Tuesday, October 21, 2008

One More Thought

I'd just like to add one more thought on the ALCS. It's about the MVP award, which was given to Matt Garza. Garza pitched brilliantly over two games, including the clinching Game 7, recording a 1.38 era in 13 innings with 14 strikeouts and 6 walks. There is certainly no issue giving the award to Garza as he won both his starts, and pitched fairly dominantly allowing only 8 hits between them. I would however like to point out the performance of B.J. Upton. Upton hit .321 with 4 home runs in the ALCS to go along with 4 walks, 7 strikeouts and 2 stolen bases. Evan Longoria's stats were comparable, with Longoria also hitting 4 homers, but I just want to point out how good Upton has been this whole postseason. He's hit 7 home runs in the postseason, after hitting only 9 during the regular season. He tried to make up for his power outage during the regular season with more stolen bases, but it was a down year after his phenomenal 2007 campaign. This is the B.J. Upton I was hoping we'd see more of this year, and I must say it's a joy to finally watch him hit the ball with authority. I hope that no matter what happens in the World Series, Upton is able to carry this type of performance over to next season because he's a supremely talented player that everyone should have the pleasure of watching- much like a Grady Sizemore. I'm glad many of the Rays are finally getting exposure on a national stage, because it's great to see them get the recognition they deserve after watching them perform so well in obscurity all year.

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