ALCS Game 1: Beckett and Sabathia

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October 20, 2012
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2006 AL MVP: Johan Santana

I know, I know… Red Sox fans are supposed to believe that David Ortiz is this year’s AL MVP… and until the Red Sox fell apart in August I would have taken that position without hesitation—just as I did last year when the voters embarrassingly chose Alex Rodriguez over Papi for the 2005 award. And while it is seemingly not debatable that Ortiz has been the greatest offensive force in…

October 20, 2012
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ALDS: Yankees Respond To Boss, Stave Off Elimination

Yankees owner George Steinbrenner was up to his old tricks this weekend. In the Sunday edition of The Record of New Jersey, The Boss declared that manager Joe Torre’s job is on the line if the Yankees fail to beat the Cleveland Indians in the ALDS: “His job is on the line. I think we’re paying him a lot of money… he’s the highest-paid manager in baseball. So I don’t…

October 20, 2012
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ALCS Game 2: Gagne Gamble Garrottes Sox Extra-Inning Effort

When is Terry Francona going to stop with the Eric Gagne experiment? An intelligent person recognizes when they have made a mistake, makes the necessary and requisite adjustments to their strategy, and then executes their amended game plan. So why can’t Francona simply walk away from Eric Gagne? Why was he brought into a tie game in extra innings in the League Championship Series? It was tantamount to grabbing a…

October 20, 2012
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Boston Trade Market — July 31st, Part 2: Gagne, Dye Coming To Sox?

ESPN’s Buster Olney is reporting that the Texas Rangers may be on the verge of sending Eric Gagne to the Red Sox. No names were disclosed, but he reported that the Sox have offered the best ‘package’ with less than two hours remaining until the deadline. He also reported that Gagne and agent Scott Boras do not view the pitcher’s contractual obstacles (no trade… games finished incentives) as being prohibitive—pointing…

October 20, 2012
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2007 NLCS: Colorado Will Face Boston In The Fall Classic

  Arizona finished the season as champions of the NL West at 90-72, one game better than their NLCS opponents (Colorado was 89-73… and then won their 90th game against San Diego in the one-game playoff the day after the season ended). Fearless prediction—NLCS: Colorado in six games. My gut instincts said Arizona in six games… but after analyzing the statistics I just cannot see how the D-Backs can prevail…

October 20, 2012
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ALDS Game 3: Schilling Heavenly Against Angels, Sox Heading To ALCS

Josh Beckett was outstanding in the first game of the ALDS last Wednesday night at Fenway Park, and it is quite likely that the Los Angeles Angels believed they had taken the best punch the Red Sox would muster in the Series. And then came Curt Schilling… This afternoon in Los Angeles, Schilling sent a shot across the bow of the remaining teams in the 2007 post-season. He reminded baseball…

October 20, 2012
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Buccholz Impresses Again, But Still Can’t Buy A Win In Altoona

Portland Sea Dogs pitcher Clay Buccholz had another strong outing again yesterday… yet, once more, the top pitching prospect in the Red Sox farm system was not rewarded with a win due to the inept offense being offered by the Sea Dogs position players. Yesterday, in the first game of a doubleheader against the Altoona Curve, Buccholz allowed one run on three hits and three walks while striking out seven…

October 20, 2012
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ALCS Game 4 Preview: Wakefield vs Byrd

Tim Wakefield was on a roll when his back brought him to his knees at the end of August. After a bad outing in Los Angeles on August 7th, the knuckleballer found his stride and pitched about as good as any pitcher could manage. In his next three outings—against Tampa Bay (home on August 13th, away on August 20th) and Chicago (away on August 25th)—Wakefield threw twenty-two innings of shutout…

October 20, 2012
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Bring On Indianapolis!!!!!!!!!!

Peyton, Here We C-O-M-E!! The conventional wisdom was that San Diego was the better team… younger, faster, stronger, and more well rested. It seems everyone picked the Chargers to beat the Patriots today… yet in spte of their youth, speed, strength and vigor, the Chargers will be playing golf next weekend while the NE Patriots travel to Indianapolis. Football is not just about youth… or speed… or strength… or rest……

October 20, 2012
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