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Monday, October 13, 2014
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 ...
Posted: October 13, 2014 at 02:35 PM | 33 comment(s)
Just like the title says.
Read the article.
The central thesis of Keating’s article was that teams that have success in the playoffs generally do well against the better teams during the regular season, and those who don’t perform as well against better teams make early exits. He used this year’s Angels as an example, citing that forty percent of their wins came against the worst teams in the AL (Red Sox, Astros, Twins and Rangers) but were only 9-11 against the other division leaders. We already know how that turned ...
Posted: October 13, 2014 at 12:06 PM | 2 comment(s)
El Paso Herald, October 13, 1914:
BOSTON WINS WORLD’S CHAMPIONSHIP
BRAVES CAPTURE FOURTH STRAIGHT GAME BY 3 TO 1
The Boston Braves are the world’s baseball champions of 1914. The defeat of the Philadelphia Athletics today by the score of 3 to 1, gave Boston the series with four straight games, the champions of the American league not capturing a contest.
A new world’s record for world’s series games was established, as Boston won four straight games. In 1907 the Chicago Cubs beat the ...
Dan Lee is some pumkins
Posted: October 13, 2014 at 08:20 AM | 6 comment(s)
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.
8 PM: ALCS Game 3, Baltimore (Chen) at Kansas City (Guthrie), TBS. Kansas City leads best-of-7 series 2-0.
Posted: October 13, 2014 at 12:03 AM | 32 comment(s)
Sunday, October 12, 2014
1. They started spending.
Royals owner David Glass had developed a reputation as a cheapskate, and for good reason. In 2011, the Royals had a payroll of just $38 million — less than a fifth of what the Yankees spent that year. (The Royals record in 2011? A weak 71–91.) In the seasons since, though, they’ve steadily raised that figure: from $64 million in 2012 to nearly $82 million in 2013 to $92 million this year. In 2014, their Opening Day payroll was a middle-of-the-pack 19th, ahead of ...
Posted: October 12, 2014 at 09:15 PM | 25 comment(s)
Adam Kilgore in the Washington Post-
... this October was likely LaRoche’s last ride with the Nationals — the last time the beloved teammate, dependable first baseman, genial outdoorsman and charitable man will wear a Nationals uniform. If the decision was his to make, in a vacuum, LaRoche would finish his career in Washington. He knows it is not, and he is okay with that.
In the case of the Rangers’ managerial search, which is likely to be pared down to three finalists this week, the mentors — particularly Terry Francona and Clint Hurdle — loom very big. Both are models for what the Rangers want in their next manager. Both have taken two different organizations to the postseason. Both have been to the World Series.
Most importantly, they both have commanding presence, yet manage by inclusion.
Hearing “hitterish” makes me wince.
Finally, I thought “hitterish” was a newfangled term created by baseball scouts. Nope. When I talked with Hall of Famer Brett in the Royals clubhouse after Game 2, he invoked the term in reference to the emergence of Mike Moustakas. He said the iconic hitting coach Charley Lau used the word during Brett’s playing career to describe batters who look like they’re going to get a hit every time they’re at the plate — even though we know that’s not ...
Posted: October 12, 2014 at 10:01 AM | 17 comment(s)
That’s the Monarch Notes version of Britton’s game; he relied on a sinking fastball and a slider to induce a staggeringly high ground-ball percentage of 75.3 percent during the regular season. But when the games are this big and the ground balls lead to baserunners, ill-fated timing and BABIP woes can smell suspiciously like failure on a grand stage. Fans and the media tend to see it that way, although pitchers try to keep the phenomenon in context.
“One of the biggest things for us as ...
Posted: October 12, 2014 at 09:29 AM | 1 comment(s)
I hate the idea that the Red Sox will pay one of these guys the going rate in free agency. I know big pickups help sell tickets in the short run but I’d much rather see them work out a deal from their prospect surplus than get locked into a big money deal for guys on the wrong side of thirty.
But ideally the Red Sox will simply be looking at this from a slightly more dynamic perspective. Where a high price point isn’t just a high price point that shouldn’t be met, but is taken in the context of ...
Posted: October 12, 2014 at 09:23 AM | 12 comment(s)
The alternative broadcast of the NLCS was a mixed bag last night. Some of it went very well; some of it pushed me back to the regular broadcast. The biggest complaint I have is the split screen format. Although the producers went to more full-screen game action as the game wore on, after complaints on Twitter, there were still too many shots of the guys talking about the game. As I mentioned on Facebook, I don’t really want to see them. Sure, if you have some analysis during a break in action, ...Read More...
Posted: October 12, 2014 at 08:57 AM | 33 comment(s)
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 ...
NLCS Game 2: Giants (Peavy) at Cardinals (Lynn), 8 PM, FS1. Giants lead Best-Of-7 series 1-0.
Posted: October 12, 2014 at 12:07 AM | 511 comment(s)
Saturday, October 11, 2014
Meeting with reporters after the fan session, Epstein joked they can go ahead and write columns criticizing the Cubs for missing out on some big-name free agents this offseason.
“To be the organization that we want to be—to be a world-class organization—you can’t be afraid of perception,” said Epstein. “You have to put yourself out there and look stupid at times. We’re going to miss on players by not signing them, we’re going to sign players who don’t work out. But we’re also going to sign ...
Posted: October 11, 2014 at 08:11 PM | 260 comment(s)
Jack Brett raged at his nice boy son. And George Brett learned to fear failure. He learned to fear embarrassment. He learned to fear that voice, the rumbling voice of his father, tearing him apart over an error he made in the third or a swing out of the strike zone. After one such conversation, George tore the phone off the wall in the clubhouse. After more than one, he headed out into the night to find relief.
George Brett did not grow up to be a nice boy. He took a bat to the toilets in ...
Viva Larry Borowsky.
The Cardinals unite the city of St Louis as no other civic institution can. As the rest of the country has noted (with growing irritation), St Louisans take tremendous satisfaction in the success of our baseball team. Michael Brown was no exception; like almost every local kid, he identified as a proud member of Cardinal Nation. (The Cardinals hat he was wearing when he was shot rested atop his casket on the day of his funeral.) So, no doubt, do most of the officers who ...
Posted: October 11, 2014 at 02:34 PM | 18 comment(s)
The total package is here for a #2 starter. An efficient delivery from a brick wall of a human being, two plus or better pitches and a third average pitch with signs of Major League pitchability. Unless the control hiccups are a harbinger of things to come (something that I’ll be on the lookout for the rest of the month here) I think he’ll be just fine.
The sources would not identify the three candidates, but a report by USA Today listed four finalists for the position: Oakland A’s bench coach Chip Hale, Cleveland first-base coach Sandy Alomar Jr., Diamondbacks Triple-A manager Phil Nevin and former major-league manager Jim Tracy. Sources would not confirm nor deny the names in the report.
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