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Thursday, October 30, 2014

No, Alex Gordon wouldn’t have scored an inside the park home run

No, Alex Gordon should not have been sent.

Perhaps a decision to run would have forced a poor throw home, but with a good throw Gordon would have been out easily. Regardless, that was a tremendous Game 7.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 30, 2014 at 03:44 PM | 121 comment(s)
  Beats: world series

Send Alex Gordon! | FiveThirtyEight

Nate Silver thinks Alex Gordon should have been sent home.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 30, 2014 at 03:37 PM | 75 comment(s)
  Beats: world series

Angell: The Best

I missed Christy Mathewson somehow but caught almost everyone else, down the years—Lefty Grove, Carl Hubbell, Sandy Koufax, Bob Gibson, Jack Morris, Curt Schilling, Randy Johnson—but here was the best. Madison Bumgarner, the Giants’ left-handed ace, coming on in relief last night in the fifth inning of the deciding seventh game of this vibrant World Series, gave up a little opening single, then retired fourteen straight Kansas City batters, gave up another hit, and then closed the deal. The Giants won, 3–2, claiming their third World Championship in five years. It was almost his third victory of this Series—the scorers had it that way for a time, then gave the W back to Jeremy Affeldt, the left-handed reliever who was still the pitcher of record when the Giants went ahead in the fourth. Bumgarner, who lost a game along the way, in the Divisionals, on a little throwing error of his own, winds up at 4-1 for his October. He had won a game in each of the Giants’ World Championships, in 2012 and 2010, and now, at twenty-five, stands at 4-0 in the classic, with an earned-run average of 0.25. He was pitching on two days’ rest but also on manna: possibly the best October pitcher of them all.

Sure, we can talk about this: we’ve got all winter. Christy Mathewson threw three shutout victories for the Giants in the 1905 World Series, and won two more games (while losing five) in the Series of 1910, 1911, and 1912, but, as Matty would point out if he were here—he was famous for his fairness—even at his best he would not fare well against the enormous, toned-up athletes of our day.

[...]

I don’t know what it felt like watching Mathewson pitch, but watching Bumgarner is like feeling an expertly administered epidural nip in between a couple of vertebrae and deliver bliss: it’s a gliding, almost eventless slide through the innings, with accumulating fly-ball outs and low-count K’s marking the passing scenery. It’s twilight sleep; an Ambien catnap; an evening voyage on a Watteau barge. Bumgarner is composed out there, his expression mournful, almost apologetic, even while delivering his wide-wing, slinging stuff. Sorry, guys: this is how it goes. Over soon.

[...]

I don’t know how to bring this up, but attention must be paid, as Mrs. Willy Loman used to say. In the last line of my pre-World Series post here, I startled myself with a prediction: the Giants, because of their bullpen, would win this in seven. Yes, exactly so— and who now wants to step up with a wayd-a-minnit objection, claiming that Madison Bumgarner, though he actually emerged from there —we saw him— did not exactly represent the Giants’ bullpen last night? Eat my shorts.


Madison Bumgarner, World Series legend - McCovey Chronicles

It’s all Madison Bumgarner.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 30, 2014 at 06:35 AM | 103 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, madison bumgarner, world series

Statcast: Butler chugs home

Statcast isn’t just for the burners.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 30, 2014 at 06:29 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, royals, statcast, world series

Bumgarner extraordinary as Giants claim decade | CSN Bay Area

“You know what?” he said with that knowing smile. “I can’t lie to you anymore. I’m a little tired now.”

Hell to the yes, he is. So he’ll wave with his right hand at the parade. So he’ll skip a few chores back home. So he’ll ease into spring training. The extraordinary comes with a price, and he cheerfully paid full retail for a moment this sport hasn’t seen since Catfish Hunter, Mickey Lolich, Koufax and Bob Gibson. He thought he might be a bridge from Jeremy Affeldt to Santiago Casilla Wednesday night. Instead, he is a bridge between eras, and a monument in a town that knows how to surround its ballpark with them.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 30, 2014 at 06:26 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, world series

Old shortstop, fireman help Giants get critical out in Game 7 | CSN Bay Area

Dunston and Chop had several angles on the play in the third inning. Second baseman Joe Panik stretched every fiber while diving to knock down Eric Hosmer’s hard grounder, he flipped with his glove to Brandon Crawford and first baseman Brandon Belt made the stretch. The replays were extremely close, but one angle showed a bulge in Belt’s glove from where the baseball made contact while Hosmer’s fingers were millimeters from touching the base.

