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Thursday, October 18, 2012

LCS OMNICHATTER DAY 6: ALCS GAME 4 REDUX and NLCS GAME 4 and BASEBALL VS. RAIN

New York Yankees (Sabathia) @ Detroit Tigers (Scherzer), 4:00 PM ET, TBS. Game 4 (DET leads 3-0, would clinch WS berth with win)... hang on, didn’t I type roughly this YESTERDAY? Oh, right, I did. BTW, 60% chance of rain tomorrow, although apparently it will be gone by 4. If not, I’m sure Miller Park’s grounds crew is on call and ready for action

San Francisco Giants (Lincecum) @ St. Louis Cardinals (Wainwright), 8:00 PM ET, FOX. Game 3 (STL leads 2-1). 30% chance of rain.

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   201. boteman Posted: October 18, 2012 at 07:04 PM (#4275942)
Action Jackson strikes again!

And Girardi trots out his bench players: Nix, Stewart, and Granderson(!)
   202. Gamingboy Posted: October 18, 2012 at 07:08 PM (#4275943)
CHECKLIST (taking suggestions):
Conradian Play [X] (Nunez spike)
Web Gem []
It rains. Again. [ ]
Rain delay. Again. [ ]
Rain delay delays game to next day. Again. [ ]
Stolen Base [X]
Caught Stealing [ ]
1-2-3-4-5-6 [ ]
Pitcher gets a hit [ ]
Strikeout of side [ ] (a 1-2-3 inning strikeout of side [])
Play at the plate [ ]
Replay review [ ]
Baserunning blunder [ ]
Blown call [ ] (Blown call costs game [ ])
THIS TRAIN! [X]
2+ pitching changes in single half-inning [ ]
Dramatic late-inning homer [ ]
Idiot runs on the field [ ]
Regular-season starter warms up in bullpen [ ]
Game goes into extras [ ]
Shapeshifting strikezone [ ]
Inning-Ending DP [ ]
Bunt [X ]
Bases loaded, nobody scores [ ]
Balk [ ]
Ichiro does something awesome [ ]
Miguel Cabrera does something awesome [X ]
Verlander in dugout [X ]
A-Rod gets a hit [ ]
A-Rod is pinch-hit for or acts as a PH [X ]
"Down to their last X" [ ]
Shot of a Tiger fan with a broom [ ]
Ty Cobb statue [ ]
Hank Greenberg referenced [ ]
Raul Ibanez is a effing clutch god [ ]
Prince Fielder goes deep [ ]
Valverde shows up [ ] (Blows it [])
A-Rod strikes out [ ]
Riot in Detroit if they win [ ]
An inning goes by where they do not mention, show or allude to Alex Rodriguez []
George Steinbrenner brought up []
TBS announcers basically have to remind themselves that the Tigers are the team up 3-0 [ ]
Yankee front-office member shown in stands [ ]
A-Rod to Miami rumor [ ]
A-Rod's press session from yesterday [ ]
A-Rod's pick-up methods [ ]
John Smoltz is from Michigan [ ]
John Smoltz was traded by Detroit [ ]
Doyle Alexander mentioned by name [ ]
Derek Jeter sighting [ ]
Girardi looks at binder/iPad [ ]
Trout mentioned (player or fish) [ X]
Verbal Reference to how Ford Field is so close to Comerica [ ]
Derek Lowe mentioned [ X]
ALCS game isn't done by time NLCS game starts [
Discussion of whether Cabrera will win the MVP [X ]
1984 (whether the year, the Tigers team in that year orOrwell's Dystopian Sci-Fi classic) is mentioned []
Buster Posey does something awesome [ ]
WILD BRIAN WILSON APPEARS [ ]
Pujols mentioned [ ]
Stan Musial mentioned [ ]
Carlos Beltran is a October Hero [ ]
Carlos Beltran's backup is an October hero [ ]
FREESE! [ ]
ST.L called a "Great baseball town", "Best fans in baseball," or similar accolade [ ]
Cardinals second only to Yankees in WS titles [ ]]
McCarver's singing career [ ]
NFL reference (other than NFL on Fox promotion) [ ]
Lohse's opening night start against Miami [ ]
Pence's big speeches [ ]
Pence's poor hitting [ ]
More than one person is Right Fielder for the Cardinals during the game [ ]
FOX announcers spend a not-insubstantial amount of time talking about A-Rod [ ]
2006 WS flashback [ ]
Game 6 2011 flashback [ ]
Pablo Sandoval referred to as "Panda" [ ]
FOX gets photobombed [ ]
Mention or reference to Jack Buck [ ]
McCarver was on the Cardinals [ ]
Willie Mays mentioned [ ]
   203. JE (Jason) Posted: October 18, 2012 at 07:09 PM (#4275944)
So Jeter did not travel with the ballclub, but what about Soriano?
   204. Tim D Posted: October 18, 2012 at 07:10 PM (#4275945)
If Jackson was still in NY Sterling would be doing "Austin powers one." I do remember the Yankee fans, this board included, crowing big time about this trade. I also remember tose who had Jackson gone from the league within a year when anyone could see his mechanics were a wreck. Waggling the bat, big kick, exaggerated toe-tap. He cut all that crap down and it tightened up his swing a lot. He still strikes out too much and still is a low percentage SB guy but he plays great D and has added some power. A real plus player now.
   205. bunyon Posted: October 18, 2012 at 07:10 PM (#4275946)
Game 1 of the World Series may be lost when Valverde comes in and gets the Yanks in order in the ninth, thus reclaiming the closer role.
   206. asinwreck Posted: October 18, 2012 at 07:10 PM (#4275947)
Wonder if the NY media will question the Jackson-Granderson trade in their accounts of this game.
   207. fra paolo Posted: October 18, 2012 at 07:11 PM (#4275948)
Hmm, that graphic belies my bullpen fears.
   208. fra paolo Posted: October 18, 2012 at 07:14 PM (#4275951)
Mr Swisher's Magic Bat didn't work for him that time.
   209. fra paolo Posted: October 18, 2012 at 07:17 PM (#4275953)
Prince Fielder lived up to his name that time.
   210. ASmitty Posted: October 18, 2012 at 07:17 PM (#4275954)
Jim Joyce thinks Cano was safe.
   211. Voros McCracken of Pinkus Posted: October 18, 2012 at 07:18 PM (#4275955)
Guys who wait until the playoffs to give 100% is the new market inefficiency. :D

