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WORLD SERIES 2020 OMNICHATTER!

Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: October 20, 2020 at 04:41 AM | 833 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Walks Clog Up the Bases Posted: October 20, 2020 at 08:33 AM (#5983998)
I'll admit to being ignorant of pretty much the entire Rays' roster up until a few weeks ago, but they seem like a fun, likable bunch, especially Choi and Arozarena.

I'd assume Dodgers are the favorites, but I'd like to see the Rays kind of come out of nowhere and just cap off this weird season with a title.
   2. Starring Bradley Scotchman as RMc Posted: October 20, 2020 at 08:33 AM (#5983999)
Fun fact: Los Angeles and St Petersburg FL are about 2,150 miles apart. The midway point between those two cities is a spot near Winters, Texas (about halfway between San Angelo and Abilene). This spot is only about 180 miles west-southwest of Arlington.
   3. Rally Posted: October 20, 2020 at 10:00 AM (#5984008)
This spot is only about 180 miles west-southwest of Arlington.


So HFA to the Dodgers?

I'm sure a decent number of Dodger fans will make the trip to Texas for the series. Plus of course the obligatory new stars of whatever show Fox is promoting. Rays fans can't be bothered to drive 10 miles to the Trop in normal times, so they'll probably stick out like unicorns if any do show up.
   4. jacksone (AKA It's OK...) Posted: October 20, 2020 at 11:02 AM (#5984024)
I'd assume Dodgers are the favorites, but I'd like to see the Rays kind of come out of nowhere and just cap off this weird season with a title.


The Rays were ranked at worst 4th in the AL, typically they were around 2-3 behind the Yankees and either Astros or Twins in most pre-season predictions. Not really a come out of nowhere story, mostly anonymous roster notwithstanding.
   5. Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: October 20, 2020 at 11:36 AM (#5984035)
Looking over the Rays stats, I noticed that 12 different pitchers got saves for them. Was Kevin Cash trying to prove a point that closers don't matter and that any reliever can get the last 3 outs? I also didn't realize how good a year Brandon Lowe had.
   6. BDC Posted: October 20, 2020 at 11:43 AM (#5984039)
'm sure a decent number of Dodger fans will make the trip to Texas for the series

Plus there are Dodger fans everywhere. A regular-season Dodger game here means a lot of people in Dodger blue, sometimes as many as there are Ranger fans.

Rays fans, not so much, though even there you will always see a couple of dozen people in various vintages of Rays' T-shirts and such.

It must be pretty cool to be a long-distance fan of a club and have them suddenly play a World Series in your own city. Well, if you are inclined to brave the pandemic to watch them play.
   7. Howie Menckel Posted: October 20, 2020 at 12:26 PM (#5984046)
I believe a 13th pitcher got a SV in postseason as well for the Rays.
   8. Walt Davis Posted: October 20, 2020 at 05:35 PM (#5984096)
Yep the Rays may have finally gone the "whoever the right pitcher is today among our rested relievers for this score and these upcoming batters" approach to closing out games. Only once did the same pitcher get the save in back-to-back wins and that was with a day off in between (Castillo on 26-28 Aug). He got their next save opp on the 31st as well and that's as close as they got to a regular closer. They had a 4-game win streak across Aug 15-19 and a different pitcher got the save in each. Having the extra roster spots made that even easier this year.

I thought b-r had a table of pitcher by inning entered somewhere but I can't find it.

They started out that way last year too but gave the role pretty much full time to Emilio Pagan in Aug. After that nice season, they flipped Pagan for Margot and a minor-league pitcher. Pagan came back to earth with the Padres. What a silly trade -- an average position player for a 29-yo reliever who'd been in 3 orgs in 3 years and one nice 70 inning season to his name.

In 2018, they started with Colome before flipping him to the Ms in what looks like a salary-dumping trade (they tossed in Denard Span too). Things were spread around for a bit before settling on Romo although they seemed to mix in the lefty Alvarado on occasion, maybe based on handedness.

Ages and ages ago, back in the aughts, I'd regularly advocate that the platoon advantage and when the opps' heart of the lineup was due up should determine who pitchhed the 8th and who the 9th. If the #2 hitter is leading off the 8th when you've got a close lead, that seems the time for your best pitcher, not hoping you can hold the lead so your best guy can nail down the #7-9 hitters in the 9th. Or if the #2 hitter is starting the 9th but #2 and #4 are tough LHB, maybe that's a time for your best LHR. And sure, if you've got a Josh Hader, maybe he should pitch both.

