2018 World Series -- Boston Red Sox vs Los Angeles Dodgers

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Dave Roberts returns to Boston after 14 years, hoping to "steal" a World Series victory.
Clayton Kershaw (a lefty) vs the Green Monster (RHB's best friend).
Fox executives breathing a final sigh of relief that the Brewers, A's, Rockies, and Indians aren't in the World Series. It's not the Yankees vs Dodgers matchup that they wanted, but it's the next best thing.
Pick your narrative, and your team.

Poll Results

OptionVotes
Red Sox in 6 7
Dodgers in 7 5
Red Sox in 4 2
Red Sox in 5 2
Red Sox in 7 1
Dodgers in 6 1
Dodgers in 4 0
Dodgers in 5 0


NoTimeBeforeTime, Sunday, 21 October 2018 05:59 (one month ago) Permalink

Boston in 6. I assume Game 1 is Sale/Kershaw; would like to see that live up to the billing.

clemenza, Sunday, 21 October 2018 06:39 (one month ago) Permalink

For two payroll juggernauts, obv i am rooting for the one that hasn't won in 30 years. Also Boston should go another century w/out a title.

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Sunday, 21 October 2018 08:49 (one month ago) Permalink

picked Boston to sweep. feel fairly confident they'll win the whole thing regardless

na (NA), Sunday, 21 October 2018 13:06 (one month ago) Permalink

I don’t care who wins. I hope something funny happens

Karl Malone, Sunday, 21 October 2018 14:45 (one month ago) Permalink

same, I just hope both teams have a lot of fun out there.

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Sunday, 21 October 2018 21:07 (one month ago) Permalink

Theres talk of sum1 getting pantsed

F# A# (∞), Sunday, 21 October 2018 21:33 (one month ago) Permalink

I didn't realize until I just saw something online that Chase Utley played this year. Is he part of this? If they had him, Machado, and could somehow activate Roberto Alomar, what a trio of villains that would make.

clemenza, Sunday, 21 October 2018 23:27 (one month ago) Permalink

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Monday, 22 October 2018 00:01 (one month ago) Permalink

Two opposing principles at stake:

If you don't want to see Mookie Betts win a World Series, you don't like baseball.
If you don't watn to see Clayton Kershaw win a World Series, you don't like baseball.

Van Horn Street, Monday, 22 October 2018 01:07 (one month ago) Permalink

But you have to balance that against:

If you want to see Manny Machado win a World Series, you don't like people.
If you want to see Craig Kimbrel win a World Series, you--wait a minute, why doesn't anyone like Craig Kimbrel?

clemenza, Monday, 22 October 2018 02:45 (one month ago) Permalink

I don’t like Kimbrel because the beast thing he does with his hanging arms before the pitch is stupid

Karl Malone, Monday, 22 October 2018 02:58 (one month ago) Permalink

yeah it's annoying that he chooses to do that when he could very easily just not

k3vin k., Monday, 22 October 2018 03:07 (one month ago) Permalink

No weirder than Kershaw's pre-pitch business.

WmC, Monday, 22 October 2018 03:14 (one month ago) Permalink

I don’t like kershaw because his mouth is always open half a foot wide

Karl Malone, Monday, 22 October 2018 03:15 (one month ago) Permalink

Clayton Flytrap

WmC, Monday, 22 October 2018 03:21 (one month ago) Permalink

RS in 6

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Monday, 22 October 2018 05:27 (one month ago) Permalink

Machado strikes me as a guy who is thrilled to finally be in a large market where he can hog the spotlight. I've heard talk that he's costing himself money with his behaviour, I think it's the opposite, he's a STAR(*!*!*!) now, dude is going to make way more money than he would have if he'd finished the year with Baltimore (which was already a metric shitload of money).

NoTimeBeforeTime, Monday, 22 October 2018 07:27 (one month ago) Permalink

The Astros found a new Boston hotel so they wouldn't have to cross the Marriott picket line, reports @WhitneyM02.

The Dodgers did not.https://t.co/p7hAynr8Nj

— Pat Garofalo (@Pat_Garofalo) October 22, 2018

𝔠𝔞𝔢𝔨 (caek), Monday, 22 October 2018 20:48 (one month ago) Permalink

I like the story line with Mookie Betts perhaps being prepared to play second base in LA. It sounds pretty feasible, since he has played the position quite a bit when younger and in the minor leagues.

