October 5, 2008

ALDS 3: Angels 5, Red Sox 4 (12)

Angels  - 102 010 000 001 - 5 16  0
Red Sox - 030 010 000 000 - 4 7 0
Hell of a game and a tough one to lose. If this had been an all-or-nothing game for both sides, this 5:19 battle -- the see-saw battle of the first five innings and the many missed opportunities for both teams after that -- would be on a short list of classic DS games.

Beckett had neither stuff nor control (5-9-4-4-6, 106), throwing 30 pitches in the first inning and 70 through the first three frames. He escaped the first down only 1-0, despite allowing a single, double and two walks. The Angels stranded eight runners in the first four innings.

With two outs in the second, Saunders walked Jed Lowrie, gave up a single to Jason Varitek and walked Coco Crisp. Jacoby Ellsbury popped the ball into short center. Howie Kendrick tracked it, took a peek at Torii Hunter coming in from center and backed off. The ball fell between them and Ellsbury was credited with the first three-run single in post-season history!

(That was not the only blunder made by the Angels. Torii Hunter was gunned down trying to stretch a single into a double to start the ninth inning. Jason Bay fired the ball in from the left field line to Dustin Pedroia. FY whirled around to make a quick tag, was surprised to see that Hunter wasn't there and had to actually wait a beat or two to make the easy tag on the headfirst-sliding Hunter!)

Mike Napoli hit a two-run home run in the third and a solo dong in the fifth as LA took a 4-3 lead. Boston came right back to tie in their half on doubles by Ellsbury and Kevin Youkilis.

After the fifth, the Boston bats went AWOL. Their next hit would not come until the tenth inning. And it was at that time, against Francisco Rodriguez, that Boston had their best chance at a seies-clinching walkoff. After Dustin Pedroia (now 0-for-13 in the series) struck out, David Ortiz worked a seven-pitch walk. Yook singled to center and after Frod fanned Jason Bay, Mike Lowell also drew a seven-pitch pass. With Alex Cora running for Lowell, Lowrie smoked a pitch to right, but it was hit right at Gary Matthews for the final out. The Sox made Frod work, though, throwing 33 pitches in his one inning of work.

The Angels scored the winning run off Javier Lopez when Napoli opened the 12th with a ground ball single to left. He was bunted to second and scored on Erick Aybar's bloop hit to short center. Ortiz walked to start the bottom of the 12th, but Yook (F8) Bay (K looking) and Cora (5-3) could not move him along.

I look at all the chicken scratchings on my scorecard -- completely full at 12 innings -- and realize I could blab on for quite awhile, taking you through the six shutout innings tossed by the MDC-Jeemer-Masterson-Bot quartet and a bunch of other stuff.

And if I had punished my mind and ears with TBS sound, I could (judging from the game thread) offer plenty of pro-Angels BS from Chip Caray and Buck Martinez. A very blatant example came in the top of the seventh when Caray was doing a promo about possible Monday games and said that "hopefully" this series would go to a Game 4. He quickly qualified that statement with an "if you're an Angels fan" addendum.

The thought of relying on Daisuke Matsuzaka in a Game 5 in Anaheim on Wednesday is a bit scary, so let's hope Jon Lester is sharp on Monday night.

Also: The White Sox beat the Rays 5-3 and staved off elimination for another day. The Phillies beat the Brewers 6-2 and will begin the NLCS against the Dodgers on Thursday.

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Joe Saunders (3.41, 128 ERA+) / Josh Beckett (4.03, 114 ERA+)

Back at Fenway Park -- where they went 56-25 this year -- the Red Sox go for their third consecutive ALDS sweep over the hapless Angels.
Los Angeles has a slight advantage when it comes to tonight's starters. Saunders led the Angels in Adjusted ERA and finished the regular season with 15 straight scoreless innings. In 2008, he put up Quality Starts in each of his three outings against the Red Sox: 18.2 IP, 18 H, 9 BB, 6 K, 3.38.

