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Happy Halladays to start the postseason

In a somewhat sarcastic way I proclaimed on October 5th that the Reds would not get a hit throughthe NLDS against the Philies.

 

halladay.jpgSo far so good huh.

There was not a better way to script the opening day of the postseason than the first playoff no hitter since Don Larsen’s perfect game in 1962.

So close to a perfect game too. Unbelievable. And to do it twice in one year simply baffles me. Just imagine if Roy Halladay happened to be out of Toronto for more of his career. He could possibly be one of the most dominant pitchers in baseball history. He still has a lot of gas in the tank and judging by this season alone he has punched his ticket to Cooperstown. A first ballot hall of famer in my book.

One game that may hold him out could very well be May 18, 2010.

He lost to the Pirates.

Zach Duke went toe-to-toe with the Philadelphia ace in a 2-1 ballgame where both pitchers
halladay1.jpg went the complete game. It was one of the most precise games the Pirates put together in 2010 and the best contest of Duke’s wretched year.

As I type this the game in Minnesota is going swimmingly well for the Twins. Something to say that I am pleased to see. Francisco Liriano is pitching masterfully.

Pitching has been a common theme when discussing the highs of the 2010 MLB season. So far it looks like the playoffs are going to be no exception. Cliff Lee shut down the Rays this afternoon. Halladay had a freaking no hitter. Liriano is coasting right now.

Tomorrow presents a new day with two similiar teams pinned against each other. It is sure to be anothers pitchers duel as Tim Lincecum faces Derek Lowe.

When it comes to picking a team to root for in the postseason, it hasn’t been the easiest thing. Last year I chose the Dodgers because of my good blogging friends Emma and Cat were so very kind to me. This season is a bit trickier, but not really. I am sticking with the NL West theme and will be adorning the orange and black.

 

sf.jpgI’ve always liked the logo and color scheme. The city is one of a kind. The ballpark blew me away. Besides those intangibles the Giants also offer something special for the playoff run, one of my favorite players of all time.

FREDDY.jpgFreddy Sanchez.

His time in Pittsburgh was headlined by a batting title in 2006 but what may have been overshadowed was his hospitality. Sanchez is a class act and was always a fan favorite. His work ethic and gritty glove work is topped only by his consistent bat. He is finally overcoming injuries that have haunted his whole career and he is showing he belongs in an everday lineup, especially on a contending team.

Nobody deserves the honor of winning games in the post season than Freddy Sanchez.

Go Giants!

photos: ap, yahoo.com

UTterLEY Dissapointed

The scene was set

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New Yankee Stadium, no longer just a computer model, was lit up  for the world to see. A year of great baseball was played in the “House that Jeter Built” and the Bronx Bombers were thirsty for more. Jay-Z and Alicia Keys hit song Empire State of Mind could be heard blaring across the nation not just within the limits of the Big Apple.

Up in North Canton, OH my best friend Andrew has a bottle of Malox handy and his cell phone shut off watching his Yanks make their first World Series since 2003.

Here in Morgantown, West Virginia the scene is equally as intense. A mixture of Philly Phanatics and Yankee faithful decsend upon this sleepy college town.

I’m siding with my Pinstriped bretheren as the hunt for the 27th title begins. I’ve mentioned it before that I have a disdain for the Philies. Being a light rival of the Pirates I cannot remotely cheer for them. There is also a hatred of the city of Philly in general. I do like the Rocky Movies and It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, but those are seperate issues.

cliff lee phillies.jpgThat guy on the left shut me up entirely. He said “You dont liek Philly, shut up!” CLiff Lee was unstoppable on the mound, absolutely dominating the Yankees.

Lee’s pitches were nasty. His breaking pitches were pinpointed excellently and were nearly impossible to hit. Throughout the course of the game Lee never lost his cool. His defense behind him was superb as well as teh glove on his right hand. Lee was in charge and looked fantastic.

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Speaking of fantastic Chase Utley was just that. Utley belted two home runs and showcased power. He has been an asset for the Philies throughout the playoffs and looks like he is turning it on here when it means the most.

I said the A-Rod would be the X-factor in this series. I figured with the pitching and hitting is fairly even, but one player would have to emerge to put the critics to rest and lead their team to a World Series victory. While Rodriguez laid an egg in the first game, Utley never backed down.

The dissapointment rang true when the Yankees bullpen collapsed after a decent showing from C.C. Sabathia. After giving up 2 manageable runs he was peppered with hits and eventually relieved.

Well with one game down and more to come the Philies begin this World Series on a great note. They looked fantastic up and down the lineup and from the mound. If they can carry it out and shut the Yanks down this could get ugly, brooms may be brought out. While I doubt that will happen, New York showed no signs of promise tonight.

Adding to my dissapointment was the absence of this guy.

ronan_tynan2.jpgRONAN TYNAN. I live for Autumn baseball in New York just so I can hear the beautiful voice of the famous tenor belt out “God Bless America.”  It is breath taking and brought a tear to my eye back in 2001 after the Terrorist attacks. No offense to the lady and Military officials that sang it tonight, I just missed hearing Tynan flex his golden pipes.

I hope the Yanks can make this series competitive and see Mr. Tynan sing on the big stage.

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