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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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   301. Good cripple hitter Posted: October 07, 2012 at 03:16 PM (#4258073)
It seems like every time I watch a Tigers game, Phil Coke is there to give up runs.
   302. McCoy Posted: October 07, 2012 at 03:16 PM (#4258074)
Geez, over on the Nats game they've finished up a half inning and came back to the game to record the first out and there has only been 4 pitches thrown in the A's game.
   303. Matt Clement of Alexandria Posted: October 07, 2012 at 03:17 PM (#4258075)
Best name is organized baseball, that man.
   304. SOLockwood Posted: October 07, 2012 at 03:18 PM (#4258076)
No Bob, #2 hitters don't lay down bunts anymore. It's not 1966
   305. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: October 07, 2012 at 03:18 PM (#4258077)
Best name is organized baseball, that man.

C'mon, he doesn't even really exist.
   306. Jose Can Still Seabiscuit Posted: October 07, 2012 at 03:19 PM (#4258078)
Dick Stockton did Red Sox games in the 70s. I don't care how much he's slipped I always feel like a kid when I hear him doing a game and it makes me happy.
   307. JJ1986 Posted: October 07, 2012 at 03:20 PM (#4258079)
Alberto Jose
   308. Walks Clog Up the Bases Posted: October 07, 2012 at 03:20 PM (#4258080)
Sorry, it really is over.
   309. Justin T., Director of Somethin Posted: October 07, 2012 at 03:23 PM (#4258083)
Cespedes getting the hang of this A's thing.
   310. Pleasant Nate (Upgraded from 'Nate') Posted: October 07, 2012 at 03:23 PM (#4258084)
He really did kiss the ball didn't he.
   311. An Athletic in Powderhorn™ Posted: October 07, 2012 at 03:24 PM (#4258086)
Sorry, it really is over."

Weirdly enough, they seem to still be playing.
   312. McCoy Posted: October 07, 2012 at 03:25 PM (#4258087)
Hidden no hitter coming up?
   313. boteman digs the circuit clout Posted: October 07, 2012 at 03:25 PM (#4258088)
I don't recall Ball-Four being particularly maniacal with the Rays. I take it he has a reputation as a loose cannon with the As or sumpin?
   314. McCoy Posted: October 07, 2012 at 03:27 PM (#4258092)
Balfour's barn door is open. Distraction?
   315. morineko Posted: October 07, 2012 at 03:28 PM (#4258093)
Balfour did have the rage with the Rays; I remember a short-lived meme involving him telling Orlando Cabrera to sit the F down during the 2008 playoffs.

I can't remember if he did with the Brewers. The rage and swearing was probably all on Ned Yost's end.
   316. McCoy Posted: October 07, 2012 at 03:29 PM (#4258094)
Beat me to it.
   317. McCoy Posted: October 07, 2012 at 03:30 PM (#4258095)
It's over.
   318. JJ1986 Posted: October 07, 2012 at 03:31 PM (#4258096)
I'd walk Prince.
   319. Jose Can Still Seabiscuit Posted: October 07, 2012 at 03:32 PM (#4258097)
Boy Balfour is lucky Cabrera didn't hit that to Lansing.

Not a huge fan if the IBB but I'm not pitching to Fielder here.
   320. RMc's desperate, often sordid world Posted: October 07, 2012 at 03:32 PM (#4258098)
IBB, then GIDP.
And we go to the 10th...
   321. Biff, highly-regarded young guy Posted: October 07, 2012 at 03:32 PM (#4258099)
I understand Fielder is an awesome hitter and it sets up a force at home, but man...I would not want to load the bases with a pitcher as wild as Balfour on the mound.
   322. boteman digs the circuit clout Posted: October 07, 2012 at 03:32 PM (#4258100)
Bob Melvin nodding his head in agreement in the dugout, "Yeah, it's over."
   323. Matt Clement of Alexandria Posted: October 07, 2012 at 03:33 PM (#4258102)
Prince Fielder BA: .313
Don Kelly OBP: .276
   324. An Athletic in Powderhorn™ Posted: October 07, 2012 at 03:33 PM (#4258103)
I would not IBB Prince here. But then I would IBB almost nobody.
   325. Good cripple hitter Posted: October 07, 2012 at 03:33 PM (#4258105)
I understand Fielder is an awesome hitter and it sets up a force at home, but man...I would not want to load the bases with a pitcher as wild as Balfour on the mound.


