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Division Championship-caliber OMNICHATTER!

Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: October 03, 2019 at 03:32 PM | 1110 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   701. Walks Clog Up the Bases Posted: October 07, 2019 at 11:46 PM (#5887761)
Juuuuuust a bit outside.
   702. Walks Clog Up the Bases Posted: October 07, 2019 at 11:48 PM (#5887763)
Yankees fans complain all season about the pitching and then the staff holds one of the best offensive teams in baseball to six runs over nearly three games. Typical!
   703. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: October 07, 2019 at 11:54 PM (#5887766)
By the way, we've crossed the rubicon on in-game ads, and the smart money is on it getting exponentially worse in the next several years.
   704. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: October 07, 2019 at 11:59 PM (#5887769)
No in-game ad could possibly be as cringeworthy as the same two Mike Trout ads that ran 50 times a game for the entire last few months of the regular season.
   705. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: October 07, 2019 at 11:59 PM (#5887772)
Good, so Britton must not be injured after all.

EDIT: Or maybe I spoke too soon. Ouch!
   706. rconn23 Posted: October 08, 2019 at 12:05 AM (#5887773)
Britton hurt and Boone forced to burn Chapman early because of his own stupidity.
   707. The Rare Albino Shrieking Goat of Guatemala. Posted: October 08, 2019 at 12:07 AM (#5887774)
[706] Boone-y had better hope Chapman can get the 5-out save here, otherwise he's gonna look the ####### idiot.

[edit] Well, actually, he already looks the ####### idiot, it just may be much more negatively consequential if Chappy blows the save.
   708. Dr. Vaux Posted: October 08, 2019 at 12:08 AM (#5887775)
Yankees fans complain all season about the pitching and then the staff holds one of the best offensive teams in baseball to six runs over nearly three games.


In the regular season, Tanaka would have been left in for the 6th and given up at least two. They also pulled Paxton early in game 1 because it was the postseason, and he gave up 3 in 4.2 innings as it was.

   709. Howie Menckel Posted: October 08, 2019 at 12:10 AM (#5887776)
if Chapman struggles in the 9th with a 3-1 lead, who's "next man up?"

yes, it's Chapman and then Chapman and Chapman and Chapman.

but after that.
   710. puck Posted: October 08, 2019 at 12:15 AM (#5887777)
Well, that helps.
   711. The Rare Albino Shrieking Goat of Guatemala. Posted: October 08, 2019 at 12:15 AM (#5887778)
[653] HA!

:)
   712. The Yankee Clapper Posted: October 08, 2019 at 12:18 AM (#5887780)
Cameron Maybin, the Yankees 4th outfielder these days, hits a solo HR to provide some breathing room and confound his critics. 4-1.
   713. The Rare Albino Shrieking Goat of Guatemala. Posted: October 08, 2019 at 12:26 AM (#5887781)
Gleyber with the double ... and then the steal of 3rd.

Now Didi brings him home.

5-1.
   714. Walks Clog Up the Bases Posted: October 08, 2019 at 12:26 AM (#5887782)
It might be over.
   715. Walks Clog Up the Bases Posted: October 08, 2019 at 12:29 AM (#5887783)
Cameron Maybin, the Yankees 4th outfielder these days, hits a solo HR to provide some breathing room and confound his critics. 4-1.


ESPN radio crew just said that Statcast shows that the homer would've only been a homer in this park and Minute Maid Park.
   716. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: October 08, 2019 at 12:36 AM (#5887784)
Where's Rajai Davis when you need him?
   717. Walks Clog Up the Bases Posted: October 08, 2019 at 12:37 AM (#5887785)
Where's Rajai Davis when you need him?


