Wednesday, October 24, 2012

The Inaugural Right Brothers: 2012 World Series Predictions

Welcome to the newly established "Right Brothers" segment where my brother (@davegot) and I (@SportsByGotti) will debate in our own unique fashions.  We are called the Right Brothers because one of us is correct (me) and the other is just a Republican (him).  Don't believe me?  See how this joker spouts opinions and ridiculousness compared to stats and reasoning by me.  Granted, my picks are horrendous, but his are typically worse and I at least have much more sound reasoning.

Pre-Argument Weigh-In: We look like this


@SportsByGotti
12:03 PM
Okay, Dave. We're here because you think that you have the correct pick in the World Series despite not picking a winner before the playoffs started.

@davegot
12:04 PM
It's not that I think I have the correct pick. I actually know who is going to win and I can tell you the exact number of games. I'm just that good

@SportsByGotti
12:05 PM
I would like to point out the first useless fact of the day: In 2006, the Detroit Tigers had six days of rest before facing the "inferior" St. Louis Cardinals. The Tigers then lost in five games.

@davegot
12:06 PM
It had nothing to do with the rest and everything to do with being able to make a throw to 1st base from the mound

@SportsByGotti
12:07 PM
A break in routine creates a break in discipline

@davegot
12:08 PM
and as chuckie Knoblauch can tell you, once you get the yips, it's hard to shake
Don't give me this break crap
it's not like these players are sitting on a beach in Cabo while they wait
...unless you're Tony Romo and Jason Witten

@SportsByGotti
12:08 PM
..yet another reason why "captain" Derek Jeter is overrated. His captaincy couldn't help ARod, Knoblach, Pavano, J. Wright, Javy Vazquez (twice)

@davegot
12:08 PM
No arguments there, Yanks should have traded Jeter when they got A-Rod

@SportsByGotti
12:08 PM
anyway, why are we talking about the Yankees
the World Series has to be more interesting, right?
..maybe..

@davegot
12:09 PM
because them and the Red Sox are the only reason baseball makes money

@SportsByGotti
12:09 PM
..and the Dodgers
DODDGHHASS...Discount Double Check!

@davegot
12:09 PM
only when the Lakers are bad

@SportsByGotti
12:09 PM
..just wait...that will happen

@davegot
12:10 PM
but who would you have from the Dodgers in the commercial? I bet you the majority of baseball followers still think Joe Torre manages them

@SportsByGotti
12:10 PM
you can put magic johnson on the commercials

@davegot
12:10 PM
Are they the west coast Nets?
let's use the smallest % owner as the face of the franchise

@SportsByGotti
12:10 PM
that would be the Angels

@davegot
12:11 PM
at least the Angles have Pujos.

@SportsByGotti
12:11 PM
the Nets had Jason Kidd when he was good
and Deron Williams and Joe Johnson now

@davegot
12:11 PM
Just saying, using Magic to promote the Dodgers is like the Nets using Jay-Z for promotion

@SportsByGotti
12:12 PM
anyway, World Series Talk!

@davegot
12:12 PM
and no one except hard-core basketball fans could pick Joe Johnson out of a lineup
Joe could walk down the streets of Brooklyn without being stopped once

@SportsByGotti
12:12 PM
The STL bullpen (2.22 ERA) has both Lefties and Righties that can matchup against the Detroit lineup...can Detroit say the same?

@davegot
12:13 PM
who cares, Detroits 3-4-5 hitters are awesome
Miggy did win the triple crown

@SportsByGotti
12:13 PM
until this year, delmon young has been a joke (cue throwing bat at umpire video)

@davegot
12:14 PM
so he must have been able to hit against all ptichers
Big Macs and HGH do wonders
Too bad Melky wasn't smart enough to take untraceable drugs

@SportsByGotti
12:15 PM
quick..name an effective Tigers bullpen pitcher not named Phil Coke (who has only been effective twice)

@davegot
12:15 PM
Doesn't matter when your starters go 8 innings and leave with a 4 run lead

@SportsByGotti
12:16 PM
so that is your assumption
for four games out of 7
that's asking a lot

@davegot
12:16 PM
quick..name a Giants hitter who the Tigers fear

@SportsByGotti
12:16 PM
Pablo Sandoval
Buster Posey

@davegot
12:16 PM
please
singles hitters

@SportsByGotti
12:17 PM
buster posey: 24 hr/103 rbi .336 avg

@davegot
12:17 PM
those are cute numbers
I said fear

@SportsByGotti
12:18 PM
hunter pence, too
but he is more of a doubles hitter in that ballpark
SEGUE

