Monday, October 5, 2009

The MLB Playoffs- By the Numbers

After a dreadfully long regular season and an anti-climatic late season pennant run, the regular season concluded Sunday. All races have been decided sans the AL Central where the Twins and Tigers will go head to head in a 1-game playoff tomorrow, winner takes all. As a White Sox fan, nothing good happens in Twinkiedom, and I imagine home field advantage will carry the day.

The Yankees didn't underachieve and return to the post season after a 1-year hiatus. Which leaves the Angels to battle their October nemesis, the Boston Red Sox, yet again. Who won the AL Wildcard, denying a consectuve Cinderella story for Tampa Bay.
In the NL, 2 of the 3 major market teams (Mets and the Cubs) underachieved in dramatic fashion. With combined payrolls that could finance a whole other league, injuries, sub-par play and poor clutch hitting plagued both teams. Joe Torre, the man with the midas touch, returns the Dodgers to the post season again. Pitted against another future Hall of Fame manager in Tony LaRussa and his St Louis Cardinals, this should be a great series. Go Dodgers!
Colorado Rockies fans are probably all taking bi-polar medication at this point as they have seen their team go from 15 back and left for dead, to clinching a post season birth as the NL Wildcard winner. Kudos to that team, and their management, who obviously made the right decision in firing manager Clint Hurdle, very early in the season.
AL Match-ups
New York Yankees (103-59) won 7 of their last 10 games and hitting for a team average of .274. Equally capable at home and on the road where they posted a record of 46-35 and hitting Team ERA of 4.26 and WHIP of 1.35 holding opposing batters to .251 average.
VS.
TBD
Minnesota Twins (86-76) won 7 of their last 10 games and hitting for a team average of .274. A better home team than on the road where they posted a record of 38-43. Team ERA of 4.50 and WHIP of 1.38 with an opposing batter average of .272
Boston Red Sox (95-67) losing 6 of their last 10 games and hitting for a team average of .274. A better home team than on the road where they posted a record of 39-42. Team ERA of 4.35 and WHIP of 1.41 with an opposing batter average of .267
VS.
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (97-65) winning 7 of their last 10 games and hitting for a team average of .285 (league best). Equally capable on the road where they posted a record of 48-33. Team ERA of 4.45 and WHIP of 1.41 with an opposing batter average of .272
NL Match-ups
Los Angeles Dodgers (95-67) losing 7 of their last 10 games and hitting for a team average of .285 (league best). Equally capable on the road where they posted a record of 45-36. Team ERA of 3.41 (league best) and WHIP of 1.25 with an opposing batter average of .233 (league best)
VS.
St. Louis Cardinals (91-71) losing 8 of their last 10 games and hitting for a team average of .263. Equally capable on the road where they posted a record of 48-33. Team ERA of 3.66 and WHIP of 1.30 with an opposing batter average of .258
Colorado Rockies (92-70) winning 6 of their last 10 games and hitting for a team average of .261. An Average road team where they posted a record of 41-40. Team ERA of 4.22 and WHIP of 1.36 with an opposing batter average of .261
VS.
Philadelphia Phillies (97-67) losing 6 of their last 10 games and hitting for a team average of .258 Equally capable on the road where they posted a record of 48-33. Team ERA of 4.16 and WHIP of 1.35 with an opposing batter average of .265
My money at this point for the World Series is LA vs NY and that Joe Torre in a "you can't script October" series triumphs over his old team.
What do YOU think?

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