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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Division Series Day 5 OMNICHATTER

A quadruple-header day!

NLDS G3: St. Louis (Chris Carpenter, 37, 0-2, 3.71) @ Washington (Edwin Jackson, 29, 10-11, 4.03) 1 PM on MLB Network
NLDS G4: San Francisco (Barry Zito, 34, 15-8, 4.15) @ Cincinnati (Mike Leake, 24, 8-9, 4.58) 4 PM on TBS
ALDS G3: Baltimore (Miguel Gonzalez, 28, 9-4, 3.25) @ New York Yankees (Hiroki Kuroda, 37, 16-11, 3.32) 7:30 on TBS
ALDS G4: Detroit (Max Scherzer, 28, 16-7, 3.74) @ Oakland (A.J. Griffin, 24, 7-1, 3.06) 9:30 on TNT

And remember: Don’t wake up on a road-side ditch.

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   201. Dr. Vaux Posted: October 10, 2012 at 03:10 PM (#4262010)
True. But obviously, removing Strasburg lowered their margin for error, which was the point of the criticism all along.


Of course.

On the bright side, it isn't like Detweiler and then Gonzalez again means they can't win the last two, though Detweiler was not good in his last few starts. On the other bright side, a Cardinals-Reds NLCS would probably be pretty exciting.
   202. Ivan Grushenko of Hong Kong Posted: October 10, 2012 at 03:10 PM (#4262011)
Nats' pen has been terrible the past two games. Given that Strasburg averages less than 6 IP per start, would his presence really have mattered?
   203. cardsfanboy Posted: October 10, 2012 at 03:11 PM (#4262012)
Costas pulls a random fact out of his ass and is of course correct, McCarver had 13 triples in 1966.
   204. bunyon Posted: October 10, 2012 at 03:11 PM (#4262015)
Cards hitters: 1 BB, 4 KO
Nats hitters: 2 BB, 1 KO
Cards up, 4-0 (?!?!)


In addition to the HR mentioned above, the Cards have outhit them 9-5. Now, you can call that BABIP if you like, but getting twice as many hits as the other guy is a good thing and often leads to victories.
   205. bunyon Posted: October 10, 2012 at 03:12 PM (#4262017)
a Cardinals-Reds NLCS would probably be pretty exciting.

Without Cueto.

And, look, any 7 game series with the pennant on the line will be "exciting" in the abstract. I mean, if it were the Astros and the Cubs, it would be exciting. It's baseball and it's elimination. Why have the pretense of a long, hard season just to try to get "exciting". It that's all we need, just make a 6 month elimination tournament.
   206. cardsfanboy Posted: October 10, 2012 at 03:13 PM (#4262019)
On the bright side, it isn't like Detweiler and then Gonzalez again means they can't win the last two, though Detweiler was not good in his last few starts. On the other bright side, a Cardinals-Reds NLCS would probably be pretty exciting.


Didn't Strasburgs last few starts make the decision (which I admit they had already committed to)much more palatable? (Looking it up, two bad game bookending a gem against the Cardinals.)
   207. cardsfanboy Posted: October 10, 2012 at 03:14 PM (#4262023)
I think if the Nationals lose this series, that it's going to take a world series victory for Teddie to win another race.
   208. salvomania Posted: October 10, 2012 at 03:15 PM (#4262024)
I think Werth got the tip of his mitt stubbed in the large-grained mesh covering the video board, and his glove just stopped, preventing his arm from continuing up to meet the ball. As it was, he was just about a foot off---definitely a makeable catch.
   209. Famous Original Joe C Posted: October 10, 2012 at 03:15 PM (#4262025)
Cards hitters: 1 BB, 4 KO
Nats hitters: 2 BB, 1 KO
Cards up, 4-0 (?!?!)

In addition to the HR mentioned above, the Cards have outhit them 9-5. Now, you can call that BABIP if you like, but getting twice as many hits as the other guy is a good thing and often leads to victories.