@davegot
12:18 PM
who was so feared that the Giants are is 3rd team in 3-4 years

@SportsByGotti
12:18 PM
ATT Park will be the great equalizer
for the Giants lineup

@davegot
12:18 PM
Fielder will have a field day
at AT&T park

@SportsByGotti
12:19 PM
and the bitter cold weather late october/early november bring in the paradise that is the Detroit Metro area

@davegot
12:19 PM
remind those tree-huggers of Bonds on HGH

@SportsByGotti
12:19 PM
..cuz Melky Cabrera didn't...

@davegot
12:19 PM
Melky doesn't jack it like Prince
they'll have to rename McCovey Cove to Prince's Pond after the series

@SportsByGotti
12:20 PM
are you implying that the cove is small?

@davegot
12:21 PM
Doesn't really matter, just means that Prince will deposit lots of home run balls there

@SportsByGotti
12:21 PM
over/under prince home runs in SF 1.5

@davegot
12:22 PM
over
he'll take zito out tonight
Tigers win by at least 3 runs tonight

@SportsByGotti
12:24 PM
you do realize that Prince's OPS is .558 this postseason, right?
and that SF carries three lefties in its bullpen to add to the two lefties they start

@davegot
12:28 PM
You overvalue this lefty-lefty thing. Weren't they calling Zito a huge bust in SF? And he's the game 1 starter. I don't care if he's a lefty, he has a tendancy to get shalacked
off topic a bit, but did you see that the Islanders are moving to Brooklyn

@SportsByGotti
12:30 PM
yes
in 2015
back to Zito
this postseason
10.1 IP, 2er
against arguably the two best NL offenses (CIN and STL)

@davegot
12:30 PM
still NL hitting
fortunately, we'll be able to find out shortly which Zito shows up

@SportsByGotti
12:31 PM
Cincinnati has AL hitting
joey votto and jay bruce are good hitters
and brandon phillips
also...NL rules
which leads to only 8 hitters in the DET lineup

@davegot
12:32 PM
DET's 8 hitters are better than SF's 8
and Det's starting pitching is better than SF's

@SportsByGotti
12:32 PM
which is stupid...play by the same rules..don't give one league an institutionalized advantage over the others
DET's defense and bullpen are worse
and i will argue for a push on starting pitching

@davegot
12:32 PM
When your pitchers get people to SO or hit lazy grounders and fly balls

@SportsByGotti
12:32 PM
verlander is clearly the best pitcher

@davegot
12:32 PM
anywone can play defeense

@SportsByGotti
12:33 PM
but i will take matt cain and madison bumgarner 2 and 3

@davegot
12:33 PM
no way
I('
I'll take fister and scherzer
make sure to delete these lines

@SportsByGotti
12:33 PM
sure
i'll make sure to delete "and scherzer" as well
@SportsByGotti
1:35 PM
are you familiar with Eric Karabell

Round 2: We're starting to look more like this: 

@davegot
1:36 PM
the fantasy dude
king of all annoyances

@SportsByGotti
1:36 PM
yes
"The Giants can pitch, too, and they have the edge in defense, the bullpen and Marco Scutaro"
thoughts
he picked Giants in 6

@davegot
1:40 PM
Over a 162 game season playing against a multitude of teams, the edge in bullpen and defense means something
however, Detroits starting pitching is terrific
has plenty of rest
they will be strong and therefore significantly lessen the importance of great defense and bullpen
You know I love numbers, but they only work over large periods of time

@SportsByGotti
1:42 PM
then if you want short period of time nonsense
SF is the hot team

@davegot
1:42 PM
no way, Detroit is

@SportsByGotti
1:42 PM
not with 5 days off

@davegot
1:42 PM
they're still super hot and super confident
they dismantled the Yankees

@SportsByGotti
1:43 PM
i can argue they're super rusty and complacent
and that miggy will get another DUI
out of boredom
who are your X factors

@davegot
1:43 PM
what do you mean?

@SportsByGotti
1:43 PM
Who are the non-mainstream players that you feel will make the difference
the David Ecksteins if you will

@davegot
1:49 PM
I don't have a good answer for that. I would say that if Det's 1 & 2 hitters are setting the table for Miggy
SF will be in trouble

@SportsByGotti
1:49 PM
so Austin Jackson (former Yankee..involved in HGrandersonH trade
)

@davegot
1:50 PM
yup
continue to show the Yanks they made a bad move trading him for PED Granderson

@SportsByGotti
1:51 PM
Jim Bowden says, "The Giants will win teh World Series as I predicted before the postseason because their matchup bullpen will be the difference-maker"...thoughts?

