Is The Hardball Times Sick of Me Yet?

Prior to the Brewers-Phillies NLDS series, I partnered with John Brattain on a preview, trying to lay out the reasons why the Phillies were favorites to win the series. Fortunately, the Phillies did a decent job of not making me look like an idiot, so Brattain and I teamed up again for the NLCS.

First, you want to know why the Phillies beat the Brewers, right? Right? Come on. The Gruesome Twosome analyze ex post facto the NLDS.

And the meat of the matter: Why the Phillies will beat the Dodgers.

Here’s a snippet:

Bill: […] No reliever on the Dodgers’ postseason roster finished the regular season with an ERA+ under 130, which is amazing. I mentioned in the Phillies-Brewers preview that Philly relievers all had an ERA+ over 120, so that gives you some perspective on just how good their bullpens are. Presume any late lead is safe in the NLCS.

John: Well, any lead of more than two runs anyway. I never discount the ol’ “bloop and a blast” possibility or as we witnessed in the LDS … the IBB and a blast. My gut tells me we’re going to see one “walk-off” win in this series, or so my sources inside my head inform me (yes, I always think with my stomach).

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3 comments

  1. ShooterB

    October 09, 2008 10:36 AM

    Pretty good article and analysis. I’ll take the Phillies 4 games to 3. A prediction which is based on nothing, because as we all know…baseball is a series of non-random events pre-scripted by a team of celestial beings. Or at least that’s what this guy named Darren told me.

  2. John B.

    October 09, 2008 03:30 PM

    Well Bill, I put my money where my mouth is on the Mike Gill Show yesterday and predicted that the Phillies will win the whole thing.

    If I’m right, THT is gonna be hearing a lot more from you in the coming days (provided you’re agreeable to the entire exploitation thing).

    Best Regards

    John

  3. Bill B.

    October 09, 2008 03:58 PM

    Shooter, any time Dutchie gives you advice, you take it. I’ve learned that much over the years.

    JB, I like not being compensated for my work, so you bet I’m looking forward to it!

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