Wednesday, September 30, 2020

2020 Wild Card Game 1 Thread: Oct 1 vs. Brewers

Buehler vs. Suter, 7p

I realize that MLB did its best to put forward a season after COVID-19 made most of life (not just baseball) a logistic nightmare. But of all the changes to this year's season: the universal DH, seven-inning double-headers, the three-batter minimum for relief pitchers, runners starting on second in extra innings--the one change that I hated the most was a first-round best-of-three series. In baseball, where anything can happen, a best-of-three series is incredibly capriciou, and the best team can easily come out on the wrong end. And without fans in the crowd, there is no homefield advantage enjoyed by the Dodgers, after their hard work resulted in the best record in baseball.

Only one of the four AL home teams won their first game yesterday. My stomach is going to be knotted. Let's hope the Dodgers can be a lot looser and play like the powerhouse team that they are.

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QuadSevens said...

Thinking about how the Twins lost it late yesterday is giving me the same feeling you have about today. It's going to be an edge of your seat kind of game to watch tonight.

Also, 28 man roster? That's new right? Keibert Ruiz and Terrance Gore getting the call, while Lux is left off.

QuadSevens said...

Watching the Reds/Braves game here, and I am so happy that ARod is not calling the Dodgers game.

Orel said...

Yup, used to be a 25-man playoff roster.

Orel said...

I enjoy A-Rod talking about purely baseball stuff. Unfortunately he rarely does that

Orel said...

To the 12th we go in the CIN-ATL game!

QuadSevens said...

First and third for the Reds with one out.

Orel said...

Janikowski? Wasn't he on SD?

QuadSevens said...

I think so. I thought the same thing.

Orel said...

2 out

Orel said...

Same with Galvis I think

Orel said...

Wow Barves escape

QuadSevens said...

Not sure why they went away from the bunt there.

Orel said...

To the 13th!

QuadSevens said...

Back to back singles give the Reds first and third again.

Orel said...

Will the Reds regret holding Votto at third base?

QuadSevens said...

Twins are not helping us out at all. Down 3-1 now in that game.

Orel said...

Looks like 18 straight postseason losses for the Twins...yikes

QuadSevens said...

That's an insane record.

Orel said...

Wow the Braves escape AGAIN

QuadSevens said...

The Reds leave them loaded for the second straight inning.

QuadSevens said...

Twins get swept. That sucks.

QuadSevens said...

Reds have pulled an outfielder into the infield. First and third for the Braves. Interesting.

Orel said...

Twins going for that Clippers vibe

Orel said...

Freddie is so good. Barves win

QuadSevens said...

Freeman walks it off for the Braves.

QuadSevens said...

The Cheaters come to Dodger Stadium for their division series. Great.

Orel said...

Ryu gets bombed by the Rays. 7 runs allowed in 1.2 innings

Orel said...

4-1 Cards lead Pads in the first inning!

Orel said...

Harrison Bader what was that

Orel said...

Betts, RF
Seager, SS
Turner, 3B
Muncy, 1B
Smith, C
Bellinger, CF
Pollock, LF
Rios, DH
Taylor, 2B
Buehler, P

karen said...

6-3 Cards over Pads in 6th.

Cliff Beefpile said...

Pins and needles ova here...let's get this dang this started already!

Cliff Beefpile said...

The Twins are my second favorite team, but man are they inept in the playoffs these days. They need a seance to contact the spirit of Kirby Puckett.

karen said...

Going to bottom of 9 Cards up 7-4.

karen said...

I'm with Sax. I just hate this 3 game series.

Cliff Beefpile said...

Pobres down to their last strike

karen said...

Cards win.

karen said...

The Lake Show getting ready to start. LeBron has a 24 on his finger.

Orel said...

GO LAKERS

Cliff Beefpile said...

God, ARod sucks as an analyst

Orel said...

Lakers down 8. And ARod sucks

Orel said...

Down 13

karen said...

I'm digging AD's hair. Not digging how this game is starting.

Orel said...

The Lakers have reasserted themselves

Orel said...

The Yankees have overcome a 4-run deficit

Steve Sax said...

where the hell is this game? all i see is yankees indians

Steve Sax said...

ESPN2? what the hell

Steve Sax said...

Karl Ravech setting up the Dodgers for the fall: "the dodgers are SOOOOO superior statistically"...

oh no.

Orel said...

HERE WE GO

Orel said...

4-pitch K on Yelich. That works

Steve Sax said...

three-pitch K for Buehler on Yelich (leadoff batter)!

Steve Sax said...

whoops, four-pitch K. you're right, orel

Orel said...

Actually three pitches?

Orel said...

Twitter says 3

QuadSevens said...

