The Red’s season is over. And they went out with a whimper. One run in two games over the weekend, and a nice outing by Branden Claussen went to waste.
As a fan, I can’t complain too much. The Reds finished 10 games below .500, and they did it with what’s probably the worst park adjusted pitching staff in all of baseball. They also were without the service of Austin Kearns and Ken Griffey for an extended period of time.
It was also Barry Larkin’s last game, we think. I haven’t kept up with his situation, and I don’t get the local talk here in Detroit, so I don’t know if he’s coming back, retiring, or moving on. If it’s the later two, I have to thank Mr. Larkin for his years of service. I won’t go as far as saying “I love you” but I appreciate what you’ve done for the team, including helping us get that ring back in 1990.
So who’s going to do it this year?? Here are my predictions:
Twins and Yankees – Twins in 5. Santana wins two games, the pen wins a third.
Red Sox and Angels – Red Sox in 4
Cards and Dodgers – Cards in 4. Any team that has Jeff Weaver in their rotation doesn’t deserve to win a playoff series
Astros and Braves – Astros in 3.
Twins and Red Sox – Twins in 5. Red Sox aren’t allowed to win still. Go to google and type in “Curse of the Bambino” as a search to find out why.
Cards and Astros – Cards in 6
Twins and Cards – In a rematch of the 1987 World Series, the Twins come out on top again. Let’s say Twins in 7, because I like the drama.
These predictions are the fruits of some rather long and painful analysis, and I’ll stick by them throughout the playoffs.
Actually I came up with most of them on the fly. The Twins thing I had to stick with because I said I’d be rooting for them.
On a final note:
No more Reds = Blade is sad