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Monday, October 05, 2009
Let A Million Links Bloom
- The invaluable MSTI tells us why we'd rather face the Cardinals (they suck against LHP's, and all their offense is concentrated in one big mofo named Albert Pujols — you may have heard of him), guesses at the NLDS roster, and perhaps most importantly, tells us something we already knew about Fox Sports, i.e. they do not understand baseball whatsoever.
- In that same vein, Sean Forman does:
These ratings show the Dodgers to be a legitimate 95-win team [note: they actually did finish 95-67: RLM] and the best team in the National League by a wide margin. The Rockies and Phillies have 86-to-88-win talent with the series leaning in the Phillies’ direction because they are slightly better and they have home-field advantage. The Cardinals grade out as the worst of the playoff teams with 83 wins against an average schedule.
- SOSG points us at ESPN's oh-so-flawed 2008 postseason predictions. Almost to a man, they tabbed the Cubs to advance.
- Further: the 2009 storyline, with St. Louis playing Joan of Arc to the Dodgers' ... well, whatever it was that the invading English were back in the middle ages.
- Jon Heyman of Sports Illustrated claims that the Angels have made a preemptive offer to Bobby Abreu, terms unknown.
- New Angels blog: Go Halos, part of the new ESPN Sweet Spot series of blogs. Conveniently enough, they have one for every team in the postseason ... save the Rockies. Dodger blogger Memories of Kevin Malone is also part of the network. (Speaking of, he's got a good preview of the pitching matchups.)
- Country Joe West will crew chief the Red Sox/Angels ALDS series (other crew: C.B. Bucknor, Eric Cooper, Greg Gibson, Brian Gorman and Dan Iassogna). The Cardinals/Dodgers series will have Dana DeMuth as the crew chief, with Brian O'Nora, Mike Everitt, Jeff Nelson, Ed Rapuano and Tony Randazzo on staff.
- Troy Glaus will make the Cards' postseason roster despite missing most of the season to shoulder surgery rehab.
- Chad Billingsley threw a simulated game today and threw five innings with 82 pitches. It is apparently unclear whether he will be in the rotation.
- From one of the MSTI pieces above: it really doesn't much matter whether you finish hot or not going into the postseason.
- Jason Bulger will throw a bullpen session on Tuesday. He's got biceps tendinitis, and at exactly the wrong time, too. He had a cortisone shot on Sunday.
- Everybody Else Is Doing It Dep't: Happy birthday, Tony Malinosky. I was looking for older players in Baseball-Reference, but there aren't any who were Dodgers.