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Check out all the division series previews over at Baseball Analysts. The last section is written by yours truly.
Then feel free to chat away, all you toast eaters.
Whether I'll join you, I'm not sure. Will I have the courage to follow the action, or the discipline not to?
J. Kendall c
M. Kotsay cf
M. Bradley rf
F. Thomas dh
E. Chavez 3b
J. Payton lf
N. Swisher 1b
M. Scutaro ss
M. Ellis 2b
L. Castillo 2b
N. Punto 3b
J. Mauer c
M. Cuddyer rf
J. Morneau 1b
T. Hunter cf
R. White lf
P. Nevin dh
J. Bartlett ss
Just under two hours until playoff baseball starts. My productivity will be low... lower than when I spend hours at the Toaster during the regular season... er... is it possible to have negative productivity?
Not sure what I would have written had it been the Tigers.
I almost hate to say it, but Esteban Loaiza is the key for the A's. He's so flaky. When he's on, he looks unhittable, and when he's off, he looks like the worst pitcher in baseball.
If he has one of his better games in game 2, the A's might be able to sweep in Oakland and win this thing. If the A's come back to Oakland down 0-2, then at best we're looking at Santana again in game 5.
And I know Radke is pitching hurt, but he killed the A's in the 2002 ALDS, so I still fear him.
I cheer because neither one is named Buck.
I know it's not an original thought, but John Kruk must die. He is going to ruin the whole playoffs for me, I know it. I liked him so much when he was a player, too. Well, at least Tino Martinez's broadcasting career didn't pan out.
That strikes me as the exact opposite of everything I've ever heard about how baseball players develop. But who am I to question Joe Morgan, who advocates manufacturing runs? That worked out pretty well for the Twins in the first.
So Lofton tried to steal.
He was out.
chavez looks lost. he was seriously golfing at the first two pitches.
The part that amazes me still is that he plays so well nationally but what can you expect from a guy who had a rib restaurant in Pasadena (remember that Bob) or his own spaghetti sauce.
Because, you know, a guy can't score from second on a single.
what an incredible relief.
I agree with the decision to go with Street in the 9th. Zito was not particularly dominant, as his control was off, and his success was largely because the Twins were overly aggressive. I started worrying, though, when he gave up that homer on the high fastball in the 7th, because that's Minnesota's #7 hitter that blasted that one. Besides, if you go with Zito, and he gives up a run, do you then bring in Street, possibly with the tying run in scoring position already?
Still, nice to see Oakland get out in front, though, and it's also good to know that the Twins' aggressiveness can be a weakness.
It worked out, so credit Macha with the right decision, I guess.
I think we know what has to be done tomorrow.
BTW, there should be one less "s" in that url.
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