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Geoff Baker, previewing "a so-so way to kill three hours of tube time until Saturday Night Live kicks in," correctly says that MLB, Fox and most fans are disappointed with the Series matchup. I'd link to the piece, but again, I can't find it on, only in my Saturday Star. Baker also calls the Fish in five, which I think is preposterous. His reasoning is that David Wells will be tired after his inning of relief the other night, Andy Pettitte "got smoked in Game 6," and Mariano Rivera is "fried." He also likes the Marlins' "younger, fresher-looking bats." Sorry, Geoff. The older, gnarled bats in the hands of experienced champions will prevail.

I think Boomer, to borrow an advertising slogan, lives for this. The chances that he'll be outpitched by Brad Penny tonight are extremely remote; I'd say "slim and none," but it doesn't sound right, talking about David. It looks like McKeon is going with Redman (who just got "smoked" himself) tomorrow, and saving Beckett for Tuesday. Maybe that's just a "lefty at the Stadium" decision, but to me, it also hints that young Josh didn't bounce back well from his strenuous "side session" against live, desperate hitters. Even if Beckett is 100%, has as much success against the potent Yanks as he did against the anemic Cubs, and wins Game 3, that leaves the D-Train (at this point, it stands for "derailed") against the Rocket's final farewell performance in Game 4. A Yankees sweep wouldn't surprise me in the least, but I'll say it goes five.

Elsewhere in the Star, Richard Griffin picks the Yanks in six. His positional breakdown gives the edge to the Marlins at catcher and in overall defence. I can't argue with that, though Pudge's advantage over Posada is hardly as pronounced as it was over the platoon of Miller and Bako. At the plate and on the mound, I agree that the Yankees are superior. The stellar New York rotation and Rivera, compared to Beckett, finger-crossing and Urbina, is a mismatch. Middle relief is a black hole for both teams; Pavano and Contreras figure to get some key innings, but which club's starters figure to go deeper into these games? The offensive philosophies are different; the Fish have more guys who can annoy you, but the Yankees have more guys who can hurt you, and will score plenty of runs off the inferior Florida pitching.

Griff also gets it exactly right in his column, where he echoes my sentiments that George Steinbrenner is a lovely man, compared to Jeffrey Loria.

Think about if Loria had spent that same amount of money in Montreal as he did this year (he had the same GM, Larry Beinfest), adding key players to the already existing, deep talent-pool, the likes of Jose Vidro and Vladimir Guerrero, Expos fans would have flocked back to Stade Olympique like they did in south Florida this October. But, he never wanted baseball to regain its hold. He would have had to stay. That's not what a carpetbagger does.

Right on, Rich. Imagine Pudge behind the plate and in the middle of that lineup, with Urbina bolstering the bullpen -- we'd all be cheering for the Expos right now, and scrambling for tickets. Loria is the biggest villain in baseball, and no matter how you feel about Steinbrenner, he's a hero by comparison.

You're invited to post your predictions here. "I don't care" and "I'm not watching" are valid positions. I don't really care, other than hating Loria's guts and believing in the AL's superiority, but with only a few baseball games remaining until the long, cold, dark offseason, you can bet that I'll be watching.
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Pistol - Saturday, October 18 2003 @ 01:50 PM EDT (#88011) #
Geoff Baker, previewing "a so-so way to kill three hours of tube time until Saturday Night Live kicks in,"

I predict that SNL will not be funny for a 57th consectutive show.

Really, does anyone think it's even slightly amusing anymore (outside of political sketches, and occasionally the news)?

I don't think the Yanks are the favorites that the general public make them out to be, but I don't see them losing. I like the Yanks to go up 3-1 and win in a relatively easy 6 games.