63 times a Rays' reliever went more than 3 outs in 2020 -- above-average but not dramatically so. I'm not going to dig into detail and see how many times that was the non-opening starter or low-leverage appearances. They did that a lot in 2018, cut back some in 2019 and did it slightly less often in 2020 (again roster space) but it's really hard to evaluate that in the opener era.
   9. the Hugh Jorgan returns Posted: October 20, 2020 at 06:20 PM (#5984098)
Yep the Rays may have finally gone the "whoever the right pitcher is today among our rested relievers for this score and these upcoming batters" approach to closing out games.


Well that can't be successful. We've been told for years that you couldn't get the pitchers to buy into that AND you needed to be a special type of pitcher that can only close out a game.

Surely this newfangled model of pitcher usage is destined to fail....

After that nice season, they flipped Pagan for Margot and a minor-league pitcher. Pagan came back to earth with the Padres.


And that's what the Rays do best. Why any team would trade a decent position player for a reliever is beyond me. I'm still smarting about the Red Sox trading Shaw to the Brewers for whatever the reliever's name was. Shaw was really good for the crew for a couple of years there and of course the anonymous reliever is nowhere to be found.
   10. The Gary DiSarcina Fan Club (JAHV) Posted: October 20, 2020 at 07:14 PM (#5984101)
Rays fans can't be bothered to drive 10 miles to the Trop in normal times, so they'll probably stick out like unicorns if any do show up.


As it turns out, there's actually a large contingent of Rays fans in Winters, Texas. They've been waiting for this exact scenario for a long time.
   11. Captain Joe Bivens, Elderly Northeastern Jew Posted: October 20, 2020 at 07:23 PM (#5984102)
Surprisingly, this season has turned out ok. Both teams are deserving of being here.
   12. Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: October 20, 2020 at 07:25 PM (#5984103)
I've been impatiently waiting for Game 1 since the end of NLCS Game 7. I'm amped for this Series. Crappy year, and everything is terrible, but baseball always delivers.
   13. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: October 20, 2020 at 08:28 PM (#5984105)
Remember those pregame checklists people used to do? I miss those. They were fun.
   14. Jeremy Renner App is Dead and I killed it Posted: October 20, 2020 at 08:32 PM (#5984106)
I am into this series. Not because it's the world series (because of short season doesn't merit capitalization) But I dig the smart teams doing well.
   15. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: October 20, 2020 at 08:41 PM (#5984107)
Not because it's the world series (because of short season doesn't merit capitalization)
Why not? I could see if a mediocre team that only made the playoffs because of the expansion was here. But these are excellent teams - this would have been a totally plausible matchup after a full season.
   16. Jeremy Renner App is Dead and I killed it Posted: October 20, 2020 at 08:46 PM (#5984108)
15--Just my view. Don't think 60 games qualifies even if the teams who made it could have likely done in a 'normal' season. I accept mockery as the price
   17. Snowboy Posted: October 20, 2020 at 08:47 PM (#5984109)
Bellinger tweaked his shoulder again on that groundout.
   18. Jeremy Renner App is Dead and I killed it Posted: October 20, 2020 at 08:52 PM (#5984111)
Zunino hit .147 in short season. Now starting game 1 of series.
   19. Jeremy Renner App is Dead and I killed it Posted: October 20, 2020 at 08:53 PM (#5984112)
I had no idea that Zunino has a career batting average of .200. That's wild
   20. Snowboy Posted: October 20, 2020 at 08:55 PM (#5984113)
Checklists were cool (pregame lineups were also enjoyed).
But checklists were often about broadcasters, so I often had to bite my tongue.
I've been lucky to avoid the "International Broadcast" schtick this year, but for some reason it's been revived for the fall classic. So I've thankfully had very little Buck Martinez this post-season, but now he's back on my tv, paired with Matt Vasgergian.
Oh well, at least it's not Sutcliffe.
   21. Jeremy Renner App is Dead and I killed it Posted: October 20, 2020 at 08:55 PM (#5984114)
Zunino's career splits are hilarious. Everything is between .195-.210. So he's consistent!
   22. Jeremy Renner App is Dead and I killed it Posted: October 20, 2020 at 08:58 PM (#5984115)
Seemed like a swing
   23. Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: October 20, 2020 at 08:59 PM (#5984116)
Fox has got some very sensitive mics. I don't remember ever hearing Kershaw grunt audibly when he pitches.
   24. Jeremy Renner App is Dead and I killed it Posted: October 20, 2020 at 09:00 PM (#5984117)
Brett Phillips is on the Rays roster?
   25. Jeremy Renner App is Dead and I killed it Posted: October 20, 2020 at 09:04 PM (#5984118)
My wife wants to know how Glasnow can focus with his hair hanging over his neck because according to her that gets super hot especially during activity.
   26. Snowboy Posted: October 20, 2020 at 09:09 PM (#5984119)
My wife wants to know how someone as terrible as Laz Diaz is behind the plate in the fall classic.
   27. Howie Menckel Posted: October 20, 2020 at 09:10 PM (#5984120)
according to her that gets super hot

