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#41 Beemo

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Posted 04 October 2018 - 06:47 AM

I don't know what the A's were thinking, going with the bullpen game. They should've done what the last team to face the Yankees in the Wild Card game did and started their best starter. I'm sure it would've worked better.

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Posted 04 October 2018 - 11:41 AM

Welp, this is what “bullpenning” looks like in the postseason. Probably the first — and last — time we’ll see it. Same could probably be said for “Opener-Primary”

^^^ This aged well!!

Brew Crew doing a "bullpen" game tonight -- good luck, fellas!

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Posted 04 October 2018 - 12:01 PM

Counting the wild card game as its own round, Oakland has participated in 10 postseason rounds in the wild card era (since 1994), and won only 1 of them -- 2006 vs the Twins.

 

The Twins have participated in 8 postseason rounds during that time, and won only one -- 2002 vs Oakland.

 

(On a game level, rather than round/series, Oakland does have more postseason wins during that time, since their 6 division series losses each went the full 5 games. 12 wins for Oakland, vs 6 for the Twins.)

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Posted 04 October 2018 - 12:07 PM

Thursday Oct. 4

 

NLDS Game 1

Rockies at Brewers

4:07 PM CST

Broadcasts: Fox Sports 1, international MLB.TV, and ESPN Radio

 

NLDS Game 1

Braves at Dodgers

7:27 CST

Broadcasts: MLB Network, international MLB.TV, and ESPN Radio

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Posted 04 October 2018 - 12:22 PM

 

I'm not quite sure why these broadcasters are trying so hard to justify the A's doing a bullpen game. C'mon, anyone who has ever seen Liam Hendriks pitch knew him "starting" the wild card game is a garbage plan.

 

I wanted Ervin Santana and his HR prone tendencies nowhere near Yankee Stadium last year. Most of the A's rotation are also flyball pitchers due to their home stadium, the only two guys who would have made any sense to start were Cahill and Anderson, but they'd pitched the previous two games and since Anderson can't miss bats he was still likely to get shelled.

 

The A's bullpen has been the best in the league this year and Hendriks has been great since they brought him back. It was a sound plan, it just didn't work out.


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Posted 04 October 2018 - 12:22 PM

 

Brew Crew doing a "bullpen" game tonight -- good luck, fellas!

Wow, that is strange. The Brewers NLDS roster features 5 guys who were primarily starting pitchers in 2018, and while none are stars, none are slouches either -- they all had a 96 ERA+ or better this year. I guess Guerra and Peralta will work in relief. They also left off Chase Anderson, who had 30 starts of 104 ERA+ this year (although not many innings, and a much worse FIP).

 

Stranger still, after a bullpen game today for game 1, they have announced Chacin is starting game 2 tomorrow on short rest after he faced the Cubs in game 163 on Monday.


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Posted 04 October 2018 - 12:23 PM

^^^ This aged well!!

Brew Crew doing a "bullpen" game tonight -- good luck, fellas!


Instead of cheering for teams, I'm now rooting for teams that do not go with a bullpen game. Sorry Milwaukee, you're dead to me tonight.
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Posted 04 October 2018 - 12:24 PM

 

the only two guys who would have made any sense to start were Cahill and Anderson, but they'd pitched the previous two games

That's no excuse -- Oakland's playoff position was already wrapped up, they could have easily skipped those guys last weekend.


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Posted 04 October 2018 - 12:28 PM

Does anybody here have a strong rooting interest among the remaining teams?

 

For me, my top interest is anti-Yankees. :)

 

Beyond that, I primarily just want close games/series, although I have some extended family rooting for the Brewers and Rockies so I'll cheer them on too.

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Posted 04 October 2018 - 12:29 PM

I'm anti-bullpenning :)
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Posted 04 October 2018 - 12:32 PM

 

Does anybody here have a strong rooting interest among the remaining teams?

 

*raises hand*

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Posted 04 October 2018 - 12:36 PM

 

The A's bullpen has been the best in the league this year and Hendriks has been great since they brought him back. It was a sound plan, it just didn't work out.

Also, Hendriks has only been "great" in a small sample (1 month, 13 innings) with pretty middling peripherals too, like a 20% K rate -- the lowest of any of the pitchers they used yesterday. Trivino was at 27%, Treinen at almost 32%.

 

I think it's absolutely fair to wonder if Hendriks was the wrong guy to open a bullpen game for them, even if you accept that a bullpen game was a fair strategy in this case.


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Posted 04 October 2018 - 02:45 PM

 

Does anybody here have a strong rooting interest among the remaining teams?

 

For me, my top interest is anti-Yankees. :)

 

Beyond that, I primarily just want close games/series, although I have some extended family rooting for the Brewers and Rockies so I'll cheer them on too.

 

In terms of rooting interest, I'd rank them like so:

 

1. Brewers (since I kinda consider them the NL Twins)

2. Astros (respect the hell out of that team)

3. Rockies (eh, they're cool)

4. Indians (eh, I'm okay with them)

5. Braves (I'm jealous of all their young talent, so they're in the bottom half)

6. Red Sox (with that "let's buy our way to a title" payroll, I can't root for them)

7. Yankees (because they're the Yankees)

8. Dodgers (because they're the Dodgers)


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Posted 04 October 2018 - 03:38 PM

Go Rockies!!!

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Posted 04 October 2018 - 03:39 PM

Actually, maybe the opener / bullpen game makes more sense in the NL. A guy who can go 2-3 innings, then get lifted for a pinch-hitter.

Edit to add: especially as the home team, batting last. The Brewers did just that today, getting 3 shutout innings from Woodruff before lifting him for a pinch hitter in the bottom of the third.

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Posted 04 October 2018 - 03:42 PM

8. Dodgers (because they're the Dodgers)


But the Dodgers playoff roster features Brian Dozier's glorious hair!
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Posted 04 October 2018 - 03:46 PM

 

But the Dodgers playoff roster features Brian Dozier's glorious hair!

 

I'm afraid poor Dozier's hair is past its prime.:cry:

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Posted 04 October 2018 - 05:28 PM

 

Actually, maybe the opener / bullpen game makes more sense in the NL. A guy who can go 2-3 innings, then get lifted for a pinch-hitter.

Edit to add: especially as the home team, batting last. The Brewers did just that today, getting 3 shutout innings from Woodruff before lifting him for a pinch hitter in the bottom of the third.

maybe so. Seven innings, scoreless. 


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Posted 04 October 2018 - 05:29 PM

Blackmon's beard.... Majestic.

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Posted 04 October 2018 - 05:32 PM

Didn't know the Brewers have a "one of us" managing their team. The more you know...