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World Series preview and 2007 season review

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posted Oct 22, 2007

if the yankees aint in it it aint the world series!

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posted Oct 22, 2007

as a Yankees fan (shut up, I live 30 minutes from the Bronx) there were no real high points other than finally getting Torre to go.

Low point was the swarm of bugs that descended on previously God-Like Joba "Jabba the Reliever" Chamberlain at Jacobs Field and ended Yankees chance of winning that series.

Unfortunately I see Red Sox winning the title.

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posted Oct 22, 2007

Yeah you see The Red Sox winning the title... GO SOX!!!

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posted Oct 22, 2007

Go for the prize once again Boston.. GO SOX!

World Champions:

1903, 1912, 1915, 1916, 1918, 2004....2007????

12 AMERICAN LEAGUE PENNANTS!

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posted Oct 22, 2007

I see the Rockies going the same way as the Tigers last year - that long rest hasn't done them any good. Boston are more match fit, and their pitching will cause Colorado problems.

The Red Sox to win it in 5.

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posted Oct 22, 2007

Barry Bonds is the greatest player of all time. I hope the Yankees offer him a HUGE contract and he denies them too!

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posted Oct 22, 2007

I think this will be a closer series than people expect - I see Paddypower have Boston at 2/5 and that is crazy short in my opinion.

The key to the series should be the meat of Colorado's order, the bottom of Boston's line-up, and Boston's bullpen.

In the first half of the ALCS, Drew, Varitek, Crisp and Lugo were just dreadful, practically giveaway outs. Give Francona credit for getting Crisp out of there, who couldn't even drop a sac bunt, and putting Ellsbury in - that'll help. Drew's Grand Slam certainly helped too! But if the bottom of the order revert to early ALCS form (and none of them were exactly stellar in the regular season either) then the Rockies should have quite a few easy innings.

Boston's pen has two stars - Okijima and Papelbon are just plain superb - so far in the postseason they've pitched 13.2 innings without giving up a run. That's brilliant work. What Colorado will need to do is get to the other bullpen members, who have pretty much stunk (a combined 15.2 IP, 12 ER).

What they'll need for that to happen is to get to the starters. I don't have much hope for them against Beckett, even if they fly in more of his ex-girlfriends to sing songs. But Schilling, Matsuzaka and Wakefield are there for the taking, and Colorado need Helton, Tulowitski and Atkins doing a lot better than they have done so far this postseason. Honestly, how on earth have they won 7 straight with those three hitting below .200? The Cubs and the DBacks must be flat out awful.

Boston will miss Youkalis in Colorado as well when Ortiz has to play first base, but my prediction would still be for them to win in 7 really good games. I really hope Manny tries to call timeout again as well. That was hilarious.

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posted Oct 23, 2007

Rockies in 6.
Bar Beckett, the Sox haven't pitched as they should. The rockies have a deep line-up and surprisingly good starters that KNOW how to handle Coors. Also, the Sox beat up on terrible pitching. Blowout games just aren't something you see in a World Series.

I take people's points about the pens, but other than Okijima and Papelbon, the Sox pen has been flat out awful.

Also, Barry Bonds is NOT the greatest player of all time. He just holds a record.

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posted Oct 23, 2007

There was 4 inches of snow in Denver yesterday. The Sox better get their long johns on.

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posted Oct 23, 2007

Even though it helps the Sox, I still don't agree with the All Star game deciding who has home field advantage. I can see why the MLB does it (to liven up an event which is getting to be as lame as the Pro Bowl) but it does seem unfair on the NL teams.

As for this series, I reckon if we get a victory from either Dice K or Wakefield at Denver, Beckett, Schill and Okijima/Pabelbon with decent run support should be enough to see us through.

Agree with most of what Davros182 says, and of what I hear the Cubs and the D'backs where two of the worst teams to reach the postseason in recent years.

Sox in 6.

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posted Oct 24, 2007

I really beleive (and hope) that it will be a close series. Beckett is a nailed on game winner and will probably win 2 games I really see him having a Randy Johnston Curt Schilling type effect that they had for the DBacks in 01. However I reckon as most of you do that the rest of the Boston rotation could prove to be a little shaky at times. When they are on they are very very good, but when they are off, man are they bad and the Boston long relief isnt the strongest. I reckon all round the rockies rotation is probably slightly stronger and I know the DBacks were v poor and only for the fact that the NL West is a weaker division (thats speaking as a Giants fan) they wouldnt have made the playoffs, there were definitly other teams more deserving. But you can only beat whats put in front of you and the rockies did that consumatly. I think the series will hinge on the rockies 3,4,5 hitters because I dont see the rest of their line up carrynig them for a full 7 games which i reckon it will need to go that distance if the rockies are to be in with a chance. Plenty of coffee and red bull ready for tonight and eyes held open with matchsticks in work tommorow!!

