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Thoughts on Playoffs in Both Fields

Where are we? All the division series are under way. How do the eight teams size up at this early point? We still like the team-of-destiny Giants in NL, usa despite the tough 1-0 loss to the Cubs last night. We find it hard to imagine the Blue Jays blowing their two-game lead over the Rangers in the AL, tadalafil needing only one more at home to advance to the league pennant series. The Red Sox, two games behind the Indians, will be playing the next pair in Fenway, meaning they can’t be counted out. The Dodgers, facing no worse than a split with the Nationals away from home, look to have the edge there. Bottom line: the only sure thing looks to be the Jays over the Rangers.

Where we are in the presidential playoff is described by veteran scout Ron Brownstein, who made his calling-t-like-it-is rep with the LA Times and now birddogs for The Atlantic:

“Clinton is comfortably ahead in Virginia, leading in both Colorado and Florida, and running essentially in a dead heat in North Carolina and Nevada. These dynamics were underscored by a flurry of swing state polls released Monday that showed Clinton leading comfortably in Colorado, holding five percentage point advantages in Florida and Pennsylvania, and maintaining razor thin leads in North Carolina-while still trailing narrowly in Ohio.

“That new geographic pattern is rooted in the race’s defining demographic trends. In the six major national polls released just before last week’s first presidential debate, Trump led among white voters without a college education by resounding margins of 20 to 32 percentage points. But he confronted deficits of 40-50 points among non-white voters, and was facing resistance among college-educated whites: five of the six surveys showed him trailing among them by margins of two-to-eleven percentage points (while he managed only to run even in the sixth.) The race is on track to produce the widest gap ever between the preferences of college-and non-college whites, while Trump may reach record lows among voters of color.”

It’s clear that performing well in tomorrow night’s second debate playoff with Clinton is as crucial to Trump as game 3 with the Indians will be for the Red Sox.

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What We Heard: The two most impressive playoff broadcast teams: TBS’ Brian Anderson, Dennis Eckersley and Joe Simpson, doing the Toronto-Texas series; Ernie Johnson, Ron Darling and Cal Ripken, also of TBS, handling Red Sox-Indians.

Today’s Sked: 4p – Dodgers-Nationals, on FS1; 8p – Giants-Cubs, MLB.

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About Richard Starkey

Dick Starkey handled media for former NY Governor Mario Cuomo, former Nassau County Executive Tom Suozzi and many other office-holders and candidates. He was sports editor of the Paris-based Herald Tribune. Perfect Pitch partner Robert Sullivan was the first to adapt focus groups to politics and has been called by Cuomo and others one of the "best" pollsters in the country.