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Posted - Sep 7 2017 : 3:26AM
^ Don't fall too in love with Arizona for the postseason. Fernando Rodney is their closer and this is right about the time of year he usually falls apart. He is near totally unreliable in a a postseason situation. That is why he is on a new team each year. He's a head case waiting to spaz.
 
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Posted - Sep 7 2017 : 11:46PM
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Yeah, it's kind of surprising that he's still a major league closer after all these years. One thing about AZ's current winning streak (now 13 games) that stands out to me is that quite a few of these games have been against the Dodgers, 6 of them to be exact. The best in the league Dodgers have really been struggling lately (6 straight losses and 1-9 in their last 10 games) while the Diamondbacks - their potential NLDS opponent - have been on fire.
By the way, the Cleveland Indians' streak is now up to 15 games.
 
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Posted - Sep 12 2017 : 11:29PM
The Cleveland Indians have done it...20 consecutive wins. That ties the 2002 Oakland Athletics for the longest winning streak by an American League team.
Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Dodgers are riding an 11-game losing streak and have lost 17 of their last 18 games. Despite this terrible stretch they're in now, the Dodgers still hold a four-game lead on the Nationals for the N.L.'s best record. In the A.L., the Indians' historic winning streak has helped them overtake the Astros for the league's best record, although the lead is only two games. (A couple weeks ago, I figured Boston would eventually surpass Houston for the A.L.'s best record, but now that they're looking up at both the Indians and Astros, they'll be stuck playing one of those two teams in the ALDS.)

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Posted - Sep 13 2017 : 1:58AM
^It's very impressive what Cleveland is doing!
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Posted - Sep 13 2017 : 3:19PM
21 wins in a row for the Cleveland Indians!
(They just completed a sweep of the Detroit Tigers this afternoon. The Kansas City Royals come to town tomorrow.)
By the way, the Dodgers ended their losing streak last night. Kershaw got the win, but he struggled a bit and still doesn't look like his usual "ace" self since coming back.
 
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Posted - Sep 15 2017 : 12:45AM
Make it 22 consecutive wins for the Cleveland Indians.

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Posted - Sep 15 2017 : 2:51AM
^They nearly lost, but they still came back to win!
 
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Posted - Sep 16 2017 : 8:13PM
So the Indians' winning streak came to an end last night at 22. Hell of an accomplishment; it'd be a damn shame if they ended up getting bounced in the ALDS after such a feat.
 
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Posted - Sep 23 2017 : 11:40PM
Well, with a week to go, pretty much every playoff spot has been locked up. The only exception is that second NL Wild Card spot-the Rockies are still clinging to it, but the Brewers (1 GB) and Cardinals (1.5 GB) are nipping at their heels. The Dodgers and Nationals easily clinched their divisions, while the Cubs are on the verge of clinching the Central. The Diamondbacks will host the NL Wild Card Game. As for the American League, the Wild Card Game is essnetially set-the Yankees will host the Twins. The only thing still up in the air is the league's best record-the Indians are up 1.5 on the Astros, whoever finishes second gets homefield advantage in an ALDS against the Red Sox.
 
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Posted - Oct 1 2017 : 11:25AM
Well, after a rather uninteresting and anticlimactic September, October is here and the postseason matchups are set:
National League
Wild Card Game: Colorado Rockies at Arizona Diamondbacks
Division Series: Wild Card Game Winner vs. Los Angeles Dodgers
Division Series: Chicago Cubs vs. Washington Nationals
American League
Wild Card Game: Minnesota Twins at New York Yankees
Division Series: Wild Card Game Winner vs. Cleveland Indians
Division Series: Boston Red Sox vs. Houston Astros

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Posted - Oct 1 2017 : 11:44AM
I agree. It was very close before September and then most of the teams in the Wildcard hunt fell apart.
 
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Posted - Oct 1 2017 : 11:24PM
Congratulations, Cornell Lingus, your Detroit Tigers have the #1 pick in next year's draft.

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Posted - Oct 3 2017 : 1:19AM
^ I'd say thanks, but I fear the Avila regime will take a page from the next-door Lions and fuck up the #1 pick. GM Al Avila has done little to fix what was the MLB-worst farm system under Dave Dombrowski. There have been no major personnel moves in scouting or player development. The best Tiger prospects currently are what has been received from other franchises in trades for established players.
 
