Top Ten Games Of The Last 5 MLB Postseasons

  1. October 27th 2011 Rangers 9 Cardinals 10

World Series Game 6: This game had it all, 10 game-tying or go ahead hits, 6 homers, 5 errors, and web gems for good measure. In the 9th and 10th innings the Rangers got 1 strike away from winning the World Series but both times the Cardinals got the hit to stay alive. Finally in the bottom of the 11th David Freese came through with a leadoff home run to win the game and force a game 7.

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  1. October 10th 2014: Royals 8 at Orioles 6

ALCS game 1: KC’s Alex Gordon came up with the big hit with a three run homer in the top of the 10th. O’s put the pressure on in the bottom of the 10th with runners on first and second but came up short.

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3 October 23rd 2010 Giants 3 Phillies 2

NLCS Game 6: After collecting a win in game 5 on the road against the Giants ace Tim Lincecum the Phillies looked poised to tie up the series at home in game 6. Early on it looked lake that would be the way things would go when they jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first. Then the tide started to turn, the Giants defense tightened up not allowing a run for the next 8 innings and scoring 3 to win the game and the series.

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  1. September 30th 2014: A’s 8  Royals 9

AL Wild card game: The A’s came out strong at home in the 1 game playoff with their mid-season pickup Jon Lester on the mound. KC came up with a comeback down 4 in the 8th inning to send the game into extras. The Royals stole 7 bases in the 12 inning classic.

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  1. October 26th 2013: Red Sox 4 vs. Cardinals 5

World Series Game 3: After allow a game tying two run single in the top of the 8th Trevor Rosenthal was able to work a shutout top on the 9th to keep it tied. In the bottom of the 9th the Cardinals managed to scrap together a the game winning run on an obstruction call to give them a 2-1 lead in the series.

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  1. October 7th 2012 Nationals 3 Cardinals 2

NLDS Game 1: The Cardinals scored both of their 2 runs in the second inning without a hit (4BB, WP, Sac fly). In the middle of the game the Nationals kept it close with stellar defense, Jason Werth robbed a potential two run homer in the 6th then in the 7th the Nats got a 5-4-3 double play to escape a bases loaded jam. The Nats then got a pinch hit two run single from Tyler Moore to take the lead. The win was the Nationals first in postseason franchise history.

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  1. October 7th 2012 A’s 4 Tigers 5

ALDS game 2: Down 2-1 in the bottom of the 7th triple-crown winner Miguel Cabrera came to the plate for the Tigers with 2 on and two out. got him to pop up but A’s CF CoCo Crisp dropped the ball allowing two runs to score. The A’s took the lead back on a solo homer by Josh Reddick, but the Tigers managed a sac-fly in the bottom of the 9th for a walk-off win.

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  1. October 7th 2013 Red Sox 4 Rays 5

The Red Sox scraped together a 3-0 lead to start the game with some close plays and timely hitting, but Evan Longoria erased the Rays deficit with a 3-run homer in the bottom of the 5th. The Rays gave their closer Fernando Rodney a one run lead in the top of the 9th which he coughed up allowing the Red Sox to tie the game at 4. Jose Lobaton was able to pick up his teammate in the bottom of the 9th with a walk-off homer.

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  1. October 21st 2010 Phillies 5 Giants 6

NLCS Game 4: In the top of the 5th inning, the Giants gave up their 2-1 lead on a 2-run double right after managing managing to protect it with an outfield assist from center. The Giants failed to hang onto a 5-4 lead in the 8th inning when Sergio Romo let up a game-tying double down the line. Finally in the bottom of the 9th Juan Uribe hit a sac-fly to bring in the winning run.

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  1. October 20th 2011 Rangers 2 Cardinals 1

World Series Game 2: This game featured some great pitching and defense. The Cardinals struck first string together three singles in the 7th inning to take a 1-0 lead. In the top of the 9th it took some small ball for the Rangers to get on the board, stealing a base and knocking in two runs on back-to-back sac-flies. Neftali Feliz pitched through a lead-off walk and retired the last three batters to record a save for the Rangers.

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Top 10 Most Exciting MLB Games of September

  1. Atlanta Braves 7 vs. New York Mets 10 (100/100) September 13th. 

After coughing up a 2-0 lead the Mets found themselves down 7-4 with the bases empty and 2 outs in the top of the 9th. Mets send it into extras on a 3 run homer by Daniel Murphy and grab 3 unearned runs in the 10th to get the victory.

