Monday, October 24, 2011

Major League Baseball (MLB) Postseason 2011: The St. Louis Cardinals are in the World Series! GO RANGERS!

By Evan Troxel

This article will be about the 2011 Major League Baseball Postseason. 

In the Division Series (DS): In the American League (AL), the Texas Rangers topped the Tampa Bay Rays 3 games to 1 and the Detroit Tigers topped the New York Yankees 3 games to 2.  In the National League (NL), the Milwaukee Brewers defeated the Arizona Diamondbacks 3 games to 2 and the St. Louis Cardinals defeated the Philadelphia Phillies 3 games to 2.

For my thoughts on the Division Series, I have nothing to say about the Rangers and Rays and I was glad to see the Tigers top the Yankees.  But it took the Tigers five games to come out on top?  Really!  The Tigers played better in the regular season than what they showed in this year’s postseason. 

I was disappointed to see the Brewers top the Diamondbacks (D-Backs).  However, I was really excited to see the Phillies finally go down and the way they did.  The Phillies were overrated for at least half the regular season and what would have been more enjoyable would have been to see the Phillies get swept in the National League Division Series (NLDS).  Yeah, the Phillies probably had the best pitching staff this year and they won 102 games out of 162 possible games in the regular season.

I thought it was ironic to see that Alex Rodriguez of the New York Yankees and Ryan Howard of the Philadelphia Phillies again this year (like last year) ended the season for their respective ball clubs.  Rodriguez struck out again, but at least this time he swung through the last pitch instead of taking it like he did in the 2010 American League Championship Series (ALCS).  Howard on the other hand, swung at the pitch, made contact by hitting a groundball to the second baseman, and after taking a few steps out of the batter’s box somehow injured himself and was unable to run down to first base.  Then, the Cardinals second baseman made an underhanded toss with the baseball to first baseman Albert Pujols and the Cardinals advanced to the National League Championship Series (NLCS).

In the League Championship Series (LCS): In the American League, the Texas Rangers won the pennant by defeating the Detroit Tigers 4 games to 2.  In the National League Championship Series, the St. Louis Cardinals did their work and defeated the Milwaukee Brewers 4 games to 2.  The only reason I will sympathize with the Brewers is that Bob Uecker is “Mr. Baseball” and he will probably go down in history as one of the best baseball play-by-play radio announcers ever.

I cannot believe that the ALCS didn’t go all 7 possible games.  If I feel sorry for a particular player it would be pitcher Justin Verlander of the Detroit Tigers.  He had a great regular season by (I believe) winning 24 and losing only 5.  He probably would be a more legitimate shot to take home the AL Most Valuable Player award if the Tigers had made it to the Fall Classic.  He might win a Gold Glove this year at his position (pitcher) with that incredible record of 24-5 and a low ERA (which is good pitching).  I think the whole world will be shocked if Justin Verlander doesn’t win the AL Cy Young Award this year.

The World Series currently is tied up at 1 game apiece between the American League Champion Texas Rangers and the National League Champion St. Louis Cardinals.  This series is best of seven.  All the game times start at 7:05 p.m. Central Time on the television channel of FOX. 
Game 3 is Saturday, October 22, 2011.
Game 4 is October 23rd and Game 5 is October 24th.
Game 6 will be on October 26th and Game 7 will be on October 27th.

Who do I think will win the World Series this year: The Texas Rangers. 

Also, I think the World Series will last six games at the most.  I don’t think there will be a Game 7 of the World Series this year. 

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