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Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Scott Boras confident in Matt Harvey’s return |

Scott Boras has positive things to say about one of his clients.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 12, 2016 at 06:27 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: matt harvey, mets, scott boras

The Cubs changed the whole script with one exhilarating inning | FOX Sports

I fell asleep and missed the epic ending.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 12, 2016 at 06:18 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, giants, playoffs

Cubs rally to defeat Giants, advance to NLCS |

After every game, the Cubs’ mantra is “We never quit.” They yell it together, like a college cheer, and repeat it, “We never quit!” On Tuesday night, that no-quit attitude carried the Cubs into the National League Championship Series for the second straight year, and they got there by toppling the team dubbed the “October giant.”

After being shut down by Matt Moore for eight innings, the Cubs rallied against San Francisco’s beleaguered bullpen for an historic four-run ninth inning and posted a ...

Jim Furtado Posted: October 12, 2016 at 06:10 AM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, giants, playoffs

Tim Tebow Comforts Man Who Collapses After Game

Tebow’s afternoon took an intense turn after the game when a man standing in a crush of fans seeking autographs along the third-base line collapsed and appeared to have a seizure. Tebow stopped signing and cautiously made his way over to where people had gathered. He sat on the concrete retaining wall that separates the field from the first row of seats and prayed silently as a medic in a Bryce Harper T-shirt and a Detroit Tigers baseball cap tended to the man.

PreservedFish Posted: October 12, 2016 at 12:33 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, saves, tim tebow

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Dodgers defeat Nationals, force NLDS Game 5 |

Chase Utley saved the Dodgers’ season on Tuesday, his tiebreaking RBI single with two outs in the bottom of the eighth inning sending Los Angeles to a 6-5 win over the Nationals. The National League Division Series heads back to Washington for a decisive Game 5 on Thursday (5 or 8 p.m. ET/2 or 5 p.m. PT on FS1).

The winning rally started when Andrew Toles was hit on the foot by a Blake Treinen slider. Pinch-hitter Andre Ethier, who spent most of the season healing from a broken leg, singled. ...

Jim Furtado Posted: October 11, 2016 at 10:04 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, nationals, playoffs

Danny Salazar could return from injury to rejoin Cleveland Indians for ALCS - Let’s Go Tribe

Mike Clevinger might not be starting next series.

Francona could be on the verge of having another dominant arm at his disposal in the mid to late innings, because Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that All-Star Danny Salazar threw a bullpen session yesterday, will likely throw a live BP session, and could be ready to rejoin the team for the ALCS. Salazar also threw a bullpen session last Friday, so yesterday’s session means there weren’t any setbacks.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 11, 2016 at 02:22 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, indians, playoffs

Clayton Kershaw will start for the Dodgers in Game 4 against the Nationals - LA Times

ICYMI, Kershaw on short rest for the Dodgers today.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 11, 2016 at 02:21 PM | 196 comment(s)
  Beats: clayton kershaw, dodgers, nationals, playoffs

A Philly guy is behind

Does this make Sean an emperor?

Jim Furtado Posted: October 11, 2016 at 01:20 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: statistics

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-11-2016

Fairmont West Virginian, October 11, 1916:



The rest of the linked article is a play-by-play account of the game. The home run was Gardner’s second in two days, and with the win, the Sox took a 3-1 series lead.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: October 11, 2016 at 10:00 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Braves near naming Brian Snitker manager |

As the Braves near the end of their managerial search, a Major League source said it looks like Brian Snitker will remain in the role he handled on an interim basis this year.

The Braves are expected to announce their decision within the next few days, at a time that does not conflict with Major League Baseball’s postseason schedule. But as they near the completion of this selection process, it looks like Snitker has maintained the early advantage he had on the two external candidates—Bud ...

Jim Furtado Posted: October 11, 2016 at 08:26 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, brian snitker, managers

When you’re wrong, you’re wrong and I was wrong about demise of Cleveland Indians |

The Indians will have their hands full against the Blue Jays.

Corey Kluber walked up to me Monday night in the Indians clubhouse at Fenway Park, poured a beer over my head and said, “Thanks.”

I knew what he meant, but he was definitely thanking the wrong guy. He should have been thanking himself and his teammates for sweeping the Boston Red Sox in the American League Division Series.

On Sept. 17, I said the Indians were done. I said their postseason dreams were over before they began. I wrote ...

Jim Furtado Posted: October 11, 2016 at 08:11 AM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, playoffs, red sox

Bruce Bochy: ‘One of the best, most exciting games I’ve ever been involved in’ - San Francisco Chronicle

Too bad I live in the East Coast and have a job. I had to tap out at 12:30 AM and missed the ending.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 11, 2016 at 07:00 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, giants, playoffs

Nationals beat Dodgers, take 2-1 lead in NLDS |

The Nationals are one victory from advancing to the National League Championship Series after pulling away from the Dodgers on Monday, 8-3. Anthony Rendon blasted a two-run homer and former Dodger Jayson Werth crushed a solo shot in a win that gave Washington a 2-1 lead in the best-of-five NL Division Series.

It’s the first time the Nats have led a postseason series since winning the opening game of the 2012 NLDS, and they did so by scoring eight runs, the most in a postseason game in club ...

Jim Furtado Posted: October 11, 2016 at 06:37 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, nationals, playoffs

Giants rally, beat Cubs to stay alive in NLDS |

The Giants did not go quietly into the good night.

Maybe this was supposed to happen in a game pitting the Major Leagues’ winningest team of the season against the most successful one of the past decade. Neither would yield easily.

Joe Panik’s double scored Brandon Crawford to snap a 13th-inning tie and lift the Giants to a 6-5 victory over the Cubs on Monday night in Game 3 of the National League Division Series. When the thoroughly entertained AT&T Park audience of 43,571 finally departed, ...

