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|Tony Fernandez: The usual Cleveland heartbreak.|
I'll go with this one - one of the most unlikely (and forgotten) World Series champs ever, your '97 Florida Marlins. And more heartbreak for Cleveland, going to the 11th inning of Game 7 only to lose - the first team to ever lose a World Series when carrying a lead into the ninth inning of Game 7. Truly, God Hates Cleveland Sports.
Some more reading:
The Cardinals are jamming the Tigers' hitters, preventing them from going to the opposite field. Leyland wants his hitters to start turning on inside pitches, forcing the Cardinals to change their patterns.
The Tigers' well-documented impatience actually is less of a concern for Leyland and his staff, even though the team is averaging only 3.38 pitches per plate appearance in the Series.
While the sample size is ridiculously small, the Tigers' average is down from 3.86 in the ALCS, according to STATS, Inc., and far below the Giants' major-league worst average during the regular season, 3.59.
"Our problem is that we're not being aggressive in hitters' counts," first base coach Andy Van Slyke said. "If we're not aggressive, we're not going to score. We're like an NFL team running a two-minute drill with no timeouts. Our OBA (on-base-average) means NTU — nothing to us."
Meantime, playing small ball, congrats to the Nippon Ham Fighters, a team with a flourescent pink mascot that plays YMCA during the 7th-inning stretch - Japan Series champions with former Blue Jay Michael Nakamura getting the save.