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posted Oct 24, 2007

Luton_Tim. The force is not with you, the Rockies will triumph

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comment by Rox (U3314508)

posted Oct 24, 2007

Anyone got any UK tv listings. Im assuming its on 5Ive again? anyone wanna update me.

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posted Oct 24, 2007

Wakefield is out of the whole series "injured".

Crisp has been dropped to the bench for game 1.

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posted Oct 24, 2007

what does "injured" mean?

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posted Oct 24, 2007

yep its on as usual on ch5 but no idea what time think its 1am then all the usual pre game buildup intro the lineups and stuff like that

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posted Oct 24, 2007

Red Sox are shoit on a shingle! I hope they lose in 4!

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posted Oct 24, 2007

Who's going to pitch game four now? I see they have added Snyder but its a bit of a tough ask. I reckon they will go for Jon Lester, so it could all get a bit emotional come game time, especially if they are going for the sweep winkeye

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posted Oct 24, 2007

crisp i dont think will play in the whole series either hes been terrible, i dont know what happened to him since he left cleveland but he doesnt seem to have been the same player. He could be good trade bait over the summer and ellsbury starting next year. Wakefield is a big loss i reckon weakens an already thin boston rotation

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posted Oct 24, 2007

I'll be cheering the Rockies on all the way. With Wakefield out I think they've got a good chance as well. Agreed Beckett should be a cert to open with a win tonight, the guy's phenomenal and the Rockies have had a long break but they'll be back up to speed by tomorrow and the next 2 games are anyones. Once they're back in Denver I think the Sox will struggle. Hopefully this one will go to at least game 6 and its a closely fought match-up.

As for the argument over who should get home field advantage its unfair to base it on the winners of the All Star game. Some teams will have only had 1 or 2 players playing in that match so why should the result effect who gets home field advantage for the Fall Classic. I say go back to the old system of the team with the best record gets the advantage and do away with the pointless All Star game.

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posted Oct 24, 2007

Yeah I reckon Lester will get the ball for Game 4, although if Boston are down in the series Francona may start Beckett on short rest.

Might be a canny move removing Wakefield from the rotation, there's every chance his knuckleballs would have been creamed at Coors Field.

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posted Oct 25, 2007

Well, I think everyone thought Beckett would get the win, but 13-1 is pretty convincing. 43 runs in the last 4 games would suggest that the batting is coming together at just the right time. Nearly fell off my chair when Pedroia skelped the second pitch.

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posted Oct 25, 2007

Thanks to everyone who's posted here so far.

When the commentators talked about how good the Colorado bullpen had been in recent games, I don't think they quite expected a 13-1 game!

Beckett was unhittable for much of the game, and really set the tone for the rest of the game when he struck out the Rockies' first four batters.

But Colorado's Franklin Morales rather lost the plot when he was brought in to replace starter Jeff Francis and pitch the fifth innings, giving up seven runs.

Ryan Speier then walked in three consecutive runs with the bases loaded!

Given that the stats appear to be vastly in favour of teams who win the first match of a WS, as well as those who have home field advantage, have Boston taken a decisive step towards the title?

Or will Colorado be able to write that game off, knowing that if they can see off Curt Schilling tonight, they'll then have three games at Coors Field to play?

And thinking ahead to Games 3 & 4 (and 5 if needed), who will Terry Francona decide to bench with no DH in the line-up?

Is moving David Ortiz to first base a given? And if so, does Kevin Youkilis (who's been red-hot in the post-season) miss out, or should he be moved to another position?

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posted Oct 25, 2007

is it just me that thought that JG and JC looked rather silly in their tuxs last night.

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posted Oct 25, 2007

I don't think it's time for Boston to book the open-top bus yet. I'd argue that it would have been a disaster for Boston's chances to lose Game 1, at home, with Beckett pitching, whereas Colorado fans probably pencilled in an L before the game had started. Of course the manner of the victory will boost Boston's confidence whilst denting Colorado's, but if they can beat Schilling tonight - then its everything to play for.

As for Ortiz, I assumed in a post above Youkalis would be a straight swap for him in Coors, but I heard last night that Youkalis can play a bit of Right Field. If he's even semi-decent out there, then I'd be very tempted to put him out there, play Ortiz at first, and sit Drew.

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posted Oct 25, 2007

nah, they do it every year, it's tradition. I had a kilt on when I had a Red Sox World Series first game party in 2004. On reflection, maybe that was taking it a bit far.

If Schill can roll back the years tonight, I think it will be decisive. I reckon Boston will win at least 1 in Denver and win it in Boston although as I am flying out to Denver on the before game 7, it would be fun to watch in a Rox bar with my Beckett top on.

On another matter, good luck to the Dandy Dons in the UEFA cup tonight. We'll need it.

