The first round of the MLB playoffs will go down in the history books for the spectacular pitching performances put on by the likes of Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee, and Tim Lincecum among others. Halladay became a Philadelphia sports icon in an instant after pitching the second no-hitter in post-season history and his second of the year. Cliff Lee can be credited with winning the Texas Rangers their first series in franchise history single handedly, literally and Tim Lincecum also made history by posting a franchise best 14 strike-outs to help the Giants past the Braves in the first round.
The theme of this entire Major League Baseball season has seemed to be the dominance of pitchers and the playoffs have proven to be no different. During the season people searched for an explanation to this new trend, stating that hitters no longer using performance-enhancing drugs could be it. After seeing what the big name pitchers have done in this post-season, as they have all year, I think such excuses are a discredit to them and their achievements. I think a better explanation is simply that we are witnessing the best pitchers in the world today leaving everything they have on the mound in an attempt to win their team a World Series. I personally never thought that watching games with so few hits could be so entertaining but these pitchers have become a spectacle in themselves.
The first round of the playoffs was great to watch and the Division Championship match-ups look equally as entertaining. They begin tonight at 8:00 ET as the perennial power New York Yankees take on Cliff Lee and the Texas Rangers in the ALCS. Saturday nights game looks like a hitters worst nightmare as Lincecum and the San Francisco Giants take on Halladay and the Philadelphia Phillies in the NLCS. In what has been dubbed “the year of the pitcher”, this post-season promises to provide many more memorable moments and incredible pitching performances.