Nothing Really Matters…until the ALDS…

 

I don’t like this week…

 

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Since the Yankees clinched the AL East and best league record, they haven’t had anything to play for.

 

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The Yanks presently have 102 wins, but I wouldn’t be surprised if that ends up as the season total.  With the Yankees relegated to spring training-like intensity, their possible first round opponents are engaged in a ‘knock down, drag out’ battle to the end.  The Tigers have the edge, but tonight the Tigers are losing and the Twins are winning so the 2 game lead may be reduced to 1.  This race will most likely go to the wire, so the winner of the AL Central will come into the AL Division Series at a very high intensity level.

 

Carlos Guillen#9 (L) Curtis Granderson#28 (C) and Josh Anderson #13 of the Detroit Tigers celebrate their come from behind win over the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, 12-10, at Angel Stadium on April 22, 2009 in Anaheim, California.  (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Carlos Guillen;Curtis Granderson;Josh Anderson

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Hopefully, the Yanks will be able to kick start their own intensity level when the ALDS begins.  Otherwise, they could get off to a sluggish start.

 

 

Well, so much for a 20 win season for CC Sabathia.  Pitching tonight against the Tampa Bay Rays in St. Petersburg, CC lasted just 2 2/3 innings.  He gave up 8 hits and 9 runs (4 of the runs were unearned due to a rare Mark Teixeira error).  It is my hope that the ALDS will feature the August-September version of Sabathia.  But of course, my good friend Julia (of Julia’s Rants) was very quick to note:  “It’s October – I see that CC is getting into playoff form…”.

 

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I know that CC has a career 7.92 ERA in postseason play, but he does have a chance for redemption.  A win in Game 1 of the ALDS would be a great start…

 

CC Sabathia shuts down Red Sox with nine strikeouts in 7-2/3 innings as Yankees win, 5-0.

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Back when Clint Hurdle was fired as manager of the Colorado Rockies, who would have guessed that the Rockies would enter the final weekend with a chance to overtake the Los Angeles Dodgers.  Entering tonight’s game between the two teams, the Dodgers hold a slim 2 game lead.  The Dodgers are assured of a playoff spot, but they’ve definitely struggled the second half.  At this point, I’d have to say that I like the St. Louis Cardinals as the eventual National League Champion.  I have always wanted to see a Cardinals-Yankees World Series, so hopefully this is the year.  My first baseball game (in person) featured the Los Angeles Dodgers in St. Louis against the Cardinals, so a Cards-Yanks series is definitely a sentimental choice for me.

 

The Green Bay Packers travel to Minnesota to face the Vikings on Monday, so the hype should definitely be building over the next couple of days.  Of course, this won’t be anything like the game in November when the Vikings travel to Lambeau Field, but it will still be strange watching Favre work against the Packers.  Nevertheless, I still think Favre looks strange in purple…

 

 

5 Comments

Ah..it was a great game for the Yankees last night! ;-) Can you believe that it is the last weekend of the regular season already? April seems like it was so long ago! I’m ready for the playoffs – though while you might be thinking St. Louis and Yankees I’m leaning towards a Red Sox-Rockies WS! Good luck to the Vikings on Monday night – it will be interesting game.

Julia
http://werbiefitz.mlblogs.com

Well, if the Twins make the playoffs, I wouldn’t worry about C.C. too much. He has always owned us, and I expect that pwnage to continue. Besides, I think the reason he struggled so much for Cleveland and Milwaukee in the postseason is that they rode him too hard during the regular season. C.C. is a beast, but he led the league in innings pitched for both teams, since they really didn’t have anyone else who could pick up the slack. The Yankees haven’t had to rely on him so much, so he should be fresh as a daisy for the ALDS.-Erinhttp://plunking-gomez.blogspot.com

I’d like to hear more about the first game you saw against the Dodgers and Cardinals! Did my beloved Bums win?
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I am nervous about the game on Wednesday but I have faith on my two Lefties Wolf and Kershaw. Kershaw had that ‘public enemy number one” curveball working.
Emma
http://crzblue.mlblogs.com/

It’s time for a double dose of Minnesota.. tonight and tomorrow night. They both should be fantastic! And.. it looks like the Yankees woke up!

Buz – http://buzblog.mlblogs.com/

Hey Scott…how have you been? Ready for the playoffs yet?? Don’t worry about CC – even if he bombs, it’s only one game right? :) Ok, i’ll be nice – go vikings!
Ginny
http://watercooler.mlblogs.com

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