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Championship Series OMNICHATTER!

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   1. The Yankee Clapper Posted: October 11, 2019 at 02:45 PM (#5889408)
Anibal Sanchez starting for the Nationals tonight against Mike Mikolas for the Cardinals, and Max Scherzer against Adam Wainwright tomorrow. By regular season ERA, the Nationals have the edge in both match-ups, but is unlikely to be that simple. The bullpen is still an issue for the Nationals if the starters don’t go 7, since only Hudson & Doolittle are trustworthy. I assume Patrick Corbin could pitch in relief and still start Game 4, but the more interesting question is whether we could see Stephen Strasburg in relief in Game 1 or 2.
   2. Rally Posted: October 11, 2019 at 03:44 PM (#5889436)
I strongly doubt Strasburg will pitch in relief with only 1 day of rest since his last start. Scherzer, maybe, since 2 days rest is generally a throw day. They might ask him for an inning.
   3. phredbird Posted: October 11, 2019 at 04:07 PM (#5889448)

folks,

i'm taking a long overdue hiatus from BBTF-- an odd time, i know, but other stuff is intruding on my bandwidth.

i just wanted to jump on the OMNICHATTER to say that from today forward, win or lose, i feel like everything the cards get is a gift and i couldn't be happier about this season. no way did i think we were gonna be here.

so, CFB -- my main man, keep flying; Salvo, Perry, Sleepy, duke, the dear departed RETARDO (i mean departed from these environs, i don't think he's dead!), and any other members of the redbird nation that i left out, i'll be with you in spirit.

Good afternoon and good luck!
   4. The Yankee Clapper Posted: October 11, 2019 at 04:10 PM (#5889449)
Bad time for phredbird to have his probation revoked. My sympathies.
   5. The Yankee Clapper Posted: October 11, 2019 at 04:14 PM (#5889450)
Speaking of poor timing, Daniel Hudson, who represents 50% of the Nationals reliable bullpen options, is going on paternity leave.
   6. bunyon Posted: October 11, 2019 at 04:38 PM (#5889461)
Hope everything is okay, phredbird. Good luck if not.
   7. bunyon Posted: October 11, 2019 at 04:40 PM (#5889463)
I'm a big fan of paternity leave and think in the "regular" workplace more men should use it (to take off pressure from women who more or less have to).


But, um, this is kind of a crucial time of year. It's not like he can put in 20 innings in November and the company will be the same. I haven't read more about it, I hope all is well with mother and child. And congratulations. But, um.
   8. salvomania Posted: October 11, 2019 at 06:31 PM (#5889511)
You'll have many chances to go the World Series, but the birth of your first child is special and shouldn't be missed.

EDIT: It's not his first kid? Get your ass to St. Louis, slacker!
   9. the Centaur Nipple Paradox (CoB). Posted: October 11, 2019 at 06:47 PM (#5889513)
It would also be appropriate to take the leave if there were any complications expected, though the article does not mention any.
   10. The Yankee Clapper Posted: October 11, 2019 at 07:05 PM (#5889515)
Marly Rivera, ESPN Writer

The Astros-Yankees ALCS pitching match-ups are set:

Game 1 – Greinke vs. Tanaka

Game 2 – Verlander vs. Paxton

Game 3 – Cole vs. Severino
The Yankees actually had a lower ERA for the ALDS (2.33) than the Astros (3.56), but beating those guys won’t be easy.
   11. Bote Man Posted: October 11, 2019 at 07:27 PM (#5889521)
Best wishes to phredbird; anything that pulls a guy away from baseball in the playoffs must be A Big Deal.

Anyway, I am irrationally calling for the Nats to win the NLCS in 5 games. Don't ask me to defend this, as I cannot.

I spend the majority of Nats games on Twitter following a precious few smart Nats fans who take a very hard-nosed real-world analytical view, no candy coating there. They are also vicious when necessary. So I am not pulling a JoeyB, I simply have only so much mental bandwidth and the game moves incredibly quickly when I actually pay close attention to it instead of yukking it up like a fool.

