Originally posted by shaunc7
White Sox in 4.
OK. Emotionally, I hope you are right, at least about who wins, although 4-game sweeps in the Series really suck. But please tell me WHY the Sox
should be favored when they staggered into the Series with the help of atrocious umpiring (much worse than Houston's), and their staff has zero
experience of this magnitude, while Clemens is a god and Pettite has a ton of pressure-cooker experience and Oswalt's been their ace lately & pitched
a masterpiece to get them there.
I mean, I want you to be right. I want you to be right because NOBODY should have to go so long without winning it. But even without Clemens, I'd
probably still prefer Houston's staff (a close call). Clemens has won 2 more E.R.A. titles than Sandy Koufax, Matthewson, Walter Johnson or any other
MLB pitcher whose name was not Lefty Grove (the standard expert choice for the greatest pitcher ever).
Clemens pitched in an atrociously, ridiculously bad pitcher's park this year, and kept his ERA under 2.00. His ERA, with adjustments made for that
ballpark, was 121% better than the average NL pitcher. That's the 8th best Adjusted ERA figure since the end of the Dead Ball Era, which is
preposterous for a guy who's 43 and not a knuckleballer.
Moreover, baseball insiders all say that for the last few weeks of the season and in the playoffs thus far, Clemens isn't even their best pitcher.
OSWALT is. And I doubt I need tell you about Pettite's talent, experience under pressure, etc.
I know how bad the Astros' offense has been most of the year. It's why Clemens wasn't 21-2, or something like that, generating talk about the
greatest season ever. And I know that even though Burke is a great story and has earned immortality, he's not exactly who you'd want to rely upon at
this time. Also, of course, the Chisox have one extra home game.
With those things said, I'm fresh out of things to say in their favor. So please--and I'm not trying to be antagonistic or sarcastic--enlighten me.
If you think the Chisox will win in 4 (I doubt you believe that), or even if you think they are clearly the better team, then you obviously think they
should be big favorites in the Series.
Please tell me why. I will read, and open-mindedly consider, everything you have to say. I really want them to win. I'm a huge Clemens fan
(obviously), but I think he's had enough moments of glory for, oh, about 500 careers, don't you? Petite's had his, too, and Burke has had one of the
most glorious and historic moments in recent years. I have nothing invested in their winning, and want to see your team to win in 7, especially now
that Rocket won't be starting Game 7.
Please tell me why I'm wrong and why the Chisox are supposed to be favored. I want to sit here and root for them with some degree of conviction and
belief that they really are the better team. Please persuade me.
Baseball History Nut