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Friday, October 09, 2015
What’s he going to do differently than other GMs?
“Having a specified plan going into an offseason is always a little bit challenging because the dynamics of the offseason change consistently,” Stearns said. “With every trade, every team’s needs change somewhat. With every signing, the market can change a little bit. But heading into the GM Meetings [in Boca Raton, Fla., from Nov. 9-12] we should have a rough outline of what we’re looking to do as an organization. And then the period between the ...
“Boy, oh boy,” Caray would cackle with that slight gargle in his voice. “The Cubs and Cardinals playing meaningful games in October? This must be heaven, right?”
Posted: October 09, 2015 at 06:38 AM | 0 comment(s)
Kershaw, the National League’s most valuable player in 2014, felt he did not lack for extra motivation after the Dodgers’ early exit from the playoffs in 2013 and again last year.
“I think I’ll have enough,” said the five-time All-Star. “I don’t need to be fueled by too much. I definitely remember, but it’s a new team, new season, and hopefully for me a new outcome.”
12:30 ALDS Game 2 TEX at TOR (TEX leads 1-0): Hamels vs. Stroman (MLB Network)
3:30 ALDS Game 2 HOU at KC (HOU leads 1-0): Kazmir vs. Cueto (FS1)
6:30 NLDS Game 1 CHC at STL: Lester vs. Lackey (TBS)
9:30 NLDS Game 1 NYM at LAD: deGrom vs. Kershaw (TBS)
We might have 12 or more hours of baseball coming up… so CHATTER UP!
Posted: October 09, 2015 at 06:34 AM | 994 comment(s)
Thursday, October 08, 2015
If tattoos ever go out of fashion, I suppose this is where we’re headed.
The date was April 16, 2009, and when those Long Islanders talk about it, a few details remain ambiguous. Some, like Stroman’s coach Anthony Frascogna, recall it being an “overcast day, one of those early-spring baseball days,” that call for windbreakers and enough luck that the skies don’t open. Lou Petrucci, Matz’ coach at Ward Melville High, recounts it as “a beautiful day for baseball.” Unsurprisingly, Petrucci is the one that shortly afterwards adds, “and it was even more beautiful that we ...
We can use Statcast™ exit velocity to show how important getting ahead of the hitter is for Lackey. For example, the overall MLB average when hitting a 1-0 pitch was 89.9 mph. For Lackey, that was 93.1 mph, a sizable difference. When he was down 2-1, his 91.7 mph was higher than the MLB average of 90.3. He is so much better off not getting down in the count, hence the increasing number of first-pitch strikes.
Rational Pastime’s playoff simulator now projects the Cubs as 34% favorites to represent the Senior Circuit in the Fall Classic, and 5:1 to win it all… Among today’s American League contenders, the Toronto Blue Jays remain big favorites at 2:1…
Summary of projections:
Posted: October 08, 2015 at 01:41 PM | 12 comment(s)
United Press via the Pittsburgh Press, October 8, 1915:
Phillies and Redsox began the first game of the world’s premier baseball struggle this afternoon on as rotten a playing field as the annual classic was ever contested.
The infield was covered with a slimy, treacherous blanket of muck, which a small army of ground keepers labored feverishly but vainly to make firm under foot.
Shortly before 1 o’clock the diamond was flooded with gasoline and a match applied. The conflagration dried off the ...
Everything old is new again. Read the article.
“There are a lot of guys in the minor leagues with perfect mechanics, a lot of guys with very healthy arms, that can’t get anybody out,” he said. “Pitching coaches and people on Twitter are always in search of the perfect pitching mechanics, but to me, perfect pitching mechanics are the perfect mechanics for that person that leads to the best statistical results. They might not be like everybody else. You might look different. Tom Seaver ...
Posted: October 08, 2015 at 09:53 AM | 4 comment(s)
“I love numbers,” manager Joe Maddon said. “God, I love numbers, though I was horrible in math. Algebra III. Second semester of Algebra II was my Waterloo, to be honest with you. Algebra III and Trig could have been Latin or Greek, it wouldn’t matter to me. But I do love numbers.
“Beyond that I really like people and humans and what makes this guy tick? And I don’t think that because you can’t necessarily quantify it, it’s not as popular of a way to acquire a player, but it really ...
So, there is no plan.
Long, who was a regular visitor to the postseason as the Yankees’ hitting coach, said this kind of competition is business as usual in October.
“It’s the playoffs and in the playoffs you expect to face the best pitchers in baseball,” Long said. “The [Justin] Verlanders, [Anibal] Sanchezes, [Max] Scherzers, I remember facing a very good, talented pitcher every time.”
Posted: October 08, 2015 at 06:23 AM | 31 comment(s)
The bench clearing get-together during the game was just plain stupid.
3:30 ET- Rangers (Gallardo) at Blue Jays (Price), FS1
7:30 ET- Astros (McHugh) at Royals (Ventura), FS1
And remember: it’s not the Gatorade cooler’s fault. CHATTER UP!
Posted: October 08, 2015 at 05:47 AM | 295 comment(s)
Wednesday, October 07, 2015
This is the fourth year of the double-wild-card system, and, for the losing players and fans alike, these harsh sudden endings impose a quietus upon the pleasures and recollections of a season, and cast the winning pitchers as executioners. Nothing will be done about this—the arrangement is there to disguise too many teams competing for too few slots in October—but the gimmick makes for harsh feelings not common to the pastime. I unhappily recall an undue coolness or amused hauteur in my ...
