Armed for October

Everyone knows that pitching gets the job done in the postseason, and I’m here to tell you that you can bank on it playing out that way  again this season.

Just check out all the pennant races cooking right now in the middle of August. Everywhere you look, the teams on top have the arms to get the job done. And once you’re in a best-of-five or a best-of-seven series? Forget it. Pitching is EVERYTHING.

So who’s going to be this year’s Bob Gibson or Jack Morris or Dave Stewart?

Who’s this year’s El Duque, John Smoltz, Fernando Valenzuela or Curt Schilling?

Maybe it’ll be Big Z in Chicago.

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Maybe it’ll be K-Rod in Anaheim, just like in 2002.

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Maybe it’ll be CC Sabathia, the new ace of the Brew Crew.

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Or maybe it’ll be Josh Beckett, just like last year.

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The bottom line is this: Someone is going to step up on the mound in a key situation, take that ball in his right or left hand, and use every single one of its 216 stitches to do something in October that nobody will ever forget.

And I can’t wait to see who that someone is.

O.G.

4 Comments

Right now it’s looking like Sabathia is the front-runner for this award. We all know it won’t be a St. Louis Cardinal… especially one out of the bullpen.
–Jeff
http://redstatebluestate.mlblogs.com/

Last night another NL Cy Young candidate, Dan Haren, went eight strong innings for Arizona, letting up only a couple of runs against the Rockies. With a Manny-rejuvenated Dodger team making a strong run at the division, I believe the x-factor down the stretch that will give the Diamondbacks the edge is still Haren. I think the D-backs sputtering offense has just enough juice now thanks to the acquisition of Adam Dunn for Webb and Haren to carry the snakes to the division title.

And look out for Johan, who has “quietly” curbed his ERA back below 3.00, and it’s that time of year for him to really prove why the Mets broke the bank for him. The Mets will beat out the Phils in the end, and Johan Santana is the reason why.

The only legitimate cause for doubt for both the D-backs and the Mets is a common issue: not the offense, which for both teams has been playing disappearing acts all season long, but their bullpens. If both teams’ starters can keep their bullpens’ work short, there will be post-season baseball in New York and Phoenix.

Gonzo, I will quote an episode of TV’s classic Roseanne: “You might be right, but I don’t think so.” Pitching is indeed big in the postseason, but knockout bullpens are what wins titles my friend. What was the Achillies heel of those great Braves’ teams of the 1990s? Their bullpen. Paging Mark Wohlers…Jim Leyritz has something for you…The Braves had Maddux, Glavine, and Smoltz and won one whole title in all those years. The Yankees on the otherhand, had the game in hand with a shutdown pen during their dynasty…and what was their downfall after 2000? No acceptable bridge to Mariano Rivera. Whoever has the hot ‘pen, along with timely hitting, decent starting pitching, and solid defense…that is who will be on top at the end of October. Enjoy your blog and keep up the good work.
http://westcoastyankees.mlblogs.com

Beckett is Mr. Postseason. With Florida and with Boston. He’s had a tough season, got hammered by the Jays last nite (Oh Ya!!), but the guy definately brings it in clutch situations. Come October his average 11-9 record and his 4.34 won’t mean anything.
http://homerfoodandhistory.mlblogs.com/

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