Advanced Placement

The Red Sox advanced to the ALCS riding the pitching performance of Curt Schilling.  The Angels are a far better team than we saw in the ALDS, but injuries kept them in check.  Despite a line-up that wasn’t up to speed, credit has to go to the Red Sox pitching staff for allowing only 3 runs in the series.

Schilling certainly isn’t the pitcher he was even 2 years ago.  His velocity tops out at around 90 and his off-speed pitches have lost zip too.  But, he has become a better pitcher as a result instead utilizing placement and change of speed to keep batter off balance.  Not that Schilling was a gun slinger in his prime, rather he has just had to tighten things up a bit this year.  While the results were outstanding, you can tell there might be something wrong with Schilling based on his mound presence.  He takes a ton of time between pitches and doesn’t look completely comfortable.  Or maybe he is just taking more time because he knows he has to be more precise.  Or the 3rd, most likely theory is that I’m full of it and don’t know what I’m talking about.

Anyway, with an opponent TBD, here is the ALCS schedule.

Game Matchup Day Date Time ET TV
Gm 1 TBD @ BOS Fri Oct. 12 TBD FOX
Gm 2 TBD @ BOS Sat Oct. 13 TBD FOX
Gm 3 BOS @ TBD Mon Oct. 15 TBD FOX
Gm 4 BOS @ TBD Tue Oct. 16 TBD FOX
Gm 5* BOS @ TBD Thu Oct. 18 TBD FOX
Gm 6* TBD @ BOS Sat Oct. 20 TBD FOX
Gm 7* TBD @ BOS Sun Oct. 21 TBD FOX
* – if necessary

The best part of today’s win was the fact that it gives everyone some time off.  The Red Sox have 4 days off.  The bad news about this win is that Red Sox are now entering an ALCS being televised by Fox.  You know what that means, right?  Yup, Tim McCarver.  At least Brandon Arroyo isn’t on the team anymore.

I found some of his doozies on this site.  Here are a few samples:

2004 ALCS, Game 5? Red Sox vs. Yankees . David Ortiz hit a home run into right field.  Tim: "Mt. Everest erupts again!"…..too bad Mt. Everest isn’t a volcano! 

August 19, 2006 Yankees @ Red Sox.  "Pitching is such a vital part of the game, as far as winning is concerned"

Not to dump on McCarver as having to fill 4 hours of broadcast time would make most of us cry, but I know for a fact there are better options in this world.  My ideal team of course would be Sean McDonough and Jerry Remy.  If others complained that Remy was an active Red Sox broadcaster, then I’d have to say I’d pick…Joe Morgan.  Kidding, seriously, please.  I’d pick, hmmm.  I’m struggling here.

Other than Remy, I can’t really stand any of the national options.  I have to assume that any semblance of non-homerism displayed by my announcers cannot be tolerated by me.  I guess that means McCarver never had a chance with me.  Anyway, excluding Don Orsillo and Jerry Remy, who would your ideal broadcast team be for the ALCS (you have to pick from living options)?  Let us know your pick by leaving a comment.