Feels good that we can laugh about that now.
   718. Walks Clog Up the Bases Posted: October 08, 2019 at 12:38 AM (#5887786)
Top of the ninth looking even bigger now.
   719. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: October 08, 2019 at 12:38 AM (#5887787)
Does Boone even have any other relievers left? Or any other pitchers, for that matter?
   720. The Rare Albino Shrieking Goat of Guatemala. Posted: October 08, 2019 at 12:41 AM (#5887788)
DIDI TAKETH AWAY!
   721. Walks Clog Up the Bases Posted: October 08, 2019 at 12:42 AM (#5887789)
Well, it was interesting.
   722. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: October 08, 2019 at 12:42 AM (#5887790)
I'll take "Plays Jeter Wouldn't Have Made" for $500, Alex.
   723. Baldrick Posted: October 08, 2019 at 12:42 AM (#5887791)
It is extremely frustrating how many of the Twins' outs tonight have come on absolute rockets. They could easily have scored 10 runs if they had all landed instead of being caught.
   724. Walks Clog Up the Bases Posted: October 08, 2019 at 12:42 AM (#5887792)
twins have blown a lot of chances, but god damn they have hit into some rotten luck
   725. The Rare Albino Shrieking Goat of Guatemala. Posted: October 08, 2019 at 12:45 AM (#5887793)
SWEEP!
   726. Walks Clog Up the Bases Posted: October 08, 2019 at 12:45 AM (#5887794)
Really underwhelming series. I was hoping for some mutual bombfests.
   727. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: October 08, 2019 at 12:45 AM (#5887795)
Now let's see the Rays take the Astros to the limit.
   728. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: October 08, 2019 at 12:45 AM (#5887796)
Well, this series was a big win for Narrative.
   729. rconn23 Posted: October 08, 2019 at 12:47 AM (#5887797)
Yankees just took a 101-win team and picked their teeth with them. Next series won't be nearly as easy.
   730. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: October 08, 2019 at 12:47 AM (#5887798)
Wow. Aaron Judge is a full three feet taller than Brett Gardner.
   731. Howie Menckel Posted: October 08, 2019 at 12:50 AM (#5887800)
It is extremely frustrating how many of the Twins' outs tonight have come on absolute rockets. They could easily have scored 10 runs if they had all landed instead of being caught.

graphic around the 7th inning on the broadcast showed that the Twins had 5 of the 6 hardest-hit balls in the game. on those rockets, they had a single in 5 AB.

Twins are first 100-win team to be swept in a LDS series.

Yankees played impressive defense, got the pitching, and crushed it in the "2-strike game." a well-deserved sweep.

with all of the HR this year, pitchers don't want to throw 3 strikes before 4 balls - and often, they don't need to do that. Stanton's 3 BB in Game 1 set a tone, and the Twins never figured it out.
   732. The Yankee Clapper Posted: October 08, 2019 at 12:56 AM (#5887801)
Not easy to win 16 straight regular season games against any team, much less 16 straight playoff games. Hopefully, the Rays win tomorrow’s game in 12 innings, followed by Game 5 going ~ 15 innings.
   733. Howie Menckel Posted: October 08, 2019 at 01:21 AM (#5887803)
so true.

after this sweep, though, the Yankees are only 3 more playoff game wins over the Twins away from your target (so to speak).
   734. The Yankee Clapper Posted: October 08, 2019 at 01:42 AM (#5887804)
Sometimes it’s hard to keep track of all the playoff wins, but yes, the A’s do own 3 of the postseason wins during the Twins 16-game losing streak. The Yankees are “only” 13-0 against the Twins in the playoffs during that span.
   735. Bote Man sez Deivi is MoY Posted: October 08, 2019 at 09:34 AM (#5887837)
Max may take that as a challenge to toss a key inning, if needed.

In post-game interviews, Max stated (uncharacteristically) that his arm was hanging and he seriously doubts he will pitch in Game 5.
   736. Tulo's Fishy Mullet (mrams) Posted: October 08, 2019 at 09:42 AM (#5887840)
Really underwhelming series


I can't distinguish between this one and LAD/WAS for which one is tougher to sit through and try to watch for any length of time, without wanting to stab the pitchers.
   737. Weekly Journalist_ Posted: October 08, 2019 at 10:14 AM (#5887850)
The Twins had a lot of ridiculous bad luck last night...lots of base runners and lots of hard contact! There was one nutty graphic during the broadcast that showed the Twins with the five hardest hit balls of the game, all over 100 mph EV, and four of them had gone for outs. Meanwhile the Yankees scored their first two runs on the world's shortest homer and a 17 hopper hit past the shift.

BUT one thing that did not help them was Rocco Baldelli's atrocious managing. How do you start the ninth inning with Romo? What are you saving May for there? My goodness.
   738. Booey Posted: October 08, 2019 at 11:44 AM (#5887900)
So since 2000 (and counting Wild Card games), the Twins are now 1-8 in playoff series and the A's are 1-10, with their only wins coming against each other, when someone HAD to win by default...
   739. Bote Man sez Deivi is MoY Posted: October 08, 2019 at 12:58 PM (#5887934)
Post-season E.R.A.
Mariano Rivera = 0.70
Stephen Strasburg = 0.64
   740. rconn23 Posted: October 08, 2019 at 01:09 PM (#5887940)
Post season innings
Mariano Rivera - 141
Stephen Strasburg -28
:)
   741. spycake Posted: October 08, 2019 at 01:31 PM (#5887948)
So since 2000 (and counting Wild Card games), the Twins are now 1-8 in playoff series and the A's are 1-10, with their only wins coming against each other, when someone HAD to win by default...


