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Friday, October 19, 2018

MLB must fix glaring problem that ruined an all-time classic

The games start too late and last too long. I love baseball but there is no way I can make the kind of commitment it takes to watch complete games. Five o’clock in the morning comes too quick.

Despite the length, the TBS ratings for Game 4 were still good (the most watched show on all of cable Wednesday) — but that has much to do with mammoth numbers in Boston and Houston. Elsewhere, devilish decisions between sleep or not on a work night were undertaken as the game ebbed toward a 1:12 a.m. Eastern conclusion that brought the average time for a nine-inning 2018 postseason game to 3 hours, 36 minutes.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 19, 2018 at 09:12 AM | 119 comment(s)
  Beats: playoffs

Saturday, October 06, 2018

Dodgers showing Braves what postseason dominance looks like

LOS ANGELES—This is baseball, right? It’s not an early September non-conference football game featuring Alabama and Nowhere Tech. It’s the big leagues and one thing we know about this sport is that from the perspective of a single game or two, there is no such thing as an upset. It takes dozens and dozens of games to really know the true difference between teams.

Nevertheless, it very much feels like the Los Angeles Dodgers are playing Alabama to the Atlanta Braves’ Nowhere Tech. It’s not just that after two games of their National League Division Series the Braves remain scoreless. It’s not that the Dodgers have outscored them 9-0 after Friday’s 3-0 victory in Game 2. It’s not that the Dodgers have hit 1,999 feet of home runs in two nights to Atlanta’s zero. No, what it feels like is that hitter for hitter and pitcher for pitcher, this series is an utter mismatch.

“You know, it’s just not one guy,” Braves manager Brian Snitker said after Game 2. “It’s a complete team thing right now, as far as the lack of offense. You can’t blame any one person. I mean it’s just our whole lineup is having a hard time, struggling offensively right now.”

Braves management considered pointing to their playoff record during the 1990s and early 2000s in rebuttal, but realized, on a closer look, that that would not be as helpful as originally thought.

QLE Posted: October 06, 2018 at 06:59 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, dodgers, playoffs

Sources: Steven Wright likely to be replaced on playoff roster

Turns out that having aging stand-up comedians pitch for you isn’t recommended…..

QLE Posted: October 06, 2018 at 06:59 AM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: playoffs, red sox, steven wright

Tuesday, October 02, 2018

MLB PLAYOFF PREDICTIONS & PREVIEW 2018

Playoff projections- have at them!

QLE Posted: October 02, 2018 at 09:33 AM | 48 comment(s)
  Beats: playoffs, preview

Monday, October 01, 2018

MLB playoff schedule 2018: Dates, times, TV listings for every series

For those of you curious as for what networks are broadcasting which games, you’re in luck.

For those of us hoping for good announcers, we’re probably out of luck….

QLE Posted: October 01, 2018 at 09:32 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: broadcasters, playoffs, television

Friday, September 28, 2018

Baby Braves Won’t Be Playoff Pushovers

Even though the Atlanta Braves rested regulars Freddie Freeman and Ender Inciarte Thursday night, their numbers suggest they won’t be pushovers in the playoffs.

The Braves began the night with an 89-69 record, good for an eight-and-a-half game margin over second-place Washington, because they balance offense, defense, and analytics – a mix that compensates for a pitching staff that is prone to handing opponents more than a fair share of walks.

With a win at CitiField Thursday, Atlanta would become the first National League team to win 90 games after losing the same number three years in a row.

Bobby Cox considers making a counter-argument, decides it best not to bring that up….

QLE Posted: September 28, 2018 at 05:13 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, playoffs

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Brewers sweep Cardinals to become latest team to clinch a playoff berth, their first since 2011

The Milwaukee Brewers became the latest team to clinch a playoff spot on Wednesday night, earning their trip to October with a victory over the St. Louis Cardinals.

The Brewers won a tight 2-1 contest thanks to Travis Shaw and their pitching staff, among others, and a lucky break. Shaw drove in both of Milwaukee’s runs, giving him 85 RBI on the season. Meanwhile, Jhoulys Chacin and four relievers held St. Louis to two hits all night.

As for that lucky break, the Brewers were able to end the St. Louis portion of the eighth on a play at the plate after Adolis Garcia tripped rounding third. Garcia had represented the tying run.

The racing sausages are certainly rejoicing over this news.

QLE Posted: September 27, 2018 at 06:28 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, playoffs

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Nine Innings: How the Red Sox Can Survive October, Contract-Year Surges and Three Words on Every Team

Boston manager Alex Cora learned from his experience last year as bench coach of the Houston Astros how to prepare for the postseason. He remembered how the Astros sat down with Dallas Keuchel and Justin Verlander in September to explain how they would “taper” their innings.

“Dallas just goes, ‘Okay,’” Cora said, “and Verlander goes, ‘That’s okay, but in my last start I’m going seven innings and throwing 120 pitches.’ He knew how to get himself ready.”

Verlander tuned up for October with an 11-strikeout, 110-pitch gem.

I assume that advising them to eat less lard, get a mediocre night’s sleep, and watch out for zeppelin attacks won’t cut it in this modern age.

QLE Posted: September 25, 2018 at 04:29 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: alex cora, playoffs, red sox

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Yuli Gurriel has 7-RBI night as Astros clinch playoff berth

In a season with little doubt that the defending World Series champions would return to the playoffs, Yuli Gurriel and Gerrit Cole ensured on Friday night that the Astros will compete in October again.

Gurriel harassed pitchers with his two home runs and seven RBIs. Cole bullied batters with 12 strikeouts in seven innings. George Springer’s three-run homer in the eighth dealt a gratuitous blow.

The Astros overwhelmed the Los Angeles Angels 11-3 at Minute Maid Park for a win that clinched the 12th postseason appearance in franchise history.

So, any guesses for how the Astros may fare in the playoffs this time around?

QLE Posted: September 22, 2018 at 08:35 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, playoffs, yuli gurriel

Saturday, September 08, 2018

Dodgers just 0.5 games behind Rockies

Dodgers now just 0.5 games behind the Rockies after a 4-2 road victory in Coors Field. The Rockies with 1 game in hand. They clash again today (Kyle Freeland, 2.96 in 170.1 innings, vs Walker Buehler, 2.92 in 104.2 innings) and tomorrow, plus three more times in SoCal in two weeks. Dodgers now healthy, Kershaw back from DL. Dodgers still yet to play @ Cards 3 times, plus they close the season with a tough six games @ Arizona and San Francisco. Rockies will play D-Backs twice more, SF on the road and close out with a homestand vs the Phillies and Nats.
The Poor D-Backs, though…

BrokenBat Posted: September 08, 2018 at 11:57 AM | 35 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, nl west, playoffs, rockies

 

 

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