Yelli and Braun looking bad against the curve. I love it!

karen said...

2 up 2 K's.

Steve Sax said...

Braun K. ESPN obsessed with Buehler's blister.

Steve Sax said...

Hard hit, but fly out to Pollock in left.

We go to B1

Orel said...

Holy smokes the Lakers are up 17 at the half

Steve Sax said...

Dodgers 2020 season: 5.8 runs per game (1st in MLB)

Steve Sax said...

My AT&T now won't let me stream two channels at once on the same device. Booooooo

karen said...

MVP MVP MVP

Steve Sax said...

Braun can't catch Mookie's hit! Mookie DOUBLE

QuadSevens said...

No soup for you Braun! Double for Betts!

karen said...

Vinny would say that Suter pitches like his hair is on fire.

karen said...

C'mon Max. You are so due.

Steve Sax said...

Muncy is gonna crank this

Orel said...

Would Vinny say Suter makes coffee nervous (is that how it went?)?

Orel said...

RANCHO ARDIENDO

Steve Sax said...

muncy with a disciplined AB. Walks the bases loaded.

QuadSevens said...

Time to get jiggy with it!

Steve Sax said...

@karen and @Orel, I'm so frickin' nervous, I'm surprised vinny isn't talking about ME

Orel said...

C'mon Fresh Prince

karen said...

Orel...I forgot that one!! And yes he would say that.

Steve Sax said...

2-0 count to Will Smith

Orel said...

WOO HOO FREE RUNS

karen said...

Run walked in...we'll take it!!!

Steve Sax said...

BOOM! WALKS IN A RUN 1-0 LA

QuadSevens said...

Let’s go Bellinger!

karen said...

DAMMIT!

Orel said...

C'mon Cody

Orel said...

That was weak

Steve Sax said...

Cody come on man. Take a pitch first and then swing

Orel said...

WOO HOO MORE FREE RUNS

QuadSevens said...

Put another quarter in the merry go round!

Steve Sax said...

Or, don't swing. Suter walks in another run.

Steve Sax said...

wow Rios almost got that one!

karen said...

Suter got off cheap.

Orel said...

Way to swing the bats guys

Orel said...

Now Buehler is all rusty after the long bottom of the 1st. Brilliant strategy by the Brewers

QuadSevens said...

Hey ESPN, don’t mess with Turner while he’s on defense!

Orel said...

Lakers up 18

Orel said...

Oh god JT is mic'd up

Steve Sax said...

why the hell is ESPN talking to Turner during the game? This is as fucked up as the extra innings runner on second.

Steve Sax said...

"Hey Justin, what would you say about that positive herpes test result?"

Steve Sax said...

BallPEOPLE, JT: not just boys

Steve Sax said...

Okay that's a pretty funny comment about AJ playing "down a clown"

Steve Sax said...

Okay that's enough from this miked experience. Enough.

Steve Sax said...

why is JT giving away trade secrets here

Steve Sax said...

Good call Justin, he's saying "I lost you". Great call Justin

Steve Sax said...

Tell Ravech to get a better cell plan, Justin!

Orel said...

Lake Show up 22...

Steve Sax said...

And, that interview is finally over.

Hope that the Brewers mic'd up Suter this inning.

Orel said...

Please tell me that's only a one-inning thing

karen said...

THIS IS A FREAKING PLAYOFF GAME ESPN!!! LEAVE JT ALONE.

Orel said...

WHY IS JT STILL MIC'D. A DISGRACE

Orel said...

Also: MOOKIE!

Orel said...

It appears the Dodgers have abandoned the neck muffler accessory

Orel said...

Lakers up 28!

Orel said...

Suter finally being pulled. Dodgers up 3-0 with 2 on, 2 out

Steve Sax said...

Cody barely snared at first

Steve Sax said...

Lakers by 20, 8:20 in the fourth.

ESPN cuts to a highlight from the studio, but the highlight video doesn't play. Between the failing JT mic and this, ESPN's tech team needs an upgrade.

Orel said...

3-0 after three. This game should not be nearly this close and it could come back to bite us in the ass later on

Steve Sax said...

3-0 LA through 3.

This should be a lot worse. I'm very worried.

Steve Sax said...

For $5 you can upgrade to the sparkles on cupcake conquest? awesome.

Orel said...

Buehler allows a one-out double in the 4th

Steve Sax said...

Oh this is interesting: limited number of fan seats avail for the games in texas:

https://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/30011224/mlb-allowing-limited-number-fans-nlcs-world-series-arlington-texas

Orel said...

Which defeats the purpose of a bubble!

Orel said...

Nice catch by Mookie on a hard-hit ball

Orel said...

See? SEE?

karen said...

