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Friday, October 24, 2014

How top World Series players ranked as prospects. | SportsonEarth.com : Jim Callis Article

Which World Series participants were the most highly regarded? Glad you asked. Here’s a ranking of the top 15 players in the World Series based on how they were perceived as prospects when they made their MLB debut.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 24, 2014 at 11:36 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects, world series

John McGrath: The Giants have become the Yankees — obnoxious | The News Tribune

Hunter Strickland is ruining baseball for everyone.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 24, 2014 at 07:48 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, world series


MLB - San Francisco Giants still confident in their bullpen - ESPN

Well, everybody but Hunter Strickland.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 24, 2014 at 07:13 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, royals, world series

Thursday, October 23, 2014

What’s Buster Posey’s best trait as a catcher? Here’s what his pitchers had to say - Giants Extra

He’s dreamy!

To fully appreciate Posey’s talent, his pitchers say, you need to look into his eyes.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 23, 2014 at 11:00 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: buster posey, giants, world series

Lincecum upbeat, “feels normal” after playing catch | CSN Bay Area

The Freak is feeling better.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 23, 2014 at 10:55 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, royals, tim lincecum, world series

Gleeman: Royals may bench Norichika Aoki for Game 3

Aoki-dokey.

Aoki’s defense has been an issue throughout the postseason, with Yost frequently taking him out late in games in favor of Jarrod Dyson while shifting Lorenzo Cain from center field to right field.

So instead of doing that again Yost may just decide to start Dyson and use Aoki off the bench as a pinch-hitter. Aoki is a better hitter than Dyson, but he’s hardly an impact bat and an extra five or six innings of better defense and baserunning could be worth the change.

JE (Jason) Posted: October 23, 2014 at 09:01 PM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: norichika aoki, royals, world series

9 reasons Hunter Pence is the most interesting man in the World (Series) | For The Win

Knowing Hunter Pence is loving Hunter Pence.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 23, 2014 at 08:43 PM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, hunter pence, world series

Giants’ Tim Lincecum needs MRI on lower back/side after leaving Game 2 - CBSSports.com

I was wondering when we’d see The Freak. I guess that’s all we are going to get.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 23, 2014 at 04:41 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: tim lincecum, world series

I hope this doesn’t get me fired. | FOX Sports

A game can go badly pretty quickly. Last night I was watching the game. With the score tied 2-2 the game channel went out on my television.(There was a power outage at the local affiliate.) By the time the picture came back on, the score was 7-2.

We don’t know what will happen in game 3. The Giants could jump out to a 10-run lead in the first. You close out the wins in World Series games as best you can. Herrera just had six days rest. He has another day off today. Using your three best pitchers to close out the last 3.2 innings, especially when they have had so much rest, is using your head.

During Game 2 of the World Series, Rob penned this Baseball Joe questioning Ned Yost’s decision to leave Kelvin Herrera in to pitch the seventh inning with the Royals leading the Giants 7-2. Rob’s suggestion was to remove Herrera in order to save his arm after throwing just nine pitches to finish off the sixth inning. Jason Frasor was the suggested replacement.

In my opinion, Frasor has been underappreciated this postseason and is more than capable of holding that lead. But this is the postseason. A five-run lead when you’re down one game to none is the equivalent of a two-run lead when running your bullpen. Especially when you consider the day off on Thursday.

 

Jim Furtado Posted: October 23, 2014 at 09:41 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: bullpen usuage, giants, royals, world series

Salvador Perez, Hunter Strickland Exchange Words In World Series (GIF) | MLB | NESN.com

Serenity now, Hunter Strickland, serenity now.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 23, 2014 at 09:30 AM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, royals, world series

Key question GMs have to weigh with top World Series free agents | New York Post

There is a lot of money on the line for a few of these players.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 23, 2014 at 09:26 AM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, giants, james shields, pablo sandoval, royals, world series

No, Ned Yost didn’t “out-manage” Bruce Bochy. His players played better | HardballTalk

“I don’t think I can ever live up to matching a wit with Tony La Russa,” quipped Washington. “What I will try to do is put my players in the right position. If my players perform, I don’t have to worry about matching wits; they’ll take care of things.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 23, 2014 at 09:20 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, managers, royals, world series


MLB - Ned Yost wins chess match over Bruce Bochy - ESPN

Chess match? Oh, it’s humor.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 23, 2014 at 08:45 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, royals, world series

‘Marlins Man’ puts Miami front and center at World Series | The Miami Herald

That explains it.

