Look, we here at Picked Last live in Oakland (apart from some of our contributors who are out there trolling the A’s fanbase for cheap laughs because the Phillies suck and their GM Amaro is finally realizing computers have data that might help in a baseball game).
We’re hoping for an A’s win. There’s a difference between want/hope and think is going to happen.
One thing I really want to avoid though is bashing Detroit here. For one, I am a big fan of their 1/2 punch (and we won’t even get into the fact that their 3/4 are 1/2 worthy)
Scherzer and Verlander.
We know the Verlander platitudes, but those who know me, know I love pitching.
Hell, I love Kershaw and Greinke (Dodgers pitchers) and I’m a Giants fan.
I love the game, I love excellence and domination in the game. And again, I love pitching. And Verlander is incredible. It’s an honor to get to see him pitch.
Let’s not take the greatness we see for granted on either team, but Verlander will most likely go in the hall someday, and we’ll get to say we bore witness to him.
I do want to talk about the lesser known Scherzer. Max Scherzer is a consistently underrated pitcher (well, until this year, when he got more ‘pitcher wins’). Scherzer is a smart guy, a wonderful baseball thinker, and having read this long piece on Scherzer, I hope people will show him some respect tonight. I encourage everyone to read this article on him. Knowing he’s taking the ball in game 1, I can imagine, as someone who loves his brother dearly (and my brother is, a green jacket wearing A’s fan/homer who argued Chris Carter was a borderline All-Star), how much this all means.I love watching Scherz (in fact, I call getting K’d by him ‘getting Scherzed’) and have been following him for a few seasons.
So, while hoping for the A’s to win it, I want to say it’s going to be a lovely series. And I’ll be watching it all, hoping for those 2-0 games with 20 strikeouts and 2 walks.