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Posted - Oct 5 2017 : 8:17AM
Well, the Yankees and Diamondbacks are your Wild Card Game winners; I knew the Yankees would win, but I wasn't so sure about the Diamondbacks.
National League
Division Series: Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Los Angeles Dodgers
Division Series: Chicago Cubs vs. Washington Nationals
American League
Division Series: New York Yankees vs. Cleveland Indians
Division Series: Boston Red Sox vs. Houston Astros
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Posted - Oct 6 2017 : 11:05PM
Wow, that was a hell of a game in Cleveland tonight-Indians win 9-8 in 13 innings. Yankees had their way with Corey Kluber, knocked him out early, were up 8-3 going into the bottom of the 6th...and they blew it.
And just like that, both the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox are on the brink of elimination.
 
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Posted - Oct 8 2017 : 11:15PM
Red Sox and Yankees both survive for another game; tomorrow's games look "iffy" considering the weather forecasts for Boston and New York.
 
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Posted - Oct 9 2017 : 11:03PM
Originally posted August 17, 2017:
Instead, the Red Sox are the first team to get bounced in Division Series play.

On the other hand, the Yankees have, unfortunately, forced a Game 5 at Cleveland on Wednesday.
 
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Posted - Oct 10 2017 : 1:09AM
^
As a Red Sox fan, let me say it was an enjoyable season. They won a ton of close games, 15 and 3 in extra innings. They are athletic and play hard. What went wrong? There starting pitching was neither as deep or good as was hyped. In an age of power bats, they have few. The truth is the Astros are a better team. Houston took the Cubs route and sucked for years accumulating high draft picks. Give them credit for turning those picks into some quality talent. I'm already looking forward to spring training.

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Posted - Oct 10 2017 : 4:25AM
Whether the Yankees pull this off or not, they've made Cleveland appear to no longer be juggernauts. Incredible resiliency.
 
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Posted - Oct 10 2017 : 2:22PM
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Yeah, I fear that the Indians' lineup is in a slump now-just 5 hits in Game 3 and 4 hits last night. The loss of their cleanup hitter, Edwin Encarnacion, has had an impact.
By the way, late last night the Los Angeles Dodgers completed their sweep of the Arizona Diamondbacks. For me, that series was surprisingly lopsided and anticlimactic, I thought the D-backs would be a tough out, I didn't realize how that Wild Card Game would fuck up their rotation. Oh, and the Chicago Cubs can finish off the Washington Nationals today.
EDIT: Nationals-Cubs got rained out, rescheduled for 4 ET Wednesday. Starters remain the same-Tanner Roark vs. Jake Arrieta. By the way, as of right now the Nationals have the lowest team batting average in postseason history. Watching this series, they remind me of the 2010-11 Phillies...when the lineup goes cold, they go ice cold.
Edited by - Mass Facialties on 10/11/2017 12:35:39 AM

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Posted - Oct 11 2017 : 2:16AM
It's amazing to me the Diamondbacks got broomed out without Fernando Rodney being the cause of at least one loss. I was looking forward to one of his typical meltdowns.
Weather in Chicago and Cleveland both is a little iffy Wednesday. We may have to wait until Thursday to finish both series. The Yankees-Indians series will finish no matter what, and the Cubs should send the Nationals where nearly all Dusty Baker teams end up in the playoffs: One and done.
Speaking of people good enough to get you to the porch but not inside the house, Boston Red Sox fans should get used to one and done in the Dave Dombrowski era. You'll be good enough most years to barely make the postseason but you aren't going to advance unless something weird happens. Oh, yeah, and get used to the bloated spending on free agents, having no hope in your farm system, and Hindenburg-esque flameouts from your bullpen.

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Posted - Oct 11 2017 : 12:35PM
^
Good move...now David Price will be a Cy Young caliber pitcher again and the lineup will be crushin' home runs.
I just wonder if management will trash him on the way out just like they did Francona.

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Posted - Oct 11 2017 : 12:35PM
^ Jim Leyland and Brad Ausmus are available.
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Posted - Oct 11 2017 : 12:43PM
^
Dusty Baker probably will be, too.
Nah, these analytics-driven general managers today just want lackeys that will manage the game exactly how they want it.

