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Los Angeles sports fans haven’t screamed that name since the heyday of the Lakers’ Showtime era (sort of), but a scrawny kid with a big arm game them reason to once again.
Rookie Ervin Santana led the Angels to a ALCS vs. the White Sox, Santana may have to come through once again, because Chicago will be well rested while the Angels will be running solely on adrenaline. The White Sox rotation is set while the Angels wait to see on Colon and Jarrod Washburn, who couldn’t start Game 4 due to illness.
Paul Byrd is scheduled to face the suddenly dominant Jose Contreras in Game 1, which isn’t the most hopeful piece of information for Angels fans, and Scioscia will likely be scrapping together innings on a game-by-game basis after that.
Both teams boast deep and talented bullpens and reawakened offenses, but a little rest and relaxation goes a long way towards a positive outlook, and unless Ervin can pull of some “Magic” of his own, LAist sees the White Sox winning in 6.
While the media may buy in to notions of Chicago’s “small ball” getting it done in a Moneyball era, we’re merely buying into the fact that the White Sox are likely the better team. At small ball? At Moneyball?
No, at baseball.
Entry by Alex Delanian