This week's Sports Illustrated previewed the World Series with a cover story with the following headline: "Welcome to the Big Bash," and this subhead, "Ryan Howard + A-Rod = World Series Home Run Derby."
Or maybe not. After two games Rodriguez and Howard have combined to go 2-for-17 with 12 strikeouts and zero home runs. Howard has both of the hits, and both players have six Ks. Good call SI.
Or maybe it's the famous SI jinx at work. It's known more for bringing down teams, but maybe in this case it's affected a couple of players. Howard and A-Rod have at least three more games to prove that wrong.