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October 4, 2009 - Seth Staskey
It's amazing that Sunday signified the end of the regular season (excluding the one-game playoff between Minnesota and Detroit to decide who gets to face the Yankees) because it seemed like only yesterday pitchers and catchers reported to Florida and Arizona.
A lot occured during the season and this blog is definitely not the place to even try to recap it all, but what we saw was the return of the Titans if you will in baseball. New York regained the A.L. East and Boston won the wild card. Anaheim continued its stranglehold on the west and the aforementioned Central title was basically what we thought. It would be a wide-open race much of the season. Yeah, the Indians definitely fell short of pre-season hopes or prognostications and skipper Eric Wedge paid the piper for it.
In the NL, the defending World Series champion Phillies are back in the mix as we expected. The NL East was strange this season because the high-dollared Mets stunk early, during the middle of the season and late in the season. It was a disaster in the new ballpark in Queens.
The Central went back to the Cardinals who released their title for two seasons to the Cubs. The Cubs might be one of MLB's biggest disappointments. Injuries, Milton Bradley and a terrible back end of the bullpen spelled disaster. The Pirates posted their 17th straight losing season and in the process of their season basically unloaded their entire squad minus Ryan Doumit, Andy LaRoche, Zach Duke and Paul Maholm. It will be interesting to see what these teams to do in the off-season.
In the West, the Dodgers reigned supreme. They were wire-to-wire leaders despite Manny Ramirez being banned for 50 games. The Rockies were nine games under 500 at a juncture and skipper Clint Hurdle -- who just two years led Colorado to the World Series -- was terminated for former Bucco's skipper Jim Tracey and all they did was finish with 90 wins and a berth in the playoffs. The Giants were in the hunt for a long while thanks to their unbelievable pitching staff. If the Giants add a bat during the off-season in the middle, this team will be a factor for a while.
My postseason picks
Play-In Game -- Minnesota over Detroit.
Anahem over Boston; New York over Minnesota
New York over Anaheim in 6 in the ALCS.
Philadelphia over Colorado
St. Louis over L.A.
St. Louis over Philadelphia in 7 in the NLCS
World Series: New York over St. Louis in 7 and A-Rod silences all the critics as World Series MVP.
Let the fun begin.
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