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The Dodgers haven't even broken a sweat this post season. This is Golden State Warriors esque. 

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8 minutes ago, Bucfan56 said:

The Dodgers haven't even broken a sweat this post season. This is Golden State Warriors esque. 

That's what worries me. I'm just waiting for that inevitable playoff Dodgers moment where their offense dies, like the past couple years, and they start losing easy games. Honestly, I just won't feel comfortable short of a Dodgers sweep of the Cubs. The Cubs came back from 3-1 last year, surely anything is possible.

 

19 minutes ago, Silent Wind of Doom said:

I remember 2001.  Two shut-down pitchers can completely lock down the series.  If we can't win against Keuchel and Verlander, then we've already lost, no matter how the other games go.  I'm happy, but I don't feel safe at all yet.

Exactly. I actually don't mind the Yankees and thus don't really care who wins the AL. I just want a good series out of it, which I think we'll be getting. But like you said, the Yanks have to beat Houston's two best pitchers, and that means beating one of them on the road. A tall order, although the Yankees of the past two games are night and day different from the ones in the first two games.

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A four-pitch, bases loaded walk to a pitcher. Can we just give them the rest of the games and move on with our lives? I mean, that's what we do with intentional walks now. 

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2 minutes ago, Quillz said:

Exactly. I actually don't mind the Yankees and thus don't really care who wins the AL. I just want a good series out of it, which I think we'll be getting. But like you said, the Yanks have to beat Houston's two best pitchers, and that means beating one of them on the road. A tall order, although the Yankees of the past two games are night and day different from the ones in the first two games.

 

They get Keuchel at home tomorrow.  That doesn't make me feel any better, though.

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1 minute ago, Silent Wind of Doom said:

 

They get Keuchel at home tomorrow.  That doesn't make me feel any better, though.

I was thinking more about Verlander. He's the guy to beat, even if he may not "technically" be Houston's ace. He beat the Yanks on the Tigers, and he beat them again with Houston. As long as he's healthy and in control, I still will pick Houston over the Yanks, no matter what the last two games looked like.

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22 minutes ago, Quillz said:

That's what worries me. I'm just waiting for that inevitable playoff Dodgers moment where their offense dies, like the past couple years, and they start losing easy games. Honestly, I just won't feel comfortable short of a Dodgers sweep of the Cubs. The Cubs came back from 3-1 last year, surely anything is possible.

 

None of these teams look even remotely close to the Dodgers right now. I could see maybe the Yankees beating them because they're just the kinda team that does dumb s**t like that, but every team still alive has weaknesses that the Dodgers can exploit and absolutely devour. 

 

I honestly think this Dodgers team is one of the best, if not the VERY best, teams I've ever seen. And to top that off, they've run into a really weak playoff group this year. I wouldn't be surprised if they swept the entire playoffs. 

 

 

I say this as a Giants fan, too. 

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Just now, Bucfan56 said:

I honestly think this Dodgers team is one of the best, if not the VERY best, teams I've ever seen. And to top that off, they've run into a really weak playoff group this year. I wouldn't be surprised if they swept the entire playoffs.

Heh, no complaints here. But I've waited 29 years to see my team in the World Series (I was only 7 months old when they made the '88 Series), so I'm just really worried they're gonna make some stupid mistakes here and there and mess it all up.

 

But objectively, I do agree with you. This team does look really good. But as a fan, I try to be realistic. Last thing I want to do is overhype the team and watch them collapse. I really thought they had a chance last year when they went up 2-1 on the Cubs. Then they did nothing after that.

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Dammit, Houston... You're supposed to sweep these ass clowns!

 

At least take Game 5 tomorrow so the Evil Empire is on the verge of defeat, OK?

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I don't think the Dodgers are going to choke it away this year. The Cubs aren't nearly as good as they were last year, and this is likely the best playoff team the Dodgers have had in recent history. 

 

Houston on the other hand.......oh boy. 

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Okay, the Dodgers do look good in this game. But still, gotta win one more. I agree the Cubs aren't quite the team they were last year, but let's not forget the '04 Yanks... I still believe you gotta respect the champs. They're not out until they lose four games.

 

As for Houston, I repeat my thoughts. I think they'll still get the series. I'd feel pretty good with Keuchel and Verlander coming back up to pitch. And they'll be getting home-field advantage back. They win tomorrow, I think that series might be all but over.

