Thursday, October 18, 2012

Boomer's Diamond/Gridiron Notes: LCS in MLB & Manning Brother's (again) ruling NFL

Is A-Rod's time in NY coming to an ugly ending?
Benched & Flirting (haha) during games, A-Rod's hit
.130 (3-23) BA, 12 K in 2012 postseason.
Mother nature (or the baseball gods) afforded the NY Yankees an extra night in their postseason run, as Game 4 of the ALCS (Detroit leads series 3-0) was PPD last night in Detroit. If things won't bad enough for the Yankees when captain Derek Jeter went down and was lost for the rest of the postseason in Game 1 (ankle injury), they have struggled to hit anything vs. the Tiger's dominant starting rotation. If it wasn't for their 9th-inning outburst of 4-runs, the Yankees would have been shutout in the 1st two games of the series, with their only run in Game 3 coming on a solo HR in the 9th inning. Game 4 will now be played this afternoon with a 4PM start, as the Tigers go for the 4-game sweep. Starting pitchers for the game will be, Tigers Max Scherzer vs. Yankees C.C. Sabathia. Regardless, of what happens this afternoon, I don't see the series heading back to New York over the weekend, as Game 5 will be Friday night in Detroit. As for the NLCS, after a 3:30 hour rain delay, Game 3 went to the Cardinals late last night, as they held off the rain & the SF Giants for a 3-1 victory. The Cardinals up 2-1 in the series, look to push the Giants to the brink of elimination tonight in Game 4 (8PM, FOX). The Giants will give the ball to their two-time Cy Young winner, Tim "THE FREAK" Lincecum, as he makes his 1st start in the playoffs, after working out of the bullpen in the NLDS and earlier in this series. The Cardinals will look to Adam Wainwright to go deep in the ball game, as both teams have had to use their bullpens quiet a bit, so far this series. Previews for the two Game 4's tonight.

Again, the royal family of the NFL (Manning's) have once again, taken over the NFL landscape. While Peyton sat out the entire 2011 season recovering from multiple neck surgeries, young brother (Eli) went out and won his second Super Bowl ring/MVP over Peyton's archival Tom Brady and the NE Patriots. Fast forward to the 2012 season, and Peyton is back in the game, now with the Denver Broncons (3-3),  as his season stats to this point have him at 1,808 passing yards with 14 TD's and only 4 INT's. After playing one of the toughest schedules to this point of the season, the Broncos remaining schedule looks to be the easiest left, if you go by opponents winning %. As for Eli, the Giants (4-2) are a top of the NFC East alone, are coming off a confidence boosting victory over the SF 49ers on the road, winning 26 to 3. Eli's numbers to this point are 1,772 passing yards with 11 TD's and 5 INT's. The two brothers have once again become two of the top QB's in the NFL and have become the early front-runners for the NFL MVP. Power Rankings in the NFL: Week 7
Manning brothers have combined to throw for
over 3,500 passing yards, 25 TD's up to this
point of the season.

ALCS: Detroit Tigers vs. New York Yankees: Game 4, today at 4:00PM on TBS
(Tigers 3, Yankees 0)

NLCS: St. Louis Cardinals vs. San Francisco Giants: Game 4, tonight at 8:00PM on FOX 

Games to watch this week in the NFL: (Week 7 in the NFL)
Seattle at San Francisco, NFC West rivals, 49ers & Seahawks showcase tough D's on TNF.
Cleveland at Indianapolis, Browns beat the Colts (27 to 19) a season ago in Indy, the last time the Browns won a game on the road. 
Baltimore at Houston, the only two teams with winning records in the AFC (5-1), face off against each other down in Houston.
NY Jets at New England, show of hands, who had both teams at 3-3, heading into this one? Patriots have won the last three regular season meeting between the two teams. 
Pittsburgh at Cincinnati, an AFC North matchup on SNF, neither team can afford a lose, if they want to keep pace with the Ravens in the division. 
Detroit at Chicago, an old school meeting of divisional rivals this week on MNF, as the Bears look to shine again under the lights (Week 4, 34-18 MNF victory in Dallas).