Marty Lurie Talks San Francisco Giants Baseball

Bay Area World Series A Possibility

A baseball team has one goal when leaving spring training, get to the playoffs, win your division.

The A’s got it done in spectacular fashion winning 100 games for the second year in a row.

The Yankees were rained out yesterday and now may play a game Monday, if the home field is still up in the air. They have the tie breaker over the A’s, so don’t count on NY playing, but that would cause NY to use a starter (like they don’t have enough) before facing Anaheim Tuesday.

The Giants face a real team as the Astros come into Pac Bell. The Dodgers just won’t quit and why should they, the history between the Giants and Dodgers is to always expect the unbelievable.

Somehow, I sense that the A’s and the Giants could be heading towards a rematch of the Bay Bridge World series, this time without the earthquake.

How will it all turn around, I’ll give you my thoughts below.The Angels will meet NY on Tuesday and will be a good opponent for the Yankees.

The Giants will hang on and win the Wild Card.

The A’s offense will come alive against Minnesota.

St. Louis will fall behind Arizona in the beginning, then the series will get very tense.

The Giants will split in Atlanta, and Livan Hernandez will play a big part in the outcome of this series.

The A’s and the Giants are two solid teams and if they get by the first round, buy your Bay Bridge toll tickets.

My postseason awards are ready. I’ll announce my choices over the weekend, as well as analyze the playoff match ups.

Tom Candiotti is my guest on Right Off The Bat Friday, try to listen to the show here on the site at 3:50 PM Pacifc, he has excellent insight into the playoff teams.

More this weekend.


1 Anonymous { 09.27.02 at 12:31 pm }

The A’s and Giants are both in for exciting postseasons but where will they end up? The closers will play a big part in the Giants Braves series. I think that every one of these game is going to be close and we all know that in the pressure of the playoffs the late innings are a high risk-reward chess match. Smoltz and Nen are two of the best. The A’s are a totally different team when they don’t feel the pressure of the world on their shoulders. Last night, after Hatteberg’s double Chavez follows with a solid hit and so does Tejada. Too bad they go into Homer Hanky Hell next week. Their saving grace is that they are the most talented team in the majors with the manager of the year and the greatest fans on earth..

GO A’S!!!!!

2 marty { 09.27.02 at 1:01 pm }

I agree, clinching the West was a big relief. Now watch the big three win this thing next week.


3 Anonymous { 09.27.02 at 1:22 pm }

Wow, I didn’t realize that you were able to forecast earthquakes. Thanks for the reassurance that there won’t be any earthquakes in the Bay Area this October. I feel much better now that you’ve told me that.

4 Anonymous { 09.27.02 at 1:26 pm }

I’m not sure the Giants can count on their starting pitching in the postseason. Which one of those guys is a proven postseason performer? If they have been inconsistent during the regular season, who’s to say what they will do in the playoffs. Those guys could just as easily get lit up as they could pitch well. Anyone who knows the Giants know that they don’t pitch nearly as well away from Pac Bell and the Giants will have a homefield disadvantage throughout the playoffs.

5 Anonymous { 09.27.02 at 4:17 pm }

Players who have been around generally can be counted on in the playoffs. Starting pitching makes the difference in October. Both the Giants and the A’s have the makings of teams that could get to the series based upon their pitching. All I’m saying is that it shouldn’t be dismissed lightly.

6 Anonymous { 09.27.02 at 5:24 pm }

From Lorraine a very knowledgeable fan: Thanks, Marty

Okay, I know you’ve heard this enough but I’m going to give you my

opinion any ways and I want you to fight for Miguel Tejada for MVP!

I just read an article on the site. The guy was obviously in

favor of A-Rod to get the MVP. The main reason that most writers

DON’T think Miguel should get the award is not his numbers, but

because he is on a team that has three great pitchers. That’s

exactly why he SHOULD get the award. Look at the games Miguel won

for the A’s. It was always when the game was on the line because

THE BULLPEN had allowed the other team to catch up after replacing

one of the starting three great pitchers and allowed the opposing

team to tie or take the lead in a game. Miguel always brought the

A’s back. And there were many games when the great starting three

weren’t having such great games. Miguel always kept them close and

ended up winning the game for them. And finally, while the rest of

the A’s were struggling offensively, particularly Dye and Chavez in

the middle of the order, it was Miguel who kept the A’s in

contention. Come on……..this guy has got to be the MVP. I don’t

know what a guy has to do to win this award! If last night’s game

didn’t show people what he’s made of….then they aren’t real

baseball fans. A-Rod may be the best player in the league but

Miguel is the MOST VALUABLE to his team. Take A-Rod out of the

lineup and Texas will still lose. Take Miguel out of the lineup,

even with the three great starting pitchers, and the A’s wouldn’t

have won half the games they won.

Wow, I’m out of breath!!!!!

7 Anonymous { 09.27.02 at 6:08 pm }

Put Miguel in Texas and A-Rod in Oakland, and the A’s win even more games and Texas wins even less. A-Rod probably accounts for more wins individually than Tejada, he just doesn’t have the teammates to account for the other victories necessary to be competitive. Look, if you put the Three on the Rangers squad, they immediately become favorites to win the division. It is often they who have created the opportunity for Tejada to come through. If Cory Lidle does not pitch so brilliantly last night and keep the A’s close, Tejada has no chance to make a difference in the ninth.

I love Tejada. I think he will win the MVP (and in terms of largest contributor to a winning team, which many have determined to be the criteria, he no doubt deserves to), but he is not more “valuable” simply because the A’s have won and A-Rod is not less “valuable” simply because the Rangers have lost.

8 Anonymous { 09.22.07 at 1:14 pm }

9 Anonymous { 09.22.07 at 1:51 pm }

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