I will be happy with whatever outcome at this point, even though the players will not.
   12. The Yankee Clapper Posted: October 11, 2019 at 07:48 PM (#5889527)
NLDS Hero Howie Kendrick is 8-for-11 against Cardinals starter Miles Mikolas in his career, a .727 BA. Anthony Rendon is 4-for-9 (.444) & Juan Soto 3-for-8 (.375).
   13. Bote Man Posted: October 11, 2019 at 08:00 PM (#5889530)
NLCS game times:
Game 3 @DC 7:38 p.m.
Game 4 @DC 8:05 p.m.
Game 5 @DC 4:08 p.m. *
Game 6 @STL 8:08 p.m. *
Game 7 @STL 8:08 p.m.*

*If needed. All of those are ET.

** Game 5 will be needed.
   14. bunyon Posted: October 11, 2019 at 08:08 PM (#5889533)
It turns out he's taking one game for his paternity leave. He pitched two nights ago, so I rescind my "But, um". I was torn. Family is obviously more important. But being there for the birth? When you're hoping to be out of town for another few weeks?

Anyway, good luck and congratulations to him. I really do believe family is more important. Not having kids, I'm obviously poorly qualified to weigh in.
   15. salvomania Posted: October 11, 2019 at 08:16 PM (#5889537)
Awesome 1st inning for Mikolas; even with the Rendon single, that's about as good as you could hope for for a guy who has struggled in 1st innings this year.

Just 14 pitches with 3 Ks.

EDIT: looking at his splits, he's been OK in 1st innings, it's 2nd innings in which he's really been hit hard.
   16. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: October 11, 2019 at 08:22 PM (#5889539)
Michael A. Taylor has been in the league for 5 years and still looks like he's 18.
   17. cardsfanboy Posted: October 11, 2019 at 08:34 PM (#5889542)
time off from a website is not time off from the game.... you can watch a game passively.... you can't participate in a website passively..
   18. cardsfanboy Posted: October 11, 2019 at 08:35 PM (#5889543)
EDIT: looking at his splits, he's been OK in 1st innings, it's 2nd innings in which he's really been hit hard.


and on queue...
   19. AT-AT at bat@AT&T Posted: October 11, 2019 at 09:07 PM (#5889552)
This is tough... may the better team win.
   20. AT-AT at bat@AT&T Posted: October 11, 2019 at 09:08 PM (#5889553)
Wow, first action I see, steps on own bunted ball. Nicely done.
   21. cardsfanboy Posted: October 11, 2019 at 09:16 PM (#5889558)
Wong isn't stealing here... stop worrying about it.
   22. cardsfanboy Posted: October 11, 2019 at 09:16 PM (#5889559)
as I post that.... he steals a base... okay I know jack #### about this game apparently
   23. cardsfanboy Posted: October 11, 2019 at 09:24 PM (#5889561)
5th inning...Nats five hits... Cardinals zero... not really enjoying this so far.. and it's not like Mikolas is pitching bad, just not as well as Anibal Sanchez.
   24. cardsfanboy Posted: October 11, 2019 at 09:35 PM (#5889565)
I do like the comment about Wong "Gold glove caliber defense there..."


and I'm very sure that Wong deserves the gold glove this year, not sure he's going to get it though.
   25. salvomania Posted: October 11, 2019 at 09:41 PM (#5889566)
Birds gonna get no-hit, aren't they?
   26. cardsfanboy Posted: October 11, 2019 at 09:42 PM (#5889567)
minor ump mistake on a Carpenter swing....no clue why that isn't reviewable, but I'm guessing it's such a minor issue that they never really considered it. ... not really a real issue though.
   27. Srul Itza Posted: October 11, 2019 at 09:51 PM (#5889570)
I feel like I have wandered back into a game from the 60's, when the pitchers ruled.
   28. Srul Itza Posted: October 11, 2019 at 09:52 PM (#5889571)
Mikolas at 98 pitches, Sanchez, an inning behind at 56.

The issue is more critical for the Nats, who desperately want to avoid their bullpen.
   29. bunyon Posted: October 11, 2019 at 09:54 PM (#5889572)
Mikolas isn’t getting hit hard, just having bad luck on where they’re hit. Mats going to regret not getting a couple more.
   30. Bote Man Posted: October 11, 2019 at 09:55 PM (#5889573)
Michael A. Taylor has been in the league for 5 years and still looks like he's 18.

