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Thursday, October 31, 2019

A baseball miracle or a deal with the devil? Nah, it was just Nationals baseball.

Boswell rises to the occasion, including this burn:

Next, Soto walked, and Greinke was removed from the game. Don’t ask why, after just 80 pitches, a former Cy Young Award winner with a 2.98 ERA this season would get the hook. But the Astros think they are smart — very, very smart — and that they have the mathematically perfect player for every situation and matchup.

Heh.

Perry Posted: October 31, 2019 at 11:35 AM | 13 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: nationals, thomas boswell, world series

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   1. vortex of dissipation Posted: October 31, 2019 at 01:44 PM (#5897477)
From the article:

Suddenly, it was time for Rendon to do a reprise of his entire late-inning clutch hitting masterwork, unequaled in postseason history. To that point, he had come to bat seven times in the Nats’ five elimination games in the seventh inning or later. In what is several orders of magnitude beyond normal baseball possibility, Rendon produced in those situations a walk, a double, a home run, a double, a home run, a double and, this time in Game 7, another home run, into the seats in left field.


That's just incredible.
   2. The Yankee Clapper Posted: October 31, 2019 at 01:55 PM (#5897484)
Best position players in Washington, DC MLB history: (1) Sam Rice; (2) Joe Hardy; (3) Anthony Rendon; and (4) Juan Soto. Soto & Rendon should be the top two if they stay with the Nationals.
   3. vortex of dissipation Posted: October 31, 2019 at 01:58 PM (#5897485)
Best position players in Washington, DC MLB history: (1) Sam Rice; (2) Joe Hardy; (3) Anthony Rendon; and (4) Juan Soto. Soto & Rendon should be the top two if they stay with the Nationals.


Goose Goslin was pretty darn good - .323/.386/.502, 131 OPS+ in 12 seasons with Washington, with 127 home runs, playing in a home park that was hard to hit home runs in, and a key member of all three Senators pennant winners.
   4. bunyon Posted: October 31, 2019 at 02:01 PM (#5897487)
But the Astros think they are smart — very, very smart — and that they have the mathematically perfect player for every situation and matchup.

I see this the other way, as well. Since the saber revolution, every comment or discussion on playoff baseball is about how managers blow it. I agree Greinke was pulled too early but that is about the extent of it. Hinch made a mistake. After that, bullpen usage gets picked apart. The truth is, sometimes pitchers get beat. A pitcher getting beat isn't a sign that a manager should be fired or it was all avoidable. Sure, Greinke was probably pulled too early. He'd also just given up a homer and a walk and hasn't been going deep into games all season. He could just as easily have given up the homer.

As I say, I think pulling him was a mistake. But the analysis gets overdone in my opinion.
   5. The Yankee Clapper Posted: October 31, 2019 at 02:23 PM (#5897495)
I agree Greinke was pulled too early but that is about the extent of it.
That was a tough call, IMHO, but there have been dozens of posts here bemoaning managers sticking with starters too long in postseason, even when it works. Greinke hadn’t made it through 5 innings in his last 2 postseason starts, and was already in the 7th. If he had given up the Kendrick HR, or had put more runners on, I suspect Hinch would have been roasted for not going to his bullpen.
   6. Captain Supporter Posted: October 31, 2019 at 04:40 PM (#5897547)
If he had given up the Kendrick HR, or had put more runners on, I suspect Hinch would have been roasted for not going to his bullpen.


Suspect? Without question, he would have been roasted. Any decision that doesn't work out will be second guessed by the media and the fans. There is no avoiding that. All teams, managers, and players can do is try their best not to pay attention to all the background noise, knowing that most of it is based on ignorance in any case.

The truth, which is that most decisions of this nature (unless Mariano is waiting down in the pen) are simply attempts to get a 1 or 2% increase in the probability of winning a game and then waiting to see how it plays out, is unfortunately unpalatable to most fans and their media enablers.
   7. AndrewJ Posted: October 31, 2019 at 08:17 PM (#5897586)
Boswell waited his entire career for last night, and he rose to the occasion. Great column.
   8. PreservedFish Posted: October 31, 2019 at 08:53 PM (#5897595)
Best position players in Washington, DC MLB history: (1) Sam Rice; (2) Joe Hardy; (3) Anthony Rendon; and (4) Juan Soto. Soto & Rendon should be the top two if they stay with the Nationals.


Tough to say that Soto has already surpassed Bryce Harper, although Nats fans have every reason to love the kid.
   9. SoSH U at work Posted: October 31, 2019 at 09:25 PM (#5897601)
Tough to say that Soto has already surpassed Bryce Harper,


Or Zimmerman.

   10. PreservedFish Posted: October 31, 2019 at 09:34 PM (#5897605)
For that matter, how long was Joe Hardy on the team? Barely a season!
   11. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: October 31, 2019 at 09:44 PM (#5897607)
Best position players in Washington, DC MLB history: (1) Sam Rice; (2) Joe Hardy; (3) Anthony Rendon; and (4) Juan Soto. Soto & Rendon should be the top two if they stay with the Nationals.

How in the hell does Rice ever make it above Hardy? How much heart did Sam Rice have?
   12. Panik on the streets of Flushing! (Trout! Trout!) Posted: October 31, 2019 at 09:50 PM (#5897610)
How much heart did Sam Rice have?


Certainly not miles and miles and miles.
   13. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: October 31, 2019 at 09:50 PM (#5897611)
How in the hell does Rice ever make it above Hardy? How much heart did Sam Rice have?
And as far as I know Rice never solved even a single crime with his brother.

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