Thursday, October 04, 2007

New thread

Given it's the playoffs, and the Red Sox are in said playoffs, we should probably be posting more. I'm of course the worst offender, as I seem to never have anything interesting to say (other than
"I'm going to the game!!!!! :) :) :) !!1!!" or "Josh Beckett is awesome!!!!"). X, the smart one, has a bad habit of introducing new interesting topics in the comments. So, here's a new thread, focusing on two burning questions I have:

1) What's the best first name in the playoffs - Ubaldo or Asdrubal?
2) Any predictions for tonight?

(My answers, in no particular order, are "5-4 Sox" and "Asdrubal".)

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  1. My bad habit is slighly perpetuated by the fact that blogger.com still can't figure out who I am and there are apparently two ways to get logged in - one way I can post comments only and not make new posts. And sometimes I go to log in to post and the page just dies. And seeing how blogger is owned by google, it is a bit surprising they just have one of their 8,000 engineers spend a day and fix it.

    So back to baseball. I'll go with Asdrubal and 6-2 Sox.

    Regurgitating my earlier discussion on important players especially the NY series... one game down... one blowout.

    Looks like Russ ohlendorf had been more important than Joba (he couldn't keep the Yanks close). I'm not sure if it is deparation or a bit of instituional arrogance that had they Yanks keep ohlendorf and Veras and joba on their palyoff roster (combined 35 IP MLB experience).

    And to Carl Everett's point on Fausto - agree he could be huge tonight, but the reason I said CC and not Fausto was if it does go five, it is likely to see Carmona only pitch once while CC would get game 5 (then again Fausto could work relief in a game 5. In fact that would be best case scenario for the Sox. A game 5 that goes 13 innings and sees CC start and go 7 and Fausto relieve and pitch 5. And CLE win. But at this point I'm not counting the Yanks out - they have lost lots of game 1s in recent years and still gone on to win.

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  2. I am not sure how I feel about Torre's decisions last night to go with the inexperienced guys.

    Wang got beat up...hehe
    Then he brought in Ohlendorf and the game gets out of reach.

    Of course, you look at the final score and say it doesn't matter because the Yankees only managed 3 runs. But, at the time Wang was taken out, CC was nearing 100 pitches...If you bring in a big gun (or there bullpen equivalent) there, and limit the damage, it isn't a stretch to "Believe" the yankees could make up 4-5 runs with their offense.

    But, that is not what Torre did. He brought in the young kids, and gave up game 1. It certainly looked like he was giving up...

    Now, Pettitte in Game 2 against Carmona. I know any team can come back from any deficit (see the Sox '04)...but I have to believe that if the Yankees lose tonight, they have no shot at coming back.

    Tonight?
    Sox 7 Angels 3
    Daisuke goes 7. Walks a few...Angels play their small ball to get the 3.
    Sox struggle at first against Escobar, then get to him in the 4th or 5th. He's replaced mid-inning and the Sox tack on a few more against the vaulted Angels bullpen.

    Gagne, Oki, and Paps close it out.

    Asdrubal

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  3. I think you need to log in, go to the editor, and bookmark it. Then any time you follow the bookmark it logs you in automatically.

    Yeah, you never know which player will be huge in a series. The Joba comment was probably a random prediction: if it was right on, the guy brags and looks smart; if not, no one notices. Like saying before the 2004 ALCS "I bet Curt Leskanic will be HUGE in this series".

    But if you're actually going for predictions that have more than a 10% chance of being right, you have to go with A-Rod and Sabathia. (Rivera or Carmona are not bad choices either, since they could be pitching several innings near the end of a game 5.)

    I agree that it'd be dumb to count the Yankees out now. But you're being pretty generous talking about their wins in "recent years", given the haven't won a postseason series since the 2004 ALDS(!). There they lost Game 1 to the Twins. In their 3 playoff series since then, it was the opposite: they won each Game 1 but lost the series.

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  4. Yeah, I guess "recent years" is relative. It must come from watching a lot of Yankee games on the YES Network, where Michael Kay still talks profusely about 1996, 1998 and 1999 as if thye were yesterday.

    This series could get ugly in a hurry. Clemens is a huge question mark, who knows what Mussina will bring, Wang looked awful... On the plus side for the Yanks, CC struggled with command, the Yankee bats will come alive. I imagine one of the next few games will feature double digits by both teams.

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  5. Doing a lot of reading about the game tonight...and one thing I have noticed is the Red Sox shelled out $103MM for Daisuke...That comes up in just about every article.

    But, that is crap.

    They paid the 50+ to negotiate. Fine, if you want to mention that then mention that...but his salary this year is what 6+???

    Overall, they got him at less money per year than the Royals paid for Meche.

    The guy is a (technical) rookie who won 15 games, pitched 200+ innings, and struck out over 200, with a 4.4 ERA.

    I'd say that the articles are overblown...I'd also say that Sox fans who aren't happy with this guy are nuts. He won't get rocked tonight, and he may not be lights out...But you can expect 6-7 innings and 4 or 5 runs given up at most...Is that terrible?

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  6. I'm going to be a contrarian and go with Ubaldo. Asdrubal has the sheer weirdness, but Ubaldo wins because it sounds vaguely like an insult. Like, "Hey, Ubaldo, I slept with your wife because you have no hair. Suck on that!"

    As for tonight, I think Carmona pitches a gem and edges Pettite, 3-1 Tribe (the one run will be an A-Rod solo shot in the 9th after Carmona gets pulled). And I'm going with 5-3 Sox. No particular reason.

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