Past history says that Beckett "deserved" the ball in Game 1, but based on this year's performance, he's slotted in his rightful place as the 3rd starter. Beckett faced Los Angeles twice in July (13.1-20-2-14, 7.42). P.S.: After pictures of Beckett dragging his suitcase out of Fenway with his right arm last week were published, SoSH had some alternate theories of why Beckett was held back.

Against Saunders: Pedroia has the best average (7-for-18, .389), while Coco Crisp is 5-for-17, with four doubles and a home run. ... Against Beckett: Mrs. Garrett wears him out (.471 average, 1.291 OPS).

Note: If the Red Sox win tonight, Beckett could start ALCS 1 on Friday on normal rest. However, that would give both Lester and Matsuzaka nine days of rest before Games 2 and 3.

Before Boston:
Phillies (2)/Brewers (1) at 1
Rays (2)/White Sox (0) at 4
Dodgers sweep Cubs: There will be no 1918 rematch.

1,254 comments:

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Jere said...

Now a good chance for a 1915 or 1916 rematch.

ish said...

Right now, we don't know who the Dodgers' NLCS opponent will be (Joe Blanton and Jeff Suppan going today... Toss up, really), and we don't know the two teams who will play in the ALCS (although we have some amount of an idea)...

But the idea is floating around of how interesting it would be for the Dodgers and Red Sox to meet in the World Series. For the obvious reasons - Manny, Lowe, Nomar, Torre, etc etc. (wouldn't you love to have the audio of Vin Scully calling a Red Sox/Dodgers World Series?)

But one interesting scenario I think would be cool to play out is, assuming the pitching for both teams gets set up this way (that is, back to normal, with Lester/Beckett/Dice)... Have a Game 3 of the World Series matchup of Dice-K and Hiroki Kuroda. Two #18's, two similar deliveries - okay, maybe different pitching, although they both feature similar pitches)... I just think that would be cool.

ish said...

I've always wondered why the Red Sox let Orlando Cabrera go after the 2004 season. Most of us forget about compensation draft picks, don't we?

At the time, you could have the choice of re-signing Cabrera, or let him sign elsewhere, pick up a first round pick and a second round pick, and then spend similar money as you would on Cabrera, on a similar shortshop like Edgar Renteria. Obviously Renteria didn't work out in Boston, and off he went.

Orlando Cabrera's compensation picks... Jacoby Ellsbury and Jed Lowrie.

Okay, I'm no longer mad at Theo for letting the OC go. Have fun in your 0-2 hole against the FKR.

redsock said...

I've always wondered why the Red Sox let Orlando Cabrera go after the 2004 season.

How about: He can't hit.

(Actually, his OBP is higher in the last two years than I would have suspected. Still seriously below average hitter, though.

BR's comps:

Similar Batters
#3: Thurman Munson (alright hitter, but no power, I guess)

Similar Batters through Age 32
B.J. Surhoff (945)
Tony Cuccinello (932)
Terry Pendleton (923)
Dave Concepcion (922)
Thurman Munson (920))

Orlando Cabrera's compensation picks... Jacoby Ellsbury and Jed Lowrie.

Now that is nice.

redsock said...

(wouldn't you love to have the audio of Vin Scully calling a Red Sox/Dodgers World Series?)

For that, I'd suffer through any radio/TV delay with a smile on my face.

redsock said...

Re the note about donating to SoSock:

Maybe I should threaten to bring back political posts! That might bring in some $!

redsock said...

Dear Angels:

Heh heh heh!
You are sooooooo fucked!


Josh

L-girl said...

But the idea is floating around of how interesting it would be for the Dodgers and Red Sox to meet in the World Series.

I've been thinking it since the day after Manny was traded.

L-girl said...

I've always wondered why the Red Sox let Orlando Cabrera go after the 2004 season.

