Results Are Microwavable
Wait -- it's Saturday morning! We've had postseason baseball for all of 60 hours, and you're telling me the LCS matchups are already set? Perhaps that's the only conclusion here. Eight games in, and the headlines are all bold. Baseball's two best teams (the Angels and Cubs) are nearly extinct, both losing two at home. Two old war horses, the Red Sox and Dodgers, look like they were underestimated. The Rays are just as good as they are young. And the Brewers, who waged everything just to make the playoffs this year, might be finished by the early evening -- with CC Sabathia on the first plane to Cali.
Conceivably, every series could end in a sweep, meaning the minimum of 12 games were played to determine the winners. That's never happened before in the 13 previous years of the Division Series.
That said, we've seen some lopsided first-round match-ups before. Last year, all four series started out 2-0. Three of them ended in sweeps. The other, Yankees-Indians, ended 3-1 in favor of Cleveland.
So what do you think? Does any team trailing in a Division Series right now have a chance to come back?
I'm giving the ChiSox the best chance. They've battled through tight spots before, they play their next two at home (with Danks and Floyd on the mound -- both familiar figures from last week), and might be able to push the Rays into a nervous corner. You can't entirely count the Cubs and Angels out, either, just because their pitching is so established and their track records so formidable. The Brewers have the smallest chance of the four; they'd need wins from Dave Bush and Jeff Suppan to make CC relevant again.
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