1-Man’s Opinion on Sports–Friday ‘FALL CLASSIC-NO ONE EXPECTED’

Posted by on October 27th, 2023  •  0 Comments  • 


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It starts tonight, the World Series, Texas vs Arizona.

What?  No Yankees nor Mets.  The Dodges MIA after 100-wins.

Atlanta’s record setting season didn’t mean much.

Baltimore had a fabulous 100-wins season and did not get there.

Tampa Bay’s 99-win season was triggered by a (20-3) start, and didn’t survive the first weekend

Houston, with its history of post season success. could not get thru.

Phillies fans booed their team in the final game they lost, ending their season.

Even more staggering is the fact the Rangers and Diamondbacks, two summers ago, lost 100-plus games, and now have arrived back playing in late October.

The Diamondbacks had a 110-loss season in 2021.  They rallied back with a cast of young players almost arriving simultaneously,

Texas came back from a 101-loss season two summers ago, and spent (513M) in free agency over two winters to storm back to get to the World Series.

Ketel Marte, Christian Walker, and Corbin Carroll are the young studs who had great seasons.  Veteran rentals like Lourdes Gurriell and Tommy Pham have been key contributors for Arizona’s success.

A 30-year old journeyman, twice released, has had a spectacular fall.  Adolis Garcia had a grat season and a greater playoff.  Corey Seager took big free agent money to leave the Dodgers and brought big stats to Texas.  They make the Rangers season go.

Add in Evan Carter, a rookie, and a transported free agent Mitch Garver, who  have been surprise additions.

Arizona’s starting rotation does not have nationwide credentials. The four deep bullpen has wicked stuff. Texas survived the losses of Jacob deGrom and Nathan Eovaldi early and came up with enough arms to get there.

And of course the bench bosses have impacted everything.  Bruce Bochy’s resume with all those World Series appearances with the Padres and the 3-rings with the Giants speaks volumes.  And Torrey Lovullo survived the rebuild and rallied his young team emotionally.

Meanwhile the Padres and their (253M) payroll never got there.  The legendary Dodgers got there and saw their big bats hit (.177) in getting wiped out.

The Phillies scored 3-runs in 18-innings and guys like Castellanos, Turner, Schwarber and Harper had stats like (0-23)..(1-12)…(1-15).

Atlanta, with 307-home runs during the year, had only 3-in 4-games, and Ronald Acuna (.143), Michael Harris (0-13) and Marcel Ozuna (2-13) never got the Braves going.

Houston’s big pitchers had a (5.89-ERA) wasting some great hitting by Jose Altuve and Yordan Alvarez.

They all could have been there, never got there.

So instead we get the Grand Canyon State-vs-Lone Star State.  I don’t know if the rest of the country will watch this Southwest matchup.

They earned it, they get to play in it.  Lots of teams will be like you and me, sitting at home watching it on TV.

A fall classic no one expected.

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