Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Three Things To Hope For As The World Series Begins Tonight

1. The weather is good. Can't help it, but it does take away from the game for me when I see players wearing masks that appear to be transported from the "Frozen Tundra" in Green Bay. First of all, I hope it isn't that cold. Secondly, if it is that cold, I would prefer the players toughen it out without those masks. Thirdly, we can only hope there is no rain - or snow. Can you imagine a World Series game "snowed out?" Unfortinately, I can. This is, frankly, too late in the year to expect decent weather for baseball - especially at night.

2. The umpires get it right. Gosh, have they been bad this season - and even worse in the playoffs. Normally I wouldn't say that, but it is true It's like all of a sudden every one of them has gone to the Angel Hernandez School of Umpiring.

3. It's a competitive series. This is the best matchup for the World Series in recent memory. There isn't much question these are the two best teams in each league and baseball overall. There are no holes in either batting. Both teams have superior starting pitching. The Yankees have an edge in the bullpen, but the Phillies bullpen has been surprising solid.

I say the the series goes seven games. I think the Yankees will win it.

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4 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pat,
The Phillies will win. Their lineup top to bottom is superior. The Yankees lineup has players that historically have been great but Posada and Matsui are on the downside of their careers. The Phillies have 6 guys that can flat out mash the ball. ARod is still good but I am not sold on Texeira. Ryan Howard is up there with P. Fielder and Pujols as scary game changers. Who on the Yankees would you trade him straight up for? The Yankees big advantage is Rivera over Lidge but they need to have the lead first and Rivera could not save the Yanks in 2001 and 2003 or for the last 8 seasons for that matter.

Alan

9:06 PM 
Blogger Core Contrarian said...

If the umpires would have blown that easy double play call on Cano after all six of them huddled for all that time then I think Major League Baseball would have been justified in doing a Ronald Reagan/air traffic controllers thing.

8:14 AM 
Blogger Pat Caputo said...

Alan,
Hey, it turned out that way in Game 1. Great point about Mark T. One big homer has been it in postseason.
Caputo

11:31 AM 
Blogger Pat Caputo said...

Core Contrarian,
They huddled for longer the UN during a crisis. LOL
Caputo

11:32 AM 

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