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Sunday, October 07, 2012

Division Series Day Two OMNICHATTER

Athletics (94-68) @ Tigers (88-74), 12:00pm
  OAK: Tommy Milone (25, LHP, 13-10, 3.74)
  DET: Doug Fister (28, RHP, 10-10, 3.45)

Nationals (98-64) @ Cardinals (88-74), 3:00pm
  WSN: Stephen Strasburg (24, RHP, 15-6, 3.16) Gio Gonzalez (26, LHP, 21-8, 2.89)
  STL: Adam Wainwright (30, RHP, 14-13, 3.94)

Yankees (95-67) @ Orioles (93-69), 6:00pm
  NYY: CC Sabathia (31, LHP, 15-6, 3.38)
  BAL: Jason Hammel (29, RHP, 8-6, 3.43)

Reds (97-65) @ Giants (94-68), 9:30pm
  CIN: Bronson Arroyo (35, RHP, 12-10, 3.74)
  SFG: Madison Bumgarner (22, LHP, 16-11, 3.37)

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   101. Jose Can Still Seabiscuit Posted: October 07, 2012 at 01:13 PM (#4257804)
Flip
   102. Chris Fluit Posted: October 07, 2012 at 01:13 PM (#4257806)
Discuss: should Tillman be starting one of these games?


I think so. Chen has looked a little tired down the stretch with his monthly ERA going up to 4.40 in August and 5.90 in September. I'd rather see Hammel-Tillman-Gonzalez-Saunders with Chen as an option in case someone gets hurt.
   103. Depressoteric Posted: October 07, 2012 at 01:13 PM (#4257807)
Jim's let his HOF snub get into his head and drive him a bit nuts, I think....
   104. Chris Fluit Posted: October 07, 2012 at 01:15 PM (#4257810)
Well, I do too. If it was up to me, the 1 game playoff for the Wildcard spot would have been best of 3. 3 days, 3 games. If you don't win in 2, you're going to play the LDS the day after you win the Wildcard spot, in which case, 5 games in 5 days. Don't like it? Win the ####### division.


I love it, CoB. That should be the format next year.

   105. Jose Can Still Seabiscuit Posted: October 07, 2012 at 01:16 PM (#4257811)
Does Vasgersian have play by play experience? He's pretty good but I'm only familiar with him from his MLB Tonight work.
   106. Chris Fluit Posted: October 07, 2012 at 01:17 PM (#4257813)
What is the "rule" about being thrown out at home? I thought it was you never make the third out at home(or was that third) personally I think you never make the second out at home.


It's never make the third out at third since you're already in scoring position at second.
   107. Bourbon Samurai in Asia Posted: October 07, 2012 at 01:17 PM (#4257815)
Wow! Hell of a play
   108. Bourbon Samurai in Asia Posted: October 07, 2012 at 01:18 PM (#4257816)
Oh, nevermind I thought he caught it. Stupid postseasontv
   109. Good cripple hitter Posted: October 07, 2012 at 01:19 PM (#4257817)
Does Vasgersian have play by play experience? He's pretty good but I'm only familiar with him from his MLB Tonight work.


He's the play by play guy on the Playstation baseball games. Wiki has him with 12 years experience doing PBP with the Brewers and Padres, plus some minor league work.
   110. Chris Fluit Posted: October 07, 2012 at 01:20 PM (#4257818)
Does Vasgersian have play by play experience? He's pretty good but I'm only familiar with him from his MLB Tonight work.


Yes. He worked for the Brewers and Padres before moving to MLB network. (thanks, wikipedia!)
   111. Chris Fluit Posted: October 07, 2012 at 01:20 PM (#4257819)
hat tip to Good Cripple hitter. I don't drink coke. Would you like a cream soda instead?
   112. Jose Can Still Seabiscuit Posted: October 07, 2012 at 01:20 PM (#4257820)
Guess I could've just looked that up. Thanks guys.
   113. Good cripple hitter Posted: October 07, 2012 at 01:21 PM (#4257821)
I don't drink coke either, so I'd take a cream soda if it's the clear type.
   114. The John Wetland Memorial Death (CoB) Posted: October 07, 2012 at 01:22 PM (#4257823)
Unlike others, I didn't miss the part where Dug Pfister got good, but when the #### did he turn into a strikeout guy?!?!?!?
   115. Bourbon Samurai in Asia Posted: October 07, 2012 at 01:23 PM (#4257824)
Hmm...looked like he didn't run full out the whole way there
   116. Walks Clog Up the Bases Posted: October 07, 2012 at 01:23 PM (#4257825)
Just yelled, "Bullshit," regardless of whether it was justified. I'm worried for Oakland.
   117. Commissioner Bud Black Beltre Hillman Posted: October 07, 2012 at 01:23 PM (#4257826)
Scoreless???
   118. fra paolo Posted: October 07, 2012 at 01:23 PM (#4257827)
Oh, nevermind I thought he caught it.

