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Dodgers, Angels, Yankees Sweep LDS Opponents

Talk about a dominant performance.  The Yankees, Angels, and Dodgers all swept their LDS opponents and have moved on the their respective league’s championship game.  Wow!

Now, the Yankees simply flexed their muscles in their first round matchup against the Twins.  They won both games at home to open the series, despite having to come from behind in a crazy game.  When Mark Teixeira hit the walk off homer to left to end the game, the Yankees stormed onto the field and celebrated, leaving a stunned Twins team in the opposite dugout.  In the third game of the series, the first in Minnesota, the Twins kept it close again, but when they had the chance to score some runs and put some pressure on the Yankees, they made some key baserunning mistakes that really cost them.  It was surely a disappointing series for Twins fans but you can’t say that you didn’t see this coming.

My pick for the ALDS matchup of the Angels and Red Sox had the Red Sox coming out victorious after a five game series.  Obviously I was wrong as the Angels really poured it onto the Red Sox and swept them.  History wasn’t in line to repeat itself in this series and the Angels soared their way to the ALCS.  It was kind of against my prediction but while I was watching the game three between these two teams, which was at Fenway, I told my dad in the eighth inning that the Angels would come back to score three runs against Papelbon and win the game.  He didn’t want to believe it but when the game was over I left the room with him staring at the t.v.  I felt pretty good about myself about that one.

The ALCS is going to be a very intriguing matchup between two quality powerhouses with good pitching.  The Yankees obviously have a pitching advantage but the offense’s of these two teams are pretty evenly matched.  The Halos have a very good and underrated offense that will really matchup well against the Yankees.  But the key to this seris will be pitching.  If the Yankees pitching can overcome the good Angels offense than the Yankees will roll onto the World Series.  My Prediction: Yankees win it in six.

Now onto the Dodgers, the team that everyone thought would be leaving the playoffs early due to their end of the season slump.  Well, the Dodgers didn’t feel like taking any of that and they went out and swept a very powerful Cardinals team, that a lot of people thought would not be a factor in the Central this season.  With the one-two punch of Chris Carpenter and Adam Wainwright, how can you go wrong.  Well, the Dodgers’ offense poured it on to the top two pitchers in the Cy Young race this year while in LA and when they went to St. Louis, Vincente Padilla put in a great perfornance and kept the Cards at bay while the Dodgers continued to have success against Cardinals pitching as they pushed Pineiro out of the game early.  It was a great series for the Dodgers and they will want to use this head of steam going into the NLCS against whoever it is they end up playing.

-Dillon

Fantasy Sports

Now, some of you may know that fantasy baseball, to me, is a fun game that is a great way to make your baseball dreams come true.  But it’s nothing more than that.  It’s a game, nothing more.  Now, I have made several rants on how I have a huge pet peeve over people who follow baseball, or whatever other sport, just to see how their fantasy team is doing.  I mean, c’mon.  That’s not why people love baseball.  There are so many hypocrites out there that say they are baseball fans but only follow the sport to make sure their fantasy team wins.  I hate that so much.

Well, I couldn’t think of anything else to write so I figured I would just talk about this.  So, here we go.  I myself love to play fantasy sports.  It’s just fun.  I love to make up my own team and manage it like I would if it was a professional team.  But I still follow the game of baseball as a fan of the Yankees and not just as a fan of whoever is on my team.  Whether or not I have any Yankee players on my team, I will still love the Yankees.  As goes for Curtis Granderson or Ryan Braun or David Wright.  I am still a true baseball fan whether or not I play fantasy.  I play fantasy baseball, football, basketball, and hockey.  But that’s pretty much it.  I have fun with it and I usually don’t play in competitive leagues.  Usually just casual.  I figured I’d show you some of my teams.

Here’s one of my two baseball teams that I enjoy following more than the other.  I am currently in sixth place out of ten, mostly because of injury problems.  But here it is.

Team Name: The Silver Sluggers

C: Mike Napoli (LAA)

1B: Kevin Youkilis (Bos)

2B: Chase Utley (Phi)

3B: Emilio Bonifacio (Fla)

SS: Alexei Ramirez (CWS)

OF: Jermaine Dye (CWS)

OF: Jason Bay (Bos)

OF: Andrew McCutchen (Pit)

Util: Garret Jones (Pit)

Util: Shin Soo Choo (Cle)

Bn: Brad Hawpe (Col)

SP: Tim Lincecum (SF)

SP: Derek Lowe (Atl)

RP: Jonathon Papelbon (Bos)

RP: Huston Street (Col)

P: Chris Carpenter (StL)

P: Joakim Soria (KC)

P: David Price (TB)

Bn: Jair Jurrjens (Atl)

Bn: Johnny Cueto (Cin)

I’m doing pretty well in this league and I think I could make a run toward the end of the season.  I have been playing a lot better of late because my team’s injury problems have diminished.  I’ve been telling my friends that they better watch out for my team because I could be a spoiler in the playoffs.