Brian Cashman was asked about the trade deadline following last night’s game, specifically whether he regretted not making more moves. Of course he said no, but he did drop this interesting nugget. From George King:
“The only second baseman was [Ben] Zobrist and [Oakland] wanted a combo of [Adam] Warren and [Rob] Refsnyder,’’ said Cashman, who declined the offer, while Zobrist went to the Royals. “We tried to improve the bullpen and made a significant offer [to San Diego for Craig ...
Chris Archer may only be 27 years old, but from the looks of it, he could have a secondary career if he ever decided to stop pitching for the Tampa Bay Rays.
On Tuesday, Archer joined the ESPN broadcast of the American League wild-card game between the New York Yankees and the Houston Astros. And, generally, he stole the spotlight.
Tom Duffy’s son Matt is a third baseman for the San Francisco Giants. Throughout the years, Tom has documented his son’s rise through baseball, from his Little League days to this past season when he became a Rookie of the Year candidate. Here’s a look through Tom’s lens.
Posted: October 07, 2015 at 02:15 PM | 1 comment(s)
That is because he is many things for the Cardinals. Simmons told the Cardinals’ Gameday Magazine that Molina “could be the pitching coach, he could be the hitting coach and he could be the manager … (and) still be the catcher.” Molina is the “added brainpower out there for us,” general manager John Mozeliak said. For pitchers, Molina is a confidence reservoir. Young pitchers, like Michael Wacha, have described how Molina comes to the mound to recharge them, relax them or redirect ...
Is this a repeat from last season?
Mattingly has led the Dodgers to three consecutive NL West championships, but the guess here is that if he can’t lead this team to a World Series his locker will be empty by Halloween.
Somebody is going to have to take the fall if baseball’s richest team still can’t find the Fall Classic after 27 years of classic falls, and Mattingly is the one wearing the target.
Management demoted Ned Colletti, traded Matt Kemp, let Hanley Ramirez walk. The Dodgers have rid ...
Posted: October 07, 2015 at 12:31 PM | 12 comment(s)
Reports have now surfaced indicating a weekend of heavy drinking in Baltimore led to Sabathia checking into rehab. The Yankees finished the season with three games on the road against the Orioles, and Sabathia was not scheduled to pitch. Emily Smith, Danika Fears and Frank Rosario of the New York Post has some details:
The last straw for Sabathia came during the team’s final regular-season series in Baltimore, where he spent most of his time pounding drinks at a hotel, the source said….
Baseball continues to die.
Baseball brought big ratings to Fox Sports this season. MLB telecasts drew higher numbers on both Fox and FS1, while several Fox Sports regional networks finished No. 1 in primetime ratings in their respective markets.
Here’s the breakdown: MLB on Fox telecasts enjoyed a 22 percent boost in viewership, with an average audience of 2.2 million compared to last season’s 1.9 million. Baseball broadcasts on FS1 increased by 22 percent, jumping to an average of ...
How big of a deal is this? I get that he should have been there. He seems to get that he should have been there. Collins didn’t actually refute that this “[expletive] up” isn’t related to other “[expletive] up”, so I’m not sure what to make of it.
Collins often says that in baseball, “perception is reality.” The incident follows Harvey’s innings-limits controversy, when he was criticized by some for appearing to place himself above the team when he did not commit to pitching in the postseason. ...
Posted: October 07, 2015 at 08:55 AM | 180 comment(s)
It’s a big game. As much as I respect what the Pirates have accomplished, I must admit that I’m rooting for the Cubs.
The Arrieta-Cole matchup still sits comfortably in the top ten of dueling aces in winner-take-all games. Arrieta does have the edge in the matchup between the two pitchers, but the team with the better pitcher does not always win. In the 75 games in which one pitcher had at least a one-win WAR advantage, the better pitcher’s team posted a 44-31 record. It is probably a little ...
Pittsburgh Press, October 7, 1915:
Charles Weeghman, president of the Chicago club of the Federal league, received a reply to his telegram challenging the winners of the American and National league pennants for a series to settle the world’s championship title in major league baseball. August Herrmann, chairman of the National commission, in replying to the challenge, said he had sent a copy of it to his colleagues “for their information and consideration.”
This is much more polite than ...Read More...
Yes, yes, I would. These games are must watch affairs. How often can you say that about the first round of the playoffs?
“You hope that the best teams wind up in the playoffs in a series that is fair, that people would deem fair, just as a fan,” starter Charlie Morton said shortly after the Pirates lost to the Cardinals, the definitive stroke in their relegation to a third consecutive wild-card game. “Do you really want to see two of the top three or four teams in all of baseball play a ...
Posted: October 07, 2015 at 08:27 AM | 23 comment(s)
Will Ichiro get the the 300 AB he’ll need to reach the milestone?
Who could have predicted this result?
“Do I regret doing what we did? I think it’s hard to say that I don’t because it did not have the desired result on the field, it did not accomplish what we expected it to accomplish,” Samson said. “So, do I regret coming to that conclusion? Yes, I do. I regret everything that doesn’t work.
“I think he did the best he could given the fact that he was put in a less than ideal situation.”
As to why Jennings didn’t succeed in turning the season around, Samson ...
Posted: October 07, 2015 at 08:17 AM | 19 comment(s)
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