must... resist...
   28. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: October 20, 2020 at 09:10 PM (#5984121)
Over/under on total number of strikeouts between Kershaw and Glasnow tonight? 15?

Percentage of all outs in the Series being strikeouts? 50?
   29. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: October 20, 2020 at 09:12 PM (#5984122)
My wife wants to know when I’m going to clean up the kitchen from dinner.
   30. the Hugh Jorgan returns Posted: October 20, 2020 at 09:16 PM (#5984123)
My wife already knows everything, so I ask the questions.
   31. Jeremy Renner App is Dead and I killed it Posted: October 20, 2020 at 09:17 PM (#5984124)
Margot beard outclasses Kershaw beard
   32. Jeremy Renner App is Dead and I killed it Posted: October 20, 2020 at 09:23 PM (#5984125)
Rays poor challenge team. Successful on 9 of 26 this season. 22 of 48 last season
   33. Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: October 20, 2020 at 09:25 PM (#5984127)
Shoulder is just fine.
   34. Jeremy Renner App is Dead and I killed it Posted: October 20, 2020 at 09:26 PM (#5984128)
Guess the shoulder is ok
   35. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: October 20, 2020 at 09:29 PM (#5984129)
It would be funny if he got spiked during the celebration.
   36. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: October 20, 2020 at 09:34 PM (#5984130)
Ban the “spin but no throw to second” crap.
   37. The Duke Posted: October 20, 2020 at 09:45 PM (#5984131)
How does kershaw let that guy hit a home run
   38. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: October 20, 2020 at 09:45 PM (#5984132)
Just came on to post “maybe Kershaw is a good postseason pitcher after all” and then he allows a HR to Kiermaier. .
   39. Hey, you and Tommy Lasorda... I hate Tommy Lasorda Posted: October 20, 2020 at 09:47 PM (#5984133)
Wow, the Cult on Fox going to break. They are threatening to be cool if they could get the announcers to shut up
   40. Snowboy Posted: October 20, 2020 at 09:52 PM (#5984134)
Forget the "Zunino threw out better than average among catchers" garbage.
Send Betts here, if they walk Seager due to open base, then Turner. Start pressing LAD.
   41. Snowboy Posted: October 20, 2020 at 09:53 PM (#5984135)
Alright, good send.
   42. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: October 20, 2020 at 09:54 PM (#5984137)
Adames hugs Mookie after the stolen base, presumably out of gratitude for the free taco.
   43. vortex of dissipation Posted: October 20, 2020 at 09:55 PM (#5984138)
Zunino's career splits are hilarious. Everything is between .195-.210. So he's consistent!


Daniel Vogelbach's career average now stands at .206. The last three seasons, he's hit .207, then .208, then .209.
   44. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: October 20, 2020 at 09:57 PM (#5984140)
Is it just me, or are umps letting mound visits go significantly longer?
   45. The Duke Posted: October 20, 2020 at 09:59 PM (#5984141)
100 pitches by Glasnow through 4
   46. The Yankee Clapper Posted: October 20, 2020 at 09:59 PM (#5984142)
Daniel Vogelbach's career average now stands at .206. The last three seasons, he's hit .207, then .208, then .209.
Trending upward, no?
   47. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: October 20, 2020 at 10:03 PM (#5984143)
I’m shocked that Glasnow is still pitching. Is Yarbrough not able to get loose or something?
   48. Khrushin it bro Posted: October 20, 2020 at 10:04 PM (#5984144)
Agreed with 47
   49. Snowboy Posted: October 20, 2020 at 10:04 PM (#5984145)
Ohh, surprised they don't pull Glasnow +100 pitches, 6 BB, LHB Muncy up, LHP ready.
Muncy delivers.
And they keep him in for Will Smith, now 110+ pitches.
Smith delivers. Multi runs in this inning.
Board room game plan to ride SP?
   50. The Duke Posted: October 20, 2020 at 10:05 PM (#5984147)
Dodgers blowing it open
   51. Khrushin it bro Posted: October 20, 2020 at 10:06 PM (#5984148)
Career high in pitches and giving up a big inning. Not a good look for the manager.
   52. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: October 20, 2020 at 10:07 PM (#5984149)
It’s all a plot to make Kershaw look even worse when they come back.
   53. Howie Menckel Posted: October 20, 2020 at 10:11 PM (#5984151)
Career high in pitches and giving up a big inning. Not a good look for the manager.

