So…Who you got? League Championship Edition

Toronto vs. Kansas City

This isn’t just a matchup of the two best teams in the American League. It’s two front offices that mortgaged the future to win right now. It’s two rabid fan bases starving for a World Series championship. It’s two lineups generating runs in opposite fashion, with home ballparks that suit their specific needs. It’s two clubhouses riding emotional highs from thrilling comebacks.

It’s two teams with a chippy history.

Ten short weeks ago, the Royals and Blue Jays played a game that featured three hit-by-pitches, three ejections, several other up-and-in fastballs and one benches-clearing incident. Now they meet in the American League Championship Series, with Game 1 set for Friday at 7:30 p.m. ET on FOX and Sportsnet — and it should be nothing short of gripping.

Chicago vs New York

There’s something special happening on Chicago’s North Side, and the vibe in Queens is just as wild.

With the Mets outlasting the Dodgers, 3-2, to win Game 5 of the National League Division Series on Thursday night, fans of two franchises that entered 2015 coming off a combined 11 consecutive losing seasons — six for the Mets, five for the Cubs — will get to cheer their teams on in the NL Championship Series.

So who you picking to advance to the final round?  In AL we have a bunch of “Bad Boys” and veterans.  In the NL, we have a bunch of young, exciting talent.

27 thoughts on “So…Who you got? League Championship Edition

  1. No young talent in the ALCS? Really?

    Kelvin Herrera – 25
    Yordano Ventura – 24
    Sal Perez – 25
    Terrence Gore – 23
    Eric Hosmer – 25

    Roberto Osuna – 20
    Aaron Sanchez – 23
    Marcus Stroman – 24
    Dalton Pompey – 23

    Yes the Mets and Cubs have more players 25 or under (7 and 6 respectively), but to say the AL teams are all veterans and “Bad Boys” (whatever you might mean by that), but no “young, exciting talent” is pretty myopic.


    • Pitching and hitting fWAR by players 25 or younger.

      Jays: 32. (20th in MLB) and 2.5 (24th)
      Royals: 2.8 (22nd) and 5.1 (15th)

      Whatever young talent there is hasn’t been healthy or good. The Cubs and Mets rated higher than the Jays or Royals in both young hitting and young pitching.

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        • It was just a general comment on young talent on the teams. Royals and Jays…not actually that much….indeed, a below average amount of young talent and less than on either the Cubs or Mets…in fact, quite a bit less.


        • I was originally taking issue with Scout’s assertion that the AL matchup was “veterans and BAd Boys” while the NL was “young exciting talent”, which is patently wrong, but then again I guess we can ignore facts that don’t support the narrative.

          What age do you see as the cutoff for “young”?


      • Toronto’s Roster:
        R.A. Dickey – 40. Marco Estrada – 32. LaTroy Hawkins – 42, David Price – 30, Russel Martin – 32, Justin Smoak – 28, Josh Donaldson – 29, Cliff Pennington – 31, Troy Tulowitzki – 31, Jose Bautista – 34, Edwin Encarnacion – 32.

        Chicago Cubs Roster:
        Jake Arrieta – 29, Trevor Cahill – 27, Kyle Hendricks – 25, Javier Baez – 22, Kris Bryant – 23, Starlin Castro – 25, Anthony Rizzo – 26, Kyle Schwarber – 22, Auston Jackson – 28, Dexter Fowler – 29.

        Why are we having this conversation? You are seriously overthinking what was a simple off the cuff comment. And please with that narrative and facts nonsense, that’s just insulting. The Cubs are primarily built around younger talent. The Blue Jays are primarily veterans. The Royals associate themselves with the nickname the Bat Boys in baseball. The Mets have a mixture, but are built around their very young pitching talent. Cutoff for old is usually around 29-30. I get that you are a passionate fan over your team, but seriously, relax a little and take it down a notch.


  2. I’m calling a Cubs/Royals World Series. And I’m fine with that. Honestly the only team in this I don’t really want to get there is the Mets. The Wilpons don’t deserve it.


  3. I have to cheer for the team that first brought me to church, the Mets. My happiest childhold memories came from baseball and the Mets. If I rooted for a team based on ownership or fan base, I don’t know if I could be a baseball fan.


  4. I’ve been busy lately with other stuff (like the second instalment of Plan Nine from Montreal), but I did watch some of last night’s game. You know, I made Panettone French toast this morning and the Jays came out flatter than it did. Boy, if you throw in those two hangover squad games after the division clincher, their day-after performances leave a lot to be desired. Can the Gibbon not motivate?

    Panettone French Toast

    1 Balduccio Panettone, preferably the candied fruit version.
    Heavy whipping cream
    4-6 eggs or equivalent egg substitute
    1 tbsp. honey
    Powdered cinnamon
    unsalted butter

    Tooppings: I used Noosa brand Australian yogurt (from Colorado; go figger), and prefer either the blueberry or strawberry-rhubarb flavors – but sour cream and exotic jams work just as well. Added honey or maple syrup etc. at your option. I also make a nice brandy sauce for this, but that’s a whole other production.

    Slice the Panettone crosswise into four 1/2″ thick slices (unless you have an industrial laser in your kitchen, trying to slice it any thinner will tear it apart).

    Thoroughly beat the eggs and 1/2 cup cream together with the honey. You can also add a little water to thin the batter out – this is thick bread and has a lot of absorbing to do. Soak the panettone in the egg mixture for about five minutes on each side. Be sure to use a large wide spatula when turning the bread in the mixture or when transferring it to the frying pane or it will fall apart.

    Melt and slightly brown tbsp. of butter in the frying pan. Sprinkle powdered cinnamon on the face of the panettone and transfer gently into the pan. Covering the pan will help insure that the egg mixture is thoroughly cooked right through the bread. Flip the French toast when you sense that the underside has been browned – use medium heat through all of this – and fry for another five minutes. Transfer to breakfast dish, top as you like and serve.


    • No way I could follow up that one. Sounds great. But if you want an easy and less fattening french toast recipe, my secrets are such:

      Use (good) sourdough bread and real maple syrup. Most people would say that goes without saying, but I’m saying it. 95% of the battle.
      My usual is eggs, milk and a dollop of yogurt or sour cream. My secret spice is some shakes of pumpkin pie spice, blended right in. The crumb of good sourdough is a torturous maze that absorbs the slurry quickly, so I’m a fan of a quick dunk to avoid the under-cooked quality that makes some complain. Sometimes I aid the process with a little squish with the spatula. This is a great way to reawaken hard sourdough bread that you might have thought was lost. It softens right up in the pan. Butter on top for me.


  5. I dunno about Royals vs. Jays. But Mets pitchers are looking tired and offense weak. Cubs look energetic. Obviously that could change. But as is, Cubs should win.

    I like all four teams for not winning in a long time, and would be happy if any won. But Cubs and Theo is really the ultimate script for vicarious thrill-ride story. After finally winning, I wouldn’t have to care for them ever again.


  6. None of these teams have won a WS within the last 20 years…hold on, let me check something….yep, it has been longer than 20 years since the Cubs won…, I really am not rooting against anyone or for anyone. As a fan, I am more interested in rooting for fans to enjoy the experience than in rooting for or against certain teams/players.

    Any of these fan bases would enjoy the shit out of a WS run….so, whoever wins….just enjoy it….and if your team loses, enjoy the ride anyway.


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