Small samples can be a ##### (or a blessing).
   210. Dr. Vaux Posted: October 10, 2012 at 03:18 PM (#4262029)
Leaving Carpenter in here was a bad move. The Nationals need to capitalize.
   211. Gamingboy Posted: October 10, 2012 at 03:20 PM (#4262032)
CHECKLIST:
Evergreen-
Conradian Play []
Infield Fly [ ]
THIS TRAIN! [X]
Dramatic Late-Inning HR [ ]
Men in scoring position with nobody out-- nobody ends up scoring [ ]
1-2-3-4-5-6 inning [ ]
Pitcher gets a hit [X ]
Regular Season starter warms up in bullpen [ ]
Shapeshifting strike zone [ ]
Idiot runs on field [ ]
Strike out of side [ ]
Decibel Meter [ ]
Intentional walk [ ]
Stolen Base [ ]
Caught Stealing [ ]
A team facing elimination is said to be down to their last X [ ]
Movie previews: Argo [ ] Wreck-It Ralph [ ] Cloud Atlas [ ] Lincoln [ ] Skyfall [ ]
Surprise bunt [ ]
Web Gem [ ]
Play at the plate [ ]
Replay review [ ]
2-Out Rally! [ ]
Shapeshifting strikezone [ ]
An announcer basically screams out "I LOVE THIS GAME!" [ ]
"Deke" []
-----STL-DC specific----
Costas mentions Mickey Mantle [X ]
Costas mentions Roger Maris [ ]
Costas mentions Stan Musial [ ]
Costas mentions Walter Johnson [ ]
Costas mentions any Olympian [ ]
Teddy Roosevelt [ ]
Edwin Jackson's No-Hitter [X ]
Harper does something awesome [ ] (Harper Ks instead [ ])
Mark McGwire [ ]
They point out a politician at the game []
"Sun Monster" [X ]
Pujols mentioned [ ]
FREESE! [X ]
Game 6 2011 flashback [X ]
Shot of Strasburg in the dugout [X ]
   212. bunyon Posted: October 10, 2012 at 03:20 PM (#4262033)
Small samples can be a ##### (or a blessing).

And I think, if you're saying what I think you're saying, that you put way too much stock in BABIP.
   213. salvomania Posted: October 10, 2012 at 03:20 PM (#4262034)
They call that "Kozmosis."
   214. cardsfanboy Posted: October 10, 2012 at 03:21 PM (#4262036)
Leaving Carpenter in here was a bad move. The Nationals need to capitalize.


Have you been talking to MGL :)
   215. bunyon Posted: October 10, 2012 at 03:21 PM (#4262037)
Capitalize on what? There is a guy on first.
   216. cardsfanboy Posted: October 10, 2012 at 03:21 PM (#4262038)
That announcer is an idiot. Carpenter is never going to take himself out of a game.
   217. Gamingboy Posted: October 10, 2012 at 03:23 PM (#4262041)
What's the over under on how long until parts of the crowd start chanting "WE WANT STRASBURG"? 8th inning tonight? First Cardinals baserunner in game 4?
   218. Dr. Vaux Posted: October 10, 2012 at 03:25 PM (#4262042)
I have a near insane distrust of starting pitchers at this point of a game, but especially when there have been this many baserunners.
   219. Slivers of Maranville descends into chaos (SdeB) Posted: October 10, 2012 at 03:25 PM (#4262043)
(When did you graduate, SdeB?)


1994.


Does anyone throw the spitball these days? When I was a kid (70s/80s) it seemed like there were a lot of players believed to throw a spitball, every team seemed to have at least one guy. It seems like the only time it gets mentioned now is when someone gets busted on the mound. I mean how are there not rumors swirling about say a Justin Masterson? (not saying he does, just that in 1982 it would have been openly discussed as a possiblity).


I read an article that said that spitball died when the split-finger fastball was developed, as it had similar movement but could be thrown more consistently, given that you don't have to doctor the ball.
   220. salvomania Posted: October 10, 2012 at 03:25 PM (#4262044)
Bring in the 100-mph kid!!
   221. Harveys Wallbangers Posted: October 10, 2012 at 03:30 PM (#4262052)
guys still dabble with the spitball which is a placeholder for general baseball scuffing/tinkering
   222. jack the seal clubber (on the sidelines of life) Posted: October 10, 2012 at 03:31 PM (#4262053)
Ten men left on base. Ridiculous.
   223. Portia Stanke Posted: October 10, 2012 at 03:32 PM (#4262056)
21st-round pick who can throw 100 mph. Yes, please.
   224. cardsfanboy Posted: October 10, 2012 at 03:34 PM (#4262058)
Matheny will follow the book for the rest of the game? Rosenthal probably doesn't pitch next inning, so you have Mujica next inning, when he struggles, they'll bring in Scrabble, when he fails, in comes Lynn(or Kelly) then for the 8th inning Boggs, and ninth inning Motte(unless it's a non-save situation then it will be Salas.)

