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Monday, October 12, 2009
And That Happened: Division SeriesAngels 7, Red Sox 6: Over at NBC on Saturday I wrote a post about how the Sox will go with Lester on short rest in Game 4 if, indeed, there was a Game 4. I went on to talk about Beckett on short rest in a Game 5. Some commenter called me an idiot because (a) if Beckett did pitch in Game 5 it would have been on regular rest, not short rest; and (b) because I as assuming that "the Red Sox going on a two-game winning streak" was such a daunting task. Hey partner, let's just agree that we were both right about something and both wrong about something an bury the hatchet, OK?
Yankees 4, Twins 1: Best Facebook message I've gotten in a long time came in last night. From our own Steve Treder's brother Mike: "I hear that when Nick Punto was a kid, his favorite player was Lonnie Smith." In other news, baseball announcers and writers everywhere are going to have a conference call at 2PM this afternoon to determine whether the Twins still do, in fact, do things "the right way."
Phillies 6, Rockies 5: The AP game story says that Brad Lidge "erased a season of frustration" when he "stranded runners at first and second" to get the save in the ninth inning. I suppose he may not be frustrated anymore, but how much credit do you really get when you're the guy who put the runners on first and second in the first place? Mitch Williams was rather famous for that kind of thing. He too got saves most of the time. Shut someone down, Brad, and we'll talk about your frustration truly ending.
Oh, and yet another blown call this post season. Because a lot of you were probably asleep for it, here's how it went down: Ninth inning, game tied, Rollins singles, moves to second on a Victorino sacrifice, moves to third on Chase Utley's infield hit, and then scores the winning run on a Ryan Howard sacrifice fly. Except Utley's hit shouldn't have been a hit, because it bounced up and hit him on the leg in the batter's box. Home plate umpire Jerry Meals didn't call the ball dead. Meals admitted after the game that he blew it, blaming a tough angle -- which is true -- and the fact that Utley didn't react: "Chase Utley took off like it was nothing," Meals added. "He gave no indication to us that it hit him. Whatever percent of the time, you're going to get a guy that's going to stop if it hits him." I guess "whatever percent of the time" criminals turn themselves in for their crimes too, but I don't think we should base law enforcement strategy on it.
I'm kind of pulling for the Phillies in this series (a) because they're a more interesting team to watch; and (b) I really don't want to see more winter ball. That said, if the Phillies take care of business today, we'll have two nights off of baseball. So let's go Rockies today, and let's go Phillies tomorrow, cool?
Posted by Craig Calcaterra at 5:53am
“I really don’t want to see more winter ball.”
You mean, like last year’s WS game 5 in Philly?
Posted 10/12 at 01:17 PM
The AP game story says that Brad Lidge “erased a season of frustration” when he “stranded runners at first and second” to get the save in the ninth inning.
This is funny. I was watching the game last night, fell asleep on the couch, and woke up in the ninth. As a phillies fan, I thought I was having a bad dream when I saw lidge on the mound.
Yesterday morning, a philly newscaster (thankfully not a sportscaster) said “the Saturday game between the Phillies and Rockies was postponed, so now the Phillies can start THEIR ACE J. Happ.”
Ryan Howard drove in the game winning run once again, I’m still waiting for the national media to give him some credit for being a clutch player, A-rod notwithstanding.
Finally, Chase Utley. He just may be the smartest player in the game. Teammates have commented that he moves players into fielding position because he studies hitters so much. Last night, he ran out a ball and put himself in a position where it was nearly impossible to throw him out at first. And if he was somehow thrown out? “Ump, that ball clearly hit me in the box.” Love the guy.
Posted 10/12 at 02:40 PM
APBA Guy said...
I definitely think the thing to watch in the Angels v. Yankees series will be the way the Angels handle Chamberlain and Hughes. They were vulnerable against the Twins, and the Angels are a much better hitting team.
On the other hand, I think the Angels starters caught Boston’s offense in a cold spell. If they shut out the Yankees for two games, we’ll know that it was the Angels starters who were hot after all.
As a fan I was kind of glad to see Papelbon put five straight guys on base using only his fastball, while Mariano exploded Mauer’s bat for the last out of his game. You can’t just throw it up there and hope for the best in the playoffs. The teams are too good. If Papelbon goes back to mixing his pitches he’ll be outstanding again.
Anybody else think that Boston will make a play for Figgins in the offseason?
Posted 10/12 at 03:16 PM
APBA Guy - Doubt the Red Sox make a play for Figgins as his strengths as a player do not necessarily align with the needs. I am suspecting that the Sox make a push to sign Martinez long-term and slot him in as the primary first basemen with Youklis moving over to third. The team need to bolster its offense but I think they prefer to do it with a bigger bat than Figgins and will make a push for Holliday with Bay as plan B. Of course, Holliday is a Boras FA and he loves to push negotiations to the very last minute and Boston will need to be careful not to lose both Bay and Holliday. I
I can see Theo et al liking this lineup next year.
Posted 10/12 at 03:56 PM
I think I’m supposed to feel dirty about my team winning on the blown Utley call (although I do think he was safe at first), but I don’t. The umpiring has been so atrocious, I just think that some awful calls go your way and some don’t.
Imagining Matt Stairs hitting in colorado against a fastball pitcher gives me inappropriate blood flow. To get hosed out of an honest at-bat by the umpire was devestating.
Posted 10/12 at 05:43 PM
Something meaningless but sort of cool that I realized last night: Andy Pettitte has now won the final game played in three different MLB stadiums (Fulton County, Old Yankee, and now the Metrodome).
Posted 10/12 at 10:10 PM
Jason B said...
Did any of the commenters over at Big Blue get worked up about Utley not stopping the play after being hit with the batted ball? I can just hear ‘em denouncing him as “classless” and how he should’ve ‘fessed up, with spittle gathering in the corners of their mouths…
(Even though they’re typing and not speaking, they can still work up a good lather. A lather of indignation. Indignation and stupidity.)
Posted 10/13 at 10:56 AM
APBA Guy said...
You are certainly closer to the Red Sox than I am, so I’ll defer to you on the Figgins questions thanks for the insight.
With respect to Holliday, however, I think it was telling that the Dodgers pitched him very much like the AL had pitched him during his stay at Oakland. While he was doing better with each month that passed, he looked like a liability in left (though certainly better than Manny was towards the end of his career), and offensively he was nothing like his Colorado incarnation.
Should Theo go after him he may get less than Bay production for a contract that would rather quickly become unmoveable.
I understand the impulse to chase him. But I’d urge caution. He wasn’t that good here.
Posted 10/13 at 06:58 PM