My stellar predictions have led some of my associates to suggest a career in sports futures, but for now I’m content to have my vast fortune safely invested in shows so off Broadway that even New Jersey is closer.
With the Yankees, Tigers, Cardinals, and Giants the contenders for the League Championships I could just take a nap until the 24th and wake up with a team worth rooting for in the World Series, but as you know I have this thing about completeness.
The Championships are the first four of seven and follow the traditional 2-3-2 format which means the Tigers will be starting off in the Stadium tonight. Personally I think crowd participation is over rated but home field advantage does manifest itself in other ways, particularly batting second in each inning.
Tonight the Yankees will be sending Andy Pettitte (5 – 4 2.87 ERA) against Doug Fister (10 – 10, 3.45 ERA). The New York media rate Pettitte’s performance in Game 2 as brilliant, I call it barely adequate in a game that everyone forgets the Yankees lost 3 – 2. Fister on the other hand pitched better than expected in the Tigers 5 – 4 victory. The Tigers are better rested, finishing their Division Series on Thursday, not barely 18 hours ago. The Tigers have Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera who isn’t as dominant as his stats would suggest (though in fairness they haven’t been setting the table for him the way they should). The Yankees have…
ARod, who bats 6th tonight.
As I said, it wouldn’t disappoint me to see any of the remaining teams victorious, I’m not a Yankee hater and I think any Mets fan who indulges in that pointless rivalry is wasting the energy that could be much better directed to contemplating the misery of our own situation.
But realistically I expect the Tigers to advance. Their bats are not nearly as somnolent and Verlander is an unstoppable winning machine, better than Sabathia.
Richard will be happy, Emily not so much.
Junior League Games will be carried on TBS, Senior on Faux.