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2014 League Championship Series Primer

I think we did a little too much LDS, so let’s take some LCS instead.


OK, so we probably didn’t do too much LDS. There really isn’t such a thing as too much playoff baseball (unless you are the 2002 San Francisco Giants… or the 2003 Boston Red Sox… or the 2004 New York Yankees… or the 2011 Texas Rangers… or the 2012 Cincinnati Reds… or the 2012 St. Louis Cardinals… or the 2014 Matt Williams on October 4… just to name a few who instantly come to mind), but the 2014 ALDSes provided two 3-game sweeps and the NLDSes provided two 4-game resolutions. Really, there was not a lot of LDS to be done this year.

The LCSes start today – the Kansas City Royals and Baltimore Orioles tip off in mere hours, while the Giants and Cardinals first put up their dukes on Saturday. Most brackets (including that of yours truly) are completely ablaze; seriously, my bracket got straight up nuked.

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Beardfaceman’s bracket fared much better in the LDS round – he nailed 3 of 4 advancing teams. Sadly, the one he missed was the big cahouna – those Silly Tiggies will NOT be warpathing their way to that World Series title for which they have so long starved.

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While it may seem disingenuous for most anyone to try to save face and “expertly” provide you with a handicap of upcoming round after such disintegration of the best laid plans. I’m going to do it anyway, giving you a quick and dirty LCS primer while taking some pains to review the relevant developments from the LDSes along the way. Feel free to go back and review the Sweet Nothings and Hardball Postseason Primer, as well. You and I both know, however, that you are the type of person that skips to the end of a well-thought-out and well-written review just to see the score. You’ve done it. I’ve done it. We will do it again. Onward.


The American League Championship Series
The National League Championship Series


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Spring Fling / Give Him a Ring / Leave Him Crying: NL Central Edition

June is upon us and we have but a short time to authentically conclude our lusty spring series while it is still – you know – spring. Proms are over, nature’s flowering is frying, and inexplicably generous contract extensions will have to wait until the weather chills. Nonetheless, we shall continue to bring you our most favoritest of old tavern games: from a sample of three, pick one to ‘Date’, one to ‘Marry’, and one to ‘Kick to the Curb’. The Subjects? All 30 MLB rosters.  The Objective? To provide you a cursory introduction to some of the players and concepts we value… and hate. You know it. You love it. It’s…

Sweet Nothings and Hardball’s “Spring Fling / Give Him A Ring / Leave Him Crying” Game!

Spring Fling
: Ready to give a season to this player, but for any number of reasons, it just can’t work out long-term.

Give Him a Ring: Ready to commit to this player for at least 3 seasons.

Leave him Crying: Ready to be cold and heartless because sometimes we don’t want to be masochists anymore.

All players considered must already have accrued MLB service time (there will be prospects later… wait, can’t we have this prospect now?).


Presented in order of standings on June 1, 2014.

Milwaukee Brewers
St. Louis Cardinals
Pittsburgh Pirates
Cincinnati Reds
Chicago Cubs

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