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Posts from the ‘Playoff Previews’ Category

24
Oct

2012 MLB World Series Preview

By: Mike Asti

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6
Oct

2012 MLB Playoff Previews: Division Series

By: Mike Asti

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4
Oct

The HBS: Debate 101

By: Mike Asti and George Gerbo

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19
Oct

2011 World Series Preview: Cardinals – Rangers

By: Mike Asti

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9
Oct

The HBS: The Hunt For Red October

By: Mike Asti and George Gerbo

The Buzz-saw is heated. For this special second broadcast of the week, Mike and George discuss the conclusion of the MLB Divisional Series and prepare to preview baseball’s final four. Before covering the remaining teams, as they fight for the pennant, there is plenty of blame to go around in the clubhouses of the eliminated. What upset is more shocking? How will heavy favorites such as Philadelphia and New York respond to early exits? Will the Buzz-saw do the unthinkable and defend Alex Rodriguez? After running all over the diamond, the HBS team shifts over to the grid iron. Resident Packer fan, George “the Howitzer” Gerbo may have to pick sides between two championship quarterbacks once again. As always, the weekly picks close out the program. The Howitzer and Buzz-saw Show. Conquering sports radio, one day, at a time….

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8
Oct

ALCS Preview: Rangers – Tigers

By: Mike Asti

After months and months of action, the American League final stage is set. I’m not surprised by the two combatants by any means, both teams are more than deserving, but the squad that will climb the latter and grab the pennant in this steel catch match of a series will not do so without a fight. The Rangers return to the ALCS for the second consecutive season, their first two such appearances in franchise history following a wire to wire division title and another playoff matchup with the Rays. Last year Cliff Lee put the powerful Texas bats on his back. This season Mr. Lee is no longer around, he’s too busy licking his wounds with the rest of the Phillies “dream team,” that hasn’t stopped the Rangers effort. Texas still brings a potent punch and can rack up a 4 run inning without even blinking. That pop, coupled with a balanced rotation and arguably the best closer going, gives Ranger fans a reason to dream of not only another pennant, maybe that first ring. Read more »

30
Sep

The HBS: Wake Me Up When September Ends

By: Mike Asti and George Gerbo

A RIDICULOUS end to the MLB regular season lends the Howitzer and Buzz-saw much to discuss this week. Mike and George preview the 2011 baseball postseason and give you their picks for the World Series. In the Asinine Block, Ozzie Guillen’s move to Miami, Jose Reyes acting like a chump, and even a Buzz-saw rant on Steve Bartman round out our baseball talk. In the back half, we’ll take a look at this week in the NFL. The Howitzer still has a three-game lead on the Buzz-saw in the HBS Picks standings, after both Mike and George struggled to a 9-7 finish in Week 3. Who do they have winning this week, and which game will be the Mike Asti Asinine Game of the Week? Bust out the apple cider and pumpkin pie – it’s finally fall on The Howitzer and Buzz-saw Show. Conquering sports radio, one day at a time….

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30
Sep

ALDS Preview: Yankees – Tigers

By: Mike Asti

Jay - Z and Eminem are on enemy lines for this series.

The New York Yankees and Detroit Tigers will highlight a first round series many believe has “the real ALCS” written all over it. This is the exact spot both of these franchises expected to be going into the 2011 season. New York due to their unreasonable championship or bust mentality, Detroit solely based on their experience and talent. This always gives them a shot in the AL Central. However, it was not an easy road to October for either club. Read more »

30
Sep

NLDS PREVIEW: PHILS – CARDS

By: Brian McLaughlin

The Philadelphia Phillies, (102-60) and the St Louis Cardinals (90-72) will meet in the other National League Divisional series. This is a surprising matchup, obviously as we know by now the Braves collapse was completed Wednesday night and St Louis won themselves into the playoffs behind ace pitcher Chris Carpenter. For the Cardinals this has been a wild season. They came out of spring training with nothing but questions about Albert Pujols and his future with the team, as well as questions concerning their starting pitching after loosing co-ace Adam Wainwright for the season. The Cardinals had a rocky season to say the least at entered September with a 72-64 record 8 and a half games out of the wild card, with seemingly no playoff hopes what so ever. All they did was go 18-8 down the stretch behind fantastic starting pitching, an offense that was as hot as ever and the great leadership of Tony La’Russa. They fought and got themselves into the playoffs despite every up and down during the season. Read more »

30
Sep

ALDS: Rangers – Rays

By: Mike Asti

Wow! That’s all that needs to be said to describe baseball final night and the way Tampa managed to crawl into the post-season. Tampa surged back from 8.5 games back coming into September to dethrone the mighty Red Sox. While this is partly due to Boston blowing it, don’t sell the Rays short. They played determined in the season’s final month. Exactly 3 minutes after Boston lost to Baltimore in extra innings, Evan Longoria sent a ball over the shortest part of the fence to send his Rays to October and a ALDS re-match with Texas. Last year when I broke down this meeting I predicted Tampa’s speed and athleticism would be too much for an inexperienced Rangers team. Boy was I wrong. The Rangers kicked the Rays right out of the playoffs en route to the franchises first ever AL Pennant. With several key cogs of 2010’s division series long gone will Tampa have a chance to keep the luck alive and get revenge? Are the new look Rangers still too much for a now exhausted and less talented Rays team? This series might not get the hype of some others but it will undoubtedly be fun to watch. Read more »