Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Quick AL/NL DS review, AL/NL CS banter...

Well, in regards to division series predictions, it was an overall 3/4 in terms of correctly guessing who would advance. However, only one of my predictions was exactly spot on, which was the Phillies sweeping the Reds. Quite simply, when your ace gets things started by throwing a no-hitter, you give the opposition virtually no chance.

The championship series' are fully underway. In the National League, the Giants took a 2-1 series lead today behind a strong effort by Matt Cain. In the American League, the Texas Rangers hold a 2-1 series edge over the New York Yankees. Game 4 is currently underway, with the Rangers leading 7-3 heading into the top of the 8th. If the Rangers come out victorious, they are in great shape to advance to the World Series, as they still have Cliff Lee set to pitch once more, as well as 3 chances to win 1 game. The two teams meet again Wednesday just past 1pm (CA time). The Giants and Phillies meet in Game 4 Wednesday as well, with first pitch scheduled for roughly 5pm (CA time).

Each series has had its host of standout players. In the American League, huge performances have been delivered by Cliff Lee, Bengie Molina, Josh Hamilton and Derek Holland. For the Yankees, the notables have been CC Sabathia, Brett Gardener, Alex Rodriguez and Robinson Cano.

In the National League, the Giants have been led by Tim Lincecum, Matt Cain, Cody Ross and even a little Brian Wilson. The Phillies have been helped by a strong pitching performance from Roy Oswalt, as well as offense from Jimmy Rollins and Ryan Howard.

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