Each morning during the playoffs, we'll attempt to answer some questions about the playoff games that absolutely nobody asked. This could be helpful and fun or this could be painful and uninformative. Either way, it's another listicle in the listicle-ful sportsblogosphere.
- What was Mike Scioscia thinking last night? Whether you'd like to start with the suicide squeeze call or his decision to leave Scot Shields in the game after giving up a couple hard hit balls, you can question Scioscia from now until April 1st and he won't care. In the top of the ninth with a runner on second and no outs, Scioscia played for one run (which makes absolute sense) but called for an extremely risky suicide squeeze against a good infield defense. Why not let Aybar swing away there?
- Who predicted B.J. Upton was going to hit two dingers in the Rays clincher? Not me, not anyone. Kid had just nine homers all season long and started these playoffs with an 0-for-5 against Javy Vazquez and Clayton Richard. The Rays are deeper offensively than we had expected and with that bullpen that blew opposing hitters away all year long, it's going to be a tough row to hoe for the Red Sox.
- How much fun did the Rays have in the clubhouse? They had a bukkakke party for the ages, emptying the coolers of all the delicious BLt's and scrumptious champagne. Young Jonny Gomes even brought a bottle of tequila to the party, and manager Joe Maddon totally ate the worm.
- Will any road teams win a game in the ALCS? Knowing that the Red Sox and Rays nearly split their season series down the middle, with each team winnings almost every home game, I'm going to say 'no'. If this one doesn't go to Game Seven, I'll eat my hat.
- What are we supposed to do the next two nights? With no ALDS or NLDS Game Fives to watch, we're stuck catching up on our DVRs or...ugh...watching the Presidential town-hall-style debates. There's nothing else worth watching on Tuesday or Wednesday nights.
Worst of all, there are nearly 60 hours until the next liveglog.