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#41 sampleSizeOfOne

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Posted 06 October 2020 - 04:08 PM

They didn’t in the first round, but it sounds like they might add him for the NLDS.

Padres have Austin Adams who shares a name with a different Austin Adams who pitched for the Twins very briefly.

And the Yankees have a pitcher named Nick Nelson, that’s close enough for me. :)


Some pitcher we faced recently was named Luis Castillo.

That confused me a bit.

Pretty sure they got knocked out, seeing as all central teams are gone.

With so many balls leaving the park between A's and Astros, maybe Twins would have been better served playing the first series on the west coast...

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Posted 06 October 2020 - 07:33 PM

No team that made the postseason looked worse than Houston going in. Now they outpitched the Twins and are 2/3 of the way to outslugging the A's. Do they have all-black alternate uniforms that they can wear, because they are the "bad guys" of this postseason.

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Posted 08 October 2020 - 10:22 AM

Thursday October 8

 

Four games today! All potential elimination games, so it is likely the last 4-game day of this postseason.

 

1:08 pm CDT

Atlanta Braves at Miami Marlins (ATL leads 2-0)

TV: FS1

 

2:35 pm CDT

Oakland Athletics at Houston Astros (HOU leads 2-1)

TV: TBS

 

6:10 pm CDT

Tampa Bay Rays at New York Yankees (TB leads 2-1)

TV: TBS

 

8:08 pm CDT

Los Angeles Dodgers at San Diego Padres (LAD leads 2-0)

TV: MLB Network


#44 spycake

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Posted 08 October 2020 - 10:26 AM

Yesterday (Wednesday Oct. 8), Liam Hendriks threw 3 shutout innings with 37 pitches to keep Oakland alive. Is he available today, if they need him again to stave off elimination?

 

Brusdar Graterol only needed 7 pitches to record 4 outs for the Dodgers, before Jansen & Kelly *almost* blew the lead in the 9th vs the Padres. Maybe Graterol will get the 9th inning next time?


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Posted 08 October 2020 - 10:53 AM

Yesterday (Wednesday Oct. 8), Liam Hendriks threw 3 shutout innings with 37 pitches to keep Oakland alive. Is he available today, if they need him again to stave off elimination?
 
Brusdar Graterol only needed 7 pitches to record 4 outs for the Dodgers, before Jansen & Kelly *almost* blew the lead in the 9th vs the Padres. Maybe Graterol will get the 9th inning next time?

Then again, Graterol was the pitcher who surrendered the fly ball that would have been the go ahead HR that Bellinger robbed from Tatis. Also, John Curtiss came back tonight and got five outs against the Yankees after their starting pitcher left the game.

If Tampa Bay and LA advance, it will be an exciting bullpen bracket the rest of the way :)
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Posted 08 October 2020 - 11:04 AM

 

Then again, Graterol was the pitcher who surrendered the fly ball that would have been the go ahead HR that Bellinger robbed from Tatis.

I went to bed early, so I only knew it as "Flyball: CF (Deep CF)". :)

 

Here's the video for anyone like me who missed it:

https://mlb-cuts-dia...20_59_4000K.mp4

 

A heckuva play by Bellinger, for sure, but seeing how many no-doubt HR have been hit this postseason, maybe there is a little bit of skill involved in only letting them hit one with a lot of hang time and a trajectory coming down just over the fence. :) But yeah, not all outs in the boxscore are created equal.

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Posted 09 October 2020 - 06:39 AM

Can someone explain to me why on earth the Padres would use ELEVEN pitchers in a 12-3 blowout that eliminated them? 

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Posted 09 October 2020 - 07:47 PM

C'mon Rays, take down those Yankees! I don't want to see a Yankees-Astros ALDS!


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Posted 09 October 2020 - 08:35 PM

2-1 TB.

HOU - TB in the ALCS.
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Posted 09 October 2020 - 10:13 PM

Can someone explain to me why on earth the Padres would use ELEVEN pitchers in a 12-3 blowout that eliminated them?

Why not
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Posted 10 October 2020 - 07:39 AM

 

2-1 TB.

HOU - TB in the ALCS.

I only watched one at-bat in this game and only saw the last five or six pitches of it. My wife had the game tuned in and I just happened to be by the TV. Fortunately for me it was the AB that won the game. After seeing many (many many) AB's in my life it's still amazing to me that major league hitters can even make contact with an upper-nineties fastball, much less hit it over the fence in fair territory.


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Posted 10 October 2020 - 07:50 AM

Can someone explain to me why on earth the Padres would use ELEVEN pitchers in a 12-3 blowout that eliminated them?


You sort of answered your own question there: elimination game. And it was only 8-3 through the first 10 pitchers. (And 6 of the runs were given up by the first 2 pitchers — after that, they were just trying to stay alive.)

Padres games were a little tedious this postseason due to all the pitching changes, but in fairness they were down to 2 starters.

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Posted 10 October 2020 - 07:53 AM

it's still amazing to me that major league hitters can even make contact with an upper-nineties fastball, much less hit it over the fence in fair territory.

There is a theory that hitting it over the fence is about the only thing teams can try to do with that kind of pitching, aside from taking it (or swinging and missing, of course). Emphasizing the “three true outcomes” style of play.

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Posted 10 October 2020 - 08:57 AM

 

There is a theory that hitting it over the fence is about the only thing teams can try to do with that kind of pitching, aside from taking it (or swinging and missing, of course). Emphasizing the “three true outcomes” style of play.

I get this, and it's certainly a legitimate viewpoint, but it only applies to major-league-level batters. Hitting a home run requires nearly perfect contact and there are tons of minor leaguers who simply are not capable of doing that.


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Posted 10 October 2020 - 11:56 AM

I get this, and it's certainly a legitimate viewpoint, but it only applies to major-league-level batters. Hitting a home run requires nearly perfect contact and there are tons of minor leaguers who simply are not capable of doing that.


Agreed! I wasn’t trying to counter your post, just going off on a tangent — sorry that wasn’t clear!

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Posted 10 October 2020 - 04:11 PM

 

Agreed! I wasn’t trying to counter your post, just going off on a tangent — sorry that wasn’t clear!

I don't think it was a tangent at all, just a complementary perspective.


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Posted 10 October 2020 - 04:13 PM

 

There is a theory that hitting it over the fence is about the only thing teams can try to do with that kind of pitching, aside from taking it (or swinging and missing, of course). Emphasizing the “three true outcomes” style of play.

This approach can also be described as follows: Swing hard in case the ball hits your bat!

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Posted 11 October 2020 - 07:03 AM

I'd like to thank the Rays for advancing to the ALCS so that I didn't have to decide who I hated less between the Astros and the Yankees.

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Posted 11 October 2020 - 07:40 AM

 

I'd like to thank the Rays for advancing to the ALCS so that I didn't have to decide who I hated less between the Astros and the Yankees.

I would extend this to the Dodgers and the Atlantas.


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Posted 11 October 2020 - 02:08 PM

Sunday Oct. 11

6:37 PM CDT
ALCS game 1: Astros at Rays
Valdez vs Snell
TV: TBS