That sound you hear is likely a ton of Boston fans crying out in unison. What a nasty way to finish if you are a Red Sox fan. Seriously though did they even have a shot at winning? I'm not completely sure they did. Beaten up after annual post-season berths, the Sox were going to have to trade for a starting pitcher to pitch in the event of a tie breaker (the rumors were swirling around KC's Bruce Chen).
So now where will the play offs take us? Last season, the San Francisco Giants scraped into the playoffs despite winning the NL West. They went on to best the Rangers for the World Series title. Could that possibly be the Tampa Bay Rays this season? With all of the youth and talent in that clubhouse can they really be a World Series champion?
I'm certain those questions were swirling around last season as well. As baseball stays the same, the Yankees, Phillies, Cardinals and Rangers have been in the post season regularly, it also is in constant motion. We somehow end up with a highly improbable champion when its all said and done. Let's be fair here though, in baseball playoffs, its all about the starting pitching. If you have three good starters, or even two dominating ones like the Giants did last season with Tim Lincecum and Matt Cain, you're going to make some noise.
Right away, that makes the Phillies the team to beat. We'll have to wait and see.
I'm hoping become a bit more vocal in this space especially over the baseball off season. We'll take a look at some players I like for next season, some off season movement and anything else that tickles my fancy. So please tune in...