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Game 98: Good Teams Win Series

In a normally quiet hamlet in Upstate New York, Rickey is making people laugh.

On the mound in the Bronx, Sergio Mitre has inspired me to prayer.

Mitre is what he is, an emergency starter on a team that had hoped to never need him.

Dallas Braden is another lesson on the development of starters. During his rookie campaign, he gave up 91 hits in 72 innings while walking a slew of guys, too.

But this year, Braden has moved from swingman to steady, and with his place in the rotation secure has put up a 1.29 WHIP, a hit per inning, a roughly 2:1 K:BB, and only one homer on the year.

Hit him early, hit him often. I want a big cushion for Sergio.