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The Dodgers are very good and that bases loaded walk was one of the dumbest things I’ve ever seen occur on a baseball field.

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Look like it will finally be Alex Wood pitching tomorrow for the Dodgers. His first time pitching in this postseason. Seems like it could go great, or horribly wrong. Guy will be fully rested, though.

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1 hour ago, FGM13 said:

The Dodgers are very good and that bases loaded walk was one of the dumbest things I’ve ever seen occur on a baseball field.

Yankees lost to the Red Sox earlier this year because Chapman walked a guy with the bases loaded....in the bottom 9th. 

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Well, here's hoping Dodgers can win one more game. Really hoping for a sweep, just end the NLCS ASAP. Even one win can put the Cubs right back into it, momentum wise. Just ask the '04 Yanks.

 

ALCS is going to end up very interesting. I think winner of tomorrow's game will win the whole series.

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55 minutes ago, jmac11281 said:

I really hope we aren't getting a Dodgers/Yankees world series.

 

We are. 

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I'm not a pessimist, in general, but I think I'm the kind of fan that doesn't like to get his hopes up. (Might be a hard learned lesson from 2001, 2003, and 2004, in my case.) So I have to admit, it amazes me how many people think the Yankees have this series in the bag.

 

If I were a betting man, I'd still say the Astros have slightly better odds than the Yankees at this point in time. The Astros have home field advantage if this series goes a full 7, and they have Keuchel and Verlander going in two of those games. That proved to be a deadly combination once already in this series, and while I don't think the Yankees offense will look quite as hapless against those two starters the second time around, they're still certainly daunting. So by no means do the Yankees have this in the bag.

 

That said, it's probably a coin flip right now. These are two very well-matched teams, and either one can win this series. I am not letting myself get too excited about a possible World Series appearance for the Yankees, just because I know how much worse losing feels when you previously thought it was a sure thing (or close to it). But the fact that it can happen, that this team is two wins away from the World Series, is incredibly exciting.

 

Whatever happens in the remainder of this postseason, the Yankees have already won this season in my book. This team has surpassed all expectations. They've seen multiple young players emerge as cornerstones for the franchise (Judge, Sanchez, Severino, and I'd include Gregorius and Chad Green as standout young players as well). They've been one of the most fun, exciting, enjoyable teams I've ever seen. Whatever happens from here - an ALCS loss, a pennant, or a world championship (pinch me!) - I'm ecstatic with how this season has gone.

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2 hours ago, kroywen said:

I'm not a pessimist, in general, but I think I'm the kind of fan that doesn't like to get his hopes up. (Might be a hard learned lesson from 2001, 2003, and 2004, in my case.) So I have to admit, it amazes me how many people think the Yankees have this series in the bag.

 

If I were a betting man, I'd still say the Astros have slightly better odds than the Yankees at this point in time. The Astros have home field advantage if this series goes a full 7, and they have Keuchel and Verlander going in two of those games. That proved to be a deadly combination once already in this series, and while I don't think the Yankees offense will look quite as hapless against those two starters the second time around, they're still certainly daunting. So by no means do the Yankees have this in the bag.

 

That said, it's probably a coin flip right now. These are two very well-matched teams, and either one can win this series. I am not letting myself get too excited about a possible World Series appearance for the Yankees, just because I know how much worse losing feels when you previously thought it was a sure thing (or close to it). But the fact that it can happen, that this team is two wins away from the World Series, is incredibly exciting.

 

Whatever happens in the remainder of this postseason, the Yankees have already won this season in my book. This team has surpassed all expectations. They've seen multiple young players emerge as cornerstones for the franchise (Judge, Sanchez, Severino, and I'd include Gregorius and Chad Green as standout young players as well). They've been one of the most fun, exciting, enjoyable teams I've ever seen. Whatever happens from here - an ALCS loss, a pennant, or a world championship (pinch me!) - I'm ecstatic with how this season has gone.

 

Pretty much all of this. Astros still have the favorable situation in terms of home field and starting pitching. And if we're talking about the Yankees not doing as poorly vs. Keuchel and Verlander this time around, it's only fair to suggest the same for Houston against Tanaka and Severino. Houston has 18 hits in 34.1 innings in this series. This is the best offense in baseball from this season. How long can we expect that to hold up?

 

Houston is still in the better position. They only need one win at Yankee Stadium to be in total control; it's hard for me to see the Yankees going to Houston and beating them twice. So, hopefully, they only need to win one game down there after today.

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