Archive for October 10th, 2006

Tuesday: 10.10.2006

A Quick Preview

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I don’t have time to do a full preview of the LCS series because of work and other writing commitments, but I’m extremely excited for this series. I predicted Oakland to beat Detroit in the LCS when I made my initial playoff previews, then I saw how well the Tigers were pitching and now I’m like Detroit to take the series. I don’t think it’ll be sweep, but I think the Tigers can end it in less than seven.

To predict the same level of dominance from the pitching is probably expecting too much, but I think it’ll be near the same level and they’ll be facing a much lesser lineup in the A’s. The A’s bring a level of pitching far exceeding that of the New York Yankees meaning the offense will need to remain opportunistic and cash in their chances when they get them. I think the series is going to be a real dogfight and we should see some of the closest games in the playoffs with these two pitching-fueled teams squaring off.

Detroit in 6.

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Tuesday: 10.10.2006

The Lineups: Game 1

Detroit Tigers

CF – C.Granderson
2B – P.Polanco
1B – S.Casey
RF – M.Ordonez
SS – C.Guillen
C – I.Rodriguez
LF – C.Monroe
DH – M.Thames
3B – B.Inge

Oakland A’s

C – J.Kendall
CF – M.Kotsay
RF – M.Bradley
DH – F.Thomas
LF – J.Payton
3B – E.Chavez
1B – N.Swisher
SS – M.Scutaro
2B – D.Jimenez

Game Time 7:19 Central Time