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Friday, October 15, 2021

2021 LCS OMNICHATTER!

Red Sox vs. Houston. Atlanta vs. Los Angeles.

Four teams, one OMNICHATTER.

Scoreboards for the Major Leagues and all minor leagues,
courtesy of Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee).

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   201. CFBF is Obsessed with Art Deco Posted: October 17, 2021 at 09:02 PM (#6047035)
Joc does not hit cheapies.
   202. sunday silence (again) Posted: October 17, 2021 at 09:07 PM (#6047037)
Compare that with the ####### obvious fact that baseball offense is and has been (since at least 1920) 90% line drives and HRs yet it took them until 5-10 years ago to incorporate a "launch angle" approach into training batters ... a launch angle approach that makes shifting even less useful.


Because someone at some pt came up with the idea that you had to hit "down" on the ball in order to create backspin in order to get lift. I think technically you can create backspin that way, but once all the factors are considered it turns out to be an inefficient way to hit a baseball. I dont know if that was a Walt Hriniak thing or not but he was of the mind to keep the swing really flat.

But on the other hand, to make a somewhat contrasting pt. Ted Williams was an advocating a slight uppercut in his book, all the way back in 1969. So I think the idea is older than 5 or 10 years.
   203. sunday silence (again) Posted: October 17, 2021 at 09:09 PM (#6047038)
career 195 ... any obvious shift effect there? In 2009 and the last two years of his career, he did terribly on GB, the other years are consistently bad, before and after the shift introduced.




But couldn't that be the effect of age on his speed? Infield hits being in no small part dependent on foot speed.
   204. the Hugh Jorgan returns Posted: October 17, 2021 at 09:19 PM (#6047039)
In 2009 and the last two years of his career, he did terribly on GB


If you're referencing Ortiz, the dude could barely walk his last 2 years. I can remember him whacking the ball into the triangle at Fenway, the CF raced over, got onto it quickly and fired it in towards the infield and held Ortiz to a 425 foot single. Dude was that slow near the end.

A guy like T. Turner is standing on 3rd on a ball like that.
   205. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: October 17, 2021 at 09:24 PM (#6047040)
Didn't the Fielding Bible give us the oft-derided DRS? (Or vice versa) Didn't the Fielding Bible still rely on human observers marking down the supposed location and speed of the ball hit? Fangraphs has spray charts back to 2012.

My imperfect memory cedes to a more accurate one. My copy of The Fielding Bible is out in our shed and I haven't looked at it in years. It seemed pretty groundbreaking at the time.

Small sample size, but where TFB and FG differed on their positional ratings for 2020, the only significant differences were at 1B, where TFB had Matt Olson at #1 and FG had him 9th; and at 2B where TFB had Kelton Wong 1st while FG had him 5th. The other positions either showed the same leaders or their rankings were but 1 or 2 players apart.
   206. TomH Posted: October 17, 2021 at 09:30 PM (#6047041)
BABIP alert
game 1 + game 2 thru 4 1/2 innings

Dodgers arms 1 walk 21 strikeouts
Braves arms 6 walks 10 strikeouts
both teams with equal HRs hit
Braves have scored 1 more run

