Congrats to the Giants and their fans!
I have a fix for the Wild-Card. LEAVE IT ALONE! Want a guaranteed home game? Win your division! Don’t want your whole season ending because the other team’s one good starter kills your offense? Win your division!
HOW TO FIX THE WILD-CARD
I like many folks, like the second wild card. It’s made winning the division paramount, it has brought more teams – and fans – into being involved with September baseball, which is a good thing, and any one-game elimination events makes for good ...
Buster Posey and the Giants already know how to win in October—even without all this help from the St. Louis Cardinals.
Strange as it might look sometimes, San Francisco finds a way to score just enough.
It’s Jeff Sullivan, with GIFs, talking about defense on Fangraphs. Read it.
The Royals feel like an exaggeration of what defense can do. In this way I can only speak for myself, but when, say, Miguel Cabrera goes on one of his tears, I see him at the plate and I feel like he could hit a dinger at a moment’s notice. I can sense the threat of a slugger, because I’m aware of the range of possible outcomes. The Royals have made me sense a defense. The feeling I get is that every ball in play ...
Congratulations to the Royals and their fans!
Joe Posnanski ponders Ned Yost and, inter alia, the recent history of Royals managers:
The players, though, keep on winning for him. “We all know, Ned’s got our backs,” pitcher James Shields says. The Royals best overall player, Alex Gordon, talks at length about how big a role Yost played in his emergence after he was sent to the minors to learn how to play the outfield. “I know that his belief in me has been a big part of my story,” Gordon says. Ibanez, who was brought in more for ...
The Orioles are in deep doo-doo.
Can it get much weirder?
“Quisenberry led Major League relievers that season with 129 innings, his fewest innings in a four-year stretch.
Quisenberry led Major League relievers that season with 129 innings, his fewest innings in a four-year stretch.
“You have to protect those guys like Quiz from the grind they face,” Howser said. “They wear down, too.”
Much is made about starting pitchers and what the impact of the extra demands of a postseason can have on them. Relievers, however, face the same type of strain. They may ...
Jonah Keri breaks down a bunch of game situations by the numbers.
SITUATION: Top of the sixth, runner on second, two outs, Hunter Pence up, Cardinals lead 2-1. Who should pitch?
DECISION: Matheny leaves Lynn in to pitch to Pence.
THE MATH SAYS: This was also a judgment call. You’ve got those numbers in Lynn’s favor as a pitcher who often fares better as he gets deeper into games. The only reason the Giants had a runner on second is because, after Lynn fanned the first two batters of the ...
The three homers merely were opening acts. In terms of delivering a heart-pumping moment, Wong struck the most timely and powerful blow of them all.
Wong’s memorable, instant-classic swing shattered a 4-4 tie and gave the Cards a 5-4 victory that cleared the debris of a Trevor Rosenthal blown save, set off a red-draped celebration and ended an evening of swerving, unnerving, dramatic turns.
The Royals are definitely on a roll. How long will it last?
Moore and Melvin liked dealing with each other. Each had a scouting background and tended to trust traditional scouting methods more than advanced analytics.
“I have nothing against numbers, but everybody has the same numbers,” Melvin said. “When you’re talking about scouting and player development, that’s risk-taking. If Escobar’s hitting .170, that’s probably not a good deal for them. Same with Cain. But they did a nice job in the last years of their development.”
The teams ...
Lorenzo Cain is this year’s playoff darling.
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This is nice stuff.
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Yes they did.
The personification of this Royals team is a busted prospect who made himself into a star turning a fastball that catches too much of the plate into a trophy for the right-field seats.
“I’m tired of talking about 1985, I really am,” he says. “I am sick and tired of it. You know? You can only look in the past for so long.”
George Brett is awesome.
Major League Baseball’s division series action proved that big payrolls and star power can be overrated, while leaving plenty of managerial roadkill in its wake. Judging from the always measured and thoughtful public sentiment on Twitter, Brad Ausmus has no clue how to run a bullpen, Don Mattingly’s ability to make bad decisions knows no bounds, and Matt Williams isn’t equipped to run a convenience store, never mind a team with World Series aspirations.
Maybe Don Mattingly isn’t a big poopy head.
Good luck to the Giants in the World Series!
I’d say we should wait until the end of this year’s postseason to make that determination.
No, the Dodgers don’t rank second behind St. Louis in the “Model franchise” standings, and neither do the Yankees. Maybe it’s the Giants, with their third NLCS appearance in five years, though they haven’t qualified for two straight postseasons since 2002-03. It certainly isn’t the Red Sox, who have registered two last-place finishes in the last three seasons.
You could make a case for the ...
As an outsider, we can’t know about the internal dynamics of the clubhouse and how well Williams might or might not have handled the aspects of his job that we never see. But part of his job is also to make decisions during the games that give his team the best chance to win, and in the biggest game of his managerial career, he made a series of poor decisions that directly led to the run that eliminated his team from the postseason. The Nationals’ offense didn’t do Williams any favors in ...
Puig benched. Statheads outraged!
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