In 2003, I wondered if the Red Sox and Cubs both made the World Series -- would the winner be seen as legitimate? Or just the default, lesser of two curses?

I guess 2016 (Cubs-Indians) is a "lite" version of that. :)
   742. Blastin Posted: October 08, 2019 at 02:22 PM (#5887979)
So since 2000 (and counting Wild Card games), the Twins are now 1-8 in playoff series and the A's are 1-10, with their only wins coming against each other, when someone HAD to win by default...


You can go back farther: neither team has won a series against a team that wasn't the other since the Jack Morris game.
   743. Booey Posted: October 08, 2019 at 03:42 PM (#5888013)
#742 - Yeah, but that actually only adds one extra series (the A's losing to the Blue Jay's in 1992), since neither team made the postseason from 1993-1999.

And at least to me, the powerhouse Bash Brother A's feels like a completely different franchise than the perennial underdog, Moneyball A's teams of the last 20 years.
   744. Tin Angel Posted: October 08, 2019 at 06:04 PM (#5888072)
   745. The Yankee Clapper Posted: October 08, 2019 at 07:24 PM (#5888090)
Marly Rivera. ESPN Writer

I spoke to Aroldis Chapman and he told me he iced his hand yesterday after he was hit with a champagne bottle. Chapman told me he's no longer wearing the bandage and that he feels fine. He's scheduled to go to the gym and have a full workout tomorrow.
Be careful out there.
   746. The Yankee Clapper Posted: October 08, 2019 at 07:38 PM (#5888095)
Verlander not verlandering tonight.
   747. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: October 08, 2019 at 07:40 PM (#5888096)
When are team going to stop throwing these guys on short rest when it's not necessary?
   748. The Rare Albino Shrieking Goat of Guatemala. Posted: October 08, 2019 at 07:41 PM (#5888097)
Tampa not waiting around for the Astros to get going in this game.
   749. yo la tengo Posted: October 08, 2019 at 08:11 PM (#5888105)
snapper - I echo your question. The team is up 2 - 1, why use one of your top guns in this situation on short rest? Run someone out there and have Verlander and Cole both on normal rest ready to go.
   750. Bote Man sez Deivi is MoY Posted: October 08, 2019 at 08:13 PM (#5888106)
Verlander not verlandering tonight.

Considering that he's married to Kate Upton, he's never philandering.
   751. Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: October 08, 2019 at 08:28 PM (#5888111)
When are team going to stop throwing these guys on short rest when it's not necessary?
Teams are always gonna do that when their backs are against the wall. What's weird is that Houston didn't have to do this. They're not pushing elimination, and they've got pitching options other teams generally don't.
   752. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: October 08, 2019 at 08:40 PM (#5888113)
Considering that he's married to Kate Upton, he's never philandering.

I wouldn't bet the farm on that. Lot's of guys have been married to women a lot more beautiful than she is, and still run around.
   753. Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: October 08, 2019 at 08:40 PM (#5888114)
I need to see the replay. Human eyes can't be sure.
   754. JJ1986 Posted: October 08, 2019 at 08:41 PM (#5888116)
I don't know if he was out or not, but I don't get the point of sending him when it's going to be close.
   755. The Yankee Clapper Posted: October 08, 2019 at 08:42 PM (#5888118)
That was quite a play! Just barely got him.
   756. Howie Menckel Posted: October 08, 2019 at 08:48 PM (#5888119)
some of the Mets 50th anniversary champs players who attended festivities this year are still sore about 1973 manager Yogi Berra's decisions in that World Series.

the "You Gotta Believe!" second Miracle Mets somehow led Oakland (which won the 1972-73-74 WS), 3-2, entering Game 6 in Oakland. Mets had an option to go with George Stone in Game 6 - 12-3 that season and had pitched Game 4 of the NLCS vs Reds.

that would have left a fully-rested Tom Seaver for a Game 7 if necessary.

instead, Berra lost with a short-rested Seaver in Game 6 and then with Jon Matlack in Game 7.

