Cardinals versus Dodgers 2009 NLDS reading list

by on October 8, 2009 · 0 comments

I had planned to put this up this morning and never found the time.

Unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on your viewpoint), it now serves as a great distraction from the late innings of Game One between the Cards and Dodgers out at Chavez Ravine.

Assembled below is a wide-ranging smorgasboard of links culled from across the intarwebz and presented to you as is.  Hope you enjoy, and understand that some of them are already dated given the first game winding down already.

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Big League Stew at Yahoo! Sports continued their “10 Numbers” series by looking at a set of integers they thought important to the Cards-Dodgers series.

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The Hardball Times asked a couple of SBNation bloggers – Larry Borowsky of Viva El Birdos and Eric Stephen of True Blue LA why their respective teams would win.

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The Baseball Analysts collectively choose the Dodgers to win the series, four analysts to two, after bantering about bullpens, comparing defense, and at least one analyst wondering aloud whether the Cards have played over their heads all season.

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The Los Angeles Times obviously has an investment in the series…

Jon Weisman brings up the strength of schedule debate at his Dodger Thoughts blog.

The Times appears to give the Dodgers the edge in their matchup preview, but the prediction at the top is a Cardinal sweep?  Must be a weighted scoring system (and one that was obviously written without the good fortune of watching tonight’s debacle first).

Finally, more glowing reviews for the Cardinals’ first baseman, Albert Pujols.

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The aforementioned True Blue LA blog gave their readers a brief overview of the Cards on Monday.

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The MLB Fanhouse ranks the Cardinal starting rotation as tops in the playoffs, and just for an added bonus, comment hilarity ensues after the post.

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Yahoo! Sports had the AccuScore folks run their numbers on this series and they came to the same conclusion as a lot of other folks.  Apparently the Dodgers weren’t reading this stuff.

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The Dodgers blog Memories of Kevin Malone concluded that this should be a pretty hotly contested short series by looking at comparisons of pitching and hitting between these two teams.

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Finally, editor emeritus of Deadspin and die-hard Cardinal fan Will Leitch posted his long-awaited preview of the Cards-Dodgers series this morning.  Read it.

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Ok, that should keep you busy for a while.  I’m going back to watching Game One and wondering how the game is still within reach at this point.

By the way, in case you haven’t heard, George Lopez is getting a new show on TBS.  Don’t forget to bring the guacamole, or a hitter may interrupt his at bat to berate you.

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