It's probably a good idea to brace for the Arizona Diamondbacks and Colorado Rockies playing next week, with one of them going to the World Series. Scary thought.
It's going to take some adjusting. It means dropping some of those alt-nerd-obsessive, stat-collecting, baseball geek objections. This is not always a place for serious detailed analysis (Hardball Times this ain't, but check out this detailed chart of Jeff Francis' pitching performance), so what the hell.
Honestly, it took one at-bat to get past it last night. The D-Backs rookie centre-fielder, Chris Young, led off in the Diamondbacks' half of the first. No sooner than you could say, "When's the last time a guy with a .295 on-base percentage" -- which is really, really bad -- "hit leadoff in a playoff game?" than Young rapped a single and stole second base. Hey, there's a risk in thinking it will always make sense. Arizona is somehow here.
In case you missed it, here's ex-Lynx Jamey Carroll's game-winning sac fly in the NL wild-card playoff:
(Matt Holliday as MVP? Has the National League fallen this far?)