Championship Series Preview
Well, much to the chagrin of longtime Sawx booster and Brooklyn Eagle columnist, Tom Kane, we called the Angels-Red Sox series perfectly. We had the Yanks in 4 and the Phils in 5, one game off on each. We couldn’t have been more wrong about the Cardinals-Dodgers, though, as we were reminded by Moonlight reader, Ken Jankowsky. That the Dodgers were not only able to overcome the Cards’ starting rotation was impressive enough but to do it in three straight was something not many saw coming. It bodes well for Joe Torre’s boys going forward, especially with a potential Game & scheduled for Chavez Ravine. Let’s take a look at the two matchups that’ll give us our 2009 World Series, disregarding for a minute the drooling Fox executives offering up their souls for a Yankees-Dodgers Fall Classic.
Angels vs. Yankees- Have to love the Yankees deciding to ride their big horse, C. C. Sabathia, in three games if the series goes seven. Unfortunately for the Bombers, Mother Nature doesn’t look like she’s planning to cooperate. Sabathia likely won’t get the chance for that third start, however, as the Angels should wrap things up beforehand. While Alex Rodriguez finally busted out of a career long postseason slump, he did it against a pitching staff far inferior to that of the Angels. Mike Scioscia’s boys play the game as fundamentally sound as anyone and won’t make the same silly mistakes that did in the Twins. Expect Derek Jeter to continue to shine while ARod and Teixeira will struggle. Vlad Guerrero walks off with the MVP award as Los Angeles takes the title in five games.
Phillies vs. Dodgers
Tough break for the Phillies as Cliff Lee won’t go until Game 3. Philly manager Charlie Manuel keeps his fingers crossed that Cole Hamels can dig himself out of his season long funk and give his club a decent start in the opener. Can’t see it happening. As for the Dodgers, their starter, Clayton Kershaw, had the lowest BA against in the NL. Their bats have awakened at just the right time and Manny Ramirez is always lurking. Get to know these young Dodgers; Ethier, Kemp and Loney, as they will be the elite of the National league for a long time. The Phils should enjoy a little success in their home park but not enough to win. The pick here is the Dodgers in 6.