Of the four teams in an 0-2 hole, tell me who and why has the best chance of forcing a fifth game?
Truthfully, the Yankees simply based on the pitching probables for Games 3 and 4. The Phils, Cubs and Angels have too tough of a hill to climb IMO. But unless the Indians pitch someone better on short rest in Game 4, that series could certainly go 5.
I don’t think any of them will climb out. As far as the yankees are concerned they have Clemens tomorrow, but who knows what you’re going to get. I think he’s made only 2 starts in the last month. That’s a lot of rust for an elimination game.
That’s a good point about Clemens. I was just thinking that even if he turns in a mediocre 4 runs over 5 innings effort, the Cleveland pitchers being tossed out there for Games 3 and 4 were both battered badly by the Yankees in the regular season. However, there’s always a chance that the Yankees will start to press and won’t hit the pitcher as well as they did in the regular season.
The Yankees have the best shot unless the Indians use Sabathia in game 4. My next choice would be the Cubs only
because of Pinella. John if the Indians beat the Yankees could we temporarily rename the site Welcome To The Wigwam or Teepee Tidbit’s.
How about a Rockies-Indians Series?-JD
To Tom: For as good as their line-up has been during the regular season the past few years, it has taken October off, and it is more than just A-Rod.-JD
the yankees are being shut down by good pitchers, ANY team would get shut down by fausto last night, that kid is straight up nasty, his sinker is from another planet. However, if the Indians DONT throw Sabathia in game 4, they’re idiots. They HAVE to. That way they can have Fausto on regular rest for game 5.
After what the Phils did to us, I’d say they have the will-power.
The team that can force a Game 5? The Yankees. Thier hitting against the guys lined up for the Indians? Big edge to the Yankees.
And the guys the Yankees are throwing I like more than the Indians.
Amazing isn’t? There is a chance for a complete sweep of the first round in every series…
Maybe the Angels, only because they are going back to LA
Not the Cubs.
Phils are hard to figure, but it is possilbe. Just not likely with the pitchers they are rolling out.
Who cares baseball is over for 07 as far as im concerned.
Cubs down 2-0 tonight as Chris Young lead off the game with another HR and Mega prospect Justin Upton drove in another.
A power failure in Coors Field.. can’t make the home team feel too good.
This isn’t just based on tonights start by Livan but just thinking..
What if the Mets didn’t want to go out and trade for bullpen, and thought there wasn’t anything good out there to sign..
So instead they went cheap, they put both El Duque and Humber in the pen to go with
and they look for a 5th starter and Omar to Livan says
“Listen if you really want to play on the same team as your half brother, you have to take a 1 year deal thats the only way we could fit you in our future”
so a Pedro,maine,perez,Livan,Pelfrey rotation??
would you do it if Livan took a 1 year deal?
how about looking towards Japan?
Koji Uehara has a fastball that tops out at 94-95mph, but he rarely hits that velocity anymore. His hallmark is control and he uses a slower fastball, at about 88-89 on the corners, more effectively as a veteran. His plus pitches include a knee-buckling forkball, a nice curve, and an effective slider. If I had to compare him to a Major Leaguer, I’d go with a more sturdy Brad Radke. He’s about the same size, right-handed, and has such amazing control that I’d be comfortable with that kind of expectation.
How about a RF?
Fukudome has doubles-power and will likely put up a high OBP in the Majors, but won’t slug a lot of home runs. Defensively, he’s best suited for right field, but could plug into center if need be. Mike Plugh, of Baseball Prospectus, says that “Fukudome is tailor-made for the Major Leagues. [...] He has patience as well as power to the gaps, a recipe for success, especially if he chooses to play in a ballpark with a spacious outfield.” Plugh warns that Fukudome won’t hit more than 20 homers, “but 50 doubles is not out of the question[, and] when compared to his [Japanese] peers, [...] his habitual .400+ OBP.”
One projection system estimates that a 2007 version of Fukudome would put up a .300/.375/.500 line in the Majors.
Both guys are around 30-32 years old and could be had for a 3 year deal.. They would have someone to talk to, and if Koji doesn’t make it as a starter he has excelled as a closer in japan.
Come on who wouldn’t want to hear Keith try to pernounce Fukudome every day?
