The National League's biggest surprise: Cody Ross
As I said on Twitter when Ross hit his fourth home run of the postseason and third in the NLCS last night: Shut the front door, Cody Ross!
Ross, who was claimed off waivers by the San Francisco Giants on August 22 and is hitting an impressive .350 (7-for-20) with six RBI, has hit more home runs in this year's playoffs than he did in 33 games with the Giants this season (3).
I didn't realize - and thanks to TBS's Tim McCarver for point this out last night - is that Ross has broken up three no-hitters this postseason: Atlanta's Derek Lowe (solo HR in the sixth inning); Philadelphia's Roy Halladay (solo HR in the third inning); and Roy Oswalt (solo HR in the fifth inning). And the pitch of Ross' choice: the inside fastball. Hopefully the remainder of Ross' opposing pitchers are taking notes.
According to MLB.com, Ross is the fourth player in Giants' history to hit at least four home runs in a postseason, while he also became the fourth player in MLB history to hit his team's first three home runs in a postseason series.
And he's in some pretty impressive company (again, from MLB.com): Babe Ruth (1926 World Series), Rusty Staub (1973 NLCS) and Willie Stargell (1979 World Series).
But I'm still taking the Phillies in the series for a Phillies-Rangers World Series.
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