CRAP

Steve Sax said...

shit. 3-2 on the Arcia HR.

karen said...

Somewhere in heaven my mom is saying "the Dodgers were farting around and now it's a 1 run game". I hear ya mom.

Steve Sax said...

Buehler losing it

Orel said...

Buehler stomps off the field. The Gatorade cooler trembles in anticipation

Steve Sax said...

3-2 LA, mid-4

Ugh I'm nervous again.

Orel said...

Amen Karen

Orel said...

Lakers 116, Heat 98 final

karen said...

'Gatorade cooler trembles in anticipation'...too funny.

LAKERS WIN

karen said...

Damn you Orel! That's twice.

Orel said...

(blows smoke from gun)

karen said...

I've got my windows open and my neighbor is in his backyard smoking pot. I think I'll start inhaling real deep and get myself through this game.

Orel said...

Urias in. Great

Orel said...

Good idea Karen!

karen said...

Uh-oh. Urias makes me nervous.

Steve Sax said...

Urias replaces Buehler to start the 5th.

Steve Sax said...

Yelich singles. this is not good.

Steve Sax said...

Braun subbed out?!

karen said...

Braun out. Interesting.

Orel said...

Yelich, who can't hit a lick, gets a single

QuadSevens said...

Braun out of the game.
ESPN: “Let’s hope he’s ok.”
Us: “Nah.”

Orel said...

We look so soft right now

Orel said...

Yeah, Braun can go fuck himself

Orel said...

Cleveland ties it up!

Steve Sax said...

Urias wiht a scoreless inning. 3-2 LA mid-5

karen said...

I thought this bullpen was supposed to suck.

karen said...

Braun out with 'back discomfort'. Ahhh Ryan, sucks to be you.

spank said...

sept.30 not oct.1

spank said...

where Kershaw at?

karen said...

Hey Spank! Don't you start being bitchy about Clayton.

Orel said...

Wtf Max. Pathetic

spank said...

nice defense muncy. dumbass

Steve Sax said...

what the hell, Max? E3 allows runner to second on a bloop single

QuadSevens said...

Big strikeout for Urias.

spank said...

it's post season and i'm ragging on everyone til Lakers and Dodgers brings a trophy home.

Orel said...

Urias wriggles off the hook!

karen said...

Dodgers out of it without Brews cashing in error.

Orel said...

Half that expectation is looking mighty good Spank

karen said...

What is that? Like 5 times tonight Orel?

Orel said...

A HIT

Steve Sax said...

Bellinger with a clean leadoff single to right. Let's go, guys!

Orel said...

Goddammit AJ

QuadSevens said...

Well that sucked!

karen said...

shit

Orel said...

5x Urias wriggling off the hook? Seems like it although he's only pitched like two innings

spank said...

meh

Steve Sax said...

aj pollock gidps. come on, guys.

Orel said...

Yankees bring in Chapman with two on, no out in the 8th

karen said...

Indians ahead!!!

spank said...

why do all the Dodgers look like Donald jr

Steve Sax said...

nice AB from Rios to earn a walk. We'll strand him, but still.

two out, CT3 up

Steve Sax said...

CT flies out.

Brewers look like they are gaining confidence. 3-2 LA through 6.

I'm getting another beer

Orel said...

At least Mookie leads off next inning

Orel said...

Cleveland about to cough it all up

QuadSevens said...

I need to find a way to work “Down a clown” into everyday conversation now.

Orel said...

Yelich doubles off Urias with two out

karen said...

Tummy getting queasy.

Orel said...

6x Karen!

karen said...

Out of it again.

Orel said...

Yankees have RA with no out, down 1 in the 9th

spank said...

we still have the lead

Orel said...

Whaaaaaat

spank said...

i see Kershaw did not pitch today. god bless him in game 2. god bless us all actually. we'll need it.

Orel said...

Yes we will

Orel said...

FUCK

Orel said...

FUCK YEAH COREY

QuadSevens said...

SEAGER!!

karen said...

COREY BABY

Steve Sax said...

when alden gonzalez is talking, why can't the espn chyron show the pitch count???

COREY!

Steve Sax said...

4-2 LA

spank said...

Night Fucking Moves!!

Steve Sax said...

muncy looks feeble out there with the K.

4-2 through 7. still doesn't feel safe

Steve Sax said...

is that sony playstation commercial playing baba o'riley, or not? it's hard to tell

spank said...

don't know,saxy. i have the beatles white album blasting

QuadSevens said...

Treinen with a nice 8th.

Steve Sax said...

Treinen Ks Arcia, who was at the plate as the tying run.

spank said...

that was a nice pitch

Orel said...

Cody is late on pitches he crushed last year

Orel said...

Kenley warming

Orel said...

AJ double

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