Disturbingly reminiscent of last year: poor defense, an aggressive opponent exploiting the same, no hitting with runners in scoring position. Only Derek had his playoff game going. Still a long way to go…
Posted by YF on 9/30/2003 08:51:06 PM
Tuesday, September 30th, 2003
Monday, September 29th, 2003
Sunday, September 28th, 2003
Ultimate who-gets-the-postseason-awards predictions (final disclaimer: I don’t necessarily think these people SHOULD win): AL CY: Halladay AL MVP: ARod AL ROY: Matsui AL Manager: Pena NL CY: Prior NL MVP: Bonds NL ROY: I’ll go with the bandwagon and pick Brandon Webb, but I really don’t know much about him. NL Manager: Tough call, McKeon or Baker, but I’ll take Baker (sentimental fave)
Friday, September 26th, 2003
Everyone looks dangerous in the postseason, and for good reason. Right now my concern for the Yankees is that the Twins are a buzz saw’this year’s Angels’the league’s hottest team, and at just the right time. They hit for average up and down the lineup, their fielding is good to excellent, Santana has been dominant, and Hawkins and Guardado are solid in the 8th and 9th. A’s-Sox should be terrific. The Sox bullpen may be their Achilles heel.
Posted by YF on 9/26/2003 10:51:37 AM
Actually, the Sox/A’s series is so tough to call. First, you have Pedro pitching two games. He’s only made one start against the A’s this year, so no real history. But, Pedro is nothing but confidence-inspiring. Then you have Lowe, who has been excellent the last two months (much like last year) but his persona seems a tad fragile – what happens at the first sign of trouble? Then the three spot, and who the hell knows – is it Suppan (a disappointment since the trade) or Wakefield (schizophrenic, he’s either unhittable or BP)? On the other hand, the A’s throw out Hudson and Zito 1/2, not exactly slouches. The A’s are home, a huge advantage for them. But, they seem thinner this year, offensively – Guillen is hurt, the bottom 1/3 of the lineup is just not that intimidating. Really tough series to predict, but my heart (and Pedro pitching twice) lead me to lean Sox in 5. Thoughts?
I guess AL playoff predictions are now in order, though I hate to have to make any predictions about my Bosox. They have made me look like both a knowledgable seer and a raving idiot all year long. Maybe that’s telling. Also, I can never decide whether to predict what I want to happen, or what I think will happen, since the two sometimes conflate. Anyhow, I’ll take the first leap, (what I WANT to happen is in parentheses): Yanks over Twins in 4 (Yankees and Twins involved in horrible plane crashes) Sox over A’s in 5 (Sox sweep) NL to come, when we know the teams.
Wednesday, September 24th, 2003
Not that it’s gonna make any difference next week, but what a nice way for Moose to ease in to the postseason. Here’s today’s 6th inning against the Chisox: CHICAGO SOX 6TH -Bottom of the 6th inning -C Lee singled to left. -F Thomas doubled to right center, C Lee scored. -M Ordonez singled to right, F Thomas to third. -C Everett doubled to left, F Thomas scored, M Ordonez to third. -B Daubach struck out swinging. -J Valentin homered to right, M Ordonez and C Everett scored. -J Crede doubled to deep right center. -M Olivo singled to left, J Crede to third. -W Harris singled to center, J Crede scored, M Olivo to third. -W Harris stole second. -C Lee doubled to left, M Olivo and W Harris scored. -A Osuna relieved M Mussina.
Here’s a very personal, fatalist’s take on the whole division crown thing: The division, to me, is worth something only if there is suitable embarrassment for the Yankees in not winning it. Home field, shmome field. Go ahead, fly an “AL East Champions 2003″ flag for all I care, I don’t give a shit. But I want a friggin’ World Series, and I don’t give a rat’s ass if the Sox get it through the Wild Card or the Division. Winning the division, to a fan who has experienced enough of those (5 in 35 years, I think it is) to be happy for a long while, doesn’t mean jack to me, since I have never seen a Championship. I know you can’t relate to that (nor would you want to, for that matter).
SF, my bilious interlocutor, nothing more was suggested! Greater goals await, to be sure, but this is no reason not to celebrate the milestones along the way. The game is about the journey as much as the destination, is it not?
Posted by YF on 9/24/2003 04:14:21 PM