Mariotti Show: Friday, October 4th

Missed part of the show? Here’s a rewind of the program on October 4, 2013.

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Hour One on The Jay Mariotti Show: October 4, 2013: 
Alex Rodriguez and his lawsuit against MLB will not get in the way of October’s real drama, if Jay has anything to do with it, even though A-Rod and his large platoon of lawyers and p.r. firms plotted the timing this way. Jay likes Tampa Bay in Game 1 of the ALDS to continue where it left off, even though the Rays have no idea where they are or what city they’re in after 11 days on the road. The Red Sox always will have more pressure in any series against Tampa Bay based on high expectations in their market, and Jay expects a five-game series, with Tampa riding its pitching and airtight way of playing the game. The big edge for Boston is closer Koji Uehara; Rays closer Fernando Rodney can be a freak show in the ninth inning. Look for Evan Longoria and David Ortiz to have huge moments. Jay thinks the Detroit-Oakland series also goes the limit, depending largely on which Justin Verlander shows up and how Miguel Cabrera fights through his injuries. Jay rips the Braves for a putrid performance — offensively, defensively — when Clayton Kershaw didn’t have his best stuff early. The Dodgers were energized by Adrian Gonzalez and Yasiel Puig, but they don’t need much production when Kershaw and Zack Greinke are dealing. Expect a sweep.

Hour Two on The Jay Mariotti Show: October 4, 2013: 
Jay expects a wild day/evening in Boston — rain, drunks in the stands — just the story of atmosphere in which Joe Maddon and the Rays thrive. Jay is pleased to see the Pirates rebounding in Game 2, but thoroughly expects a Dodgers-Cardinals NLCS that will be a classic series of contrasts. Something is wrong in Cincinnati, and Dusty Baker needed to go, Jay says, because there’s too much talent there to keep bowing out early. Tony La Russa’s name is being mentioned, and so is Barry Larkin’s. Jay likes the Larkin idea — he’ll command clubhouse respect and he’s beloved in his hometown. Jay dives into the NFL weekend and says the Tampa Bay Buccaneers rightfully are being hammered in the national media for their handling of the Josh Freeman mess. Jay says potential free agents in the league no longer trust Greg Schiano and thinks a coaching change will be made at season’s end — the Glazers should talk to Tony Dungy and assess if he’s interested in running the football operation and maybe bringing in Lovie Smith to coach. Jay is amazed that the Browns, after dumping Trent Richardson, are 3-0, and that they rode Brandon Weedon to victory after Bryan Hoyer’s knee injury. The AFC North is one of a few weak divisions in the NFL because the league is top-heavy, titled toward Denver and Seattle and not much else in the way of quality

Hour Three on The Jay Mariotti Show: October 4, 2013: 
Jay resets the division series. Looking ahead, he cites another Boston advantage in that Tampa Bay must use the unreliable Jeremy Hellickson against Boston’s Jake Peavy in Game 4, as Maddon announced today. Once upon a time, the Red Sox used to pound on the Rays until the tables turned in 2008, when the Rays toughened up, engaged in warfare and beat Boston en route to the World Series. Since then, Tampa Bay has held its own, but the Red Sox have retooled their lineup wisely this year with shrewd free agents, none bigger than Koji Uehara. The Dodgers are basking in their resurgence, and that includes one of their owners, Magic Johnson, who no longer is needed as a “face” of the franchise because of Kershaw, Greinke, Puig, Gonzalez, Don Mattingly and all the rest. Looking ahead to the NFL weekend, Jay can’t believe the Dallas Cowboys say they’re tired of the Peyton Manning hype a week after Philip RIvers passed them silly; a team ranked 27th in pass defense should shut up and play. Jay likes Seattle over Houston in what could be Matt Schaub’s final game as a starting QB. Jay likes Detroit to break a long road losing streak in Green Bay. In college football, Jay likes Stanford over Washington and Florida State over Maryand — he would like to pick Northwestern over Ohio State but can’t fathom the nerve. By Monday’s show, Jay says, the Braves will have been eliminated, and Boston-Tampa Bay and Detroit-Oakland will be 1-1 each.


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