MLB Postseason 2007
10/03/2007 9:15 am
The Postseason begins today. Despite the Twins not being part of it, I'm fairly interested in the games. The regular season ended in a pretty exciting fashion and I think it can carry into the playoffs.
Here are some thoughts I have.
A look at last year's postseason teams compared to this year's.
2006: Oakland, Minnesota, Yankees, Detroit
2007: Anaheim, Cleveland, Boston, Yankees
2006: San Diego, St. Louis, Mets, Dodgers
2007: Arizona, Cubs, Philadelphia, Colorado
Only one team in the majors, the Yankees, returns from last season's postseason. They fell from a division winner to a wild card.
The AL Central sent two teams last year, Minnesota and Detroit. Neither returns this year, nor does the representative from 2005, the White Sox.
Even more interesting though, is that the National League West sent two teams last year, San Diego and the Dodgers, but send two completely different teams this year, Arizona and Colorado.
On a different note, the senior staffers had a conversation on friday about former Twins on potential playoff teams. Now that the teams are set, I wanted to give a more official list. Strangely, even though there are stories written about notable players left off the postseason rosters, the rosters themselves are harder to come by. Actually, I guess it's not that strange since the teams don't officially have to release their rosters until about 10am on gameday, but some managers have already announced them. Anyway, here's the list as best I can tell:
Yankees: Doug Mientkiewicz
Boston: David Ortiz, possibly Bobby Kielty
Indians: Casey Blake, possibly Aaron Fultz?
Philadelphia: Kyle Lohse, J.C. Romero (J.D. Durbin left off, but possibly injury replacement apparently)
Colorado: LaTroy Hawkins, (possibly Mark Redman)
Cubs: Jacque Jones (Henry Blanco left off)
Arizona: Possibly Jeff Cirillo?
There were others who played on these teams this year, but they're not likely to make the postseason roster.
|Arizona also has Augi Ojeda who I believe is a former Twin.|
|Scott - 6225 Posts|
|And the Cubs are down 0-2 to the Diamondbacks. Sweet redemption I guess.|
|Alex - You've got to trust your instinct, and let go of regret|
Scott Wrote - 10/05/2007 @ 07:20:00 AM
And the Cubs are down 0-2 to the Diamondbacks. Sweet redemption I guess.
For who? Doug Davis?
|Scott - You're going to have to call your hardware guy. It's not a software issue.|
|Sweet redemption for my psychie that the Cubs are getting whipped. I'd prefer the Cubs lose so that their stupid fans will shut-up.|
|Jeremy - 8953 Posts|
You just better hope the Brewers don't even get out to a one game lead next year without winning the world series, or we might have to start talking about how the Brewers always choke.
Edit: Also, since I feel the need to return some of the healthy portion of love Jon has been sending my way lately, this is a great blog. I like it when we do things that take some legwork.
|Jeremy perfected this at 10/05/2007 2:59:50 pm|
|Carlos44ec - 2078 Posts|
jthompto Wrote - 10/04/2007 @ 07:58:54 PM
Arizona also has Augi Ojeda who I believe is a former Twin.
Love him in MLB 2005
|Scott - 6225 Posts|
|I know Jeremy is returning the Vikings-Packers trash talk banter, but I don't see this as the Brewers choking. They played better than they were in the beginning of the season and they played worse than they were in the 2nd half. And considering that they nobody in sports expected them to hang on at any point in the season, it hardly qualifies as a choke. But I'll take what I give.|
|Alex - 3618 Posts|
I beg to differ. They choked big time. Best record in baseball after 2 months and then end up barely over .500 and not even in the wild-card race in the last 2 weeks?
Bummer. I wanted a classic Reggie Miller choke clip but couldn't find one on youtube. So you get this instead.
Edit: This video came up under "choke" and claimed that the chorizo was guilty of such. This is actually an example of not choking though, the chorizo never had a chance.
|Alex edited this at 10/05/2007 10:22:31 pm|
|carlos44ec in EC at the moment (Guest)|
|wow. 52 seconds of suck|
|Scott - Get Up! Get outta here! Gone!|
I don't really care how good their record was in April or May. Baseball is a long season. Did the Brewers collapse? Absolutely. Should the Brewers have been able to hold on? Probably. Did the Brewers choke? I don't think I'd classify this as a choke. Choking makes it seem like something was guaranteed. The Mets may have choked. They were up 7 games with 17 to go or something like that. The Brewers were up 8.5 games with like 100 games to go. The Cubs started playing good and the Brewers started playing bad. But this is all subjective, so I guess some people can think what they want. I'll probably write an article about the Brewers season anyway. Because in my opinion, it was a good one.
Sure I could point to the 5 or so games that they lost after having a 5 run lead or more, or the number of games where Derrick Turnbow came in and absolutely had a 3 walk meltdown to cost the Brewers a win. But every team that loses by a game or two could find 2 or 3 games out of the 70 or 80 losses where they easily should have one. Basically what I'm saying is that I'm not disappointed in the way the season went. This was a very young team that has a very bright future, and I'm not about to get upset about a Brewers team that played meaningful baseball on September 28th for the first time since I was 9 years old. If this becomes habitual, sure I'll get annoyed. But being decent for the first time in 15 years is more important to me.
|Scott screwed with this at 10/06/2007 6:12:00 am|
|Alex - 3618 Posts|
|How about those Rockies? I'm going to have bust out the 10-15 year old summer league jersey-shirt that I think I still have. Hopefully the Brewers are taking notes for next year ;)|