So, throughout the playoffs I've been pulling for the Cardinals for two reasons.....Tommy Edman & Andrew Knizner.  Tommy's mom used to post on HSBBWeb when her son was going through the recruiting process, college and the draft.  I got to know their family pretty well as Tommy was being recruited by some Ivys.   I've been following Tommy ever since he got to Stanford.  He's an extraordinary player that can play IF or OF at the MLB level.   My middle son used to play against Andrew when he was younger and now my son works with Andrew's Dad in the engineering department.  Andrew got to play when Yadi went down earlier in the season.  Good "kids", great families with a lot of talent to make it to MLB in just a couple years. 

Incredible what the Nats did last night.  I was exhausted and missed all the excitement until I opened up my MLB app this morning to see the replays and outcome.   Red Sox fans are rethinking the loss of Joe Kelly at this very moment.

I would love to see the Rays beat the Astros and the Yankees.   I can dream.....

Playoffs have been awesome this year....so far.

old_school posted:

How bad is Kershaw? You think at some point he would be able to execute in the playoffs and then....boom light show! I don't think I have seen anything like it. 

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Rendon hit a pretty good pitch thrown where it was called.  The Soto bomb did look like a mistake though.

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I think it's sad that although Kershaw is a potential (likely?) future Hall of Famer, he's going to be remembered as much for his postseason failures as anything else in his career. 

Dave Roberts is getting raked over the coals today by second-guessers.  Have to agree, his pitching strategy after Buehler was kind of strange.

Chico Escuela posted:

I think it's sad that although Kershaw is a potential (likely?) future Hall of Famer, he's going to be remembered as much for his postseason failures as anything else in his career. 

Dave Roberts is getting raked over the coals today by second-guessers.  Have to agree, his pitching strategy after Buehler was kind of strange.

Kershaw is the best regular season pitcher of his generation, full stop.  He's a 100% lock for Cooperstown.  And yes, Roberts hung him out to dry yesterday.  Absolutely no reason to keep him in there at all, much less for both batters. 

Wechson posted:
Chico Escuela posted:

I think it's sad that although Kershaw is a potential (likely?) future Hall of Famer, he's going to be remembered as much for his postseason failures as anything else in his career. 

Dave Roberts is getting raked over the coals today by second-guessers.  Have to agree, his pitching strategy after Buehler was kind of strange.

Kershaw is the best regular season pitcher of his generation, full stop.  He's a 100% lock for Cooperstown.  And yes, Roberts hung him out to dry yesterday.  Absolutely no reason to keep him in there at all, much less for both batters. 

Truthfully, with the bullpen Roberts had there was no reason to bring in Kershaw in the first place.  On paper they had the better bullpen.  Roberts thinking, while understandable, was as mentioned, strange.

A point brought up in another thread, what happened to the Dodger offense after the 2nd inning?  Can't blame it all on Kershaw and Roberts.  The Dodger offense went into hibernation while the Nationals offense woke up in the later innings.

We'll see if the Rays can pull off a miracle against the Astro's and Cole tonight.

Last night's game was one of the best NLDS games I've seen a while.  And another reason I love baseball.   As Yogi said many years ago, "It ain't over 'til it's over." 

Houston is a great team.  And Cole is having a run for the ages  The ALCS should be interesting.

As a Rays fan, I'll close with this fun fact:  The combined salaries of Verlander, Cole and Greinke is is more than the entire Rays payroll.  (Although I think it's great that any team's ownership is willing to spend to get players.  I wish the Rays could/would do it.)

FoxDad posted:

Nat's take game 2 over the Cardinals! 

FoxDad, how is it going?  Cardinal fan here.  I live 20 miles from Busch Stadium and turned down tickets for the first night.  We are not doing well.  It is somewhat embarrassing to see our offensive output to this point.  I would like to say we will do better but ...

CoachB25 posted:
FoxDad posted:

Nat's take game 2 over the Cardinals! 