“I said, ‘OK, OK, he’s out. Let’s go for it,’” Dunston said. “And we did that together.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 30, 2014 at 06:06 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, royals, world series

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

San Francisco Giants at Kansas City Royals - October 29, 2014 | MLB.com Box

When he first came out of the pen I thought things were going to go into the crapper. I was wrong. Bumgarner was awesome. Congrats to the Giants and their fans.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 29, 2014 at 11:23 PM | 90 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, royals, world series

On a wild ride to Game 7, these Royals super fans are the cat’s meow - Yahoo Sports

I hate it when fans get catty.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 29, 2014 at 09:06 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, royals, world series

Angell: The World Series is Almost Over

O.K., a blowout, but who knew? Every year along about this time, friends start asking me, “Who’s going to win tonight? Whadda you think?” But of course I have no clue. Baseball’s absolute unpredictability makes amateurs of us all, and after the Royals’ wholly unexpected 10–0 shellacking of the Giants in last night’s Game Six we can all get ready for the finale tonight with cheerful idiocy. Both starting pitchers—the Giants’ Tim Hudson and the Royals’ Jeremy Guthrie—are veterans who know that they will be gone in an instant, with plenty of time ahead for duck-hunting or sleeping in or a second-grade play, at the first signs of a wobble.

[...]

Go, Royals! Stay, baseball. The players on both teams will be cheerful during B.P. tonight, with the end of their long journey in sight, but a last game is always tougher on the rest of us. Get some sleep after.


Nobody knows anything about Game 7 | FOX Sports

The most insightful, accurate pregame prediction that I’ve read all day. Great job, Rob!

Later today, I’m sure I’ll be overcome by the impulse to cogitate, to calculate, and finally to prognosticate. But while we know an immense amount of things about these teams, literally more than we’ve ever known about any two sports teams before athe biggest of games, nobody knows anything the actual Biggest Game.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 29, 2014 at 02:23 PM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, royals, world series

Second-guessing ends for managers in World Series Game 7 | SportsonEarth.com : Will Leitch

Although I agree that process is important, the critiquing of every managerial move has gotten out of hand.

Jim Caple of ESPN thinks so, arguing earlier this week that all we’re doing when we’re yelling at Ned Yost or Mike Matheny is creating senseless noise, that it’s the players who decide this, not the managers. As he put it: “Can we please have a moratorium on ripping every single managerial move, including the ones that work out?” The opposing argument, nicely elucidated by Joe Sheehan in his indispensible baseball newsletter, argues that it doesn’t matter what the results are, that all you can evaluate, and all that matters is the process. If Royals manager Ned Yost makes a dumb move and it works out anyway, that doesn’t change the fact that it’s a dumb move.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 29, 2014 at 06:54 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, royals, world series

Game 7 fitting end to perfectly strange World Series | CSN Bay Area

I have become a bigger fan of Ray Ratto this postseason. He’s a funny guy.

“There’s a lot of managers out there, and I understand that,” official manager Bruce Bochy said when asked a circuitous question about the Twitteratii, “but this guy just pitched. He’s going to be on two days’ rest. He just threw a complete game. Our confidence in Huddy. But you know, this guy is human. I mean, you can’t push him that much . . . so when they Tweet you, just tell them that.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 29, 2014 at 06:44 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, royals, world series

Road maps to pitching success in Game 7 | FOX Sports

Three innings for Hudson seems like a low bar. Why don’t we wait and see what kind of stuff he has before getting those bullpen guys up?

But if Hudson can get through three innings, and Bumgarner can give the Giants two behind Hudson, then the Giants will be setup well to have their four main relievers pitch the final four innings in some fashion. The Royals probably shouldn’t set things up as traditionally. The Royals should get to Herrera, Davis, and Holland as quickly as possible.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 29, 2014 at 06:17 AM | 10 comment(s)
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Royal flush turns World Series into 7-game stud | MLB.com

What’s the over/under on how many innings Herrera, Davis, and Holland pitch tonight?

Jim Furtado Posted: October 29, 2014 at 05:19 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, royals, world series

mlb.com: Video: Who will be next the champion? [sic]

Here you go- the last 49 World Series-clinching plays. With one five minute video, you can get excited for tonight and relive your entire baseball existence.

Guapo Posted: October 29, 2014 at 12:53 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: history, video, world series

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Angell: Giants Near Crown

These have been fun games, though. Watching Bumgarner, whose amazingly extended lefty delivery begins with the held ball detouring toward short center field, I decided that his great stuff is equalled by the calm and the air of mournful apology with which it’s delivered: Sorry, guys, but you’ve got no chance. It’s quiet when he’s pitching, with little to note beyond the flow of strikeouts or pop-ups or ground balls, delivered without gesture or a change of expression, and the click of another passing inning is like someone closing a door in the next room.

[...]

No one is having more of a blast than Hunter Pence, who started off with a home run in the first inning of the Series and has more or less kept it up ever since, running the bases with his mouth open and his eyes alight, making unexpected closing-ground catches in right, and, with his black stockings accenting that half-open stance and slash at the ball, batting .474 in the Series to date. His pop eyes and thick curls reminds you of a young Donald Sutherland, and what he’s telling us is, “Man, am I hot! Watch—here’s more!”

I could say almost as many complimentary things about the young Royals, but let’s hold that for the next two games—two more, please, everybody, here before winter. In passing, I’ll throw in that Lorenzo Cain’s catch of Pence’s line drive to right in the fifth inning last night was as good as any outfield play so far in this upscale Series. It took only seconds—the ball was drilled—and Cain, racing hard after a quick jump, stuck his glove up and back-handed the ball almost directly over his head, leaning in midstride to give himself room.

