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He pulls Hughes after 99 pitches, even though he is pitching well and just blew away the last hitter he faced. Instead, he calls upon an overworked Boone Logan, who was simply awful.
10 - Moss took what looks to me to be a strange route. Compare how deep he is (perhaps because of his hesitation) compared to Kinsler in the previous clip.
13 Ks in 5 innings for Greinke. 109 pitches, so he's probably done for the night.
By the way, a little Walt shout out to Torii Hunter -- that dude has aged WAY better than I thought he would. That deal worked out very well for the Angels which raises the possibility (possibility mind you) that I was wrong.
Looking a little closer just now, his bb/k rate is his worst since 2002 and his power has declined...his XBH % and XB/H % are the lowest of any full season of his career. But thanks to his .380 ! babip he has that nice BA, and it keeps his OBP and SLG up.
What happens if the Orioles, A's and Angels all end up tied?
If they choose the one road game, then there's an A's-Orioles game Thursday, in Oakland. But if the Orioles win that one, it means (theoretically) that both the Angels and Orioles would have to fly to Baltimore for the wild-card game THE NEXT DAY. So would the Angels choose two home games over one road game? Interesting question.
I'm having trouble following Stark's logic.
If these three teams end up deadlocked, the Angels would get to pick whether to play one road game or two home games. That's because they had the best head-to-head record among those three.
I'm having trouble following Stark's logic. Just taking the most basic HFA, teams are about 54% to win a home game, so say the Angels would be .54*.54 = 29% to win back-to-back home games. Why would they be under 30% to win a single road game after both teams had to fly cross-country? Why does the cross-country flight matter if both the Angels and the Orioles are taking it?
And, further, I think that 54% to win the second game is way too optimistic. A depleted team which just won a one-and-done playoff is going to be at a disadvantage for personnel against a team that just took a day off.
But I think someone is going to get burned by being fooled by his 2011 triple slash and overpay a guy who the bottom is about to fall out of. I can see Tori dropping all the way to .250-.260 with barely 15 HR next year.
Unless the Giants sign him, which would guarantee that he'll be so egregiously productive that many BTFers are frustrated by another Sabean move that shouldn't have worked out.
Well, that’s probably ballgame.
After last night, I'll believe it when I see it.
That seems unfair, given that the A's won the season series against both the Angels (10-9) and Orioles (5-4).
Not to overstate the importance of a single-game (for the second time today, thank you #26!) but tonight's game is a very big one for the O's. If they lose, they're looking at a situation where unless the Yankees total fall to pieces, the O's basically have to be perfect to win the division.
But even if they win they're probably losing the division anyway, so how important is it really?
I'm just glad the A's are fielding a lineup tonight that approximates a team trying to win the game. Last night's was a predictable debacle, they were lucky to get out with the win.
ELIAS: Age gap of Thome, Machado (22 years) hitting HR in same inn. is 2nd-largest ever for teammates. 1st: Franco, K.Johnson in 2005. .
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