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10/22/12: In Which Hunter Pence Leads Giants To The World Series

Monday, October 22nd, 2012

This entry is short because I’m having endless computer trouble and want at least to post that when it counter, Hunter came through.

He hit the game breaking open double in the 3rd with bases loaded (you can see he really HAS left the Astros) with 2 RBIs and another run scoring on yet another effup by Kozma. And then Hunter scored a run.

Let’s say that Cain wasn’t exactly good, and the ump called the rule book strike zone, but Lohse was really lousy – lots of line drives instead of walks, this time. Let’s say that yesterday, Matheny really should have started Shelby Miller because Carpenter looked as lousy as he did in Game 2.

At least all the folks screaming that the Cards had no right to be here because they were the #5 ranked team in the NL will get SOME comfort, even though the Nats went home.

 

10/19/12: Barry Zito Makes Cardinals Look Like Yankees – Well, Maybe Not THAT Bad

Friday, October 19th, 2012

Or, in which Hunter Pence is the key to victory. But I’m getting ahead of myself here.

Yankees basically didn’t hit all ALCS, which is 100% attributable to Alex Rodriguez earning 28 or 35 or whatever it is million dollars, so he must be gotten rid of immediately, which will cure the team’s chemistry problem, especially after they get rid of Joe Girardi and hire Tito Francona. Oh – scratch that. And hire Buck Showalter. Oh – scratch that. And hire Billy Martin. Oh yeah, forgot – make that Jack Morris, because He Knows How To Win, ignoring postseasons not Game 7 1991.

No one to play 3rd base – like so what, that is what money is for. They can sign (giggle) Kevin Youkilis – he’s old enough by now.

Actually, I’m wrong. The Yankees lost because His Captaincy broke his 38 year old ankle and breaking his ankle broke the spirit of the team, which can’t win without His Clutchinesshood. Or something like that.

where was I? Oh yeah.

Cardinals thought they had this here series wrapped up last night, when they thrashed Tim Lincecum, who, as a reliever, had looked like the old Timmeh minus about 8 MPH on his FB. After all, Barry had pitched BP his last game and you’re only as good as your last start, right Adam Wainwright?

um,

I guess not.

This happens. I remember Game 5 NLCS 2005, when it looked like we were Gonna Go All The Way and it was Lidge on the mound, 2 outs, bottom of the 9th – and dead silence. At least it won’t mess up the Cards’ rotation as it did ours back when Houston used to have a baseball team…

Anyway, Lance Lynn got the start tonight, and he did ace for the first 3 innings. Then came the 4th inning. He gave up a single to Scutaro, then Pablo Sandoval, then got Posey swinging on 3 pitches out of the zone, then Hunter Pence hit a GB right back to him for an easy 1-6-3 inning ender, only Lanceie-poo threw the ball at the second base BAG instead of the SS, and you had the beginning of the end. Scutaro scored, Lance couldn’t pull himself together and before you could blink, it was a walk, a 2 run single and Barry Zito hammered the nail in the coffin by hitting a perfect, unfieldable bunt to 3rd, scoring a run and it was 4-0 and the completely discombobulated Cards did nothing useful.

They got FOUR runs on 5 hits and 2 walks. Panda hit a solo job in the 8th offn Mitchell Boggs, like, so what.

Should I mention that Lance Lynn also hit into an inning ending 6-4-3? He could have stood there with bat on shoulder, hoping for a walk (not that Zito was giving any) and let lefty Jon Jay try to be a HEro. But no.

The Giants also fielded like they had a team of 9 Adam Everetts out there, too, which wasn’t real too much help for the Cardinals.

This is giving much happiness to the Nats fans and purists, who feel cheated because the Cards are the 5th WC team. The purists are all Up Set because Togers, AL pennant winners, had the worst record of the 5 teams, and they will be even MORE Up Set if their opponent is the Cards, also the worst of the 5 teams. At least the Giants had 94 wins in the regular season. The days of The Best AL Team vs The Best NL team GUARANTEED, are loonnnnnng gone.

And things are gonna be interesting Sunday afternoon – competing with football for ratings. And Ryan Vogelsong, basically unhittable in the playoffs this year, is gonna face Chris Carpenter, prima donna ultimo, who looked lousy last time out, and is dying for revenge. Not that it means he’ll get it, you know.

Hunter Pence had his worst year EVER, by FAR. He’s hitting .105 in the playoffs, and unless he KILLS the ball Sunday, will be hitting worse than The Hated Arod. Yet, you KNOW he’s gonna get a nice fat contract at the end of the season. Could it be with the MFY, to replace Nick Swisher? The Yanks NEED a RH bat – and you KNOW if Hunter doesn’t hit, he’s gonna get serious hell. He could go the the Red Sox, who need basically everything except a second baseman. I’d say he could go to the Cubs, but they are in serious el-cheapo mode, AKA “rebuilding.” He could stay in San Fran – youneverknow. ESPECIALLY if he is a playoff hero (see Cody Ross, who is now the #1 offseason priority signing of the RedSox.)

They sure look like the 2010 Astros, don’t they?

No baseball tomorrow. How will I live?

10/16/12: Saint Louis Is Saint Lousy And The Tigers Win Game 3 ALCS

Tuesday, October 16th, 2012

I can’t bring myself to root for Chris Carpenter. It’s something that can’t be done, so I was surprised and delighted that he didn’t manage to last 4 innings last night and got his ass kicked thoroughly by Matt Holliday – who couldn’t field or throw or run worth spit.