   225. cardsfanboy Posted: October 10, 2012 at 03:34 PM (#4262060)
Got one of my bingo's :)
   226. cardsfanboy Posted: October 10, 2012 at 03:36 PM (#4262063)
Close play, that time Holliday was running.
   227. Gamingboy Posted: October 10, 2012 at 03:37 PM (#4262066)
Intentional Walk [X]
   228. Austin Posted: October 10, 2012 at 03:40 PM (#4262068)
Intentional Walk [X]

Probably a correct one, too.

EDIT: And I immediately look like an idiot.
   229. cardsfanboy Posted: October 10, 2012 at 03:41 PM (#4262071)
Intentional walk fails...I understand the thinking, with Yadier at the plate, but man it's always scary to intentionally load the bases.
   230. Matt Clement of Alexandria Posted: October 10, 2012 at 03:47 PM (#4262084)
Christian Garcia is a high-K, high-BB, high-HBP pitcher. Walking the bases loaded with him is just not a good idea.
   231. cardsfanboy Posted: October 10, 2012 at 03:47 PM (#4262085)
Now the Cardinals strike out on pitches not really close to the strike zone...and as Costas points out, it's the shadows.

Note: for those who like to bag on the shadow comment, it's arguable that the announcers ######## about it, is their subtle way(without pissing off the powers that be) of complaining about the start times for these games.
   232. esseff Posted: October 10, 2012 at 03:47 PM (#4262086)
Lost amid the Nationals' wasted chances and the Cardinals' 6-0 lead, St. Louis has failed to score runners from third base with one out in three consecutive innings (tho they did score earlier in two of those innings).
   233. Gamingboy Posted: October 10, 2012 at 03:50 PM (#4262087)
We've got a Teddy sighting! [X]
   234. just plain joe Posted: October 10, 2012 at 03:55 PM (#4262091)
Note: for those who like to bag on the shadow comment, it's arguable that the announcers ######## about it, is their subtle way(without pissing off the powers that be) of complaining about the start times for these games.


The only way to have a day game without shadows this time of the year is to start the game at 11:00 AM or something.
   235. Gamingboy Posted: October 10, 2012 at 03:57 PM (#4262094)
Costas waxing poetic on Ichiro. That is made of win.
   236. Sleepy supports unauthorized rambling Posted: October 10, 2012 at 03:57 PM (#4262097)
Intentional walk fails...I understand the thinking, with Yadier at the plate, but man it's always scary to intentionally load the bases.


Of course, giving up only one run after 2nd and 3rd, one out is a pretty "good" outcome.

They did get bailed out a bit by the umpire there, though.
   237. Robert in Manhattan Beach Posted: October 10, 2012 at 04:01 PM (#4262101)
Maybe this time the reporter will think to ask the player's name.

Robert, you know better. This was not an oversight; it's just that no player would go on the record with this statement.


This is from pages back but I just wanted to go on the record that I was clearly joking.
   238. cardsfanboy Posted: October 10, 2012 at 04:02 PM (#4262102)
The only way to have a day game without shadows this time of the year is to start the game at 11:00 AM or something.


It's not the shadows being there that is the complaint, its when the shadows and light are split between the mound and the plate, that seems to be the problem.
   239. Portia Stanke Posted: October 10, 2012 at 04:02 PM (#4262105)
Nice to see Rosenthal used as a fireman today rather than limiting him to mop-up work. I'd like to see him get more work in that role this postseason.
   240. cardsfanboy Posted: October 10, 2012 at 04:04 PM (#4262107)
Nice to see Rosenthal used as a fireman today rather than limiting him to mop-up work. I'd like to see him get more work in that role this postseason.


