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Posted - Oct 17 2017 : 11:33PM
ALCS Game 5 was also broadcast in 4K UHD. I expect Game 6 will also get the 4K treatment.
 
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And even though they managed to score four runs tonight, the Astros only had three hits in the game and the team's batting average in the ALCS stands at .143 right now. Four games in, I think it's safe to say that the team's in a slump. Next up, the Yankees' best starting pitcher in the playoffs thus far-Masahiro Tanaka.
As for the NLCS, the Cubs are folding (6-1 Dodgers in the top of the 8th inning). Nothing made that more evident than watching Cubs reliever Carl Edwards Jr. walk Dodgers starting pitcher Yu Darvish on four pitches with the bases loaded in the top of the 6th.
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Posted - Oct 18 2017 : 9:16PM
Another masterful performance by Masahiro Tanaka. ALCS sits at 3-2, as the Yankees eye the pennant and a World Series birth.
 
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Posted - Oct 18 2017 : 11:44PM
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Yeap, one of the worst starting pitchers in the last few weeks of the regular season has become the best starting pitcher in these playoffs. As good as their bullpen has been for them (which was expected), the Yankees' starters have been just as good if not better. Tanaka's had three excellent outings, Sabathia's been good in all of his, Grey has been pretty good, and after a disastorous postseason debut in the Wild Card Game, Severino has been great. Yankees pitching has been able to control the two most potent lineups in baseball this season.
EDIT: Cubs stave off elimination tonight, winning 3-2. Clayton Kershaw can clinch it for the Dodgers tomorrow.
Edited by - Mass Facialties on 10/19/2017 12:40:29 AM
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Go Dodgers! Kiké goes crazy! Kershaw gets the win.

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Posted - Oct 21 2017 : 12:00AM
Justin Verlander proved why he is worth everything the Astros will pay for him with a great performance in ALCS Game 6. The ALCS goes to the wire and both managers have some pitching problems to overcome.
 
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Posted - Oct 21 2017 : 12:05AM
Another outstanding pitching performance from Justin Verlander and, though it took them a while, the Astros were finally able to put up a big run total tonight and force Game 7. The Yankees already have C.C. Sabathia penciled in for Game 7, while the Astros have to decide between a couple of not-so-good options (Charlie Morton, Lance McCullers or Brad Peacock). I know it's in Houston, but I still say the Yankees have the advantage here.
EDIT: Charlie Morton has been announced as the Game 7 starter for Houston. Advantage-Yankees.
Edited by - Mass Facialties on 10/21/2017 12:38:03 AM
 
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Posted - Oct 21 2017 : 1:03AM
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What other choice do Astros have? McCullers (Sept. arm fatigue) going on 3 days rest?
i saw Morton pitch well against Sox late in the regular season. I don't know why he has turned into a pumpkin in the playoffs.
 
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Posted - Oct 21 2017 : 1:12AM
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Yeah, you're right. I guess the one reason for optimism - from the Astros' standpoint - would be that both of Morton's starts in these playoffs have been on the road, so maybe now that he's finally pitching a home game, his performance will be much better.
 
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Posted - Oct 22 2017 : 1:31AM
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And that's exactly what happened-Morton pitched five scoreless innings. The Astros hitters were able to touch up Sabathia and Kahnle, and then McCullers came in and pitched four scoreless innings. Astros win Game 7, 4-0, and are going to the World Series for the second time in franchise history. Phew, I'm so glad I don't have to root for the Dodgers in the World Series.
Good for Houston, the team and the city, they deserved this.
Game 1 of the World Series is Tuesday night. One WS trend that does not bode well for the Dodgers-the last 8 teams to clinch a WS berth first have lost. You have to go back to my '08 Phillies for the last team to win it all who won their LCS before their WS opponent won theirs.

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Posted - Oct 22 2017 : 3:47AM
Looks like Dusty Baker got shit-canned after all.
 
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Posted - Oct 23 2017 : 12:54AM
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Yeap, no surprise there, although you do wonder if that'll be the last managerial job he ever gets. It just feels like the game has passed him by.
Though they fell short of the World Series, everybody is hyping the future of the Yankees, especially Aaron Judge. As I watched him in these playoffs, I started thinking that he reminds me of Ryan Howard. Like Judge did this season, Howard dominated in his first full Major League season back in 2006. '06 Ryan Howard actually had more HR (58) and RBI (149) than Judge this year (52 HR and 114 RBI), not to mention he also had a higher batting average and less strikeouts. (Howard was awarded N.L. MVP that season even though the Phillies missed the playoffs.) Getting to the point, I'm just curious to see if Judge can keep this going or if he'll steadily decline like Howard did back then.

