The improbable dream has happened for the Tampa Bay Rays who went from worst to first, the young Rays completed a stunning run to their first pennant, holding off the defending champion Boston Red Sox 3-1 Sunday night behind Matt Garza’s masterful pitching in Game 7 of the AL Championship Series. The Rays nearly let the series slip away when they blew a seven-run lead late in Game 5 and lost Saturday night. Game 7 belonged to David Price and Matt Garza. Price the 2007 first overall pick struck out J.D. Drew with the bases loaded to end the eighth inning to preserve the Rays 3-1 lead. In the ninth, Price went through four batters to send the Rays to the World Series.
Jayson Stark said it best in his column today that the Phillies come from behind win last night is what baseball is all about. The Dodgers bullpen which has been one of the league‚Äôs best this season, gave up five runs in 4 innings as the Dodgers could not hold off the Phillies. The Dodgers are in a must win situation when they send Chad Billingsley to the mound in Game 5 Rays lead Red Sox 2-1 The Tampa Bay Rays are playing phenomenal baseball and can play any kind of game. The Rays hit four homeruns in game 3 and got a strong pitching performance from Matt Garza. Andy Sonnanstine will try to win Game 4 for the Rays when he faces knuckleballer Tim Wakefield in Game 4 of the best-of-seven series on Tuesday night.
In A highly tested game, the LA Dodgers fought back to win game 3 and make it a series. Blake DeWitt’s bases-loaded triple off Jamie Moyer capped a five-run first inning, and the Dodgers beat the Phillies 7-2 Sunday night to trim Philadelphia’s lead to 2-1 in the best-of-seven series. emptied in the third inning, moments after Los Angeles starter Hiroki Kuroda threw a pitch over Shane Victorino’s head. Kuroda who was only 9-10 during the regular season has been very good for the Dodgers in the post season. Kuroda pitched effectively into the seventh inning. The announced attendance of 56,800 — 800 more than listed capacity — was the largest in Dodger Stadium history. Now, on to Game 4, with Derek Lowe facing Joe Blanton. A matchup that should favor the Dodgers.
Philadelphia 3 – LA Dodgers 2 (Phillies lead series 1-0) Chase Utley and Pat Burrell homered off Dodgers pitcher Derek Lowe in the sixth inning to back another strong performance by Cole Hamels, and the Phillies having taking a 1-0 lead in the NLCS. Burrell who is tied with Mike Schmidt for the third-most postseason homers in Phillies franchise history has hit three home runs in the past two games. Dodgers super star Manny Ramirez went 2-4. Manny Ramirez had a first-inning RBI. It was his 24th LCS RBI which ranks him third all-time. Ramirez is nine away from tying Bernie Williams (33). Game 2 is Friday in Philadelphia, with Phillies right-hander Brett Myers facing Dodgers righty Chad Billingsley.
The market for Jack Wilson is strong and six teams have expressed interest but that number will get smaller once free agency begins. The top two shortstops on the market will be Orlando Cabrera and Rafael Furcal. Once those two are off the board, it will become apparent where Wilson could end up. Check the MLB Chart for the list of teams. Cleveland is among four teams to express interest in Freddy Sanchez The New York Mets are a potential landing spot for John Grabow
The ALCS is set between the Boston Red Sox and Tampa Bay Rays.Jason Bay scored with a headfirst slide on Jed Lowrie’s two-out single in the ninth inning and the Red Sox took advantage of a botched suicide squeeze, beating Los Angeles 3-2 Monday night to win their first-round playoff series in four games. The Rays and Red Sox divisional rivals will begin their seven game series Thursday. The Rays won the season series 10-8.
The Pirates will select #4 in next years draft which is expected to be pitching heavy Protected First-Round Picks 1. Nationals (59-102) 2. Mariners (61-101) 3. Padres (63-99) 4. Pirates (67-95) 5. Orioles (68-93) 6. Giants (72-90) 7. Braves (72-90) 8. Reds (74-88) 9. Tigers (74-88) 10. Nationals (compensation for failure to sign 2008 first-rounder Aaron Crow) 11. Rockies (74-88) 12. Royals (75-87) 13. Athletics (75-86) 14. Rangers (79-83) 15. Indians (81-81) 16. Diamondbacks (82-80)
There has been a lot of speculation in recent weeks that the New York Yankees will make an serious attempt to acquire Nate McLouth during the off-season. Thus far, there has been no dialogue between the two sides but once the post-season ends the Yankees will likely make a strong pitch for McLouth. The Pirates looking to restock their system will listen to offers for anyone on their roster. Prospect Andrew McClutchen is expected to be the teams everyday centerfielder in 09. McLouth will likely move to left or right field. The Pirates are exploring the trade market for a power corner outfielder. Florida’s Jeremy Hermida is at the top of their wishlist Source: NY Post
Philadelphia 6 ‚Äì Milwaukee 2 ‚Äì Phillies advance to NLCS Pat Burrell hit two home runs to lead the Philadelphia Phillies to their first series win since 1993. The Phillies won this series with quality pitching and clutch hits. Pitcher Cole Hamels came up huge and the NLCS is set between the Philadelphia Phillies and the LA Dodgers. Game 1 of the NLCS is Thursday in Philadelphia. Anaheim Angels 5 ‚Äì Boston Red Sox 4 F12 Mike Napoli hit two early homers off Josh Beckett, then singled and scored the go-ahead run in the 12th to help Los Angeles stave off elimination and snap an nine game losing streak in the post-season. Red Sox pitcher Josh Beckett struggled with his command and his velocity. The Angels got seven shutout innings from their bull pen and that‚Äôs what you need to win in the post season. Game 5 is Monday nightRead More »