With the Tigers lineup, it's certainly defensible. It's not a great idea, but it might be the best thing they can do given the situation.
   326. Jose Can Still Seabiscuit Posted: October 07, 2012 at 03:34 PM (#4258107)
Outfield looked a bit deep.
   327. cardsfanboy Posted: October 07, 2012 at 03:35 PM (#4258108)
gets the strikeout to get it to two outs, then promptly allows a hit to score the run anyway....
   328. boteman digs the circuit clout Posted: October 07, 2012 at 03:35 PM (#4258109)
For you Kurt Suzuki fans, he just spanked a curve ball into LF for his first post-season RBI.

edit: Then Wainwright walks Gio on 4 pitches. An ersatz Oakland success?
   329. Roger McDowell spit on me! Posted: October 07, 2012 at 03:35 PM (#4258111)
I think it's the right move. Force at home, Balfour can get the K here too against a cold hitter off the bench.
   330. McCoy Posted: October 07, 2012 at 03:35 PM (#4258112)
It's over.
   331. RB in NYC (Now Semi-Retired from BBTF) Posted: October 07, 2012 at 03:36 PM (#4258113)
Well, looks like Oakland will have to do a '95 M's if they want to advance.
   332. Jose Can Still Seabiscuit Posted: October 07, 2012 at 03:36 PM (#4258114)
I'd move Reddick to center or left. I don't think Kelly is likely to pull Balfour...oops nevermind
   333. Chris Fluit Posted: October 07, 2012 at 03:36 PM (#4258115)
There's a runner on third either way. The extra runner on second doesn't matter on a wild pitch
   334. Walks Clog Up the Bases Posted: October 07, 2012 at 03:36 PM (#4258116)
Don't worry, guys, the A's have homefield advantage!
   335. Chris Fluit Posted: October 07, 2012 at 03:36 PM (#4258117)
That's it
   336. Good cripple hitter Posted: October 07, 2012 at 03:37 PM (#4258118)
There's a runner on third either way. The extra runner on second doesn't matter on a wild pitch


The problem would the walk, not the wild pitch.
   337. Walks Clog Up the Bases Posted: October 07, 2012 at 03:38 PM (#4258119)
Seriously, it's crazy that the team with the home field advantage is now in a must-win-out situation before playing an inning on their home field.
   338. cardsfanboy Posted: October 07, 2012 at 03:38 PM (#4258120)
STFU....It's between his ears?
   339. RMc's desperate, often sordid world Posted: October 07, 2012 at 03:40 PM (#4258121)
It's ov...oh, never mind!
   340. Eric J can SABER all he wants to Posted: October 07, 2012 at 03:40 PM (#4258123)
A's-Tigers ends up right around the 95th percentile among postseason games, and among the top 10 9-inning playoff games ever.
   341. Justin T., Director of Somethin Posted: October 07, 2012 at 03:40 PM (#4258125)
It is significantly worse than that, Eric.
   342. TerpNats Posted: October 07, 2012 at 03:40 PM (#4258126)
Seriously, it's crazy that the team with the home field advantage is now in a must-win-out situation before playing an inning on their home field.
It didn't hurt the '82 Brewers, '84 Padres or '95 Mariners.
   343. RMc's desperate, often sordid world Posted: October 07, 2012 at 03:41 PM (#4258127)
Cheap, cheap win. But we'll take it.
   344. RMc's desperate, often sordid world Posted: October 07, 2012 at 03:41 PM (#4258128)
It didn't hurt the '82 Brewers, '84 Padres or '95 Mariners.

Yeah, I was at all three of their World Series victory parades!
   345. Eric J can SABER all he wants to Posted: October 07, 2012 at 03:42 PM (#4258129)
It is significantly worse than that, Eric.

Oh, I'm not happy with the result either. But the game was really good.
   346. cardsfanboy Posted: October 07, 2012 at 03:43 PM (#4258130)
I love Yadier and all, but I really hate people who aren't fans of the team, as announcers, trying to fellatio him.
   347. An Athletic in Powderhorn™ Posted: October 07, 2012 at 03:43 PM (#4258131)
Oh, I'm not happy with the result either. But the game was really good."

I'll cosign this.
   348. Walks Clog Up the Bases Posted: October 07, 2012 at 03:45 PM (#4258132)
It must be frustrating for A's fans that the Tigers have only had one clean hit to score any runs (Avila's homer), while everything else has come via junk like errors, wild pitches, and sac flies.
   349. The John Wetland Memorial Death (CoB) Posted: October 07, 2012 at 03:45 PM (#4258133)
Ya know, there's a very fine line between "I like *that*, Dick" and "I like that dick".

Just sayin' Nats vs Cardinals announcers ...
   350. Jose Can Still Seabiscuit Posted: October 07, 2012 at 03:45 PM (#4258134)
I love Yadier and all, but I really hate people who aren't fans of the team, as announcers, trying to fellatio him.


