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Thursday, October 11, 2012

Division Six OmniChatter

By the end of the day, at least two teams will be eliminated since baseball is a cruel sport and October is a harsh mistress. Or something like that.

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   601. Gamingboy Posted: October 11, 2012 at 06:03 PM (#4264594)
Zimmermann in.
   602. Guts Posted: October 11, 2012 at 06:04 PM (#4264595)
Zimmerman has the cure for Kozmania.
   603. Bourbon Samurai Posted: October 11, 2012 at 06:04 PM (#4264596)
well that's a good start at least
   604. Bourbon Samurai Posted: October 11, 2012 at 06:04 PM (#4264597)
crud I hoped they'd pitch Lohse
   605. Tom Nawrocki Posted: October 11, 2012 at 06:06 PM (#4264601)
One thing that makes postseason baseball, and especially elimination games, so cool is that the teams are doing everything they possibly can to win the game, including putting starting pitchers into the game in the sixth inning.

Which is what makes it so bizarre that the Nationals have left maybe their best pitcher on the bench.
   606. Matt Clement of Alexandria Posted: October 11, 2012 at 06:07 PM (#4264602)
Zimmermannnn seems to have really takenn to relief.
   607. cardsfanboy Posted: October 11, 2012 at 06:07 PM (#4264603)
Zimmermann is not screwing around.
   608. Guts Posted: October 11, 2012 at 06:07 PM (#4264604)
Zimmerman, with an assist from Jim Joyce, looked great in that inning.
   609. Dr. Vaux Posted: October 11, 2012 at 06:08 PM (#4264605)
boooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

(for the political intrusion)
   610. cardsfanboy Posted: October 11, 2012 at 06:08 PM (#4264606)
Impressive inning by Zimmermann. Cardinals were carved up like Thanksgiving turkey.
   611. Gamingboy Posted: October 11, 2012 at 06:08 PM (#4264608)

CHECKLIST:
---EVERGREEN---
Conradian Play [X ]
Web Gem [X X X ]
Baserunning blunder [ ]
Play at the plate [ ]
Replay review [ ]
Ump blows call [ ] (Blown call eliminates team [ ])
Dramatic late-inning homer [ ]
Double Play ends an inning [ ]
1-2-3-4-5-6 inning [ X]
Strike out of side [X ]
Stolen base [ X]
Caught stealing [X ]
Gamesmanship []
Shapeshifting Strike-zone [ ]
THIS TRAIN! [X]
"They're down to their last X...." [ ]
Pitcher gets a hit [ ]
Non-pitcher bunts [ ]
Regular Season pitcher warms up [X ] (Playoff starting pitcher warms up in pen [X ])
Game needs to start on TNT (with exception of A's vs. Tigers) [ X]
---SF at CIN specific---
Dusty Baker with Giants [ X]
WILD BRIAN WILSON APPEARS [ X]
Cain perfecto flashback [ ]
Buster Posey does something awesome [X X ] (GRAND SLAM and THE THROWOUT PORTION OF A STRIKEOUT/THROWOUT DP)
Joey Votto gets back to normal, does something awesome []
Big Red Machine referenced [ X]
Willie Mays referenced [ ]
---STL at DC specific---
Strasburg in the Dugout [X ]
Crowd chants "We Want Strasburg" [ ]
Bryce Harper does something awesome [ ] (Harper strikes out instead [ ])
Pujols mentioned [ ]
FREESE! [ ]
Teddy [ ]
Flashback to game 6 of 2011 WS [ ]
Davey Johnson managerial career recap [ ]
Matheny's playing career [ ]
---BAL at NYY specific---
Raul Effing Ibanez comes to the plate [ ]
Orioles hold one-run lead at any point of the game []
Yankees get run in half-inning immediately after Orioles score [ ]
Thome career retrospective [ ]
Buck Showalter as Yankee manager [ ]
Joe Saunders' Wild Card performance flashback [ ]
Ichiro does something awesome [ ]
Tyler Teagarden shows up []
A-Rod strikes out, assuming he even plays now that Raul Ibanez is Mr. Effing October [ ]
---DET at OAK---
Bernie Lean explained [ ]
Verlander no-nos flashback []
Prince Fielder robbed of extra-bases [ ]
Moneyball mentioned [ ] (Mention of Brad Pitt [ ])
Pat Neshek's son mentioned [ ]
Trout mentioned in any way (fish or player) [ ]
Miguel Cabrera does something awesome [ ]
Verlander hits 98+ MPH after 80 pitches [ ]
Mention of the tarps [ ]
   612. salvomania Posted: October 11, 2012 at 06:09 PM (#4264609)
Wonder who's going to be the hero...

