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Dru Edwards 10-01-2018 11:11 AM

MLB Playoffs 2018
 
It's baseball playoff time. Two tiebreaker games today, although it's considered game 163 rather than the playoffs.

Who you rooting for? Go Red Sox!

Jim Owen 10-01-2018 12:04 PM

I'm in
 
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Originally Posted by Dru Edwards (Post 5851539)
It's baseball playoff time. Two tiebreaker games today, although it's considered game 163 rather than the playoffs.

Who you rooting for? Go Red Sox!

Redsox, of course.

This has been quite a season for many teams. To have two game 163s is historic.

I don't have a lot of fond memories of game 163s.

Dr. Spivey 10-01-2018 02:50 PM

Brewers beat Cubs to take NL Central! We had the game on at work. The company profits probably dipped a bit. ;)

OneMansGuitar 10-01-2018 03:44 PM

I've gotta stay loyal to the Tribe, even though I am more an October baseball fan these days. It gets much more exciting when every game, every inning matters.

I would be happy to see the Cubs win the NL pennant, being one of the few who was obligated to root against them the year they finally won it all, to make the Tribe the team who has gone the longest without a Championship. :D

Larpy 10-01-2018 08:57 PM

I'm a Cubs fan, but I don't see them getting very far in the playoffs this year. Their offense is weirdly inconsistent. And relief pitching is, well, not playoffs-worthy.

I'd love to be proven wrong, of course.

Mdinterman 10-02-2018 07:29 AM

Go Braves, but I fear it will be a short series.

marty bradbury 10-02-2018 08:01 AM

Going with the Brewers, Love to see new faces in the chase,

rokdog49 10-02-2018 08:39 AM

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Originally Posted by Larpy (Post 5851969)
I'm a Cubs fan, but I don't see them getting very far in the playoffs this year. Their offense is weirdly inconsistent. And relief pitching is, well, not playoffs-worthy.

I'd love to be proven wrong, of course.

Same scenario with the Indians and to make matters worse, Kluber has actually been "human" at times this year.

seeker 10-02-2018 09:34 AM

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Originally Posted by Larpy (Post 5851969)
I'm a Cubs fan, but I don't see them getting very far in the playoffs this year. Their offense is weirdly inconsistent. And relief pitching is, well, not playoffs-worthy.

I'd love to be proven wrong, of course.

My thoughts exactly. If everyone plays up to his abilities the Cubs have a chance...but I guess you could say that about most teams. I also fear that Christian Yelich's superb offensive performance has wrapped up the MVP over Javy Baez. I'd love to be wrong about that one too, though Yelich is an outstanding player and certainly deserves to be honored.

David M123 10-02-2018 02:20 PM

Red Sox finished with the undisputed best record in MLB this year, by a considerable margin.

But, they'll face the Yankees in the first round of playoffs. The Yanks are the #3 team in either league by a considerable margin and would have taken the Eastern Division in any normal year. Plus, they are an explosive team and could easily win the WS this year. If the Sox beat them...

They will likely face the Astros in the League Champion Series. The Astros are the #2 team in either league and are the defending World Series Champions.

The Sox trailed off a bit toward the end of the regular season. That may be partly due to them placing a higher priority on resting key players than on driving the win column. But still, they do have some weaknesses. Their bullpen has been a sore spot all season, and the offense has been strangely quiescent at times.

They'll need to really play their best to get past both the Yankees and the Astros. If they do that, the World Series itself may be something of an anticlimax.

Dru Edwards 10-02-2018 04:19 PM

Yankees going with Severino for the Wild Card game. I think I'd start Happ instead.

Cubs tonight! I'm in Chicago now but won't be heading to the game.

Jim Owen 10-02-2018 05:18 PM

Happ
 
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Originally Posted by Dru Edwards (Post 5852659)
Yankees going with Severino for the Wild Card game. I think I'd start Happ instead.

I suspect they’re saving Happ for game one against the Red Sox. But to get there, they gotta get past the As. I find the As pretty scary.

If it turns out Redsox/Yankees, at least neither team needs to pore over scouting reports. They played 19 games this season.

Scott O 10-02-2018 10:03 PM

Extra innings on a school night...zzzzz....cmon Rockies, finish them!

robj144 10-02-2018 10:45 PM

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Originally Posted by David M123 (Post 5852565)
Red Sox finished with the undisputed best record in MLB this year, by a considerable margin.

But, they'll face the Yankees in the first round of playoffs. The Yanks are the #3 team in either league by a considerable margin and would have taken the Eastern Division in any normal year. Plus, they are an explosive team and could easily win the WS this year. If the Sox beat them...

They will likely face the Astros in the League Champion Series. The Astros are the #2 team in either league and are the defending World Series Champions.

The Sox trailed off a bit toward the end of the regular season. That may be partly due to them placing a higher priority on resting key players than on driving the win column. But still, they do have some weaknesses. Their bullpen has been a sore spot all season, and the offense has been strangely quiescent at times.

They'll need to really play their best to get past both the Yankees and the Astros. If they do that, the World Series itself may be something of an anticlimax.