Guess which team has had a TON of good fortune so far??
   207. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: October 17, 2021 at 09:30 PM (#6047042)
Scherzer gone after 4 1/3. Dodgerball is not fun.
   208. sunday silence (again) Posted: October 17, 2021 at 09:35 PM (#6047043)
DP situation increases ba.
   209. the Hugh Jorgan returns Posted: October 17, 2021 at 09:36 PM (#6047044)
Removing your best pitcher at 70 odd pitches is stupid. Even after 70 pitches, he's the best on the staff.
   210. CFBF is Obsessed with Art Deco Posted: October 17, 2021 at 09:39 PM (#6047045)
Man, Freddie Freeman is all kinds of discombobulated right now.
   211. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: October 17, 2021 at 09:41 PM (#6047046)
Yeah, he needs to get combobulated again real quick.
   212. the Hugh Jorgan returns Posted: October 17, 2021 at 10:02 PM (#6047047)
I know he is, but Pujols looks really old just standing there in the box
   213. My name is Votto, and I love to get Moppo Posted: October 17, 2021 at 10:06 PM (#6047048)
Yeah, they should have stuck with Beaty. Pujols has no chance against flame throwing relievers.
   214. the Hugh Jorgan returns Posted: October 17, 2021 at 10:27 PM (#6047052)
Dodgers have 4! SB so far in this game. Trying to make stuff happen. I gotta say without Muncy and carrying a largely ineffective Bellinger, that line up is not as scary as it once was.
   215. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: October 17, 2021 at 10:34 PM (#6047053)
Well, that double switch was effective.
   216. the Hugh Jorgan returns Posted: October 17, 2021 at 10:34 PM (#6047054)
If Heredia is going to charge it, he needs to dive for that sucker. He missed it by like 18 inches.
   217. Zach Posted: October 17, 2021 at 11:02 PM (#6047056)
Nice play at the plate there.
   218. the Hugh Jorgan returns Posted: October 17, 2021 at 11:03 PM (#6047057)
Awesome play at the plate, just beating the tag with an epic slide.
   219. Zach Posted: October 17, 2021 at 11:03 PM (#6047058)
These games really are a lot more exciting when most of the runs are scored on balls in play.
   220. bunyon Posted: October 17, 2021 at 11:04 PM (#6047059)
The anti-TOOTBLAN
   221. bunyon Posted: October 17, 2021 at 11:05 PM (#6047060)
And a productive out from Freddy.
   222. bunyon Posted: October 17, 2021 at 11:05 PM (#6047061)
Zach-yes, absolutely
   223. Zach Posted: October 17, 2021 at 11:05 PM (#6047062)
Two risky sends in a row!
   224. bunyon Posted: October 17, 2021 at 11:06 PM (#6047063)
Were they not going to start Urias?
   225. CFBF is Obsessed with Art Deco Posted: October 17, 2021 at 11:07 PM (#6047064)
Baseball can be so damn awesome.
   226. the Hugh Jorgan returns Posted: October 17, 2021 at 11:07 PM (#6047065)
Braves tie it on the double, good baserunning. Good relays too, but just not quite good enough. Seems odd to me to bring in Urias.
   227. bunyon Posted: October 17, 2021 at 11:08 PM (#6047066)
Can we get theee plays at the plate in a row?
   228. the Hugh Jorgan returns Posted: October 17, 2021 at 11:16 PM (#6047067)
As a closer, Will Smith does NOT inspire confidence.
   229. Textbook Editor Posted: October 17, 2021 at 11:19 PM (#6047068)
Dodgers certainly adding a degree of difficulty to their NLCS excursion.
   230. Tulo's Fishy Mullet (mrams) Posted: October 17, 2021 at 11:25 PM (#6047069)
What a name. My 12 year old says.
   231. bunyon Posted: October 17, 2021 at 11:27 PM (#6047070)
F’isted
   232. bunyon Posted: October 17, 2021 at 11:28 PM (#6047071)
Why PR and bunt? That guy should be able to steal.
   233. the Hugh Jorgan returns Posted: October 17, 2021 at 11:29 PM (#6047072)
The bunt was a really dumb play
   234. Walks Clog Up the Bases Posted: October 17, 2021 at 11:31 PM (#6047073)
Why bunt when the guy due up after looks like me trying to hit?
   235. bunyon Posted: October 17, 2021 at 11:31 PM (#6047074)
Does Roberts get a bonus for every pitching change?
   236. Tulo's Fishy Mullet (mrams) Posted: October 17, 2021 at 11:32 PM (#6047075)
NLCS substantially more interesting a d enjoyable to watch than ALCS.
   237. bunyon Posted: October 17, 2021 at 11:32 PM (#6047076)
234: good point.
   238. Walks Clog Up the Bases Posted: October 17, 2021 at 11:35 PM (#6047077)
Oh wow.
   239. Zach Posted: October 17, 2021 at 11:35 PM (#6047078)
Fun game.
   240. bunyon Posted: October 17, 2021 at 11:36 PM (#6047079)
Unrwal
   241. Itchy Row Posted: October 17, 2021 at 11:36 PM (#6047080)
The Braves just had the luckiest inning and a half in baseball history.
   242. Textbook Editor Posted: October 17, 2021 at 11:38 PM (#6047081)
Sometimes to have a little luck is the best plan.
   243. Walks Clog Up the Bases Posted: October 17, 2021 at 11:39 PM (#6047082)
Tough play for Seager. And just a couple batters after he made such a nice play, too.
   244. bunyon Posted: October 17, 2021 at 11:39 PM (#6047083)
The combined luck of their 9th innings so far is pretty high.
   245. bunyon Posted: October 17, 2021 at 11:40 PM (#6047084)
Better to be lucky than good
   246. Textbook Editor Posted: October 17, 2021 at 11:40 PM (#6047085)
Would a Braves sweep of the Dodgers be the most unexpected 4-game sweep since the 1990 WS?
   247. the Hugh Jorgan returns Posted: October 17, 2021 at 11:53 PM (#6047086)
Is Fox the host for World Series? Are they sh*tting their pants over the possibility of ratings killer Braves v Astros WS?
   248. Textbook Editor Posted: October 18, 2021 at 12:06 AM (#6047087)
#247--I believe Fox has the WS rights until I am dead.
   249. CFBF is Obsessed with Art Deco Posted: October 18, 2021 at 12:12 AM (#6047089)
#247--I believe Fox has the WS rights until I am dead.


