Is It Too Early to Worry About Cliff Lee?

I’m in a pretty competitive fantasy baseball keeper league.  A few years ago I plucked Cliff Lee off the waiver wire after he made a few good starts. He went on to have one of the greatest seasons ever by a starting pitcher when he went 22-3 with a 2.54 ERA and 170 strikeouts. Needless to say, I kept him and to this day, he’s one of the greatest waiver wire pick ups in the history of baseball. Good for me. I did wait on Jose Bautista, though. Wish I had that back.

Anyway, I’m a little worried about my stalwart pitcher. I may be the only one, but I’d like to see if I’m crazy for my thoughts. Let’s find out.

I loved being a Yellow Dart while I was an Indian. Now I'm a Phillie and I walk batters again.

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NLCS Prediction Post

In my previous prediction post, I accurately called three of the four series, including the lengths of two of them.  The other one I called a toss-up and went with my heart instead of my head.  Sue me.  I stopped there because I wanted to play video games which I felt at the time was the correct choice.  I still feel it was the correct choice.  Anyway, I didn’t think the Braves were going to win the World Series so this post isn’t going to look a whole lot different than it would have if the umpire had accurately called Buster Posey out before he scored the only run of Game 1.  (Sour grapes?  Nawww, not me.)

We’ll start in the NL because I like it more:

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Roy Halladay Is Amazing

Regardless of what happens the rest of the way, Roy Halladay has already made this postseason something to remember.  Halladay got Brandon Phillips (HA!) to ground out weakly in front of the plate to claim the first postseason no-hitter since Don Larsen’s perfect game in 1956.

For a guy making his first ever postseason start, that’s going to be hard to top.

Nine innings, no hits, one walk, eight strikeouts.

Beat that, Cliff Lee.

I’ll have some more later, maybe but I wanted to get this up before dinner.  That was awesome.

Some Playoff Predictions

As promised, I’m coming back this offseason with some real posts.  Since I haven’t done that since like August, this is a big step for me.  First up will be the Major League Baseball playoff predictions.  Luckily, I’m really good at this so you won’t even have to watch the games and you can just jump right into hockey season.  I can’t wait for hockey season.

Let’s get started:

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Another Baseball Blockbuster

Roy Halladay

I waited until this one became 100% official before commenting on it but now that it has, it’s one of the biggest trades of the decade and I might be selling it short.  The major players of the deal are Roy Halladay going from the Blue Jays to the Philadelphia Phillies and Cliff Lee heading from the Phillies to the Seattle Mariners.  Accompanying the star pitchers are a boat load of top prospects including Michael Taylor, Phillipe Aumont and Brett Wallace.  This is truly a landscape changing trade if I’ve ever seen one.

First I’ll look at the trade from the Phillies perspective.  The Phils are getting arguably the best pitcher in baseball over the last decade (Halladay), three top prospects (Aumont, Tyson Gillies, and JC Ramirez), plus 6 million dollars while giving up a great pitcher who is heading into a contract year (Lee), plus two top prospects (Taylor and Kyle Drabek).

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The Yankees Win the World Series. Oh Goody.

As I watched the Yankees close out one of the most ant-climatic Major League Baseball playoffs in recent history, I was reminded of all the reasons why I despise the Yankees.  When I was younger, I hated the Yankees.  I mean HATED them.  Luis Gonzalez’s bloop hit in the 2001 World Series is still one of my favorite sports memories of all time.

Then the the Yanks went eight years without winning a World Series including last year where they missed the playoffs completely.  Gosh, that was fun.  My hatred waned.  The Mets became my most hated team.  They suddenly started competing with my Braves for the NL East Crown, something that was unthinkable five years before.  It made sense.

But as I watched last night, it struck me.  The main reason that I hate the Yankees is that they make baseball boring.

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Fearless Playoff Predictions

Last night the Twins and Tigers treated us to another great opening to the Major League Baseball playoffs.   The Twins downed the tigers in 12 innings to earn the right to take on the New York Yankees later today in the Divisional Series.  Lucky guys.

So last year I accurately predicted every series except the Dodgers-Cubs opening round set.  With that in mind, I’ll probably get two of these series right and negate all the good feelings I still have about that post.  Either way, this is always fun, so lets see who is going to win the 2009 World Series

Yankees vs. Twins

The Twins have been on a crazy hot streak before ousting the Tigers in last night’s one game playoff.  In the past decade, three teams have entered the playoffs on similar streaks.  Two of them lost in the Divisional Series and one lost in the ALCS.  So not only do the Yankees have history on their side, but they also have the better team.  I don’t have to go through their vaunted lineup or pitching rotation because everyone of them is a household name, it seems.  The Twins will miss Justin Morneau greatly in this series, but Joe Mauer and Nick Punto will get them two games.  Yankees in 5.

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