I was glad to see him going out there for the 7th
   241. Greg K Posted: October 10, 2012 at 04:04 PM (#4262108)
Dioner Navarro catching for the Reds...I remember him!
   242. cardsfanboy Posted: October 10, 2012 at 04:05 PM (#4262110)
Damn automatic double, Jay scores easily there if not.

Glad to see the announcer was about to say that it's arguable that the Mays catch isn't the greatest catch of all time.
   243. hokieneer Posted: October 10, 2012 at 04:07 PM (#4262112)
So Mike Leake...
   244. Hey - you and Tommy Lasorda...I hate Tommy Lasorda Posted: October 10, 2012 at 04:07 PM (#4262113)
Where was this Beltran last year, when the Giants needed him in the stretch run.

Now on to tbs and game 2. Can someone tell me what Joe Simpson bring to the announcer booth. I hav yet to hear any reason for him to be n the booth in the first 3 games. Is he good somewhere else?
   245. Fred Lynn Nolan Ryan Sweeney Agonistes Posted: October 10, 2012 at 04:07 PM (#4262115)
Costas pulls a random fact out of his ass and is of course correct, McCarver had 13 triples in 1966.

A catcher led the league in triples!
STILL the most triples hit by a catcher since 1903!
That catcher is now a longtime baseball announcer!

Yeah, I actually thought this was a better-known thing than it is.
   246. cardsfanboy Posted: October 10, 2012 at 04:08 PM (#4262116)
Where was this Beltran last year, when the Giants needed him in the stretch run.


Beltran wasn't there for the Cardinals this year during the stretch run either. He did most of his damage at the beginning of the season.
   247. Hey - you and Tommy Lasorda...I hate Tommy Lasorda Posted: October 10, 2012 at 04:08 PM (#4262117)
GB, could you repost the list withgame 2 added? 1st pitch is happening. Thx
   248. Fred Lynn Nolan Ryan Sweeney Agonistes Posted: October 10, 2012 at 04:09 PM (#4262118)
Glad to see the announcer was about to say that it's arguable that the Mays catch isn't the greatest catch of all time.

Depends on if he saw Coco Crisp's catch last night.
   249. Hey - you and Tommy Lasorda...I hate Tommy Lasorda Posted: October 10, 2012 at 04:09 PM (#4262119)
Pagan!!!! Way gone
   250. Gamingboy Posted: October 10, 2012 at 04:09 PM (#4262121)
I'm going to TBS. Current scorecard for games in progress:

CHECKLIST:
Evergreen-
Conradian Play []
Infield Fly [ ]
THIS TRAIN! [X]
Dramatic Late-Inning HR [ ]
Men in scoring position with nobody out-- nobody ends up scoring [ ]
1-2-3-4-5-6 inning [ ]
Pitcher gets a hit [X ]
Regular Season starter warms up in bullpen [ ]
Shapeshifting strike zone [ ]
Idiot runs on field [ ]
Strike out of side [ ]
Decibel Meter [ ]
Intentional walk [X ]
Stolen Base [ ]
Caught Stealing [ ]
A team facing elimination is said to be down to their last X [ ]
Movie previews: Argo [ ] Wreck-It Ralph [ ] Cloud Atlas [ ] Lincoln [ ] Skyfall [ ]
Surprise bunt [ ]
Web Gem [ ]
Play at the plate [ ]
Replay review [ ]
2-Out Rally! [ ]
Shapeshifting strikezone [ ]
An announcer basically screams out "I LOVE THIS GAME!" [ ]
"Deke" []
-----STL-DC specific----
Costas mentions Mickey Mantle [X ]
Costas mentions Roger Maris [ ]
Costas mentions Stan Musial [ ]
Costas mentions Walter Johnson [ ]
Costas mentions any Olympian [ ]
Teddy Roosevelt [X ]
Edwin Jackson's No-Hitter [X ]
Harper does something awesome [ ] (Harper Ks instead [ ])
Mark McGwire [X ]
They point out a politician at the game []
"Sun Monster" [X ]
Pujols mentioned [ ]
FREESE! [X ]
Game 6 2011 flashback [X ]
Shot of Strasburg in the dugout [X ]
----SF-CIN Specific -----
Zito with the A's [ ]
Leake was a childhood teammate of Strasburg [ ]
Aroldis Chapman hits 100+ []
Buster Posey does something awesome [ ]
Dusty Baker with the Giants [ ]
Mention of Dusty Baker's son [ ]
1869 Red Stockings alluded to [ ]
Big Red Machine referenced [ ]
Pete Rose mentioned by name [ ]
Willie Mays mentioned [X ]
Barry Bonds mentioned [ ]
Zito's musical stylings [ ]
Wild Brian Wilson appears [ ]
Hensley "Sir Bam-Bam" Meulens mentioned [ ]
   251. esseff Posted: October 10, 2012 at 04:10 PM (#4262122)
Where was this Beltran last year, when the Giants needed him in the stretch run.


