Wednesday, November 10, 2010

The Jazz Defeat the Heat and the Magic. Wait, What!?

You read it right. The Utah Jazz have gone East for the first time this season and knocked off two juggernaut teams in two days. This was the. same Jazz team many left for dead this summer after new of the prolonged absence of Mehmet Okur and the forever absence of Carlos Boozer and Wes Matthews.

So why this resurgence? Well, let me refer you to my theory, that of the dual big man. It is my contention that successful teams are built around two starting level post players. By my definition, a post player is not a center or  even a power forward. A post player is someone who plays in the post. In a day where the stretch four is all the rage, I contend that having two post players is better than having someone that can spread the floor.

World Series Post-View

Great Pitching. That's it. Great pitching beats great hitting. Great pitching wins championships. The Yankees won last year because they were willing to pitch their best on short rest, getting the most out of them. The Giants won this year because throughout their lineup, they have great pitching.

I don't know that there was much the Rangers could do about this one. Obviously, Games 1 and 2 were complete meltdowns, but still, I just don't see their lineup matching up. Josh Hamilton, Vlad Guerrero, all basically o-fer against the Giants. Vlad Guerrero was especially atrocious, with terrible defense and a hitting slump that didn't magically rectify itself.

And so congrats to the Giants. They pulled together at the right time. They learned this year to fight through adversity, to play together. And of course, they had great pitching. Is that why they won? You make the call.