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LAst Night's Action: Blue Monday Edition
Seven of eight ESPN "experts" are picking the St. Louis Cardinals to beat the Dodgers. "Baseball Tonight" anchor Karl Ravech is even picking the Cardinals to sweep. The lone dissenter is Eric Neel who is picking the Dodgers in five.
I don't get it. Starting Wednesday a new season will begin. What happened in the regular season is irrelevant.
So while most people are picking the Cardinals to win because they won the season series 5-2, it means nothing. Just because Chris Carpenter and Adam Wainwright looked indomitable, it's just hogwash. Sean Forman of Baseball Reference blogged a little bit on the New York Times talking about how weak the Cardinals really are.
Last season the juggernaut that was the Cubs was supposed to shut the Dodgers down since the Dodgers were Manny and a bunch of sandlot players. Ryan Dempster and Carlos Zambrano would shut the Dodgers out in Wrigley, then it would be a mere formality. The Dodgers had other things in mind and ended up sweeping the Cubs out of the first round.
We all know Manny has looked awful the last couple of weeks. But in 2007 Manny missed a good chunk of time before returning a week before the playoffs started for the Red Sox. In the playoffs he ended up hitting .348 with an OPS of 1.160 en route to winning the World Series.
Basically Manny will come around.
I'm going to wait until later today to make a prediction. I'll be over at Dodger Stadium Tuesday morning and afternoon for media day. If you want the important info such as who will be the Game Three starter, follow me on Twitter at JimmyBramlett.
The Dodgers have been more than gracious by allowing LAist to infiltrate during this season and during the NLDS. So to show my appreciation, I will be expecting another champagne bath.
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