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2. Houston Astros 7 vs. Seattle Mariners 6 (100/100) September 30th

Mariners took a 6-3 lead on back to back home runs in the 5th inning, but the Astros battled back with a three run homer in the top of the 6th and a go-ahead bloop single by Colby Rasmus in the top of the 9th. With the win the Astros retook the lead in the AL West.

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3. Tampa Bay Rays 1 vs. New York Yankees 4 (100/100) September 14th.

Yankees break up Erasmo Ramirez no-hitter to start the 8th inning but fall behind 1-0 in the bottom half of the inning. In the top of the 9th the Yankees scored 4 runs on AL save leader Brad Boxberger and hold on for the win.

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4. Toronto Blue Jays 6 vs. Boston Red Sox 7 (100/100) September 19th.

Joey Bats’ 2 run homer in the bottom of the ninth pulled the Jays within 1 run in the bottom of the 9th but the Red Sox were able to hold on for the upset road victory.

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5. San Francisco Giants 14 vs. Oakland Athletics 10 (100/100) September 26th

Bay Bridge series pitching matchup between former teammates Barry Zito and Tim Hudson overshadowed by rookie slugger Jarrett Parker knocking in 7 RBIs on 3 home runs.

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6. Detroit Tigers 6 vs. Kansas City Royals 5 (98/100) September 19th.

Tigers thought they had a walk-off on a sac-fly in the bottom of the 9th but the play was overturned after replay review. In the end the Tigers still got their walk-off on an Ian Kinsler home run in the 11th.

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7. Tampa Bay Rays 7 vs. Baltimore Orioles 6 (98/100) September 20th.

Rays tie the game with a big fly to centerfield in the bottom of the 9th and Kevin Kiermaier comes up with an infield hit for the walk-off.

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8. Oakland Athletics 8 vs. Los Angeles Angels 7 (98/100) September 30th

Zito starts the game for the A’s in what was likely the last start of his 15 year career. Angels hit 5 homers but leave runners on 1st and 3rd in the bottom of the 9th and fall a half game back on the Astros in the AL wildcard race.

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9. Toronto Blue Jays 4 vs. New York Yankees 6 (97/100) September 22nd.

Yankees give up a solo shot to Dioner Navarro in the bottom of the 9th tying the score at 3 apiece, but back for 3 runs in the top of the 10th. Yankees pulled within 2.5 games of the Jays in the AL East with the win.

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10. Baltimore Orioles 7 vs. Tampa Bay Rays 6 (11 innings)  (97/100) September 2nd.

Orioles hang in with defensive play early with a robbed home run by LF Steven Pearce and and outfield assist by CF Adam Jones. Chris Davis hits two dingers including the walk-off shot to straight away center.

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Most Exciting MLB Games of 2014

10. September 28th: Marlins 0 Nationals 1

Zimmermann throws the first no-hitter for the Nationals in franchise history. With only a one run lead the Nationals had a game to win down the stretch as well as a no-hitter to protect.

Photo Credit: USA Today

Photo Credit: USA Today

9.May 5th: Rockies 11 Mets 10

Rockies scored 8 runs in the 5th inning to erase the Mets early 6-0 lead. The Mets reclaimed the lead in the top of the 9th, but a two run pinch-hit homer gave the Rockies a walk-off win. Troy Tulowitzki also passed the 1,000 hit mark in the game.

Photo Credit: Denver Post

Photo Credit: Denver Post

8. September 3rd: Nationals 8 Dodgers 5

Nationals were being shutout 2-0 when they called in Adam LaRoache to pinch hit in the top of the 9th inning. LaRoache belted a home run to tie the game in the 9th and hit a single in the 12th to give the Nats a 2 run lead. The Dodgers scored runs in the bottom of the 9th and in the 12th to stay alive but had no answer in the 14th.

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Photo Credit USA Today

7. May 18th: Braves 6 Cardinals 5

Back and forth game, Braves scored go ahead run in the top of the ninth beating a play at plate off of a wild pitch.

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Photo Credit: FoxSports.com

6. August 17th: Pirates 5 Nationals 6

Nationals took a 4-2 lead into the top of the 9th but the Pirates stormed back scoring 3 runs. Then a clutch single from the Nats tied it up in the bottom half of the inning, and a sac fly gave them the walk-off win in the 11th

Photo Credit: The Washington Times

Photo Credit: The Washington Times

5. September 12th: Giants 4 Cardinals 5

NLCS game 2: Giants score on a wild pitch in the top of the ninth and game looks to be headed to extras until Kevin Wong hits a walk off homer. The Cards had 4 HR’s in the game

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Photo Credit: NY Post

4. April 23rd: Giants 12 Rockies 10:

Slugfest: 9 Homers in the game, 6 by the Giants including a go ahead grand slam by Hector Sanchez in the top of the 11th inning. Game went back and forth in the high scoring affair. Rockies still put up a fight down 4 in the bottom of the 11th scoring 2 and putting a runner on first before a double play ended it.

