One thing I've learned about this blog thing is that I could go back when I'm wrong and change the opinion, redo a few facts, erase the mistake and, poof, right again! But even though a lot of what I think may be wrong, I know fixing those errors would be wrong so we won't do that.
Case in point: on Friday we were positive that the Astros winning streak would continue with 68-year-old Roger Clemens on the mound and that the Cardinals spin out of control would continue with designated punching bag Jeff Weaver on the mound. Wrong and wrong. Baseball, I love it!
We'd also like to point out that several weeks ago we declared with no wavering that Ryan Howard would break Roger Maris's 61-homer mark and move into the single season lead of sluggers we like. Well, we still like Howard--a lot--but his number is almost certainly going to fall short of FanNation immortality.
OK, enough make-believe remorse. The end of this baseball season got even better on Friday night; Saturday and Sunday (and maybe Monday and maybe Tuesday) could be a memorable windup. Lovely.
The Dodgers surely have the most unpleasant group of players in baseball with names like Kent, Drew and Garciaparra in the lineup but you have to agree that their last three weeks have been remarkable and here's a prediction: Their come-from-behind magic will put them into the playoffs. (Now I believe that to be true, but I'd love to be wrong.)
The Astros cannot make their miracle finish end happily with a starter named Chris Sampson on the mound on Saturday and too many unlikely events have to happen for the Reds to end on top in the Central so St. Louis will survive. And the opportunity to watch Albert Pujols hit for at least a few more games makes that worth hoping for.
A couple of things I'm not wrong about and not likely to be proven wrong:
- The name Santana seems to be magic for a starting pitcher. Johan of Venezuela and the Twins and Ervin of the Dominican Republic and the Angels have produced 35 victories this season and should be doing that for years to come, Talk about fantasy pitchers.
- Michael Young of the Rangers has had another remarkable and unbelievably overlooked season. (Take a peek at his numbers.) He's got to be a high draft pick next spring.
Enjoy the games, folks.