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Expect the Unexpected

This phrase is one that most people know and understand, one that applies to every day life.  It is a simple one.  Meaning that you can’t always expect what is supposed to happen.  Sometimes, unexpected occurrences happen and you don’t know what to do.  Sometimes the unexpected isn’t anything hard to deal with but you just didn’t expect it to happen.  It’s not that hard to understand which is why it is a critical saying to general every day life.

Now, think about this.  If I asked you who would win the NL Wild Card, you would probably give me a breakdown of every division and who would come in first and second.  Then you would probably figure out who has the best chance at having the best record among the second place teams.  So, I did a little experiment with my pal Jay.  He was unaware of my intentions to put this in my blog so he’ll figure out later.

Me: Jay, how do you think the NL playoffs will be shaped up at the end of the season.

Jay: The Dodgers, no doubt, are gonna win the West.  That’s no question.

Me: I agree 100%.  How could Manny and Ethier and Furcal and the O-Dog go without winning that division.  They’re just too good and too consistent.

Jay.  I think the Cards will pull it out in the Central because they have Holliday now to bat behind Albert.  Too much power and good enough pitching to get along.  Now the East is the toughy.

Me:  It always is.  That’s why I say the Phils are gonna repeat as NL East champs.

Jay: I think the Phils will as well.  The Mets were my pre-season choice but now with all the injuries I can’t pick them and you’ve got to like what their doing down in Philly.

Me: That addition of Cliff Lee will probably end up being the biggest, most important trade of tbe year if the Phils get deep into the playoffs.

Jay: I think the Cubbies could make a run at the Wild Card.  They have been playing better of late and I think they will continue winning and take themselves into the playoffs.  I think that’s how it’ll all work out.

Me: That’s a very intersting look at things but it’s your decisions and I can’t make them for you.  Thanks man.

Jay: No problem.

This conversation took place over the phone a day after the Cards aquired Matt Holliday from the Athletics.

Now, I agree with every one of those predictions except the one that the Cubs will win the wild card.  How can you not think about the Rockies.  They have been playing really well of late and they are at the top of the Wild Card standings.  Jay said that he still thought the Cubs will streak right past both Colorado and San Fran but I don’t think that’s going to happen.  The Cubs may be playing great of late but the Rox are too.  I think they will pull away.

Now why would I go to all this trouble just top see who someone would pick to win the Wild Card?  Because seriously, who would think the Rockies would be in the playoff picture at all.  And how ’bout the Giants too.  I don’t think I would meet anyone that thought they would have a chance at the playoffs.  This is why you have to EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED.

The Rox have a real good chance at makign the playoffs as the Wild Card.  They pulled away another  game yesterday with a win and the Giants’ loss.  The Rox are riding a four game win streak and I don’t think they will let anyone stop them from getting to the playoffs.

Even though the Rox were in the playoffs in 2007 in which the Red Sox beat them in four games, they were unexpected to be there that year too.  They just weren’t considered a good enough team to get that far into the playoffs.  Somehow they did and then they got swpet by a really good Red Sox team.  But still, the point is that they were unexpected to be there.  Same with this year but they may just do it.

Watch out MLB, here come the Rox.  And maybe even the Giants.

-Dillon

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I Am In Desperate Need For a Yankee Victory Over The BoSox

Being a Yankee fan, or even for those Red Sox fans on this MLBlogosphere, these next four days should present nothing else but Red Sox-Yankees analysis on any Yankee fan’s or Red Sox fan’s blog.  That’s so simple.  The best rivalry in baseball is nothing short of what it is put up to be.  It is the single best part of the MLB.  It is my favorite part of the year when the Yankees and Red Sox face off and everyone else’s involved in this rivalry.  And basically, it is the only thing that should be talked about by any Red Sox or Yankee fan during the 18 games they play each other every year.  It is just STELLAR.

So, everyone knows that the Yankees have been unsuccessful against the Red Sox thus far this season.  They have been unable to win at home or on the road; extremely disappointing to Yankee fans.  Now, with first place in our posession (meaning the Yankees), the Bronx Bombers have a certain upside to things now, now that they have succeeded past the Sox without actually beating them.  But these next few games they play against the Red Sox will be played with a bigger sense of importance.  The Yankees can really pull away from the Red Sox, and push their already solid 2.5 game lead to maybe a 5 game lead or a 6 game lead at best.  A sweep would be phenominal seeing that we haven’t beaten them once this season.  Four straight wins would be STELLAR.

The Yankees and Red Sox play a total of ten games to finish off the season series.  Three of those are in Boston and the rest of them are in New York.  This is a huge advantage for the Yankees and they need to take advantage of it.  I can’t think of any better way to say it than that.  If you can’t win at home, you don’t have as good a chance to win on the road.

Victor Martinez… just aquired in a blockbuster deal from the Cleveland Indians.  A catcher/first baseman that has helped the Red Sox immensely in their current infield situation.  They have Mike Lowell who hasn’t been to the top of his health.  Since this has been the case, he has not started at third in the recent past and has forced Kevin Youkilis to shift over to third, the position he came to the Red Sox to play.  Victor Martinez has fit into the first base position and has let Jason Varitek remain behind the plate.  Late in the games, Mike Lowell has appeared to pinch hit giving the Red Sox much needed depth.  Martinez will get his first dose of the Yankees-Red Sox action and will be a huge part in it.  Martinez is the offensive bat that has fit into an already loaded lineup for the Red Sox that has its fair share of power and just general good hitting.  It will be interesting to watch how he performs.

Now, going sort of off topic.  How about that Kung Fu Panda?

No not that one… this one.

Pablo Sandoval has been a huge part of bringing the San Francisco Giants back into the playoff race.  They are currently first in the wild card race in the NL, only a half game ahead of their closest competitors in the NL West, the Colorado Rockies.  The Giants aren’t going to get to the top of the division, with the Dodgers easily pulling away from day one, but with Sandoval leading the way offensively, the Giants could be the underdog that gets into the playoffs.  They have the pitching; Lincecum and Cain.  They have the defense; Rowand and Molina among them.  They have the offense; Sandoval and Sanchez.  What else is their that they need.  Obviously they don’t have an overly great team, but they have what it takes to perform to a high standard and they could surely make it to the playoffs.  Now, how far will they go in the playoffs?  I’m not so sure.  They do have to face off against the best of the best in the NL; the Dodgers, the Phils, most likely, and possibly the Cards, the Cubbies, or even the Brew Crew.  All tough teams, but they should have enough to get into the playoffs in the first place.  Sandoval leads the way offensively and all I can say to the Giants is this:

THE KUNG FU PANDA WILL LEAD YOU TO WHERE YOU NEED TO BE.

-Dillon