I searched for Mookie Betts 2b a few minutes ago and found this old nugget story out there.

https://www.minorleagueball.com/2014/6/30/5853046/prospect-of-the-day-mookie-betts-2b-boston-red-sox-scouting-report

Mookie Betts was drafted in the fifth round in 2011 from high school in Brentwood, Tennessee. He was a standout athlete and succeeded in baseball, basketball, and bowling. Scouts also liked his speed and his makeup, but his lack of size (he was listed at 6-0, 170 in high school but this was obviously wrong; he was closer to 5-8), a college commitment to the University of Tennessee, and the fact that his tools other than speed were considered average kept him from going earlier in the draft. The Red Sox had to go over slot to sign him at $750,000.

He played just one game in rookie ball in '11 due to the late signing deadline under the old CBA. Sent to Lowell in the New York-Penn League for 2012, he hit .267/.352/.302 with 20 steals, 32 walks, and 30 strikeouts in 251 at-bats. Scouting reports gave him good marks for speed, strike zone judgment, and overall quickness, but he had virtually no power and didn't show the arm strength to handle shortstop. He was an interesting athlete and young, but there was no particular reason to project a breakthrough in 2013.

Betts had other ideas.

He opened 2013 with Greenville in the Low-A South Atlantic League. He suddenly showed more pop and maintained his strike zone judgment, hitting .296/.418/.477 in 76 games with 58 walks and just 40 strikeouts in 277 at-bats. He also stole 18 bases in 20 attempts. Promoted to High-A Salem in the Carolina League for the second half, he took the hitting up another notch with a .341/.414/.551 line, 23 walks and only 17 strikeouts in 185 at-bats. Don't forget 20 more steals in 22 attempts.

In my book this year, I gave him a "strong Grade B" and comped him to Ray Durham, pointing out that Durham was "also a fifth round pick of similar size and skill."

I considered a B+ and I wish I had gone with that given what Mookie has done in 2014: .355/.443/.551 in 54 games with Double-A Portland, followed by a .322/.425/.444 line in 23 games for Triple-A Pawtucket. He's maintained strong strike zone judgement at both levels, with a combined 51/33 BB/K on the year. Don't forget 29 steals in 34 attempts.

A right-handed hitter and thrower, Betts was born October 7, 1992. As noted, his athleticism has always been respected. He's maintained his speed but has added more power as he's matured physically. His batting eye is exceptional and hasn't slipped at all as he's moved up the ladder. Defensively, he has the quickness to be an above-average defender at second base, perhaps even excellent as he continues to cut down on errors. The Red Sox began using him in the outfield at Pawtucket and he's held his own thus far. He continues to draw praise for his makeup and work ethic.

So let's summarize. Betts is fast and he uses that speed very well on the bases.. He has more pop than you'd expect given his size, due to plenty of bat speed and a sound swing. He has a terrific batting eye and has made easy adjustments when promoted. His glove at second base is improving and already very good. He's learning to play the outfield at the same time he was getting used to Triple-A pitching. And scouts like his personality.

What's not to like? He seems completely legitimate to me. I'd rate Betts as a Grade A- prospect currently, with a Top 20 ranking on the revised hitting prospect list that I'll release in mid-July. This doesn't mean he'll hit .300 right away in the majors and I doubt he develops into a big home run guy, but his OBP ability, pure hitting skills, at least decent pop, polished aggression on the bases, and defensive versatility make him one of the most exciting young players in the baseball universe.

earlnash, Monday, 22 October 2018 23:32 (one month ago) Permalink

lol at JD Martinez not playing first base.

Van Horn Street, Monday, 22 October 2018 23:53 (one month ago) Permalink

That it is easier to move Betts to second than JD at first is hilarious.