I don't. I prefer players who can hit.

L-girl said...

And yes, I know Ish's point was LBJ/Mind Trick, and that Allan said OC isn't so bad. Still, I couldn't resist.

ish said...

Renteria, Gonzalez and Lugo couldn't hit either.

ish said...

Look out! There's a rabbit loose!

redsock said...

:>)

Jere said...

So the Phillies just hit back to back dongs. The second landed in a standing room area, at the edge of which are tables. These people are sitting at a table, the ball is landing five feet to their left--and they just sit there and glance over! Get out of your seat and try to catch a home run ball!

redsock said...

We didn't need it, but here's a slip up showing that Lyndon likely does not write his MLB blog posts.

nick said...

I saw that gizmodo link on their blog and thought of posting it here. It's just like what I'm doing now!

ish said...

So, uh... Dodgers/Phillies NLCS, then?

redsock said...

It looks that way.

PHI: 104 0
MIL: 000 0

nick said...

I'm rooting for the Brewers so I can relive my childhood. I remember going w/ my dad to a friend's house to watch game 7 of the '82 world series and falling asleep before I saw them lose the game. (we didn't have a TV.)

Now, I want the brewers to get in so I can fall asleep before I see them lose game 7 of the '08 world series against the Red Sox.

ish said...

Nick, you sure you'd want to be asleep for that?

nick said...

The best things in life are those you sleep through.

uhhh... no, you're right, but also to the extent that I expect the sox to win the world series in 5.

Bartman said...

Why are these games not on my cable TV? Hundreds of channels but no "free" games?!

ish said...

Raining in Chicago...

ish said...

Just a passing shower, sort of. Should be another 20-40 minutes before the rain clears out, but there shouldn't be anymore threat for rain.

redsock said...

Another $100 in the pot -- $2,170!

Fuck Yeah! :>)

ish said...

White Sox/Rays game delayed... no start time announced. But it seriously shouldn't be too long.

Might fuck up your taping of the Red Sox game, though.

ish said...

Poor WSJ. He goes home.

ish said...

So... It will be Phillies/Dodgers NLCS.

Predictions?

redsock said...

Might fuck up your taping of the Red Sox game, though.

That was the first thing I thought of!

Fucking Rays.

redsock said...

PHI: 104 000 010 - 6 10 0
MIL: 000 000 110 - 2 8 0

PHI wins series 3-1.
NLCS starts Thursday in PHI.

...

Rays know ALDS is not over -- but the Angels do.

ish said...

Bout a half hour from first pitch - tarp's off the field and the two pitchers are warming up.

L-girl said...

The tape is running for a full 6 hrs, so it might be fine.

ish said...

The tape is running for a full 6 hrs, so it might be fine.

Just as long as the two games don't overlap.

L-girl said...

Just as long as the two games don't overlap.

It might still be fine. Rogers might move the Rays to a different station and show the Sox as scheduled. The Red Sox are big up here. Rays, not so much.

ish said...

It might still be fine. Rogers might move the Rays to a different station and show the Sox as scheduled. The Red Sox are big up here. Rays, not so much.

That'd be nice.

ish said...

First pitch: 4:40

ish said...

Ernie Johnson said 7:27 first pitch for Angels/Red Sox. Thought it was 7:17. Then again, I thought it was 4:07 for this game, but it was 4:17 orginially. Okay....

L-girl said...

That'd be nice.

I don't know why Allan tapes every postseason games, but for his sake, I hope Rogers comes through.

redsock said...

Rogers might move the Rays to a different station and show the Sox as scheduled. The Red Sox are big up here. Rays, not so much.

Maybe. I's assume they would start the Red Sox somewhere else and keep the on-going game where it is. Then move the Red Sox over when the Rays win. That's usually the way they do it.

I don't know why Allan tapes every postseason games

You don't? Collector, completist, packrat, nerd, etc. etc., etc.

