Last nights play-in game between the Twins and the Tigers was one of those games that you don’t want to miss. It may not have been the prettiest games ever played and it may have been far from flawless but it had a bit of everything. There were some awful plays, questionable decisions, great plays, blunders, heroics, small ball, long ball, pitching yourself into a corner, pitching out of a jam...everything. The game went to 12 innings with 55,000+ people in the Metrodome yelling and screaming and only a small portion actually using their seats.
It was relay a true taste to just how special and magical October baseball can be. When every pitch is magnified, every scenario could mean the difference on whether or not you will be playing tomorrow. That is what is so special about baseball. Some find it slow and in some cases many regular season games are like that but come playoff time all bets are off and anything is possible. One of the best things about the game was that it was a 5pm EST. start and all the drama happened in prime time where people could actually see it and not at 1am EST or 10pm PST finish (the late games are always an issue when we hit this time of year).
So the matchups are set and the games are a foot...well the games are just games actually.
***Colorado - Philadelphia *** Minnesota -NY Yankees*** St. Louis - LA Dodgers ***Boston - LA Angels of Anaheim.
It should be interesting to see how the series' will all play out, Minnesota will be running on fumes and are 0-7 vs New York, the Angles always has trouble with the Sox in the playoffs but this year thay have more pitching and that could make the difference this year. The Dodgers almost gave up a huge September lead to the Rockies and are not looking great. While Philadelphia's pitching staff is great at the top and deep.
Moving on to the ALCS I see Boston vs New York again and the NLCS I see St. Louis taking on Philadelphia
Should be a fun October however it shakes down.