Thursday, October 2nd
Evan Longoria
went 3 for 3 with 2 HRs, 3 RBI, a Walk, and a SB.  Shane Victorino went 3 for 4 with a Run, 2 Doubles, a Grand Slam, a Walk, and 2 SBs.  Jimmy Rollins went 2 for 4 with a Run, a Double, a Walk, and a SB.  Jayson Werth went 2 for 4 with a Run, 2 Doubles, and a SB.  Pedro Feliz went 1 for 4 with a Run, a Double, and an RBI.  Brett Myers went 1 for 2 with a Run and a Walk.  Dewayne Wise went 1 for 3 with a HR and 3 RBI.  Paul Konerko went 2 for 4 with a solo HR.   Akinori Iwamura went 2 for 2 with a Run, a Triple, an RBI, and a Walk.  Willy Aybar went 1 for 2 with a Run and an RBI.  Jason Bartlett wetn 2 for 4 with a Run.  A.J. Pierzynski went 2 for 3 with a Run.  Ryan Braun went 2 for 4 with a Double.  J.J. Hardy wetn 1 for 3 with a Run, a Double, a RBI, and  Walk.  Craig Counsel had an RBI.  Rafael Furcal went 3 for 6 with 2 Runs and 2 RBI.  Russell Martin hit a Double and drove in 3 Runs.  Matt Kemp hit a Double and had an RBI.  Blake DeWitt scored a Run and had an RBI.  Manny Ramirez did his going 2 for 4 with 2 Runs, a HR, 2 RBI, and a Walk.  Casey Blake went 2 for 4 with 2 Runs and an RBI.  Derrek Lee went 2 for 4 with a Run and a Double.  Mark DeRosa went 2 for 4 with a Run, 2 Doubles, and 2 RBI.  Jim Edmonds hit a Double and had an RBI.  Aramis Ramirez, Juan Pierre, James Loney, Andre Ethier, Alexei Ramirez, B.J. Upton, and Ray Durham each scored a Run.  Jermaine Dye and Dioner Navarro each hit Doubles.

James Shields gave up 3 Runs in 6-1/3 Innings with 4 Ks to earn the Win for Tampa.  Brett Myers gave up 2 Runs on 2 Hits in 7 Innings with 4 Ks to earn the Win for Philly.  Chad Billingsley gave up 1 RUn on 5 Hits in 6 Innings with 6 Ks to earn the Win for the Dodgers.  Clayton Richard pitched 3-1/3 Innings of scoreles relief with 5 Ks.  Seth McClung threw 2 scoreless Innings of relief.  Cory Wade pitched 1-1/3 Innings of scoreless relief.  Jonathan Broxton (2 Ks), Salomon Torres, Eric Gagne, and J.P. Howell (2 Ks) each pitched an Inning of scoreless relief.  Grant Balfour struck out both batters he faced.  Dan Wheeler earned a Save for Tampa.  Brad Lidge pitched a perfect 9th to earn his second Save of the series.

Wednesday, October 1st
James Loney
smacked a Grand Slam.  Manny Ramirez went 2 for 4 with 2 Runs, a HR, an RBI, and Walk.  Mark DeRosa went 2 for 4 with a HR and 2 RBI.  Blake DeWitt went 2 for 4 with a Run and a Double.  Chase Utley went 1 for 4 with a Run, a Double and 2 RBI.  Shane Victorino had an RBI, 2 Walks, and a SB.  Russell Martin hit a solo HR.  Ryan Theriot went 2 for 4.  Jacoby Ellsbury went 3 for 5 with a Run, a Double, an RBI, and 2 SBs.  Jason Bay went 2 for 4 with a HR and 2 RBI.  Garret Anderson went 2 for 4 with a Run.  Torii Hunter went 2 for 3 with an RBI and a Walk.  Vladimir Guerrero and Mark Teixeira each had 2 Hits.  Kevin Youkilis, Jed Lowrie, Rafael Furcal, Andre Ethier, Jim Edmonds, Ray Durham, Carlos Ruiz, and Cole Hamels each scored a Run.  Ryan Howard walked 3 times.

Cole Hamels gave up 2 Hits in 8 scoreless Innings with 9 Ks to earn the Win for the Phillies.  Derek Lowe gave up 2 Runs in 6 Innings with 6 Ks to earn the Win for the Dodgers.  Jon Lester gave up 1 unearned Run on 6 Hits in 7 Innings with 7 Ks to win the opener for Boston.  Carlos Villanueva threw 2-1/3 Innings of scoreless relief with 3 Ks.  Jonathan Papelbon gave up 1 Hit in a scoreless ninth with 3 Ks to earn the Save for Boston.  Brad Lidge gave up a Run on 2 hits in the ninth, but he did strike out 3 to earn the Save for the Phillies.  Justin Masterson, Darren Oliver,Cory Wade, Jonathan Broxton, and Greg Maddux each pitched an Inning of scoreless relief.  John Lackey gave up 2 Runs on 4 Hits in 6 Innings with 5 Ks, but lost.

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Tuesday, September 30th
Jim Thome
went 1 for 3 with a Walk and a HR to produce the game’s only run.  Ken Griffey, Jr. went 1 for 3 with a Double and a great throw to nail Michael Cuddyer at the plate.  Jermaine Dye went 2 for 4.  Michael Cuddyer went 1 for 3 with a Double.  Brendan Harris went 1 for 3.  Orlando Cabrera went 1 for 4.  Denard Span and Alexei Ramirez each drew two Walks.  Nick Punto drew one Walk.

