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    Rat!

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    Rat…. no no no!

    Anyone else think the Rays stadium is just an odd setup? I can’t figure out one exact thing, and can’t recall ever actually watching a game where there are people actually in the seats.

    It sort of reminds me of the dark and coldness of the Expos old stadium.

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    Lol at Pham. In the post-game interview he was asked if he’d like to thank anyone for helping him to get to where he is today. He said yes, he could thank some people, but he just wanted to thank himself. He thanked himself for doing things like playing catch with himself by throwing balls against a wall.

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    I know it’s a longshot, but if both LA and Houston come up short at home in their Game 5’s and we upend Atlanta, the path becomes immeasurable less obstructed for our Birds to win it all. Let’s be totally real, there’s simply no way that our Cardinals are going to muster enough offense vs those all of those future Hall of Fame starters occupying the Dodger and Astro rotations. With LA, Atlanta and Houston sitting on the sidelines, my pick to win the WS would not be who I originally selected ( Yankees ), but rather the Nats, who would seem to be a team of destiny. Who ever would have thought the 2019 World Series winner would be one of these 4 teams……the Rays, Yanks, Nats or St. Louis Cardinals?

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    <EuroDandy wrote: Lol at Pham. In the post-game interview he was asked if he’d like to thank anyone for helping him to get to where he is today. He said yes, he could thank some people, but he just wanted to thank himself. He thanked himself for doing things like playing catch with himself by throwing balls against a wall.>

    Yep, that’s Team Tommy. In love with himself and no longer a Cardinal – thankfully.

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    I see that Tampa uses the ‘opener’ pitcher quite frequently. The result last night points out a real deficiency in the way MLB is determining won/loss records for pitchers. The first pitcher for Tampa allowed one hit and struck out 3 in 1.2 innings of work. He left with the Rays leading 3-0. The second pitcher gave up two hits and pitched two innings. He got the win but also left with the score 3-0. Now I am sure we can show thousands of cases where a pitchers W/L record is not really indicative of his actual performances. It would appear that the requirement for a pitcher to go 5 complete innings from the beginning to get a win needs to go away – but won’t because think of all those asterisks they would have to put on the old records…..LOL

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    Whether the Rays advance or not they are pretty amazing. To do what they do on a tiny $60M payroll is astounding. They have to have one of the best FO’s in the game. I have read often that you don’t ever want to trade with the Rays because you will lose, not to mention what they do with player development.

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    I am a broken record on Pham, but I would love to have him back. He would give us exactly what we need – offense.

    The non-baseball stuff does not bother me, unless of course it is illegal or hurts your game. Pham’s personality may not be in line with what a lot of people would want – he is certainly non-PC in a baseball sense. But give me that determination and drive on the field any day. I don’t have to be his best friend, and if he helps my team win, I’ll take him.

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    However, only the Cards (and now the Rays) know the full details of what it means to employ Pham and knowing both the good and bad, they preferred to part ways with him. In 2018, Pham had been in a season-long slide, but his game bounced back after the trade, in a new location. Just maybe the change was best for all.

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    I’d like to see TB win this one game winner takes all.

    Vegas Insider: TB +220 HOU -260

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    I still have negative feelings about the data scandal.

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    I imagine Cole will get things right for the Astros and they will win rather easily. Would love to see the upset though.

    I believe the Rays have tried to get a new stadium deal worked out in the past, but have not been able to get it done. What they need is a stadium that is great to go to regardless of the team’s standing. Something like the Giants have would be great for them, an open air stadium near the bay.

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    Its going to be another Yankees/Astros ALCS. Houston with a 6-1 lead in the last of the 8th. Should be quite entertaining.

    As a Redbird fan I am hoping for a Yankees ALCS title.

    r/Esteemed Rat

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    I agree Rat. I have always wanted to witness a Cardinal/Yankee World Series. The last one was 1964 which was a couple of years before my time. Maybe this is the year.

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    Aaron Hicks is back from injury, knocking Luke Voit off the Yankees’ ALCS roster.

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    Talk about a home field disadvantage of late. Dodgers getting beat at home in Game 5 and the Twins losing their series finale at home vs NY. We all know what happened to Atlanta in their Game 5 at home and to the team that lambasted them in their first 2 games of the NLCS…..yet once again at home. And tonight in Houston, the Astros have yet to tickle home plate in a 7-0 Yankee ballgame in the 9th. Home field just may not be what its cracked up to be.

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    Yanks are 4-0 this postseason so far. They are looking like a machine right now.

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    Carlos Correa walk off homer in the 11th evens the series. Heading to NY for Tuesday.

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