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Thursday, October 10, 2019

Clayton Kershaw Will Never Get Over It

How can this keep happening? How can Clayton Kershaw, who even if he is no longer quite Clayton Kershaw is still Clayton Kershaw, keep going to pieces in October? Could it just be some Powerball-odds-level run of bad luck, with no greater cause? After all, every pitcher has bad days, and maybe one of them just happens to have his bad days in fall after fall. Or could it be something genuinely pathological but eminently understandable, a weakness for pressure? That doesn’t make a ton of sense, given that pitching is by definition a pressure situation and Kershaw’s one of the best ever to take the mound in this sport’s history, but logic clearly has very little to do with it. Or maybe it—the streak, the curse, the choke, whatever—is its own cause: Maybe some early-career fluky blow-ups led Kershaw to be hyperaware of his own postseason performance and overcompensate, overthink, overthrow, a sort of autumnal yips.

Kershaw had no answers after the game, because if there were answers there’d be a solution, and if there were a solution he would have found it by now, and if he’d found the solution there’d be no more questions to which he didn’t have answers. Instead he was existentially bereft, openly wondering if he’d ever get over this—“this” being the latest collapse but also, everything.

“I’ve had to do it so much,” Kershaw said. “I don’t know. It might linger for a while. I might not get over it. I don’t know.”

Bourbon Samurai, what price fettucine? Posted: October 10, 2019 at 11:27 AM | 81 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, nationals, postseason

Wednesday, October 02, 2019

Postseason OMNICHATTER - 10/2/2019 - Rays vs. A’s

Technically it’s a UNICHATTER given there’s only one game. Whatever.


Tuesday, October 01, 2019

MLB players tell you who’s scary — and who should be afraid — in the postseason

Anything can happen in October, you always hear. Short series can narrow the gap between the juggernaut and the upstart — six wild-card teams have won the World Series since they were introduced in 1995 — but the quality of top competition has never been more pronounced than right now.

A record four teams won 100 games in 2019, a season after the record-breaking Red Sox defeated two 100-win clubs in the postseason en route to their championship. The obstacles to glory are serious.

Yahoo Sports asked active players around the game, and granted them anonymity to speak freely, which 2019 postseason teams they wouldn’t want to face on the climb toward a championship — and which clubs they saw as most vulnerable.

Unsurprisingly, a few of the groups that dominated the summer are inspiring trepidation for the fall. Like the 107-win Houston Astros, who won it all in 2017 and now boast a dynamic rotation that includes Cy Young favorites Justin Verlander and Gerrit Cole, plus trade deadline splash Zack Greinke.

Some commentary on the playoffs from current players- pity there’s no clear way to tell who these players are….

 

QLE Posted: October 01, 2019 at 12:01 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: players, postseason

Saturday, August 31, 2019

CC Sabathia’s postseason availability suddenly in jeopardy

NEW YORK – CC Sabathia hopes the final pitch he threw in the third inning of Friday’s 8-2 loss to Oakland won’t be his last in pinstripes.

Once again, Sabathia’s balky right knee flared up to the point that he could not continue after just three frames, leaving Sabathia, who is set to retire after the Yankees’ season ends, is in a race against the clock.

The plan is to have Sabathia’s knee drained and receive a cortisone shot on Saturday, and then the 39-year-old will have roughly a month to be ready for the postseason.

The Yankees will surely try to give Sabathia every chance to prove he’s healthy, but if that knee isn’t right, and with diminished stuff, it could be a tall task.

Not the way one wants a career to end- but, quite often, the way it does….

QLE Posted: August 31, 2019 at 03:51 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: c.c. sabathia, knee, postseason, yankees

Wednesday, August 07, 2019

MLB releases postseason schedule and the World Series begins Oct. 22

Pick out your best costume, baseball fans, because you’ll be able to celebrate Halloween this year. Major League Baseball released its postseason schedule Monday, and Game 7 of the World Series will occur on Oct. 30 if necessary.

That’s right, there will be no baseball on the night of Halloween. That also means we won’t have any November baseball.

Make your plans now!

QLE Posted: August 07, 2019 at 04:06 AM | 48 comment(s)
  Beats: halloween, postseason, schedule, world series

 

 

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