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Thursday, October 08, 2015

Cubs take the Joe Maddon way to National League Division Series - Chicago Tribune

The bench clearing get-together during the game was just plain stupid.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 08, 2015 at 06:02 AM | 74 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, jake arrieta, joe maddon, playoffs, wild card

Wednesday, October 07, 2015

One Game, One Night: Winner Take All | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Yes, yes, I would. These games are must watch affairs. How often can you say that about the first round of the playoffs?

“You hope that the best teams wind up in the playoffs in a series that is fair, that people would deem fair, just as a fan,” starter Charlie Morton said shortly after the Pirates lost to the Cardinals, the definitive stroke in their relegation to a third consecutive wild-card game. “Do you really want to see two of the top three or four teams in all of baseball play a one-game playoff? No. And I’m not just saying that because we’re one of those teams, I’m saying that because it just doesn’t seem like, it just doesn’t seem right.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 07, 2015 at 08:27 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, pirates, playoffs, wild card

Dallas Keuchel efficient in Wild Card start | MLB.com

Congrats to the Astros!

“Incredible pitcher,” manager A.J. Hinch said. “He showed a lot of resiliency. He wasn’t at his best, but six innings scoreless at Yankee Stadium, in the biggest moment. If that’s not his best, we can take anything he can give us.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 07, 2015 at 06:26 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, playoffs, wild card, yankees

Tuesday, October 06, 2015

Alex Rodriguez embraces the underdog role, but Dallas Keuchel isn’t buying it | Newsday

It looks like Vegas has the Astros as favorites.

“We’re underdogs coming into this game,” A-Rod said Monday after the Yankees worked out at the Stadium in preparation for Tuesday night’s wild-card playoff game against the Astros.

But Keuchel, who hasn’t allowed a run in 16 innings against the Yankees this season and will start against them Tuesday night on three days’ rest, all but scoffed at the premise.

“I don’t believe so,” the lefthander said with a smile. “We’re at their home place, we’re at Yankee Stadium. I don’t think we’re favored, I really don’t. And that’s the way we’re going to continue to play, as the underdog.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 06, 2015 at 09:20 AM | 36 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, playoffs, wild card, yankees

Astros wild-card roster: Emphasis on matching up with Yankees - Ultimate Astros

It makes a lot of sense.

The Astros are probably going to carry just two starting pitchers for Tuesday’s wild card game with the Yankees: the man on the hill to begin the game, Dallas Keuchel, and Mike Fiers, who will be long-relief insurance.

Now that the postseason is here, the 40-man expanded roster is gone and teams are back to 25 players. But because the Astros don’t need to carry multiple starting pitchers as they would in a later round of the playoffs, they can still carry a deep bench and ‘pen.

“You also want to line up against not only their starting pitcher, but the relievers that they might bring in and they’ve got a strong bullpen,” general manager Jeff Luhnow said.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 06, 2015 at 09:18 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, playoffs, wild card

Friday, October 02, 2015

Fan launches ‘Get Bartman to Cubs’ wild-card game’ campaign

In what does not outwardly appear to be a joke, one self-proclaimed lifelong Cubs fan is seeking to orchestrate an offering to Bartman: forgiveness and a sweet accommodations package worth $5,000, including the cost of his attendance at the NL Wild Card Game between the Pirates and Cubs, which will likely take place in Pittsburgh.

So far only four people have donated a total of $50. Sometimes these campaigns are slow to grow. But maybe Cubs fans need a banner, not a berth, before they extend an olive branch.

So what are the odds the Cubs sweep the Brewers and what are the odds that the Pirates either get swept or only win one against the Reds?

McCoy Posted: October 02, 2015 at 07:25 AM | 66 comment(s)
  Beats: bartman, cubs, wild card

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Cubs clinch postseason berth

Clinching on a Kelby Tomlinson strikeout 2,000 miles away isn’t exactly as dramatic as coming back on Mark Melancon at home would’ve been, but after watching the Cubs wander the desert for the past seven years, I’ll certainly take it.  Here’s hoping even better things lie ahead.

Spahn Insane: bowing to King of Effortless Posted: September 26, 2015 at 01:39 AM | 57 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, playoffs, wild card

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Theo Epstein says he proposed making MLB’s Wild Card a best-of-three series | For The Win

Don’t like having your season decided by one game? Win your division. I greatly prefer this setup to the old one where the only drawback was one less playoff game.

And so the Cubs, even if they end up with a better record against better competition than the majority of division winners, will likely see their season reduced to a single road game in Pittsburgh. And the Pirates, for owning the second-best record in the sport despite playing the Cardinals 18 times, risk seeing their postseason end after only one game if the Cubs happen to take it.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 17, 2015 at 07:55 PM | 67 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, pirates, playoffs, wild card

 

 

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