Saturday, October 21, 2006

World Series/Game 1 thoughts

It's been quite a while since I've been this excited about a World Series that didn't involve the Braves, but I have to admit that I'm rather looking forward to things getting underway tonight. Looks like a great Midwest match-up, and best of all, it's a series that doesn't involve the Yankees (or that other New York club that won the NL East, dammit).

Unfortunately for St. Louis, I don't believe it's going to be a very long Series: I'm predicting the Tigers win it in five. They've got the pitching, the offense, and perhaps just as important, they've had a week to get rested and healthy. The Cardinals have been through the ringer, both physically and emotionally. Their starting rotation doesn't match up to Detroit's. Scott Rolen's balky left shoulder doesn't provide much protection for The Albert (which may explain why Pujols has only one RBI in the past nine postseason games). And Jim Leyland has pushed all the right buttons and made all the right decisions throughout the season/playoffs, as if they were destined to win it from the very beginning. Simply put, I think Detroit is too strong for any team the National League trots out.

Tonight's game starts at 8:03 EST and features Justin Verlander and Anthony Reyes, which happens to be the first all-rookie Game 1 match-up in World Series history. It should be a good one.

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