Plus the WS Champs DVD Boxes do not include the DS. The 2007 Sox box ignored all of the DS and the first 4 CS games.

L-girl said...

That's usually the way they do it.

Oh. Boo.

Collector, completist, packrat, nerd, etc. etc., etc.

Oh that.

nick said...

Collector, completist, packrat, nerd

sounds like the start of a new tagline.

phil said...

FKR - 0
PLH - 0

nick said...

I am doing a consulting gig today as part of a 2-day web/telephone conference call..7+ hrs into today, I'm ready to get out and watch some baseball.

phil said...

FKR - 01
PLH - 0

Fucking Rays.

ish said...

Waiting for that pigeon to get drilled by a ball.

tim said...

Orsillo must be ready to strangle this motherfucker doing the color.

SOOOOO FUCKING ANNOYING...sounds like a little fucking douchebag know-it-all idiot

ish said...

You don't like Harold Reynolds? Well, people are going to like the broadcasters and people are going to hate them.

Bet the Angels fans LOVED Caray and Buck.

L-girl said...

Is it Reynolds? I thought he was pretty good the other day, and I thought they made a good team.

But I'm in the minority on that one.

L-girl said...

So who do I get for audio tonight?

I guess I'll miss part of the game on my way home. I need a perfectly timed 25-minute rain delay. :)

ish said...

Well, L, you didn't mind Glenn Geffner when you listened to him. To each their own. But at least Geffner is now in Florida obscurity.

tim said...

I don't know, seems like this Reynolds guy doesn't ever shut up. And I find his voice nauseating.

redsock said...

Bet the Angels fans LOVED Caray and Buck.

I saw a comment from an LAA fan at Awful Announcing (after Game 1) that could not believe how bias they were towards Boston (Lester, LBJ, etc.)!

L-girl said...

That's right, Ish - although I only heard him a few times, I had no idea what all the hate was about. I'm usually in the minority on these things.

Except in extreme cases, like Hawk Harrelson.

L-girl said...

I saw a comment from an LAA fan at Awful Announcing (after Game 1) that could not believe how bias they were towards Boston (Lester, LBJ, etc.)!

That's almost always the case. I used to hear NYY fans complaining about Buck and McCarver hating the Yankees.

The announcers probably pay zero attention to accusations of bias, since they hear it from both sides.

phil said...

FKR - 010
PLH - 00

redsock said...

PLH?

L-girl said...

I've been trying to get that one. Pathetic losers...?

phil said...

Pale Hose.

phil said...

Would you prefer SSS? (South Side Sox.)

L-girl said...

PaLeHose. I guess it follows the FKR pattern.

Just got email from a very happy Phillies fan, who has been staying up very late in the UK to watch everything.

She wishes us luck and wants a Phillies-Red Sox WS.

phil said...

FKR - 010
PLH - 001

phil said...

Nothing like watching baseball and wanking to porn on a Sunday afternoon.

tim said...

MFS?

redsock said...

WC?

(who cares?)

ish said...

I love how A.J. stick his bat out just a tiny bit. Try to just touch that ball and send it off-line.

L-girl said...

YR, GLWT

tim said...

new name for FKR....RSNV

+2 internets for you if you can guess correctly on your first try.

L-girl said...

red sox nation...? that's all i got.

phil said...

Red Sox Nausea and Vomiting?

phil said...

Garza loads the bases with no outs.

L-girl said...

Phil must have it.

phil said...

FKR - 010 0
PLH - 001 1

phil said...

FKR - 010 0
PLH - 001 3

redsock said...

Red Sox's Next Victim!

L-girl said...

Ah-ha! Allan wins 2 internets.

redsock said...

Collector, completist, packrat, nerd

sounds like the start of a new tagline


I like it more than the one out there now.

redsock said...

2 internets?

i spend too much time on the first one!

L-girl said...

maybe go with no tagline for a while, until something comes to mind

i liked the russian novelist quote.

redsock said...