John Danks allowed just 2 Hits in 8 scoreless Innings to improve to 12-9 with a 3.32 ERA.  Bobby Jenks threw a 1-2-3 ninth with 1 K to nail down his 30th Save.  Nick Blackburn gave up 1 Run on 4 Hits in 6-1/3 Innings with 3 Ks, but lost.  Jose Mijares threw 1-1/3 perfect Innings of relief.  Joe Nathan threw 1/3 scoreless Inning.

So I didn’t do that well (I chose New Jersey, and Minnesota)Washington)  in the Opening Round of the Playoffs.  That’s not enough to stop me from making another round of predictions.

Montreal vs. Philadelphia
As much as I’d like to see the Broad Street Bullies continue to surprise, I’m going with Montreal.  Boston foot them tooth and nail, but they shoule know not to understimate anybody the rest of the way.

Pittsburgh vs. New York Rangers
I predicted New York to lose to New Jersey, so it should come as no shock to see I’m choosing Pittsburgh to roll over the Rangers this round.

Detroit vs. Colorado
This should be a fun series.  They have had epic battles in the past.  Problem is Colorado has many of the same players from the original rivalry, which means they are too old to be able to skate with Detroit.

San Jose vs. Dallas
Originally I chose San Jose to win the Stanley Cup.  I haven’t changed my mind yet (although Pittsburgh is close to making the switch).  I say they survive Dallas.

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George Kurtz of The Fantasy Sports Forum made his predictions for the opening round of the NHL Playoffs.  Let’s take a look at what he had to say.  George’s comments are in blue.  My picks are in orange.

With the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs set to begin on Wednesday, here is a preview of what to expect.

Eastern Conference
Montreal
(1) versus Boston (8)

Montreal won the season series 8-0.  I wouldn’t expect much to be different here.  Boston is an average team in a conference that is a little above average.  Could you even name who their top scorer is?  The Habs on the other hand have one of the better offenses in the NHL and a power play that is top notch.  Alexei Kovalev needs to lead the Canadiens in the playoffs, just like he has during the regular season.  
George’s Pick –
Montreal four games to one.
My pick – Montreal in five.  Boston is too overmatched. 

Pittsburgh (2) versus Ottawa (7)
This was not a good draw for Ottawa.  They are having problems on defense and in net, and who comes to town, Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, and Marion Hossa – fun, fun, fun.  In addition, Daniel Alfredsson and Mike Fisher will be out for the first round.  
George’s Pick –
Pittsburgh four games to two
My pick – Pittsburgh in five.  Too much offense.
 

Washington (3) versus Philadelphia (6)
Washington is the hottest team in the NHL, having won 11 of their last 12 games.  Sort of reminds you of the Colorado Rockies from baseball in 2007.  Philly has been up and down and is battling injuries to Daniel Briere and Simon Gagne.  The key to the series is Alexander Ovechkin, as he’s been an unstoppable force all season.  If Philly can keep him in check, they than can win the series.
George’s Pick –
Washington four games to three.
My pick – Washington in seven.  Ovechkin is on fire. 


New Jersey (4) versus Rangers (5)
The Rangers won the first seven games of the season series, yet in the most important game, the one that decided home ice advantage for the first round, they lost in a shootout.  Neither team scores a whole bunch, and they are both led by two terrific goalies, but when push comes to shove, the Rangers can score more than the Devils. 
George’s Pick –
Rangers four games to two
My pick – New Jersey in seven.  Goaltending will make the difference. 

Western Conference
Detroit (1) versus Nashville (8)
Nashville draws the short straw here.  Detroit is the best team in the NHL.  The only question marke they have is Dominki Hasek.  Can he stay healthy throughout the marathon which is the Stanley Cup Playoffs?  If he can, the teh Red Wings are the team to beat.
George’s Pick – Detroit four games to one.
My pick – Detroit in four.  Get out the Brooms. 

San Jose (2) versus Calgary (7)
Calgary has been an up and down team.  They seem to go as well as Jarome Iginla is playing.  
San Jose has been on fire for over a month now.  The addition of Brian Campbell seems to have been the missing piece the Sharks needed.  Patrick Marleau couldn’t have picked a better time to get hot.
George’s Pick –
San Jose four games to two.
My pick – San Jose in five.  San Jose is just too good.
 
 

Minnesota (3) versus Colorado (6)
If there is one lower seeded team that no one wants to play, Colorado is it.  Peter Forsberg and Joe Sakic are magic come playoff time, and they could be once again.Minnesota needs someone other than Marian Gaborik to come up big.  Pavol Demitra where are you?  
George’s Pick –
Colorado four games to three.
My Pick – Minnesota in seven.  Homer pick.   

Anaheim (4) versus Dallas (5)
One of the more interesting matchups in the first round.  Anaheim needs as much scoring as possible.  The return of winger will help fill that void, when he’s ready.  Anaheim is not going to give up many goals with their defense.  Sergei Zubov is almost certainly out for at least the first round, which will affect Dallas.
George’s Pick – Anaheim four games to two.
My Pick – Anaheim in seven.  The defending champs will live to fight another day.

Round 2
New Jersey over Montreal
Pittsburgh over Washington
Detroit over Anaheim
San Jose over Minnesota

Conference Finals
Pittsburgh over New Jersey
San Jose over Detroit

Stanley Cup Finals
San Jose over Pittsburgh

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