Beware Dodgers and Phillies: History Is Not On Your Side...

Bobby CashContributor IOctober 14, 2008

Here is a little history lesson for those of you who are Dodgers or Phillies fans, and you might not like this fact.

The last three times the Dodgers and Phillies have faced off in the NLCS, the winner went on to lose the Fall Classic to an AL East opponent.

That does, however, bode well for those Rays and Sox fans.

Where have the Dodgers bats gone? Except for game 3, the 5-9 hitters are batting well under .250 for the series and have only driven in 2 runs.

The Phillies have had the timely hits and their bullpen has been solid.

The Dodgers do have one thing on their side and that is the experience of Manny Ramirez. He was a part of the Red Sox teams who came back from being down 3-1 to the Indians last year, and the Yankees in 2004.

He knows whats ahead for this young Dodgers team and their youth just may help them. They need solid starting pitching and Rafael Furcal must get on base if they are to come back from this deep hole they have dug themselves.

If you hadn't followed the AL this year you might think that the Rays were the team who had been to the playoffs each of the past four years. This Rays team has something about them that you cannot help but root for.

They are young, inexperienced, and remind me a lot of the youthful Indians teams of the mid '90s. If their starting pitching stays solid they just may be celebrating a championship come late October. And wouldn't that be the story of the year.

On to the recap of football from last weekend...

The NCAA games were not very nice to us this weekend...

The only games we hit were Michigan State -1.5 and Texas +7. Colt McCoy matched Sam Bradford throw for throw all day long and it was nice to see him finally get the big game. They have a tough test though against Mizzou coming off a tough loss at home so there is no time to bask in the lime-light.

In the NFL we broke even. Green Bay's defense looked good althought it was against the #3 QB for the Seahawks. And the Brownies looked like a completely different team coming out of the bye week against the defending champs. They need desperately to win this Sunday in Washington to validate this win against the Giants.

On the weekend we went 4-6 bringing the season total to 10-10.

Check back Thursday night for next week's picks and a World Series preview, if both series are completed.