I thought he had caught it until he landed from his jump and started trotting back without showing the ball.
   119. fra paolo Posted: October 07, 2012 at 01:25 PM (#4257829)
I'm worried for Oakland.

The Tigers have a losing record (.469) on the road. I can easily see this series going to five games, with the home team winning each game.
   120. Walks Clog Up the Bases Posted: October 07, 2012 at 01:26 PM (#4257830)
The Tigers have a losing record (.469) on the road. I can easily see this series going to five games, with the home team winning each game.


Meh, 2006 is still fresh in my mind. Plus, Justin Verlander.
   121. Pleasant Nate (Upgraded from 'Nate') Posted: October 07, 2012 at 01:29 PM (#4257834)
Holy crap.
   122. cardsfanboy Posted: October 07, 2012 at 01:29 PM (#4257835)
Yankee fans, that is called range.
   123. Der-K thinks the Essex Green were a good band. Posted: October 07, 2012 at 01:29 PM (#4257836)
we had vasgersian threads for when he left those teams - iirc, universally liked back then as well.
   124. Pleasant Nate (Upgraded from 'Nate') Posted: October 07, 2012 at 01:29 PM (#4257837)
And he was safe.
   125. Walks Clog Up the Bases Posted: October 07, 2012 at 01:30 PM (#4257838)
I'll chalk up the crowd's angry reaction to that play on their limited exposure to great defensive plays.
   126. Jose Can Still Seabiscuit Posted: October 07, 2012 at 01:31 PM (#4257839)
He looked out on the replay I saw
   127. PreservedFish Posted: October 07, 2012 at 01:32 PM (#4257840)
I think we should stop saying "batshit crazy." Just the word "batshit" now suffices. Jim Kaat is batshit.
   128. cardsfanboy Posted: October 07, 2012 at 01:33 PM (#4257841)
And he was safe.


Was going to check the replay, but it's not working correctly right now. I thought he was out(but close)
   129. Pleasant Nate (Upgraded from 'Nate') Posted: October 07, 2012 at 01:34 PM (#4257843)
The first replay looked safe. The second (after my post) looked out.
   130. Lassus Posted: October 07, 2012 at 01:37 PM (#4257845)
This is going to be a nailbiter the whole way.
   131. Chris Fluit Posted: October 07, 2012 at 01:39 PM (#4257846)
They're really pumping up Rudy Davis as a hitting coach. Think he has a shot at a managing job this offseason or next?
   132. Pleasant Nate (Upgraded from 'Nate') Posted: October 07, 2012 at 01:49 PM (#4257852)
Moss looks so different from his Red Sox days.
   133. Jose Can Still Seabiscuit Posted: October 07, 2012 at 01:49 PM (#4257853)
Can you imagine if someone through a bat like that in a playoff game today?
   134. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: October 07, 2012 at 01:50 PM (#4257854)
Kaat is dead wrong on Martin. He may have been a drunken ass-hole, but he NEVER shied away from a fight.
   135. fra paolo Posted: October 07, 2012 at 01:51 PM (#4257856)
So far it's Reddick with the accent on the 'k'.
   136. Jose Can Still Seabiscuit Posted: October 07, 2012 at 01:52 PM (#4257858)
Sounded like Kaat didn't like Martin very much.
   137. Walks Clog Up the Bases Posted: October 07, 2012 at 01:53 PM (#4257860)
Man, I was thinking the A's had a chance to get Fister out of there if they worked the count enough in that inning. This is setting up to be a copy of last night's game.
   138. Jose Can Still Seabiscuit Posted: October 07, 2012 at 01:53 PM (#4257861)
That's bad news for the Dodgers. Hopefully Kemp doesn't rush back and reinjure it.
   139. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: October 07, 2012 at 01:54 PM (#4257863)
Sounded like Kaat didn't like Martin very much.