Who saves--or ends---the Nationals' season?
   613. Lassus Posted: October 11, 2012 at 06:10 PM (#4264610)
Stupid work! I really did miss a good day of baseball....

But now I'm here.

Gotta root for a game five here.
   614. Matt Clement of Alexandria Posted: October 11, 2012 at 06:10 PM (#4264611)
"Land of Hope and Dreams" still hasn't gotten old for me. One of the best rock songs of latter Springsteen.
   615. Gamingboy Posted: October 11, 2012 at 06:11 PM (#4264612)
Is it safe to say that Ryan Zimmerman can lay claim to being the "First Washington National"? Or does that belong to Brad Wilkerson?
   616. salvomania Posted: October 11, 2012 at 06:11 PM (#4264613)
Scrabble had better stay buried in the pen.

I trust four righties before him..
   617. cardsfanboy Posted: October 11, 2012 at 06:11 PM (#4264614)
Scrabble is warming up.... #### no.
   618. Best Regards, President of Comfort, Esq. Posted: October 11, 2012 at 06:12 PM (#4264615)
"Land of Hope and Dreams" still hasn't gotten old for me. One of the best rock songs of latter Springsteen.
It's great that they chose a good song this time, but I always enjoy when they use a song that really doesn't mean what they're trying to say in the commercial, because a couple of lines fit the theme they're presenting.
   619. Joey B. Posted: October 11, 2012 at 06:12 PM (#4264616)
Which is what makes it so bizarre that the Nationals have left maybe their best pitcher on the bench.

Whatever happens, Rizzo should give Detwiler a bonus, because now all his ass-kissers in the local media can say "Detwiler did fine, what's the big deal?"
   620. Matt Clement of Alexandria Posted: October 11, 2012 at 06:15 PM (#4264618)
Lohse does the little things. Fields his position very well, so quick to the plate he's almost impossible to run on. It goes to explaining how a guy with pretty pedestrian stuff is a 4 WAR pitcher this year, and probably should be counted on as an above average starter the next few years.
   621. salvomania Posted: October 11, 2012 at 06:15 PM (#4264619)
Much rather stick with Lohse here than go to Lynn...
   622. Danny Posted: October 11, 2012 at 06:15 PM (#4264620)
Slusser:
The A’s announced that they will remove the tarps from the third deck for the ALCS, increasing the Coliseum’s capacity to 47,505 seats for the ALCS and World Series. Tickets are priced at $55, and there are 11,698 available.

“This has been a sensational year for the Athletics and for our fans,” owner Lew Wolff said in a statement. “We are thrilled with the tremendous outpouring of fan support.”

And a reward for Seth Smith:

Crisp CF,
Drew SS,
Cespedes LF,
Smith DH,
Reddick RF,
Donaldson 3B,
Moss 1B,
Norris C,
Pennington 2B
   623. Good cripple hitter Posted: October 11, 2012 at 06:16 PM (#4264621)
Is it safe to say that Ryan Zimmerman can lay claim to being the "First Washington National"? Or does that belong to Brad Wilkerson?


I don't think that anyone who was an Expo as long as Wilkerson was can be the First National.
   624. Gamingboy Posted: October 11, 2012 at 06:16 PM (#4264623)
Are the playing... Take on Me?
   625. Best Regards, President of Comfort, Esq. Posted: October 11, 2012 at 06:16 PM (#4264624)
"I'll be gone, in a day or twoooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!"

I love Michael Morse.
   626. Gamingboy Posted: October 11, 2012 at 06:16 PM (#4264625)
inning-ending DP [X]
   627. Joey B. Posted: October 11, 2012 at 06:17 PM (#4264626)
And Morse continues to be worthless all series.
   628. Guts Posted: October 11, 2012 at 06:17 PM (#4264627)
Walk was annoying, but Lohse gets out of it in style. Nats have not had a runner on 2d so far.

