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  • in reply to: 2020 NL Wild Card Game 2 – Thu, Oct. 1 at Padres #142985
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    Rosenthal and Webb as relievers

    in reply to: 2020 NL Wild Card Game 1 – Wed, Sept. 30 at Padres #142961
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    Isn’t 5 K’s a platinum sombrero?

    Good call. This from wikipedia:

    The “Olympic Rings” or platinum sombrero applies to a player striking out five times in a game.

    A horn refers to a player striking out six times in a game; the term was coined by pitcher Mike Flanagan after teammate Sam Horn of the Baltimore Orioles accomplished the feat in an extra-inning game in 1991. Alternate names for this accomplishment are titanium sombrero or double platinum sombrero.

    in reply to: 2020 NL Wild Card Game 1 – Wed, Sept. 30 at Padres #142954
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    Reyes with the no-sweat save.

    So Shildt does push all the right buttons. The Miller button felt like it had a little of the neighbor’s kid’s snot on it, but it worked out.

    in reply to: 2020 NL Wild Card Game 1 – Wed, Sept. 30 at Padres #142936
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    Bader has stumped the broadcast crew. They don’t know what term to use for a 5-strikeout game.

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    I guess we’re going to see how good Shildt pushes buttons now.

    Why does it seem to me like when Miller gets way ahead in a count the next pitch has a good chance of going right in the batter’s back?

    in reply to: 2020 Wild Card Series – non-Cardinals #142605
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    That streak reminds me of Vitas Gerulaitis losing 16 consecutive tennis matches to Jimmy Connors. Vitas was a very good player, world top 5 in the 70s. He also had a great line after he finally beat Connors. He started the presser after the match with a tough guy persona and said, “Nobody beats Vitas Gerulaitis 17 times in a row.”

    in reply to: 2020 NL Wild Card Game 1 – Wed, Sept. 30 at Padres #142446
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    Pugs, as you mull over those numbers, make sure you factor in the intangibles Tinky highlighted. If the Cards hang around long enough, they become more important.

    in reply to: 2020 playoff seedings #142397
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    jj, your point can be expanded to many things. A lot of inbreeding with the data this year.

    gscottar, I think your overall position makes a lot of sense, although I’d never be on board with a team having to win more games than another team to win a series. Byes, home field advantage and no best of threes should be good enough for the division champs.

    If you’re going to invite a team to the party, then I wouldn’t go as far as tying one of their arms behind their back. Just don’t invite them. I don’t like the logic of creating another round of competition and then compromising the competition…..well, other than it would be even more hilarious to see the Dodgers lose to another inferior opponent who also had an arm tied behind its back.

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    Those numbers are not promising, but playoffs are a small sample size event, so anything can happen — especially if pitching and defense hold solid.

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    In fact, if anything, one criticism I’ve read about the 2020 format is the opposite – that the division winners don’t receive enough of an advantage as it is.

    Why is that? The advantages are usually byes and home field advantage. In a power of 2 field (i.e., 4, 8, or 16 teams) there are no byes. They are getting complete home field advantage. What else do people want to give them? Spot them runs each game?

    in reply to: 2020 Cardinals Game #58 – Sun, Sept. 27 vs. Brewers #142320
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    He then called me a Koolaid drinker

    That’s not the worst thing in the world. Frozen Kool-Aidsicles were a thing back in the day. Also, baseball’s association with Mr Kool-Aid goes way back. He was a pitcher, you know. Baseball, Mr Kool-Aid, and John Fogerty are a great combo.

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    Will the lower seeds get to bat last in one of the games during the wildcard series?

    in reply to: 2020 Cardinals Game #58 – Sun, Sept. 27 vs. Brewers #142256
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    Avoiding Detroit is nice. Trevor Rosenthal coming in for the bottom of the 9th in SF for the Pads to try and save it for the Brewers.

    in reply to: 2020 Cardinals Game #58 – Sun, Sept. 27 vs. Brewers #142209
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    I hope you like Shildt’s decision after the game. I like his decision to bring Gallegos back out again. I hope I like that decision after the 6th.

    in reply to: 2020 Cardinals Game #58 – Sun, Sept. 27 vs. Brewers #142135
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    Royals said they moved the game up in hopes of avoiding the rain.

    in reply to: 2020 playoff seedings #142076
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    Cards lost, but so did SF. We’re down to the final day. Here are the paths to the playoffs for the contenders as I see them for Sunday’s games (or at DET if necessary).

    STL:
    1 – STL beats MIL, OR
    2 – SD beats SF, OR
    3 – STL beats DET once

    MIL:
    1 – MIL beats STL, OR
    2 – TB beats PHI and SD beats SF

    SF:
    1 – SF beats SD and STL beats MIL, OR
    2 – SF beats SD and MIL beats STL and DET beats STL twice

    PHI:
    1 – PHI beats TB and STL beats MIL and SD beats SF

    So, games at DET are necessary only if MIL beats STL and SF beats SD.

    in reply to: 2020 Cardinals Game #57 – Sat, Sept. 26 vs. Brewers #142050
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    Wainwright gave up five outfield fly balls in the 4th. Unfortunately, two of them landed on the wrong side of the fence.

    in reply to: 2020 playoff seedings #142049
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    Yep, I just looked it up — extra innings will return to “normal” for the playoffs.

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    so cal, no I didn’t look at that. I thought it was interesting when you brought it up to gscottar. Definitely a valid point, kind of like the advantage in NCAA football overtime of getting to go 2nd on offense so you know if you you need just a field goal or a TD.

    I guess we get the same extra inning rules in the playoffs?

    in reply to: 2020 playoff seedings #142034
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    Discussion on home field advantage above reminded me that I’ve seen articles in recent years stating the perceived home field advantage in MLB playoffs has not been backed up by actual results. That led me to wonder if home field advantage was reduced this year due to no fan attendance.

    Through yesterday’s games, MLB home team winning percentage has been .557 (482-384). That seems like a significant advantage, so I compared it to last year. In 2019, home teams enjoyed a .529 (1286-1143) winning percentage. Hmmm, so having fans in the stands cheering for you is a disadvantage?

    Maybe the COVID protocols and restrictions are more distracting when a team is on the road. Whatever, I thought it was interesting.

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    As for games in Detroit, here are the possibilities I came up with after reviewing it.

    1. Cards win last two games against MIL. No games in DET unless cubs lose their last two games.

    2. Cards win just one more game against MIL. No games in DET.

    3. Cards lose both games against MIL. Games in DET are more likely, but still unnecessary if PHI loses at least one more and SF loses its final two.

    in reply to: 2020 playoff seedings #141964
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    Cards don’t need the Rays to beat the Phils if they take one more against the Brewers. 25’s post above shows why — one more win against the Brewers clinches the Cards will finish ahead of them and own the tiebreaker against the Phils.

    Cards also win the tiebreaker against the Reds should they end up even.

    in reply to: 2020 Cardinals Game #54 – Thu, Sept. 24 vs. Brewers #141757
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    I knew those scampi would do the job. They even produced one more run than I expected.

    Coming from the guy in France, I have to ask.
    Double entendre? Your stomach okay? Shrimp/prawns can do that, you know.

    in reply to: 2020 Cardinals Game #54 – Thu, Sept. 24 vs. Brewers #141739
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    So maybe it’s a combo of losing body fat and adding muscle. I honestly don’t know if my mental image of Reyes before tonight was from before or after 2019.

    in reply to: 2020 Cardinals Game #54 – Thu, Sept. 24 vs. Brewers #141733
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    Reyes has provided much more than I guessed this year. Tonight is the first game I have actually seen him. Has he lost weight?

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