We start the baseball championship series tonight with the St. Louis Cardinals hosting the Washington Nationals. On the American League side we have the two so called super powers, the Houston Astros and the New York Yankees beginning tomorrow night. Both the Cardinals and the Nationals are the surprise teams. The Nationals pulled the shocker by defeating the Los Angeles Dodgers in 5 games and sending the defending National League champs home very very early. What did we learn from these division round games?
We learned that Dodger manager Dave Roberts, still cannot manage in the post season. Trying to get 2 innings out of Joe Kelly was just what the doctor ordered for the Nationals and they took advantage in the 10th inning by scoring 4 runs. You are eliminated from the playoffs with your best reliever looking through a fence. They just gave Roberts a nice extension so here is what I propose. As soon as the regular season ends just send Dave Roberts home and let Brian Kenny manage the team during the playoffs. I am sure he would do it for nothing, so no extra expense for the Dodgers. We learned that Garrit Cole is just starting his post season resume, which could develop into one of the best of all time. We will just have to wait and see. One thing for sure, the Astros would have been the other super power to fall if it were not for Cole. What a pitching performance in his last 2 games. We learned that the Cardinals still have some of that post season magic left. From little bloops, to playing small ball better than anybody, the Cards may become the shocker of them all.
I am not a prognosticator, but there are some things that I do know will happen. The winner of the Houston-New York series will be heavy favorites to win the World Series. If the Yankees do not go to and win the World Series, there will be massive fan disappointment and backlash. Both series should be extremely entertaining and fun to watch. How super are the two super powers of the American League. I am not too sure they are all that super. My view is both teams beat up on a lot of bad teams that are in the American League. The media mentions this from time to time, but mostly glosses over this point. I admit, the most amazing of the two teams are the Yankees, who ran away with the Eastern Division, despite having more injuries than you would think possible. I think the Astros and the Yankees are very good teams but I do not think that either one of them would have won 100 games if they played in the more balanced National League. I still feel the best team in baseball is gone. The Los Angeles Dodgers needed a post season manager. Maybe they will get one next year. As they say on the airplane, it’s now time to sit back, relax and enjoy the ride. The semi-finals are ready to begin.