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Sunday, October 06, 2019

WaPo: Tom Boswell: Nationals Are Breaking The Rules & Might Steal Dodger Series

Boz missed Talk Like A Pirate Day, but better late than never, eh?

Like a pirate ship sweeping up on a stately frigate with treasure in its hold, the Nats have no intention of playing fair in this National League Division Series or acknowledging any big league code of conduct or unwritten rules of fair play. They want the gold, the diamonds and, blimey, the pearls, too.

Thanks to the bizarre, and probably unfair, dynamics of baseball’s five-game division series — with those five games spread generously over seven days — it is possible for a team with three fab starting pitchers who are game for the heist to come alongside and, “arrrrr,” board a mightier ship. Right now, the Dodgers, their series tied at a game apiece after the Nationals’ 4-2 victory in Friday night’s Game 2, are wondering where Washington got these scary skull-and-crossbones relievers. Avast, there Nationals, you’ve already used Stephen Strasburg (Tuesday) and Max Scherzer (Friday) in relief — as keys to two vital victories. Who’ll be swinging down from the rigging next?

The Yankee Clapper Posted: October 06, 2019 at 01:36 AM | 16 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: anibal sanchez, los angeles dodgers, max scherzer, patrick corbin, pirates, stephen strasburg, washington nationals

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   1. bfan Posted: October 06, 2019 at 01:01 PM (#5887054)
I think I would take Kershaw; Buehler; and Ryu over those 3 nationals starters, so Boswell ought to chill on this theme. Honestly, I like the 'Nats hitters as being better than the Dodgers' hitters, so that is where there might be an edge. Maybe the 'Nats ought to let their best hitters hit; there is a new and clever strategy.
   2. Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: October 06, 2019 at 01:10 PM (#5887057)
Using starters in relief between starts during the playoffs is nothing new. And it's an indicator of the Nationals' bullpen being a dumpster fire that they're better off using their starters out of the pen and risking overuse than to put in their standard relievers.
   3. The Yankee Clapper Posted: October 06, 2019 at 01:22 PM (#5887062)
Nationals going with Anibal Sanchez to start Game 3 tonight, presumably with Game 1 starter Patrick Corbin available in relief. Sanchez has been pretty good since coming off the IL, and Scherzer & Strasburg would be relatively rested for Games 4 & 5. Could work.
   4. PreservedFish Posted: October 06, 2019 at 02:17 PM (#5887068)
How long does he keep up the pirate analogy? The entire article?
   5. The Yankee Clapper Posted: October 06, 2019 at 02:29 PM (#5887069)
How long does he keep up the pirate analogy? The entire article?

Final paragraph from TFA:
For two fun and probably crazy days in Nationals Park, when you see action in the Nats’ bullpen, just think, “Fire in the hole!” You never know who may be coming out. But if it’s one of the Nats’ Big Three, he might just be humming, “Blow, blow, blow the man down.”
Shiver me timbers! More at link.
   6. The Run Fairy Posted: October 06, 2019 at 03:55 PM (#5887075)
How long does he keep up the pirate analogy? The entire article?



And in crucial maximum-leverage spots, Strasburg, Scherzer and Corbin — combined contracts of $525 million — were “all on board” with the idea of being relievers between their normal starts.

There’s every kind of swashbuckle flair to this Nats plan.... No need for unorthodox scalawag behavior.

if they somehow reach the NL Championship Series, they’ll figure it out when the time comes. If they can clear their heads after more dancing and grog-spraying.

Is this honorable, may-the-best-man-win behavior? Indeed it’s not — and bravo.

In Game 4, expect to see Scherzer, who threw 77 pitches in his wild-card start Tuesday, come back after just two days’ rest following his blow-the-men-down relief performance in Game 2.

The Nats, with all their shenanigans, are still underdogs in this series. But don’t tell them that. They’re all aboard for massive mischief.

For two fun and probably crazy days in Nationals Park, when you see action in the Nats’ bullpen, just think, “Fire in the hole!” You never know who may be coming out. But if it’s one of the Nats’ Big Three, he might just be humming, “Blow, blow, blow the man down.”


Did Boswell lose a bet or is he trying to win a bet?
   7. vortex of dissipation Posted: October 06, 2019 at 04:31 PM (#5887078)
Did Boswell lose a bet or is he trying to win a bet?


Presumably with a Pirates fan?
   8. McCoy Posted: October 06, 2019 at 05:33 PM (#5887093)
Meow
   9. CFBF's Overflowing Pathos Posted: October 06, 2019 at 05:52 PM (#5887096)
This seems like a rather overwrought description of "occasionally using starters as relievers."
   10. PreservedFish Posted: October 06, 2019 at 07:30 PM (#5887161)
This conceit would have been easier to execute had he not also decided to follow the sports columnist's rule of thumb that all paragraphs must be tiny.
   11. Howie Menckel Posted: October 06, 2019 at 07:46 PM (#5887171)
If he thinks this is nifty, it's too bad he was napping during the entire 2001 Diamondbacks-Yankees World Series
   12. Jack Sommers Posted: October 06, 2019 at 10:04 PM (#5887214)
Or maybe not
   13. the Hugh Jorgan returns Posted: October 06, 2019 at 11:54 PM (#5887247)
Nope, no stealing the series. They are going to have to pitch much, much better to contain the Dodgers. Starter as reliever epic fail in game 3....
   14. Itchy Row Posted: October 07, 2019 at 12:22 AM (#5887254)
They were the wrong kind of Pirates tonight.
   15. SoSH U at work Posted: October 07, 2019 at 01:05 AM (#5887256)

If he thinks this is nifty, it's too bad he was napping during the entire 2001 Diamondbacks-Yankees World Series


Maybe he just slept through games 1-6.

That's an odd example for this phenomenon. Really, he only had to look back at last year's WS to find a better parallel.
   16. Walt Davis Posted: October 07, 2019 at 05:48 PM (#5887548)
It is unusual to see it in G2 of the first postseason series. Using starters as relievers in elimination games or in the WS is common but I certainly wasn't expecting to see Scherzer in relief in G2 of this series.

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