Photo Credit: SF Examiner

Photo Credit: SF Examiner

3. May 20th: Giants 4 Rockies 5

Giants went ahead 4-3 in the top of the 9th on a double and brought in closer Sergio Romo. With a runners on first and third 2 outs, a double from Arenado brought in both the tying and winning runs wing a line drive double

Photo Credit: CBS Sacramento.

Photo Credit: CBS Sacramento.

2. September 30th: A’s 8  Royals 9

AL Wild card game: The A’s came out strong at home in the 1 game playoff with their mid-season pickup Jon Lester on the mound. KC came up with a comeback down 4 in the 8th inning to send the game into extras. The Royals stole 7 bases in the 12 inning classic.

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Photo Credit: MLB.com

1. October 10th: Royals 8 at Orioles 6

ALCS game 1: KC’s Alex Gordon came up with the big hit with a three run homer in the top of the 10th. O’s put the pressure on in the bottom of the 10th with runners on first and second but came up short.

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2014 MLB Playoffs Preview

The 2014 MLB Postseason begins on September 30 with the Oakland Athletics going to Kansas City to face the Royals in the American League one game Wild Card matchup, and the winner will go on to face the Los Angeles Angels. On October 1, the San Francisco Giants will go to Pittsburgh to face the Pirates in the National League one game Wild Card round, with the winner moving on to face the Washington Nationals. After these two games, the regular divisional round of the playoffs will begin on October 2. Here are Thuuz’s predictions for the the 2014 MLB Postseason.

AL Wild Card

Athletics at Royals: Although it’s very early, this could go down as one of the best games in the playoffs. These teams finished with almost identical records, 89-73 for the Royals and 88-74 for the Athletics, and are both coming off of winning two of their last three games of the regular season. Jon Lester (16-11) will be pitching for the Athletics, and while he is very strong, it will be very difficult to match the dominance of the Royals’ James Shields (14-8). While the Royals are strong defensively, they are no match for the high-powered Oakland offense, which is led by third baseman Josh Donaldson, who has 29 home runs, 98 RBIs and a .255 batting average. Watch the A’s squeak out a gritty win in Kansas City.

NL Wild Card

Giants at Pirates: The Pirates are a very good team and finished with a record of 88-74, but they will be no match for the postseason-electric Giants team, who coincidentally finished with the same regular season record. The Pirates will be pitching one of their solid pitchers in Edinson Volquez (13-7), but he will be outshined by Giants’ ace Madison Bumgarner (18-10). The Giants last made the playoffs in 2012, and before that in 2010, and both times they won the World Series. The Giants just seem to have a magic about them in October, and their entire team is stepping up right now. Look for Joe Panik, Hunter Pence and Pablo Sandoval to join team offensive leader Buster Posey, who has 22 home runs, 89 RBIs and a .311 batting average in lighting up Volquez. Pedro Alvarez and Andrew McCutchen are no match for this time, and the Giants will move on to the divisional round.

AL Divisional Round

Angels vs. Athletics: While this was one of the best series throughout the entire regular season, the Athletics’ performance has noticeably declined. The Angels are the best team in baseball with a record of 98-64. The Angels have been looking forward to another playoff appearance since their last one in 2009, and now they have the best player in baseball in Mike Trout, who has 36 home runs, 111 RBIs and a .287 batting average. Look for this incredibly balanced team to shut down the Athletics very quickly and easily. Everywhere you look, the Angels win this matchup. Mike Trout, Albert Pujols and Howie Kendrick are better than Josh Donaldson, Brandon Moss and Josh Reddick. The Angels also win the pitching matchup, with Jered Weaver (18-9) and CJ Wilson (13-10) being better than Scott Kazmir (15-9), Sonny Gray (14-10) and Jon Lester (11-6). Watch the Angels blaze past Oakland on their quest for their first World Series title since 2002.

