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Monday, November 05, 2018

OTP 2018 2018 Nov 5 - The Trump dilemma hits the Boston Red Sox amid a wave of White House boycotts in sports

The Boston Red Sox, fresh off their historic World Series win, are the latest team to be faced with the Trump dilemma.

The team’s manager Alex Cora said that the Sox haven’t decided whether they will visit the White House if they’re invited by Trump, adding that he wants to use the team’s platform in the right way, according to the Associated Press.


Mellow Mouse, Benevolent Space Tyrant Posted: November 05, 2018 at 08:40 AM | 2346 comment(s)
  Beats: off topic, politics, world series

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

In early World Series odds for 2019, Tigers near the bottom

The Boston Red Sox exercised the contract option for ace starter Chris Sale on Tuesday, their first offseason move as 2018 World Series champions.

They’re also favorites to do it again.

Las Vegas says the Red Sox have the best odds to win the 2019 World Series. Bovada puts the Sox at 13:2, just above the Houston Astros (7:1), Los Angeles Dodgers (8:1) and New York Yankees (8:1).

Because it is never too early to speculate on these matters….

QLE Posted: October 31, 2018 at 08:00 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: future, odds, world series

Ratings for Red Sox-Dodgers World Series down 23 percent from 2017

A World Series featuring the Boston Red Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers was expected to pull in major ratings numbers for Fox, but it didn’t turn out that way.

According to Variety, an average of 14.3 million viewers watched over five World Series games, a 23 percent drop from the 18.7 million that watched the 2017 World Series. And 2018’s numbers are a staggering 38 percent decrease from the 2016 World Series, which averaged 22.9 million viewers and was the most watched since series 2005. Out of every World Series since 2010, the 2018 iteration was the fourth-least watched.

Game 5 was by far the biggest ratings-getter of any World Series game this year. None of the first four games averaged more than 13.8 million viewers, while Game 5 averaged 17.6 million. Those numbers don’t include viewership from Fox Deportes and Fox’s streaming platforms, and when those numbers are added, Game 5 viewership comes in at 18.5 million. That handily beat NBC’s Sunday Night Football, but it pales in comparison to 2017’s final game (which, to be fair, was a Game 7 and not a Game 5), which pulled in over 28 million viewers.

So, any theories as for why this was the case?

QLE Posted: October 31, 2018 at 08:00 AM | 96 comment(s)
  Beats: ratings, world series

Monday, October 29, 2018

Red Sox homer their way past Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers for World Series title – Orange County Register

Just listened to Bill Plunkett on with the Mad Dog. Dodgers fans are lucky neither of these two guys are running the Dodgers.

My favorite part of the interview was Russo asking, “Will the Dodgers, upstairs in their front office, will they recalculate a little bit, realizing that this interchangeable two-team match-up approach may not necessarily be the best way to go if you want to win the whole thing? Will this loss make them look at that?”

Plunkett replied, “I doubt it. I’ll put this gently. There is a certain arrogance about that front office. They do believe that they have, that they know more than anyone else, just by a hair. They don’t lord it over them or anything, but they think they have figured out the right way to go about this, and I don’t think they are going to deviate from it. I honestly don’t. I think they’ll look at this year and they will say, ‘Ya, know, we almost did it again, even though we lost our best player, one of our two best players, Cory Seager for the year in May. Even though we started the season without Justin Turner, our other best player, for the first forty games. Overcame injuries that had the entire starting rotation on the DL at one point. Ah, ya know, put things together and overcome other stuff along the way.’ I think they will look at it that way and say the plan is not the problem. That it just didn’t work out this year for those other reasons.”

“Yeah, that’s a stupid approach,” was just the beginning of Russo’s response where he also suggested a 22-YO front-office employee, who rides his bicycle to the park without socks, was responsible for Kiki batting third, which was another of the Mad Dog bones that he couldn’t let go.

