Yankees vs. Twins. Angels vs. Red Sox. Mets vs. Cubs. Padres vs. Phillies. The 2007 MLB playoffs look familiar, yet there’s a couple of differences as well.
I already told you what I saw in the crystal ball for the American League in 2007. Now it’s time to talk about what may transpire on the senior circuit. Specifically, will pigs fly in the year of the boar?
Tea leaves. The I Ching. Extispicy. PECOTA. You name it, I’ve looked at it in my utterly insane efforts to predict the outcome of the 2007 Major League Baseball season, beginning even before pitchers and catchers reported to camp. Why on earth am I doing this? The answer, in a nutshell, is simply because I can. Do I have any hope that my predictions will turn out to be true? Not really. Still, I might be on to something here. Or, at the very least, it gives us a place to start talking about the upcoming season.
The Astros! The Angels! The Cardinals! The White Sox! It’s going to be the best postseason ever!
No, seriously. There’ll be no overwrought, over-hyped, overly-annoying New York vs. Boston drama. No A-rod, no Papi. No Sheffield, no Manny. No constant droning about Bucky Dent or the Curse of the Bambino. No announcers going on and on about “the idiots” or “the boss” or whatever. And no teams that are only here because they had the bucks to buy their way in. All that stuff is so 2004 (and before).
So keep your 86 years. Keep your 26-going-on-27 championships. This year, there’s an entirely different set of numbers that matter.
Over the past couple of days several sportswriters have been taking great glee in predicting that the bruised and broken Astros are going to cut Hall-of-Fame-bound Craig Biggio at the end of this year to save some money in the name of rebuilding the team. And while it’s certainly true that Biggio has a $3M one-year extension that Astros management can buy their way out of for only $1M, thereby saving $2M and freeing up space for a “younger, healthier” player, I don’t think they should do it.