Not in a Million Years......would I have predicted a Philadelphia Phillies/Tampa Bay Rays World Series.
Neither team has officially won their respective pennants yet, but both teams hold a commanding lead in their LCS. The Phillies lead the Los Angeles Dodgers, 3-1, in the NLCS. The Rays lead the defending World Series champion Boston Red Sox, 3-1.
With a win tonight at Dodger Stadium, the Phillies can wrap up the National League title and advance to their first World Series since 1993. The last time we found the Phillies in the Fall Classic, Mitch "Wild Thing" Williams served up a series-winning home run to Toronto Bluejays outfielder Joe Carter. Yes, both men were ex-Cubs.
Last night, the Rays pounded the Red Sox at Fenway Park to move one win away from appearing in their first World Series in franchise history. When the Rays completed a 3-game sweep of the Cubs around the All-Star break, I knew they were good. Late October good? I guess so.