Honestly, the conversation made my head hurt.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 29, 2018 at 01:45 PM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, red sox, world series

Price silences October critics while Kershaw gives more fuel to his

No two pitchers of this generation have carried more of a burden from their postseason travails than Kershaw and Price. The dissection of their performances and the myths that have risen from such autopsies have never been fair. There have been disappointments, to be sure. There also have been enough successes to suggest that either star lefty has some innate flaw that prevents them from succeeding in October is madness.

Nevertheless, the baggage that accumulates from such tales piles up over the years. It’s heavy. It’s cumbersome. The questions never cease, the curious inquiries looking for an explanation that mostly doesn’t exist. The only one that makes any sense is that all along, it’s only been baseball and the guys on the other side are pretty good too.

Cora-nation! Rookie manager leads Red Sox to championship

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Hard to believe now, all these wins later, but the Alex Cora Era in Boston began with a loss. A brutal one, in fact.

Opening day at Tropicana Field in late March, none of his late moves worked out as the bullpen blew a big lead in a 6-4 setback.

No fan in New England would admit it now — still, chances are some had already started to wonder whether he was the right guy for the Red Sox.

The full article lists all the first-time managers to win the World Series- without looking, can you name them all?

QLE Posted: October 29, 2018 at 01:46 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: alex cora, red sox, world series

Sunday, October 28, 2018

Here’s what it’s like to umpire the longest postseason game in MLB history

LOS ANGELES – Moments after he’d put one last baseball into play, watched that fly, then stayed just long enough to ensure Max Muncy completed his journey, Ted Barrett, the plate umpire for Game 3 of the World Series, was offered for his first meal in many hours the choice of steak or fish.

“I had both,” he said.

Not 15 hours later, he was again in a room behind the Dodgers dugout with his five crewmates.

In case you’re curious to know what it feels like to umpire a seven-hour baseball game….

QLE Posted: October 28, 2018 at 07:24 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: extra innings, umpires, world series

Dave Roberts ripped for pulling Rich Hill in Game 4, but turns out he had a good reason for it

The problem with such second-guessing from parties not in the know is they are, um, not in the know. After the game, Roberts provided the context:

“Before the top of the seventh was going on, it was a long sixth for us,” Roberts said. “I had a conversation with Rich, and we talked about it. He said, ‘Keep an eye on me. I’m going to give it everything I have. Let’s go hitter to hitter and just keep an eye on me.’ So right there, I know Rich did everything he could, competed, left everything out there.”

Essentially, it sounds like Hill was letting Roberts know his tank was nearly empty.

The post-game second-guessing was immediate and fierce, but if a pitcher tells his manager something like what Hill appears to have said to Roberts, then the manager has to make a move. Alexander and Madson and Jansen didn’t do their jobs, but that’s on those pitchers, not on Dave Roberts.

Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: October 28, 2018 at 02:45 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: dave roberts, dodgers, rich hill, world series

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Ratings for Red Sox-Dodgers World Series fall to four-year low

It seems like this World Series matchup between the Boston Red Sox and the Los Angeles Dodgers isn’t the ratings draw MLB was hoping it would be. The ratings for both Games 1 and 2 are down from their 2017 counterparts, and represent the lowest ratings for those games in at least three years.


According to Sports Media Watch, Tuesday’s Game 1, played at 8 p.m. ET local time at Fenway Park, came in at an 8.2 rating and 13.76 million viewers. That’s a 6 percent drop in ratings and an 8 percent drop in viewers from 2017’s Game 1 between the Houston Astros and the Dodgers.

Comparing 2018’s numbers to the ratings behemoth that was 2016, it’s even worse. This year’s Series is down 27 percent in ratings and 29 percent in viewers from Game 1 between the Chicago Cubs and the Cleveland Indians in 2016.

Evidently, having the Red Sox and a team from one of the largest markets in the country isn’t the draw that I was told it would be….