I SOOOOOOO can't wait until the Jays start kicking their ass year in and year out.
Mike D - Saturday, October 18 2003 @ 02:17 PM EDT (#88012) #
Yankees in six, but the Marlins will steal one of the first two. It'll probably be tonight.
_King Rat - Saturday, October 18 2003 @ 02:21 PM EDT (#88013) #
I am rooting for the Yankees for the first and hopefully only time in my life. This is how much I hate Jeff Loria, and the endless procession of wild-card contenders. I also think 'my team' will deliver. Yanks in five, Beckett wins his start.
Leigh - Saturday, October 18 2003 @ 02:51 PM EDT (#88014) #
Let's see here, half the game is offence:

Posada vs. IRod: too close to call
Johnson vs. Lee: Johnson
Soriano vs. Castillo: Soriano
Boone vs. Lowell: Lowell
Jeter vs. Gonzalez: Jeter
Matsui vs. Conine: Conine [but it is really, really close]
Williams vs. Pierre: Williams [again: close]
Garcia vs. Cabrera: Cabrera
Giambi vs. _______: Giambi

And tonight's matchup:

Wells vs. Penny: Wells

And the bullpens:

Middle Relief: Yanks [although the gap is not that large]
Closer: Rivera

I like the Yanks, I guess. Although a fight-to-their-mutual-deaths between Loria and Steinbrenner would be preferable.
_Mark - Saturday, October 18 2003 @ 02:58 PM EDT (#88015) #
Pistol: Let me add the Sully and Zazoo "Boston Teens" sketches which I always find hilarous and I agree. It's been very weak for at least 3-4 years...

I'm saying Yankees in six. Something like LWLWWW. Losing the first one due to being tired and the World Series being somewhat of an anti-climax, and Beckett's start. I think they'll kick Dontrelle Willis around (although they haven't seen his delivery before), if he gets any starts (ESPN seems to say he's out of the rotation, Yahoo Sports says he is starting games 2 and 6).
_lurker - Saturday, October 18 2003 @ 03:11 PM EDT (#88016) #
Marlins in six. The Yanks won't know what hit em' till it's too late. :)
_Brent - Saturday, October 18 2003 @ 03:19 PM EDT (#88017) #
Back at midseason, I predicted that the Mariners would be here, so we all know how much my prediction is worth, but I'll toss my hat in for good luck. Based on the way the Yankees have been rolling thus far, I say Yankees in six.

As for SNL, I find Tracy Morgan and Horatio Sans to be incredibly funny. On the other hand, I'm not a fan of Fallon. It seems to me he's trying to ride that whole "Look at me! I'm a newer version of Adam Sandler" thing.
_Cristian - Saturday, October 18 2003 @ 04:25 PM EDT (#88018) #
My only prediction:

The ratings for any game in this World Series won't touch the ratings for the Sox/Yankees seventh game.
Gitz - Saturday, October 18 2003 @ 04:53 PM EDT (#88019) #
I'm not much good with prognostications, but I did accurately predict the 2001 World Series for Click my name for the details ...
_A - Saturday, October 18 2003 @ 05:03 PM EDT (#88020) #
The Yankees are very worn out physically (age becomes a factor at some point) and I can't imagine they can get up for this emotionally *nearly* as much as they did for the BoSox...I've been wrong in most every other series this post season, so why not add one more to the pile of failed predictions:

Marlines in six.
_Andrew Edwards - Saturday, October 18 2003 @ 05:28 PM EDT (#88021) #
Yanks in 5, with the caveat that if the Marlins show power for some fluky reason, the Marlins take it for all the same reasons the Angels did.

All the 'singles' the Marlins will hit up the middle won't alone top the Yankees. But combine them with an above-average number of HRs, and the Marlins take it.

More generally, since I'm mostly rooting for the team I hate less (NY), this isn't going down as one of my all-time favourite WS.
Mike D - Saturday, October 18 2003 @ 07:08 PM EDT (#88022) #
On local TV, Yogi Berra just predicted the Yankees in six. When the interview was through, the studio host said "I like the Yankees in four -- they'd win in three if it were possible! A-hahahaha!"

Bleaggh! Go Marlins.
_Wildrose - Saturday, October 18 2003 @ 07:57 PM EDT (#88023) #
I just can't cheer for the Yanks. I'm calling Marlins in six, because of great right hand hitting, speed on the bases, poor Yankee offence and because I just need a reason to get juiced about this match-up. I'll hold my nose regarding Loria and instead cheer for the underdog and the poor suffering fans of Florida who had to deal with Wayne Huinzega.
_Wildrose - Saturday, October 18 2003 @ 08:18 PM EDT (#88024) #
Whoops, that should read poor Yankee defence.
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