Tagged: postseason

‘Twas the Night Before the NLCS

…and all through Chavez Ravine,
not a creature was stirring,
you know what I mean.

Wow… that was lame, I’ll admit. But it is definitely nervous time. I’m sitting here the night before the biggest series for the Dodgers in two decades, and I’m like most other loyal Dodger fans. I get very superstitious.

I grew out my playoff beard, and have not even shaved my playoff goatee since the regular season ended ten days ago. Fun times! Meanwhile, I’m looking at the matchups, and I think this is a very even matchup that could easily go six or seven games. Will the Dodgers power pitching snuff out the potent offensive firepower of the Phillies? What about the Phillies pitching? So many questions to be answered all in the matter of a week. Which team will make the World Series? My prediction: Dodgers in SIX.

To end this short blog, I love the postseason at Dodger Stadium. The grass is a little greener, and painted on with an always-marvelous logo signifying which series is being played. For the past two decades, the only thing we’ve seen painted on the grass during the postseason has been for a division series. How exciting will it be to see “NLCS 2008” painted across from the dugouts? Also, I love how dressed up the awnings are for the postseason. They are always adorned in those cool red, white, and blue banners that make the stadium look so… majestic. Beautiful, isn’t it?

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I’m off for the night. Feel free to comment away, and let’s go Dodgers! At least get a split in Philly!

Think Blue!
-JD

Postseason Anticipation

“If summer is for the boys, then fall is definitely for the men.” ~Steve Garvey

It’s now that time of year. With the regular season over, it is now time to focus on that wonderful month of October where eight teams vie for their ultimate goal, the championship trophy. While the Cubs possess the best record in the National League to give them home-field advantage, and they are hugely favored to win the series, I don’t think the Cubs can overcome their century-long curse in a five-game series. Even with Brad Penny out of the lineup, Los Angeles still has a solid one-two punch with Lowe and the surprising Chad Billingsley. Earlier this season, Billingsley had a quality start going six frames and only giving up two earned runs. However, the Dodgers ended up losing that game by a score of 3-1.

But that was all in the past. The Cubbies have not faced the Dodgers this season with Manny Ramirez, Casey Blake, or Angel Berroa. Those three players have made such a phenomenal impact on the Dodgers that I don’t think any National League team can stop them right now. But, that’s why they play the game.

As for the other National League Division series, I have the Phillies actually winning this one in five games. C.C. Sabathia can only pitch twice this series, and those will be the two wins in the series for the Brewers. Without the seemingly unstoppable Sabathia pitching for the Brewers, they may not win another game, and therefore it will go five games. That’s my take on that series. Which means I think it will be the Dodgers and the Phillies in the NLCS. Yeah, I can’t even begin to predict what a series that would be. Of course, I could actually be very wrong on my predictions, but I hope not. =)

I’m going to leave this blog shorter than all the others, but I will end with this final word. If you guys remember my post from last week about the Tuesday game versus the San Diego Padres, you’ll know how much of a blast I had with my friend, Paul. Here is a video of why we love Dodger Stadium.

 

With that,

I bid you all adieu and let’s root our Dodgers on all the way to the end!

Think Blue!
JD