I'm pretty sure that's the most range I've ever seen Fielder display.
   212. JJ1986 Posted: October 18, 2012 at 07:20 PM (#4275956)
0 for Cano
   213. Gamingboy Posted: October 18, 2012 at 07:21 PM (#4275957)
I don't think Andy's pitching tomorrow, John.
   214. Gamingboy Posted: October 18, 2012 at 07:23 PM (#4275959)
Jhonny Peralta is just rubbing it in now.
   215. fra paolo Posted: October 18, 2012 at 07:23 PM (#4275961)
Peralta!
   216. J. Michael Neal Posted: October 18, 2012 at 07:24 PM (#4275963)
Is it safe to bring in Valverde? I mean, assuming that you start warming someone else up right away.
   217. Tim D Posted: October 18, 2012 at 07:25 PM (#4275964)
J-honny should be MVP ahead of Delmon...
   218. 'Spos hits refresh, waits for spring Posted: October 18, 2012 at 07:25 PM (#4275966)
Cut off the head, & stuff the mouth full of garlic.
   219. Gamingboy Posted: October 18, 2012 at 07:26 PM (#4275967)
Cut off the head, & stuff the mouth full of garlic.


And then nuke them from space. Only way to be sure.
   220. Tim D Posted: October 18, 2012 at 07:26 PM (#4275968)
"Is it safe to bring in Valverde?"

NEGATIVE
   221. Lassus Posted: October 18, 2012 at 07:26 PM (#4275969)
I'm mostly excited for this to end so I can listen to Jon Miller call the SF game.... which, I hope he is, on the radio, as I have no idea.
   222. Tim D Posted: October 18, 2012 at 07:31 PM (#4275971)
2 to go.......
   223. cardsfanboy Posted: October 18, 2012 at 07:31 PM (#4275972)
So Jeter did not travel with the ballclub, but what about Soriano?


Really? You know if it was Arod who was injured and didn't travel with the team it would be big news.
   224. cardsfanboy Posted: October 18, 2012 at 07:33 PM (#4275973)
I'm pretty sure that's the most range I've ever seen Fielder display.