It looked naked when it didn't have one. It needs something to break up the space.

maybe?

______________________________

L-girl said...

a horizontal line?

redsock said...

Globe:

After the Chicaco Cubs, the team with the best record in the National League, was swept in its best-of-five division series against the Los Angeles Dodgers Saturday night, it only seemed reasonable to ask Angels manager Mike Scioscia, whose team earned the best record in the American League after winning a franchise-record 100 games, why the best teams in September struggled to show that in October.

"Well, first of all, we're not getting eliminated tonight, so I'm not going to answer that question. And we'll talk about that if it comes up, because we're not going to talk about it now."

phil said...

Yeah, the literary quote was great. You could try digging up a new one each week, if you get bored.

"In the gutters there is the merry gurgling and foaming of dirty water, in which the sunbeams do not disdain to bathe." -- Anton Chekhov

redsock said...

Ellsbury, RF
Pedroia, 2B
Ortiz, DH
Youkilis, 1B
Bay, LF
Lowell, 3B
Lowrie, SS
Varitek, C
Crisp, CF

Figgins, 3B
Anderson, LF
Teixeira, 1B
Guerrero, DH
Hunter, CF
Rivera, RF
Napoli, C
Kendrick, 2B
Erick Aybar, SS

phil said...

Chekhov's probably good for at least a month of quotes: "In the harbour there was a stench of ropes, and one caught glimpses of faces burnt brick-red, sounds of a pulley, of the splashing of dirty water, knocking, Tatar words, and all sorts of uninteresting nonsense."

L-girl said...

You could try digging up a new one each week, if you get bored.

Or you could ask readers to submit quotes. Run each quote for a couple of weeks.

They wouldn't all reference dirty water, but could somehow be interpreted to be Sox related.

redsock said...

The other dirty water quote waas too long.

L-girl said...

Look at all the teams that use Sweet Caroline. Long list.

ish said...

Hahaha this is pathetic. Do you like dis? Or dis? Or dis? Just put some dirt on, run it over with a car, and play baseball.

L-girl said...

After the Chicaco Cubs, the team with the best record in the National League, was

Is this a grammatical error? Cubs was?

phil said...

"Wearing a threadbare old petticoat, withher feet bare and her sleeves tucked up to the shoulders, she was scrubbing the stairs in the entry and singing in a silvery little voice, and when she brought out a big tub of dirty water and looked up at the sun with her childlike smile it seemed as though she, too, were a lark." (In the Ravine)

phil said...

"The deacon walked cautiously over the narrow bridge, which by now was reached by the topmost crests of the dirty water, and went up through the little copse to the drying-shed." (The Duel).

phil said...

You could shorten that Ravine quote to "When she brought out a big tub of dirty water and looked up at the sun with her childlike smile it seemed as though she, too, were a lark."

phil said...

"Still with the same chatter and laughter the officers began hurriedly getting ready; again the samovar was filled up with dirty water." -- Tolstoy (War and Peace).

ish said...

You could quite simply say...

"I drink dirty water."

phil said...

Any number of dirty water proverbs.

"Dirty water will quench fire." (Netherlands)

"Dirty water does not wash clean." (Italy)

"To be washed with dirty water is better than to be dirty" (Russia?)

redsock said...

I drink dirty water

That's neat.

Or:

"Actually I am typing this from my basement"

redsock said...

"I'm right, you're wrong, and we both know it"

?

...

(that, of course, is the unspoken motto of the blog!)

L-girl said...

"The water's always dirty here."

redsock said...

it doesn't have to be about dirty water

L-girl said...

(that, of course, is the unspoken motto of the blog!)

Maybe your personal motto, but it doesn't really fit the feel of this blog.

L-girl said...

it doesn't have to be about dirty water

True, but I still like my suggestion.

ish said...

I always liked your old line. Tangled in red since _____

Joe Grav said...