A's manager Dick Williams later said that he was giddy with the decision. he says they were dead if they had to face a rested Seaver in Game 7.

undertone always has been that Seaver was bummed that Jerry Koosman was the 1969 WS hero, and this was his turn to bask in the glory - so he bullied Berra into giving him the ball in Game 6.
   757. Tin Angel Posted: October 08, 2019 at 08:52 PM (#5888121)
I wouldn't bet the farm on that. Lot's of guys have been married to women a lot more beautiful than she is, and still run around.


Yep, has happened to me a few times. Have Penelope Cruz waiting at home and I’m messing with Salma Hayek on the side.
   758. Sunday silence Posted: October 08, 2019 at 08:55 PM (#5888126)
50%+ of runs scored via HR:
..[x ] this game
..[ ] this series
..[ ] this round
..[ ] this years playoffs
   759. Snowboy Posted: October 08, 2019 at 08:57 PM (#5888128)
[x] Verlander pulled from a game before 5IP

(Totally not on the list. Unless the list is 100,000+)
   760. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: October 08, 2019 at 08:58 PM (#5888129)
I'm only watching intermittently, but it sure seems like Verlander was getting squeezed - although for some reason they don't have the strike zone box up much.
   761. foop Posted: October 08, 2019 at 09:06 PM (#5888131)
who else is playing the “cement mixer” drinking game?
   762. Snowboy Posted: October 08, 2019 at 09:13 PM (#5888135)
Face, I noticed lack of strike zone graphic too. Cannot confirm why. Perhaps it was out of respect?
From the start: clear that Verlander did not have it. Fastballs got hit, sliders also got hit, because they had little dip. He threw a few slow changeups that seemed to work, but he just didn't have it. (Testament to how fine great pitching is vs great hitting.)
When he did throw a strike that was marginal, he wasn't getting the call. Agreed. But that's just how it goes, usually, when you're getting hit all over the yard or spiking the ball. He couldn't hit the strike zone, and what was in the strike zone got hammered.
Verlander or other, that's how it gets called.
   763. Bote Man sez Deivi is MoY Posted: October 08, 2019 at 09:23 PM (#5888140)
Anthony Castrovince @castrovince
With A.J. Pierzynski talking about umpires on the broadcast, I feel compelled to retweet my favorite ejection story ever.

Anthony Castrovince @castrovince
Jun 26, 2014
A.J. Pierzynski got ejected from a game this month for telling an ump, "Give me a new ball. One you can see."
   764. The Yankee Clapper Posted: October 08, 2019 at 09:23 PM (#5888141)
some of the Mets 50th anniversary champs players who attended festivities this year are still sore about 1973 manager Yogi Berra's decisions in that World Series.
Maybe those guys should have scored more than 3 runs total in the final 2 games?
   765. Bote Man sez Deivi is MoY Posted: October 08, 2019 at 09:26 PM (#5888142)
Have we seen the Chirinos vs Chirinos matchup yet?
   766. Sunday silence Posted: October 08, 2019 at 09:41 PM (#5888145)
Maybe those guys should have scored more than 3 runs total in the final 2 games?


why you have to spoil a great story?
   767. SoSH U at work Posted: October 08, 2019 at 09:45 PM (#5888147)
why you have to spoil a great story?


Giving two runs in Game 7 to a fully rested '73 Seaver isn't exactly a death sentence.

I couldn't believe it yesterday when I heard Verlander was starting today. I don't know why non-desperate teams get in a hurry to get on the short-rest train. Houston ought to be smarter than that.
   768. Sunday silence Posted: October 08, 2019 at 09:52 PM (#5888151)
I totally agree with what you're saying there. NOt sure if your critiquing my joke or what..
   769. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: October 08, 2019 at 09:55 PM (#5888152)
Straw poll: You're appointed chair of Manfred's Blue Ribbon Commission on Noise Pollution. On the first day you ban the Tomahawk Chop. What do you ban on the second day?

1. Day-O
2. "Everybody clap your hands!!"
3. Centerfield
4. YMCA
5. Sweet Caroline
6. Minnie the Moocher
7. Blister in the Sun
8. Ric Flair "WHOO" howl
9. Organist playing "Let's go [team name]!"