Huh? How do you know the Sox are definitely playing the Yanks? There's the wild card game tomorrow first.

David M123 10-02-2018 11:46 PM

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Originally Posted by robj144 (Post 5852913)
Huh? How do you know the Sox are definitely playing the Yanks? There's the wild card game tomorrow first.

OK, I'm jumping the gun, but I think it's long odds that the Yanks will beat Oakland.

robj144 10-03-2018 12:13 AM

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Originally Posted by David M123 (Post 5852919)
OK, I'm jumping the gun, but I think it's long odds that the Yanks will beat Oakland.

So, that means Oakland is playing the Sox. :D

Murphy Slaw 10-03-2018 05:25 AM

Cubs can't score, which makes it impossible to move on.

Glad that's over....

Fogducker 10-03-2018 05:45 AM

Colorado has a severely good bull pen! I now join the Cleveland bunch, I hope I don't bring bad luck with me!

Fog

Larpy 10-03-2018 09:53 AM

Not to diminish the Rockies' performance last night, but the Cubs more or less beat themselves. Even with bases loaded and given a fourth out, they couldn't score.

Just as well they're out of the playoffs. I've been a Cubs fan for 30 years, but it was clear throughout the second half of the season that they were not World Series-bound this year. Now I can just watch great baseball and not have to worry about "my" team.

Dru Edwards 10-03-2018 04:09 PM

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Originally Posted by Murphy Slaw (Post 5852973)
Cubs can't score, which makes it impossible to move on.

Glad that's over....

Cubs had game 163 and the wildcard and scored a total of 2 runs. Too bad, I would have liked to have seen them go a little farther.

For tonight only - go Oakland!

Jim Owen 10-04-2018 09:17 AM

Well, in our hearts of hearts, we knew it was going to be Sox/Yankees. Dru, a lot is riding on Chris Sale's left shoulder.

Dru Edwards 10-04-2018 11:13 AM

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Originally Posted by Jim Owen (Post 5854125)
Well, in our hearts of hearts, we knew it was going to be Sox/Yankees. Dru, a lot is riding on Chris Sale's left shoulder.

I hear ya, Jim.

Did I read correctly that Oakland's plan was to only use relievers in last night's game and not start with a starter?

Jim Owen 10-05-2018 01:19 PM

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Originally Posted by Dru Edwards (Post 5854231)
I hear ya, Jim.

Did I read correctly that Oakland's plan was to only use relievers in last night's game and not start with a starter?

Yep. We'll see more of that technique since Tampa Bay has had success with it (more than "success"--they've had a great team ERA): the "opener." Used to see it quite a bit; in the old days it was just called a "bullpen day" and generally occurred around double headers.

Dru Edwards 10-06-2018 05:19 AM

Happ didn't last long last night as the Red Sox rolled him early. Shaky bullpen but the Sox pulled it off.

Here's to Price finally doing something as a starter in the playoffs tonight. If he has a poor outing I wouldn't start him again in the playoffs.

upsidedown 10-06-2018 12:38 PM

Gonna make my rant (I've got a million of 'em) about the postseason. It's currently 64 degrees in Boston. In other words, perfect conditions for baseball.

By first pitch - an hour later than the usual night game start time - it should be in the low 50's/upper 40's.

Thanks MLB!

robj144 10-06-2018 12:53 PM

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Originally Posted by upsidedown (Post 5855955)
Gonna make my rant (I've got a million of 'em) about the postseason. It's currently 64 degrees in Boston. In other words, perfect conditions for baseball.

By first pitch - an hour later than the usual night game start time - it should be in the low 50's/upper 40's.

Thanks MLB!

That's typical October playoff baseball though. It's always that weather.

upsidedown 10-06-2018 01:47 PM

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Originally Posted by robj144 (Post 5855967)
That's typical October playoff baseball though. It's always that weather.

Typical because they schedule the games at night. Not optimal conditions for baseball - which is what it should be about, but it ain't.



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Dru Edwards 10-06-2018 06:42 PM

Well, it's only the 2nd inning and Price has already given up 2 HRs. He's given up 15 HRs against the Yankees in the last 30 innings.

Let's go Sox!

upsidedown 10-07-2018 01:16 PM

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Originally Posted by Dru Edwards (Post 5856218)
Well, it's only the 2nd inning and Price has already given up 2 HRs. He's given up 15 HRs against the Yankees in the last 30 innings.

Let's go Sox!

Why in the WORLD would they start Price in a pivotal game? His postseason record is 2 - 9. One of the two wins was in relief.
In 4 regular season starts against the Yanks this year, he'd give up 18 runs!

Dru Edwards 10-07-2018 04:23 PM

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Originally Posted by upsidedown (Post 5856855)
Why in the WORLD would they start Price in a pivotal game? His postseason record is 2 - 9. One of the two wins was in relief.
In 4 regular season starts against the Yanks this year, he'd give up 18 runs!

Yep, Price is terrible in every playoffs and he doesn't do well against the Yankees either. Given the way he's played the past few months I think he deserved last night's start. I wouldn't start him again though.


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