I was – like, whatever – on the slide that knocked out Scutaro. Yeah, he started the slide a leeeetle late, yeah, he’s  a clod on the basepaths, yeah, his arm kind of hooked Scutaro. But at least Holliday actually went OVER the ****ing bag and I see runners ALL THE TIME who don’t bother to even stay in the basepath or go anywheres NEAR the bag.

Whoever thought that Ryan Vogelsong would turn out to be the Giants’ ace?

And what in the name of GAWD has happened to Hunter Pence? It’s like he’s regressed waaaayyy worse than his worst times during his second year. I thought he’d finally turned himself into a waayy above average ballplayer, but here in his walk year, he looks like a 5th OF at best. He’s only hit ONE ball with authority this entire postseason and that was an out – heck – in the last week of the season too, pretty much. He looks terrrible on the basepaths and he’s breaking wrong on a lot of the fly balls, in spite of making one really great catch in the first series.

The thing that really is unbelieveable to me is the anti-Cards sentiment floating around. The Cards are NOT “the new Yankees” in any way, shape or form. They didn’t do an Arod contract with Uncle – they let him walk. They don’t sign up all the mega free agents. They sign top notch guys like Jeff Suppan and Braden Looper and Kyle Lohse. They trade for Jake Westbrook. I don’t see any highly sought after FA signing big contracts. They signed Lance Berkman – thought to be fat (he wasn’t) and washed up (he wasn’t) and Furcal. I mean, not exactly top tier FA.

So this is HARDLY Yankees. And it’s not exactly like Yankees take a chance on some washed up guy like Berkman or Weaver. Or Chris Carpenter, for that matter. And being angry because Dave Duncan or the Cards hitting coaches and/or minor league instructors make chicken soup out of chicken poop is certainly NOT Yankees.

I understand TLR hate (trust me on THAT one) but he’s gone. What I’m hearing is stuff like – well, it’s nottttttt fairrrrrrrr that they sign all these borderline whozat guys and for some strange unknown reason, they do great (remember the carcass of Jeff Weaver?) and they have almost no failures. And besides, they won the WS in 06 when they slipped in as WC with 83 wins and last year they only got in as WC because the Braves did a RedSox in September so that’s not fairrrrrr neither.

OKAYYYYYY

So where is all the – well, how TERRIBLE is it that the 105 win 2004 Cards lost to the wild card RedSox? So where is all the – how TERRIBLE is it that the 97 win 2002 Cards lost to the wild card Giants? Where is all the – how TERRIBLE is it that the 100 win 2005 Cards lost to the 89 win WC Astros?

I know about the purists hating the WC, especially if the WC has a lower Win total than some other team. Or if a division winner wins 83 games. But it’s like this – if there are going to be 30 teams, and you only want the top team in each league playing just like BITGOD when there were 8 teams/league, MLB is gonna lose a TON of money/fans because 24 teams will be out of it from May on. This isn’t BITGOD. There are tons of sports/sports channels and wonderful gripping Reality Programs like HoneyBooboo and Kartrashians competing for eyeballs and going back to the Old System ain’t gonna cut it.

Now me, I hate interleague and would prefer a balanced schedule, so that there is SOME kind of fairness, but that has nothing to do with Wild Cards. And getting lucky in a Short Series. Or having a hot streak because this is baseball and streaks happen.

But, this sudden Cards Hate thingy might could be fun – see how long I would continue life as I know it if I told my Mama that she is now a “New Yankees” fan…

Truth is, I think most fans are peeved because they wanted to see the Nationals. Sounds a lot like the Braves hate when I was a kid. The – but they’re in it EVERY year and they have the best pitchers always so it’s notttt fairrrrrrrrrr.

So tonight, I went and watched some DH ball. No Jeter, natch, because of the broke ankle, and ARod benched AGAIN. It is to laugh, all the folks who wanted to see him playing SS again. ARE YOU KIDDING ME??? He hasn’t played there for 9 YEARS and he’s 37 and isn’t exactly a great 3rd baseman and I would bet he’d make Jeter look good. This is NOT like giving Craig Biggio an inning at catcher for his last game in the majors, you know.

Most notable – the ump AGAIN gave Verlander a gigantic strike zone, especially on the outside corner. Is this a conspiracy or something? This is a great deal of help because the Yankees are an old and patient team who take lots of pitches and tonight, Verlander threw a LOT of pitches way out of the zone – and even they got called balls. He got 15 pitches I count that were balls that were called strikes and no pitches that were strikes that got called balls. If I was a Yankees fan, I would be VERY unhappy. Of course, I would also be unhappy that the hitters basically did like nothing with pitches that WERE in the zone.

Tigers hitters looked like Astros out there, leaving men on base at an unbelieveable rate. They were lucky to win at all. They won on a Miggy Cabrera double to right center (record 16 game hitting streak, by the way – ended with a 5-4-3 next AB) that Curtis  Granderson misjudged – bad jump, slow to get there. It looed as if the Delmon Young homer would be enough, but Edward Nunez, who, unlike the guy he replaced, dived AND GOT THE BALL, homered off an obviously tired Verlander in the 9th after fouling off like 9 pitches.

Was not surprised that Leyland left Verlander in to finish up, seeing as how Valverde has been pitching batting practice and Leyland thought that Verlander could get Nunez out. He got lefty Brett Gardner out after EIGHT pitches. And the guy hadn’t had an AB since Oct 3 – and before that, Oct 1 and before that, mid-April. Lefty Phil Coke came in and managed to get the next 2 outs.

You talk about a crappy, badly played ballgame.

BUT

any game that is a Yankees loss is actually a good ballgame, right?

Looks like it’s gonna be a Red Cat year, all right.