@davegot
1:51 PM
I'll add another X-Factor, since baseball refuses to adapt to 21st centure technology, the Umps can play a HUGE factor
so far they haven't had a strong playoffs
and I still applaud Atlanta fans for showing their disgust

@SportsByGotti
1:52 PM
this is why you're a terrible person
that kind of behavior is unacceptable
that's hooliganism

@davegot
1:53 PM
whatever, when baseball still continues to stick its head up its ass when it comes to utilizing technology and properly reviewing umpires, fans have little recourse

@SportsByGotti
1:53 PM
how bout not going to games

@davegot
1:53 PM
though, the Ravens fans chanting a full stadium BULLSHIT is pretty sweet

@SportsByGotti
1:53 PM
also acceptable
not family friendly
but acceptable

@davegot
1:57 PM
just like communism, not going to games is great in theorty
but doesn't work in practice
not enough people boycott games so basically you end up punishing yourself
Getting back to Bowden
the bullpen argument is irrelevant. Detroit's starters will probably to 7 or 8 innings and will probably have 3-4 run leads when they leave
Det's bullpen is not that horrendous
to = go
Tristan Cockcroft (bet he got teased with that name growing up): Justin Verlander is lined up for Game 1, the Tigers' rotation couldn't be much hotter, and the Giants have endured a potentially exhausting path just to get this far.
Keith Law: The Tigers' starting pitching advantage trumps Bochy's bottomless bullpen.
Anyway, are you prepared to hear the truth for the series:

@SportsByGotti
1:58 PM
always

@davegot
1:59 PM
Detroit will win in 5 games. The series will go, Det,SF,Det,Det,Det

@SportsByGotti
2:00 PM
so you think that the giants will not win one game on the road

@davegot
2:00 PM
Verlander will get MVP after two dominant performances where he will give up 1 run total

@SportsByGotti
2:08 PM
the team that is 3-2 on the road so far this postseason
here is my truth (based on stats and fact):
Because the Tigers average 4.14 pitches per at bat (most in post season), that will jack up pitch counts. Because of the elevated pitch counts, that will force them to use their bullpen, which currently has Phil Coke pencilled in as the closer
Phil Coke: .802 career OPS against right-handed hitters
and what do you know...the Giants best hitters are switch or righties
throw in that the Tigers starters walk 4.6 percent of hitters, which was the second worst of all playoff teams (Baltimore being the worst)
and, this is pure nonsense, but if I were the video coordinator in SF, I would loop the video of all the 2006 DET pitchers (Verlander included) making throwing errors on routine plays
I say SF in 6: DET, SF, SF, DET, SF, SF
in what will be a very close series...but because the games will be close, that plays into the Giants favor
due to home field, rules, and bullpen

@davegot
2:19 PM
If you look at the top 5 players in the series, Detroit has at least 4 of them
in a short time period, talent usually wins

@SportsByGotti
2:20 PM
who is the fourth?

@davegot
2:20 PM
Verlander, miggy, Prince and Delvin
I'll give you Posey

@SportsByGotti
2:21 PM
...exactly...Delvin Young, the newest Tiger
will he be the defensive replacement for Delmon Young?

@davegot
2:21 PM
you know who I meant

@SportsByGotti
2:21 PM
yes, but couldn't resist
and delmon young is not the fifth best player in this series
by a long shot
Matt Cain is

@davegot
2:22 PM
I guess we'll know who's right in a week
Loser buys wings at Bub's (as long as it's a Wednesday)

@SportsByGotti
2:22 PM
Indeed we will
sure
There you have it folks
a round of $.25 wings is on the line
this is big money stuff

@davegot
2:22 PM
At least we can agree on somethin g

@SportsByGotti
2:22 PM
anyway, that is all for now. We should probably get some real world work done

@davegot
2:23 PM
unlike the NHL and NHLPA

@SportsByGotti
2:23 PM
topic for another day

@davegot
2:23 PM
definitely

Post-Match Results Look Like This: 

No one won and we both look like idiots (and yes, we're both wearing suits).  Also, who isn't totally wicked super pumped about Arrested Development returning?!?!?!?!?!

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