Remember the Phillies and Angels?
A lot of people who are supposed to be experts would like to forget. After all, many prognosticators in March had Philadelphia and Los Angeles in the World Series.
Who could stop Philly’s starting pitching on their way to a trophy? How many runs would Albert Pujols’ new team score in rolling to a title?
What happened in the past six months is what makes Major League Baseball most endearing. More than any other professional sport, there is an intangible karma on the diamond that simply cannot be predicted.
With that, we offer three surprises, three disappointments and one ill-advised prediction as the postseason starts today with St. Louis at Atlanta and Baltimore at Oakland.