"All of the above" is not an option. You must choose only one. Write-in votes will also be accepted.
   770. Howie Menckel Posted: October 08, 2019 at 10:01 PM (#5888154)
10. NOISE METER on scoreboard
   771. The Yankee Clapper Posted: October 08, 2019 at 10:01 PM (#5888155)
I couldn't believe it yesterday when I heard Verlander was starting today. I don't know why non-desperate teams get in a hurry to get on the short-rest train. Houston ought to be smarter than that.
If the Rays hold on for the win tonight, even if the Astros win Game 5 behind Cole, Verlander & Cole would be pushed back to starting ALCS Games 2 & 3. They could still each start 2 games, but options to use them in relief would be greatly diminished, giving the Yankees a slight advantage. However, if the Rays do win tonight, I wouldn’t be that surprised if they find a way to prevail Thursday, too.
   772. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: October 08, 2019 at 10:06 PM (#5888156)
They could still each start 2 games, but options to use them in relief would be greatly diminished, giving the Yankees a slight advantage.
Which would probably be more than counteracted by the Astros' "having starting pitchers" thing, no?
   773. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: October 08, 2019 at 10:14 PM (#5888157)
Wow, was that shot they just showed of the park current? If so, it's nowhere near full. That's pretty sad, even if it's only a result of people having left early. Granted, this game has been going on for 3+ hours already.
   774. Davo Posted: October 08, 2019 at 10:40 PM (#5888159)
where’s Poche?
   775. Bote Man sez Deivi is MoY Posted: October 08, 2019 at 10:47 PM (#5888160)
What do you ban on the second day?

0. Designated Hitter
   776. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: October 08, 2019 at 10:48 PM (#5888161)
You're on the Noise Pollution Committee, Bote. The DH isn't in your jurisdiction.

EDIT: Although the typo that I just corrected gave me a great option:

0. DJs at ballparks
   777. Bote Man sez Deivi is MoY Posted: October 08, 2019 at 10:52 PM (#5888162)
You're no fun.

Also, I can't read during ballgames.
   778. Tin Angel Posted: October 08, 2019 at 10:58 PM (#5888163)
Hou-stunned!
   779. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: October 08, 2019 at 10:59 PM (#5888164)
Glad we're going to get a Game 5 out of this series.
   780. The Yankee Clapper Posted: October 08, 2019 at 11:02 PM (#5888165)
I don’t think the Astros will panic, but they may not be quite as comfortable as they were for Games 1 & 2.
   781. Hot Wheeling American Posted: October 08, 2019 at 11:09 PM (#5888166)
I don’t think the Astros will panic, but they may not be quite as comfortable as they were for Games 1 & 2.

Remember, you heard it here, folks.
   782. Mike A Posted: October 08, 2019 at 11:11 PM (#5888167)
When are team going to stop throwing these guys on short rest when it's not necessary?
Since 1995, we're looking at 30-44 with a 4.58 ERA (120 playoff starts) for the short rest guys. Figuring most of the short rest guys are very good pitchers, those stats should certainly give pause as to how the body reacts when called upon to do something differently.

It's puzzling in this day of modern analytics teams ignore the 'short rest' stats because they assume their pitcher will come through.

And it may come back to haunt both the Braves and Astros this year.
   783. PreservedFish Posted: October 08, 2019 at 11:18 PM (#5888168)
I presume the Astros' computers told them that Verlander on short rest is likely better than Wade Miley on partial rest or Jose Urquidy.
   784. Srul Itza Posted: October 08, 2019 at 11:19 PM (#5888169)
I don’t think the Astros will panic, but they may not be quite as comfortable as they were for Games 1 & 2.


For Game 5, they will have Gerrit Cole on a full 4 days' rest. I think that makes them plenty damn comfortable.

So, 3 of 4 Division Series go the full 5 games. Only the Yankees sweep.
   785. Howie Menckel Posted: October 08, 2019 at 11:21 PM (#5888170)
Anthony Jaskulski
@AnthonyJazz
·
57m
We're now three outs away from what all of Pittsburgh has been waiting for:

Gerrit Cole v. Tyler Glasnow.

Game 5.

The Huntington Bowl.
   786. SoSH U at work Posted: October 09, 2019 at 12:11 AM (#5888172)

I presume the Astros' computers told them that Verlander on short rest is likely better than Wade Miley on partial rest or Jose Urquidy.


I wonder what that would that be based on. As far as I can tell, Justin Verlander has made one start on short rest in his big league career, during the 2011 ALDS when he only threw one inning in Game 1, so he came back to start Game 3. He didn't pitch well in Game 3, though he got the win.

I've said it before: I don't know why teams would think that using pitchers who have spent the entire season throwing on 4 days of rest or more would suddenly respond positively to reduced rest at the point of the season when they're the most worn down. The numbers Mike A posted are entirely predictable.

