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Monday, October 10, 2016
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.
Some great match-ups today. It’s a great day to watch some playoff baseball!
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 ...
Posted: October 10, 2016 at 07:53 AM | 9 comment(s)
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.
Posted: October 10, 2016 at 07:49 AM | 13 comment(s)
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.
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’ ...
Posted: October 10, 2016 at 07:45 AM | 12 comment(s)
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.
Posted: October 10, 2016 at 02:07 AM | 1006 comment(s)
Sunday, October 09, 2016
It’s tough to avoid thinking the Cubs are a “team of destiny” when you see them win like this. Yet…
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Posted: October 09, 2016 at 09:06 AM | 1 comment(s)
David Price’s outing on Friday begs a question that comes up in most Octobers: Are good players with poor postseason results the victims of small sample size, or are they wired in such a way that they’re less likely to perform well under the bright lights? I asked Bruce Bochy that question on Friday.
“It’s a little of both,” said the San Francisco skipper.“Some guys feel the pressure a bit more than others. You have to have the talent, but you also have to have that emotional ...
Posted: October 09, 2016 at 08:51 AM | 0 comment(s)
Somehow the Dodgers will make due without the Chris Heisey’s of the baseball world.
Heisey batted a career-low .182 last season. He said the frequent shuttle between Los Angeles and Oklahoma City “absolutely” affected his performance.
“It messes with your head a little when you’re up and down like that,” said Heisey, who hit .216 this season. “I understood. They explained to me early on it was probably going to be like that, the way their roster shaped up. There just wasn’t a spot ...
Posted: October 09, 2016 at 08:27 AM | 28 comment(s)
In his case, it looks like prudent judgement.
But while the ownership involvement and the obvious volatility (they’re about to hire their seventh GM in 13 years) are potential issues, the Arizona GM job is still seen as desirable by many. To reports about candidates being turned off by the seeming instability, one interested party who hasn’t been mentioned yet opined, “That’s BS. There are only 30 of these jobs.”
Panicking is not the answer. Overthinking is not the answer. The Red Sox played poorly for two straight games. They did the same thing during the regular, more than once. Although the stakes are higher, their approach and attitude need to be the same. Today is a new day; they need to go out and play their best and let the chips fall where they may.
Posted: October 09, 2016 at 08:18 AM | 5 comment(s)
1 PM Eastern: Dodgers (Hill) at Nats (Roark), Game 2 (LA leads 1-0), FS1
4 PM: Cleveland (Tomlin) at Boston (Buccholz), Game 3 (CLE leads 2-0), TBS
7:30 PM: Texas (Lewis) at Toronto (Sanchez), Game 3 (TOR leads 2-0), TBS
Posted: October 09, 2016 at 12:50 AM | 201 comment(s)
Saturday, October 08, 2016
The question I have is could Trout walk through Times Square on a sunny Tuesday afternoon without sunglasses and go unrecognized?
Posted: October 08, 2016 at 09:16 AM | 57 comment(s)
Is the stage too big for them?
This is a group that’s been used to the no-pressure view from the basement the past two years. Now suddenly they’re in this high-pressured environment, where they’re expected to win. After all, the Red Sox were the favorites in this series. There weren’t many people who picked the Indians. Not with the Indians suffering two major starting pitching losses to two of their best guys in Danny Salazar and Carlos Carrasco.
There’s just no way ...
Posted: October 08, 2016 at 07:58 AM | 17 comment(s)
Alternative headline: When Red Sox pitch poorly, they don’t win. Thank you for the astute observation Evan Drellich.
Posted: October 08, 2016 at 07:50 AM | 5 comment(s)
“We have to win,” Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre said. “There’s no tomorrow. Not only that, we’re trying to do what they did to us last year. Hopefully we can turn it around and do the same thing they did to us last year. We know we can do it. We just need to get it done in the field. There’s no doubt we believe in this team. We’ve got to find a way.”
Posted: October 08, 2016 at 07:48 AM | 0 comment(s)
Thomas Boswell’s game recap.
I kept my eyes where shortstops roam.
Game 1 of the the NLDS between the San Francisco Giants and Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field ( CHC 1, SF 0) provided one the opportunity to admire the craftsmanship of the best defensive shortstops in the National League—Brandon Crawford of the Giants and Addison Russell of the Cubs.
Defensive evaluations are uncertain things, but when the numbers, the eye test, and reputation coalesce, you have something. So it is with Crawford and Russell. Having them both ...
4 PM Eastern: Dodgers (Hill) at Nationals (Roark), FS1
8 PM Eastern: Giants (Samardzija) at Cubs (Hendricks), MLB Network
Dodgers and Cubs lead 1-0.
Posted: October 08, 2016 at 12:45 AM | 135 comment(s)
Friday, October 07, 2016
United Press via Pittsburgh Press, October 7, 1916:
Plunging into the busy whirl of another world’s series, Boston’s Redsox clashed this afternoon in their first game with the Brooklyn Dodgers in defense of their their title as the world’s baseball champions.
A bright sun beaming from a cloudless sky barely took the chill off the autumn air. Packed in the gigantic stands of the country’s biggest ball park were upwared of 40,000 raving fans.
In the meantime a cabaret sextet made sour music. ...
Dodgers nation looks to Clayton Kershaw.
Or it could be a decline in skills?
Well that certainly feels like what Lester Freamon would call a headshot. seeing both rates fall off this much leads me to believe that Norris wasn’t just bitten by bad luck affecting his balls in play. I cannot help, but feel that some sort of injury, your guess is as good as mine as to what, led to a guy gutting through discomfort in an effort to help his team on the field. While that is nice to see, you can see the profound effect this proposed malady had ...
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