Now we know the four teams that will vie for the pennant in their respective leagues. I have said that the Dodgers would win the National League since early in the season. I stand by that prediction more than ever. In seven games their pitching, overall, will beat the Phils. The wild card here is pitcher Cliff Lee, who is dominating at this stage in the season. The Dodgers in seven.
In the American League my heart wants to say the Angels will make it an all-So Cal series but I think the Yankees are just too loaded to lose this year. Yankees in six with the Angels giving them a good run for their money.
If this happens you will have a classic Dodgers vs. Yankees series. That brings back some great history for fans like me who love the game and its long history. LA vs. NY. The two largest cities in America. The network television folks will love it. Prime time stuff. Regardless of who wins the major markets are sure to be represented in this World Series. That is probably good for baseball but again the teams that spent the big money made it. Baseball still hasn't fixed this problem the way football, basketball and hockey have fixed it. I wish they would but it is not likely anytime soon.
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Actually, I think the way football, basketball and hockey “solved” their money problems made them inferior products. The largest reason behind baseball’s big money problem can be revealed by asking the following question: If New York and Los Angeles are such great markets, why don’t more teams play there?
Don’t count out Cole Hamels. Having just had his first child may provide inspiration.
Cliff Lee, though, is VERY impressive. After watching yesterday’s game, wih the Phillies refusing to die, I expect they will be in the Word Series again. And this is from an OLD Dodgers fan.