As I’ve been saying here, thank you.


Frankovich: Keith Olbermann, Traditionalist

FYI: Nick was an editor at SABR back in the day.

So said Keith Olbermann. He too has taken to calling the World Series, disparagingly, “the MLB Finals.” Hard left in his politics, the ESPN2 commentator is, mirabile dictu, a hardcore traditionalist in matters baseball. I just came across this video from last Tuesday:

JE (Jason) Posted: October 28, 2014 at 01:10 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: espn, keith olbermann, postseason, world series

No place like home for the Royals | New York Post

The Royals only have one game to worry about.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 28, 2014 at 09:34 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, royals, world series

The story behind ‘Marlins Man’ - JSOnline

A little more info about Marlin Man.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 28, 2014 at 09:19 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: human interest story, world series

Monday, October 27, 2014

Royals employees gifted a trip to World Series

Section 334: It is a tiny blue pie slice among 40,000 fans. But in games three, four and five of 2014 World Series, the faces of its 185 or so Kansas City occupants — both elated and glum, broadcast on national television — became the faces of Royals fandom in AT&T Park.

Nicole Bruce, 45, of Independence was seen on TV by her brother-in-law who was watching in Texas. Bob and Kathy Butler of Kansas City said their son and grandson back home saw them.

Throughout the ballpark, people could hear their voices calling out from high up in left field: “Let’s go Roy-als!”

In game three, Giants fans congratulated them. In game four, they rubbed in the hurt of an 11-4 loss, shouting, “You’re so qui-et!”

Section 334 shook it off and stood. “Let’s go Roy-als!”

“We want our boys to hear us,” said Kathy Butler, 67, of Overland Park.

When she said “our boys,” she meant it, but not in the way moms and dad mean it. The faces you’re seeing in Section 334 belong to the Royals’ organization who, after Kansas City clinched the American League Championship Series, were given a gift by team owner and president David and Dan Glass.

The gift: a free trip, including chartered plane and hotel, to all three World Series games in San Francisco for each member of the Royals’ front office staff, plus a guest.

David Glass probably didn’t give them a complimentary drink on the plane, that cheap miser.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 27, 2014 at 04:00 PM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: david glass, royals, world series

SF Giants head groundskeeper: ‘no gamesmanship,’ denies flooding the basepaths - John Shea

Elliott said the composition of the dirt includes 59 percent lava cinders and sand, 21 percent clay and 19 percent silt. Plus, conditioner is added “to keep the moisture on the soil so the footing’s right.”

“You can’t get caught up in it,” Elliott said of talk his crew goes overboard with watering. “The worst thing I could do, from my standpoint, is change the field on them without them knowing it. Then they’re playing in unexpected and unfamiliar territory.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 27, 2014 at 09:04 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, royals, world series

Juan Perez delivers key hit after learning his good friend Oscar Taveras died - Yahoo Sports

None of this was ordinary, of course. The idea of playing in tribute to someone is cliché. Using sports, these stupid games we play, to honor their memory is equally trite. It’s also a canvas for something greater. What Juan Perez did Sunday wasn’t just play for his friend Oscar, for the whole baseball world that grieved at his loss. Perez played for himself, and on an awful night for the sport, nothing was more redeeming than that.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 27, 2014 at 08:20 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: juan perez, oscar taveras, world series

Legend of the fall: MadBum’s CG gives SF Game 5 win | MLB.com

Bumgarner takes charge of the series.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 27, 2014 at 06:18 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, madison bumgarner, royals, world series

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Tim McCarver still analyzing World Series, now from home

Well, at least we know this quarantine worked.

But this October, McCarver is experiencing the Series just like millions of other viewers by watching back home in Florida instead of his usual spot in the broadcast booth.

“When you’re working you’re so immersed in your work that you’re trying to put on a telecast or add to it without getting in the way of it and all the things that are involved in the business of baseball on television,” McCarver said.

“On the other hand, you pick up part of your life as the viewing audience. I haven’t been able to do that for 35 years. It’s kind of nice. I would imagine John Madden felt the same way his first year out. I don’t know,” he said.

...In a brief phone conversation, he praised the way Kansas City dictates games with speed and defense, debated San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy’s decision not to start ace Madison Bumgarner on short rest in Game 4 and talked about how the dominance of the Royals’ bullpen changes the tenor of the game.

But McCarver said his appreciation of the players rises when he doesn’t have to call the games. He cited Lorenzo Cain’s outfield defense and Bumgarner’s tenacity, which reminds the former catcher of what he saw from St. Louis teammate Bob Gibson.

“I had a chance to admire the players from a technical standpoint while doing the games,” he said. “Now the admiration soars because I have a chance to really analyze some of the things for myself and not necessarily for the viewing audience.”

Repoz Posted: October 26, 2014 at 04:01 PM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: media, world series

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