Monthly Archive: October 2014

Oct 29

Ventura, Hosmer: Game 6 Super Fun!

To put last night’s Kansas City beat down of San Francisco into perspective, since 1903 there have been 66 games where either team has scored 10+ runs. Of those games, 18 ended with a team winning by 10 or more, and only seven of those games resulted in a shutout. KC probably remembers the last …

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Oct 27

More Bumgarner Superlatives

Sometimes you have to tip your cap to the opposing pitcher, recognizing brilliance for what it is. A complete game shutout. Eight strikeouts. Four hits allowed. Madison Bumgarner has owned the 2014 playoffs, and on Sunday night he owned the Kansas City Royals too. So what’s new? He’s now tossed sixteen innings against these Royals, …

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Oct 26

Yusmeiro Petit, the Legend Grows

Yusmeiro Petit can probably take this off now. I remember watching Yusmeiro Petit pitch against the Yankees last year when I had this random thought that “hey, this guy isn’t so freaking bad.” I hadn’t been paying attention to him in San Francisco that season. There really wasn’t a need. After three rough years in …

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Oct 25

Royals Defense, Bullpen Do Things Again

It takes a cruel man to fill out a lineup card with the likes of Alex Gordon, Jarrod Dyson, and Lorenzo Cain positioned in the expansive AT&T Park outfield. Does Nori Aoki make this catch in the second, possibly saving a run, or this sliding grab in the first off of Buster Posey’s bat? Who …

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Oct 20

Bad Teams, Great Baseball

This past Friday, David Schoenfield on ESPN published an article that pointed out that this World Series features two teams with the fourth lowest combined wins in Series history. He even goes on to say that as far as quality of teams, this Series might just be one of the worst matchups ever. It was …

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Oct 15

On Randal Grichuk’s Day

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Oct 14

Could the O’s Use Chris Davis Now?

With the Orioles down two games and facing a steady diet of Royals right-handed flamethrowers, I suppose the obvious question is whether the presence of Chris Davis would have made a difference. Davis, left off of the ALCS roster because he still had five games remaining on his suspension prior to the series opener, is …

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Oct 14

Steve Pearce Is Due

I’m waiting for that moment when Steve Pearce turns on 99 mph Kelvin Herrera fastball and deposits it in the left field bleachers. It has to happen. The Orioles players will stream from the dugout like kids, joyously bounding for home, as Pearce jogs around the bases, his mind at ease because he finally guessed …

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Oct 02

Bumgarner, Volquez, and Wednesday Night

In the end, all the debate about whether Clint Hurdle should have pitched Gerrit Cole or Edinson Volquez didn’t really matter all that much. Not when Madison Bumgarner left the Pirates bats silent inning after inning, striking out 10 and walking one in a complete game four-hitter that was . . . impressive. What the …

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Oct 01

West Coast? Mid-Atlantic Baseball Rules!

For those of us in the Mid-Atlantic region, this Major League postseason brings something sort of unique. For the first time, at least that I can track these things back, we’re going to see all three area teams in the playoffs at the same time. How unique is it? Seeing that big league baseball has …

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