Tuesday, October 18, 2011

A Few Random Thoughts On The Baseball Playoffs

1) The League Championship Series both ended rather poorly, in the sense that each concluded with a blowout (12-6 St. Louis over Milwaukee, and 15-5 Texas over Detroit).

2) On the other hand, both LCS went six games... meaning that all four teams were in it, no matter how lopsided the final games were.

3) Pitching seems to have gone south in the postseason. There were a ridiculous number of runs scored in the two LCS, to the point where a 4-2 result seemed like a pitching duel!

4) The East was well-represented in the four LDS series (New York Yankees, Tampa Bay Rays, Philadelphia Phillies) but not at all after that. The Central, on the other hand, sent three teams to the LDS and LCS, with St. Louis, Milwaukee and Detroit all advancing out of the first round.

5) Through the first two rounds, only three possible games didn't happen: there was no Game 5 between TB and Texas, and no Game 7s for either of the two LCS. In other words, 31 of 34 potential matches happened. That's a lot of baseball!

6) My brother Richard is a Tigers fan, and as such followed that team's fortunes very closely through the first two rounds. Now that Detroit's out, however, he's not sure if he'll watch any more of the games. Me, I'm a baseball fan first, so I'm looking forward to seeing what happens between the storied Cardinals and the upstart Rangers.

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