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Tuesday, October 13, 2015
I hope this doesn’t put too much stress on his grandfather’s heart.
Steven Matz might have been too young to fully appreciate what transpired when New York’s two Major League teams met in the 2000 World Series. But the Long Island native certainly has some fond memories of the 2006 postseason, when his beloved Mets fell one win shy of returning to the Fall Classic.
“I don’t really remember what I was thinking back then, but I do remember watching it and thought it was pretty awesome,” Matz ...
Posted: October 13, 2015 at 03:48 PM | 2 comment(s)
The result: rankings that combine fan opinions with an objective measure of how well teams turn your dollars into wins. Ultimately, it all counts.
Affordability (11.3%): Price of tickets, parking and concessions
Coaching (3.2%): Strength of on-field leadership
Fan relations (25%): Courtesy by players, coaches and front office toward fans, plus how well a team uses technology to reach fans
Ownership (13.1%): Honesty; loyalty to core players and the local community
Players (14.6%): ...
His team won all four games. You’ll have to read the article to get the specifics.
When Cole Hamels starts Game 5 of the AL Division Series on Wednesday in Toronto, it will be the fifth start of his career in which his team has a chance to close out a postseason series. It will, however, be his first win-or-go-home start. A look at Hamels’ previous performances in series-clinching opportunities:
Posted: October 13, 2015 at 01:56 PM | 0 comment(s)
This is good news for Braves fans but bad news for Fangraphs and prospect junkies like me. Good luck, Kiley!
Posted: October 13, 2015 at 01:51 PM | 4 comment(s)
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Posted: October 13, 2015 at 01:44 PM | 8 comment(s)
Rock Island Argus, October 13, 1915:
The Boston Americans are the world’s champions of 1915. The Red Sox defeated Philadelphia Nationals by a score of 5 to 4 today in a game which was nip and tuck until the finish. Philadelphia took the lead only to be tied and Hooper finally clinched it for the American league champions by smashing a home run into the right center stands.
It was the second World Series title for the Sox in four years, and they had a couple more left up their sleeve before Harry ...Read More...
4:30 PM: NLDS Game 4 (Cubs lead 2-1, advance to NLCS with win), Cardinals (Lackey) at Cubs (Hammel), TBS
8 PM: NLDS Game 4 (Mets lead 2-1, advance to NLCS with win), Dodgers (Kershaw) at Mets (Matz), TBS
Posted: October 13, 2015 at 06:21 AM | 136 comment(s)
Monday, October 12, 2015
“Do you have to explain that one? He’s pretty good,” manager Don Mattingly said about Kershaw. “No matter if we’re down 2-1 or up 2-1, we feel like he’s the right guy.”
Posted: October 12, 2015 at 09:44 PM | 11 comment(s)
To be fair, Terrance Gore never made a “football move.”
Astros manager A.J. Hinch challenged the play, sending the umpiring crew to a replay review. They determined that after sliding in safely, Gore’s foot popped off the bag for a brief moment, and that he was therefore out because the third baseman’s wrist (which I guess is part of the glove?) was still pressed against Gore’s body. If you watch the GIF above enough times, you can see why the umpires reversed the call, and you can even ...
It’s evident Harold has never seen Greg K man the hot corner in Central Park.
I’m not sure what happened in Harold Reynolds’ mind when he went from “Laser beam foul ball into the stands” to “Canadians can’t catch baseballs because it’s cold, or something.”
I guess he’s not a team player.
Outfielder Leonys Martin has weakened his always shaky status with the club by failing to report to the Arizona Instructional League as planned.
The Rangers included Martin in a group of players sent to Surprise, Ariz., on Wednesday to continue workouts during the post-season and be ready if needed. Team can change rosters at all times during the post-season.
General manager Jon Daniels said Martin apparently was upset at being left off the roster for the ...
Posted: October 12, 2015 at 10:13 AM | 9 comment(s)
If only ONE player gets hurt, the rules need to be changed!
What matters is that players get hurt, and while you can’t make rules to eliminate all injuries, you can certainly work to eliminate injuries caused by other players when they deliberately behave in certain ways. It doesn’t really make sense that baseball, as a sport, would leave the door open to vicious takeout slides at second base. It doesn’t go with everything else, especially now that we’ve mostly gotten rid ...
Posted: October 12, 2015 at 09:54 AM | 23 comment(s)
Lee Smith (no, the other one) weighs in:
Middle infielders learn this principle in youth baseball, long before they get to the professional ranks. If you turn your back on the incoming runner, you’re putting yourself at risk. This is one reason why it’s harder, and more dangerous, for the second baseman to turn the double play than it is for the shortstop. At second, you have to square yourself to receive the relay from short or third so you’re always giving some of your back to the ...