Which is fine; there are plenty of bad things you can say about Billy that are 100% true. But, calling him a coward is 100% false, and makes me think less of Kaat.
   140. boteman is not here 'til October Posted: October 07, 2012 at 01:56 PM (#4257865)
According to weather.gov things start to clear up quickly after 6pm. 46% chance at 7pm and 16% chance at 8pm.

This might not mean much, but the rain chances are based on the forecast point, which I believe is still BWI airport. So if the storms are localized you might escape, but since I just looked at Weather Underground and saw clouds everywhere I guess everybody loses. It does show the chance of rain dropping precipitously after 18:00 tonight, so they'll likely get the game in, especially since the forecast is for weather to improve as the night progresses. I don't see them calling it, there would be too much upset to the delicate house of cards that Bud constructed for this post-season.
   141. Walks Clog Up the Bases Posted: October 07, 2012 at 01:56 PM (#4257866)
That's bad news for the Dodgers. Hopefully Kemp doesn't rush back and reinjure it.


Kemp seems like the kind of guy who could easily flame out if someone doesn't get in his way just because he's one of those guys WITH LOTS OF PASSION AND HEART who plays a breakneck style of ball and will always try to rush back from injuries.
   142. PreservedFish Posted: October 07, 2012 at 01:57 PM (#4257869)
Ray Fosse says that Jim Kaat slid into him wearing golf spikes. During a game.
   143. Bourbon Samurai in Asia Posted: October 07, 2012 at 02:01 PM (#4257872)
Hmmm. MLBnetwork seems to have crashed
   144. Bourbon Samurai in Asia Posted: October 07, 2012 at 02:08 PM (#4257877)
A bunt! Moneyball is rolling in its grave!
   145. McCoy Posted: October 07, 2012 at 02:09 PM (#4257878)
It's over.
   146. RMc's desperate, often sordid world Posted: October 07, 2012 at 02:09 PM (#4257879)
And...that'll do it. Series tied, 1-1.
   147. Mayor Blomberg Posted: October 07, 2012 at 02:10 PM (#4257881)
Re: Kemp
Might as well redo Gonzo's shoulder and make it a threesome. Josh B. need work?
   148. Dr. Vaux Posted: October 07, 2012 at 02:11 PM (#4257883)
Damn it, he had him struck out.

Oh, well, neither of them has much chance against the Yankees, anyway.
   149. McCoy Posted: October 07, 2012 at 02:11 PM (#4257884)
Alfonso Soriano is available.
   150. cardsfanboy Posted: October 07, 2012 at 02:12 PM (#4257885)
They mentioned it was a productive out... Made me think when they had the productive out stat, and the fact that it correlated with lack of scoring, I wonder if a "non-productive out" stat would have been a better waste of their time?
   151. Bourbon Samurai in Asia Posted: October 07, 2012 at 02:12 PM (#4257886)
What the #### is up with the warning on the main page?
   152. Jose Can Still Seabiscuit Posted: October 07, 2012 at 02:12 PM (#4257887)
I'm having no issues with MLBN.

This game has really been excellent, can't believe it's already the seventh.
   153. fra paolo Posted: October 07, 2012 at 02:14 PM (#4257890)
That run might well be enough, if the A's relievers can pitch around the Big Men.
   154. Bourbon Samurai in Asia Posted: October 07, 2012 at 02:15 PM (#4257892)
I'm having no issues with MLBN.


Mine is working now, but it went down for about 10 minutes. RCN issue I guess since everything else was fine. I could still see on postseason tv
   155. Walks Clog Up the Bases Posted: October 07, 2012 at 02:15 PM (#4257893)
Why would Kaat be surprised that they're going to the pen? Wasn't Milone over the 100-pitch mark? Might as well let the pen take it from here.
   156. morineko Posted: October 07, 2012 at 02:15 PM (#4257894)
Milone did better than I expected. I can say this now that he's safely out of the game.
   157. Seattle Slew Posted: October 07, 2012 at 02:15 PM (#4257895)
Judging from the sound on my iPad, there seems to be a decent showing of A's fans in Detroit.
   158. Good cripple hitter Posted: October 07, 2012 at 02:15 PM (#4257896)
What the #### is up with the warning on the main page?