I mean, if that's what's in the broadcast contract, I guess we have a solution at hand....
   250. vortex of dissipation Posted: October 18, 2021 at 12:15 AM (#6047090)
I don't really have a dog in this fight, but today's game kept me on the edge of my seat the whole way. That was entertaining.
   251. Textbook Editor Posted: October 18, 2021 at 12:15 AM (#6047091)
I mean, if that's what's in the broadcast contract, I guess we have a solution at hand....


If it means ridding this mortal coil of Joe Buck, I suppose I have no choice but to take one for the team.
   252. CFBF is Obsessed with Art Deco Posted: October 18, 2021 at 12:17 AM (#6047092)
I actually like Joe Buck in everything I've seen him in that isn't a sports broadcast.
   253. The Yankee Clapper Posted: October 18, 2021 at 01:18 AM (#6047099)
I believe Fox has the WS rights until I am dead.
Through 2028, so plan accordingly.
   254. the Hugh Jorgan returns Posted: October 18, 2021 at 01:51 AM (#6047100)
Through 2028, so plan accordingly.


Perfect. Andy will be 115 by then and the rest of us, instead of being cantankerous in our 40's and 50's, will be even more cranky in our 60's!
   255. TomH Posted: October 18, 2021 at 05:29 AM (#6047102)
I cannot recall another time where I saw one team pretty clearly out-play another and be down 2-0 in a series. Without any controversial ump calls. The breaks have just gone the Braves way.
   256. The_Ex Posted: October 18, 2021 at 08:30 AM (#6047108)
Graterol looked great. I know Jansen is the closer but it could have been a long game, I would have left Graterol in there.
   257. KronicFatigue Posted: October 18, 2021 at 09:23 AM (#6047111)
Cosign 256. I don't know if this is anti stat of me, but when a reliever looks great, I always prefer keeping them in because there's always the risk that the "better" guy just might not have it
   258. bunyon Posted: October 18, 2021 at 10:13 AM (#6047121)
Certainly in a close game late. If the Braves don't walk off, you're headed to extras with no pitching. I still can't believe they used Urias.

For a long time, we've heard that pitchers need to "know their role". It seems like this year, relievers just get used any old way. Sometimes short outings, sometimes long, sometimes early, sometimes late.

I do know that the trend can't continue. I think we're probably getting as few innings out of starters now as is possible with a 25 man roster.

Anyway, tl;dr: I cosign 256, too.

   259. bunyon Posted: October 18, 2021 at 10:32 AM (#6047127)
255: It seems pretty even to me.

Atlanta H+BB+K = 16+2+26
Los Ang H+BB+K = 14+10+17

That certainly leans toward LA. But three of the BB were intentional (and SEVEN of the K are Freddy!). Baserunning certainly leans ATL and I think fielding does a little bit, too. I wouldn't argue that LA is being outplayed in any sense and they probably have been a little better overall. But I don't think it's an enormous difference and a "just" result would be 1-1. 1-1 flipping to 2-0 on luck is how short series go.

