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The beauty of baseball, ch. 1

One of the great things about baseball is that any team can win any one game. Unlike football or, I believe, soccer, a single baseball game can go just about anywhere. That's one of the reasons that game seven of the world series is one of the best sports moments that can occur. While the better team usually wins and somehow a teams weaknesses come to light when it matters, there is a chance that either team could win.

This was beautifully (and somewhat painfully) displayed yesterday in the Red Sox v. Angels doubleheaders. Looking at the matchups, it was clear that these two good teams would split the twinbill. The Sox would lose game one. They had a rookie pitcher going, their backup catcher and shortstop starting, and were facing a Cy Young candidate in John Lackey (15-6 going in). But, they won that game by getting a good start from the rookie and pounding Lackey for 6 first inning runs. Then, they were obviously going to win the next game. They had their ace Josh Beckett going against Ervin Santana sported a 4-11 record and an ERA over 6 runs going in. So... the Sox lost that one. While it killed me to watch Gagne blow the game yesterday, it did remind my of the beautiful unpredictability of baseball.

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