Still more than Jeter normally. :)
   225. Tim D Posted: October 18, 2012 at 07:33 PM (#4275974)
1 to go.......
   226. Harry Balsagne, anti-Centaur hate crime division Posted: October 18, 2012 at 07:34 PM (#4275975)
It would've been more appropriate for ARod to make the last out.
   227. Austin Posted: October 18, 2012 at 07:35 PM (#4275976)
I think it's actually even more appropriate that third baseman Jayson Nix is probably going to do it instead.

EDIT: And it's done.
   228. Jose Is The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: October 18, 2012 at 07:35 PM (#4275978)
Congrats Tiger fans.

And Yankee fans may not feel it but a division title and an LCS berth is not a bad season.
   229. Gamingboy Posted: October 18, 2012 at 07:36 PM (#4275979)
   230. cardsfanboy Posted: October 18, 2012 at 07:36 PM (#4275980)
Contrats Tigers and their fans.
   231. Tim D Posted: October 18, 2012 at 07:36 PM (#4275981)
Cool! Not often you get to heat the Yanks, let alone a sweep!
   232. J. Michael Neal Posted: October 18, 2012 at 07:37 PM (#4275982)
I'm seeing Scherzer listed as getting the win but, honestly, the guy gave up a run and it wasn't even in the 9th inning. That's pretty weak.
   233. Gamingboy Posted: October 18, 2012 at 07:37 PM (#4275983)
Okay, what does the back page read tomorrow morning?
   234. fra paolo Posted: October 18, 2012 at 07:37 PM (#4275984)
Sweep! Sweep! Well done, chaps!
   235. Srul Itza Posted: October 18, 2012 at 07:38 PM (#4275985)
Who got MVP

Also, Yankees cumulative Batting Average: .157, worse than the '63 World Series
   236. JE (Jason) Posted: October 18, 2012 at 07:38 PM (#4275986)
Really? You know if it was Arod who was injured and didn't travel with the team it would be big news.

The media gasbags would have said, "You know the Captain would have been there with his teammates, no matter what."
   237. formerly dp Posted: October 18, 2012 at 07:40 PM (#4275988)
The Tigers have done the nation, and the world, a great service today.
   238. The Id of SugarBear Blanks Posted: October 18, 2012 at 07:40 PM (#4275990)
"We're all behind our base ball team ..."

You just got demolished, Yankees.

Anybody catch that gasbag Sterling at the end?
   239. JE (Jason) Posted: October 18, 2012 at 07:40 PM (#4275991)
Okay, what does the back page read tomorrow morning?

Here you go.
   240. fra paolo Posted: October 18, 2012 at 07:40 PM (#4275992)
The octopus only has four tentacles left, now.
   241. 'Spos hits refresh, waits for spring Posted: October 18, 2012 at 07:41 PM (#4275993)
Okay, what does the back page read tomorrow morning?


"It's a tiger, it's a f-ing tiger! Never get out of the boat!"
   242. Gamingboy Posted: October 18, 2012 at 07:42 PM (#4275994)
Verlander. Lol.
   243. frannyzoo Posted: October 18, 2012 at 07:43 PM (#4275995)
The Dynasty now has one WS in the past dozen years. Good times.
   244. Dr. Vaux Posted: October 18, 2012 at 07:44 PM (#4275996)
I sure didn't expect this Saturday night at around 11.
   245. The elusive Robert Denby Posted: October 18, 2012 at 07:45 PM (#4275997)
Okay, what does the back page read tomorrow morning?


"Dial 'S' for Sweep"
   246. boteman Posted: October 18, 2012 at 07:46 PM (#4275998)
Congrats to Los Tigres.
   247. Dr. Vaux Posted: October 18, 2012 at 07:47 PM (#4275999)
Hooray!
   248. cardsfanboy Posted: October 18, 2012 at 07:48 PM (#4276000)
Tim Drewes Custard....???
   249. cardsfanboy Posted: October 18, 2012 at 07:48 PM (#4276001)
Duncan has not retired, has he?
   250. Gamingboy Posted: October 18, 2012 at 07:49 PM (#4276002)
Duncan has not retired, has he?


Not officially.
   251. cardsfanboy Posted: October 18, 2012 at 07:51 PM (#4276004)
Lincecum career vs Cardinals 5-1,2.89
Career at Busch 3-1, 3.21 1 shutout.

No matter his seasonal troubles, he's someone to worry about.
   252. Steve Treder Posted: October 18, 2012 at 07:52 PM (#4276005)
The Dynasty now has one WS in the past dozen years. Good times.