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Posted - Oct 23 2017 : 2:03AM
Tough call, really. I'd much rather Judge turn out like a young Ryan Howard as opposed to someone like Adam Dunn. We won't know until he gets at least 2-3 more seasons under his belt. Judge whiffs a ton, but he still had a .422 OBP while drawing 127 walks. If he could retain those qualities and not have a dip in BA, that would be ideal. Also, he won't smash 50 HR yearly, but the type of raw power he possesses can't be overlooked. During the latter half of the postseason, he finally started turning (and resisting) on those low/outside breaking pitches they kept trying to nab him with. I think he'll adjust into a smarter hitter over time.

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Posted - Oct 23 2017 : 11:21AM
The game passed by Dusty Baker before he got hired by Cincinnati. Washington should count themselves lucky one or two of their top pitchers isn't wrecked already. Baker has a history of burning pitchers out prematurely.
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Posted - Oct 25 2017 : 3:24AM
Clayton Kershaw wins a pitchers' duel with Dallas Keuchel in Game 1, 3-1. Except for a solo HR given up to Alex Bregman early, Kershaw dominated-11 strikeouts in 7 innings pitched. Justin Turner hit a 2-run HR in the 6th, even he admitted after the game that if it wasn't for the unseasonably hot conditions, that ball he hit probably would've been a routine flyout. By the way, the most surprising thing about this game has to be that it only took 2 hours, 28 minutes; apparently, that makes for the fastest WS game since 1992.

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Posted - Oct 25 2017 : 11:56AM
Astros yet again will be relying on Justin Verlander to come through. I'd like to see him get shelled this time.
 
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Posted - Oct 26 2017 : 1:48AM
Astros win a thrilling Game 2 in extra innings. Just when it looked like the Astros' lineup wasn't going to be able to get out of their funk and they were going to lose another game, their lineup touched up the untouchable Kenley Jansen for single runs in the 8th and 9th innings. It looked like the Dodgers were done after Altuve and Correa hit back-to-back solo HRs in the 10th, but Ken Giles then proceeded to blow the save opportunity in the bottom of the inning. The Astros then took a two-run lead again in the top of the 11th when George Springer - who had a GREAT game (finally) - hit a two-run blast. Culberson hit a solo HR for the Dodgers in the bottom of the 11th with two outs, but the Astros were finally able to close out the game. So the Astros win their first WS game in franchise history, the Dodgers lose for the first time at home in this postseason, not to mention this was also the first game they lost this season in which they had the lead after 8 innings. This game also set the record for most home runs in a WS game (8).

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Posted - Oct 26 2017 : 12:19PM
^ Roberts tried to get too cute with his bullpen, pulling a still-effective starter after four innings, then putting Jansen in for two innings. Roberts and the Dodgers let analytics get the best of them. Starter Rich Hill is known as a five-inning guy. He was still doing OK after four--yeah, he let a couple of guys on in the fourth but he pitched out of it. There was no sign he was really weakening substantially. He should have been left in for the fifth, and then to the sixth if he earned it. Instead Roberts pulled Hill after four, and was forced to bring Jansen in an inning earlier than desired. Then Roberts made the mistake many managers do, which is leave their closer in too long on nights the closer is showing clearly they don't have closer stuff that night. Plus leaving Jansen in that long gave the Astros a nice, long look at him to help them figure him out. Closers need to be out like nipple flashes--visible long enough to be focused upon, then back inside. If the Dodgers end up losing the Series, the downfall began last night.

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Posted - Oct 26 2017 : 12:24PM
Wow. Joe Girardi is out as Yankees manager. Looks like they didn't want to bring him back.
 
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Posted - Oct 27 2017 : 1:23AM
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Sounds like it might've been a mutual thing, I heard Girardi has aspirations for something big in the league office, possibly commissioner some day.

Getting back to Dave Roberts' decision to pull Rich Hill so early in Game 2, is it possible that it wasn't his call? I heard Tom Verducci explaining after Hill was pulled how Andrew Friedman (one of these boy genius general managers) and his analytics team believed that the Astros' hitters were likely to get to Hill because it would be the third time they'd be seeing him. With a lot of these managers now, I wonder just how much independence they have when it comes to these decisions because it feels like these young, analytics-obsessed GMs want to control EVERYTHING.