After the Nats won the Wild Card the camera switched to the dugout tunnel to show a player changing into his celebratory shirt. I'm pretty sure it was Taylor and lemme tell ya, he looked fuggin DIESEL. He looks like a tiny, wiry little kid in that uni, but them dingers don't lie.
   31. Bote Man Posted: October 11, 2019 at 09:56 PM (#5889574)
De-juiced ball, temperatures in the 40s, ball isn't flying out of Busch Stadium tonight.
   32. the Hugh Jorgan returns Posted: October 11, 2019 at 09:57 PM (#5889575)
Watching Sanchez is like watching good knuckleballer work. He cruises along for 5-6 innings, then suddenly walks one guy, hits the next and serves up a hanger to the 3rd batter who deposits it over the fence and suddenly your down 3-1...

Not saying that will happen, just that it kind of seems like that at times...
   33. Davo Posted: October 11, 2019 at 10:00 PM (#5889576)
Anibal Sanchez has a chance to become the first pitcher in history to throw two postseason no-hitters.
   34. JJ1986 Posted: October 11, 2019 at 10:00 PM (#5889577)
That's really leaning into it.
   35. the Hugh Jorgan returns Posted: October 11, 2019 at 10:00 PM (#5889578)
and there's the hit batsman.....
   36. Moses Taylor, aka Hambone Fakenameington Posted: October 11, 2019 at 10:00 PM (#5889579)
That's such bullshit.
   37. Meatwad Posted: October 11, 2019 at 10:00 PM (#5889580)
A pretty cheap way to get on base there.
   38. bunyon Posted: October 11, 2019 at 10:01 PM (#5889581)
That’s bull ####. You should have to get out of the way. You should absolutely not be able to lean in.
   39. bunyon Posted: October 11, 2019 at 10:07 PM (#5889582)
Glad the video man didn’t score a cheap run.
   40. the Hugh Jorgan returns Posted: October 11, 2019 at 10:07 PM (#5889583)
Hit batsmand didn't matter in the end. Sanchez just kind of cruising right now. Not sure if the Nats have warmed anyone in the pen, but might as well see if Sanchez can get through the heart of the order in the 7th and go from there.
   41. cardsfanboy Posted: October 11, 2019 at 10:09 PM (#5889584)
At least one Cardinal fan on my facebook feed is saying "Cardinals once again making a mediocre pitcher look great."

and I'm thinking... Anibal Sanchez is a pretty good pitcher... so I go to bb-ref to check up on him and I don't know what happened from 2015-2017, but I have to assume injury, outside of that, he's been pretty good. Calling him mediocre is just a weird way to describe him.
   42. Lassus Posted: October 11, 2019 at 10:10 PM (#5889585)
wtf is that dude wearing around his neck?
   43. Davo Posted: October 11, 2019 at 10:10 PM (#5889586)
Hm. Teams have only won 7 of the 15 postseason games in which their starter threw a no-hitter. This doesn’t bode well for Washington, they should have Sanchez give up a hit.
   44. cardsfanboy Posted: October 11, 2019 at 10:11 PM (#5889587)
Hit batsmand didn't matter in the end. Sanchez just kind of cruising right now. Not sure if the Nats have warmed anyone in the pen, but might as well see if Sanchez can get through the heart of the order in the 7th and go from there.