Leavy paid $8,000 for that prime seat to see Royals vs. Giants, and he wasn’t about to give it up.
.....
Marlins Man has been buying the best seats to major sporting events for years. By his count, he’s gone to 27 Super Bowls, more than 200 NBA playoff games, and at least 85 World Series games, and many Triple Crown horse races.

He’s been a Marlins season-ticket holder since the team’s first year in 1993, is a rabid Florida State fan (he was on hand for the FSU-Notre Dame showdown in Tallahassee on Saturday before heading off to Kansas City), owns more than 100 thoroughbreds, and rarely misses a Miami Heat or Dolphins game.

“I never had any kids, nor have any wife,” Leavy said. “You don’t have to pay for a wife and kids, so you have money in the bank.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 23, 2014 at 08:35 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: world series

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Statcast: Posey out at the plate

Posey is faster than Sandoval.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 22, 2014 at 04:03 PM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: buster posey, giants, pablo sandoval, statcast, world series

San Francisco Giants vs. Kansas City Royals - Recap - October 21, 2014 - ESPN

Giants draw first blood.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 22, 2014 at 06:31 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, royals, world series

Monday, October 20, 2014

Calcaterra: So, if you’re not a fan of the Royals or Giants, who ya got?

ROYALS CON:

   Ned Yost is, objectively, not a good manager and sometimes it’s really hard to see people fall into success despite themselves. This could be mitigated against if, as he sort of did during the ALCS, he shows that he’s learning from his mistakes on the fly, but it’s also possible Yost Yosts it up, the Royals nonetheless win and we’re stuck with a winter in which we’re subjected to “Ned Yost: smarter than you think” articles.

I assume folks will tilt hard towards the Royals but I’m going Giants.  Number one reason is that I would like to see Tim Hudson get a ring.  Number two is similar to above.  I hate to see stupidity rewarded. 

 

Robert in Manhattan Beach Posted: October 20, 2014 at 04:29 AM | 100 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, royals, world series

Sunday, October 19, 2014


Saturday, October 18, 2014

Peter Gammons: In the year of the improbable, will the impossible happen? - GammonsDaily.com

The Royals won 89 games.

The success of the Royals has led to considerable speculation that we will see a return to the WhiteyBall style. Herzog was a meticulous master of defensive preparation, with folders of pitcher- and hitter-specific charts. But the study of defense is not new. The Athletics focused on defensive information two years after the Moneyball draft, and so were the Red Sox, Mets and several other teams. These Royals did not have the ballpark or the payroll to afford a bopper lineup, so Dayton Moore built what they could build, and when the regular season ended, they earned a play-in opportunity, leading the American League in team defensive runs saved, well ahead of runners-up Baltimore and Boston. Cardinals players yesterday were asking to not be reminded of their (defensive) failures, they have not forgotten them.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 18, 2014 at 01:26 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: world series

San Francisco Giants save best for last in journey back to World Series | FOX Sports

Please, for the love of baseball, keep the Steve Perrys and Neil Diamonds away from the game broadcasts.

Unlike Peavy, who finally got his long-awaited ring last season with Boston, starter Tim Hudson has waited a teenager’s lifetime to even sniff the World Series.
Now, at 39, he finally gets his chance.

“You go 16 years without being able to experience something like this, you wonder if it’s going to happen,” he said in the locker room. “It’s hard to put into words. It almost feels surreal, like in a dream.”
Barely able to contain his smile, Hudson added, “I can’t believe it’s finally happened.”
With former Journey lead singer Steve Perry on hand to lead the hometown fans in three straight days of late-game karaoke, the Giants never did stop believing. Not when they needed a walk-off bunt in Game 3. Not when they surged ahead thanks to a quirky series of events in Game 4.
And when the homer by Ishikawa, who spent much of the year at Triple-A Fresno, landed in the right-field arcade, high out of the reach of Oscar Taveras’ flailing arms, belief had been replaced by a realization: This team may yet again shock the baseball world.
The Giants have won the pennant. Anarchy is coming to Kansas City.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 18, 2014 at 10:11 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, royals, world series

Friday, October 17, 2014

Schoenfield: Welcome to the worst World Series ever

Shorter Schoenfield: Don’t confuse “fun” with “awesome.”