FoxDad, how is it going?  Cardinal fan here.  I live 20 miles from Busch Stadium and turned down tickets for the first night.  We are not doing well.  It is somewhat embarrassing to see our offensive output to this point.  I would like to say we will do better but ...

I've been pleasantly surprised as to how the Nat's have been playing.   Though I have to admit, I'm waiting for the Nat's bullpen to implode.   I hope it doesn't.   I'm usually holding my breath when Scherzer, Strasburg, Sanchez and Corbin leave the mound.

Only managed to catch the last two innings of today's game.   Spent the day with my oldest daughter and my three grandchildren at our local fall festival.  Some things are more important than baseball.

FoxDad,

Closet Nats fan here.   They're the National league team I follow the most.   The starters are doing more than their job (no hits, deep into game) which is making things easy for Doolittle, Hudson, and others.   Even they can't screw that up, plus the offense is exploding at exactly the right times that keep the starters in with a low pitch count.   It is like the stars have finally aligned for the Nats.   Hopefully they can keep it going.

Dang that was a late game on the east clast.  A great series start so far.  Didnt like gary sanchez complaining about the strike 3 looking call after he sold the foul tip on the pitch before. What was blue gonna do???? Of course he had to make a make-up call!  Sanchez shoulda been hacking no matter what. 

baseballmom posted:
2022NYC posted:

ALCS is living up to the hype. I want the yanks to end this quickly but the baseball fan in me would enjoy a 7 game war. I won't be sleeping much this week.

I'm with you! Come on Yankees! 

(and I'm a Texan!) 

It was a bit annoying how often the cameras were panning the stands for Yankee fans. 

Strasburg unbelievable tonight - 12 K's and no walks through 7 innings.   Nat's blew it open in the 3rd scoring 4 runs.   Howie Kendrick is a man on a mission with 3 hits (2 dbl's) tonight.  Cardinal's struggling at the plate - only 2 runs in 27 innings.  Nat's win 8-1.

w/r/t: Nats.... Bryce who?   

w/r/t: Yanks/Stros - has the feeling of a 7 game series because of starting pitching "depth" or "trust" in #3+. Both listing Game4 as a "bullpen game" is interesting - probably only holds true if there's an attempt to play w/ the scheduled rain.

JohnF posted:

w/r/t: Nats.... Bryce who?   

w/r/t: Yanks/Stros - has the feeling of a 7 game series because of starting pitching "depth" or "trust" in #3+. Both listing Game4 as a "bullpen game" is interesting - probably only holds true if there's an attempt to play w/ the scheduled rain.

Yeah, the ALCS definitely has the feel of a 7 game series.   It's like two juggernauts slugging at each other.

I'm concerned that if the NLCS ends after only 4-5 games and the winner has to wait (Nationals at this point) the momentum they have going will die and they will get swept in the WS like the Rockies did a few years back.

Regardless, I am happy for the Nats.  It's the farthest they have ever gotten so each game is just gravy.  Winning the NLCS will be sweet.

 

I'm a bit disappointed in the hitting of the cards this year. With jeff albert they signed one of the top "data gurus" out there, albert was the top guy in hitter development of the astros and had spectacular success there.

I wonder what went wrong? Of course a coach can only do so much with the talent he got but was not supported by the more oldschool cards coaching stuff? 

Or does his stuff work better for developing unfinished product than squeezing out the best day to day out of an mlb lineup were it is more  about mental stuff and strategy against that particular pitcher than trying to improve mechanics, EV, LA and that stuff?

Of course the lineup is also aging at some crucial positions which is not helping either.

 

Chico Escuela posted:

Houston is a great team.  And Cole is having a run for the ages  The ALCS should be interesting.

As a Rays fan, I'll close with this fun fact:  The combined salaries of Verlander, Cole and Greinke is is more than the entire Rays payroll.  (Although I think it's great that any team's ownership is willing to spend to get players.  I wish the Rays could/would do it.)

FINALLY!!! 

After 40 years of whining about other teams payroll being bigger, we get the finger wagged at us.  Love it!

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