Van Horn Street, Monday, 22 October 2018 23:54 (one month ago) Permalink

JD tends to play left if/when he plays in the field iirc, not that he does it very well.

illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Monday, 22 October 2018 23:57 (one month ago) Permalink

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

System, Tuesday, 23 October 2018 00:01 (one month ago) Permalink

The Ringer podcast discusses whether the Bosox' edge is overstated

https://www.theringer.com/2018/10/22/18011152/mlb-show-the-2018-world-series-preview

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 23 October 2018 01:34 (one month ago) Permalink

LOWEST COMBINED WHIP BY WS STARTERS, ALL-TIME
1) 1.06 – 1911 WS Game 1 & 4 – Christy Mathewson (1.05) vs. Chief Bender (1.07)
2) 1.07 – 1910 WS Game 2 & 5 – Three Finger Brown (1.00) vs. Jack Coombs (1.15)
3) 1.09 – 1913 WS Game 2 & 5 – Christy Mathewson (1.05) vs. Eddie Plank (1.12)

LOWEST COMBINED WHIP BY WS STARTERS, LIVE-BALL ERA (1920-PRESENT)
1) 1.10 – 1973 WS Game 3 & 6 – Tom Seaver (1.04) vs. Catfish Hunter (1.15)
2) 1.11 – 1924 WS Game 1 – Walter Johnson (1.04) vs. Art Nehf (1.17)
3) 1.12 – 1974 WS Game 2 & 5 – Vida Blue (1.12) vs. Don Sutton (1.12)

LOWEST WHIP, STARTING PITCHERS, LIVE-BALL ERA (min. 1,000 IP)
1) Clayton Kershaw 1.00
2) Chris Sale 1.03

mookieproof, Tuesday, 23 October 2018 19:25 (one month ago) Permalink

i likes pitchin'

i remember those Seaver-Catfish games too

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 23 October 2018 19:27 (one month ago) Permalink

Any rain in the forecast? I've got a movie tonight, so--sorry everyone--I'd love a postponement until tomorrow.

Kershaw/Sale would be phenomenal if they were both in peak form. It's a possibly-still-recuperating Sale vs. the new Kershaw, though, and I'd be shocked if both are still around for the 7th.

clemenza, Tuesday, 23 October 2018 19:47 (one month ago) Permalink

showers possible before 7pm and after 1am; 15-25% between 8 and midnight

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 23 October 2018 19:50 (one month ago) Permalink

dozier/freese/kike in vs. sale

bellinger/muncy out

mookieproof, Tuesday, 23 October 2018 20:29 (one month ago) Permalink

post got eaten 10 mins ago but: “kershaw’s gonna get shelled isn’t he”

k3vin k., Wednesday, 24 October 2018 00:35 (one month ago) Permalink

JD = dumb

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 24 October 2018 00:40 (one month ago) Permalink

So which batsman will be the first to clear the green monster

Place yr bids

F# A# (∞), Wednesday, 24 October 2018 00:49 (one month ago) Permalink

i think Kemp just 'shelled' Sale even tho it almost reached the Citgo sign

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 24 October 2018 00:50 (one month ago) Permalink

who had 51 pitches thru 2?

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 24 October 2018 00:55 (one month ago) Permalink

sale

k3vin k., Wednesday, 24 October 2018 00:59 (one month ago) Permalink

oh lol

k3vin k., Wednesday, 24 October 2018 00:59 (one month ago) Permalink

c'mon Kershiser!!

lâche pas la patate (outdoor_miner), Wednesday, 24 October 2018 01:05 (one month ago) Permalink

I live in Los Angeles so obviously I am a Dodgers guy through and through but I think they just played Fugazi’s “Waiting Room” at Fenway so at this point I could go either way.

— Dave Holmes (@DaveHolmes) October 24, 2018

He played Ballad El Goodo when I was there 5 years ago

— Michael McKean (@MJMcKean) October 24, 2018

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Wednesday, 24 October 2018 01:11 (one month ago) Permalink

Having the best job sometimes means having the weirdest job. Here are the song requests I played at Fenway in 2017. pic.twitter.com/R5IXO8nbol

— Josh Kantor (@jtkantor) October 10, 2017

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Wednesday, 24 October 2018 01:12 (one month ago) Permalink

thought maura was DJing

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 24 October 2018 01:21 (one month ago) Permalink

aint Machado great?

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 24 October 2018 01:21 (one month ago) Permalink

Benintendi doggin' it like a white guy

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 24 October 2018 01:26 (one month ago) Permalink

I achieved a superhuman feat off a future Hall of Famer and stumbled over this thing planted in the ground.

Andy K, Wednesday, 24 October 2018 01:35 (one month ago) Permalink

i have the video on mute (sorry Buck revisionists), but while Shulman-Singleton are OK, it's a shame ESPNRadio doesn't have Sciambi-Mendoza.

