Postseason Picks... And Greetings From Philly
Gorgeous afternoon here in Philadelphia, with the wind blowing hard out to right field. (Hello, Ryan Howard!) The first pitch of the postseason is about two hours, 45 minutes away.
Hope you all saw that Twins/Tigers game last night, which was merely one of the greatest games I've ever seen. I can't remember another game that went on so long with both teams seemingly in position to win in every single half-inning, only to be done in by a great play, a great pitch or a great stroke of luck.
So, the field is now set. Here is my set-up piece, in which, defiantly standing in the face of prognostication futility, I pick the Yankees over the Rockies in the World Series. And here are the series-by-series capsules.
I've got the Rockies, Dodgers, Yankees and Red Sox winning in the first round. This is your chance to show me up, tell my why I'm wrong and earn the eternal respect of Baseball Insider readers everywhere. Go for it.
One Phillies-related note: Manager Charlie Manuel, who has been purposefully vague in projecting his pitching roles for the bulk of the series, said he will have Joe Blanton and J.A. Happ in his bullpen today and tomorrow -- presumably using matchups to determine which one (if either) he uses in relief, then using that to determine who might start in Games 3 and/or 4.
Meantime, Pedro Martinez will not be in the bullpen -- at least we think he won't be, because Manuel actually said, "No, he definitely won't be down there today, probably" -- which would appear to indicate Martinez is lined up to start a game down the line.
Enjoy the postseason.
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