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Monday, October 15, 2018

ESPN: Olney: Pine tar in the postseason could put MLB in a sticky situation

Because everybody in the room will understand that most pitchers participating in the postseason probably use sunscreen or pine tar or something that violates baseball’s rule against the use of foreign substances. [...]

But everybody involved in the sport knows how prevalent the use of sunscreen and pine tar and other stuff has become. Many catchers have pine tar on some part of their person, to apply as needed. Baseball officials would prefer that no foreign substances are used, but they also understand the practical reality: that the baseballs provided for the players are slick, and not always properly prepared.

 

bobm Posted: October 15, 2018 at 02:39 PM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: buster olney, foreign substances, pine tar, postseason

Tuesday, October 09, 2018

Astros Blast Past Cleveland Into LCS

The Astros passed their first October test as the defending World Series champions with flying colors, burying the Indians with a relentless offense and solid pitching on Monday afternoon to earn a champagne celebration they hope won’t be their last.

My name is Votto, and I love to get blotto Posted: October 09, 2018 at 09:22 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, indians, postseason

Youngest Braves home-schooled on cruelty of the postseason

For the youngest Braves, Monday night at SunTrust Park was the same painful rite of passage navigated by so many of their forebears.

While it certainly was nothing new for those in the Braves’ home dugout to end a season watching someone else celebrate a postseason series victory, it hadn’t happened before in this particular ballpark. Call it another kind of SunTrust Park christening, the kind no one wants to attend. 

And it certainly never had happened to Ozzie Albies.

 

QLE Posted: October 09, 2018 at 06:27 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, postseason

Saturday, October 06, 2018

Yankees, Dodgers or Red Sox aren’t America’s team this postseason, but guess who is?

What do the New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers have in common? Well, aside from each having massive payrolls and all still being alive in the postseason?

They’re all not the team America is throwing its support behind during the League Division Series. At least not according to the above infographic put together by Sportsbetting.ag, which shows each state’s rooting interest based on geotagged Twitter data.

The team that’s earning the most support from the most states? None other than the Colorado Rockies.

Rather interesting map- largely what we’d guess based on the team left in the playoffs, but with enough variance to be interesting to ponder.

QLE Posted: October 06, 2018 at 06:59 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: fans, geography, postseason

Thursday, October 04, 2018

“Mr. Equilibrium: Jeter, Reggie & Papi’s Playoffs Performance vs Regular Season

Legendary October performers like Jackson, Ortiz and Jeter merely produced as they would during any other time of the season. Although playoff and Fall Classic outliers like Steve Garvey, Dave Henderson and Pablo Sandoval certainly exist, there are some players who just gave you almost exactly what they would at any time over 162 games.

djordan Posted: October 04, 2018 at 08:25 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: postseason

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Who’s in and who’s out of the MLB postseason?

An exciting part of September baseball is watching teams clinch their berths in the postseason and seeing the stories of the playoffs begin to form throughout the month.

Another fun part, for the more cynical among us, involves watching as teams officially get mathematically eliminated from the playoffs, with not even a whiff of Wild Card chances. More and more of which are revealing themselves as days pass on the final march to October.

We’ll be tracking teams who have clinched their spot in the playoffs or been mathematically eliminated from the postseason right here throughout September. You can track it all for yourself right here, but we’re breaking it down in full as well.

This is largely stuff that’s fairly self-evident, I admit, but, as long as we still have several good races running in the National League, we might as well have an independent space to discuss them….

QLE Posted: September 18, 2018 at 09:06 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: pennant race, postseason

 

 

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