Playoff Baseball for 10/15

JMB · October 15, 2006 at 5:56 pm · Filed Under Game Threads, General baseball 

Mets at Cardinals, RIGHT NOW!

Cards already up 1-0.


47 Responses to “Playoff Baseball for 10/15”

  1. Coach Owens on October 15th, 2006 6:07 pm

    Boom! just like that the momentum has changed, just like in the Seahawks game. Mets now up 2-1.

  2. NBarnes on October 15th, 2006 6:11 pm

    Not a second too soon on the game thread, man.

  3. NBarnes on October 15th, 2006 6:12 pm

    I hear that David Wright kid is pretty good. Think he might be as good as Beltre someday?

  4. MattThompson on October 15th, 2006 6:16 pm

    Somewhere, Ron Fairly is cursing the umpire.

  5. Coach Owens on October 15th, 2006 6:18 pm

    Let’s go Me-ets, lets go! Lets go Me-ets, lets go!

  6. Coach Owens on October 15th, 2006 6:52 pm

    Delgado is just outstanding. Too bad we were not able to get him.

  7. JMB on October 15th, 2006 7:40 pm

    The Mets appear to have gotten their miracle tonight.

  8. joser on October 15th, 2006 7:40 pm

    You mean, Mets already up 11-3 😉

    McCarver, earlier, when Belliard got thrown out at 3rd: “It’s better to try for the extra base. More runners are thrown out when they don’t go for the extra base than when they do.” -pause- “I know that sounds crazy…” -pause- “That was a great play by the fielder…”

  9. joser on October 15th, 2006 7:42 pm

    Delgado just giving us all a little reminder of what “Left-handed sock” actually looks like.

  10. JMB on October 15th, 2006 7:43 pm

    McCarver defended Valentin last night, getting thrown out at second on a single, with the Mets losing 5-0 late.

  11. Coach Owens on October 15th, 2006 8:06 pm

    Jason is this the all-time record for a game thread?

  12. joser on October 15th, 2006 8:15 pm

    Well, I to be fair I think what he was trying to say was that, statistically, you’re going to score more often if you push for 3rd rather than stopping at second, even factoring in the chances of getting thrown out at 3rd vs being 100% safe at second. But that’s not what he said. What he said made no sense.

  13. joser on October 15th, 2006 8:17 pm

    I love the fact that the Discovery Channel counter-programs “Mythbusters” against baseball. Especially when it’s the NL and a blow-out.

    Even more, I love that even though I don’t pay for cable I somehow get the Discovery Channel (and more clearly than some of the over-the-air stations).

  14. Sports on a Schtick on October 15th, 2006 8:48 pm

    After game four, Cardinal Josh Hancock is rocking the dreaded “infinity” ERA.

  15. JI on October 15th, 2006 9:10 pm

    Well, Perez sucked as badly as I thought he would (even though McCarver and Buck congraulated him for a good outing– seriously, WTF is up with that???), unfortunately…

    Its anyone’s game tomorrow, the Cards get a slight break because pitching on sort rest will likely cuase Glavine to suck, whereas Weaver would likely get pounded regardless of rest.

  16. NBarnes on October 15th, 2006 10:35 pm

    If pitching is what wins in the post-season, is it possible for the Tigers to play the Twins in the world series on account of neither the Mets nor the Cardinals advancing past the NLCS?

  17. mln on October 16th, 2006 3:38 am

    Where all the posters? This thread is about as empty as a Mariners’ home game.

  18. Evan on October 16th, 2006 9:13 am

    I’m finding the NLCS pretty entertaining. Two mediocre teams scratching and clawing for the chance to be swept easily by the Detroit Tigers.

  19. lokiforever on October 16th, 2006 10:27 am

    But Detroit won’t win the series.

    They will have had too much rest and will be over confident. They will be favored to win, just Like the Yankees were sure to score a bunch of runs, the Twins & A’s games were to be low scoring due to pitching, and Detroit was supposed to be lousy in the post season due to the bad second half and horrible last few weeks in September.

    The AL is better than the NL this year.

    So all signs point to Detroit winning the WS. Therefore my money is on the NL contender.

  20. EnglishMariner on October 16th, 2006 10:49 am

    To be fair I think the Mets are a good side – it’s just their pitching has been decimated by injuries.

    Not many AL sides can boast a 3-4-5 like Delgardo/Beltran/Wright *awaits stats to tear my argument apart*.

  21. Evan on October 16th, 2006 11:18 am

    The Mets were clearly the class of the NL. No other NL team would have finished higher than third in any AL division, I think.

    That said, with the NLCS going long with only the one off-day, the winning team’s bullpen will be significantly weakened.

    Sure – the Tigers don’t have a 3-4-5 like the Mets, but the Mets look sick next to the 7-8-9 of the Tigers. They’re strong throughout their lineup – the NL team will need a solid bullpen to win this one.

  22. DMZ on October 16th, 2006 11:33 am

    I’d agree that the Mets were clearly the class of the NL, but now, missing a chunk of their rotation? Nah.

  23. JMB on October 16th, 2006 11:35 am

    Two good things for the Mets:

    1. It might rain tonight in St. Louis, giving Glavine regular rest.
    2. El Duque will apparently be back if they reach the WS.

    Yeah, pretty iffy on both counts.

  24. msb on October 16th, 2006 12:11 pm

    Rick Telander has a ‘be careful what you wish for, Lou’ column in Chicago today

  25. dw on October 16th, 2006 12:55 pm

    The more everyone goes on about how weak the NL is the more I think the Mets/Cardinals are going to beat the Tigers.

