Tuesday, October 27, 2009

World Series Storylines: What's Your Angle?


The story line that I was rooting for, Team Nick Adenhart vs. Team Harry Kalas in the World Series, didn't come to pass. The story line that MLB wanted, Joe Torre vs. his former employer in the World Series, also didn't happen. However, there are still some solid story lines that will appeal to many in this year's Fall Classic.

Liberty Series: The Statue vs. The Bell...The Turnpike Series...Broad St. vs. Broadway...whatever you choose to call it, there's sure to be some aspect to interest baseball fans from coast to coast.

There is the ex-NDN factor, as the last two American League Cy Young Award winners and Cleveland castoffs, Cliff Lee and CC Sabathia, go head to head in game 1. Each pitcher is looking better each time out. Lee is 2-0 in 3 post season starts with a 0.74 ERA and 20 K's in 24 1/3 innings. Sabathia is 3-0 with a 1.19 ERA in 3 games this post season with 20 K's in 22 2/3 innings.

There is Pedro Martinez likely getting a shot at starting a game in New York against his familiar foes. Pedro battled New York many times, as a member of the Boston Red Sox. Martinez has thrown more innings against the Yankees than he has against any other opponent. Pedro has held the Yankees to a .211 batting average against in 32 regular season starts.

There is the angle that the Philadelphia radio heads seem to think is so important...beating the Yankees would solidify the Phillies' place as a true dynasty, because of New York's storied past. The Yankees will be playing in their 40th World Series. The Phillies have reached just their 7th.

There is the angle that my boys on The Shore Sports Report love to stress...if the Yankees are going to win it all, it's got to be against the Phillies, because "to be the man, you've got to BEAT the man." Ric Flair said that phrase thousands of times, but the action only needs to be done once (well, 4 times really, in this case).

There is the match up of the monster mashing sluggers...Alex Rodriguez vs. Ryan Howard. Ryan Howard is batting .355 with a 2 homers, 14 RBI and a 1.204 OPS in 9 games this post season. A-Rod is batting .438 this post season with 5 homers, 12 RBI and a 1.517 OPS in 9 games.

And of course, let's not forget that rematch of the 1950 World Series. That's a good one too, even though the national media is exhausting it. Pick your favorite story, phans, and nestle in for a good time.
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