First of all let me just say I thoroughly approve of any sporting competition that includes the words ‘Sudden Death’ and I am a long standing advocate of allowing players to keep their bats on the base paths and eliminating the ‘Hit By Pitch’ rule. I am convinced these innovations will return the Metropolitans to their rightful place as the premier team in New York, the only Baseball city you’ll ever need.
Perhaps next time I will share my game changing borough re-alignment plan.
This year marks the introduction of a new level of playoff competition- the Wild Card round, a single game elimination between the two teams in each league with the best record that did not win their Divisions.
Today at 8:30 pm the Junior League attention hogs will play a sport loosely associated with baseball in a pathetic attempt to induce support for an inferior product, this afternoon we have a chance to see the real thing (without my masterful improvements alas).
Yes, it’s the Rally Squirrel.
You know, the Cardinals are only the defending champions and their 88 – 74 record conceals a lot of hard luck games they probably should have won. By contrast the Braves look tired and old and unless they pull one out for the retiring Chipper Jones I can’t help but feel that they are the most vincible team in the expanded playoffs with the exception of the Orioles.
The Cardinals are also starting Lohse, their ace, while the Braves will counter with Kris Medlen who started the season in middle relief and spent 3 rotations in the minors. He wasn’t promoted to starter until after the All-Star break but piled up an impressive number of scoreless innings. Another positive for Braves fans is that they’re better rested and less injured than usual.
The winner advances to face the Nationals.
We’ll be attempting to cover every game of the Major League Baseball Playoffs. Normally my rooting interests are fairly transparent, but should you happen to favor another team it’s really ok to participate. My team is the Mets who are expectedly absent once again, anything else is a temporary attachment.
All the Wild Card and Division Series games (except for maybe Sunday’s As/Tigers Game 2) will be on TBS, your Braves broadcaster. Tonight’s second game will be Orioles at Rangers.