As a Dodger fan, I really don't like the Diamondbacks. But individually, I do like Mark Grace (from his Cub days) and have always respected Curt Shilling as a player.
However I do want full revenue to go to the Big Apple, so I hope that this series goes 7 games, with the DBacks pulling out a close one at the end.
Another Dodgers fan here. Never liked the Yankers (anybody seen the comic strip Get Fuzzy? You'd understand "Yankers" if you've read that strip), because back in the 70s, if we managed to make it past the Reds in September, we alway ran up against the Yankees in October.
That being said, I learned last week never to discount the Yankees. At this time last week, sports pundits were telling us that the Yankees were done; they were toast; stick a fork in them, they were done; they were about to be swept; the powerhouse As had finished them off. Sorry, Joe Torre is the manager of the late 90s/early 00s. He, his pitching staff, and his timely hitters will not and cannot be denied.
Yankees in 6. [Edited last by Hugh Jackes on October 23, 2001 at 09:44 AM]
My head would explode if I were to pick the YankMe's, so I'll select the D-Backs. No prediction on # of games...
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Schilling & Johnson will pitch 'til their arms fall off, but get no run support.
Yankees in 6.
God, I hope I'm wrong...
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There is absolutely, positively, NO WAY that the Yankees can lose this series. None. They have it. They're going to win all the way. Why is Arizona even playing? They have no chance. It's over. The Yankees in a SWEEP. Again, it's impossible for the Yankees to lose this series!!! What size championship ring should Clemens get? Hmmm...do you think Jeter or Clemens will be the M.V.P.? The Yanks will win in 4 GUARANTEED. Just doing my part to jinx the Yanks. F*ck 'em!
[Edited last by MikeM on October 23, 2001 at 03:24 PM]
D-Backs in six. I think that the prospect of facing Schilling and Johnson 4 times in 6 games will be too much for them. Nothing against the Yankees (OK, actually I can't stand them) but Curt Schilling is a class act and I would love to see him get a ring.
Reality check, gang. (especially to the guy who picks Arizona in 4!!)
To all those who are picking the D'backs,
The Yankees will prevail. I really don't care if it's in four or in seven as long as it's 4 for 4 for the Big Apple. Too many things can turn on a single great or poor play to make any prediction a lock.
Logic tells me that if the D'backs can pull out the first game then we are in for an interesting series. But if they somehow lose Game One then Bob Brenly (sp?) better not make any Pinella-like statements after Game #2 in the post-game interview or he will be eating his words.
One thing I do like about Arizona is that they (and their true fans, not the fair-weather Yankee haters who change their team loyalty more often than a 5 dollar hooker changes tricks) don't seem to be spending much time trash-talking. And their starting pitchers are impressive enough to make things interesting (if their arms don't fall off.)
However, the AZ bullpen is another story and therein lies a big potential difference. If it's tied or close in the late innings, it's curtains for the D'backs.
My two cents.
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As a 4th generation Phoenician (extremely rare), I'm obviously rooting for the Dbacks (and yes, I also root for the Cardinals). If they were to pull it off, it would be in six games at the earliest, most likely seven. Schilling and Johnson have been awesome, and are capable of throwing complete games at any time. Seven innings has been the minimum from either so far in the playoffs. This doesn't guarantee squat, except for the chance to minimize damage from our pen. Miguel Batista has also been good in the playoffs, and is capable of six solid innings, as in Game 3 of the NLCS when he only allowed one run in the first six. Brian Anderson should be getting his first playoff start and is thus a question mark.
Simply put, the Dbacks have two of the best pitchers in baseball, while the Yanks have a solid 4 man playoff rotation. The Yanks have a better bullpen, more experience, and have had a better offense as of late, though I think AL baseball has had a little to do with the high run output. And while the Dbacks aren't sending a bunch of wide eyed kids onto the field (rather, a team of veterans), there is no tougher place to play than the Bronx in October. The BOB during a WS is an unknown, though I do expect it to be very loud. Defense wise, I'd say there are no clear advantages.
Somehow, I hope and feel that the series will at least make it back to Phoenix for a game six (no Piniella guarantees here), via an AZ sweep in Phx. and a NY sweep in the Bronx, or a split in Phx. and a Dbacks game 5 win in the Bronx. In any event, it should be a lot of fun to watch, and may the best team win. A win by the Yanks would be nice considering what the city has been through, and Phoenix would go crazy with its first ever championship (please remember that the Yankees have been in NY far longer than all of our teams combined have been in Phx.)
In summary, my heart aches for a Dbacks win, but my brain says its unlikely. TF
Craig Counsell and his Fighting Irish of AZ will win in 6 games. Having the 2nd(Schilling) and 3rd(Johnson) best pitchers in MLB go in 5 of 7 is key here.
The umpiring crews haven't been named though, if any combo of Rick Reed, Dale Scott, Tim Tschida, and either Welke or Hirshbeck are umping it's going to be AZ in 7.
I think it'll be a great series, very competitive and featuring some amazing pitching on both sides.
I'm going to pick the Yankees in 6 games though.
Looking forward to a great series.