Mets' collapse statistically the second-worst of all time. (Scroll down to the bottom.)
Bill Lyon, my favorite sports columnist ever, poked his head out of retirement, as he occasionally does, to say a few words about the Phils' September.
I have to at least say something about the amazing game last night. Or link to David Schoenfeld, who talks a bit about an improbable game.
And I know I'm biased, but it really does seem to me that a preponderance of talking heads on espn.com and si.com are picking the Phils over the Rockies, and Rollins over Holliday for MVP.
So the Phils announced their postseason roster today. They can still change it until tomorrow morning, but that's unlikely. And who is it? Hamels, Kendrick, Lohse, and Moyer. Myers, Gordon, Romero, Condrey, Mesa, and Alfonseca. Ruiz, Howard, Utley, Dobbs, Rollins, Burrell, Rowand, and Werth. Coste, Barajas, Iguchi, Helms, Nunez, Bourn, and Victorino. No Eaton, you'll notice. Good riddance!
So how does this differ from my last predictions?
Geary out, Barajas in. Well, that makes sense; you gotta cover for the injuries. Geary apparently got hurt on Saturday, and Ruiz got hurt on Sunday. Geary can't go for the series, and Ruiz might be able to, but they need a third catcher if he can't. Fine by me. A 10-man staff should be plenty for the playoffs.
Davis out, Condrey in. Also makes sense. Clay's really picked it up the past two weeks, and he's definitely the 4th-best in the pen right now. Davis probably isn't reliable enough for the postseason, and no one will ever hear about him again after this paragraph. (Remember Joe Roa?)
Durbin out, Mesa in. This one I really disagree with. The only thing I can think of is that Mesa's experience is needed. (Which is silly because there are already two other guys in the pen, Alfonseca and Gordon, with a ton of career saves.) They were both awful in September, but Durbin pitched better in July and August. In fact, he still would've been in the rotation last weekend if he hadn't lost the coin flip to Eaton when Hamels came off the DL. I don't think you'll get much out of either of them, but with only 6 in the pen, the tiebreaker comes down to endurance, and Durbin can definitely go more innings in a blowout than Mesa. Poor choice.
OK, I'm ready. The two hottest teams in baseball are about to play, led by the two best players in the NL. And I'm pumped. Bring on the Rockies.
Oh, and one more thing, the MLB quote of the year for 2007: "We pray for his buttocks and his family."