Saturday, September 30, 2006

Very Exciting Baseball Day!!!

The Dodgers' win today means that they have clinched the wild card at least, and could still win the division tomorrow.

I would REALLY rather that they try to win tomorrow and take the division. That would give them home field advantage (and more games here in Los Angeles). The Dodgers are MUCH better at home.

If they are the wild card, they play the Mets in NY. Even without Pedro, the Mets are the best team in baseball. Steve Lyons is right, the Mets' biggest weakness is against left-handed pitching, so tomorrow Grady Little should start Lowe, and if they lose and go to NY, they have Kuo ready.

If they win the division, St. Louis would come to LA on Tuesday with Penney hopefully ready to start. There's a part of me that wants to see Roger Clemens in post-season. I saw him pitch a few times at Fenway. He was amazing then, and is still damned good. But for Houston to make the playoffs, they would have to win tomorrow, probably with a rookie starter, AND St. Louis would have to lost both tomorrow AND in a make-up game on Monday. So that's a long shot.

With Stultz starting tomorrow for the Dodgers, they are blowing their only other potential left-handed starter, whom they might need in NY. The Dodgers split the series with the Mets in NY, and they lost 2 of 3 to the Mets here. The two games they won in NY were both pitched by lefties (Kuo & Stultz).

I think the Tigers will probably take the AL central tomorrow, making the Twins the wild card, although the Tigers certainly seem to have fallen apart as of late.

In college football, USC won, but by a scant 6 points. No other upsets yet.

Tomorrow in the NFL, Buffalo is favored by a point over Minnesota. As long they stop the turnovers, the Bills should come out ahead.

Cincinnati is favored over New England by a touchdown. I'm not quite sure why, I think NE is a better team.
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