Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Seeking redemption

Unlike teams that bomb out in the postseason, Ken Rosenthal and I get to play on. (I wish I could get paid to be wrong like Rosenthal.) Detroit and Oakland are about two hours away from first pitch and I can't help myself. I'm making more picks, hoping I don't serve up another high fat one over the heart of the plate.

Before I get to the teams still playing, I've got to mention Joe Torre's survival in the Bronx. While I didn't go on the record, I expected baseball's final four party to share the spotlight with the news of Torre's sacking this week. It didn't happen. George let Joe stay. The Yankees made the right move. If anyone goes, I'd say the entire pitching staff minus Wang, Mussina and Rivera will give up the pinstripes. Rosenthal says A-Rod is gone too.

The Yanks inability to bring it all home since 2000 can be traced to the pitching staff. Andy Petite and the Rocket are long gone. I think they's missed Jose Contreras and El Duque too. During the title runs the Yankees also got the game to Rivera with perhaps the best set up relievers ever. They've not come close to restocking here. I think the Yanks' soundest move would be to develop some young pitching and see if they can pick up a good young hurler for immediate benefit. As for A-Rod, I don't think it's a slam dunk that he'll be dealt. Someone will have to assume a lot of salary unless the Yankees want him gone badly enough to pay a chunk of his paycheck for another team. Personally, I hope they don't get it straightened out.

Now on to the teams still alive:

Detroit vs. Oakland--I love the Tigers' story. I only wish I had faith in them against New York. The pitching is rock solid and Jim Leyland has a magic touch in getting a team motivated to play a big series. Oakland boasts good pitching too. I'll roll the dice and pick Detroit to avenge its '72 LCS loss to the A's and take this one in six.

St. Louis vs. New York Mets--The Mets feature an impressive everyday lineup. I'd hate to face Delgado, Beltran, Wright and anyone else they send to the plate. The Mets starters did what they had to against the Dodgers, but two of them didn't last long enough to qualify for wins. The long relief is good and Billy Wagner looks untouchable. On the other hand, LA didn't have Albert Pujols in the lineup. Look for the Mets to avoid an outburst by the Cards' first baseman and win in six.

Please, no hate mail from Mets and Tigers fans. I have be right sometime, don't I?

BTW: Rosenthal's story on Torre has a glaring error in it. It says that the Yankees haven't reached the Series since 2000. They haven't won it since '00. They lost to Arizona in '01 and Florida in '03. No wonder the guy can't get his predicitons right. As for me, who knows what goes wrong?


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