October 16, 2020 at 8:03 pm #144718
The Rays are in trouble. Astros taking it to them as they’re going to force a game 7 after being down 3-0.October 16, 2020 at 8:42 pm #144728mudvilleParticipantPaid - Annual
BTW, mspaid, my comment about the Dodgers was something of a joke, although I doubt that anybody thought my very cynical comment was truly funny. To me, teams like the Dodgers, Yankees, and previously, the Red Sox, are vulgar and possessed by greed, as demonstrated by the way they throw their considerable wealth around. I’d like to see them do something to earn respect rather than behave the way they do. Just my opinion.
Glad to see you posting again.October 16, 2020 at 9:27 pm #144731
Whew! I guess we need a blue font for sarcasm. Maybe try italics next time! 😉October 16, 2020 at 9:28 pm #144732
Broadcasters on both networks have been critical of the consecutive days format in this postseason because it forces managers to use more of their rosters. Why is that bad, again? I like it.
— Brian Walton (@B_Walton) October 17, 2020October 17, 2020 at 8:05 am #144746
Expanding on this tweet, I wrote about my desire to support the consecutive game playoff format in the future, but I am not sure I want to take the World Series away from home team fans. I see the two being connected – and that concerns me. (free) https://t.co/j09q535iIt https://t.co/CVGFdgEmpd
— Brian Walton (@B_Walton) October 17, 2020October 17, 2020 at 8:37 am #144759
A couple of extreme proposals that I’m not sure I’d be on board with either, but what about a true “home field” advantage with all 7 games played at the team with the better record’s park? Alternatively, the team with the better record could host the first 4 games and then switch to the team with the worse record, so there’s only one off day. It would still cut down on the ability to rig a series with two elite pitchers like has happened.
I’m also not opposed to neutral sites. They could alternate between east, west and midwest sites every third year so teams have the option to play close to home. It would also add to the special feel of winning the pennant for your league again as it’s the last true home game your team would have in most years. It wouldn’t always have to be a warm weather locale either. Late October isn’t that bad anywhere in the continental US with the exception of the mountains and very north Minnesota, Michigan, Maine, etc.October 17, 2020 at 11:13 am #144786
Giving one team all seven games in front of their own fans no matter who bats first feels like a non-starter to me. My ears are still ringing from the noise in the Metrodome in 1987. One travel day would be a compromise as you noted.
IMO, if you are going to have a neutral site, it needs to be a desired destination. When the NFL had the Super Bowl in Minnesota in the middle of the winter, I felt like they were defeating their own purpose just to appear equitable.October 17, 2020 at 11:52 am #144795
IMO, if you are going to have a neutral site, it needs to be a desired destination. When the NFL had the Super Bowl in Minnesota in the middle of the winter, I felt like they were defeating their own purpose just to appear equitable.
There are plenty of locations that are desirable enough given the right time of year. Like I said, October can be a very pleasant month in most parts of the US.October 17, 2020 at 12:11 pm #144798
To me, teams like the Dodgers, Yankees, and previously, the Red Sox, are vulgar and possessed by greed, as demonstrated by the way they throw their considerable wealth around.
I know that is the convenient stereotype but you might want to do more research. The Dodgers are not built that way. They use primarily homegrown players and they Yankees have more than you would expect, along with some shrewd trades. Friedman and Cashman are regularly ranked as the two best executives in MLB and it isn’t all about writing checks.October 17, 2020 at 12:17 pm #144800
I am very much in favor of playing the playoff games on consecutive days. I wish all of the playoff series could be that way but I know that it is unlikely that the entire postseason would be at neutral sites. 2020 has been an exception. I think a neutral site for the world series is a good idea but what if they picked a site then the host team made it. Teams in LA, San Diego, Miami, Tampa, and Houston have shown this year they are very capable and the Rangers have done it before too.October 17, 2020 at 12:45 pm #144803
The Dodgers now have Buehler lined up for Game 6 so the NLCS is getting interesting again.
As for the ALCS I have a lot of respect for how the Rays run their team with their small payroll but I still think an Astros-Dodgers World Series would be good TV because of their utter contempt for each other.October 17, 2020 at 6:26 pm #144810
What do folks think of this theory?
I've thought one of the reasons the Braves in the 90s and Dodgers now don't win titles is that they were deeper teams which wins over 162 games. However, they didn't have dominant rosters to overwhelm teams who weren't as deep but had as good or better elite players.
— Travis Fulkerson (@soonertravis) October 17, 2020October 17, 2020 at 6:59 pm #144812
Dodgers win 3-1 to force Game 7 on Sunday.October 17, 2020 at 7:38 pm #144820
BW, defining “elite players” is going to vary depending on who you’re talking with.
I’d say look at the last 30 W.S MVP’s and determine who you think is elite. I never had Freese or Eckstein as elite.
And then back to the off days topic, how many of those MVP’s are still the MVP, without the off days format working in their favor.October 17, 2020 at 8:19 pm #144821
McCullers, 50 pitches after 2 IP and 3 runsOctober 17, 2020 at 8:44 pm #144823
Morton, 41 pitches after 4 IP, 0 runsOctober 17, 2020 at 9:31 pm #144825RatsbuddyParticipantFree
Randy Arozarena another homerun.
Rays up 3-0 in the 5th in Game 7.October 17, 2020 at 9:42 pm #144826PadsFSParticipantPaid - Annual
This is probably how the Angels fans felt after the 2011 postseason.
But this time we got Liberatore rather than a past-his-prime Edmonds.October 17, 2020 at 9:57 pm #144830TexasCardParticipantFree
Liberatore better be the second coming of Steve Carlton or this trade may go down as one of the worst not just in Cardinals history but in the history of baseball. Can’t believe the kept O’Neal over Randy A. SMH.October 18, 2020 at 9:16 am #144847forsch31ParticipantFree
Texascard, Eduardo Perez said he talked with the Ray’s GM shortly after the trade. Their GM really wanted Arozarena. That’s why they gave up Liberatore.October 18, 2020 at 10:49 am #144853Euro DandyParticipantFree
This is probably how the Angels fans felt after the 2011 postseason.
Okay, I’m probably having a “duh” moment, but somebody help me out with this one.October 18, 2020 at 11:01 am #144854bccranParticipant
If the Rays really wanted Arozarena over Bader, O’Neill, and Thomas, what does that say about Arozarena? And when our offense was so weak why did we need another pitcher down stream when we’re so deep in LH pitching with Kim, Thompson, Cabrera, Gomber, etc.?October 18, 2020 at 11:04 am #144855RatsbuddyParticipantFree
Voit and Ricearoni are somewhat flash in the pans. Neither one will be great long term. They might be good, but certainly not great. As we have all seen, anybody can get hot for awhile. And thats what happened here with both of them.
r/Esteemed RatOctober 18, 2020 at 11:08 am #144856bccranParticipant
Do you think Arozarena is a flash in the pan?October 18, 2020 at 11:49 am #144859BlackHillsCardParticipantFree
Who is Ricearoni? If you’re talking about Arozarena, his name isn’t that difficult to spell.
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