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Posted - Oct 27 2017 : 1:45AM
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Really? Interesting. This quote suggests otherwise, but who knows:
 
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For what it's worth, I heard it from Colin Cowherd that Girardi wants something in the league office.

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Posted - Oct 27 2017 : 10:28PM
^ ESPN reporting John Farrell will be interviewed by the Nats.
Referring to the Dodgers and analytics, analytics are great when everything follows the analytics script. But when--not if--something goes wrong, you had better have a manager with enough baseball sense and the huevos to make the decisions that need to be made.
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Posted - Oct 27 2017 : 11:10PM
Dave Roberts pushed the panic button way too early in Game 3. He has one position player left on the bench in the top of the 7th.

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Posted - Oct 28 2017 : 12:30AM
Astros up 2-1 with the next two games in Houston. I wonder if they can take this. Game 2 was paramount for the Dodgers.

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Posted - Oct 29 2017 : 12:20AM
I now have my own analytic rule for relievers: 2 batters in the ninth. If you are a reliever and you allow 2 on, you are out, even if you are the closer. Years of suffering through shitty Detroit Tiger bullpens have led to this rule, plus watching World Series teams lose 2 games this Series by violating it.
 
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Posted - Oct 29 2017 : 2:58AM
I didn't expect Wood vs. Morton to be such a pitchers' duel, but Giles getting lit up in the 9th wasn't much of a surprise. He's given up at least one run in 6 of his 7 postseason appearances. Kershaw vs. Keuchel in Game 5 Sunday night.
By the way, how 'bout Yuri Gurriel? A reminder to all players that even in the dugout, there's a camera on you at all times. Of course people are complaining that MLB has suspended him but they will not enforce the 5-game suspension until the start of next season. Don't get me wrong, his gesture was certainly offensive and worthy of a punishment, but I kind of feel that a fine would have been sufficient in this case.

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Posted - Oct 29 2017 : 10:29AM
I thought the punishment was appropriate; MLB had to make a statement. He's lucky the suspension takes effect during some meaningless games in April. There's no place for infantile behavior like that during the World Series. Anyways, the Dodgers finally quieted the annoying Houston crowd. With the series tied at 2-2, the rematch of Kershaw-Keuchel will certainly be a good one.
 
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Posted - Oct 30 2017 : 3:05AM
Thrilling Game 5, too bad that outside of Houston and Los Angeles, most viewers (especially on the East Coast where the game ended at 1:39 AM) didn't see the finish. Kershaw vs. Keuchel did not go as expected, with the latter getting rocked right out of the gate and the former faltering in the 4th and 5th. Game 6 in Los Angeles on Tuesday night, Justin Verlander has the chance to win the first World Series for himself, the Astros and the city of Houston. Meanwhile, the Dodgers have to hope Rich Hill can not only pitch well, but pitch deep into the game because their bullpen has really been worked in this series.

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Runs given up by Jansen this series: 4
Runs given up by Mariano in his entire postseason career: 11

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Posted - Oct 30 2017 : 11:54AM
^ Jansen already has more blown saves in his World Series career than Rivera.

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Posted - Oct 30 2017 : 12:21PM
^That too. I could've expanded on it, (Mo's 0.70 ERA across 141 postseason innings) but what an asinine comparison.
 
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Dodgers win Game 6, 3-1. Game 7 tomorrow night, Lance McCullers Jr. vs. Yu Darvish. I know "anything can happen", but I really do feel like the Astros lost the Series tonight. Verlander was as good as you'd expect, but Houston's lineup really should've been able to get some more runs off of Hill in the early innings (before Hill was pulled in the 5th). It almost seems fitting that Darvish, the target of Yuli Gurriel's racist gesture, gets the chance to win the Series for Los Angeles.

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Posted - Nov 1 2017 : 9:58PM
I really don't get Roberts' move to yank Darvish with two out in the top of the 2nd, and the pitcher's spot up second in the bottom of the 2nd. His bullpen has been overworked and overexposed all Series long. Unless you think Darvish has no shot at getting the third out there is no reason to burn a reliever for just one out.