Ain't they? Sweeeet.
   253. The Id of SugarBear Blanks Posted: October 18, 2012 at 07:53 PM (#4276006)
Mr. I looks like a 107-year-old Bay City Roller.
   254. Lassus Posted: October 18, 2012 at 07:54 PM (#4276007)
I wonder if RMc is out back stomping on flowers.
   255. Steve Treder Posted: October 18, 2012 at 07:54 PM (#4276008)
Lincecum career vs Cardinals 5-1,2.89
Career at Busch 3-1, 3.21 1 shutout.

No matter his seasonal troubles, he's someone to worry about


Man, I sure hope so. The Giants' starting pitching has been lousy all postseason. They need a big-time return to top form by Lincecum here, very badly. I fear that the Giants are on fumes.
   256. boteman Posted: October 18, 2012 at 07:54 PM (#4276009)
#221 - Not to worry: I'm Jon Miller with Manager Bruce Bochy and the manager's report...
   257. fra paolo Posted: October 18, 2012 at 07:58 PM (#4276010)
Ilitch's hair was the best justification for wearing a hat outdoors at such occasions that I've seen for a while.
   258. JL Posted: October 18, 2012 at 07:59 PM (#4276011)
So is it safe to put Valverde in now?

After looking, I see the Tigers and Giants have never met in the WS, so I am rooting SF.
   259. The Id of SugarBear Blanks Posted: October 18, 2012 at 07:59 PM (#4276012)
Delmon Young ... Class Act!!!
   260. Lassus Posted: October 18, 2012 at 07:59 PM (#4276013)
Man, no Beltran. That sucks for baseball, even if I want SF to win.
   261. Eric J can SABER all he wants to Posted: October 18, 2012 at 08:00 PM (#4276015)
Best part of that intro clip was the super slo-mo shot of Pablo Sandoval's bubblegum popping.
   262. Tom Nawrocki Posted: October 18, 2012 at 08:01 PM (#4276016)
I wonder if RMc is out back stomping on flowers.


It would be extra sweet if the Tigers win the World Series while RMc is out back pouting.
   263. Lassus Posted: October 18, 2012 at 08:02 PM (#4276019)
Who booked this singing Christmas card to sing the national anthem?
   264. boteman Posted: October 18, 2012 at 08:03 PM (#4276020)
What the heck kind of National Anthem is this??? I thought we'd switched to GBA??? Get me Pat Robertson on the phone, quick!
   265. Gamingboy Posted: October 18, 2012 at 08:06 PM (#4276023)
Okay, so who's up for more baseball?
   266. Lassus Posted: October 18, 2012 at 08:08 PM (#4276024)
EDIT: Never mind!
   267. Guts Posted: October 18, 2012 at 08:11 PM (#4276027)
Ok, let's do this.

Wainwright dealing so far, extremely small sample.
   268. Guts Posted: October 18, 2012 at 08:19 PM (#4276032)
Please, please stop with the behind the ump cam. Why do we have to deal with some stupid gimmick every year?
   269. salvomania Posted: October 18, 2012 at 08:20 PM (#4276033)
Yeah, Waino seems to have great command of the curve, which is usually a sign that the Good Adam has shown up.
   270. cardsfanboy Posted: October 18, 2012 at 08:20 PM (#4276034)
Please, please stop with the behind the ump cam. Why do we have to deal with some stupid gimmick every year?


It has it purpose, but at no point in time is one of those purposes "during the pitch".

   271. Guts Posted: October 18, 2012 at 08:21 PM (#4276035)
Timmeh looks...less sharp.
   272. cardsfanboy Posted: October 18, 2012 at 08:21 PM (#4276036)
Not looking good for Lincecum. Of course the Cardinals offense often times will have one inning where it shows up, then the other 8 innings where it goes out of it's way to give the other team a chance to catch up.
   273. cardsfanboy Posted: October 18, 2012 at 08:23 PM (#4276038)
Yes, Holliday with the single and run driven in. Do the Giants have someone warming up?
   274. Guts Posted: October 18, 2012 at 08:23 PM (#4276039)
I thought that was a DP, glad to be wrong. Couldn't ask for a better start.
   275. Gamingboy Posted: October 18, 2012 at 08:24 PM (#4276040)
Timsaster.
   276. Guts Posted: October 18, 2012 at 08:25 PM (#4276042)
Craig pressing, Pujols style. Don't help out Timmeh! He can't find the zone.
   277. boteman Posted: October 18, 2012 at 08:26 PM (#4276044)
Couldn't ask for a better start.