   260. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: October 18, 2021 at 10:50 AM (#6047135)
I think we're probably getting as few innings out of starters now as is possible with a 25 man roster.
It seems like it's gotten to the point where managers are using more relievers literally just for the sake of using more relievers - "giving different looks" is the trendy new thing. I assume teams have data supporting there being an advantage to throwing out a bunch of pitchers with different deliveries, pitch mixes, etc., and it does make some intuitive sense. But the rise of the Bullpen Droid Army is terrible for baseball.
   261. bunyon Posted: October 18, 2021 at 10:59 AM (#6047138)
All else being equal a "new look" is probably useful. Of course, a 75 mph, straight fast ball belt high over the plate would be a different look, too.

Strong agree with: good/decent reliever going well, leave him alone. We can get an average of 4 innings from starters if the average relief appearance is two or three innings. You can't shorten starts that much AND use guys for one or two outs.
   262. The_Ex Posted: October 18, 2021 at 08:17 PM (#6047269)
I have become used to the strike zone box on TV. This off-season it has been missing more than it has been there. Is this a philosophical decision or penny pinching (I assume it costs).
   263. the Hugh Jorgan returns Posted: October 18, 2021 at 08:34 PM (#6047275)
E-Rod looks good so far. Got a bit of zip there, moving the ball all around the zone and using the change up nicely. K'd 4 through 2 so far.
   264. PJ Martinez Posted: October 18, 2021 at 08:37 PM (#6047276)
Apparently throwing the hardest he has all year, too.
   265. the Hugh Jorgan returns Posted: October 18, 2021 at 08:38 PM (#6047277)
Unfortunately for this Sox fan, Urquidy looks just as effective. Got that curve working nicely.
   266. the Hugh Jorgan returns Posted: October 18, 2021 at 08:44 PM (#6047278)
Sox got something going. Verdugo works a 10 pitch BB, then JD gets one down main street and whacks it off the monster for a double.
   267. the Hugh Jorgan returns Posted: October 18, 2021 at 08:50 PM (#6047280)
Vazquez pokes one into RF for a single, brings 1 run home, bases still loaded.
   268. the Hugh Jorgan returns Posted: October 18, 2021 at 08:51 PM (#6047281)
Arroyo misses the 93mph cheese right down the middle....
   269. the Hugh Jorgan returns Posted: October 18, 2021 at 08:52 PM (#6047282)
Arroyo hits DB ball to Altuve and he boots it, everyone safe.
   270. Jay Seaver Posted: October 18, 2021 at 08:54 PM (#6047283)
Schaawaaahhbah!
   271. the Hugh Jorgan returns Posted: October 18, 2021 at 08:55 PM (#6047284)
The 3-0 groover to Schwarber and he treats it with the disdain it deserves. Another salami for the Sox
   272. John DiFool2 Posted: October 18, 2021 at 08:55 PM (#6047285)
3-0 go yes.

Amazing how few batters do that.
   273. pikepredator Posted: October 18, 2021 at 08:56 PM (#6047286)
Boy howdy this is fun!!
   274. Walks Clog Up the Bases Posted: October 18, 2021 at 08:56 PM (#6047287)
####### yawn.
   275. Jay Seaver Posted: October 18, 2021 at 08:57 PM (#6047288)
I forget who was commenting in Sox Therapy that the Red Sox need to get five or six runs to feel good against the Astros, but they seem to have taken that to heart.
   276. the Hugh Jorgan returns Posted: October 18, 2021 at 08:57 PM (#6047289)
That was like a batting practice fastball to Schwarber.
   277. PJ Martinez Posted: October 18, 2021 at 08:58 PM (#6047290)
I assumed he was taking all the way. Maybe Urquidy did, too.
   278. Srul Itza Posted: October 18, 2021 at 08:58 PM (#6047291)
So, is there a record for most Grand Slams by a team in a play off series?