Seriously, runs.
   629. salvomania Posted: October 11, 2012 at 06:17 PM (#4264628)
Sweet DP!!! Lohse with a fine, fine 7 in his second elimination game this postseason. If the Birds advance, he's a huge reason.
   630. Best Regards, President of Comfort, Esq. Posted: October 11, 2012 at 06:17 PM (#4264629)
Are the playing... Take on Me?
Take on Me is Morse's walk-up music for his fourth PA. And the crowd always sings along.

Also, this.
   631. salvomania Posted: October 11, 2012 at 06:19 PM (#4264631)
Birds have the bats here in the 8th. If they're going to do anything this game, this is probably the time...
   632. Matt Clement of Alexandria Posted: October 11, 2012 at 06:19 PM (#4264632)
   633. salvomania Posted: October 11, 2012 at 06:22 PM (#4264634)
Nice combo of pitches by Clippard vs. Beltran
   634. salvomania Posted: October 11, 2012 at 06:22 PM (#4264635)
Jeezus, anything within four inches of the outer edge of the plate is a called strike...
   635. JJ1986 Posted: October 11, 2012 at 06:23 PM (#4264636)
That was a foot outside.
   636. salvomania Posted: October 11, 2012 at 06:23 PM (#4264637)
Come on!!!! Three pitches out of the zone, all called strikes. But Holliday has to pick up on that.
   637. Guts Posted: October 11, 2012 at 06:23 PM (#4264638)
Clippard throws zero strikes, get strikeout of Holliday.
   638. Joey B. Posted: October 11, 2012 at 06:23 PM (#4264639)
Jim Joyce must think Maddux and Glavine are pitching.
   639. Good cripple hitter Posted: October 11, 2012 at 06:23 PM (#4264640)
I don't even like the Cardinals and that pitch being called a strike angered me.
   640. cardsfanboy Posted: October 11, 2012 at 06:24 PM (#4264642)
At some point in time, the Cardinals are going to have to realize that the other batter box is a strike and start punching it to the opposite field.
   641. Dr. Vaux Posted: October 11, 2012 at 06:24 PM (#4264644)
There is a much more vehement reaction here to large strike zones than small strike zones.
   642. Gamingboy Posted: October 11, 2012 at 06:26 PM (#4264645)
Shapeshifting strikezone [x]]
   643. JJ1986 Posted: October 11, 2012 at 06:26 PM (#4264646)
Molina has hit 2-run homers in 1-1-tied elimination games before.
   644. Guts Posted: October 11, 2012 at 06:27 PM (#4264647)
Yadi forced to swing at those crappy outside pitches because Joyce would call them strikes.
   645. Guts Posted: October 11, 2012 at 06:28 PM (#4264648)
Shapeshifting strikezone [x]]

It's not really shapeshifting, it's been super wide and terrible all game.
   646. salvomania Posted: October 11, 2012 at 06:30 PM (#4264649)
Nats have to like their chances here with a Cardinals team that just doesn't find ways to win the close ones....
   647. Gamingboy Posted: October 11, 2012 at 06:30 PM (#4264650)
"From now on, I want to be known as 'The Dangerous' Ian Desmond."
   648. bunyon Posted: October 11, 2012 at 06:31 PM (#4264651)
Classes ended for the day in the main lecture hall. TV feed obtained.
   649. Matt Clement of Alexandria Posted: October 11, 2012 at 06:34 PM (#4264652)
Nats have to like their chances here with a Cardinals team that just doesn't find ways to win the close ones....
Either the Cards are a quality team based on their good RS/RA numbers, or the Nats can like their chances here. Pick (a) or (b).
   650. salvomania Posted: October 11, 2012 at 06:35 PM (#4264653)
I pick (a) and (b). They're not mutually exclusive.
   651. salvomania Posted: October 11, 2012 at 06:35 PM (#4264654)
Jim Joyce is stoned.
   652. JJ1986 Posted: October 11, 2012 at 06:35 PM (#4264655)
I'd rather have Tyler Moore up there regardless of platoon advantage.
   653. Lassus Posted: October 11, 2012 at 06:36 PM (#4264656)
"Land of Hope and Dreams" still hasn't gotten old for me. One of the best rock songs of latter Springsteen.