I have motherfucking work. Motherfucker. I'll be watching, though.

redsock said...

Tizzle:
"This is not apple Sox, or barbecue Sox. This is the Sox." (September 2003)

More:

"It kind of puts you in a good mood...You feel like Superman...'OK, I can't let my people down.'" (Hearing "MVP" chants and then delivering a game-winning single against Toronto on September 29, 2003)

"I feel great playing in Boston. I feel like this is my house and I need to protect my house." (April 10, 2006)


I contributed this one. I love it, but it's too long. From February 21, 2005:

"I only have one tape at home, the Red Sox one. I watch it over and over and over and over. I just watch that tape. It kind of hits me afterwards. When things are happening, you don't put attention to it, but when you're kicking back at home and you watch the DVD that they made for all of us, you realize, 'Man, I can't believe I did that.'"

redsock said...

I contributed this one.

... at his SoSH wiki page, that is.

redsock said...

I have motherfucking work. Motherfucker. I'll be watching, though.

This one has potential.

L-girl said...

I have motherfucking work.

I'm at work too. As is Allan.

L-girl said...

tangled up in red since ____

People thought that's how old you are.

redsock said...

tangled up in red since ____

People thought that's how old you are.


It seemed weird to put my birth year in there, since I did not follow the Sox when I was, for example, 4 years old.

I'll bet a few thought I had been blogging since 1976.

ish said...

I love how Orsillo has sounded so neutral - he hasn't fallen under the same spell Chip Caray and Buck Martinez has fallen under.

L-girl said...

It seemed weird to put my birth year in there, since I did not follow the Sox when I was, for example, 4 years old.

A lot of people say they have been fans of whatever team since the year of their birth. I find that weird, too.

I guess for people who grew up in a really serious team-loving home, maybe there was no time in memory when they weren't fans. But for most people, it's not really since birth.

redsock said...

That's because Orsillo is a robot.

L-girl said...

If I only listened to Orsillo once in a while, like for national games, I'd like him a lot more. He has a lot of good qualities as an anncr.

L-girl said...

So who will I hear on the audio tonight, does anybody know?

ish said...

A lot of people say they have been fans of whatever team since the year of their birth. I find that weird, too.

I know what you mean. I don't remember a ton before 2003, and I have holes there, too. But it was 2003 where I started watching every game. My first introduction to baseball was 1996 - and I was already 8 years old by then. Had other things on my mind. Like candy.

phil said...

I like "'This is not apple Sox, or barbecue Sox.' -- David Ortiz"

ish said...

I don't understand why you'd be force-fed the Angels broadcast if it's a home game. You can't choose who's feed you get in the postseason?

L-girl said...

Ish, right, that's what I mean. I used to watch games with my grandfather and a great uncle when I was very young. Not whole games, I'd just wander in and out as they were watching. My grandfather was a huge Mets fans (and Dodgers fan before that - Brooklyn). But I can't say my fan-ness goes back to those days.

L-girl said...

I don't understand why you'd be force-fed the Angels broadcast if it's a home game. You can't choose who's feed you get in the postseason?

Oh! I didn't realize. I thought it would be a different format.

Guess I should have checked before I asked. :/

ish said...

This is coming from someone who doesn't have Gameday Audio, though.

ish said...

Upton's mohawk is awkward looking.

L-girl said...

You're probably right. I think I spaced out there.

redsock said...

Audio:
You have the same choices as during the season. So go with the Sox guys!

phil said...

My brother and I were Mets fans in 1986, because my grandmother became a Mets fan after the Dodgers left for LA. He almost got the shit beaten out of him for wearing a Mets hat at the YMCA once.

redsock said...

here come the rays!

upton 2-run dong makes it cws 5-3 in the 7th

phil said...

Hold off the fuckers, you fuckers.

L-girl said...

That's why my grandfather was a Mets fan too.