And, of course, even if it had worked here, it's still problematic. You're goal isn't just to get out of the DS, but to win the whole thing. Starting the short-rest cycle, particularly if the 'Stros keep it up, is likely going to take a toll on his effectiveness as the postseason rolls on.



   787. Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: October 09, 2019 at 12:23 AM (#5888173)
During the regular season we get daily omnichatters and have done that in past postseasons. Could we get a new thread tomorrow, please?
   788. Tin Angel Posted: October 09, 2019 at 12:34 AM (#5888174)
I wonder what that would that be based on.


The Bumgarner effect?
   789. PreservedFish Posted: October 09, 2019 at 08:05 AM (#5888187)
I wonder what that would that be based on.


The numbers that Mike A posted, I suppose, or something like that.

Or not. Maybe this was still just a gut call from Verlander and Hinch. The computers haven't fully taken over yet.

What I wonder is, do they have Statcast in the bullpens yet? Do they have a system that can analyze Verlander's warmup and immediately (and semi-reliably) predict his effectiveness based on his velocity, spin rate, etc?

   790. Rennie's Tenet Posted: October 09, 2019 at 09:38 AM (#5888201)
Gerrit Cole v. Tyler Glasnow.


Meadows wins it with a homer, the only hit of the game.
   791. Hot Wheeling American Posted: October 09, 2019 at 10:19 AM (#5888208)
During the regular season we get daily omnichatters and have done that in past postseasons. Could we get a new thread tomorrow, please?

I'll consider the request.
   792. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: October 09, 2019 at 10:23 AM (#5888210)
Meadows wins it with a homer, the only hit of the game.
Fox brings Chris Archer into the broadcast booth, but he has audible diarrhea and has to leave.
   793. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: October 09, 2019 at 11:57 AM (#5888272)
When are team going to stop throwing these guys on short rest when it's not necessary?

When managers start using their brains instead of their wish list. One of these years they'll figure out that pitchers today don't get prepared for short rest, and stop thinking they can bring back 1968 by sending a letter to Santa Claus.

And now the arguably greatest roster in MLB history finds itself in a win-or-die position, praying that their last remaining fully rested starter (Cole) will be able to perform like he did in game 2. Not exactly what anyone was expecting 48 hours ago.

----------------

Fox brings Chris Archer into the broadcast booth, but he has audible diarrhea and has to leave.

So he ran on like the proverbial six pack of gonorrhea?
   794. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: October 09, 2019 at 12:28 PM (#5888292)
And now the arguably greatest roster in MLB history

Pardon?

I would say the mere fact that they didn't have a 4th SP who they were willing to use in the post-season completely vitiates any argument for that proposition.
   795. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: October 09, 2019 at 12:42 PM (#5888300)
So he ran on like the proverbial six pack of gonorrhea?
That must be from one of the lesser-known proverbs.
   796. JJ1986 Posted: October 09, 2019 at 01:26 PM (#5888320)
I heard this on Effectively Wild, so I might have it a little wrong, but I think Baseball Prospectus third-order wins had them as the best team of the last X years, where X is a pretty big number (it might have been since the wild card was introduced). The Dodgers were third. I think that means something is off in the stats, maybe they're not accurately accounting for the number of terrible teams.
   797. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: October 09, 2019 at 01:42 PM (#5888324)
And now the arguably greatest roster in MLB history

Pardon?

I would say the mere fact that they didn't have a 4th SP who they were willing to use in the post-season completely vitiates any argument for that proposition.


I didn't say starting rotation.** I said roster. And name me a better one.

** Though it'd be hard to beat their top 3 of Verlander (179 ERA+), Cole (185) and Greinke (154).

-------------------------------

So he ran on like the proverbial six pack of gonorrhea?

That must be from one of the lesser-known proverbs.


Lesser known, but enough known to have been awarded as an official nickname.
   798. Lance Reddick! Lance him! Posted: October 09, 2019 at 05:15 PM (#5888369)
The let's-have-our-best-starter-pitch-game-three strategy is probably going to end up working out for Atlanta about as well as it did in 2002.

   799. Lassus Posted: October 09, 2019 at 05:18 PM (#5888370)
Someone forgot not to intentionally walk the bases loaded in the playoffs.

Kenny Rogers laughs.
   800. cardsfanboy Posted: October 09, 2019 at 05:18 PM (#5888371)
not a good start for the Braves so far.
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