From Chass's latest blog:

It was written by someone from something called “Baseball Think Factory.” I may be displaying my ignorance in not knowing what that is, but it sounds like something where its advocates could do themselves a favor by not thinking so much and just watch games for the pure enjoyment of them
   159. An Athletic in Powderhorn™ Posted: October 07, 2012 at 02:15 PM (#4257897)
Oh, an afternoon game. I forgot about that.
   160. Jose Can Still Seabiscuit Posted: October 07, 2012 at 02:21 PM (#4257905)
Melvin knows his guys but I would think you'd want Cook for Cabrera.
   161. cardsfanboy Posted: October 07, 2012 at 02:21 PM (#4257906)
It was written by someone from something called “Baseball Think Factory.” I may be displaying my ignorance in not knowing what that is, but it sounds like something where its advocates could do themselves a favor by not thinking so much and just watch games for the pure enjoyment of them


Thinking is bad.... picking lint out of my hairy belly is good.
   162. Walks Clog Up the Bases Posted: October 07, 2012 at 02:22 PM (#4257907)
Well this is no good.
   163. An Athletic in Powderhorn™ Posted: October 07, 2012 at 02:22 PM (#4257908)
Ruh roh.
   164. Good cripple hitter Posted: October 07, 2012 at 02:22 PM (#4257909)
Wait, you get Cook up now? What's the point?
   165. Walks Clog Up the Bases Posted: October 07, 2012 at 02:23 PM (#4257910)
Whoo-hoo, Saginaw mention!
   166. fra paolo Posted: October 07, 2012 at 02:24 PM (#4257911)
I think I'd have IBB'd Cabrera and gone for lefty v. lefty.
   167. Walks Clog Up the Bases Posted: October 07, 2012 at 02:24 PM (#4257912)
It's over.
   168. fra paolo Posted: October 07, 2012 at 02:24 PM (#4257913)
Oh my!
   169. An Athletic in Powderhorn™ Posted: October 07, 2012 at 02:24 PM (#4257914)
WHAT THE ####, CRISP? Argh.
   170. Good cripple hitter Posted: October 07, 2012 at 02:24 PM (#4257915)
I wouldn't have wanted to IBB the bases loaded. Not that this turned out well for the A's.
   171. Jose Can Still Seabiscuit Posted: October 07, 2012 at 02:25 PM (#4257916)
Doolittle did his job, didn't expect Crisp not to hold that, he's pretty sure handed.
   172. greenback calls it soccer Posted: October 07, 2012 at 02:25 PM (#4257917)
Following on GD... did Miguel Cabrera just face a lefty reliever in a one-run game in the 7th?
   173. fra paolo Posted: October 07, 2012 at 02:25 PM (#4257919)
Crisp gave it his all. That's bad luck right there.
   174. salajander Posted: October 07, 2012 at 02:25 PM (#4257920)
Whoo-hoo, Saginaw mention!

Hah! My wife went crazy then, too!
   175. Justin T., Director of Somethin Posted: October 07, 2012 at 02:26 PM (#4257921)
#### this ####.
   176. Bourbon Samurai in Asia Posted: October 07, 2012 at 02:26 PM (#4257922)
god damn it
   177. Walks Clog Up the Bases Posted: October 07, 2012 at 02:27 PM (#4257923)
And here I thought the 8th would be the critical inning.

The Tigers are sure wracking up the bizarre scoring scenarios.
   178. Justin T., Director of Somethin Posted: October 07, 2012 at 02:27 PM (#4257924)
Uncanny how the Beane A's find ways to choke away playoff baseball games
   179. RMc's desperate, often sordid world Posted: October 07, 2012 at 02:27 PM (#4257925)
OMFG. After wasting chances all day long, they get the two cheapest runs in baseball history.

Wow.
   180. esseff Posted: October 07, 2012 at 02:28 PM (#4257926)
Which tweet is closer to the truth?:

Susan Slusser: Coco almost makes insane great catch but drops it, ruled error, two runs score. #Athletics

Joe Stiglich: Crisp appeared to have easy fly ball for last out. Dropped it for 2-run E-8 that gives #Tigers lead.
   181. Good cripple hitter Posted: October 07, 2012 at 02:29 PM (#4257927)
Had Crisp managed to barehand that, it would've been an amazing reflex catch.

