OCTOBER!

We’re here, and the Postseason is ready to roll. I hope you all watched the White Sox come up big with that 1-0 win over the Twins like I did.

It was cool to see them celebrating. Fortunately for them, they’ve got an extra day to prepare for Thursday’s Game 1 in St. Pete!

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Three Division Series games today to kick it off, and I can’t wait to see what happens and what memories are made. Here are some quick blog thoughts on each one.

Brewers at Phillies

Tough call here, but the Phightin’ Phils came up huge down the stretch to take the division from the Mets, and I don’t know if you have noticed what Ryan Howard’s been doing for the last month, but you’ll probably find out in this series. Philadelphia is a great baseball town and they haven’t tasted World Series champagne since 1980. They’re hungry and I expect them to come out aggressive.

Dodgers at Cubs

Does anyone have higher expectations this season than Cubs Nation? It’s been exactly 100 years since the Cubbies won it all, and their fans have heard enough about curses and billy goats. They’ve also had to watch as the Red Sox won in 2004 for the first time since 1918 and the crosstown rival White Sox took it the next year for the first time since 1917. With the pitching, the defense and the hitting that led them to dominate the NL this year, the Wrigley faithful have to think this is the year.

Red Sox at Angels

The Angels got swept out of the first round by the Red Sox in 2004 and 2007, and the Red Sox won the World Series both years. This season might be different, with the Angels winning 100 games for the first time in franchise history and owning the best record in the Majors. Great pitching matchup tonight with the Angels’ John Lackey going up against the Red Sox’s no-hitter man, Jon Lester.

Three games and all kinds of memories to be made. Now I want to hear your thoughts. What will happen tonight in each game? What are your predictions for these three series?

Let me know.

Today there’s a lot of baseball to watch and a lot of important moments to witness as we head into October, full speed ahead.

Grab some snacks, put on that seat belt and have fun. This is what we’ve been waiting for.

O.G.

6 Comments

I really think the two strongest teams, the Angels and Cubs will find their way into the World Series. Anything is possible, just ask the Rockies about last year.

All right, Gonzo you asked for predictions! Here’s what my crystal ball sez… The Phillies will win their series with the Brewers in 4! I’m giving CC a game here. The Dodgers will win over the Cubs. Sorry, Cubbies! But I was with them last year till the end! This one will go 5 games! The Angels will beat Boston. Get the brooms out. I see a sweep here! Chicago edges out the Rays in 5. And, Awaaay we go!
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Two wins for the road teams . . . best teams in each league lose the first one at home, good stuff . . . hope the Rays start their first ever postseason with a “W” tonight.

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Hey OG,

I think my Mets really blew it because they can be playing the Cubs and the Phillies would have played L.A. Now we have a pitching depleted Brewers squad who can’t out hit the Phillies. I am not a Phillies Phan but I do admit they look good. Phillies will win that series in a sweep or in 4 games. Depends on what happens with C.C.

The Cubs are in as much desperation as they are in celebration for having the best N.L. record. What they got was Manny in a contract year out to prove a point and let’s not forget about Torre. The Yanks are missing him right about now. I am rooting for the Cubs because I feel for them but my gut tells me Dodgers in 4 or 5 games.

The Rays and White Sox match up should be very interesting to watch. What Rays team is going to be there? The surprising AL East winners or the former basement dwellers. They are young, fiesty but they don’t have a better bullpen than Chicago. I also give the edge to Ozzie Guillen for getting his veteran club ready to play. The Rays are going to make America feel that the Yankees should be there instead. Sox in 4.

I saved the best series for last because there is so much uncertainty going into this one. The Angels on paper should win but they won’t. The Red Sox have been there and done that before. Every year the Red Sox are supposed to lose. Who do they lose to once they sweep L.A.? White Sox? No. Phillies? No but closer. Dodgers? We will have to sit and watch to see if Manny and Bay battle to see who got the better deal.
Red Sox in a sweep.

red sox dodgers world series, sox in a sweep!!

If it comes down to LA and Boston, I hope Manny and the Dodgers show them up! But I want the Rays to go all the way. They have my support along with people all over the place. All I know is, if my Rays have to play the Red Sox at the trop for the ALCS, those Red Sox fans will not be comfortable there like they used to be.

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