October 22, 2005
Houston in 7
I just had to get this in before the first game of the 2005 World Series started.
Why? Well, though I didn't post it here, I had the Angels and the Astros going to the World Series. And I would like to see a 7-game series with the possibility of Roger Clemens getting three starts to take the trophy home to Houston. And the Astros are a gritty team, not unlike the Angels of 2002, and not unlike their opponents in this series, although the White Sox have the ability of getting the long ball out of their 2-spot in the lineup as well as 7, 8 and 9, or at least in those games played in Chicago.
It will be interesting to see how White Sox skipper Ozzie Guillen manages his lineup in the games in Houston. He's not so far removed from his days in Florida that he has forgotten how to deploy the National League kind of strategy, but it does likely put Carl Everett's dangerous bat on the bench, and in a tight game it could force him to remove his starting pitcher from a game, which is something he hasn't had to think about for a week.
I believe that the Chicago relief pitchers will show signs of rust at first, but they'll be in the fray and effective in short order. And I predict that either Roger Clemens or Roy Oswalt will be named the World Series MVP.
Posted by Andrew Torres at 3:45 PM