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So-So Series, Great Finale
Posted by Tim Schuler at 10/19/2006 9:08:00 PM
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That final pitch from Wainwright dropped off the table. Maybe it was just me, but the series -- for a seven-gamer -- didn't seem that great up until the last game, which was excellent.


It probably didn't seem that great because one team was missing two of its top three starting pitchers and the other is arguably the worst team to ever make it to the World Series. The fact that this 83-win Cardinals team is four games from winning it all makes me loathe the Wild Card playoff system. Pre-WC the Cards would have finished 13.5 games back of the Mets in the old NL East. Instead, they are a .516 team playing for all the marbles. Yuck.
Posted by adamo112 at 10/19/2006 10:40:00 PM
You can talk all you want about Pedro this and El Duke that, but the fact of the matter is that the Cards held them to 1, 2, 0, and 6 runs in the games the Mets lost. Think Pedro would have pitched a shut out tonight or done any better in those games where they scored 1, 2, or not runs??????I find it funny how nobody is talking about how the Cards lost Mulder who has had 15 wins per season at the minimum during his career till this year due to injury and for the 1st time, this team is as about as healthy it has been the whole season which isnt so healthy. Go Cards
Posted by jkdevore at 10/20/2006 12:30:00 AM
Well, you are writing that as a Cardinals fan, obviously, so your opinion is going to be different than mine as a fan of neither team. I want to see great baseball at this time of year, not a sloppy seven-game mess between a barely-.500 team that tanked in September and a team with a bunch of road kill on its pitching staff. Hey, if you are a Cards fan, enjoy it.

Posted by adamo112 at 10/20/2006 8:07:00 AM
I don't blame Willie for leaving Heilman in, but he was drinking straight out of the Kirk Gibson Kool-Aid carton rolling out Cliff Floyd on the off chance he goes yard...
Posted by mikeinlalaland at 10/20/2006 8:16:00 AM
I think you nailed it, Shoe. Not only the NLCS, but most of the postseason lacked ... something. Until Game 7, that is. That game had just about everything.

Posted by Jason Thornbury at 10/20/2006 8:38:00 AM
Somebody here is a tad bitter.

For all the hype surrounding Pujols, Beltran, Wright, Reyes, and co., the names we'll remember most from this series are Molina, Chavez, and Suppan.

I love this game.
Posted by vtadave at 10/20/2006 9:04:00 AM
In response to Thorn's post about "most of the postseason lacked... something," I agree. It was a great story seeing the Yanks go down and lest we forget, this postseason had a freaking plane crash halfway through, but, I think the playoffs nevertheless lose sizzle when the "best" teams go down early. Arguably, the Twins and Yankees were the two best teams, and they had early exits. The lack of "old school" teams and rivalries probably added to the lack of "something". But, I think most importantly, we just didn't have any marquee pitching matchups. There was no Rocket/Pedro, Schilling/Unit, Carpenter/Willis, etc, etc. Instead, we got Perez/Suppan.... yuck
Posted by IronChef24 at 10/20/2006 1:57:00 PM
I agree whole-heartedly about the lack of something, and Game 7 is the only one I watched thoroughly during the whole series. When I heard Jeff Suppan is the NLCS MVP I about hit the floor.

As far as the World Series, I'd like to see an AL Central team take it home 2 years in a row(being a Twins fan). This series has a pretty good storyline to it, just not very much flare.
Posted by schwang2u at 10/21/2006 12:33:00 AM
As a RedSox fan the National League Series was the most boring 7 game series in history with only the last game being a good one. I predict the Tigers will slaughter the Cards much like the RedSOx did. Tigers in 3!!! grrr make it 4 only cause they have to!!!
Posted by bigboybundle at 10/21/2006 8:12:00 AM
Posted by jkdevore at 10/27/2006 9:10:00 PM

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