ALCS Predictions

10 10 2008

by Tom Peters

I don’t know about you, but I love this series. There’s so many stories going on in this series and the winner will bring some of these stories with them into the World Series. This year’s ALCS is going to have a lot of excitement and will go likely go the distance. Part of the reason I like this is becuase the Rays have a number of former Hudson Valley Renegades (Short-A Rays affiliate in my town), but I promise you, while my rooting interest is in the Rays, I will be objective here.

Like the NLCS, this is a fairly even series.  Each team has a strong pitching staff with many different components. Each team has a consistent ace. Tampa Bay has Jaime Shields, a consistent pitcher who knows how to win and won’t back down. Boston has Jon Lester. He has been as of late and did an excellent job in shutting down the Angels. When it comes to opening or closing a series, he is clutch. He won’t be opening this series, but if he’s pitching a closeout game it’s a virtual lock. Read the rest of this entry »

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Greg Maddux Shakes Off The Phils

30 07 2008

According to Scott Miller from CBSsports.com, Greg Maddux has informed the San Diego Padres that he would not be willing to accept a trade to the Philadelphia Phillies.  According to Miller, no trade specifics had been discussed other than Philadelphia inquiring about the the 42 year old Maddux’s availability.  Maddux has a full no-trade clause in his contract and has made no secret of the fact that he prefers the West Coast. 

As a Phillies fan, I just don’t get it.  Maddux has a 4.29 ERA while playing home games in the most pitcher friendly park in baseball.  The last season he maintained an ERA under 4.00 was 2003 and even then it was 3.96. 

Playoff contenders are gearing up prior to the July 31st non-waiver trade deadline.  The Brewers have acquired C.C. Sabathia, the Cubs Rich Harden, and the A’s Mark Teixera.  If the Phillies truly have aspirations of competing in the postseason it’s time to quit tinkering and make a real move for an ace.