Why? At least a player who is legitimately very good is getting credit.
   351. morineko Posted: October 07, 2012 at 03:46 PM (#4258135)
#349: they must have been watching Balfour's inning then?
   352. Dr. Vaux Posted: October 07, 2012 at 03:48 PM (#4258136)
Yeah, the Tigers lost that game except on the scoreboard. They'll be swept in Oakland, if for no other reason than the A's getting to bat last.
   353. UCCF Posted: October 07, 2012 at 03:48 PM (#4258137)
It didn't hurt the '84 Padres

####### Steve Garvey.
   354. Walks Clog Up the Bases Posted: October 07, 2012 at 03:50 PM (#4258138)
I guess 2006 is still too fresh in my mind to think the A's still have a good shot.
   355. Esoteric Posted: October 07, 2012 at 03:50 PM (#4258139)
Gio's picking a bad time to let his walk rate spike back up again.
   356. Lassus Posted: October 07, 2012 at 03:51 PM (#4258140)
I guess 2006 is still too fresh in my mind to think the A's still have a good shot.

I'm sure someone above (just walked in) has already mentioned 2001.


trying to fellatio him

Grammar alert: fellate! ;-)
   357. greenback likes millwall, they don't care Posted: October 07, 2012 at 03:52 PM (#4258141)
Gio's picking a bad time to let his walk rate spike back up again.

Anything in front of Kozma is generally a moot issue.

ETA: OK, that's a problem.
   358. boteman digs the circuit clout Posted: October 07, 2012 at 03:53 PM (#4258142)
I stand corrected. Gio waited until the 2nd inning to melt down. Curve ball missing badly, getting a lot of pitches up when he needs a ground ball double play. Not looking good for the away team.
   359. Lassus Posted: October 07, 2012 at 03:53 PM (#4258143)
Oh dear, Gio seems a little nervous.
   360. Mayor Blomberg Posted: October 07, 2012 at 03:53 PM (#4258144)
Between Stockboy calling and the Nats organ, I keep looking up expecting a hockey game.
   361. cardsfanboy Posted: October 07, 2012 at 03:54 PM (#4258145)
Why? At least a player who is legitimately very good is getting credit.


I don't mind the credit, and am glad to see him getting the credit, but this garbage about him being a clubhouse leader and making up #### that doesn't apply to Molina is ridiculous.
   362. Jose Can Still Seabiscuit Posted: October 07, 2012 at 03:55 PM (#4258146)
Hey Gio strikes are your friend.
   363. boteman digs the circuit clout Posted: October 07, 2012 at 03:55 PM (#4258147)
#361 - How about: he doesn't look as "bulky" as his big brothers?
   364. Austin Posted: October 07, 2012 at 03:55 PM (#4258148)
This is the Gio Gonzalez we all know and love from his Oakland days.
   365. cardsfanboy Posted: October 07, 2012 at 03:55 PM (#4258149)
Don't worry nats fans... bases loaded one out means guaranteed strikeout and then pop out with the cardinals offense.
   366. Lassus Posted: October 07, 2012 at 03:55 PM (#4258150)
WTF is Wainright swinging at that pitch for?
   367. Jose Can Still Seabiscuit Posted: October 07, 2012 at 03:56 PM (#4258151)
Wild pitch Sunday!
   368. cardsfanboy Posted: October 07, 2012 at 03:56 PM (#4258152)
nevermind.
   369. Walks Clog Up the Bases Posted: October 07, 2012 at 03:56 PM (#4258153)
Where's Joey?
   370. Lassus Posted: October 07, 2012 at 03:57 PM (#4258155)
That's a wild pitch? I thought the catcher got his glove on it in the air.
   371. Justin T., Director of Somethin Posted: October 07, 2012 at 03:57 PM (#4258156)
You can take the player out of Oakland, but you can't take Oakland out of the player.
   372. Esoteric Posted: October 07, 2012 at 03:57 PM (#4258157)
NOT LOOKING GOOD
   373. The John Wetland Memorial Death (CoB) Posted: October 07, 2012 at 03:57 PM (#4258158)
Damn, if a *Molina* can score on a wild pitch, that's a WILD pitch ...
   374. cardsfanboy Posted: October 07, 2012 at 03:57 PM (#4258159)
Where's Joey?


he's looking for a braves thread to hunt Sam down... I think he's more obsessed with Sam than the Nats.
   375. Jose Can Still Seabiscuit Posted: October 07, 2012 at 03:57 PM (#4258160)
Gio missed his spot badly but Suzuki needs to catch that.