I know I'm a little behind, but "Land of Hope and Dreams" is no "Land of Hope and Glory".
   654. Zeba Zeba Eata Posted: October 11, 2012 at 06:37 PM (#4264657)
Stockton, that's the 'introducing the pinch hitter' signal, not the 'hit by pitch' signal.
   655. Portia Stanke Posted: October 11, 2012 at 06:38 PM (#4264658)
Wonder what Mo could get for Boggs over the offseason...
   656. Dr. Vaux Posted: October 11, 2012 at 06:38 PM (#4264659)
That must really have been sliced, because both Stockton and Slowes used the same word.
   657. Gamingboy Posted: October 11, 2012 at 06:38 PM (#4264660)
Freese is going to go deep here, I'm sure, since it's October and he's Freese.
   658. Guts Posted: October 11, 2012 at 06:38 PM (#4264661)
Freese. Descalso. KOZMA.

Murderer's ####### Row.

Thankfully Matheny didn't fall for the lefty-lefty thing AGAIN.
   659. salvomania Posted: October 11, 2012 at 06:38 PM (#4264662)
Tracy swung at a ball that was thrown directly at his front ankle. That's hard to do.
   660. Justin T steals bases with his bat Posted: October 11, 2012 at 06:39 PM (#4264663)
You almost hit that one, Tracy.
   661. salvomania Posted: October 11, 2012 at 06:39 PM (#4264664)
Freese. Descalso. KOZMA.


I think you gotta IBB Freese to start the 9th.
   662. Walks Clog Up the Bases Posted: October 11, 2012 at 06:39 PM (#4264665)
Yeah, I don't know how that didn't hit Tracy. Looked like it was going to hit him flush and he still took a big sweeping hack at it.
   663. Joey B. Posted: October 11, 2012 at 06:40 PM (#4264666)
It's great that they chose a good song this time, but I always enjoy when they use a song that really doesn't mean what they're trying to say in the commercial, because a couple of lines fit the theme they're presenting.

If only Sprinsteen had done a popular and well-known song about a baseball player.
   664. Gamingboy Posted: October 11, 2012 at 06:41 PM (#4264667)


If only Sprinsteen had done a popular and well-known song about a baseball player.


Maybe one he knew back in high school.
   665. Matt Clement of Alexandria Posted: October 11, 2012 at 06:42 PM (#4264671)
I'm not sure how I feel about Johnson rushing through his bullpen. He couldn't have gotten two innings from Zimmermann?
   666. salvomania Posted: October 11, 2012 at 06:43 PM (#4264672)
If only Sprinsteen had done a popular and well-known song about a baseball player.


Yeah, but it would have to have a title that lends itself to playoff baseball...
   667. Matt Clement of Alexandria Posted: October 11, 2012 at 06:44 PM (#4264673)
I pick (a) and (b). They're not mutually exclusive.
Yes, they are.
   668. salvomania Posted: October 11, 2012 at 06:44 PM (#4264674)
Storen misses Suzuki's mitt by about 4 feet but gets Freese hacking.
   669. Matt Clement of Alexandria Posted: October 11, 2012 at 06:44 PM (#4264675)
If only Sprinsteen had done a popular and well-known song about a baseball player.

Maybe one he knew back in high school.
...
Yeah, but it would have to have a title that lends itself to playoff baseball...
The tone's all wrong.
   670. Guts Posted: October 11, 2012 at 06:45 PM (#4264676)
WTF was Freese swinging at there??
   671. Matt Clement of Alexandria Posted: October 11, 2012 at 06:46 PM (#4264677)
Joyce's strike zone is a mess tonight. Appreciate that TBS is talking about it.
   672. JJ1986 Posted: October 11, 2012 at 06:46 PM (#4264678)
I thought Jim Joyce was supposed to be a great umpire.
   673. Gamingboy Posted: October 11, 2012 at 06:48 PM (#4264680)
I wonder what would hapepn if this game went into deep, deep extras and was still going on at 9:30 somehow. Then there would be three games going on and only 2 channels for them to be on, unless they'd go on TruTV or something.
   674. Guts Posted: October 11, 2012 at 06:48 PM (#4264681)
Descalso has had great ABs in this game, despite his poor results.

What's the record for most consecutive Ks by a staff? Fister set the AL record with 9, right?

EDIT - It is 10, by Seaver. I guess the walk broke it up, but still impressive by the Nats.
   675. Richard Gadsden Posted: October 11, 2012 at 06:51 PM (#4264683)
I wonder what would hapepn if this game went into deep, deep extras and was still going on at 9:30 somehow.


