LCS games continue to be close

LCS games continue to be close
October 16, 2013, 11:00 am
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Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Justin Verlander (35) delivers a pitch during the eighth inning in game five of the American League divisional series playoff baseball game against the Oakland Athletics at O.co Coliseum. The Tigers defeated the Athletics 3-0.

(Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports)

The World Series begins a week from now. It will start in either Boston or Detroit, and we can only hope it’ll live up to the American League Championship Series.

The National League Championship Series could end today as the St. Louis Cardinals have a 3-1 lead over the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Eleven teams have come back to win the series’ last three games after a 3-1 deficit. The San Francisco Giants did it last year against the Cardinals in the NLCS.

After watching Hanley Ramirez try valiantly to play, it seems unlikely that the Dodgers have enough to win three straight.

The American League is something else. The Red Sox’s 1-0 win over the Tigers was yet another exciting one. Mike Napoli’s home run over hard-luck loser Justin Verlander was the only run.

Detroit has two games at home on Wednesday and Thursday and can’t lose both.

The dominance of pitching has been astounding. Two 1-0 games, and 13 runs scored by both teams in three games. In the NLCS, just 15 runs in four games.

Television ratings are up. Competitive games and teams with large, rabid followings are the reason. Let’s hope it continues.