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Posted - Oct 11 2017 : 8:02PM
Major League Baseball is the only sports sanctioning body which intentionally plays its championship games in adverse conditions.
 
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Posted - Oct 12 2017 : 12:22AM
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It's ridiculous when you think about it-the sport's most important games all too often end up being played in the season's worst playing conditions. I mean, the VAST majority of the baseball season is played in warm, rain-free environments, but then the postseason starts and the players - not to mention the fans in attendance - have to endure horrendous conditions. Instead of ensuring optimal conditions for the league's postseason games, MLB's attitude for as long as I can remember is essentially: "Fuck it, just get the damn game in."
Well, it ends up that the Cleveland Indians' 22-game winning streak is the highlight of their 2017 season. Out of 25 teams in the Division Series era to win 100+ games, they become the 22nd team that failed to win the World Series. The New York Yankees become the 7th team to come back and win a Division Series after being down 0-2.
Earlier in the day, the Washington Nationals won in Chicago on the back of Stephen Strasburg to force Game 5 in D.C. on Thursday.
 
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Posted - Oct 12 2017 : 12:49AM
Word had leaked out at the end of the regular season Manager John had to win a playoff series to keep his job. Hey, sometimes this crap is true.
Farrell had an eventful reign. He won 3 division titles, survived cancer, won a World Series championship, and now has a much younger girlfriend (reporter Jess Moran).
Edited by - aclayfan on 10/12/2017 12:53:44 AM
 
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Posted - Oct 12 2017 : 12:57AM
Funny, I just noticed that I made this post back on September 16:

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Posted - Oct 12 2017 : 2:49PM
Joe Girardi probably bought himself another year as manager of the Yankees. I bet he was under the same "ALCS or bust" ukase John Farrell was.
 
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Posted - Oct 12 2017 : 3:08PM
^
Nah, I don't think Cashman was itching to fire Girardi the way Dombrowski was Farrell.
By the way, the most remarkable stat to come out of the Indians' loss last night was this: In the Division Series era, the home teams in Game 5 are now 5-16.
So, yeah, good luck tonight, Nationals.

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Posted - Oct 12 2017 : 3:08PM
Cleveland was the better team, on paper and in the field during the regular season. The one exception, being NY had a superior bullpen overall. Miller was great for both NY and Cleveland in 2016, but coming off an injury and yet proven in 2017. But the post-season is a different animal, one in which pitching staffs are truncated, the 4-5th starters and back of the bullpen that major league hitters feast on are no longer available to bolster one's batting statistics. Some players come up big and others shrink in the bright lights of October/November. The Yankees always had a punchers chance, as they have a potent line-up. Their starters were on paper certainly not as good as those in the Cleveland arsenal, but their pedigree said they had the capacity to be effective or get hit hard, and by and large they were effective enough. But the big difference maker in this series, was as advertised, the NY Yankees bullpen. It was the bullpen dominance that would make the Yankees a threat to who ever they faced.
Not to mention, their starting pitchers were no slouches either - Tanaka, Severino & CC Sabathia spinning some serious gems. Cleveland on the other had seemed to play tight after game 2 and particularly after game 3, with many of their batters uncharacteristically expanding their strike zones or just missing pitches left in the strike zone. The pressure of the moment has a way of doing that.
Edited by - Starry Eyes on 10/12/2017 3:13:31 PM
 
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Posted - Oct 12 2017 : 3:14PM
^
Of course the Yankees bullpen was great (with the exception of Game 2), but for me the big thing is that the Indians' lineup just went cold. Getting shutout by Tanaka in Game 3 was inexusable, and proved to be a sign of things to come for the lineup. I mean, their hit totals for the last three games went like this: 5, 4, 5.
 
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Posted - Oct 12 2017 : 10:32PM
The Nationals are totally pissing this away.

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Posted - Oct 12 2017 : 11:26PM
This should be the final three innings of Dusty Baker's managing career we are watching right now.

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Posted - Oct 13 2017 : 12:48AM
Bryce Harper, when you act like a prima donna and ask for franchise-player money, you do not get to be the last out of a playoff series.
 
