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I yelled out loud when Byrd botched that pickup in RF, but Mister McCutchen saved the day along with Morneau.
Is morneau going to get adulation for that play ala jeter? (Except the runner did slide and was actually out)
I know he missed both cut-off men,
No, his cutoff man on that play was the first baseman, not either set of infielders.
It's funny, I really thought he was originally aiming for the shortstop on the play who was coming over and he overthrew him... Morneau isn't even remotely close to where the ball goes when it leaves McCutchen's hand. If that's the way the play is drawn up (to hit 1B near the mound), then play is even more amazing.
But did they jump into the pool at Wrigley Field afterwards?
If you've got a man trying to score on that play, the outfielder wants to throw it to right around that spot, with the first baseman expected to be there. That's the proper position for the cutoff, as it allows for the most options (let it go, cut and come home, cut and hold, or cut and go to another base). Throwing to one of the other infielders would reduce the options available to the defense. Now if it were a Johnny Damon/Juan Pierre type, they might want to throw to one of the infielders because of the inadequacy of their arms. But ordinary outfielders should throw to the plate, but at a level that allows the ball to be cut off near the mound.
If the play in the outfield was back at the wall, then one of the infielders would serve as the primary cutoff.
no fan base deserves a nice playoff run more than they do, given the last 21 years.
Imagine if the outrage if they had jumped into the troth?
I think it is silly to consider that the Pirates are in the playoffs. I mean if they lose the playin game what banner do they hang next year?
First time I remember actively rooting against the Cubs in a game I attended. That was a fun game to watch, and what a bizarre way to end it.
The good part of starting Liriano is that Pirates fans won't have to bite their nails; they'll know by the second inning whether the Pirates are going to win or lose.
I'm not sure what you guys are on about, though; Cole pitched tonight, and unless I'm reading something severely wrong Game 163 will be Cole's turn in the rotation. Is there an off day between Game 162 and Game 163? If so, I'd rather have Cole on an extra day of rest than Liriano on normal rest, I think.
And I don't trust Liriano's control in a one and done type of game.
Considering Liriano's historic effectiveness against left-handed hitters and the Reds' top offensive weapons being Choo, Votto, and Bruce, wouldn't Hurdle be completely insane not to start him against Dusty's squad in a one-game playoff?
I don't trust Liriano's control in a one and done type of game.
I'm open to describing it with another moniker, but as for me (and I suspect I speak for a few others too) I took to calling it Game 163 because I dislike it and don't want to dignify it by calling it a playoff game (despite the fact it is, by definition, a playoff game; grumble grumble). I could go back to "Play-in game", I suppose.
I can accept change even if I dislike it; I strongly dislike expanded playoffs in general and short series (and, ye gods, one-game playoffs) in particular. It cheapens the championship by deciding the champion mostly by random luck. That seems acceptable following a 16 game football season; I can't stand it following a 162 game baseball season.
But I know I'm in the minority and most of the casuals just love playoffs.
MLB calls it a postseason game. Therefore, it is.
I don't like the new system (one might note - if it were the old wild card formulation, we'd have two excellent races going on) but, the playoffs are defined by the folks holding them. MLB calls it a postseason game. Therefore, it is.
And yet "postseason" is not necessarily synonymous with "playoffs". It is a postseason game, that is certain. Whether it is a playoff game is less certain.
Well, IIRC the '84 Cubs clinched the NL East in Pittsburgh, and I'm sure a few folks in black and gold cheered the North Siders that evening. What goes around comes around.
It also helps that there really wasn't any ill will from the Bucs fans...
The Rangers actually do fly some sort of 2012 pennant. Who konws what it says, the print must be tiny, but it commemorates that magical moment when they backed their way through the first-ever American League Wild Card Round :)
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