According to plan. 36 comments


 

No Cinderella stories.

No “we shocked the world.”

No upsets.

The Final Four is set. It all went according to the script. Even if the last inning last night tried to be Rudy and Hoosiers all rolled into one.

In the end, the Red Sox were able to nail down the win. The four best teams are advancing. And the two wild card teams were knocked out in the first round.

Which means, these championship series should be epic. Two one-hundred-win teams in the American League. Two teams playing at the top of their games in the National League.

The Red Sox had the highest batting average in the A.L., the Astros fourth highest. The Astros struck out second-fewest times, the Red Sox fourth fewest.

In the N.L., Milwaukee and Los Angeles were seventh and eighth respectively in batting average. They were fifth and sixth respectively in most strikeouts in the N.L.

They are not the kinds of teams to rely on the home run or nothing.

Should be some great baseball.

Milwaukee is one of the seven teams that have never won a World Series. Will they make that a back-to-back occurance?

Houston is trying to win back-to-back for the first time since the Yankees did it 1998, 1999, and 2000.

Los Angeles is celebrating the thirtieth year of the Kirk Gibson home run and their last championship.

Boston expects to win because they won 108 regular season games. And because they are Boston.

It all starts Friday.

  • Gregor_S

    If you go by the starting rotations then it should come down to Houston and LA. But in age when starters go 2 or 3 innings in the postseason maybe that won’t be as decisive as it used to be.

    • JacobMcCandles

      AL wins..whomever goes

  • dearmidol

    The Yankees didn’t hit a home run in Games 3 or 4. They lost both.

    • JacobMcCandles

      Their bats died

      • dearmidol

        That’s the risk you take when you’re built to live or die by the home run.

  • JacobMcCandles

    Good stuff Kevin. You are like the morning paper. Can’t start the day till I read you. Fantastic point about the best teams moving forward, it was never about the games not being competitive, the team’s that should’ve won…won

    The BB has been great and yes the next step will be epic. Also the reference to Hoosiers the best sports movie ever made IMO was good breakfast.

    • dearmidol

      Thanks, Jake. And unlike the paper I don’t get rained on.

      I’m really looking forward to some great games.

  • Rowdy Yates

    “Ding Dong! The Witch is dead. Which old Witch? The Wicked Witch!
    Ding Dong! The Wicked Yanks are dead.”

    Rooting for the Sox in AL and Brewers in NL and for the Series all in for Milwaukee though the betting odds must be long.

    • JacobMcCandles

      Thought you were a Astro fan?? LOLA

      • Rowdy Yates

        If they were playing the Yanks, yes!
        Last yr vs LA, yes!
        Almost all other scenarios, no!

        • JacobMcCandles

          Ha! I know. Be very strange if it ends up LA/Houston again….a month ago I thought LA was burnt toast

  • JacobMcCandles

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CDJS9rFGCHE

    One of the best actors ever….

  • CrazyEd

    Surprise doesn’t play until 9:35 tonight. Even AFL has late start times. Think I’ll pass.
    Went out to get the paper this AM and was surprised by the temp. Looks like winter has arrived, or we at least received fair warning.

    • JacobMcCandles

      Feels great

  • GoRangers23

    The panhandle of Florida is getting pummeled. My brother and his family are right in the path. He chose to stay, but he isn’t right off the beach, thankfully. He’s further in, in Niceville, Florida. They just said that it is one mph from being a category 5. I’m a pretty worried sister and aunt right now. Hopefully since he is further over to the left it won’t be as bad.

    • calntom

      Prayed for their safety along with all in the path of this storm

      • GoRangers23

        Thank you!

  • GoRangers23

    They are saying that Michael is the third strongest storm to hit the U.S. on record, and the strongest storm to hit the U.S. since Hurricane Camille in 1969. God help the people in the Florida panhandle!

    • JacobMcCandles

      Was watching CNN and they were minimizing the storm…..Turned on MSNBC and they were showing the real story

      • GoRangers23

        I know. I wish they would get their stories straight!

        • JacobMcCandles

          They specialize in fake news…..I guess its fake weather as well!!! LOL

          • GoRangers23

            Ha, I guess time will tell who is right as far as weather goes.

          • JacobMcCandles

            Prayers for your family

          • GoRangers23

            Thanks Jake

    • GoRangers23

      A different channel says most powerful since Andrew in 1992……?? Who really knows.

    • dearmidol

      That’s too bad. This is the new normal now.

      • Rowdy Yates

        The U.S. is having a really tough last year with Harvey, Maria, and Michael but actually the number and ferocity of hurricanes has declined over the last several decades despite climate change.

        Damage gets worse every time because more people are living in areas where there’s water. Even Sandy, which marginally wasn’t even a hurricane was the 2nd most costly storm in our history because it pushed so much water up the rivers of major cities and over the low lying islands near NYC and Philly. Our family beach house on Long Beach Island is just going to habitable this fall after 5 yrs because the damage to the area was so bad and our little bungalow wasn’t a big enuf job for the construction guys to bother with.

  • JacobMcCandles

    Need to ship truckloads of diapers to NY….they are whining major…..I talk to a lot of fans on sites, in person…..and to a tee, no one thought NYY was going to win.

    You can win a divisions without the best pitching….but to advance you have to have better pitching….said it months ago, again before the season started, the Yanks did not have a good enough SP staff…..thank goodness some things in BB don’t change.

    DH can’t even change that.

    • dearmidol

      It’s hard for them to realize the best team won.

      Boston was better on offense, defense, starting pitching, and base running.

      • JacobMcCandles

        And coaching……Cora took a page off Hinch’s book and put in Sale to seal the deal

        • dearmidol

          Kimbrel nearly blew it for him, though. He got lucky.

          • JacobMcCandles

            Yep that’s what I think separates Astros from the rest….best rotation and BP

  • GoRangers23

    A collapsed boat warehouse in my brothers town made the CNN news.

  • JacobMcCandles

    CNN ran a report slamming Trump for not going to Florida now……what do they want him to do? Be Moses and part the waters?
    Does this channel have any integrity? Its no wonder there is so much hate and divide in our country…..So many people watch this garbage and it fuels their hate……….Sorry, Good grief

  • azrangerfan
    • JacobMcCandles

      Thanks AZ…..but this reporter as many others are missing the much larger issues than the length of the game…..does 2 hrs and 45 minutes as opposed to 3 hrs really drive the audience away……..for me it only matters if its on the West Coast and I was working…..Just my opinion.

      Bigger issues:
      No one in BB knows how to market the sport cuz most owners are good ol boys that succeeded in other businesses but don’t know a darn thing about BB.

      MLB and teams are investing more money in Latin America than here….dont blame them thats where the bulk of talent is coming from.

      We have separated ourselves from our urban youth, cuz to have bats,gloves, a place to play and assemble enough kids is difficult. You can pick up a basketball or football, have a few kids and have a game or practice easily.

      Sadly its only going to get worse……only thing I am hoping for is BB has the largest crop of young Players ever, so maybe there is salvation there………..Darn shame