Monday, October 09, 2006

And then there were four

Some good news on the off-season front as Julio Lugo has come out and said that he is interested in playing for the Blue Jays. Jeff Blair has the scoop: Lugo likes Jays




The American League Chamionship series will feature the American League West champion facing off against the Wild Card Winner. Both teams finished the season on a down note as the Tigers lost their last 5 and Oakland went 4-6 in their last ten. Oakland swept the Twins in the first round, using only three relievers and being led by Frank Thomas, whose OPS for the three game set was an incredible 1.783. The Tigers made quick work of the Yankees in four games, using a pretty complete attack on offense and good pitching performances by both Jeremy Bonderman and Kenny Rogers. They utilized four bullpen arms in the process. Click on the team logos to be taken to the ESPN stats page.
*Oakland will go with Zito, Loaiza and Haren in games 1-3...I don't know how Harden will fit in




The New Yort Mets were picked by many experts to easily take the National League title. However, this was before they lost Pedro Martinez and Orlando Hernandez to injury. John Maine got the start in game 1 and threw a good game, Glavine shutout the opposition to take game two and Steve Trachsel did enough to put him team in a position to win to help the Mets sweep the series. The Mets had to utilize six bullpen arms to help clinch the series with mixed results(Darren Oliver anyone?). "King" Carlos Delgado performed well in his first post-season experience and he will be asked to once again lead this offense. The Cardinals almost had a free-fall right out of the playoffs late in the season but managed to survive and then eliminate the Padres in the first round. There's no doubt that the heart and soul of this team is Albert Pujols. Chris Carpenter started two games in the first series and pitched very well, unfortunately he may not be able to pitch in Game 1 because he was just used. This will leave either Jeff Suppan or Jeff Weaver as the game 1 starter. The Cards used 7 relievers in their first round series.

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Anonymous said...

Hopefully Macha pulls Loaiza when he gets the feeling instead of leaving him in there to give up back to back jacks

Dan Julien said...

At least he had a reliever ready..didn't have to have ten mound meetings to pull Esteban