Where are all the runs tonight in Denver? Channel surfing between Rockies, Ohio State-Purdue and LSU-Florida. Not to mention the Leave it to Beaver marathon.-JD
That’s just stud baseball. Do I see a broom?
haha, bye bye phoolies. in the words of dr. klopek “you may have phooled them, but you don’t phool me”... “But you don’t phool me” hahahhahahahhah RON HALL WHERE ARE YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! JOIN US!!!!!!!!!! THE REAL DISGRACE TO THE EAST. 3 AND OUT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
and that fellow Mets fanatics is a beautiful ending to a painful season.
Well now we’re only down to two teams, but it was and is the Yankees.
Clemens v Westbrook
Wang v Byrd (I really don’t think we see CC come back this early after 115 or so pitches the other night)
As for the Angels, they are too banged up and face Schilling and Beckett. I think we see our 3rd DS sweep there.
i still think we’re (and by we i mean mets collectively) are the disgrace of the nl east
BUT it does feel real good to see the phillies go down so easy.
i’ve come to terms with believing we didnt a good enough team to win it all
so not making it this year will fill the team with hunger and desire
and force the front office to be more aggresive.
How about NOT the Phils?
Justin- I would be up for either one of your scenarios for next year, with the possible tweak of Humber in the rotations and Pelfrey in the pen. While Livan didnÃ‚Â´t pitch as well this year as in previous years, heÃ‚Â´s still relatively young and does go deep into games.
I donÃ‚Â´t know anything about the japanese guys, but it sounds reasonable. Where are your scouting reports from?
If Glavine doesnÃ‚Â´t get re-signed (please Omar, donÃ‚Â´t do it), then we have one slot to fill. I think that in a full year, Pedro will replace GlavineÃ‚Â´s innings and production. So weÃ‚Â´re looking for a 5th starter; that position for the mets last year produced about a 6.30 ERA in 30+ starts. I would be comfortable putting Humber in that role: I think heÃ‚Â´ll better those numbers with consistent use, and you have to give him a chance someday.
My preferred plan would put El Duque in the pen as long man/ spot starter, leaving a slot open for a FA or trade acquisition.
Rotation of Pedro, FA/trade, Ollie, Maine, Humber
Pen: Wags,PF, Heilman, Scho, el Duque, Pelfrey and another guy not named Mota (not convinced about Smith yet).
Definitely thrilled to see that the Rockies finished off the sweep last night – they’re a great story and, frankly, I cringed every time I saw the Phils still playing (especially Burrell, who misplayed a ball).
Anyone take a look at the start times for today’s games? Very strange. BoSox/Angels at 3 and Yanks/Indians at 6:30. That means that they’re starting the first game at noon in LA (ahem, I mean Anaheim). I understand that they don’t want to compete with Jets/Giants, but c’mon.
Who cares about the start time of the Stankees when no one should be watching it anyway!
Not very nice about making the Angels and Boston start at noon, although that might work for the Sox since it is 3:00 PM body clock time. Not that they really need any help now.
Today is beautiful weather, and I will be a happy guy if I go to bed tonight with all 4 series wrapped up, and a win in the books for the Giants. The sports trifecta.
At least when I go to work tomorrow I can have soem fun ragging on the Phillie fans that were so obnoxious last Monday. Somehow, I think they will be just a tad quieter.
Oh, and if the Eagles can manage to lose again and drop to 1-4, that would make the day even better!
Absolutely ‘stick’! I agree! Especially the Tribe pounding the Skanks for da sweep. Good for you and don’t forget to ‘stick’ it to ‘em at work.
One more bit o Phils news:
I heard that Rollins was last seen in the clubhouse composing a new jive line for the 2008 Phils. I hope it works just as good as the last one did. And maybe we’ll all be lucky and he’ll have it all written and ready for the press by Thanksgiving, ‘cause they’re ain’t nothing I like better at Thanksgiving than a little jive turkey to go with my sweet potatoes.
“Ward, I’m running off to Jamaica with Lumpy Rutherford. I just thought you should know.”
The Philadelphia Phailures phailed again! They once again taught their phoolish phans that even when they phinish the regular season well – and beat the hated Mets – they phail to phinish the work at hand.
Next year, the METS will re-tool, and the Phils will phall all over themselves. You had yer chance, phellows, and ya blew it!
(By the way, with all the angst this year, if the METS had won 4 of 7 this last week, they would’ve had the best record in the NL….and the Rockies woulda probably swept us. So I’m better this way.
Pharewell, Phils. 3-and-Out!!!!
Comments are closed