QLE Posted: October 25, 2018 at 11:06 PM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: television ratings, world series

Dodgers Pitching Coach Complains About Fenway Park Bullpens Being Too Close To Fans

“Brutal. Pretty brutal,” Honeycutt said of the Fenway Park bullpens, that allow fans to get up close and personal with pitchers are they warm up. “What I don’t understand is why baseball allows it. You’ve got the rubber right there and people literally standing over you.”

He may have wanted to wait until after Game 2 before informing fans that it might bother them.

Nasty Nate Posted: October 25, 2018 at 08:19 AM | 50 comment(s)
  Beats: world series

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

World Series 2018: John Smoltz makes the MLB postseason worse -

He does seem to complain a lot.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 24, 2018 at 12:02 PM | 75 comment(s)
  Beats: announcers, john smoltz, world series

Alex Cora, the manager who can seemingly do no wrong – The Athletic

His players’ performances are making Alex Cora look like a genius.

“I know every time he puts me in the game, it’s because he trusts me, you know?” Rodriguez said. “No matter what the situation is, he trusts you’re going to go out there and get people out. So, that was my goal today. Go out there and get that guy out, and I know he trusts me because he put me in the game, in that big situation.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 24, 2018 at 07:52 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: alex cora, pay site, red sox, world series

Red Sox victory in Game 1 of World Series is a long strategic nightmare for the Dodgers

Tom Boswell used to be one of my favorites.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 24, 2018 at 06:48 AM | 44 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, red sox, world series

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

World Series preview: Dodgers vs. Red Sox is more than 100 years in the making

Two of Major League Baseball’s most famous franchises meet in a World Series that we haven’t seen in the last 100 years — the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Boston Red Sox.

It’s Clayton Kershaw vs. Chris Sale, Yasiel Puig vs. Mookie Betts, Cody Bellinger vs. J.D. Martinez, Justin Turner’s beard vs. Craig Kimbrel’s beard and Manny Machado vs. all of Boston if he keeps his villain act up.

It’s a team looking to win its first World Series in exactly 30 years vs. a team trying to win its fourth in 15 years. It’s baseball’s third-highest payroll this season vs. its highest payroll — that’s $228 million for the Red Sox, according to Spotrac, and $199 million for the Dodgers.

For those of us who have thoughts concerning the World Series that do not seem appropriate for the Omnichatter, here’s as good a threat as any to have a discussion.

QLE Posted: October 23, 2018 at 07:06 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, preview, red sox, world series

Sunday, October 21, 2018

Mookie Betts to second base? Alex Cora isn’t ruling it out |

What have reporters done? Overreacted, of course.

“You’re going to see Mookie taking ground balls at second,” Cora said. “But he’s doing that the whole season, so do not overreact. That’s part of his preparation.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 21, 2018 at 07:58 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, red sox, world series

Dodgers advance to World Series with 5-1 victory over Brewers in Game 7 of NLCS - Los Angeles Times

“We haven’t had ‘easy’ in the playbook all year,” said Andrew Friedman, president of baseball operations. “So for it to come down this way shouldn’t be surprising. Ultimately, at the end of the day, the talent in this room won out.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 21, 2018 at 07:50 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, red sox, world series

LA wins NL, setting up titanic WS with Red Sox |

It will be TITANIC!!

Jim Furtado Posted: October 21, 2018 at 07:47 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, red sox, world series

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Why The Dodgers’ WS Odds are So High

There is no Braves team or Brewers club in the AL playoffs to potentially boost the odds of getting to the World Series. The Brewers and Braves have good teams; on paper, though, they don’t come close to those AL teams. As a result, the Dodgers have the highest odds of any team to make the World Series. They might not be favored if they get there, but getting there provides enough of a boost to their overall odds that they end up with the second-highest championship odds in baseball.

Kind of an interesting piece on how FanGraphs is getting their percentages.

Jose is an Absurd Force of Nature Posted: September 19, 2018 at 10:51 AM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, odds, world series




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