c'mon, rul, ya really serious about the Beaneblame? dude's done very damn well given who the A's haven't been able to keep. same players who got them there are the ones who keep sitting down when it's time to win game three.
Zito was tough tough TOUGH, just made a mistake with one pitch. GM can't help that.
can't make Chavez or Tejada hit, either.
Braves epitomize Underachieving, again no fault of a very good GM.
The playoffs are the regular season turned up a few notches. Everything is intensified, the game changes a little (teams with truly excellent pitching, especially starters, tend to stand out). The A's have the pitching, which is usually the good bet, but these Red Sox pound the ball and there really is no place in the lineup for a pitcher to rest. And you have four or five guys on the Sox who, if they get hot, can carry a team. You get three guys on a roll, Cy Young is gonna have some difficulty.
Repeat: Roger will leave Fenway having been bombed. (THEN the standing ovation.) Look for this in the fourth or fifth, MAYBE the sixth inning.
edit: kinda pedantic? sorry. just "enthused" lately.
I'd look for Soriano to be moved (next year), too. To the outfield or maybe third base. That tends to be a clanky glove he takes out there, and at second base, those errors will kill a team.
I'd be very, very surprised to see New York go quietly. They have clutch players (Jeter, especially) but with Bernie Williams not doing much - knock on wood - and Giambi struggling, it could be difficult. I know way better than to say it's done, though, 'cause it ain't. Not even close. This will be a battle and baseball benefits from it.
Hope the Cubbies get there.[ October 09, 2003, 11:45 AM: Message edited by: ryan ]