Well, one could ask for a better start from Lincecum.

Is it too early for "It's over"???
   278. Into the Void Posted: October 18, 2012 at 08:27 PM (#4276045)
Lincecum's season is just a total mystery. Very curious as to what happens next year.
   279. franoscar Posted: October 18, 2012 at 08:27 PM (#4276047)
I read an article the other day about the trade that brought Jackson to the Tigers and Granderson to the Yankees. Of course, there was also Scherzer. But the author said Jackson >> Granderson.
   280. Guts Posted: October 18, 2012 at 08:28 PM (#4276048)
Considering the beginning of that AB, sac fly is a good outcome. C'mon, Yadi.
   281. Portia Stanke Posted: October 18, 2012 at 08:28 PM (#4276049)
Has Lincecum ever pitched on short rest before?
   282. Lassus Posted: October 18, 2012 at 08:30 PM (#4276053)
Timmy's swagger not swaggering.
   283. Good cripple hitter Posted: October 18, 2012 at 08:30 PM (#4276054)
Has Lincecum ever pitched on short rest before?


He's never done it during the regular season.
   284. cardsfanboy Posted: October 18, 2012 at 08:31 PM (#4276055)
Is it too early for "It's over"???


At least wait to see if there is a shutdown inning.
   285. Guts Posted: October 18, 2012 at 08:31 PM (#4276056)
Timmeh's breaking stuff looks pretty good, but he is not locating the fastball at all. When he does get it over, it's getting hit.

Not by Descalso, though. Sigh.
   286. cardsfanboy Posted: October 18, 2012 at 08:35 PM (#4276058)
Timmeh's breaking stuff looks pretty good, but he is not locating the fastball at all. When he does get it over, it's getting hit.


When he came in relief the other day, it was somewhat the same way at first.
   287. Guts Posted: October 18, 2012 at 08:40 PM (#4276063)
Really, Pence? He was choked half way up the bat!

Ok, Adam, we'll ignore that. Continue dominating, please.
   288. Eric J can SABER all he wants to Posted: October 18, 2012 at 08:40 PM (#4276064)
Hunter Pence demonstrates the value of leaving your starters in the lineup, even if they're having crappy postseasons.
   289. Chip Posted: October 18, 2012 at 08:40 PM (#4276065)
Well that's encouraging for the Giants.
   290. cardsfanboy Posted: October 18, 2012 at 08:41 PM (#4276066)
At least wait to see if there is a shutdown inning.


No shutdown inning, we have a game folks.
   291. Lassus Posted: October 18, 2012 at 08:41 PM (#4276067)
SHUTDOWN FAIL
   292. boteman Posted: October 18, 2012 at 08:41 PM (#4276069)
OK, Pence looks not quite so goofy just now.

edit: I'm not watching the game.
   293. Gamingboy Posted: October 18, 2012 at 08:41 PM (#4276070)
He doesn't like the word goat....

but Pence sure liked that pitch.
   294. Chip Posted: October 18, 2012 at 08:43 PM (#4276074)
Really, Pence? He was choked half way up the bat!


The guy did hit 24 HRs this year.
   295. boteman Posted: October 18, 2012 at 08:45 PM (#4276075)
Maybe Pence is simply scaring the ball out of the park???
   296. Guts Posted: October 18, 2012 at 08:46 PM (#4276076)
The guy did hit 24 HRs this year.

I have seen Pence hit several homers, I assure you, but it was a little surprising given that Eckstein choke.
   297. cardsfanboy Posted: October 18, 2012 at 08:46 PM (#4276077)
He's blaming Kozma for that steal attempt?
   298. cardsfanboy Posted: October 18, 2012 at 08:47 PM (#4276078)
How is being wild, a bad reason to steal?
   299. Guts Posted: October 18, 2012 at 08:47 PM (#4276079)
####### Matheny, you idiot. Unless Kozmania was running by himself, in which case ####### Kozmania, you idiot.
   300. salvomania Posted: October 18, 2012 at 08:47 PM (#4276080)
Uh really??? WTF, Kozma/Matheny
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