Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Baseball Playoffs are Here

The Baseball playoffs have arrived, a most wonderful time of the year, and if you were a betting man, there are some very good prices on some very good matchups. Such as

Indians +150 vs. Yankees
Angels +150 vs. Red Sox
Rockies +120 vs. Phillies
D-Backs +110 vs. Cubs

I especially love the Indians here. They have home field advantage and the two best pitchers in this series in Sabathia and Carmona, and it's a five-game series. Yes, obviously the Yankees hit the crap out of the ball. They have six guys with OPS of over .800 (the Twins had 2, FYI), but Sabathia and Carmona were two of the eight best pitchers in the AL this season. They could shut down the Yankees at home in the first two games, send Byrd and Westbrook out there in games 3 & 4 and hope to get lucky, and then bring back Sabathia in game five if needed, back at home.

The Indians don't have the best offense in the world, but it's serviceable with enough good hitters that all they'd need is a couple to get hot. Plus, facing Wang, Pettitte, Mussina, Clemens, and Hughes isn't exactly the '78 Orioles. The series should be even at the worst, so this +150 is a bonus.

Three things I'd really like to see happen:

1. Indians beat the Yankees, but A-Rod has an awesome series and the rest of the team sucks so maybe all the idiotic journalists and retarded Yankee fans will shut up about how A-Rod isn't a true Yankee and he's isn't clutch (which is mostly a myth anyway).

2. Angels over Red Sox. Or Indians/Yankees over Red Sox in the ALCS. No more Red Sox please. I'm begging you.

3. Please media, don't turn the Angels' Reggie Willits into the next David Eckstein. His slugging percentage was .344 with a .293 average. I had no idea that was even possible. He had 21 extra-base hits. Nick Punto had 24. That's really all you need to know.

Finally, if you're into the whole betting thing, the Indians are +105 against the Yankees in game 1 tomorrow night right now, with Sabathia vs. Wang. I'd jump on it.

Also, it was pointed out to me that the Phillies are going to start Kyle Lohse in game two against the Rocks. I'd strongly consider hitting that as well.

1 comment:

snacks said...

Looks like lohse is going to go in game 4 instead. How'd you like to have to depend on him with your season on the line?