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Breath it in

Divisional Series over

Posted by mvetack on October 13, 2010

Pitching, Pitching, and more Pitching.  What an opening round for baseball.  This season is the so called “Year of the Pitcher” and for the most part that claim held strong for the first round of games this post season.  Roy Halladay’s first playoff start of his career obviously sticks out right away and will be rememberd the most when looking back to this season 50 years from now.  The Doc threw just the second ever post season no hitter in his first playoff action. INCREDIBLE!  If that was not impressive enough Tim Lincecum followed that performance up with a 14 K complete game shut out vs the Bravos to remind everyone that he is truly a freak and one of the best pitchers in baseball.

While these two aces were doing work in the NL, Cliff Lee was dominating with this 4th team in less than two years.  Bill Simmons always says that he has a hard time calling a guy a true great if he gets traded so much, but this has got to be the exception.  Cliff Lee had two amazing performances against the AL East champion Rays and was the teams most valuable player in the 5 games series.  Lee is now up there with Sandy Koufax for best playoff pitchers of all time. (Kinda off topic, I love how Adam Sandler’s name in the great movie “Big Daddy” is Sonny Koufax, gotta be someones favorite baseball player that worked on that movie.)  By the end of these playoffs Lee could put himself in position to be considered the best SP of all time in post season play.

Not to be out done by his teammate Cliff Lee, CJ Wilson followed Lee’s game one start with as impressive of a game two start.  CJ went 6.1 innings allowing just 2 hits no runs and 7 Ks.  More pitching was being done over on the NL side of things as the number two in Philly, Cole Hamels, did his thing with 9 shut out innings for the win to go along with 9 Ks and just 5 hits allowed.  San Frans third man in the rotation, Jonathan Sanchez, went just over 7 innings with 11 Ks and 1 earned vs Atlanta.

Should be MVP Josh Hamilton probably felt a little left out when the Rangers celebrated clinching the division in the regular season when he was standing out side of the club house as his teammates enjoyed a champagne shower.  Hamilton has had a well documented struggle with drugs and alcohol to the point that he wanted no where near the stuff.  When it came to winning the first round of the playoffs, Texas was prepared to accommodate their All star slugger.  Hamilton was drenched with Ginger Ale this time around.

The Giants vs Braves and the Rays vs Rangers series were the two most enjoyable series to watch as the other two were sweeps.   The Reds looked like a team that hadn’t been in the playoffs in a looooong time against the Phillies, while the Twins looked like a team thats from cold Minnesota and not money filled New York.

There was not any huge offensive performances by any player on any team.  The Rangers showed every kid with a glove under their mattress right now how it is important to be a good and heads up base runner.  With out quality base running by Texas, the Rays might win that game 1-0.

Replay stock his very high right now while the naked eye is plunging.  Just off the top of my head with just a couple seconds of thought I can name a couple bad calls or at least questionable calls that would have been perfect for instant replay use.  Utley getting “hit” by an Aroldis Chapman 102 mph fastball.  I don’t care how tough you are, if you get hit in the hand by a pitch over 100 mph you atleast shake it once and or take off your batting glove for examination.  Another instance was Utley’s break up slide into second and being called safe.  Michael Young’s check swing called a no swing with 2 strikes on him.  Jason Bartlett stuck in a pickle between third and home and Michael Young’s phantom tag on him before he scored.  David Price covering first on a grounder to first base.

Jason Heyward disappointed in his playoff debut with just 2 hits in 16 at bats and 8 strikeouts.  Probably Rookie of the Year winner Buster Posey shined in his debut with 6 hits in 16 at bats and solid work behind the plate.  The Yankees were business as usual vs the Twins.  New Stadiums, same story as the Yanks swept the Twinkies away in three games.  No flash, not glitz, no glamor.  They just got the job done. You know, the Yankee way.

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