75 pitches so far, there is no reason to pull him. This isn't one of those 110 pitch no hitters in the 6th that is a debate... you let Sanchez pitch.
   45. Moses Taylor, aka Hambone Fakenameington Posted: October 11, 2019 at 10:13 PM (#5889588)
Fowler really nonchalanted getting that ball.
   46. bunyon Posted: October 11, 2019 at 10:13 PM (#5889589)
Davo, what? There have only been two postseason no hitters. They’re 2-0.
   47. Moses Taylor, aka Hambone Fakenameington Posted: October 11, 2019 at 10:14 PM (#5889591)
I'm not sure about the IBB here. Not sure at all.
   48. The Yankee Clapper Posted: October 11, 2019 at 10:14 PM (#5889592)
Another BIG Juan Soto AB coming up.
   49. bunyon Posted: October 11, 2019 at 10:14 PM (#5889593)
44: especially with the Nats pen.
   50. cardsfanboy Posted: October 11, 2019 at 10:15 PM (#5889594)
Eaton showing Acuna what can happen if you run out of the box.
   51. bunyon Posted: October 11, 2019 at 10:18 PM (#5889595)
I like that bunt attempt less than I like the IBB
   52. cardsfanboy Posted: October 11, 2019 at 10:19 PM (#5889596)
I'm fine with the intentional walk, that bunt attempt was stupid.
   53. Lassus Posted: October 11, 2019 at 10:21 PM (#5889597)
One batter. Oy.
   54. bunyon Posted: October 11, 2019 at 10:21 PM (#5889598)
Great pitch. But from the side he didn’t look out in front.
   55. Red Voodooin Posted: October 11, 2019 at 10:22 PM (#5889599)
What on earth is Davo talking about?
   56. Lassus Posted: October 11, 2019 at 10:24 PM (#5889600)
Deserved that for the one-batter nonsense.
   57. cardsfanboy Posted: October 11, 2019 at 10:24 PM (#5889601)
Agree with 54... out in front usually means the bat is before the pitch, there is nothing in that swing that indicates it...

Howie Kendrick is apparently a post season god....
   58. Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: October 11, 2019 at 10:25 PM (#5889602)
Howie Kendrick is having a very good day.
   59. bunyon Posted: October 11, 2019 at 10:27 PM (#5889603)
Zimmerman just missed
   60. bunyon Posted: October 11, 2019 at 10:31 PM (#5889604)
Taylor looks bad up there
   61. Lassus Posted: October 11, 2019 at 10:34 PM (#5889605)
Wow. That was a long inning for one run.
   62. bunyon Posted: October 11, 2019 at 10:34 PM (#5889606)
Sanchez won’t finish the inning.
   63. the Hugh Jorgan returns Posted: October 11, 2019 at 10:43 PM (#5889608)
Molina gets hit with a 66mph flutterball and the announcer immediately says, "Molina drilled by the pitch!"

66mph, sh*t even I could take that one on the arm....
   64. bunyon Posted: October 11, 2019 at 10:44 PM (#5889609)
I meant the 8th
   65. Lassus Posted: October 11, 2019 at 10:44 PM (#5889610)
Ha!
   66. the Hugh Jorgan returns Posted: October 11, 2019 at 10:44 PM (#5889611)
88 pitches, 7IP, the no-hitter still stands...
   67. The Yankee Clapper Posted: October 11, 2019 at 10:46 PM (#5889612)
Sanchez at 89 pitches after 7 innings. Dare they go 8? Dare they not?
   68. Davo Posted: October 11, 2019 at 10:48 PM (#5889613)
Here are the 15 no-hitters in post-season history.

For some reason, 13 times their stupid managers pulled them in the middle of it.
   69. Srul Itza Posted: October 11, 2019 at 10:50 PM (#5889614)
8th Inning, bottom of the order plus a pinch hitter, probably, only the third time through the order -- is there any Nat reliever you would rather see on the mound?
   70. Meatwad Posted: October 11, 2019 at 10:55 PM (#5889615)
With a 2 run lead let him go til he allows a hit
   71. the Hugh Jorgan returns Posted: October 11, 2019 at 10:55 PM (#5889617)
#69, Agreed.

Unless they are bringing in Corben or Scherzer, I think Sanchez is the best pitcher available right this moment.
   72. Red Voodooin Posted: October 11, 2019 at 10:56 PM (#5889618)
With a 2 run lead let him go til he allows a hit


