World Series 2011 (Preview): The Greatest Show on Earth

Future Hall Of Famer, Tony LaRussa

On Wednesday, October 19th, the World Series 2011 commences. This is sports’ most important event. Each year, the two best performing teams meet to determine the best of the MLB championships. There is the Super Bowl, the Kentucky Derby, the Indy 500, even soccer’s World Cup, and many other superb sports championships. Still, there is […]

MLB Championships: Cards Stack Deck–Put Brewers Into Deep Freese

David Freese goes deep early in Game 6 of the NLCS.

On Sunday, October 16th, the Cards shuffled a near perfect deck, securing their 18th National League pennant. The MLB championships are well represented with the battle-tested St. Louis crew and the very deep Texas Rangers baseball club. The Cardinals “upset” the Milwaukee Brewers with a combination of timely hitting, clutch relief pitching and the brilliant […]

World Series 2011: National League Bias?

Bud Selig

On Wednesday, October 19th, the World Series 2011 will commence in the National League’s home park… because the NL won the 2011 All-Star game. This state of affairs has existed since the 2003 post-season. Prior to that time, the MLB championships, referred to for over 100 years as the World Series, used an alternating system […]

MLB Championships: Rangers Cruze!

On Saturday, October 15th, the Rangers did what no team had done in a decade (NY Yankees) — they repeated as American League champions. They rode the record-breaking bats of Nelson Cruz and Michael Young to a resounding 15-5 thrashing of the Detroit Tigers. The 4 games to 2 series victory never really seemed in […]

MLB Championships: Holliday for the Cards!

Matt Holiday

On Friday, October 14th, Matt Holliday and his teammates put a whuppin’ on the Brewers, 7-1. Though Holliday, Molina and clan did hit the ball well, the Brewers’ defense looked like the first day of Spring training. Error after error contributed to more unearned runs scored than the earned kind. Zack Greinke did not have […]

MLB Championships: Verlander Leads Tiger Express Back To Texas

Justin Verlander

On a cool Thursday afternoon in the heart of downtown Detroit, the Verlander express showed why the Tigers still have a chance to go to the World Series. Justin Verlander did not have his best command, but his heart led the way as he muzzled the bats of the erstwhile big game hunters, the Texas […]

MLB Championships: Bullpens ‘n’ Bats

Chris Carpenter on the mound at Busch stadium

On Wednesday, October 12, 2011, Yovani Gallardo and Chris Carpenter met at Busch for their highly anticipated match-up. With both aces on the mound, the game was supposed to be a classic. Well, it was, sort of… In the first inning, neither pitcher looked sharp. Inconsistency was the order of the day.  By the third inning, all the […]

MLB Championships: Tigers Roar in Game 3!

Doug Fister in Game 3 of the ALCS

Comerica Park was packed to the rafters and the Tigers’ faithful were rewarded with a victory. The ALCS now stands at Rangers up 2-1. Doug Fister, the ex-Mariner, pitched a gem, quieting the vaunted Ranger bats for a 5-2 win.  The Rangers’ Colby Lewis pitched decently, though he started getting the ball up in the […]

MLB Championships: Rangers’ Bats? How ‘Bout Their Pitching!

Derek Holland's ALCS Game 2 strike zone plot.

On Monday, October 10, the Texas Rangers once again prevailed over the Detroit Tigers to take a 2-0 American League Championship Series (ALCS) series lead. For a while it looked as if the Rangers were trying to find ways to lose game 2 of this series–Derek Holland manifested a complete lack of command, forcing the […]

MLB Championships: Baseball’s Banquet Begins

Ryan Braun of the Milwaukee Brewers

Wow! Sunday’s opening game of the 2011 National League Championship Series (NLCS) produced plenty of fireworks, especially for the victorious host team, the Milwaukee Brewers. Their Braun ‘n’ Fielder show was on full display. Neither Zack Greinke (Brewers) nor Jaime Garcia (St. Louis Cardinals) had their best command, so it was left up to the […]