MLB Playoffs: round 2; part 1

"Chase Utley is a robot!  A BASEBALL ROBOT!  A robot!  I'm telling you man...but he's a baseball robot"  -- aggrieved Mets' fan at the Habit (which is - editor's note - a bar) last Sunday in BKLN.

"Chase Utley is a robot! A BASEBALL ROBOT! A robot! I'm telling you man...but he's a baseball robot" -- aggrieved Mets' fan at the Habit (which is - editor's note - a bar) last Sunday in BKLN.

So – my prayers unanswered – we roar into round 2 of the MLB postseason!

And then there were four.  Anyways, Lisa-in-the-Next Desk (the ever-merry, ‘L.I.N.D.’) and the Venuist’s beloved gal (Yankees’ Magee) being big Bomber’s fans, we’ll not dispense with too too much vitriol there way.  So, for those who missed a week of baseball, here’s what you missed (more or less):

 1. The Angels of Angels in Angel City finally got there mojo.  His name is Bobby Abreu and not only has he bought the whole world a coke (it’s true, I got my Coca-Cola Zero courtesy of B.Abreu and A.Moreno just last week in the parcel post) but he’s taught the Angels how to take a borderline strike and hit when behind in the count.  Not sure how this know-how managed to also make John Lackey a substantially better pitcher, but it has and, for the first time, the Angels appear to be a credible force in baseball’s championship tournament.  This transition occurred, fyi, in exactly the seventh inning of game 2 in Anaheim (which is not in Los Angeles, just saying).

No Donut to wide!  No buffet to robust!  No big-gulp left un-drunk!  Ladies & Gents may I introduce to you (mouth full of bacon) "Mr. John ('the Ace') Lackey!"

No donut too wide! No buffet too robust! No big-gulp left un-drunk! Ladies & Gents may I introduce to you (mouth full of bacon) "Mr. John 'the Ace' Lackey!"

2.  The Red Sox cannot hit good pitching.  See last week’s post projecting their collapse under the weight of a collective 0-2 curve ball.  Ditto that for  everyone in uniform for (the peoples’ champs) the Minnesota Twin City American League Baseball Club not named Mauer.  Come to think of it, Joe Mauer and Kevin Youkilis should maybe start a support group for plate-discipline.  They could hire Bobby Abreu in as their first guest speaker.  That is, once his team is dispatched by the…

3. The Phillies are a team of destiny.  That is, they may not be a championship club, but if the MLB postseason was one big game of interstate chicken, they’d be the drunken semi truck and everyone else would look like a fiberglass sports car trying to figure out how to get the fuck out of their marauding way.

4. No has actually seen the Dodgers play yet.  Why?  Because they hail from Los Angeles (these days, sorry, BKLN) and they played the small-market Cardinals in the first round.  I might fear the Dodgers potent lineup, competent pitching, and Torre-laden coach staff.  But I can’t because I don’t even think TBS or Fox carried there first round series.  

Rumor has it that the Dodgers are in the National League Championship Series for the second time in as many years - sources, however, cannot yet be confirmed.

Rumor has it that the Dodgers are in the National League Championship Series for the second time in as many years - sources, however, cannot yet be confirmed.

5. It’s officially the Yankees versus the world.  They need a championship so that the Boss can die in peace/scattered, senile pieces (little known fact, the Yankees HQ Tampa is one Iron Lung built to sustain life as long as Steinbrenner and his ego need go on living).  They lose to the Angels, well, that’s really bad because it’s four games short of the dance.  They lose to the Dodgers, Torre’s got there numbers and there’s no end to the tabloid nightmare that the Post and Daily News would wrought.  They lose to the Phillies, that would suck to because it would be like the ghost of the ’04 Red Sox reanimated itself to beat them just one last time.

Either way, the day of reckoning is nigh…

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