AL East Oct 13, 2011 20:04:36 GMT -5
Post by Allen Wiener on Oct 13, 2011 20:04:36 GMT -5
A few glasses of really good pinot noir did the trick!
Well, the ALDS game just started, so I'm off!
It's what Paul was referring to when he said the Sox don't know how to play small-ball; few teams do anymore. From what I've seen of the Rangers this postseason, maybe they don't have to, but most teams do. I would still prefer to see a team use a combination of good pitching, solid hitting, a significant amount of speed on the bases and the ability to lay down a bunt, choke up and slap the ball "where they ain't," and get men along on the bases. If you lay back and rely on homers, it can win you a division title, as it did for the Yankees, but it may not get you any further than that.
Tigers just managed to squeek through and will live to play another day - in Texas. Boy, those Rangers are impressive. No lead is safe and they can really tear you up in the late innings. Verlander was far from Cy Young quality today, but the Tigers finally started hitting again. It could just be that the pressure may now be worse on Texas than Detroit. The Rangers wanted to nail it down today and no one expected the Tigers to win this series after falling behind 3-1, but now it's 3-2 and one more Tiger win will push Texas to the wall, where they never wanted or expected to be. Meanwhile, Detroit may feel like it's no lose for them; they weren't supposed to be here after today, but they are. Could be 1968 all over again -- a Tiger series win after being down 3-1 and a rematch of Detroit and St. Louis.