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Posted by LewaLew , Oct 06 2010 · 34 views

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Rangers @ Rays

Cliff Lee returns to the playoff, but on a different team, a different division, even a different league. He'll be trying to bring the swag that helped him pitch the Phillies into the World Series last year to the Rangers in Tampa Bay, where he'll be pitching against Cy Young candidate David Price in Game 1 at Tropicana Field. Meanwhile, the Rays will attempt to win the World Series in what may be their last shot in a long time--maybe even their last shot in Tampa Bay, as their pitiful attendance numbers may force them to move from St. Pete eventually.

Reds @ Phillies

The Cincinnati Reds were at one point known as the Big Red Machine--

But there's a new red-clad powerhouse in the National League, the Philadelphia Phillies. In a rather strange decision, Dusty Baker is sending Edinson Volquez to the mound instead of Bronson Arroyo to face Cy Young leader, Roy Halladay, at Citizens Bank Park. The Reds need to find some way of overcoming one of the three pitchers that are the aces of Philly's rotation, Halladay, Oswalt, and Hamels, and even if they do manage to beat one of them, they would then have to win two more games to advance, and one of those games may feature Roy Halladay on short rest to shut down the Reds. It's not likely that the Reds will win today, but baseball is a sport where the most unlikely can happen, especially when there's no clock to run down.

Yankees @ Twins

In a similar matchup to last year, CC Sabathia will be trying to take Game 1 on the road at Target Field in Minnesota. The Yankees, however, are not quite as favored as before, for even if CC outdoes Francisco Liriano, the entire Yankees rotation after than is a great big, bold ?. If the Yanks don't take advantage in Game 1, the Twins will suddenly become the favorites, and even if the Yankees do win today, the '10 Twins may just be able to get revenge for the series-losing loss dealt to them last year in the final game at the Metrodome.

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I don't know where the Rays would move to if they were forced to.
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I know. All the places that would make sense have teams.

I say we contract two teams--one from each league, and then if they had better markets, move one of the smallest-market (yet high-performing) teams there.
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Bzpower Members' Teams

Here, the favorite teams of all the BZPower members I can find are listed. If you'd like me to add you, please comment in the Official Favorite MLB Teams Entry of the BaseBlog. I will try to add you as soon as possible.


National League

Central Division

Chicago Cubs: LewaLew, 55555, What?, Megan51, Makuta Jarvan

Cincinnati Reds: None

Pittsburgh Pirates: WERE DOING THIS

Milwaukee Brewers: Cherixon, Than the Moa

St. Louis Cardinals: Toa Onarax, Toaman25
 
 
West Division

San Francisco Giants: Nuju Metru, Iro, Great being Velika

Los Angeles Dodgers: None

Colorado Rockies: Shadix, Alpha123, xccj

Arizona Diamondbacks: Progenitus Worldsoul

San Diego Padres: thoron

 
East Division

Philadelphia Phillies: Akuna Toa of Sonics, Legolover-361, Sir Dr. Mr. Count Celu MD

New York Mets: Bambi

Atlanta Braves: None

Miami Marlins: None

Washington Nationals: None

 
 
 
American League

Central Division

Minnesota Twins: Zakitano, Takuma Nuva, Zerothemaster

Detroit Tigers: None

Cleveland Indians: Aho-Chan

Kansas City Royals: None

Chicago White Sox: terminallyCapricious

 
West Division

Texas Rangers: Rarity, tent163phantoka

Los Angeles Angels: thebeggarpie

Oakland Athletics: None

Seattle Mariners: Kakaru, Toa Kaithas, Swert
 
Houston Astros: Flaredrick: Forgotten One
 

East Division

New York Yankees: Captain Marvel, Kylus, Toa 11, Zarayna

Boston Red Sox: Chro, Iskandar

Toronto Blue Jays: Blade: Hero of Truth

Baltimore Orioles: Princess Grr (That's the Smeaginator, if he has another name change sometime again)

Tampa Bay Rays: Sumiki

 
 
2nd Favorites

Nuju Metru: New York Yankees

Iro: Oakland Athletics

WERE DOING THIS: New York Yankees

Zerothemaster: Colorado Rockies
 
Toa Onarax: Boston Red Sox
 
xccj: Seattle Mariners
 
Kakaru: Colorado Rockies
 
Flaredrick: Forgotten One: Texas Rangers
 
Great being Velika: Oakland Athletics
 

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