Gotta get someone up if you're Davey Johnson don't you? This is almost Ankielsesque.
   376. Justin T., Director of Somethin Posted: October 07, 2012 at 03:57 PM (#4258161)
Totally a WP Lassus.
   377. boteman digs the circuit clout Posted: October 07, 2012 at 03:59 PM (#4258162)
Don't worry, Nats fans. This just sets up the late-inning heroic comeback.
   378. Jose Can Still Seabiscuit Posted: October 07, 2012 at 04:00 PM (#4258163)
Second inning, bit early to start thinking about late inning come backs.
   379. Jose Can Still Seabiscuit Posted: October 07, 2012 at 04:00 PM (#4258164)
Give Gio credit for bouncing back.
   380. Lassus Posted: October 07, 2012 at 04:01 PM (#4258165)
Honestly, that really really seems like it was going to be a lot worse than it was.
   381. Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: October 07, 2012 at 04:03 PM (#4258166)
Gonzalez has a no hitter going.
   382. Jose Can Still Seabiscuit Posted: October 07, 2012 at 04:03 PM (#4258167)
Agreed Lassus. I was waiting for the get me over fastball that went 450 feet.
   383. greenback likes millwall, they don't care Posted: October 07, 2012 at 04:03 PM (#4258168)
It helps that Gonzalez hasn't given up a hit yet.

Eh, too slow.
   384. boteman digs the circuit clout Posted: October 07, 2012 at 04:03 PM (#4258169)
I thought Lassus is a Mets fan. Surprised that he seems to be surreptitiously rooting for the Nats.
   385. cardsfanboy Posted: October 07, 2012 at 04:04 PM (#4258170)
Gonzalez has a no hitter going.


It would really tick the "haters" off if the Cardinals win while being no hitted. :)
   386. Eric J can SABER all he wants to Posted: October 07, 2012 at 04:05 PM (#4258171)
Gotta get someone up if you're Davey Johnson don't you?

Of course not - Gio's got a no-hitter going!

Edit: Wow, many Cokes.
   387. Dr. Vaux Posted: October 07, 2012 at 04:09 PM (#4258172)
We don't know if Ankiel would have fallen apart if not for that one playoff game. It's yet another problem with the artificial pressure of the short series.
   388. Walks Clog Up the Bases Posted: October 07, 2012 at 04:10 PM (#4258173)
"The Stephen Strausburg story was like... a daily story..."
   389. Chris Fluit Posted: October 07, 2012 at 04:10 PM (#4258175)
Bob, it WAS a huge distraction.
   390. cardsfanboy Posted: October 07, 2012 at 04:11 PM (#4258176)
The announcer talking about Strasburg's handling versus Wainwright and almost glossed over the most important difference a 31 year old vs a 23 year old. (and of course didn't remotely mention the contract status of the two. What advantage does the Cardinals have in saving Wainwright? He's only signed through 2013)
   391. Lassus Posted: October 07, 2012 at 04:13 PM (#4258177)
OK, let's see what happens THIS inning.
   392. Lassus Posted: October 07, 2012 at 04:20 PM (#4258178)
Green light on 3-0 for Gio at this point, even doing ok this inning, seems incredibly stupid.
   393. Dr. Vaux Posted: October 07, 2012 at 04:21 PM (#4258180)
I'm glad he sort of recovered there.
   394. cardsfanboy Posted: October 07, 2012 at 04:23 PM (#4258183)
Green light on 3-0 for Gio at this point, even doing ok this inning, seems incredibly stupid.


Welcome to the world of Cardinal coaching, where it seems that running up the pitchers count is only an option when facing relievers.
   395. The John Wetland Memorial Death (CoB) Posted: October 07, 2012 at 04:26 PM (#4258185)
The announcer talking about Strasburg's handling versus Wainwright and almost glossed over the most important difference a 31 year old vs a 23 year old. (and of course didn't remotely mention the contract status of the two. What advantage does the Cardinals have in saving Wainwright? He's only signed through 2013)


I LOVE THAT DICK!!!
   396. boteman digs the circuit clout Posted: October 07, 2012 at 04:26 PM (#4258186)
I like how Molina tagged Espinoza with his empty right hand after the swinging strikeout while the ball rolled away.

I LOVE THAT DICK!!!

Thanks, I get that a lot.
   397. Guts Posted: October 07, 2012 at 04:36 PM (#4258188)
Finally broke up the no hitter.

Which promptly leads to a strikeout, then double play. That's the Cardinals offense I remember.
   398. cardsfanboy Posted: October 07, 2012 at 04:39 PM (#4258189)
These announcers must have been talking to Mike Shannon. Shannon spent most of the second half of the season complaining about the Cardinals inability to 1. advance the runners 2. steal a base, 3. play any type of stupid(oops I mean Small) ball)
   399. cardsfanboy Posted: October 07, 2012 at 04:39 PM (#4258190)
Nice play... boo.
   400. Jose Can Still Seabiscuit Posted: October 07, 2012 at 04:42 PM (#4258193)
I would think one if the first things the national guys do is talk to the local announcers.

I really like the commercial with Kerry Wood pulling stuff out of the ivy.
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