If you had told me two weeks ago that the Phillies , the Yankees nad the Devil Rays would be at home watching the World Series , I’d have scoffed at you and asked you what you’d been smoking. Statistically , those were the three teams with the best records in baseball. The Devil Rays and the Yankees had taken turns swapping places in the standings for the last month and even if they faltered at the end , I’d thought one of them would make it to the World Series. As for the Phillies , they fielded a team that had made it to the 2009 series and whose pitching had been strengthened by the additions of Roy Halladay and Roy Oswalt and the resurgence of Cole Hammels. Who would have dreamed that the Fall Classic would be contested by the Texas Rangers and the San Francisco Giants ?
Even though I am a long time Yankee fan , I can’t say that I’m disappointed at their exit. The Yanks had looked very vulnerable all through September and I didn’t really think they’d repeat. However the way in which they brushed aside the Minnesota twins awakened my hopes, only for them to be dashed in the AL Championship series. The Yankee hitters were all at sea against Cliff Lee and Colby Lewis , the weaknesses of the pitching were exposed and the team looked OLD. Even though they won both the games that C.C Sabathia started , he hardly was his dominating self ; the less said about the other pitchers the better. As for the Phillies , the Giants beat them fair and square though I’m still mystified by their success. I’d picked Philly to win it all and so sure was I that they’d beat the Giants that I didn’t pay much attention to the NLCS until it was almost over.
In any case , I’m glad to see some new teams in the World Series. The Yanks , the Phillies and the Devil Rays have had their time in the sun and it is good to see others take over the big stage . Looking at the two teams in the Series , it would seem to me that the Rangers have the edge . The pitching appears deeper, Josh Hamilton is playing lights out and team is scrappy and opportunistic with different players stepping it up from game to game . It could be though that, as an American League fan , I know the Rangers better than I do the Giants . I do know that I will be rooting for the Giants though I may not be able to watch the World Series at all because of the ongoing dispute between Fox and Cablevision. Go Giants .