Mariners Analysis

Thursday, September 21, 2006

Still exciting baseball being played

For many Mariner fans, a last place finish combined with Seahawks football means little interest in baseball. But there is plenty going on to keep a baseball fan interested- The Yankees $200 million payroll clinching a division title, the Twins threatening to win the Central, the White Sox missing the playoffs...

How about the Dodgers hitting back-to-back-to-back-to-back home runs to tie the game in the 9th? Or Freddy Garcia pitching so well, Ryan Howard, Derek Jeter or Mauer for batting title, A-Rod and SI... while the Mariners are dressing up rookies in girls clothing, there is plenty to get excited about as the playoffs near.

With the World Series getting closer and closer, the expected matchup would have to be the Yankees facing the Mets. Both teams clearly seem to be the best teams in their league.

If you are the Yankees, do you really fear the Twins or Tigers? You have handled them both easily during the regular season, and will be heavy favorites with home field advantage. The A's scare no one... it would be a shock to see them get out of the first round.

The Mets are the most complete team by far in the NL. While the rest of the teams fight for a final playoff berth, the Mets can line up their rotation and rest, knowing they have home field advantage all the way through the NL playoffs.

We haven't heard much talk about a subway series, but I'm sure we will. On paper, it looks to be a near certainty. The two highest spending clubs from each league are going to be sending NY fans into a frenzy this October. You won't be able to read a sports section or load the home page of espn with out being blasted with news about the impending collision.

Personally, I'm rooting for the underdog Twins from the AL. The Tigers are also a feel good story, but I have a problem rooting for any team from Detroit so that won't happen. For the NL I would love it if the Marlins made it, but that's looking less and less likely. Instead, I'll go with San Diego, although that's more about not liking Tony in SL, any NY team and LA.

There is a lot of amazing baseball to come, and some of the players involved will be future Mariners.

I can't wait.