Orioles vs. Tigers: While the Tigers barely won the AL Central in the last days of the season, they will not be as fortunate in this matchup. The Orioles are 96-66, and the Tigers are just 90-72. This season, the Orioles have been dominant offensively, being led by Nelson Cruz, Adam Jones and Nick Markakis. Cruz has 40 home runs, 108 RBIs and a .271 batting average, which is strong compared to the Tigers’ best hitter, Victor Martinez, who has 32 home runs, 103 RBIs and a .335 batting average. While the Tigers also have slugger Miguel Cabrera, their offensive depth lowers dramatically after these two. Wei-Yin Chen (16-6), Bud Norris (15-8) and Chris Tillman (13-6) have all been electric for the Orioles, compared to Max Scherzer (18-5), Justin Verlander (15-12) and Rick Porcello (15-13) for the Tigers. However, the Orioles hitting will propel them to the ALCS.

NL Divisional Round

Nationals vs. Giants: The Nationals are best team in the National League with a record of 96-66, but they will be looking at a major upset against a well-rounded San Francisco squad. The Giants have Buster Posey, Hunter Pence and Pablo Sandoval to lead them offensively, among various other key players, and a stacked bench. The Nationals have Adam Laroche with 26 home runs, 92 RBIs and a .259 batting average, Ian Desmond and Anthony Rendon. Overall, the Giants have great depth, and win the offensive matchup slightly. But the Nationals true strength is their pitching, and this is where they outweigh the Giants. Doug Fister (16-6), Tanner Roark (15-10), Stephen Strasburg (14-11), Jordan Zimmerman (14-5) and Gio Gonzalez (10-10) make up one of the absolute best rotations in the MLB. Madison Bumgarner (18-10) is one of the top pitchers in the entire league, and Tim Hudson (9-13), Ryan Vogelsong (8-13), Jake Peavy (6-4) and Yusmeiro Petit (5-5) have proved to be a great rest of the rotation. While the Nationals have better pitching, look for the hot Giants bats to lead them to the NLCS.

Dodgers vs. Cardinals: The Dodgers and the Cardinals are two of the best teams in baseball with records of 94-68 and 90-72, respectively. While the Cardinals have stellar pitching with ace Adam Wainwright (20-9), Lance Lynn (15-10) and Shelby Miller (10-9) all having great seasons. However, the Dodgers have even better pitching. Clayton Kershaw (21-3) is the best pitcher in the MLB, and Zack Greinke (17-8) and Hyu-Jin Ryu (14-7) have been lights-out as well. Additionally, the Dodgers beat the Cards in the offensive category. Adrian Gonzalez has 27 home runs, 116 RBIs, a .276 batting average and Matt Kemp, Hanley Ramirez and Yasiel Puig have all been fantastic. For the Cardinals, Matt Holliday has 20 home runs, 90 RBIs and a .272 batting average, and Jhonny Peralta, Matt Adams and Matt Carpenter have all been good. The Dodgers have an all-around better team, and should cruise to the NLCS with relative ease.

AL Championship Round

Angels vs. Orioles: The Orioles will be coming off of a tough, long series with the Tigers, whereas the Angels will have easily defeated the Athletics in a short series. While both teams are similar in that they have excellent hitting, pitchings is what is going to win the AL Pennant for the Angels. Weaver and Wilson are all better than Chen, Norris and Tillman. And another factor that cannot be matched is Mike Trout. Trout will be playing in his first playoffs ever, and will be good for numerous home runs, RBIs and great defensive plays. Watch the Angels move on to the World Series in five or six games.

NL Championship Round

Dodgers vs. Giants: The Dodgers won this season series 9-10, but this will not be the case in the NLCS. The Giants are just too hot, and are ready to get payback on the team that stole the NL West from them. In addition to Buster Posey, big bats like Hunter Pence, Pablo Sandoval, Michael Morse and Travis Ishikawa will make the Dodgers’ pitchers pay, yes, even Clayton Kershaw. Also, the Dodgers pitchers have looked excellent on paper, but Kershaw is the only real untouchable one. Plus, Bumgarner is incredible, and the Giants pitching staff is really growing well and having great performances. Look for the Giants to win this series in seven games in what will be one of the all-time great postseason series’.

World Series

Angels vs. Giants: When the Giants get on a roll in the playoffs, they just don’t stop until they are holding up the World Series trophy. They won in 2010, then in 2012, and are on track to win every other year, and 2014 should be no different. If the Giants can get through the Dodgers pitching staff, the Angels’ pitchers should not be a problem. Look for the Giants offense to only get hotter and hotter as they try to relive their famous postseason magic of recent years. Look for the Giants to be victorious in seven games in a magnificent rematch of the 2002 World Series, in which the Angels won in seven games.