Jim Furtado Posted: October 11, 2016 at 06:29 AM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, giants, playoffs


I’m too tired to look up the times the games are, so do it your damn self I’m going to bed.

Gamingboy Posted: October 11, 2016 at 02:46 AM | 735 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Monday, October 10, 2016

Indians vs. Red Sox Wrapup | 10/10/16

Congrats to Indians fans!

Jim Furtado Posted: October 10, 2016 at 10:03 PM | 46 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, playoffs, red sox

“Fastball John” Book Review: Joe Lanek of Gaslamp Ball/SB Nation

The narrative tone chosen by D’Acquisto and co-author Dave Jordan keeps the reader engaged, while everything works to keep the story as a whole moving forward. They also have a knack for dropping seemingly innocuous details that one wouldn’t think twice about, then rendering them relevant pages or even chapters later. It’s done subtly and artfully, as is the constant theme of tying in the music of the time. In many ways it reads more like a detective novel than an athlete’s autobiography, right ...

djordan Posted: October 10, 2016 at 01:44 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: john d'acquisto, mlb

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-10-2016

Arizona Republican, October 10, 1916:


Breaking world’s series records and tearing traditions to shreds, the Boston Americans defeated the Brooklyn Nationals by a score of 2 to 1 in a 14-inning game here this afternoon. It was the second contest for the championship and was decided only after a struggle that surpassed in action any ever evolved in the fertile mind of a baseball fiction writer.

For more than two hours the teams, pennant winners in their ...

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: October 10, 2016 at 09:42 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Cleveland Indians need to slay the ghosts of Fenway Park—Terry Pluto |

Tomlin vs. Buchholz, anything can happen.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 10, 2016 at 08:46 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, playoffs, red sox

Aaron Sanchez pays tribute to Jose Fernandez |

On a night when his team advanced to the American League Championship Series with a walk-off 7-6 win over the Rangers in 10 innings, Blue Jays starter Aaron Sanchez paid tribute to late Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez.

Sanchez, who allowed six runs while striking out five over 5 2/3 innings in his first postseason start, had “JDF16” written in white above the brim of his cap to represent Fernandez’s initials and uniform number.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 10, 2016 at 08:22 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: aaron sanchez, blue jays, jose fernandez

Game 3 aces Arrieta, Bumgarner offer no room for error |

Some great match-ups today. It’s a great day to watch some playoff baseball!

Jim Furtado Posted: October 10, 2016 at 08:11 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, jake arrieta, madison bumgarner

Blue Jays walk off on Rangers and into ALCS |

Donaldson wins the game with heads-up, aggressive baserunning.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 10, 2016 at 08:09 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, rangers

Nick Cafardo: Why does playoff pressure get to some pitchers but not others?

Someday Bogaerts will end up at third base. That day is years away.

I wonder if Xander Bogaerts will wind up a third baseman after all. He didn’t have a good year at shortstop according to defensive metrics, with a minus-0.1 WAR and minus-10 runs saved. It didn’t look that bad, but if you go by the numbers it wasn’t great. The one thing about defensive metrics is they tend to change from year to year. We’ve seen plenty of examples, including Dustin Pedroia. His defensive metrics ...

Jim Furtado Posted: October 10, 2016 at 07:53 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: notes, red sox

MLB commissioner Rob Manfred confident no more can-throwing in Toronto

OK, so one (probably drunk) guy throws a can on the field. They identify and arrest him. Why do need to do anything else?

Toronto has been “extremely cooperative and I think is as committed as we are to make sure that we don’t have another incident like that,” Manfred said. The Blue Jays have said they are planning tougher security measures and alcohol policies at their stadium.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 10, 2016 at 07:49 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: schedule

OTP 2016 Oct 10: Sox fan Obama ‘pleased to see the Chicago Cubs play so well’

I asked White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest about Obama and the Cubs at the Wednesday briefing. Obama is a die-hard Sox fan. Less known: He has a mixed marriage. Michelle grew up on the Cubs.

“Well, the president is a loyal Chicago White Sox fan,” replied Earnest, taking a sip from his Kansas City Royals cup.

Bitter Mouse, Space Tyrant Posted: October 10, 2016 at 07:47 AM | 1758 comment(s)
  Beats: chicago, cubs, politics, white sox

Fixing Rockies’ terrible bullpen is top priority for GM Jeff Bridich

Bullpens are notoriously inconsistent. Bridich could do nothing and then see his relievers *rebound* into quality relievers again.

What will general manager Jeff Bridich do with disappointing right-handers Jason Motte and Chad Qualls? The two were signed as free agents last winter, Motte for two years/$10 million and Qualls for two years/$6 million. Both were injured and ineffective when healthy this past season. Will the Rockies simply eat the contracts and move on? It’s not in the Rockies’ ...

Jim Furtado Posted: October 10, 2016 at 07:45 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: rockies


4 PM Eastern: Nationals (Gonzalez) at Dodgers (Maeda), MLB Network. Tied 1-1.
6 PM: Indians (Tomlin) at Red Sox (Buchholz), TBS. CLE leads 2-0.
9:30 PM: Cubs (Arrieta) at Giants (BUMGARNER, KING OF OCTOBER AND SLAYER OF ROYALS), FS1. Cubs lead 2-0.

Gamingboy Posted: October 10, 2016 at 02:07 AM | 1006 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Sunday, October 09, 2016

Must C: Pitchers spark offense |

It’s tough to avoid thinking the Cubs are a “team of destiny” when you see them win like this. Yet…

Jim Furtado Posted: October 09, 2016 at 09:06 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, giants, playoffs

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