Jamie Campbell: "That strikeout was Doolittle doo late"

Uncanny how the Beane A's find ways to choke away playoff baseball games


I didn't want to say it, but my reaction to Crisp's play was "now that's the Oakland A's I know and love."
   182. morineko Posted: October 07, 2012 at 02:29 PM (#4257928)
When I watch games for the enjoyment factor I get distracted by the things that aren't stats and analysis, like trying to figure out how well A.J. Griffin sees with his glasses off, and then why he is the complete reverse of Jason Motte who doesn't wear glasses to pitch but can't see anything at all off the field without them, and then I get to wondering why all teams just don't start filtering out poor-hitting catchers and shortstops at the Rookie level by making them throw off the mound while being clocked with the gun.
   183. Bourbon Samurai in Asia Posted: October 07, 2012 at 02:29 PM (#4257929)
I was a little surprised it was an error. He had to come way in.
   184. RB in NYC (Now Semi-Retired from BBTF) Posted: October 07, 2012 at 02:29 PM (#4257930)
Susan Slusser: Coco almost makes insane great catch but drops it, ruled error, two runs score. #Athletics
That's closer to the truth, but neither one is really accurate.
   185. Walks Clog Up the Bases Posted: October 07, 2012 at 02:29 PM (#4257931)
Hah! My wife went crazy then, too!


I walked by a big Curt Young picture every day of my high school career. Someone gave me an autographed Curt Young baseball before I even cared about sports. So despite his unremarkable playing career, my ears have always started burning a bit any time I hear Young's name mentioned.
   186. Good cripple hitter Posted: October 07, 2012 at 02:30 PM (#4257932)
Which tweet is closer to the truth?:

FWIW, Gregg Zaun's take was it was a bush league play that Crisp should've easily made. Then again, he was rolling, calling Melvin's bullpen management bush league as well.
   187. morineko Posted: October 07, 2012 at 02:30 PM (#4257933)
And speaking of that, was that a play that Doolittle ...wait, he wasn't OF, he was 1B, never mind.
   188. Walks Clog Up the Bases Posted: October 07, 2012 at 02:31 PM (#4257934)
Just seemed like Coco was playing really deep and he hesitated for a beat too long and it was over from there.
   189. Justin T., Director of Somethin Posted: October 07, 2012 at 02:31 PM (#4257935)
He was running full out but I don't think the basket catch was even necessary by the time he got there. He ###### up.
   190. An Athletic in Powderhorn™ Posted: October 07, 2012 at 02:31 PM (#4257936)
Which tweet is closer to the truth?:

Susan Slusser: Coco almost makes insane great catch but drops it, ruled error, two runs score. #Athletics

Joe Stiglich: Crisp appeared to have easy fly ball for last out. Dropped it for 2-run E-8 that gives #Tigers lead."
Slusser's, though not by much. I was not at all sure that he was going to get to the ball.

Also, yay for a leadoff baserunner. That's how you need to follow up a catastrophe like that one.
   191. fra paolo Posted: October 07, 2012 at 02:31 PM (#4257937)
I do not want extra innings in this game. Nor am I optimistic seeing Benoit out there with a one-run lead.
   192. Mayor Blomberg Posted: October 07, 2012 at 02:32 PM (#4257938)
Did Versgarian exclaim "Santa Maria!" in the middle of the run-scoring play, or was I hallucinating it?
   193. Good cripple hitter Posted: October 07, 2012 at 02:33 PM (#4257939)
He was running full out but I don't think the basket catch was even necessary by the time he got there. He ###### up.


That was Zaun's take, and it certainly looked like that's the case.

And yes, I do think Matt said "Santa Maria!" and it really confused me.
   194. Bourbon Samurai in Asia Posted: October 07, 2012 at 02:34 PM (#4257940)
Nice swipe Cespedes!
   195. Mayor Blomberg Posted: October 07, 2012 at 02:34 PM (#4257941)
just replayed om mlb.com; he did. kinda liked it.
   196. Bourbon Samurai in Asia Posted: October 07, 2012 at 02:35 PM (#4257943)
#### you Jobu! I do it myself!
   197. An Athletic in Powderhorn™ Posted: October 07, 2012 at 02:35 PM (#4257944)
Cespedes! I love this guy.
   198. fra paolo Posted: October 07, 2012 at 02:36 PM (#4257945)
Benoit cannot control the running game. Tigers are going to pay.
   199. Pleasant Nate (Upgraded from 'Nate') Posted: October 07, 2012 at 02:36 PM (#4257946)
Cespedes is really fun. That was ballsy, but exceptionally well executed and a worthwhile risk.
   200. Pleasant Nate (Upgraded from 'Nate') Posted: October 07, 2012 at 02:37 PM (#4257948)
Nice!
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