World Series Preview
My what a game! In what is a preview of the World Series according to Sports Illustrated, both the Dodgers and Angels played a World Series-like game.
The Dodger’s 2-1 victory Friday night was a classic pitcher’s duel played before a capacity crowd of 56,000. Prozac gave up one run on four hits in seven innings and struck out career high 11 batters. For the Angels Ervin Santana gave up two runs on five hits in seven innings.
The lack of hitting is more a testament to the pitchers rather than anemic offense. Both the Dodgers and the Angels took advantage of what little opportunities they had. The Dodgers cashed in two runs on Viejito’s single with the bases loaded and one out in the bottom of the sixth. The Angels then cut the lead in half with a Casey Kotchman single in the seventh scoring Vladimir Guerrero.
With Prozac pitching the way he was, that’s all he needed to get the much deserved win. It’s rare that I feel bad for an athlete, but when Prozac pitched three complete games and was tagged for the loss in each game this season I wanted the Dodger’s offense to stand before a firing squad. The Dodgers finally gave him the runs he needed to get a 7-6 record. And just think, he could possibly be 10-3 right now if the Dodgers woke up earlier.
In addition to the great pitching on the field, the fans were in playoff form. There was the natural Dodgers tendency to chant, “Angels Suck” (which I did not partake in because the Angels do not suck.) However in the top of the ninth with Game Over V.2 trying to notch a save most of the crowd had stayed and were on their feet hanging onto every pitch. It was absolutely electrifying.
Despite all of this, it still hasn’t changed my opinion of interleague play.
- My Boyfriend, My Boyfriend, My Boyfriend! It looks like the Dodger's PR wheel has been churning. He is going to be featured sometime next week on Extra as one of America's most eligible bachelors. Am I the only person who finds it funny a French Canadian is considered an American bachelor? Nonetheless, My Boyfriend has jumped over the Compulsive Gambling Adulterer to be in first place in the All Star voting for NL catchers.
- Useless is a very frustrating player. He doesn't get on base a lot, his fielding is suspect at best and his throwing arm is about as good as my grandmother's. But somehow I keep hoping he'll produce something. And apparently, I'm not the only person who thinks this way.
- I never understood this city's love affair with JD Drew. Before the Princess signed as a free agent with the Dodgers in 2005, he was known as "Just Disabled" Drew. In 2005 he played only 72 games for the Dodgers before going on the disabled list, his home away from home. Last year he appeared in career high 146 games and managed a decent .283 with 20 homers. However for what he was being paid, it was underwhelming to say the least.
So what is the Princess up to now in Boston? He's batting .241 with four homers. All I have to say is, "GOOD RIDDANCE."
AP Photo by Mark Avery