PLEASE! I suppose it gets dicey if he walks a guy or two, though.
   73. JJ1986 Posted: October 11, 2019 at 10:57 PM (#5889620)
Awesome!
   74. Meatwad Posted: October 11, 2019 at 10:57 PM (#5889621)
Great play by zimmerman.
   75. Moses Taylor, aka Hambone Fakenameington Posted: October 11, 2019 at 10:57 PM (#5889622)
Wowee
   76. the Hugh Jorgan returns Posted: October 11, 2019 at 10:57 PM (#5889623)
Wow, what a play
   77. The Yankee Clapper Posted: October 11, 2019 at 10:58 PM (#5889624)
Old Man Zimmerman looking frisky in the field.
   78. Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: October 11, 2019 at 10:58 PM (#5889625)
Zim!
   79. Tom Nawrocki Posted: October 11, 2019 at 10:58 PM (#5889626)
Face of the franchise!
   80. the Hugh Jorgan returns Posted: October 11, 2019 at 10:58 PM (#5889627)
next guy flies out 1st pitch, nice.
   81. JJ1986 Posted: October 11, 2019 at 10:59 PM (#5889628)
Why didn't the Nats choose a sweatshirt/jacket color that doesn't make them look the like Cardinals?
   82. Anonymous Observer Posted: October 11, 2019 at 10:59 PM (#5889629)
Davo, your list is ridiculous. Only 2 of those are no hitters. How can you credit Wade Miley with a no-hitter when he didn't even pitch a third of an inning?
   83. cardsfanboy Posted: October 11, 2019 at 11:00 PM (#5889630)
I surrender this game to the Nats... or more accurately Anibal Sanchez... you can't stop greatness when it shows up.
   84. Bote Man Posted: October 11, 2019 at 11:01 PM (#5889632)
Zimmerman just missed

He didn't miss that catch, though! Nats fans been acting like these will be his final games, but Zim has been protesting, claiming he has a lot more baseball in him. I think he's right!
   85. the Hugh Jorgan returns Posted: October 11, 2019 at 11:02 PM (#5889633)
damn.
   86. Meatwad Posted: October 11, 2019 at 11:02 PM (#5889634)
Booooooo, great outing.
   87. Moses Taylor, aka Hambone Fakenameington Posted: October 11, 2019 at 11:02 PM (#5889635)
Appropriate:

Cardinals have BEEN no-hit through 7 innings of a postseason game twice before. NYY Red Ruffing (1942 WS 1) and BOS Jim Lonborg (1967 WS 2) both gave it up with 2 outs in the 8th.
   88. bunyon Posted: October 11, 2019 at 11:02 PM (#5889636)
Nats are going to lose. Pulling him is a mistake.
   89. Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: October 11, 2019 at 11:02 PM (#5889637)
Leave him in. Avoid the pen.
   90. the Hugh Jorgan returns Posted: October 11, 2019 at 11:03 PM (#5889638)
A good clean hit to end it. No cheapie, just a solid single.
   91. Red Voodooin Posted: October 11, 2019 at 11:03 PM (#5889639)
Phoey!
   92. the Hugh Jorgan returns Posted: October 11, 2019 at 11:04 PM (#5889640)
I would've left him to face Fowler.
   93. cardsfanboy Posted: October 11, 2019 at 11:04 PM (#5889641)
Jose Martinez...professional hitter... although for most of the season that hasn't been the case....
   94. Bote Man Posted: October 11, 2019 at 11:06 PM (#5889642)
2 runs. 4 3 outs. Which gives first?
   95. Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: October 11, 2019 at 11:06 PM (#5889643)
Strike zone seems to be getting bigger and bigger.
   96. JJ1986 Posted: October 11, 2019 at 11:07 PM (#5889644)
Doolittle had a 4.05 ERA this year, but that's mostly because the Mets killed him. He was around 2.95 against everyone else.
   97. The Yankee Clapper Posted: October 11, 2019 at 11:11 PM (#5889645)
Nationals have the folks they want batting in the 9th for helpful insurance runs.
   98. Sit down, Sleepy has lots of stats Posted: October 11, 2019 at 11:15 PM (#5889646)
Fowler never recovered from that incredibly awful first strike call. He really let it get to him.
   99. Moses Taylor, aka Hambone Fakenameington Posted: October 11, 2019 at 11:18 PM (#5889649)
Aníbal Sánchez is the first pitcher in postseason history with multiple outings of 6+ IP and 1 or fewer hits allowed.
   100. Bote Man Posted: October 11, 2019 at 11:18 PM (#5889650)
Strike zone seems to be getting bigger and bigger.

Night is getting colder and colder. The umpires' dinner reservations won't last forever.
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