I'd end up like a zombie at work tomorrow. It's nearly midnight already and I'm struggling to stay awake now.
   676. Textbook Editor Posted: October 11, 2012 at 06:52 PM (#4264684)
Sounds like Joyce has lost his mind/strike zone.
   677. Gamingboy Posted: October 11, 2012 at 06:53 PM (#4264685)
That man is giving his child playoff stress early in life.
   678. Guts Posted: October 11, 2012 at 06:55 PM (#4264686)
Nice catch. Sigh. Well, time for Cards to blow this game.
   679. Joey B. Posted: October 11, 2012 at 06:55 PM (#4264687)
Ok boys, how about a walkoff something or other!
   680. Matt Clement of Alexandria Posted: October 11, 2012 at 06:55 PM (#4264688)
Nice little Luis Suarez swan dive off the catch there.
   681. Lassus Posted: October 11, 2012 at 06:55 PM (#4264689)
Hee. I give Desmond points for going a little Broadway and chewing the scenery there.
   682. Moe Greene Posted: October 11, 2012 at 06:55 PM (#4264690)
Bob Nightengale is reporting that Scott Rolen is planning to retire.

Well, this series was a pretty awful way for him to go out... but a helluva career.
   683. Gamingboy Posted: October 11, 2012 at 06:56 PM (#4264691)
Zimmerman wins this game. Mark it down.
   684. fra paolo Posted: October 11, 2012 at 06:57 PM (#4264692)
It's walk-off time for the Nationals.

I am finding all this hard to bear. Don't know if the old ticker is up to extra-innings.
   685. Matt Clement of Alexandria Posted: October 11, 2012 at 06:57 PM (#4264693)
Lance Lynn??
   686. Guts Posted: October 11, 2012 at 06:57 PM (#4264695)
Lynn will give up a run here easy.
   687. salvomania Posted: October 11, 2012 at 07:00 PM (#4264696)
I love Lance Lynn. No matter what he does here.
   688. Richard Gadsden Posted: October 11, 2012 at 07:00 PM (#4264697)
What's the most total games in the four LDS? We're guaranteed 18 this year, and if the Nats walk off, it will be 19, with a full-house 20 still possible.
   689. Gamingboy Posted: October 11, 2012 at 07:00 PM (#4264698)
Craig's face died for your sins.
   690. cardsfanboy Posted: October 11, 2012 at 07:01 PM (#4264699)
I like Lynn, but is he really the best choice here? It seems like Matheny is thinking about a pitcher capable of going multiple innings over keeping the other team from scoring.
   691. Good cripple hitter Posted: October 11, 2012 at 07:01 PM (#4264700)
Seeing the ball impact and make Craig's face ripple is what slow motion instant replay was made for.
   692. Joey B. Posted: October 11, 2012 at 07:01 PM (#4264701)
Epic battle.
   693. salvomania Posted: October 11, 2012 at 07:01 PM (#4264702)
Love the double-digit-pitch postseason at bats...

What was Bruce's--12?
   694. Into the Void Posted: October 11, 2012 at 07:01 PM (#4264703)
Anyone else using the mlb.tv thing right now? The quad camera angle isn't available for some reason...all I can see is Freese in cat-like readiness.
   695. Guts Posted: October 11, 2012 at 07:02 PM (#4264704)
This is like Bruce-Romo II. Stressful baseball today.

Joyce, that's been a strike all ####### day.
   696. Lassus Posted: October 11, 2012 at 07:02 PM (#4264705)
It totally freaks me out when these two face each other. It's like a bad Star Trek episode.
   697. cardsfanboy Posted: October 11, 2012 at 07:02 PM (#4264706)
####.
   698. Guts Posted: October 11, 2012 at 07:02 PM (#4264707)
Yep. There we go.

#### Jim Joyce. Tomorrow is another day, let's see what Gio has.

Nats STILL never put a RISP.
   699. Lassus Posted: October 11, 2012 at 07:02 PM (#4264708)
Gone off the bat - no doubt.
   700. Best Regards, President of Comfort, Esq. Posted: October 11, 2012 at 07:03 PM (#4264709)
WERTH EVERY ####### PENNY!!!
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