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Posted - Nov 1 2017 : 11:55PM
My vote for World Series MVP: George Springer
#2: Bregman
 
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George Springer got it.
By the way...so much for that Sports Illustrated "cover jinx":
(SI's cover from June 30, 2014)
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^WOW

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It was a great Series through six games, but kind of a snooze tonight. I have to think a lot of Giants fans got a kick out of watching the Astros in Giants-orange shirts beating the hated Dodgers on their home turf.
Edited by - Harri Patel on 11/2/2017 3:11:07 AM

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A lot of Dodger fans were speculating Darvish was tipping pitches after his game 3 outing.
Beltran acknowledges that's the case and it basically cost the Dodgers 2 games.

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Posted - Nov 2 2017 : 4:51PM
What was up with A-Rod and that pinched nose, Chiclet fake smile he was sporting most of the postgame?

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That's nothing new. A-Rod has always been the epitome of fake. His analysis always sounds canned and scripted. Having said that, he is quite a good analyst.

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Posted - Nov 2 2017 : 7:00PM
A-Rod is definitely a student of the game, which I like. It's also BS that he got outed for steroids when 100+ names didn't.
 
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Dude, he got busted for it TWICE. I remember back in '09, during Spring Training that year I think, he did the whole apology thing after being busted the first time. Not only that, but he decided to become a spokesperson for the Taylor Hooten Foundation to help his public image, the namesake of this foundation is a teenage boy who killed himself after using illegal PEDs. A reminder: . Just another thing that was underreported and forgotten. Compared to the other cheats - Mark McGwire, Barry Bonds, Rafael Palmiero - he pretty much gets a fuckin' pass from the general public because he's good-looking and he fucks celebs like Madonna, Kate Hudson and (now) Jennifer Lopez. Fuck him.

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Posted - Nov 3 2017 : 1:00AM
That's great you loathe him so passionately, but you dismissed my point about the 104 players who tested positive that went without scrutiny because their names were never confirmed/revealed. That's bullshit. A-Rod had to be the fall guy for it when you know damn well someone like Also, McGwire has been a coach in MLB since 2010, so I guess A-Rod wasn't the only one to get a "free pass" from the sport/general public?
I'm not even a lame baseball purist who thinks these steroid users should be condemned to hell. I never gave a shit. I do have less respect for bums such as Canseco/McGwire who were probably crap hitters without it, or other random users like Brady Anderson and Ken Caminiti. Barry Bonds and A-Rod were Hall of Fame caliber players before ever touching performance-enhancing drugs. It's truly unjust they were crucified while others got away unscathed.
FYI, you conveniently omitted Ryan Braun and 12 other Biogenesis offenders.

Edited by - Starry Eyes on 11/3/2017 2:00:35 AM
 
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I despise all of the cheats you mentioned, too...Ortiz's legacy should be tainted the same way A-Rod's is, McGwire and Bonds shouldn't have gotten coaching jobs and Braun's mega contract should have been voided after he was revealed to be a cheat and a fuckin' liar. I guess you could say things have worked out for all of 'em now-after initial public outrage, they've all settled into nice, cushy, well-paying jobs and all of the anger and resentment the general public had against them has faded away.
Still, for me, A-Rod stands out because of what I already mentioned-he used a dead kid and his family for some good publicity, begged for forgiveness, claiming he was sorry and that he would never do it again...only to get busted for PED use again later. Plus, as you claim, he was already a great baseball player, so there was really no need for him to use PEDs. That, as far as I'm concerned, is worse than some "bum" choosing to use them.
 
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Posted - Nov 6 2017 : 12:05AM
Anyways...the big storyline for this off-season looks like it'll be Giancarlo Stanton. All indications are that the ownership group that just purchased the Marlins franchise wants to shed payroll, and they're going to start by trading Stanton. Teams who have appartenly shown interest include the Phillies, Giants and Cardinals. It's kind of crazy that this guy, coming off a 58 HR season, is going to be available this winter.

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Man, I was truly saddened when this news broke. Dying at just 40 years old - with a wife and two young sons - is tragic enough, but what also depresses me is that he won't be here when he gets inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
It goes without saying that as a baseball player, this man was the ultimate professional. This Instagram post from former teammate Chase Utley exemplifies that:
In his four seasons pitching for the Phillies, I went to a lot of the games he started. One of them just happened to be unforgettable because he was unhittable-Cincinnati Reds vs. Philadelphia Phillies, Game 1 of the 2010 NLDS.
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