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Thursday, October 06, 2016

Can Jeurys Familia ever be trusted again? | New York Post

Starting with this one: Can they still trust Familia?

“All he did all year long was pick up his teammates,” manager Terry Collins said. “But in the postseason when you give one up and you lose a game, it can be really hard on you.”

Familia, to his credit, stood at his locker and answered wave after wave of interrogators. Also to his credit, he didn’t look shattered. His head wasn’t covered in a towel, and tears didn’t fill his eyes. In that sense, at least, he recalled Mariano Rivera in Cleveland in 1997 and Phoenix in 2001 and Boston in 2004, understanding that to live the closer’s life is to forever tiptoe along a harsh reckoning.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 06, 2016 at 09:28 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: jeurys familia, mets, wild card

Wednesday, October 05, 2016

Beer can thrown at Orioles’ Hyun Soo Kim the latest example of poor behavior at Rogers Centre - Baltimore Sun

Something needs to be done about all those unruly Canadians!!

Jim Furtado Posted: October 05, 2016 at 07:05 AM | 124 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, orioles, wild card

The colossal, inexplicable mistake of Buck Showalter

You have to get the lead before you can protect it. You don’t get the lead by giving up runs using an inferior pitcher.

“Sure, it crosses your mind from about the sixth inning on,” Showalter said. “So there’s a bunch of decisions to make there during the course of the game. Our pitchers pitched real well the whole game to hold that club to two runs at that point. You could make a case, probably other than Zach, Ubaldo is pitching better than anybody we’ve had for the last six or seven starts.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 05, 2016 at 06:58 AM | 113 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, buck showalter, orioles, playoffs, wild card

Sunday, October 02, 2016

Final day promises to be frenzied, fantastic |

Watch the board. You won’t be bored. Major League Baseball has never had a final day quite like the one we’re embarking upon today.

Although scoreboard-watching is a regular rite of the regular-season finale, Scoreboard Sunday is multitasking taken to the extreme. Not only will all 15 games begin within 10 minutes of one another in a range from 3:05 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. ET, but five teams (the Giants, Cardinals, Orioles, Blue Jays and Tigers) will go into those games still in the playoff hunt. The previous high for a final day in the Wild Card era is four, most recently in 2011, which, you no doubt remember, provided an absolutely insane ending.

In other words, we’re on the verge of a fantastic finale.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 02, 2016 at 08:05 AM | 40 comment(s)
  Beats: playoffs, wild card



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