I was re-educated to learn that these two teams are immune from criticism from the peanut gallery.

don't make me get re-re-educated!
   54. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: October 20, 2020 at 10:17 PM (#5984152)
Bellinger looks a bit like a young Jude Law. That guy must get so laid.
   55. The Duke Posted: October 20, 2020 at 10:18 PM (#5984153)
That Smirh guy is a catcher, right? He runs really fast
   56. AT-AT at bat@AT&T Posted: October 20, 2020 at 10:18 PM (#5984154)
Take me out... to Yarbrough fair...
   57. Snowboy Posted: October 20, 2020 at 10:20 PM (#5984155)
When Mookie walked, stole second, then stole third, I had a fleeting thought seeing him steal home. Full Jackie Robinson.
Scoring on a ground ball to 1B was still pretty good. Statement moment.
   58. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: October 20, 2020 at 10:20 PM (#5984156)
Smoltz is just fixated on this walks > homers thing.
   59. baxter Posted: October 20, 2020 at 10:20 PM (#5984157)
If LA manages to scratch out 4 more runs, it will be safe to pitch Jansen in the 9th
   60. The Duke Posted: October 20, 2020 at 10:21 PM (#5984158)
Muncy, Seager and Taylor Time.....
   61. the Hugh Jorgan returns Posted: October 20, 2020 at 10:24 PM (#5984159)
I know it's possible, but there's no way Kershaw loses this one? Right? Right?
   62. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: October 20, 2020 at 10:25 PM (#5984160)
I wonder what the optimal time between innings is for a pitcher? The broadcasters are of course saying that this has been too long, but is that based on any actual facts?
   63. AT-AT at bat@AT&T Posted: October 20, 2020 at 10:26 PM (#5984161)
Only if Kershaw hits three batters in a row, then walks one, only to make a terrible mistake.
Other than that, this one's in the books already.
   64. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: October 20, 2020 at 10:27 PM (#5984162)
Kershaw still appears to be breathing easily and without obstruction, somehow.
   65. Snowboy Posted: October 20, 2020 at 10:30 PM (#5984163)
Mookie asserting again.
   66. AT-AT at bat@AT&T Posted: October 20, 2020 at 10:30 PM (#5984164)
O dear Lawd. The Betts.
   67. AT-AT at bat@AT&T Posted: October 20, 2020 at 10:33 PM (#5984165)
That went south in a hurry, like a James Bond movie.
   68. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: October 20, 2020 at 10:34 PM (#5984166)
When did “the carousel keeps turning” become an announcer cliche? Seems like it’s replaced “keep the line moving” this year.
   69. Tin Angel Posted: October 20, 2020 at 10:41 PM (#5984167)
The Rays need to put together some good at bats, get some guys on base, and then keep the tilt-a-whirl spinning.
   70. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: October 20, 2020 at 10:43 PM (#5984168)
If that’s a subtle reference to “4th of July, Asbury Park (Sandy),” I salute you heartily.
   71. AT-AT at bat@AT&T Posted: October 20, 2020 at 10:44 PM (#5984169)
Take me out... to ScarFloro fair...
   72. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: October 20, 2020 at 10:47 PM (#5984170)
Future narrative: Kershaw choked because he only pitched six innings, thus allowing the bullpen to blow the game.
   73. Snowboy Posted: October 20, 2020 at 10:50 PM (#5984171)
Ancient narrative: Kershaw couldn't even stay in and pitch to the score. Quitter!
   74. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: October 20, 2020 at 10:55 PM (#5984172)
Well, that pitching change in an 8-1 game was a great use of everyone’s time, for the Dodgers to still not have the platoon advantage and still give up two hits. Too cute by half, Roberts.
   75. Snowboy Posted: October 20, 2020 at 10:58 PM (#5984173)
OOOHHHHH!!!!!
SPEARED by the P!!!
   76. AT-AT at bat@AT&T Posted: October 20, 2020 at 10:58 PM (#5984174)
Jesus, you friggin' Baseball Gods ! I hate you all !