I mean, of course there is a record. Does anyone know what it is?
   279. Walks Clog Up the Bases Posted: October 18, 2021 at 08:59 PM (#6047292)
I think they’ve tied it, Srul
   280. Jay Seaver Posted: October 18, 2021 at 09:00 PM (#6047293)
Dusty Baker finally showing some mercy after something like 40 pitches and six runs in this inning.
   281. Walks Clog Up the Bases Posted: October 18, 2021 at 09:01 PM (#6047294)
You guys told me the Sox weren’t that good. You ####### whiners.
   282. PJ Martinez Posted: October 18, 2021 at 09:02 PM (#6047295)
So, is there a record for most Grand Slams by a team in a playoff series?
Sounds like the record was two, until now. Only two teams have ever hit three in a whole playoff run, including these Red Sox (the other team is the '98 Braves), per ESPN.
   283. the Hugh Jorgan returns Posted: October 18, 2021 at 09:08 PM (#6047297)
I forget who was commenting in Sox Therapy that the Red Sox need to get five or six runs to feel good against the Astros,


You joke my friend, but I am confident Houston will get their runs. That line up is just too good not to score a few runs each game.
   284. pikepredator Posted: October 18, 2021 at 09:09 PM (#6047299)
When will the Red Sox learn that these grand slams are rally killers?

Edit: Hugh, that might’ve been my mom … the voice of reason, yin to the yang of my overzealous joy …
   285. sunday silence (again) Posted: October 18, 2021 at 09:14 PM (#6047301)
50%+ of runs scored via HR:
..[ x] this game
..[x ] this series
..[x ] this years playoffs
   286. Jay Seaver Posted: October 18, 2021 at 09:15 PM (#6047302)
You joke my friend, but I am confident Houston will get their runs.


Oh, I fully believe this as well. I'm simply glad the Sox are giving us some buffer.
   287. Jay Seaver Posted: October 18, 2021 at 09:23 PM (#6047305)
Uh, I thought Boston was the one with the lousy defense.
   288. Jay Seaver Posted: October 18, 2021 at 09:26 PM (#6047306)
(Kylo Ren MORE!!! dot gif)
   289. Textbook Editor Posted: October 18, 2021 at 09:32 PM (#6047309)
Keep going. You want to wreck their staff for the next two games. You have to keep piling on.
   290. Jay Seaver Posted: October 18, 2021 at 09:45 PM (#6047312)
Uh-oh. Better get someone up, Cora.

(Honestly, I figured Cora would have someone up after a ball off the monster up 9-0)
   291. yo la tengo (the poor man's Ron Darling) Posted: October 18, 2021 at 10:16 PM (#6047314)
I would definitely send E Rod out for the 6th at this point.
   292. villageidiom Posted: October 18, 2021 at 10:27 PM (#6047315)
You guys told me the Sox weren’t that good. You ####### whiners.
They're a playoff team. There are no bad playoff teams.

Boston should be expected to lose every non-WC round in this postseason. But they are definitely capable of winning any of them.
   293. pikepredator Posted: October 18, 2021 at 10:30 PM (#6047316)
I’m glad Cora is keeping Rodriguez out there. Three games in a row, saving the bullpen when possible should pay off in the next two, especially seeing as Houston has to use a bunch of arms tonight.
   294. Textbook Editor Posted: October 18, 2021 at 10:33 PM (#6047317)
6 IP/3 R out of EdRod alone feels like a huge victory for the rest of the series.
   295. PJ Martinez Posted: October 18, 2021 at 10:35 PM (#6047318)
After Correa grounded out, Rodriguez looked at him and pointed at his wrist -- and then Cora, seeing what Rodriguez was doing, shouted at him angrily not to do that. At least I'm pretty sure that's what just happened. Interesting moment all around.
   296. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: October 18, 2021 at 10:40 PM (#6047319)
Interesting moment all around.
Yeah. I don’t see anything wrong with a little trolling of Correa there.
   297. Jay Seaver Posted: October 18, 2021 at 10:40 PM (#6047320)
Man, Devers almost looked really foolish there.
   298. the Hugh Jorgan returns Posted: October 18, 2021 at 10:45 PM (#6047322)
Sox up by 8...I'd almost be comfortable with a Sawamura or Perez sighting on the bump in the next couple of innings..
   299. Jose Has Absurd Goosebump Arms Posted: October 18, 2021 at 10:48 PM (#6047323)
296 - I don’t like it just because you don’t count halftime money. This game isn’t even over yet and even if the Sox win (which looks likely) it’s only a 2-1 series. Don’t poke the bear. I’ll admit I’ve had fantasies of Corrrea being the final out of the series and the whole team doing the point at your watch thing though.
   300. Jay Seaver Posted: October 18, 2021 at 10:50 PM (#6047325)
Okay, bullpen time. Eight run lead. No need to be afraid, right?
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