Last night’s wild card play-in game might have been one of the best I’ve ever watched. We had several lead changes, several crucial mistakes, and several players step up when it mattered most. First and foremost, I shouldn’t shy away from my belief that Matt Holliday should be the MVP. His numbers are without a doubt some of the best by any player this season and, even though I like Jimmy Rollins, a lot has to be said for Holliday’s impact on this team. I hate to use this example but if you were to take Rollins out of that Phillies lineup, it’d still be a relatively competitive team. I think if you take Holliday out of this Rockies lineup, you have the same 10 to 15 games under .500 team that you had before he developed into the monster he is.
And what’s the deal with Jake Peavy? Over the past three seasons, Peavy has asserted himself to be one of the most dominant pitchers in the game. When it comes time for the big game, however, Peavy has choked with remarkable Buffalo Bills consistency. His outing last night was far from spectacular and the six runs he surrendered were as many as he had given up in his past four starts combined. Sure, he’s a lock for the Cy Young, but does it really mean much if he’s sitting at home watching the Rockies face the Phillies in the divisionals?
Finally, my case against instant replay. I don’t care if Matt Holliday touched the plate. Matt Holliday even said in the post-game interview that he didn’t know if he touched the plate. Regardless, the umpire called him safe and that should be the final verdict. This game isn’t like football. Baseball isn’t a non-stop action sport. The integrity of the umpires and the integrity of the game would be compromised with a review system. And aren’t the blown calls just a part of the game anyways? The strike zone is an invisible box that is created by the umpire. This game is built around the umpire using his two eyes, not multiple camera angles. It should stay that way.