The .323/.369/.551/.920 wasn't enough?
   252. Jose Is The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: October 10, 2012 at 04:11 PM (#4262125)
Yeah, I actually thought this was a better-known thing than it is.


I wonder what percentage of baseball viewers don't realize McCarver played or how good he was. We can mock his announcing career but he had a hell of a playing career.
   253. morineko Posted: October 10, 2012 at 04:11 PM (#4262126)
I have to give you credit for last night's "A wild Brian Wilson appears!"--does this mean Sergio Romo is actually a Ditto?
   254. Hey - you and Tommy Lasorda...I hate Tommy Lasorda Posted: October 10, 2012 at 04:11 PM (#4262127)
They were timing Panda there with a sundial
   255. cardsfanboy Posted: October 10, 2012 at 04:12 PM (#4262128)
They did talk about Mark McGwire in this inning(or it was last) talked about his strategy for handling the batters. Is that what Mark McGwire [ ] means, or is it something specific?

You have Costas mentions Mays, but it's not on the checklist.
   256. Gamingboy Posted: October 10, 2012 at 04:12 PM (#4262129)
BTW, WBC News of the day: Hensley "Sir Bam-Bam" Meulens will manage the Honkballers next spring. Keep this in mind if they mention Bam-Bam.
   257. hokieneer Posted: October 10, 2012 at 04:13 PM (#4262130)
So Mike Leake...
   258. Greg K Posted: October 10, 2012 at 04:14 PM (#4262134)
Hunter Pence always looks to me like a guy who taught himself how to play baseball. Nothing he does looks normal.
   259. Gamingboy Posted: October 10, 2012 at 04:14 PM (#4262136)
They did talk about Mark McGwire in this inning(or it was last) talked about his strategy for handling the batters. Is that what Mark McGwire [ ] means, or is it something specific?

You have Costas mentions Mays, but it's not on the checklist.


Fixed. Technically I meant for Willie Mays being mentioned in the Giants game, but who cares? Also put in McGwire. Now, technically I could mark down "Olympian" due to McGwire being on the 1984 US team, but that's not really in the spirit of the rules.

I have to give you credit for last night's "A wild Brian Wilson appears!"--does this mean Sergio Romo is actually a Ditto?


An interesting conjecture that makes a surprising amount of sense.
   260. The Chronicles of Reddick Posted: October 10, 2012 at 04:17 PM (#4262137)
I would take the Devon White catch in the 1992 World Series that was an almost triple play over the Mays catch in 1954.
   261. Fred Lynn Nolan Ryan Sweeney Agonistes Posted: October 10, 2012 at 04:17 PM (#4262138)
I wonder what percentage of baseball viewers don't realize McCarver played or how good he was. We can mock his announcing career but he had a hell of a playing career.

He also started off as a darn good announcer, as others here have noted.
   262. Dr. Vaux Posted: October 10, 2012 at 04:18 PM (#4262140)
So Mike Leake.


Against Barry Zito. It's an even matchup.
   263. Gamingboy Posted: October 10, 2012 at 04:19 PM (#4262142)
Zito with the A's [X]
   264. bunyon Posted: October 10, 2012 at 04:19 PM (#4262143)
So, if Detroit, San Francisco and St. Louis advance, Baltimore could get to the LCS with the best remaining record.
   265. Gamingboy Posted: October 10, 2012 at 04:20 PM (#4262146)
So, if Detroit, San Francisco and St. Louis advance, Baltimore could get to the LCS with the best remaining record.


