• August 2010 Survey Question #1

    Posted by on August 23rd, 2010 · Comments (5)

    Please consider taking the following poll:

    {democracy:106}

    Thanks in advance. And, please feel free to add comments on your opinion in the comments section.

    Comments on August 2010 Survey Question #1

    1. August 23rd, 2010 | 4:44 pm

      This is a tricky one for me. I don’t want the Rangers and have to risk facing Cliff Lee twice in a five game series. And, I don’t want the Twins because the law of averages say, eventually, they’re going to win some games against the Yankees in the post-season. Plus, Joe Nathan is not around to choke up some games. Needless to say, the ALDS is not going to be easy this year.

    2. INAC
      August 23rd, 2010 | 5:00 pm

      In 2009, if asked whether I would’ve preferred for the Yankees to face the Twins, or the Tigers, I would’ve said Twins with no hesitation, and for a number of reasons (and I say this all well aware of how little regular season success can matter in the playoffs; see 2006, 2007):

      1) Yankees had dominated the Twins in the regular season
      2) Yankees had a history of beating Minny in the playoffs
      3) No Verlander
      4) 2006 ALDS

      Regarding that last one, many of the Tigers from the ’06 team were long gone, but Verlander was still there and in a five game series, facing him twice NOT AGAINST C.C. was huge (furthermore, he would’ve pitched in a 5th game). Verlander isn’t/wasn’t unbeatable, but it certainly would’ve been a tough draw that would’ve somehow accomplished the task of putting the pressure on the 103 win team to win the season in fewer than five games, since they would be at the disadvantage in a 5th game. Simply put, Minnesota was a much better draw, and it was awesome (for me, and I’m sure others) when Alexi Casilla hit the walk-off single in last year’s play-in game. Nothing against Minny, it was just a better draw even though they were actually the better overall team. No pitcher NEAR the calibre of Verlander (especially with the rotation jumbled due to the race to even get to the postseason; Brian Duensing a Game 1 starter? Really?). I’m also sure some cynicism that had developed from the “drought”* from winning the World Series certainly added to my hoping for one over the other.

      This year, however, I really don’t care either way, because while both Minnesota and Texas are better teams this year than the Twins were in ’09, I believe the Yankees are better than either, and I’ll gladly see the Yankees take their chances with either. 4-1 vs. Texas, 4-2 vs. Minnesota. Texas has Lee, Minny has Liriano. Not unbeatable, but both are very good; there is no “one has an ace, the other doesn’t” factor here that there was last year. Both do, simply got to trust C.C. will win those games. No reason not to trust the big guy after what he did in last year’s playoffs.

      Of course, a tiny part of me is rooting for a Yankees/Rays ALCS because of my locale. It would also only be fitting. The AL in 2008 was dominated by the Rays/Red Sox matchups in September and then the ALCS, all of which were great encounters. The Yankees/Red Sox were at a fever pitch earlier in the decade, going back as far as 1999. This time around, it’s time for the third of the three matchups for the American League championship.

      *Show this to a Cubs fan. I’ll let you know how many broken bones my face has afterwards.

    3. INAC
      August 23rd, 2010 | 5:14 pm

      Steve Lombardi wrote:

      This is a tricky one for me. I don’t want the Rangers and have to risk facing Cliff Lee twice in a five game series. And, I don’t want the Twins because the law of averages say, eventually, they’re going to win some games against the Yankees in the post-season. Plus, Joe Nathan is not around to choke up some games. Needless to say, the ALDS is not going to be easy this year.

      History for the Yankees since 1995 has always indicated the ALDS is their toughest round.

      In years they won their divisional series, only once did they not win the ALCS (2004), and only twice did they not win the World Series (’01, ’03). If nothing else, they are very successful at advancing if they win the division series, but only are 8 of 14 at doing that. 6 of 6 against Minnesota and Texas, however, though those Texas teams were much different back then, obviously.

      I don’t really buy into law of averages simply because those don’t always play out. Sure, the Angels finally got the Red Sox last year, as an example, even though Boston was probably the better team, but on the other hand, the Cubs have gone 102 years without winning a title. Law of averages would dictate they would eventually win something. In other words, I don’t worry about a correction in that department. You might be on to something regarding Nathan, however…

    4. Raf
      August 23rd, 2010 | 5:25 pm

      May be park effects, but Cliff Lee doesn’t seem as dominant has he has been since he joined the Rangers.

      Doesn’t matter to me who they face.

      Steve Lombardi wrote:

      Plus, Joe Nathan is not around to choke up some games.

      Rauch hasn’t been much better.

    5. mondoas
      August 24th, 2010 | 1:53 pm

      I would like to face the Twins so we can spank Mr. Mustache aka. “Mario Luigi Pavano”!!!

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