  26. msb on October 16th, 2006 1:27 pm

    Macha is officially out in Oakland

  27. msb on October 16th, 2006 1:32 pm

    forgot to finish the thought– does that mean Ron Washington finally gets his shot?

  28. Coach Owens on October 16th, 2006 1:48 pm

    How do you fire a manager who lead your team to 90+ wins each year he managed?

  29. dgarnett on October 16th, 2006 2:17 pm

    Washington is currently in Arlington interviewing with the Rangers (according to KNBR down here in San Jose). According to the chronicle’s writers, Ron is on the top of the A’s list should he not be offered the Texas job.

  30. msb on October 16th, 2006 2:55 pm

    well, Washington has interviewed so many times to no result, this time it would be nice for him to actually get a shot…

  31. msb on October 16th, 2006 3:00 pm

    “Daylong rain caused Game 5 of the NL championship series between the St. Louis Cardinals and New York Mets to be postponed Monday night. The game was rescheduled for 8:19 p.m. EDT Tuesday night at Busch Stadium.”

  32. Evan on October 16th, 2006 3:36 pm

    What? Why? Macha did a fine job in Oakland.

  33. Tim_G on October 16th, 2006 3:39 pm

    The A’s, who reached the playoffs and even advanced to the second round, fired Macha, but the Mariners who finished last in the division again are apparantly standing pat?

  34. msb on October 16th, 2006 3:40 pm

    no one ever said logic is a part of baseball.

  35. dgarnett on October 16th, 2006 3:45 pm

    Radio down here int he Bay Area is reporting that it was not “performance related” but “due to personality conflicts with several key players”. Apparently said players went directly to Beane and voiced their concerns.

  36. Oly Rainiers Fan on October 16th, 2006 3:47 pm

    hasn’t it been the scuttlebutt for years that Macha and Beane don’t get along well? My vague remembrances are telling me that.

    Also – what, nobody has written anything about Piniella taking that 3 year contract to manage the Cubbies? Where’s all the gnashing of teeth from the ‘we want Lou’ crowd? It’s a good gig for him, I think. Closer to Florida than we are, but too bad the Cubs do the Cactus League and not the Grapefruit League. Maybe Anita tired of having him around all the time anyway…

  37. Mat on October 16th, 2006 3:51 pm

    What? Why? Macha did a fine job in Oakland.

    A’s upper management clearly wasn’t all that comfortable with bringing Macha back in the first place, given the “you’re fired, wait, no, we’ll take you back after all” fiasco that went on last off-season. This is probably something that’s been developing over time rather than any specific thing that happened this season.

    Looking back at Derek’s draft guide to evaluating managers, he lists “keep his team happy and motivated or, barring that, motivated” as the manager’s most important duty. While the A’s winning record and playoff experience would make it seem that the players were motivated, it’s possible that behind closed doors, they weren’t very happy with Macha. That’s my best guess as to why Mr. Beane might make this move, though as an outsider, I don’t have any way to really back that up.

  38. msb on October 16th, 2006 4:05 pm

    a lot of it was addressed in the Chronicle piece linked above

  39. Jim Thomsen on October 16th, 2006 6:01 pm

    Off topic, but [deleted, off-topic]

  40. JMB on October 16th, 2006 6:12 pm

    I’ve always liked Jared Fernandez, but that’s partly because I’ve always thought it would be cool if the M’s had a knuckleballer on the staff.

    I’d take Spivey over Bloomquist, obviously.

    Hee Choi? Might make a nice LHB on the bench, but they’re already overloaded at 1B/DH.

    George Lombard is still around? Wow.

    Other names that jump out: Ramon Vasquez, Willie Harris, Marlon Byrd, Justin Leone.

  41. joealb on October 16th, 2006 7:30 pm

    In response to #39 being deleted for being off topic, just what is the topic of this thread? Playoffs? Lou to the Cubs? Macha being fired? Mariners roster construction? Just asking.

  42. JMB on October 16th, 2006 7:35 pm

    I think it’s because Jim actually started with “off topic, but”.

  43. joealb on October 16th, 2006 9:31 pm

    Yeah JMB, your probably right. While not always in agreement I usually find what Mr. Thomsen has to say interesting. Oh well, at this time of year (Football) and with the M’s out of it I’m just grasping at any baseball discussion.

  44. joealb on October 16th, 2006 9:33 pm

    Thanks in advance.

  45. msb on October 17th, 2006 9:01 am

    so, who was it at the feed who got cut off for starting with ‘off topic, but…’

    so let’s see, at the moment it is Lou in Chicago, with Phil Rogers speculating that Hendry has promised that he’ll go get all his former players & coaches… the Bay Area writers are saying Beane goes with high school buddy Geren, though he should sign Washington (who interviews in Texas today) or Baker, and that Bochy is in line for the SF job…

  46. Evan on October 17th, 2006 9:21 am

    I think it’s because Jim actually started with “off topic, but”.

    I think Derek does that because it’s funny.

  47. joser on October 17th, 2006 9:43 am

    I don’t know, I think Joe Girardi might be a good fit for the A’s given their tendency to stay young and cheap (even if the current ownership isn’t as extreme in that regard as in years past). It’s too bad he didn’t get a shot at the Cubs, but then Lou’s only signed on for 3 years and Girardi is young. I don’t expect to see the Cubs in the WS over the next 3 years, but watching Lou blow up periodically (especially if the Tribune Co remains the owner and thus inevitably frustrates him the same way the Mariner’s ownership did) will be fun.

    Win your division, get fired. Come in dead last, get kept on for another year. I guess Mike Scioscia gets a set of steak knives….

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