We could have been fans together - I was the only grandchild interested in baseball or sports at all - but he couldn't do it. Girls can't be into baseball.

L-girl said...

Ok ok I got it with the audio already.

L-girl said...

MLB website making a big deal over Brewers fans giving Selig a standing O. They should have boo'd him off the field.

phil said...

FKR - 010 000 2
PLH - 001 301

phil said...

Girls can't be into baseball.

Before the invention of pink baseball caps, I'm sure.

L-girl said...

Before the invention of pink baseball caps, I'm sure.

I guess that was it.

It gets worse. Would you believe when I asked q's about the game, they often gave me the *wrong answer*?

Ugh, I just heard Michael Kay calling a HR in the Phillies game, on highlights.

phil said...

FKR - 010 000 2
PLH - 001 301 0

L-girl said...

Man I am psyched for this game.

Joe Grav said...

I want 15 motherfucking Red Sox runs before work starts at 8:10.

L-girl said...

I know Jere is there tonight. Is Nix too?

Joe Grav said...

What the crap

ish said...

The Fig was sitting on a middle fastball.

Joe Grav said...

eat a dick Soushar

redsock said...

FASCINATING! Vlad is watching the game RIGHT NOW!

ish said...

Beckett's leaning forward a little bit more when he pitches, I've noticed. He doesn't look the same as he did when he pitched last.

Maybe that's a good thing. Maybe not. We'll see.

kkh said...

Anyone else suffering through with GDGD, TBS Hot Corner, and WRKO? Ugh.

National blackout, blech. Not everyone can get cable, MLB.

At least I can get a clear view of the strikeouts, yeah!

L-girl said...

I'm listening to WRKO b/c I'm at work. I'm not suffering, tho. I like it.

ish said...

Notice all the curve balls to begin tonight.

ish said...

I'm listening to WRKO b/c I'm at work. I'm not suffering, tho. I like it.

This is the playoffs. They don't mess around in the playoffs.

redsock said...

he seems to be breaking that 12 second rule a lot too!

ish said...

And of course MLB doesn't care if you can get cable or not. Just like they don't care during the World Series if you'd like to listen to the same two broadcasters you've been listening to all season. No. They throw Sunday Night Baseball Madness at you, radio style. And then of course, FOX.

Boooooooooo.

ish said...

I thought that 12 second rule only applied when the bases are empty.

ish said...

Gotta like the looks of the defense tonight... especially the OF

L-girl said...

MLB doesn't care about shit. They constantly shit on the fans.

YEAH!!!!!! K

ish said...

As long as you pay MLB money, it's (somewhat) okay. If you don't, then fuck you. Basically that's how it goes.

Back to the game... I don't care what galaxy you're from, that was nasty!

redsock said...

you may be right. i don't remember. but i doubt any ump would call it in the playoffs anyway

ish said...

I don't mind Beckett walking Guerrero.

ish said...

Hardest fastball so far: 94

Jake of All Trades said...

Can anyone with a TV confirm if Beckett's getting squeezed on the strike zone as much as Joe C seems to indicate?

ish said...

Jake, I think it's a little early to tell if he's getting squeezed.

efd said...

Hi, all. Redsock, I love the image of Aybar dancing around after not getting that call!

Hunter T. Jumpson now batting...

ish said...

9th inning in Chicago... 5-3 so far White Sox. Let you know when that's a final so everyone can switch back to TBS.

ish said...

And, to be able to yell rays lose

Jake of All Trades said...

Agree, but Joe C has said "very close" and "looked like he was leaning" at least 5 times, so gauging the exaggeration factor. Squeezed probably wrong word this early.

kkh said...

As long as you pay MLB money, it's (somewhat) okay. If you don't, then fuck you. Basically that's how it goes.

Unless of course you live in the regional blackout zone, as I do, sigh. I would happily pay MLB (more) to watch my team, but they aren't interested in taking my money.

