“Time for Real Baseball”
Here comes the most important time of the year..post season…baseball’s second season.
The Yankees host the Twins tonight in the American League wildcard series.
The Yankees with all those home run hitters…bashing balls everyday.
Aaron Judge with 52 coming out of nowhere. Gary Sanchez, the high draft pick catcher, hitting 33. Matt Holiliday, when healthy, with 21. Outfielder Brett Gardner with 21…Didi Gregoirus, the shortstop, with 25.
They may not have enough quality starting pitching for October but they’ve got bats.
The Twins don’t have enough arms, but they’re in a one game season. They’ve turned a 103-loss season into a wild card team in one year.
Joe Mauer and a bunch of young bats, and journeyman pitcher Ervin Santana posting a 16-win season.
On Wednesday…the Rockies meet Arizona in a matchup of bombers.
They can both hit. JD Martinez, a huge trading deadline acquisition, hit 29-homers in 62-games for the Snakes. And he’s not the only one, because if not him, then Paul Goldschmidt..AJ Pollock…Jake Lamb..David Peralta.
Lots of dangerous bats who can go boom, especially in that ballpark.
The Rockies are not quite what they were a couple of years back, but Charley Blackmon is a batting title guy; Mark Reynolds can slug. Nolan Arenado is a star.
The difference maker is that the Rockies have young pitching star Jon Gray, but that is about all.
The real difference maker is Zack Greinke, the 17-game winner, who can win the game by himself with little run support.
Bud Black managed the psyche of his team to get them into postseason despite what Coors Field is all about.
I would normally say the Rockies are a different team in Denver, than on the road. Stats bear that out, a (.298) average at home, to (.248) on the road.
But this is the desert and balls get out of the stadium in Arizona just like they do in Coors Field.
Looks at the splits for the D-backs, (.274-122HR) at Chase Field….(.235) away.
Shall be fund, because the survivors get to move on to play in AL-NL-DS starting on Fridays.
Then, here come the big boys…Dodgers-Indians-Astros-Red Sox.
We can dream that two years from today, the Padres might get to experience the second season, the real season.
But the Tuesday-Wednesday matches are ‘stop one’ on the toll road to what should be a dandy of a Fall Classic.