WOW has baseball been great lately! I'm finally over the sting of my Cleveland Indians early exit from the playoffs so I can remove the emotion from the games and just watch and enjoy. But really the emotion doesn't go away. I mean, I still have goosebumps! So even if you don't have a rooting interest in the playoffs, you can root for great baseball, and if that's the case, you are going to bed happy. And if you want more, how about some fist pumps!
Through only two games, the ALCS has lived up to its billing, providing some great dramatics already with a near no-hitter in Game 1, and then of course there was Sunday night. Despite losing a chance to steal a pair at Fenway, The Tigers have been really good and their pitching has been just outstanding. Aside from last night's 8th inning sucker punch, they have been just lights out. Going back to Game 5 of the ALDS with Oakland, Tiger hurlers have struck out 46 hitters (35 in the ALCS) put up goose eggs in 23 consecutive innings before Dustin Pedroia doubled in a run in the 6th inning.
The NLCS has seen the Cardinals take a 2-0 series lead in a pair of one-run games that has once again provided a stage for Carlos Beltran to be Carlos Beltran. The Dodgers are trailing 2-0 but have pitched well enough to be up 2-0. They have recorded scoreless innings in 18 of a possible 21 innings. The Cardinals have been just a little bit better, allowing only two runs in 22 innings. [Ed note: The Dodgers just shut out the Cardinals 3-0 in Game 3.]
The bottom line is the best four teams are playing and the game is as good as its ever been.I have never seen Mickey Mantle and Willie Mays roam the outfield, or Bob Gibson and Bob Feller toe the rubber, but I am watching a new golden age of baseball. Both series' are providing appointment television on a nightly basis and I can't get enough of it. The general sentiment around our office has been that if you can't like baseball now, you will never like it. So if you're a casual fan, forget that games can sometimes take too long and catch the fever already!
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