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Thursday, October 21, 2004
The Cardinals beat the Astros tonight, 5-2, to advance to the World Series. If not for the historic comeback of the Red Sox, this series would have been just as noteworthy for its drama and excellent level of play.
Case in point: the spectacular catch by Jim Edmonds in the second inning, robbing the Astros of two runs and a three-run lead. How important was that catch? Well, if Ausmus' smash had fallen in for a double, the Astros would have had a .804 Win Expectancy. Instead, the ball wound up in Edmonds' glove and the Astros wound up with a mere .606 Win Expectancy. That's a swing of .198.
That was the second-biggest play of the game. The biggest play of the game, as you can imagine, was Scott Rolen's two-run home run in the sixth inning. That lifted the Cards' WE from .556 to .832, for a WE play of .276. That's a big play.
Congratulations to Scott Rolen, Jim Edmonds and all the Cardinals for a well-deserved trip to the Fall Classic. And let's all hope Steve Lyons never mentions the bunt again!
Wednesday, October 20, 2004
On Bill Simmons' reader email page, a Sox fan named Joshua Reidy wrote this before the game:
This Yankees-Sox series has constantly reminded me of Rocky 2. Last seasons seven-game epic was much like the original Rocky (All we wanted to do was go the distance). This seasons series is much like Rocky 2, the two teams slugging it out, with Creed opening quickly and trying to lay the smack down. However, the sox keep answering the bell, Game 4, Game 5, and now Game 6 to take it to the final round. Think The Rock can beat the count??I love it. Fox went with the Rocky theme tonight too, and they were right -- this ALCS was a movie-style heavyweight fight. And then from Rocky IV, as my cousin Nick kept quoting, "The Russian is cut!"
What a comeback. That's all I've got.