World Serious Time
Wednesday night World Serious time. Sadly, it isn’t in Philly but in St. Louis.
Sort of reminds me of 2007. Rockies got hot in September, eliminated the Phillies in the NLDS and won the NLCS. Cardinals took the same path this year.
Let’s compare season numbers:
Average: Tex. .283, StL .273. Each led respective leagues.
Runs: Tex. 855 (3rd); StL 762, led NL.
Fewest strikeouts: Tex. 930, StL 978. Each had fewest in respective leagues.
ERA: 3.74 StL, 3.79 Tex.
Save opportunities/saves: StL 73/47, Tex. 55/39.
Okay, how about the postseason?
Average: StL .288, Tex. .259
Runs: StL 62, Tex. 55
ERA: Tex. 4.11, StL 4.18.
Opponents batting average: both .241
During the postseason, St. Louis starters had a 7.66 ERA; the no-name bullpen, 1.88. Sometimes you can’t figure out this game.
No complete games but plenty of runs and plenty of relief pitchers, which will make for long games.
Got to stick with the NL.
Cardinals have Kyle Loshe, Nick Punto and Arthur Rhodes.
Rangers, pitching coach, Mike Maddux.
Alumni Postseason Memories
“My fondest postseason memory is the parade down Broad Street and interacting with the fans. I was amazed at the number of fans lining the parade route and the outpouring of emotion. It was a combination of joy and relief that the Phillies had won it all.”