Top 10 Most Exciting MLB Series Remaining

With the MLB season coming to a close, there is still a lot that has yet to be decided. With just under two months of regular season baseball left, there are plenty of dynamic series that will shape the postseason. Here are the top ten most exciting series left in the season based off of Thuuz’s excitement ratings!

 

10: Athletics at Braves (August 15, 16, 17) –Average Thuuz Rating of 85

Right now, the A’s are barely first in the AL West, and the Braves are three games back in the NL East. Both teams are some of the best in the entire MLB, and are fighting for control of their divisions. Watch the A’s pitching try to shut out the Braves’ bats in what will prove the be a very exciting matchup.

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9: Tigers at Pirates, Pirates at Tigers (August 11, 12, 13, 14) –Average Thuuz Rating of 85

While the Pirates are playing some incredible baseball right now, they are in third place in the NL Central, and will try to gain traction against the star-studded Tigers. While the Tigers are in control of the AL Central, they still need to play well, and worry about the talented Royals catching up with them. Both teams are planning on making the playoffs, and this series could seriously help or hurt both teams’ chances. Again, the devastating Pirates’ hitting will try to combat the lights-out Tigers pitching.

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8: Giants at Brewers (August 5, 6, 7) –Average Thuuz Rating of 85

After shooting themselves in the foot with a huge losing period, the Giants basically need to win every game the can if they hope to keep up for the NL West. While the Brewers are where they want to be at the top of the NL Central, having two teams less than two games back from them is very threatening. Watch both teams go all-out in a must win series.

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7: Dodgers at Brewers (August 8, 9, 10) –Average Thuuz Rating of 86

The Dodgers are easily one of the best teams in baseball right now, but have shown weakness when set up against other talented squads. The Brewers are hoping to exploit this weakness, and hit all over the Dodgers’ excellent pitching rotation. Expect these teams to show what they are really capable of just before the playoffs.

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6: Giants at Tigers (September 5, 6, 7) –Average Thuuz Rating of 87

It will be the first time the two teams have played since the Giants swept the Tigers in the 2012 World Series, and tempers will surely run high. The Tigers are looking to widen the gap between them and the Royals in the AL Central, while the Giants try to hang on and pass the Dodgers for control of the NL West. This series will definitely be fun to watch.

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5: Brewers at Dodgers (August 15, 16, 17) –Average Thuuz Rating of 88

Same teams as the seventh rated series, just later in the season. These teams will have had just enough time recently to get a good feel of the other, and this will be a very strategic. With this series in Los Angeles, everybody will be watching, and this game could turn out to be an offensive stalemate, or a barnburner. Be sure to tune in.

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4: Nationals at Braves (August 8, 9, 10) –Average Thuuz Rating of 88

These teams are playing a lot of baseball against each other in the waning moments of the season, and there is no more important series than this. Unless both teams really turn it up, it looks like the winner of the NL East will make the playoffs, and the loser will just miss the last Wild Card spot. These teams will be sure to give it their all, and it will be very entertaining to watch.

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3: Giants at Dodgers (August 22, 23, 24) –Average Thuuz Rating of 89

This series will surely be one of the best of the season, considering the vehement hatred both teams reserve for each other, in addition to the possibility that this series decides who wins the division and who gets the Wild Card spot. This will be one of the most even series of the year, as the Dodgers are 1.5 games ahead, but the Giants lead the season series with seven games, as opposed to the Dodgers’ six. If you can only watch two series this season, this needs to be one of them.

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2: Orioles at Blue Jays (September 26, 27, 28) –Average Thuuz Rating of 89

This series poses a very interesting question for what will happen to the AL East, as both teams are neck and neck right now, and will have this as their last game of the season. The winner of the division, and possibly not making the playoffs at all are both realistic options for both teams. Watch the sluggers of both sides come out to play, and have a very exciting, offensive series.

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1: Angels at Athletics (September 22, 23, 24) –Average Thuuz Rating of 89

This is the best series of the entire 180 day season of the MLB. The A’s and Angels are the two best teams in baseball right now, and they both hate each other with a burning passion. In addition, the A’s are only one game up on the the Angels. Although there is one series after this for each team to end the season, this will most likely decide who has the top seed in the playoffs, and who could potentially exit the playoffs after just one game. No matter who they are playing against, the players on both teams are some of the most exciting in the game, and will provide the most entertaining matchup. When you see the star-studded A’s pitching rotation against Mike Trout, Albert Pujols and Josh Hamilton, you know this is going to be good. The diehard and the casual fan alike need to tune in to this series, or they should stop calling themselves fans of baseball.

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