“It’s easy to talk about momentum, but it’s harder to maintain it,” Hershiser said. “Every day you put in the work to look to lengthen the run. Does it get easier? I’m not sure it does. It’s a mental challenge to keep it going as much as a physical challenge, knowing that the baseball probabilities will get you. So you just keep your focus knowing that you can make one more sinker low and away and one more breaking ball in the dirt.”
Arrieta keeps defying the probabilities. And it’s no ...
Posted: October 12, 2015 at 08:17 AM | 19 comment(s)
Another big game today. Playoff baseball is the best.
But Fielder already knows how a team’s fans can sour on a slugger during or after a really poor post-season. It happened in Detroit two years ago.
There’s still time for Choo and Fielder to write positive post-season chapters to their 2015 tales. It could happen as early as Monday afternoon against Toronto knuckleballer R.A. Dickey. In fact, changing the story in the next few hours sure beats trying to do it two days from now in an ...
Posted: October 12, 2015 at 08:12 AM | 6 comment(s)
Congressman Lou Barletta, who once tried out for the Cincinnati Reds, was at the game with his grandson. He told the team about his own baseball background as they ate pizza slices on the dais in a House hearing room, and offered a few words of encouragement regarding their future plans.
“If you don’t make it as a professional ball player, you can always fall back on being a congressman,” Barletta quipped.
Dickey can go a long way in making the deal with the Mets seem better.
“Look,” said Dickey, “you had to win three games anyway, right? The order in which you’ve won those games is insignificant to winning them. So if you won the first one, lost the next two and won the next two, it doesn’t matter, if you won three in a row, it doesn’t matter. You’ve got to win three. Here we are having to win three. We’ve had an 11-game win streak this year. Nobody in (the clubhouse) is thinking ...
Posted: October 12, 2015 at 08:05 AM | 32 comment(s)
Associated Press via Clarksburg [WV] Daily Telegram, October 12, 1915:
The world’s championship is almost within the firm grasp of the Boston Americans. The red hosed champions of the American League trimmed the Philadelphia club by a score of two to one today. Ernest Shore’s fine pitching held the Phillies to one run, while opportune batting sent enough runs over the plate for Boston to win. The Red Sox have now won three games; the Phillies one contest.
The Sox will attempt to close out the ...Read More...
If Utley plays and gets a game-winning hit, there will be mass hysteria in New York.
Mattingly said he had been considering starting Utley, who is 6-for-18 (.333) with one home run against Harvey, while Howie Kendrick is only 1-for-6. Lefties hit 15 home runs and had a .676 OPS in 377 plate appearances this season against Harvey, who limited righthanders to three home runs and a .544 OPS in 378 plate appearances.
Posted: October 12, 2015 at 07:57 AM | 1 comment(s)
The magic appears to be gone.
At the very crack of George Springer’s bat, Royals center fielder Lorenzo Cain zoomed toward the left-center gap in the sixth inning of Game 3 of the American League Divisional Series against Houston on Sunday at Minute Maid Field.
The simmering sixth-inning drive was sinking fast, and Cain would have to backhand a challenging catch that would have been about Exhibit 38 in the case for Cain as the best man at his job in the game today.
Had this been during the ...
Posted: October 12, 2015 at 07:48 AM | 0 comment(s)
Success is a lot more sweet whenever you kind of go through hardships, like we did the first couple years that I was up here, and Castro,” Keuchel said. “A lot of (the noise Sunday) hinges on just the 10-year absence from the playoffs. You never want to lose in any season. Guys hate losing.”
BASEBALL ALL DAY AND ALL NIGHT.
1 PM: ALDS Game 4 (Astros lead 2-1, advance to ALCS with win), Royals (Ventura) at Astros (McCullers), FS1
4 PM: ALDS Game 4 (Rangers lead 2-1, advance to ALCS with win), Blue Jays (Dickey) at Rangers (Holland), FS1
6 PM: NLDS Game 3 (tied 1-1), Cardinals (Wacha) at Cubs (Arrieta), TBS
8:30 PM: NLDS Game 3 (tied 1-1), Dodgers (Anderson) at Mets (Harvey), TBS
Time Unknown: Appeals hearing, Chase Utley and MLBPA vs. Major League Baseball
Posted: October 12, 2015 at 06:33 AM | 1129 comment(s)
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