Category Archives: Postseason

Boston wins WS

For the third time this century, Boston won the WS. It was the first time they won the clincher at home since 1918. David Ortiz was named WS MVP.

They can thank the Dodgers for that deal that took $250MM off the payroll and allowed Boston to restructure their team. You have to give them credit, they brought in the right players and manager this time around.

After going 69-93 and coming in last in 2012, Boston wins the World Series in 2013. I would guess that doesn’t make Bobby V feel any better.

Boston goes up 3-2.

The series returns to Fenway Park and Boston is up 3-2. St. Louis will have to win both games at Fenway, under hostile conditions, to become the 2013 World Series Champions. Tough order.

Meanwhile, Boston is one win away from “worst to first.”

Johnny Gomes’ 3-run HR was the big blow in Game Four Sunday night.

Jon Lester outduelled Adam Wainwright last night, 3-1, to win Game Five.

What I don’t understand is this… since when have pitchers turned into such wimps? I want to use another word, but you know what I mean.

David Ortiz is 11 for 15 in this World Series. But I see NO pitcher brushing him back off the plate. Meanwhile, there he is, with an elbow pad (as if the huge Ortiz needs it….hey, old-timers never used that), crowding the plate, and I NEVER see him brushed back. EVER. I’d like to see a fastball thrown at his ankles. Make him dance. Make him move his feet. Don’t let him get comfortable.

But I don’t see it. Instead, pitchers are wimps, let him dig in, and watch him go 11 for 15 against them.

Do you think Cardinals’ great Bob Gibson would have stood for that? Gibson would have knocked him down.

Which is what Cardinals’ pitchers should do in the next two games. Send a message. (Come to think of it, all AL pitchers should do it next year, including YANKEES pitchers). Make Ortiz uncomfortable. Come inside on him. Make him move.

Gibson would have done it, so too Drysdale, so too Early Wynn. All three of them are Hall-of-Famers. Even Sandy Koufax said “show me a pitcher who can’t pitch inside and I’ll show you a loser.”

I’m not advocating head-hunting. I’m not for that. But for crying out loud, can you hum one fastball aimed at his feet? Make him dance?

If not, expect to lose the World Series. And you’ll have asked for it.

It’s time for pitchers, not only St. Louis’ pitchers, to “grow a pair.”

WS Game 3.

Sorry, I’ve been busy. It’s my very busy time of year at work, lots of mandatory OT.

Anyway, to keep this short, St. Louis is now up 2 games to 1 over Boston in the WS after winning Game 3, 5-4.

And what a way for Boston to lose a WS game. On a walk-off obstruction call.

Series even after two games

Boston blew out the Cardinals in Game 1, 8-1, scoring five runs in first two innings as the Cards looked sloppy.

St. Louis came back in game two to even up the series, as a big Boston error by pitcher Breslow helped the Cards cause.

The Series switches to St. Louis, all even. David Ortiz of Boston has homered in each game.

In other baseball news, Jim Leyland resigned as Detroit manager, Dusty Baker was let go by Cincy, who replaced him with his pitching coach.

Andy Pafko, who played for the Cubs, Dodgers and Braves in the 1940s & 1950s, died recently at the age of 92. Pafko was an OF on the 1945 Cubs team, the last Cubs team to reach the WS. He was the LF for the Dodgers who watched Bobby Thomson’s HR win the 1951 pennant for the Dodgers.

With AEP going on for Medicare (my job), I’m really busy working OT. Updates when I can.

WS starts tonight.

The World Series finally begins tonight. St. Louis @ Boston, Wainwright vs. Lester.

St. Louis wins NL pennant

For the fourth time in the last ten years, the St. Louis Cardinals are going to the World Series (and they blew a 3-1 NLCS lead last year). They whipped the Dodgers last night to win the NLCS in six games. Michael Wacha was the NLCS MVP, winning two games.

The Cards were swept by Boston in 2004, but won the Series in 2006 and 2011.

Boston leads Detroit in the ALCS, three games to two. Game Six is tonight in Boston.

Playoff update

The Dodgers won 6-4 yesterday to stay alive in the NLCS. The Cardinals still lead three games to two.

Detroit beat Boston 7-3 to even up the ALCS at two games apiece.