October 17, 2020 at 8:26 pm #144822October 19, 2020 at 7:04 am #144946
Both number 1 seeds advanced to the finals.October 19, 2020 at 7:16 am #144953
Yep, who would have thought that the cream would rise in the end? I’m rooting for the Rays to win the title, but hopefully it’s a good series.October 19, 2020 at 8:01 am #144958
2020 was a highly abnormal season, but this is still interesting…
The Rays and Dodgers combined regular season win pct of .692 is the highest in a World Series ever.
The previous mark belonged to the 1906 Cubs & White Sox (.690). The win pct was largely carried by the Cubs, who went 116-36 in the regular season, but lost the series. pic.twitter.com/OzsPIuUdCi
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) October 19, 2020October 19, 2020 at 9:26 am #144968
The World Series is Andrew Friedman’s former team vs. Andrew Friedman’s current team. This will be the third Dodger appearance in the WS in the last four years.October 19, 2020 at 10:08 am #144973
VEB takes a look at how the Dodgers roster was built and how it compares to the construction of the Cardinal roster.
His conclusion: There are a lot of similarities in roster construction with the focus on being built internally. The biggest difference being the Dodgers ability to paper over some mistakes.October 19, 2020 at 10:46 am #144975
This is an earlier graphic to reference that includes both TB and LAD.
My count of the Cards is:
As noted, the raw numbers indicate StL and LAD are very similar at a numeric level, but of course, the individuals and salaries can be very different.
My analysis of StL only was here:October 19, 2020 at 11:33 am #144979
The Dodgers are a 2/1 favorite, per betonline.ag.
World Series Line
Tampa Bay Rays vs Los Angeles Dodgers
Tampa Bay Rays +175 (7/4)
Los Angeles Dodgers -200 (1/2)October 20, 2020 at 10:30 am #145079October 20, 2020 at 10:33 am #145080
I can see it now… Arozarena with the game winning homer and Sherriff with the save to win the Series. Mo cries in his Wheaties the next morning.October 20, 2020 at 11:35 am #145088
If Sherriff or Joe Kelly have a great WS will the fan base melt down like it has over Arozarena?October 20, 2020 at 12:17 pm #145096
They will certainly add the two to the dubious list of the ones that got away as if they are far more impactful than they really are.
For me, Sherriff earns admiration for his persistence. Kelly earned a big contract coming off a great World Series for the Red Sox, but has been a disappointment with the Dodgers. He is not in their rotation of trusted relievers, for good reason.
Personally, I hope all the ex-Cardinals do well.October 20, 2020 at 7:58 pm #145129bicyclemikeModeratorPaid - Annual
Same here. I would love to see Randy keep it going on the biggest stage, and maybe Sherriff can get an opportunity to put some of those Dodgers behind bars.
The Kelly trade, which I was not a fan of, was far enough removed now I don’t have any real thoughts of regret about him. Lackey helped us for a year and a half, and Craig, who I thought we bailed on too early, never did get his career back on track.October 20, 2020 at 8:27 pm #145131
The first mistake occurred in the home fourth – a two-run homer by Cody Bellinger following a walk.October 20, 2020 at 9:14 pm #145135
Half of Kershaw’s bad postseason reputation is on the Dodgers, who consistently leave him in too long. I’d consider pulling him after his 5 good innings as he did give up the HR to Kiermaier in the 5th.October 20, 2020 at 9:20 pm #145136TinkyParticipantFree
Glasnow at 109 pitches in the 5th, still throwing in the high 90’s. Never would’ve thought he could last this long throwing that hard. Rays youth and first time on the big stage starting to show. 4-1 Dodgers; Rays skipper might’ve stayed with Glasnow a little too long. But I am sure there are some analytics to back him up. 😉
Hard to argue with analytics when they get you to the World Series I guess. But I heard the announcers say that the Rays have gotten here with walks, home runs, and strikeouts (they led the AL in strikeouts). And they are poor at hitting with runners in scoring position.
So I take back my previous post about firing Mo and hiring the Rays GM. I love walks and home runs, but if that’s all you’ve got, and you strikeout a lot, and can’t hit with runners in scoring position, that is boring baseball to me. Of course I’m old school and these young geniuses don’t care what I think.
Arozarena is having a Mr. October type post-season no doubt. But despite his 7 HR’s, he has yet to get a postseason hit with RISP. I wish him well. But his swing is long and loopy. He’s got power, but I’m not sure that swing is going to hold up consistently over the long haul.
The Cardinal Way has always been good pitching, good defense, moving runners along, and clutch hitting with RISP. Can’t we get some analytics geniuses to figure out how to build a team of those type players? I see no reason that analytics should only favor walks and home runs. And I see no reason that analytics shouldn’t punish strikeouts more than it does. 6-1 Dodgers now. Guess I’ll find some Mannix re-runs or something. Rant over.
Go Cards.October 21, 2020 at 10:04 am #145170
With LA up 1-0, tonight’s Game 2 matchup is Tony Gonsolin vs. Blake Snell.October 21, 2020 at 10:47 am #145174jj-cf-stlParticipantPaid - Annual
Turners plus D at 3B has surprised me this postseason.
Lowe has got to show up soon.October 21, 2020 at 7:18 pm #145207jj-cf-stlParticipantPaid - Annual
Dinger by Lowe, 1-0 TBR
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