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comment by Watts (U6105899)

posted Oct 25, 2007

The way the Sox are hitting the ball i wouldn't think it would matter who they play at first base but if push came to shove i doubt they would choose the Youk over Papi. Can you really split up the best 3-4 in the leagues in the World Series?
Replacing Drew with Youk is an option but JD seems to have brought his A game the past few nights. I'm sure Terry Francoma will figure it all out and manage to keep them all happy. The team spirit of the Sox is second to none. That's what makes them so great to watch.

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posted Oct 25, 2007

Davros182,

Agree with everything you said about Boston not booking the open-top bus yet. The commentators seemed to think that Game 2 could depend on "which" Curt Schilling turns up, but I always remember him being reliable in post-season.

When I first started following baseball (many years ago), I always used to think that the World Series might favour National League teams - as last night, for example, the Rockies could play an extra batter (their DH was 9th in the line-up) and their pitchers didn't have to bat. Conversely, in Denver, Ortiz will have to field, while the AL pitchers (I believe Dice-K is slated for Game 3) would have to make a rare attempt to swing a bat!

However, the American League's seeming dominance over the last few years would seem to indicate that it's not as much of a problem as I thought it might be all those years ago!

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posted Oct 25, 2007

The Red Sox rocked last night, but it was only the 1st game of 7....

Whilst everyone in the office is obviously happy, we all know that today is a different game.

The key to this is how well Schilling & Dice K pitch today and saturday - if they win, Lester pitches Sunday, if they lose, don't be surprised to see BecKKKKett back on the mound.

Let's Go Red Sox

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posted Oct 25, 2007

Beckett was always going to thump a rusty team aftewr 9 days off. Tonight will be a better indicator of how things will go.

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posted Oct 25, 2007

The American league has dominated the All star game, not the World Series. If you look at the last 7 years, it's not dominated by AL teams. Al teams have won 4 series to the National League's 3. This is despite having the supposed home advantage.

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posted Oct 25, 2007

I'd be they bench Lowell, move Youk to third and Papi on 1st. Lowell has played well but there's no way Francona is sitting Youkilis down right now.

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posted Oct 25, 2007

I think belleseb has it right on. Schilling has been inconsistent and so has DiceK, plus DiceK will be pitching in Colorado which he might find disconcerting.

2-1 Rockies after three games then Francona has to figure out whether to pitch Beckett on three days' rest or go with Lester (which he's pledged to do).

Francona would be daft to move Youkilis; he may well have right-field experience but not recently although he subbed for Mannybeingmanny in left-field last year.

As for the Rockies, their big hiters started slowly in the earlier play-off series; I fancy them to give the Green Monster a workout tonight.

Go Rockies . . . .

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posted Oct 25, 2007

Fair point, Mozza, but the American League has also heavily dominated Interleague play since it was brought in.

In 2006, only 6 of the 16 NL teams finished with winning records (above .500), while 8 of the 14 AL teams were above .500 - that indicates that the AL were better in interleague.

In 2006, the only NL teams with records better than .500 in interleague were Colorado (11-4) and San Francisco (8-7)

By contrast, the only AL teams with sub-.500 records in interleague were Cleveland (8-10), LA/Anaheim Angels (7-11) and Texas (7-11).

It was a little closer this year - in the AL, Baltimore, Tampa Bay and Chicago WS had sub-.500 interleague records, while Philadelphia, NY Mets, Chicago Cubs, Milwaukee, Arizona and Colorado were the NL teams with better than .500 interleague records.

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posted Oct 25, 2007

Did I say Sox in 5? I meant 4. 13-1... that's crazy good!

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posted Oct 26, 2007

Well, while I think most people expected Game 2 to be closer than Game 1, it turned out to be a classic pitching duel.

Colorado will be disappointed that they couldn't build on that early lead, especially as they limited the Red Sox's much-vaunted batting line-up to just two runs.

I do fear for the Rockies now - I think if they had taken Game 2 there would still be all to play for. But only 11 of the last 50 teams to go 2-0 down in a World Series have come back to win - most recently the LA Dodgers in 1981.

Even if the Rockies were to win Games 3 & 4 at altitude in Denver, they would then face a fully-rested Josh Beckett in Game 5, before returning to Boston for Games 6 & 7.

On a personal note, as a Houston fan, I was pleased to see ex-Astros star Willy Taveras lead off the match by scoring the Rockies' only run, although he was hitless in all his subsequent plate appearances.

Willy T got to first base for that run when he was hit by a pitch from Curt Schilling - and didn't look as if he tried extraordinarily hard to get out of the way. It's good to see that playing all those years with Craig Biggio has taught him something. winkeye

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posted Oct 26, 2007

I think the rockies can and will come back, they're just too good of a hitting team not to perform at coors field, and Dice-k hasn't been pitching as well as he could of recently. When he pitches against Kazuo, will it be the first time a Japanese Pitcher has faced a Japanese Hitter in the World Series, I think this may be the case.
Youkilis in RF for me, instead of Drew, Papi at First although if the Sox get to a lead i think they'll make a defensive double switch, Youk to first, papi out and Drew to RF. Also can't wait to see Red Sox pitchers go up and hit!

