Despite some heavy rain in the New York area earlier today, Game 1 of the World Series will be played tonight. It’s the Phillies vs Yankees. Lee vs CC. The Fightin’ Phils vs The Bronx Bombers. The defending champs vs the Evil Empire. The team that Mets fans really hate vs the team that Mets fans really, really hate. Should be a good one.
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The defending champs open up the 2009 postseason against the Rockies. Follow along with our Live Chat/Blog for Game 1, especially those of you stuck in the office. Send along those comments, too.
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You’re not gonna believe this, but ESPN is in Boston tonight for the finale of the three-game series between the Yankees and Red Sox. We’re live blogging throughout the game, so follow along and participate with your comments.
Kudos to the Angels and Yankees, who have put together a couple of the most well-rounded lineups of all-time. Or at least it’s headed that way.
As noted on Baseball-Reference Blog
, the Angels could have 10 players with 100 hits. The only other team to do so was the 2004 Tigers. Meanwhile, the Yankees have 9 players on pace for at least 40 extra-base hits. That feat, too, has been accomplished only one other time – by the 2003 Red Sox.
In other words, the Yankees could become the first team to have 9 players with at least 40 extra-base hits without the use of steroids or female fertility drugs. I kid, I kid.
By contrast, the Mets will probably only have one player – David Wright
– to go over 40. Coincidentally, Wright is the only Mets player who has more homers (8) than his jersey (5). Gary Sheffield
(10) is currently tied, but even with more than a month to go, topping that isn’t a sure thing
Also, Mark Reynolds continues to put up the least hyped awesome season ever. He’s currently on pace for 51 HR, 111 RBI, 224 K, 28 SB, and nearly 20 errors. Again, one of the most action-packed lines we can remember.
Finally, for those of you into the whole magic number thing, here are a few:
The Washington Nationals will formally introduce top pick Stephen Strasburg today at 2 pm et, and the Nats sold over 6,000 $1 tickets to the presser.
Meanwhile, this week on The Show, Tiffany Simons and Matt Stroup offer some advice for Strasburg, hoping he learns a few lessons from the mistakes of former #1’s. Cameos from Delmon Young, Chase Utley, Anna Benson, and more. Enjoy.