So these aren’t great teams. So this is arguably the worst World Series matchup ever, as far as quality of teams. Giants fans can disagree, but if this was a great team, why did the Giants put themselves in the dice roll of a wild-card game? Why couldn’t they beat out the Dodgers for the division title? Royals fans can point out that their team has won eight postseason games in a row, but if the Royals are a great team, why did they put themselves in the dice roll of a wild-card game? Why couldn’t they win two more games and beat out the Tigers for the division title?

In the regular season, the Royals were ninth in the AL in runs scored and fourth in runs allowed. The Giants were fifth in runs scored and sixth in runs allowed. There’s a reason neither team won 90 games.

Now, that said: This should be a fun World Series between two evenly matched teams with intriguing reasons to root for each. The Royals, for so long the hapless Royals, are a likable bunch of young players, speed demons and defensive geniuses with that awesome bullpen that puts the fear into opposing teams and fans. You get the feeling that if you don’t beat them in six innings you’re not going to win. Everybody starts anew in the postseason and the Royals have played some of the most exciting baseball we’ve seen in years in going 8-0 in the playoffs. They overcame a 7-3 deficit to beat the A’s in the wild-card game and then beat the 98-win Angels and 96-win Orioles. They deserve to be here.

JE (Jason) Posted: October 17, 2014 at 09:01 PM | 70 comment(s)
  Beats: kansas city royals, san francisco giants, wild card, world series

Surprise heroes, tough ‘pens, gritty clubs make Series tough to predict | FOX Sports

Anyone who claims to have any idea about which club actually will prevail needs to utter the names, “Travis Ishikawa” and “Mike Moustakas” for an hour straight, as fast as humanly possible.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 17, 2014 at 09:21 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: ken rosenthal, world series

Thursday, October 16, 2014

How the Royals reached the World Series after 29 years of angst - Yahoo Sports

In early December 2012, at the Gaylord Opryland Resort in Nashville, Moore called a meeting for the Royals’ braintrust. Scouts and development guys and transaction specialists and sabermetricians filled Moore’s suite and started to argue.

Him was Wil Myers. Him was Jake Odorizzi. Him was Mike Montgomery. Him was Patrick Leonard. They were four prospects in the Royals’ farm system. Myers was one of the best in baseball, Odorizzi another high-reward sort, Montgomery and Leonard each with significant upside. Trading a prospect such as Myers is somewhere between heresy and lunacy in the modern-baseball handbook. Moore disagreed. He needed a starting pitcher. He wanted the decades of losing to stop.
“It was time to win,” Royals assistant GM J.J. Picollo said. “The window for Alex Gordon, Billy Butler and the young guys coming into their own was now. Planning to get to the World Series and the actuality of getting there are two different things.”

Moore believed in himself, in his plan. He told the fans, tired of waiting, to trust the process. The phrase took on a life of its own, the T and P capitalized as the Trust waned and the Process floundered. This was the last step of the process. “Usually when you’re trying to win,” Butler said, “you trade prospects for the veteran guys.”

The veteran guy was named James Shields. He wasn’t one of the 10 best pitchers in baseball, more an excellent No. 2 starter than a lockdown No. 1. No matter. The Royals’ supposedly great class of pitching prospects went belly up, and after days of phone calls to gauge the market, Moore settled on Shields and a maybe-starter, maybe-reliever named Wade Davis.

So he asked the question: “Do we still have a good system?” The answer was overwhelmingly yes, as was the idea the Royals would be better with Shields and Davis than without. Moore consummated the deal. Outrage blazed. Critics accused him of moral hazard, of setting back the franchise years by dealing a potentially dynamic middle-of-the-order bat for two years of a starting pitcher.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 16, 2014 at 10:37 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: royals, world series

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