What THE HELL !!
   77. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: October 20, 2020 at 10:59 PM (#5984175)
Well, that just happened.
   78. the Hugh Jorgan returns Posted: October 20, 2020 at 11:00 PM (#5984176)
With Kershaw on only 80 pitches and a nice lead, it seemed a little premature to pull him. I would've let him start the 7th, face a couple of guys and see how he went.
   79. Snowboy Posted: October 20, 2020 at 11:01 PM (#5984177)
That's not quite as bad baserunning as ATL, who had runner 2&3 with 0 out, and got doubled up.
But TB was into the underbelly of LAD bullpen and had scored a few, to get doubled off there is baaaaaad.
[edit: ends the inning. Yes, it was a hot shot. But you gotta make sure that gets through as baserunner. You're not the tying or winning run, 8-3]
   80. baxter Posted: October 20, 2020 at 11:02 PM (#5984178)
Had that one all the way.
   81. AT-AT at bat@AT&T Posted: October 20, 2020 at 11:07 PM (#5984180)
[edit: ends the inning. Yes, it was a hot shot.


Is he supposed to stand on the base the whole time and wait ? No chance, unless the P throws it into right-center.
   82. Khrushin it bro Posted: October 20, 2020 at 11:08 PM (#5984181)
Yeah I'm guessing he froze on the liner, couldn't get back fast enough.
   83. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: October 20, 2020 at 11:10 PM (#5984182)
Wow. Lightning, thunder, and a monsoon just started here in Chicago.
   84. Snowboy Posted: October 20, 2020 at 11:18 PM (#5984183)
Finally, in the 8th inning, announcers (INT feed) are starting to recognize that Brandon Lowe cannot hit anything right now.
I made an omnichatter comment here a while back that I don't care what he hit in Sep, or last year: he can't hit right now. That he's still hitting 2 or 3 is on Cash. (Or the board room, giving Cash his marching orders.)
   85. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: October 20, 2020 at 11:19 PM (#5984184)
You really don’t like the Rays just on principle, do you Snowboy?
   86. Snowboy Posted: October 20, 2020 at 11:35 PM (#5984187)
[85] Elroy - HA! I wouldn't say that? I have nothing against pucky underdogs. They've done a good job of organizational management, what did they use 75 players this year? They've gotten a lot out of their resources.
But this Dodgers team is just too good, in a best out of 7 games. Dodgers only lose if the batters stay too passive. Or they get mismanaged, either in-game, or pre-game.
Dodgers pitch too well, Rays strike out too much, Dodgers do not chase. That's 1-2-3, and I don't think the series sees next week.
   87. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: October 20, 2020 at 11:36 PM (#5984188)
No way that ball was going out. Come on.
   88. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: October 20, 2020 at 11:38 PM (#5984189)
I agree that the Dodgers are the better team, but...7 game series.
   89. The Duke Posted: October 20, 2020 at 11:49 PM (#5984190)
I’ve got dodgers in 6 but if they keep playing at the level they’ve been playing at for the last few games, it will be dodgers in 4 or 5.

   90. Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: October 21, 2020 at 12:00 AM (#5984191)
The Rays need their starting pitching to set their bullpen up, or else that Dodger offense will just overwhelm them. They're gonna need something special out of Snell tomorrow night.
   91. Random Transaction Generator Posted: October 21, 2020 at 12:03 AM (#5984193)
Yeah I'm guessing he froze on the liner, couldn't get back fast enough.


He actually took two steps towards 3rd AFTER the ball was snagged. He messed up.
   92. Walt Davis Posted: October 21, 2020 at 02:24 AM (#5984200)
what did they use 75 players this year?

