Thursday, October 11, 2007

Postseason quick update...

Rockies win 5-1! I seriously have a man-crush on this team. This week's "Did you know?":

http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/stats/rpi?season=2007&sortColumn=exp_win_pct

The Rockies had the best run differential in the NL this year. 4th overall in the bigs. These guys did not "come out of nowhere" and they did not just "get hot at the right time." This is the best team in the NL, and it would a major, major upset if they lost this series (especially after beating Brandon Webb in game 1).

I'll be in Atlanta tomorrow night for ALCS Game 1. But I'm bringing the laptop with me (along with the internet that Skurny's company pays for), so expect more random thoughts and updates.

(And I'm in a wedding this weekend in Atlanta, I'm not delusional thinking the Braves made the postseason or something)

8 comments:

Skurny said...

Either way, Turner Field would be empty.

AngryWhiteMan said...

So, do you and Skurn like, do it now?

Skurny said...

At least we're not looking at a Colonial on a cul-de-sac in Oak Park together, loverboy.

Brown Buddy said...

Oooh...good Turner Field burn...so topical too! Got any Steve Irwin jokes while you're at it?

Skurny said...

I was thinking a Titanic joke might be in order...maybe a Y2K?

J.ust O.ver B.roke said...

Colorado may prove to be the best team in the NL in the next couple days, but when you are 75-72 and fighting to stay in the Wild Card chase and then win 14 out of 15 just to tie for the Wild Card, you came from out of nowhere.

Brown Buddy said...

Really? So if they won that 14 of 15 in April, then it would've been ok? Or if they split that in between two 7 game win streaks, one in July, one in August, then people wouldn't consider them upstarts? Really?

Oh thats right I forgot, wins count double in September! Duh. No wonder we hate A-Rod so much...he does his damage in May when wins only count as 1 win!

Seriously though, ignore whatever you hear on PTI or ATH, or whatever blowhard a-holes like Colin Cowherd say. ESPN and the like are just trying to formulate a story behind a successful team...when really, the story is simply that the team is successful. The Rockies are a very good team that probably played beneath their potential (albeit in a pretty tough division) for most of the year, then...either due to breaks evening out, or due to their opponents playing worse...they simply put it all together (personally, I'd like to think they got a life-sized cardboard cutout of their owner, and ripped off a piece of clothing after every win)

Affix a conventient justification to it if you'd like...but the bottom line is that the numbers don't lie. The Rox are for real

J.ust O.ver B.roke said...

Do you even know what the phrase "came out of nowhere" means? If you're in 4th place in your division and 4th for the wild card on September 1, in the same spot on the 15th, and two weeks later they beat San Diego in San Diego to grab the wild card, then proceed to win two in Philly on your way to a sweep - you came out of nowhere.

Boston and Cleveland didn't come out of nowhere because they were solid all year long. In mid-July, Colorado was a sub .500 team. That's an ascension not consistency.

It's not about wins counting more during one part than another, but you're a liar if you tell me that back in June you were looking for the Rockies to even be contenders in August, better yet sweeping their way through the playoffs without home-field advantage. If Matt Holiday hit 15 homers through mid-August, and then hit 35 from mid-August through the end of the season, you'd call that coming out of nowhere to lead the NL in home runs. It's no different.