Tuesday, October 16, 2007

ALCS after Game 4

Things we know now about the Indians:

  • The starting pitching is plenty good enough
  • Their bullpen is better, especially the setup guys
  • The lineup is very balanced and patient
  • Their ability to get key 2-out hits is scary
  • They’re playing like they can smell the World Series

Things we know now about the Red Sox:

  • Nobody other than Ortiz, Ramirez and Lowell can be counted on to produce
  • It’s all about pitching in October, and
  • The bullpen is back to its mid-summer shakiness
  • Eric Gagne still sucks, and can’t be in the game with less than an 11-run lead
  • Of the starters, only Josh Beckett has gotten through the 6th inning.
  • The last man I want at the plate with the game on the line is J.D. Drew
  • They don’t look like league champions, (though the 2004 Red Sox looked worse, and were facing a 3-1 deficit with games 6 and 7 in New York)

    Other important things we know
  • Tim McCarver is just as annoying as ever
    “Can you BELIEVE David Ortiz is swinging away with a 3-0 count? That’s just extraordinary!” No it isn’t, you pinhead. He’s done it consistently for the past few years.
  • If someone doesn’t figure out a way to control the Rockies, it might not make any difference

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