. Roy Halladay. Pitched a no-no in his first playoff appearance and is far and away (as much as it pains me to say it) the favorite for the Cy Young. 2. Roy Oswalt. Just pitched a 3 hit, 1 run performance, and made a statement the Phils aren't goin anywhere. Somebody give that man a raise for given his team a REAL shot at dethrowning the yanks for the crown (if the Rangers don't do it first)
4. Whose Pitching will fall apart for game 3?
So far the ALDS has been marked by the poor pitching preformances, unlike the NL counterpart. In Game 1 C.C. got rocked but got bailed out by the Texas bullpen who reminded me more of the Cubs bullpen vs. a playoff contender. Game 2, the Rangers got their stuff figured out, but Phil Hughes who has been masterful all year... well just flat out wasn't on. Game 3 pits Cliff Lee who has been phenomenal thus far against the ageless Andy Pettit. Odds are this one will shift back on bullpens because its unlikely to say the least that either of these crafty lefties will be leaving the game early. Pitching is going to decide this series just you wait, because both of these clubs can hit.
5. Rematch World Series?
I hate to say it, but i think so. I Really don't like the Giants or the Phils, but The Phils are just too good and too deep to really struggle in this series. The Phils have the best set of three pitchers in the league, and even though the Giants are one of only a couple NL teams with the pitching to match up well against the Phils, the Giants may as well be playing with actual sticks compared to the Phils offense. The Yanks and Rangers really could go either way, but if anybodies got big game experience its the Yanks, and the longer this series goes on the more I give the Yanks the edge. Plus the Yanks have the games greatest closer in Mariano and well... yeah, if its close in the 8th or 9th... it doesn't matter if he makes that jog in from the pen.
Well there ya go, I may come to regret these word, but ill stick by 'em.