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Posted - Oct 13 2017 : 4:27AM
Damn, D.C. sports teams keep finding new ways to torture their fans.
I gotta admit, even though they're a rival city of mine (at least when it comes to MLB and the NFL), I was rooting for the Nationals because I can't help but empathize with D.C. sports fans-going through a long championship drought is bad enough, but the way the Nationals and Capitals have repeatedly collapsed in the playoffs is brutal. The Nationals' inability to win an NLDS (four times now) and the Capitals' failure to reach the Eastern Conference Finals despite being a top seed every time (I've lost count of how many times they've done that) is remarkable. I actually thought that with this being an odd-numbered year, the Nationals would end their NLDS futility. Other than firing ol' Dusty Baker, I'm not sure what they should do with this team now.

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Posted - Oct 13 2017 : 8:42AM
^Dusty Baker has never been a good manager, but I don't think firing him (only his second season) will fix their internal issues.

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Posted - Oct 13 2017 : 5:04PM
^ That's nowhere close to an endorsement of a third season for Baker. He should not have been hired in the first place. Yeah, he can get your team to the playoffs but they aren't going to advance. He is one of the worst playoff managers in MLB history.

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Posted - Oct 13 2017 : 6:36PM
Davey Johnson was also the Nats Manager.
Dusty Baker's teams have been great. And the Nats were collapsing before he got there.
I actually think it's funny. Fuck Washington!
 
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Posted - Oct 14 2017 : 8:42PM
Yankees once again find themselves down 0-2. Remarkable pitching performance by Justin Verlander today, I can't believe he's pitching like this again.

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Posted - Oct 16 2017 : 12:13AM
The Cubs stay dead offensively at precisely the wrong time, reminiscent of two years ago. And despite today, their bullpen has has leaked like a colander. I doubt this series returns to LA.
DirecTV is listing the Yankees-Astros Game 3 as available in 4K UHD on channel 106.
 
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Posted - Oct 16 2017 : 1:03AM
I'll tell ya what, that was a helluva catch by that fan who caught Justin Turner's walk-off 3-run HR tonight; I've never liked the idea of a grown man bringing a baseball glove to the game, but there's no way that guy is able to catch that ball if he doesn't have that glove. I chuckled when I saw that he was wearing a Chase Utley jersey. By the way, in an amazing coincidence, that Justin Turner walk-off HR happened 29 years to the day of Kirk Gibson's walk-off HR in Game 1 of the '88 World Series.
Edited by - Mass Facialties on 10/16/2017 10:06:59 AM

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^It's weird that it happened exactly 29 years after.

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Posted - Oct 16 2017 : 2:40PM
Big start for CC Sabathia tonight. With the next 3 games in the Bronx, it's paramount they swing the series in their favor.

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Posted - Oct 17 2017 : 12:09AM
Wow. Yet another postseason gem by CC Sabathia.
The offense was powered by Aaron Judge & Todd Frazier, both going yard while bludgeoning the Astros to a 8-1 deficit.
ALCS currently sits at 2-1. Yankees looking to tie it up tomorrow under Sonny Gray.
Edited by - Starry Eyes on 10/17/2017 12:15:02 AM

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Posted - Oct 17 2017 : 12:56AM
Damn it. A UHD broadcast wasted on a blowout. Maybe Fox will be nice and provide another ALCS game in 4K.
Edited by - Cornell Lingus on 10/17/2017 12:56:49 AM
 
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Posted - Oct 17 2017 : 4:32AM
No surprise that Charlie Morton got rocked, he looked shaky as fuck in his appearance against the Red Sox in the ALDS. Astros gotta get off the schneid and start scoring some runs, run totals of 2, 2, and 1 through three games is very troubling for such a potent lineup.

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Posted - Oct 17 2017 : 5:11AM
^Well, their best bet to do so will be against Sonny Gray. Though him having a solid outing isn't impossible.
Yankees pitching has been phoned in all postseason.

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Posted - Oct 17 2017 : 9:17PM
Yankees are the definition of heart and resiliency. They rallied for six unanswered runs. Unbelievable.
Aaron Judge homered and delivered a game-tying hit, while Gary Sanchez crushed the go-ahead double in a decisive four-run eighth to secure a 6-4 victory.
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