On Friday, many of the people in the league that I have that baseball team in did a draft for football that starts up soon.  I missed the whole draft except the last pick in which I chose Sidney Rice from Minnesota.  I figured if Brett Favre ever signed with them that he would be a valuable guy.  So I took a chance and picked him.  Here’s the rest of my team.

Team Name: No Punt Intended

QB: Aaron Rodgers (GB)

WR: Steve Smith (Car)

WR: Marquis Colston (NO)

WR: Santonio Holmes (Pit)

RB: Adrian Peterson (Min)

RB: Frank Gore (SF)

TE: Anthony Fasano (Mia)

BN: Owen Daniels (Tex)

BN: Joseph Addai (Ind)

BN: Carson Palmer (Cin)

BN: Jericho Cotchery (NYJ)

BN: Sidney Rice (Min)

K: John Kasay (Car)

BN: Rian Lindell (Buf)

DEF: Chicago

DEF: New England

So, this league is to start up obviously whenever the NFL season starts so I’m excited for that.

Well, now I’m really bored so I’ll hopefully have something more intersting to write about tomorrow.

-Dillon

Nine Run Comeback Marks Largest In Franchise History For O’s

Well, the Red Sox looked really bad yesterday after building up a 10-1 lead behind starter John Smoltz.  Now, I’m sure every Red Sox fan was hoping that Smoltz wouldn’t totally suck like he did in his previous start, which was his season debut.  Well, he was pretty good yesterday.  He pitched four solid innings giving up three hits, a walk, and one run.  He also struck out two in his outing.  This performance was clearly better than his last one.  So with Smoltz lined up for the victory, how do you think the bullpen did?  Well, they were dreadful.  They did terrible.  I’m not even going to explain it so just read the box score.

Boston IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Smoltz 4.0 3 1 1 1 2 0 6.00
Masterson 2.0 5 5 5 0 4 1 4.28
Delcarmen 0.2 1 0 0 0 0 0 2.03
Okajima 0.1 5 4 4 0 0 0 3.44
Saito (L, 2-1) 0.1 1 1 1 0 0 0 3.25
Papelbon (BS, 2) 0.2 1 0 0 1 1 0 1.85
 
Baltimore IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Hill, R 3.1 9 9 7 3 3 2 7.08
Albers 1.2 2 0 0 0 2 0 3.41
Hendrickson (W, 3-4) 3.0 4 1 1 1 2 0 5.08
Sherrill (S, 17) 1.0 1 0 0 0 2 0 1.99

Masterson pitched to 5 batters in the 7th.
Okajima pitched to 4 batters in the 8th.

Now, the Orioles came back from a 10-1 deficit to make their longest comeback in franchise history.  Their previous longest was eight runs.  Now, they posted a story about this on MLB.com which is where I got the idea for this post.  In the article, it mentions that this was their longest comeback and that their previous longest was eight.  The article went into telling us how much they have comeback from in the past and it says that the O’s have had to comeback a lot.  That says something to me.  My take on this is that they haven’t been a very good or successful franchise.  Now, I’m not saying they haven’t had their good games and their bad games, their good seasons and their bad seasons.  But they have had more bad seasons than good by far.  But the fact that they have had to comeback in a lot of games from this kind of deficit tells me that they have dug themselves in some pretty fricken big holes in the past.

The starter for the O’s yesterday was Rich Hill.  He got rocked.  No doubt about that.  He got pulled before the fourth inning ended.  Then the O’s bullpen took over and they didn’t do all that bad.  They only gave up one more run which made it the tenth run the Sox would get.  It was really the Sox bullpen that ruined everything.  The Red Sox ‘pen has been commented on as one of the best in the game.  They have some pretty dominating guys in their.  Manny Delcarmen, Justin Masterson, Hideki Okajima, and all leading up to Jonathon Papelbon.  They are all good pitchers that have had good seasons so far.  But everyone has their ups and downs.  Last night must have been a down game for everyone.

Now, I’m not complaining that the Red Sox lost, because the Yankees won and we gained a game on them in the East.  Every game we can get right now is good because we need to get back on top.  If the O’s have to come from behind every game to beat the Sox in this series, then do it.  Whatever it takes to take down the Sox.

Congrats to the O’s.  Until next time… Au revoir.

-Dillon