September 30, 2020 at 4:04 pm #142696
The Reds squandered golden opportunities to take the lead in both the 12th and 13th, only for the Braves to walk off the win in the home 13th, 1-0. This was my pick as the most competitive matchup of the eight Wild Card Series. So far, it seems the case.
Freddie Freeman had the walkoff hit. As I discussed with DannyMac this morning, what an amazing story. Going from being really sick from COVID to the presumptive MVP and now, post-season hero.September 30, 2020 at 4:05 pm #142697
Wouldn’t it be a shame if the Marlins knocked out the Cubbies again 17 years after Bartman?
If I am not mistaken the Marlins have never lost a playoff series. When they get in the postseason it is World Series or bust.September 30, 2020 at 4:06 pm #142699
The Braves do get the victory today although Cardinal savior Marcel Ozuna goes 0-5 with 3 K’s.
Sorry, couldn’t resist. :o)September 30, 2020 at 4:32 pm #142731
Cubs lose 5-1 to the Marlins. The Cubby season is now on the brink.September 30, 2020 at 8:42 pm #142966bicyclemikeModeratorPaid - Annual
Way to go Alcantara! I wish the Reds had won though.October 1, 2020 at 8:41 am #142997
Starlin Marte was hit by a pitch in the 9th inning yesterday and broke one of his fingers so he is out. That hurts the Marlins but I really hope they can win one of the next two to eliminate the loud mouth Cubs. The Fish get Darvish today after beating Cy Hendricks yesterday.October 1, 2020 at 8:56 am #143000
Marte is not officially out yet. He may try to play.October 1, 2020 at 9:17 am #143004October 1, 2020 at 12:02 pm #143015
Marlins-Cubs today postponed due to forecast
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) October 1, 2020October 1, 2020 at 12:19 pm #143016
Forecast of Cub fans’ tears, amiright??October 1, 2020 at 12:59 pm #143017
Another pitching duel in Atlanta. 1-0 in the fifth as Acuna got the RBI on a double against Luis Castillo. This happened next.
Reds intentionally walk Freeman to get to Ozuna, who promptly flies out and is now 0-for-8 with 4 strikeouts in the series.
— Jeff Schultz (@JeffSchultzATL) October 1, 2020October 1, 2020 at 1:09 pm #143018
Thats the Marcell Ozuna that we all came to know and love during his tenure in St. Louis.
r/Esteemed RatOctober 1, 2020 at 1:16 pm #143019
Ozuna was actually pretty decent in the playoffs for us last year, IIRC.October 1, 2020 at 1:50 pm #143020
Braves lead the Reds 1-0 again in the bottom of the 8th. Are the Reds going to go 21 straight innings in the playoffs without scoring even one run?????
r/Esteemed RatOctober 1, 2020 at 1:53 pm #143021Euro DandyParticipantFree
The Ozuna comments aged poorly very quickly.October 1, 2020 at 2:13 pm #143023
Not a good series for Cincinnati with the bats. The pitching was mostly good except Raisel Iglesias, who’s struggled at times this season.October 1, 2020 at 2:40 pm #143026
Luis Robert just pounded a 487 ft. HR off Mike Fiers. Wow!October 1, 2020 at 2:42 pm #143028
The Reds managed to go 22 – not 21 – straight scoreless innings in the playoffs. They will have to live with that the entire off-season. But I bet those paychecks will help them get through it.
r/Esteemed RatOctober 1, 2020 at 2:44 pm #143029October 1, 2020 at 2:55 pm #143032Euro DandyParticipantFree
Luis Robert just pounded a 487 ft. HR off Mike Fiers. Wow!
Was watching that. What a blast — launch angle 32 degrees, apex 130 feet, exit velo 112 mph.
Which made me wonder, how is it possible for a human to hit one longer? Mickey Mantle had an estimated blast of 565 feet. Some say Ruth even more than that. How valid are those numbers? Hard for a mere mortal to distinguish the difference — kinda like detecting a difference between a $300 million contract vs $330 million.October 1, 2020 at 3:15 pm #143035
Euro, here’s an article on a big fly by Mark McGwire in the 98 season that talks about estimating home run distances.
I suppose if you had a lot of wind blowing out and it was hot and humid and a guy who was incredibly strong made great contact maybe you would get something over 520 feet. So far that hasn’t happened in the Statcast era though.October 1, 2020 at 3:26 pm #143038jj-cf-stlParticipantPaid - Annual
A HR by Reggie Jackson in a 70’s All-Star game is the longest I think I’ve ever watched.October 1, 2020 at 4:14 pm #143041jj-cf-stlParticipantPaid - Annual
I’m noticing Piscotty has started only one game of three during the OAK vs CHW wild card matchup, and was slotted as the #8 batter.October 1, 2020 at 4:56 pm #143042bccranParticipantPaid - Annual
Looks like Ozuna jacked a 2 run homer in the 8th and was responsible for 40% of their runs today.October 1, 2020 at 5:48 pm #143045TinkyParticipantFree
So the Reds go scoreless in 22 innings in Atlanta. Against the worst starting pitching staff in the NL with an ERA over 5. That is pitiful.
They hit 90 HR’s this year. Only 3 teams in the NL hit more HR’s. But they were too reliant on the HR. They were 3-14 this year in games in which they did not hit a HR. Their team batting average of .212 was last in MLB.
Lots of HR’s, with lots of strikeouts, does not trump batting average and situational hitting. Even if you have good pitching. And it’s boring.
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