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 24 October 2018 01:53 (one month ago) Permalink

so much for 2nd lowest WHIP.

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 24 October 2018 01:57 (one month ago) Permalink

Casey Stengel woulda hit for Freese there

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 24 October 2018 02:05 (one month ago) Permalink

on target for 9 innings in 4 hours again

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 24 October 2018 02:10 (one month ago) Permalink

Mountain Goats tied with Springsteen' requests on that fenway list, and name-dropping Joe Buck excietedly shared that Bruce is watching the broadcast tonight, but he coyley demeured prividing a source for this reaveal.

BrianB, Wednesday, 24 October 2018 02:12 (one month ago) Permalink

*health is a skill*

― call all destroyer, Monday, October 29, 2018 12:10 AM (eleven hours ago)

lol the guy hurt hist wrist sliding into 3rd base

k3vin k., Monday, 29 October 2018 15:29 (one month ago) Permalink

k3v, have you bought yr Machado pinstripes yet?

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Monday, 29 October 2018 15:36 (one month ago) Permalink

as much as I enjoyed ragging on him these playoffs I'd love machado on the yanks lol

k3vin k., Monday, 29 October 2018 15:45 (one month ago) Permalink

hopefully they stay away from kershaw if he hits free agency

k3vin k., Monday, 29 October 2018 15:48 (one month ago) Permalink

6 straight division titles for the Dodgers, just to show you how weak the NL West is.

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Monday, 29 October 2018 16:11 (one month ago) Permalink

oh we've moved into "The Dodgers actually SUCK" mode now, huh?

The postseason actually dummies up fans somewhat. Sometimes I think it should be abolished.

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Monday, 29 October 2018 16:20 (one month ago) Permalink

champion tbd by metrics

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Monday, 29 October 2018 16:21 (one month ago) Permalink

Hey, I predicted LA would win at least two games at home!

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Monday, 29 October 2018 16:23 (one month ago) Permalink

in the recent tradition of american politics, first you lose, and then everyone wants to lock you up

https://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/the-dodgers-might-be-in-actual-legal-trouble/

(discussed weeks ago, i know, but worth keeping in mind that the dodgers' real villains are worse than machado)

Karl Malone, Monday, 29 October 2018 18:34 (one month ago) Permalink

a number of them may be former employees -- Kapler?

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Monday, 29 October 2018 18:39 (one month ago) Permalink

champion tbd by metrics

Steve Pearce Outlasts David Freese in Battle of Former Pirate Greats

mookieproof, Monday, 29 October 2018 18:55 (one month ago) Permalink

6 straight division titles for the Dodgers, just to show you how weak the NL West is.

The East has had the lowest winning percentage three of the last four years.

timellison, Monday, 29 October 2018 22:02 (one month ago) Permalink

Just out of curiosity, I was going to look at all the five-game WS and see how many times a starting pitcher with two wins did or didn't win MVP. I stopped early on the 2008 Series:

Cole Hamels (2008) - 1-0, 13 IP, 10 H, 3 W, 8 K, 2.77 ERA
David Price (2018) - 2-0, 13.2 IP, 7 H, 6 W, 10 K, 1.98 ERA

Ryan Howard (2008) - 3 HR, 6 RBI, .286/.375/.762
Steve Pearce (2018) - 3 HR, 8 RBI, .333/.500/1.137

Pearce clearly had a better Series than Howard; but Price just as clearly had a better Series than Hamels. Hamels won MVP, Price didn't.

clemenza, Tuesday, 30 October 2018 00:26 (one month ago) Permalink

An explanation from one of the five voters:

http://www.bostonherald.com/sports/red_sox/2018/10/inside_the_vote_for_world_series_mvp

clemenza, Tuesday, 30 October 2018 00:30 (one month ago) Permalink

yeah and dodgers put up a fight last year against the astros, so not sure what albert is on about

feel like a lot of you dudes get bogged down with the numbers a lot

F# A# (∞), Tuesday, 30 October 2018 00:37 (one month ago) Permalink

6 straight division titles for the Dodgers, just to show you how weak the NL West is.

The East has had the lowest winning percentage three of the last four years.