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posted Oct 26, 2007

Well there's more than 1 way to skin a cat. OK, everybody loves a run fest and homers but there's something enjoyable about watching the odd game where ball dominates bat. Schill pitched well (earning his money as a previous poster predicted) and the admittedly slim bullpen seems to have enough right now to take care of the Rockies much vaunted line up.

I've seen to much of the history of the Red Sox to start breaking open the bubbly just yet, although if Dice K can pitch well on Sat night and we can sneak a win I don't think the Rockies will come back from that.

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posted Oct 26, 2007

My wife is the die-hard Sox fan, and she won't let anyone go near the fizz yet, but that win last night was huge.

Can't not see the Rox doing some damage the next three matches, but Mile High is one of those places where the batters run up big numbers so here's hoping the Sox can find it in at least one of the games in Denver.

And yep, my wife says it's pretty much certain Youk moves to RF, and Papi to 1st when they play NL rules.

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posted Oct 26, 2007

Yep the Rockies will be absolutely gutted they held Boston - the same Boston who just scored 10 runs or more in the last 3 games - to only two runs, yet managed to only plate one themselves. They scored in the first, kept getting their leadoff guy on against Schilling, but couldn't get anything else going, and that'll disappoint them. You get the feeling that was their chance.

Credit goes to Okijima and Papelbon though, awesome job to shutdown the Rox from the 6th inning onwards. And with the travel day off they should be ready to do the same in Game 3.

Games 3 & 4 are must wins for Colorado I'd say now - they surely cannot win Game 5 vs Beckett and Games 6 & 7 at Fenway.

Colorado will be delighted to get home though, purely to get rid of the DH. Spillborghs seemed to do nothing last night except strike out looking. I guess there's a reason he bats ninth and is a reserve outfielder - he's not very good. A pitcher could not have done worse!

Am hoping for a couple of Colorado wins myself, I'd like to be watching some baseball after the weekend as well!

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posted Oct 26, 2007

I thought Carroll would play third and Atkins DH, but it's too late to play that card now. Atkins played fine D anyway.

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posted Oct 26, 2007

I really want the Rockies to win this. It'd be quite possibly the most epic win of all time.

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posted Oct 26, 2007

as much as i am going to get battered for saying this, i'd start with Big Papi on the bench for saturday in Colorado....

his knee is really hurting him right now, plus i don't think we can afford to lose the defence both Lowell and Yooouuk give us - if it's not going so well in the 5th/6th, bring Papi in.

As for Schilling - simply awesome (gosh i've been in Boston too long to be using awesome) - but that is all that can be said, the guy is a Hall of Famer for sure.

Roll the Dice for tomorrow - Let's Go Red Sox!!

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posted Oct 26, 2007

And if you haven't seen the clip of Papelbon doing a "Riverdance"-style dance, it's worth checking out on YouTube!

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posted Oct 27, 2007

"I say go back to the old system of the team with the best record gets the advantage"

that was never actually the case. Home field advantage used to alternate between NL and AL every year before the All Star game decided it.
I think its better (although not ideal) that its decided at an all star game with players representing their leagues rather than just at random.

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posted Oct 27, 2007

I agree that the Rockies will come back hard - let's face it they need to ! But even if they go back to Fenway 3-2 up, they will not win the Series. We still have Beckett and Shilling to pitch again and they will win their games to give the Red Sox another Series - and the Yankees will be sitting at home watching it !! It doesn't get any better than that !

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posted Oct 28, 2007

GAME 3 REVIEW

The Rockies' bats finally caught fire in Game 3 - but like in Game 2, they were left to rue one mammoth innings as the Red Sox ran riot in the third innings, knocking in six runs.

Rockies starting pitcher Josh Fogg must have been hoping he could emulate his ancestor Phineas and travel to the other side of the world after that innings.

A three-run homer by Matt Holliday threatened a revival for the home side, but it was not to be.

I continue to be impressed with Red Sox skipper Terry Francona's management of his line-up - the "double switch" is very much a National League tactic, but he seemed to time his to perfection.

"Dice-K" also banished any fears about an American League pitcher having to bat in an NL ball park, as he even knocked in a couple of runs himself!

And it seems that as long as Boston can get into the 9th (or even deep into the 8th) with a lead, closer Jonathan Papelbon won't let them down.

Given that no team has ever come back from 3-0 down to win a World Series 4-3, is it all over for the Rockies?

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posted Oct 28, 2007

ya, it's over

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posted Oct 28, 2007

yeah, looks like its over. Go Daisuke! I think the Sox will do the sweep

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