And Detroit would have HFA in said LCS, if I'm correct.
   266. cardsfanboy Posted: October 10, 2012 at 04:20 PM (#4262147)
He also started off as a darn good announcer, as others here have noted.


Don't a lot of them do that, then the execs at the tv studios get their claws in them(or just sure laziness as you get older or maybe even natural cumurgendy(sp))
   267. bunyon Posted: October 10, 2012 at 04:21 PM (#4262149)
Zito has a no-hitter going.
   268. Gamingboy Posted: October 10, 2012 at 04:22 PM (#4262151)
Not any more.
   269. bunyon Posted: October 10, 2012 at 04:22 PM (#4262152)
Success!

Zito has a shutout going.
   270. Gamingboy Posted: October 10, 2012 at 04:23 PM (#4262153)
I see what you are trying to do here, Bunyon.
   271. Portia Stanke Posted: October 10, 2012 at 04:27 PM (#4262157)
McCarver got too comfortable in the booth. It's like the difference between the first date and date #100: at some point you stop trying to impress and your real, probably annoying self begins to shine through.
   272. cardsfanboy Posted: October 10, 2012 at 04:27 PM (#4262158)
Too bad that "Hot Stove" isn't something you can watch online, don't have mlb network, have zero intention of getting cable anytime soon(even with the new job) but would love to have access to shows like that.
   273. Hey - you and Tommy Lasorda...I hate Tommy Lasorda Posted: October 10, 2012 at 04:28 PM (#4262161)
Where was this Beltran last year, when the Giants needed him in the stretch run.


The .323/.369/.551/.920 wasn't enough?


Good point. I'll withdrawal my comment. The injury unfairly colored my judgement. He was better than I remember, although I never remember him getting this insanely hot at any point.
   274. hokieneer Posted: October 10, 2012 at 04:28 PM (#4262162)
Here's Frazier's chance.
   275. salvomania Posted: October 10, 2012 at 04:29 PM (#4262163)
Love that Freese is still screaming #### as he grounds out up 8-0 in the 9th.
   276. cardsfanboy Posted: October 10, 2012 at 04:30 PM (#4262165)
Costas waxing poetically about baseball cards[] (just kidding) great description of the gum..."if you dropped it on concrete it shattered like glass".
   277. Gamingboy Posted: October 10, 2012 at 04:30 PM (#4262166)
Zito fails.
   278. bunyon Posted: October 10, 2012 at 04:30 PM (#4262167)
You know, Zito hasn't given up a grand slam yet.
   279. The Chronicles of Reddick Posted: October 10, 2012 at 04:30 PM (#4262168)
Zito is like the human rain delay of pitchers. You could go to the bathroom and he will still be pitching to the same batter. His nickname should be "Full count"
   280. cardsfanboy Posted: October 10, 2012 at 04:30 PM (#4262169)
Love that Freese is still screaming #### as he grounds out up 8-0 in the 9th.


I was going to say something about that, but couldn't come up with anything funny.
   281. bunyon Posted: October 10, 2012 at 04:31 PM (#4262171)
According to Gameday, there is a Leake in Hole.
   282. cardsfanboy Posted: October 10, 2012 at 04:31 PM (#4262174)
I never remember him getting this insanely hot at any point.


he only does that for the post season... and the stretch run for the Astros.

