Sunday, October 08, 2006

Fleece & Flog Playoff Recap #4

What a long and glorious day for sports Saturday was. There is no time like late summer/ early fall when it comes to being a sports fan. Baseball has its playoffs. College and pro football are in full swing. Hockey season starts, and hoops are just around the corner. I could comment on them all I'm so fired fired up right now. And it's 6 AM on a Sunday morning! Why the hell am I awake at 6 AM on a Sunday morning? I haven't been up this early on a Sunday morning since my daughter was in diapers. Who cares. It's gonna be a long, happy day of posting and football (and I gotta cut the grass this morning sometime too, maybe for the last time of the year even.)

Onto the baseball recaps----------------------------------

San Diego Padres defeat the St. Louis Cardinals: 3-1 (Cards lead the best of 5 series: 2-1)

Let me toot my own horn here (only cuz this is the game I actually called correctly), and say that Chris Young is the stud I said he would be, pitching 6.2 brilliant innings of 4 hit, 2 BB, 9 K baseball.

Looking at this from a White Sox angle, old friend and World Series hero Geoff Blum provided an RBI sacrifice fly for the Padres. Geoff, we hardly knew yah. How are the triplets? It was triplets, right?

And go figure, it's an NL Central team that can't get the job done. Way to go St. Louis; way to extend the ALDS longer than it should be. Geez, you think this team played the Cubs a lot or something.

Detroit Tiggers defeat the New York Spankees: 8-3 (Tiggers win the ALDS: 3-1)

First Buck O'Neil, now Joe Torre. Reports out of New York have Joe Torre being told he's getting the axe as manager of the New York Yankees. (The Cubs just put Joe Girardi on hold as I type.) George Steinbrenner will not stand for incompetence, and the Yankees' Atlanta Braves-like streak of consecutive playoff appearances just isn't enough for the Donald Trump wannabe. Let me put the blame for this Yankee postseason failure squarely on the shoulders of the guy whom every other writer in America, Canada, Mexica, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Venezuela, Japan and every other baseball-playing country is going to blame: Alex Rodrigez. Being dropped from #3 in the order to #8 in the order is a pretty good indication you've got some serious suckage going on right now, and if A-Rod lasts the winter in the Big Apple, well, it's only cuz his contract is too big for any other team not named the Cubs to absorb. (How great would A-Rod look in a Cubs uniform? Sox fans, imagine the possibilities!)

I guess I should say something nice about the Tiggers now that they've vanquished the evil empire. Okay, here goes...thanks, Detroit, but after Saturday your services are no longer needed. I will now return to my Detroit-hating ways of yore. Maggs can suck on a big fat one.

The New York Mets sweep the LA Dodgers right out of the playoffs: 9-5

The battle of ex-Cub pitchers looked more like a pillow fight at junior-high girls sleepover than it did a pitching matchup. Neither pitcher lasted into the 5th inning, and in all 13 total pitchers were used in this game. Both pitchers were ineffective and hittable, but Steve Trachsel at least gets to move on to the ALCS thanks to his team's lesser amount of pitching suckage.

Greg Maddux looked like the Greg Maddux of old, that is, the playoff Greg Maddux of old. He got too much of the plate and was pounded for 7 hits, 2 BB, 4 runs and no strikeouts. Even a veteran old softball player like myself could have had hit few singles off Maddux yesterday. Maybe it's time Maddog hung up his spikes for good. He's clearly lost the movement on his cutter and as a result has to live over the plate more than he used to. You've reached 300 wins, Greg. You're a first ballot Hall of Famer, dog. Don't embarrass yourself by coming back for another year. Unless, of course, you become neighbors with Barry Bonds' former trainer, Greg Anderson.

On the Sunday preview front... (Btw, thank god the teams are cut in half. These things take forever to type out, and I'm just plain lazy.)

Chris Carpenter for the Cardinals


Woody Williams for the Padres
(Cards lead the best of 5 series 2-1)
7:05 PM CST on FOX

Will Leitch from Deadspin can smile after today; his Cards will move on to the ALCS. Carpenter is just too good for San Diego.

I just noticed the Cubs got more air-time in this post than the White Sox did. And I really dislike the Cubs. I can't imagine what it would be like to write in a totally objective point of view as say a beat writer would have to. Yuck!


Blogger Jeeves said...

It would be utterly, utterly depressing to be a Cubs' beat writer.
I'd rather be a D-Rays beat writer than one for the Cubs, because at least with Tampa, you don't expect to be good. Every year Cubs fans have huge expectations and ineveitably suck it up.

2:37 PM, October 08, 2006  
Blogger jamesmnordbergjr said...

and in tampa you can always bury your head in the sand

2:38 PM, October 08, 2006  

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