In what already seems like an eternity since the last game for the Dodgers, news off the wire made this day a little bit better. Seeming like a good start to the off-season for our beloved Dodgers, Devaris-Strange Gordon, otherwise known as Flash, won ROTM for the month of September Thursday morning, after going .372 with a .398 OBP, 7 doubles, 1 triple, 21 runs scored to go along with 12 stolen bases in 16 attempts. He might not be the slickest on the field with the glove, but he’ll get there, and barring any acquisition, (Reyes ??), seems to be the incumbent to start the season as our SS.
In other news, its Playoff Time, and although many of us consider this season a disappointment, in the end, we did better than any of us ever could of expected. Our starting 2B, 3B, SS, LF, RF, and closer weren’t with the team for more than half the season, and yet, we finished a respectable 3 games over .500. Now, I’m not trying to gain pity for the lack of productivity from certain players, but, for the most part we got what we wanted outta the season. No G’Nats, and no RedSux in the playoffs, although the mere fact that there was no destruction of Philly kinda made this Dodger fan kinda bummed. The rebounding of Matt Kemp, and the arrival of ACE Kersh. We found out that our minors have some talent, and in the end, that even Ned could mess up at the Trade Deadline.
ps- On a side note related, what Jose Reyes did the other day was the worst thing I have ever seen. To take yourself out of a game after a BUNT of all things, just so you could win a stupid trophy shows just how weak and heartless he is. Everyone is quick to point out Ted Williams and his double header on the last day that jumped his avg from .399 to .406, but what about just the integrity of the game. Jose Reyes is a punk, nothing more than scum, and proved that he is all hardware, no guts. He went above the team, and said fuck it, I’m getting mines. To him, another injury that takes him out for another season or two I hope. I mean, how could he even be considered when he missed so many games. He lost some 120 PA and still won. At least Braun, who was also hurt this season, gutted it out for the whole game. And then Kemp, who didn’t take a game off, yet will be penalized for it. Baseball Writers of America will say that Reyes won the batting title, but we all know who really did. Kemp ma boy, you did mighty fine this season.
Rays v. Rangers
Did you guys happen to see the finale of the season. Not only did the Rays beat the Yuppies in stunning fashion, but they did it with guts, luck, and talent. An exhausted and exposed bullpen for the Yanks means that the Rays know who they have and how to beat them, and get into their heads. Now why does this matter for the Rays v. Rangers, simply because the Rays are working off of the underdog title, adrenaline, and the hate of the RedSux behind them. Combine that with their stadium dimensions and amazing pitching, and I have to give it to the Rays on winning this one.
Yuppies v. Tigers
Verlander will demolish the Yanks. Cano, Teixera, Gardner, Swisher will have horrible stats throughout 1st round, and will ultimately signal the end of Mariano Rivera and Posada, leaving Jeter all alone as the lone holdover from the Yuppie glory days. Verlander, Jackson, Avila, Martinez, Valverde, Young will do more than defeat the Yups, they will do it in 5.
D’Backs v. Brewers
If there was ever a time for Vin to call a series’ in which Gibson is a part of, this one has to be it. The complete favorite of the two is Brewers, and with good reason. Braun, Fielder, Gayardo, Marcum, Greinke, McGahee, Lucroy, and Axford can beat the D’Backs if they get ahead of them early and often. This D’Backs team is resilient, gutsy, and can beat you if your not careful. If the pitchers stay on their game, and they play the way they have played, it’s not hard to see the D’Backs making it out of the 1st round.
Phillies v. Cards
UGH. What can we say other than ESPN’s dream match up to open up the playoffs. Anything Philly these days is quickly blown outta proportion by ESPN and their East Coast bias, and yet, the other team winning, would still make most Dodger fans stomach churn in disgust. In a perfect world, they would all become injured and filler teams would be assigned from a random draw, but it can’t be that way. So out of the two, I’m going to hope, beg and pray that the Cards take care of Philly once and for all, so they could get off their high-horse and get back to sucking at Hockey. What can best be assumed is that my hope is that the Cards put a royal ass whooping on them, and Flying Crying Hawaiian breaks his fucking arm. Sorry people, still hate Philly more than Cards, Yanks etc.
(It’s more of G’Nats, Philly, Cards, Yanks, Reds in that order)
Rays v. Tigers
Dunno why, but it seems that the deeper the Rays get, the better they become. The Tigers have the better overall record, but will it really be that much of a difference when the opposing pitcher is shutting you down. Against the world I shall face, as I chose the Rays in a Game 7 for the ages.
D’Backs v. Cards
Will Raffy be good to go or will he get injured again. Will Holliday hit like his contract reflects, will Pujols carry this team. Will Berkman look like the Berkman of years past. Too many ifs, and not enough pitching behind Garcia, Carpenter, and Lohse, who seems like the best of the rest. Arizona has Kennedy, Hud, Saunders, Collmenter, etc. Only way Cards win is if they get to the D’Backs bullpen. In the end though, I’m going to have to give it to Gibson and his staff.
Rays v. D’Backs
Who would of thunk it. The two teams that nobody picks to win it this season. Hmn, maybe I’m stretching my mind too far, but this is an underdog season, and what would make it better than a team that wasn’t supposed to make it to the playoffs, and a team that 2 seasons ago lost 100 games. Add in two managers who will probably win MOTY and you got a great contest. Not many will tune in, because it doesn’t have Phillies v. Yankees, or Brewers v. Tigers, but really, do we want to see teams that bought their way to the playoffs, or teams that grinded it out to the final. This one is going to a Game 7, and will be won by none other than Longoria on a walk- off.
It’s what’s best for baseball, and for the game.
Tell me what you think of my predictions.