At some point in time, it's going to have to be argued that he is on the short list as the best post season player in baseball history. 13 homeruns in 25 games, 1.297 ops
   283. PreservedFish Posted: October 10, 2012 at 04:36 PM (#4262180)
I think Beltran turned it on for the Giants last year just about the time that they fell out of the race. He was injured and not terribly effective right after they acquired him.
   284. morineko Posted: October 10, 2012 at 04:36 PM (#4262181)
Re Zito getting the start today: We all know what Zito can do, it's the same stuff he's been doing since the Giants signed him, but what happened to Lincecum that he's better off as a 1-2 inning reliever now? I haven't watched the team all year.
   285. Roger McDowell spit on me! Posted: October 10, 2012 at 04:37 PM (#4262182)
Gregor Blanco?!? Not that I'm complaining
   286. bunyon Posted: October 10, 2012 at 04:40 PM (#4262186)
Lincecum is a pretty mediocre 1-2 inning reliever at this point. If he didn't bring such a great supply of weed to the table they'd have probably sent him down already.
   287. Roger McDowell spit on me! Posted: October 10, 2012 at 04:44 PM (#4262194)
Lincecum was having a decent 2nd half up until his last two starts - he pitched poorly in both. And the Giants have won Zito's last 11 starts - he's been more effective than Timmy.
   288. Gamingboy Posted: October 10, 2012 at 04:44 PM (#4262197)
Caught Stealing [X]
   289. Hey - you and Tommy Lasorda...I hate Tommy Lasorda Posted: October 10, 2012 at 04:45 PM (#4262198)
Caught stealing [X]
   290. Tom Nawrocki Posted: October 10, 2012 at 04:45 PM (#4262200)
All the Reds needed to do to advance was to beat Barry Zito at home - and Mike Freaking Leake is going to blow the game for them.
   291. Portia Stanke Posted: October 10, 2012 at 04:45 PM (#4262201)
Is it wrong to root for the Giants purely for the sake of hearing the dulcet tones of Jon Miller?
   292. Gamingboy Posted: October 10, 2012 at 04:46 PM (#4262202)
Here's how the STL-DC specific checklist looked:

-----STL-DC specific----
Costas mentions Mickey Mantle [X ]
Costas mentions Roger Maris [ ]
Costas mentions Stan Musial [ ]
Costas mentions Walter Johnson [ ]
Costas mentions any Olympian [ ]
Teddy Roosevelt [X ]
Edwin Jackson's No-Hitter [X ]
Harper does something awesome [ ] (Harper Ks instead [ ])
Mark McGwire [X ]
They point out a politician at the game []
"Sun Monster" [X ]
Pujols mentioned [ ]
FREESE! [X ]
Game 6 2011 flashback [X ]
Shot of Strasburg in the dugout [X ]

It will be removed from the overall list starting on the next page, so let me know if I missed anything.
   293. cardsfanboy Posted: October 10, 2012 at 04:47 PM (#4262204)
Cardinals up 2-1 with Cy Young candidate Kyle Lohse pitching for them tomorrow. Hopefully there is no game 5.
   294. hokieneer Posted: October 10, 2012 at 04:48 PM (#4262205)
All the Reds needed to do to advance was to beat Barry Zito at home - and Mike Freaking Leake is going to blow the game for them.


The Reds kept Leake off the postseason roster in favor of Simon or Arredondo for the "long reliever". Maybe there is a 0% chance Cueto will pitch this postseason, but if this is all Leake can do.. then what's wrong with going with a bullpen game? The Reds have one of the best pens in baseball. I'm pretty sure they could get the 7th in decent condition with the group of LeCure, Simon, Hoover, and Arredondo.
   295. McCoy Posted: October 10, 2012 at 04:49 PM (#4262206)
Kind of a meh playoff game. I think the crowd wanted to get into the game but Edwin Jackson kind of killed it for everyone. Was the fullest and reddest I've ever seen the park. The lemmings and their spending habits never ceases to amaze me.
   296. cardsfanboy Posted: October 10, 2012 at 04:50 PM (#4262208)
Just got my bingo cards....need Zito to go 7 for bingo...not sure that is going to happen.
   297. boteman Posted: October 10, 2012 at 04:50 PM (#4262209)
It's over.
   298. Gamingboy Posted: October 10, 2012 at 04:50 PM (#4262210)
Leake as Strasburg's LL teammate [X}
   299. Hey - you and Tommy Lasorda...I hate Tommy Lasorda Posted: October 10, 2012 at 04:51 PM (#4262213)
After the earlier spitball comments on here, it was interesting to see Zito just the rub up the ball, run his hands through his hair, and then rub the ball before throwing that pitch. Wasn't long ago that such a move would have been looked at suspiciously. Now no one notices.
   300. Hey - you and Tommy Lasorda...I hate Tommy Lasorda Posted: October 10, 2012 at 04:53 PM (#4262214)
Here we go again, now walk 3 guys
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