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Monday, October 10, 2016

“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

Buster Posey’s Giants remain realistic: ‘We’ve got our work cut out for us’

It’s the same story all over the playoffs.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 09, 2016 at 08:54 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, giants

Sunday Notes: Eaton, Liriano, Cueto, Cubs, Postseason Pressure, more | FanGraphs Baseball

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 ...

Jim Furtado Posted: October 09, 2016 at 08:51 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: notes

Could Dodgers’ depth strategy turn off the veterans it needs to succeed? - LA Times

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 ...

Jim Furtado Posted: October 09, 2016 at 08:27 AM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: nationals

Heyman: Dodgers Believe New Direction From Front Office Will Pay Off

A Heyman double post.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 09, 2016 at 08:25 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers

Heyman - Anthopoulos Turns Down D-backs

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.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 09, 2016 at 08:23 AM | 41 comment(s)
  Beats: alex anthopoulos, diamondbacks, general managers

Kyle Hendricks and Travis Wood provide offensive spark in 5-2 victory - Chicago Tribune

Cubs inch a little closer.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 09, 2016 at 08:21 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, giants, playoffs

What can a manager do to spark a baseball team? | Boston Herald

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.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 09, 2016 at 08:18 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, red sox


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

Gamingboy Posted: October 09, 2016 at 12:50 AM | 201 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Saturday, October 08, 2016

Mike Schur: Why Is Mike Trout Less Famous Than Jimmy Garoppolo?

The question I have is could Trout walk through Times Square on a sunny Tuesday afternoon without sunglasses and go unrecognized?

djordan Posted: October 08, 2016 at 09:16 AM | 57 comment(s)
  Beats: ken tremendous, mike trout

Terry Francona, Cleveland Indians pushing all of the right buttons as they attain 2-0 lead in ALDS |

“Sometimes good players make you look smarter than you probably are,” Francona said after the 6-0 win.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 08, 2016 at 08:31 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, playoffs, red sox

Red Sox young stars appear to have stage fright

Overreact much?

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 ...

Jim Furtado Posted: October 08, 2016 at 07:58 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, playoffs, red sox

Drellich: When the Red Sox don’t hit, they don’t win | Boston Herald

Alternative headline: When Red Sox pitch poorly, they don’t win. Thank you for the astute observation Evan Drellich.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 08, 2016 at 07:50 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: playoffs, red sox

Blue Jays hit 4 homers, beat Rangers in Game 2 |

“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.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 08, 2016 at 07:48 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, playoffs, rangers

Giants-Cubs Game 1: What tracking NL’s best shortstops from press box taught us

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 ...

Meatwad Posted: October 08, 2016 at 07:23 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: addison russell, brandon crawford, cubs, defense, giants, short stops


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.

Gamingboy Posted: October 08, 2016 at 12:45 AM | 135 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, omnichatter

Friday, October 07, 2016

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