Editor's note: Lenny Dykstra will explain his deep-in-the-money calls (now 71-0 for the year) at TheStreet.com Investment Conference on Saturday, Oct. 25. Click for details. October is the month when each and every win counts all that much more. Each win could be the difference between making history and going home. It's the time when heroes rise to the occasion and errors follow players for the rest of their careers. The sports world has its attention fixed firmly on the Major League Baseball playoffs. What started out as a 162-game endurance contest is now a series of do-or-die matchups. Four teams have survived the first round test, and they are not the ones many predicted at the start of the year, or the start of last week.
The best regular-season teams in each league are gone -- dismissed rather easily. The Dodgers swept the heavily favored Cubs, who were the best team in the National League this season. The Red Sox showed the Angels the door last night, taking the best-of-five series in four games. The Angels, who many predicted would win the World Series, lost the first two games at home. They fought back, taking Game 3 and tying Game 4 up late, only to lose in the end. Jason Bay scored on a two-out single to clinch the series for the Bosox. However, it was a botched play on the base paths by the Angels in the top of the ninth that brought the Fenway Park crowd to its feet and swung the momentum permanently back in the Sox' favor. You knew when Erick Aybar missed that suicide squeeze bunt and Jason Varitek was able to run down and tag Reggie Willits that the Angels were done.