The best argument for five-game Divisional Series was the series that went five games. Three of the four series went five, and the Chicago Cubs won theirs at home in four games.
What could be more compelling than the bizarre Texas-Toronto series? Would it have been better as a seven game series?
The New York Mets fascinating win on Thursday night, and manager Terry Collins’ use of Noah Syndergaard behind Jacob deGrom is yet another example.
If these series went seven games, young pitchers’ arms are even more taxed, and it would take something away from the League Championship Series.
The same argument applies in the wild-card. A shorter series is better, and besides I’m already exhausted from these games.
Friday night’s matchup between the Blue Jays and Royals looks to be another good one, and manager John Gibbons’ strategy of resting his regulars after the East was clinched could have cost Toronto home field advantage.
Jose Bautista’s bat flip will be play until something more relevant comes along. While Bautista is one of the more disliked players by his colleagues, I paraphrase what Buck Showalter might say.
If you don’t want Bautista to flip his bat, get him out.
Marco Estrada pitches against Kansas City’s Edinson Volquez, and while there’s likely to be less national interest in this series than the Cubs-Mets, it should be another lengthy one.
Johnny Cueto righted himself, and it’s about time David Price did, too. Price’s postseason record is 2-6 with a 5.04 ERA.
Both Cueto and Price will be highly sought after free agents, and Price could help himself financially with a stronger LCS. So could Cueto.
The Dodgers’ defeat likely means the end of Don Mattingly’s tenure in Los Angeles, and that’s a shame. Mattingly’s situation isn’t dissimilar to some of the teams he played and coached for in New York, and he seemed to handle the circus well.
Mattingly’s team will be rightly criticized for failing to cover third base when Daniel Murphy sped there with the Dodgers in a shift.
But, the Mets, who the Orioles faced four times this season, seemed to grow during the series.
While most of America will root for the Cubs, the Mets should give Chicago an excellent series.
Since we saw 19 of 20 possible games played in the Division Series, I think that trend continues here.
How about two visiting teams, the Cubs and Blue Jays winning a seventh game?
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