#86 ... for what it's worth, the Rays used 43 players (including pitchers) this year, 2 below league-average (for some reason, b-r has the average wrong). #pitchers would include posiiton players who pitched but they were league average with 25 of those. The Marlins of course dominated the league with 61 players used, Pitt and others next at 49 (although again, league average appaers to be 26, not 25). Last year they were tied for 5th with 57 players.
   93. Starring Bradley Scotchman as RMc Posted: October 21, 2020 at 07:51 AM (#5984203)
98 events (AB + BB + pitching changes + side changes) in 204 minutes, or 2.08 MPE...typical for a modern WS game.

EDIT: For comparison's sake, if last night's game was played as quickly as Game 1 of the 1920 WS, it would've been over in a little over two hours (2:04), not 3:24!
   94. Snowboy Posted: October 21, 2020 at 07:04 PM (#5984393)
Checklists were cool (pregame lineups were also enjoyed).
But checklists were often about broadcasters, so I often had to bite my tongue.
I've been lucky to avoid the "International Broadcast" schtick this year, but for some reason it's been revived for the fall classic. So I've thankfully had very little Buck Martinez this post-season, but now he's back on my tv, paired with Matt Vasgergian.
Oh well, at least it's not Sutcliffe.


Quoting myself from last night, reiterating I liked the checklists and posting of pregame lineups.

Regarding my comments about the broadcast team, I was caught off guard when I/we (Canada) got a revival of the "International Broadcast" I had steeled myself for Fox. That has pros&cons;. Fewer gimmicks and in-game ads, but now I get a flag next to every person's image, and Buck Martinez.

Just to explain, Buck is not terrible. In fact, to me, I used to enjoy him as the analyst/game commentator. He had a FT gig doing color for Orioles, and PT with ESPN. Then in 2010 he accepted a gig to do PBP for the Jays (after they had churned through a few guys that didn't seem to fit the role,) and he just hasn't been great at it. Who can pick up a new gig in their sixties and be as good as someone who's been doing it for 10-30 years? Calling PBP is a skill, no matter how much you know about a sport.

And then, to everyone's detriment, the network hired Dan Shulman (who wouldn't?) in 2016 to do Jays broadcasts on a PT basis. So ... on days when Shulman works, Buck is supposed to drop back into a color role, and usually his partner Pat Tabler is still also there, so the booth/air is suddenly crowded. Tabby doesn't know when he's supposed to talk, Shulman's trying to be respectful and not step on their relationship, and when things get awkward or quiet Martinez's tendency is to blab on.

I don't blame Buck. He tried PBP and I don't think it worked (just as he tried managing, and it didn't work) and someone should have fired him, and he should have continued doing color analysis. He was decent in last night's game. Wrong on a few things at first, but seemed to change his own opinions later in the game. He blathered on a couple times, but I think he'll fall back into his role with Vasgersian.

Finally, I mispelled Vasgersian's name last night on here, and I doubt he gives a flying ####, but it was just a mistake and not meant as disrespect.
   95. Snowboy Posted: October 21, 2020 at 07:12 PM (#5984394)
OK, Snow, contribute something:
Tonight's starting lineups, per RotoWire

TAMPA BAY
DH A. Meadows L
2B Brandon Lowe L
LF R. Arozarena R
1B Ji-Man Choi L
RF M. Margot R
3B Joey Wendle L
SS Willy Adames R
CF K. Kiermaier L
C Mike Zunino R

Blake Snell L
4-2 3.24 ERA

LOS ANGELES
RF Mookie Betts R
SS Corey Seager L
3B J. Turner R
1B Max Muncy L
C Will Smith R
CF C. Bellinger L
DH A.J. Pollock R
2B E. Hernandez R
LF Chris Taylor R

Tony Gonsolin R
2-2 2.31 ERA
   96. puck Posted: October 21, 2020 at 08:41 PM (#5984401)
Seems like the tag beat him and he might have come off the bag, too.
   97. phredbird Posted: October 21, 2020 at 08:48 PM (#5984404)

i am actually surprised that was overturned. it looked too close.
   98. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: October 21, 2020 at 09:26 PM (#5984413)
See, this is what happens when you give Dave Roberts off-days.
   99. puck Posted: October 21, 2020 at 09:27 PM (#5984414)
Guy in stands who caught the foul seemed douchy. I guess it's nice he was wearing a mask (or is that enforced there.)
   100. the Hugh Jorgan returns Posted: October 21, 2020 at 09:28 PM (#5984415)
The Dodgers are going to use at least 10 pitchers today, aren't they?
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