Ah well, must stop my whining...

Here's the PitchFX data for Beckett, courtesy of the most-excellent Brooks Baseball.

ish said...

Too bad Youk went after that ball.

L-girl said...

As long as you pay MLB money, it's (somewhat) okay.

Lots of people would rather watch on TV than on their computers, but they can't get DirecTV.

L-girl said...

I concur with JakeOAT. Castig is making it sound like there's an issue.

efd said...

Also too bad Beckett didn't get over to first sooner. Still, Pedroia saved a run with that play, at least.

ish said...

If you pay for MLB.tv why should it matter what market you're in?

Note to self, to manipulate my IP and info if I get MLB.tv so I can appear to be from abroad.

redsock said...

i've been surprised on a few balls that looke dlike strikes -- like strike 3 to tex (called ball 3).

redsock said...

hmm, looks like commander suck ass so far

ish said...

FKR have the tying run up (Pena) against Jenks..

L-girl said...

How many pitches has Beckett thrown so far?

ish said...

Rays lose!

efd said...

27 pitches so far.

L-girl said...

If you pay for MLB.tv why should it matter what market you're in?

Cable operators demand it, MLB gives in, so there's blackout.

When the Sox are in Toronto, we can't get them on MLBTV.

Crap. Crap crap crap.

L-girl said...

Thanks efd.

ish said...

Okay, switch to TBS now

L-girl said...

Rays lose!

ish said...

Given the circumstances... Beckett's lucky to only have given up just one.

phil said...

Could've been worse. Runs, please.

L-girl said...

Way late on that, eh? That's radio for ya.

redsock said...

alright, let's piss in their corn flakes and put up a 3-spot right away

L-girl said...

I gotta stop refreshing, everyone is so far ahead of me.

kkh said...

30 pitches, 14 for strikes. ouch.

ish said...

Beckett was getting squeezed.

redsock said...

I gotta stop refreshing, everyone is so far ahead of me.

phil had put up "doung" in game 1 right after i saw the previous pitch thrown. i opened up an email and there it was.

L-girl said...

I was getting all ready to type a big fat that's my boy...

ish said...

Ow. He'll be feeling that one in the morning. Looked worse than it was. It hit the bottom of his shin guard.

efd said...

time for Papi to exact revenge!

ish said...

That had a nice sound to it, but only warning track power for Big Papi.

andy said...

Anyone using the TBS Hot Corner thing? It is really cool you can see the dugout and the pitcher. I like to keep it on the pitcher.

efd said...

well, almost.

redsock said...

beckett in first
19 fastballs
8 curves
3 cutters

of the 8 curves, 3 to anderson and 3 to tex.

phil said...

Meh.

andy said...

Now the pitcher view has the pitch location box on it. Awesome. Like GDGd with full video.

L-girl said...

Radio guys talking about kidney stones. Angels pitcher missed a start b/c of them (just like Allan).

Neither Castig or O'B have had them. They are sympathetic w/ the pain.

andy said...

The pitcher view has the pitch tracking lines on it too. I would do the hot corner

kkh said...

re: Hot Corner - yeah, I'm viewing the mosaic 4-fer view. Also interesting between innings (although they will run a few commercials). The cameras switch around, so if you're watching, say, the batter view, you'll see it switch to the pitcher camera -- I suspect that's when they're swapping the views out for the TV feed. That's when I decided the 4-fer view was easiest.

The pitch location view is a tad behind the others (presumably so they can add the effects). In the previous game, they not only had the location box up in that view, but also showed the pitch locations over the plate through the entire at bat.

Patrick said...

only 9 from Saunders.

ish said...

That hot corner thing IS cool.

efd said...

wtf is TBS's problem? they keep accidentally cutting away to commercials for a second or two.

(well, "keep" = 2x)

L-girl said...

You're sure it's accidentally? Are they trying to squeeze in ads during innings?

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