Sunday, October 10th, 2010

Crazy Playoffs

Both the NLDS and ALDS have provided exciting, but unusual baseball games. As of the moment, only the New York Yankees have advanced to the ALCS. With a win tonight, the Philadelphia Phillies will advance to the NLCS. The Phillies currently lead 2-0 in the bottom of the sixth inning.

In the ALDS matchup between the Texas Rangers and Tampa Bay Rays, they find themselves tied 2-2 and moving to a fifth and deciding game in Tampa Bay. What's unusual is that the road team has won every game. The Rangers won both in Tampa while the Rays have won the two games in Texas. Is that a good omen for the Rays? We'll see.

The matchup between the Minnesota Twins and Yankees also had the unusual road team trend. Minnesota lost both games at home. The Yankees recorded the lone win by a home team in the ALDS in Game 3.

In the NLDS, the Atlanta Braves and San Francisco Giants just completed Game 3 in Atlanta. The Giants took a 1-0 lead into the bottom of the eighth inning. Eric Hinske hit a two-run homer, just barely over the fence and fair, to give the Braves a late 2-1 lead. The Braves proceeded to lose the game 3-2 in the ninth inning. Brooks Conrad made three errors in Game 3, bringing his total for the NLDS to four. The Giants could advance with a win tomorrow.

Game 1 between the Philadelphia Phillies and Cincinnati Reds resulted in only the second no-hitter in postseason history. Roy Halladay threw a no-hitter in his postseason debut. I know I blogged about this the other day, but it was the first no-hitter since Yankee Don Larsen's perfect game in 1956 against the Brooklyn Dodgers.

In Game 2, the Phillies came back from a 4-0 deficit to win the game 7-4. Chase Utley reached first on a phantom hit-by-pitch. I'm picking the Phillies to win, but that pitch clearly did not hit Utley's arm. He proceeded to reach second, but looked out in the replay. When he rounded third to score, Utley's foot may have missed touching the bag. I guess he sold it to the umpire.

By the way, all the Conan commercials are getting my psyched for his new show on TBS.

Hey Bill,
I dyed my hair orange in honor of Conan's return.
bob   Monday, October 11, 2010
Can't wait to see that, Bob!
!   Monday, October 11, 2010
I remember hearing Don Larsen's no hitter broadcast on radio in 1956. It was like the JFK being shot or 9/11 - you will always remember where you were when it happened.
stheinz   Monday, October 11, 2010
I'm not sure where I was when Don pitched his perfect game... but I know where I was when Roy Halldady pitched his perfect game and his playoff no-hitter and Jaime Moyer's complete game shut-out this year (at age 47)...
randyheinzel   Monday, October 11, 2010
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