― timellison, Monday, October 29, 2018 6:02 PM (two hours ago)

he meant the NL

k3vin k., Tuesday, 30 October 2018 00:39 (one month ago) Permalink

I'll read as much of this as holds my interest, but "lack of star power" in the cut line is mystifying. For starters, you've got Betts, Sale, Kimbrel, Price, Kershaw, Machado--there are four-to-six HOF'ers right there. Then you move onto Bogarts, Jensen, Puig, etc. Exactly how many stars was whoever wrote that line (probably not the writer) hoping for?

http://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2018/10/red-sox-world-series-2018-mlb/574162/

clemenza, Tuesday, 30 October 2018 00:40 (one month ago) Permalink

he meant the NL

Yes, he said the NL, so I assumed he was referring to the NL. I'm not sure the NL West is a particularly terrible division.

timellison, Tuesday, 30 October 2018 02:20 (one month ago) Permalink

From the Atlantic article:

"The average baseball game stretched for three hours and four minutes this season, 10 minutes longer than it did at the beginning of the wild-card era."

Come on, ten minutes is a big deal?

timellison, Tuesday, 30 October 2018 02:33 (one month ago) Permalink

it is when the game is already interminable to begin with

21st savagery fox (m bison), Tuesday, 30 October 2018 02:35 (one month ago) Permalink

he meant the NL

Yes, he said the NL, so I assumed he was referring to the NL. I'm not sure the NL West is a particularly terrible division.

― timellison, Monday, October 29, 2018 10:20 PM (forty-nine minutes ago)

meaning the NL overall *oh brother*

k3vin k., Tuesday, 30 October 2018 03:11 (one month ago) Permalink

So if I were to say "Division title for Milwaukee this year, just to show you how weak the NL Central is," it would then be clear that I was not actually referring to the NL Central, I was referring to the whole league?

timellison, Tuesday, 30 October 2018 03:50 (one month ago) Permalink

it is when the game is already interminable to begin with

This is news? People who don't like baseball don't like ten minutes more of baseball?

timellison, Tuesday, 30 October 2018 03:53 (one month ago) Permalink

baseball would be great with a pitch clock and multiball bonuses

21st savagery fox (m bison), Tuesday, 30 October 2018 04:10 (one month ago) Permalink

That Atlantic article is the worst POS piece on baseball you'll ever see, I don't even have the words.

NoTimeBeforeTime, Tuesday, 30 October 2018 04:46 (one month ago) Permalink

i'm guessing i would find A Star Is Born more interminable than Game 3.

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 30 October 2018 11:18 (one month ago) Permalink

Millions of viewers or percentage of audience?

clemenza, Tuesday, 30 October 2018 21:14 (one month ago) Permalink

the obvious solution is to make sure the cubs win every year

na (NA), Tuesday, 30 October 2018 21:15 (one month ago) Permalink

percentage of audience (they're tv ratings, which are correlated with % of audience, i think: https://jalopnik.com/how-tv-ratings-work-1795820157)

Karl Malone, Tuesday, 30 October 2018 21:18 (one month ago) Permalink

i guess the 1989 plunge was because a lot of the viewing audience was dealing with the earthquake?

Karl Malone, Tuesday, 30 October 2018 21:19 (one month ago) Permalink

i'm guessing interest was way down after the long delay in resuming. (10-12 days?)

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 30 October 2018 21:42 (one month ago) Permalink

This goes back a little farther:

http://www.baseball-almanac.com/ws/wstv.shtml

Series with better ratings that '86: '73, '75 (barely), '77-'81. Even with the Yankees and Dodgers, surprised '81 was so high after the strike and split-season.

clemenza, Tuesday, 30 October 2018 22:01 (one month ago) Permalink

i guess the 1989 plunge was because a lot of the viewing audience was dealing with the earthquake?

― Karl Malone, Tuesday, October 30, 2018 2:19 PM (forty-five minutes ago)

i'm guessing interest was way down after the long delay in resuming. (10-12 days?)

― a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius)

In the area where both teams played there were 63 deaths, 3,757 injuries & $6B* in damage ($12+B today) due to the earthquake, which may make one reevaluate your priorities.

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Tuesday, 30 October 2018 22:13 (one month ago) Permalink

I'll read as much of this as holds my interest, but "lack of star power" in the cut line is mystifying. For starters, you've got Betts, Sale, Kimbrel, Price, Kershaw, Machado--there are four-to-six HOF'ers right there. Then you move onto Bogarts, Jensen, Puig, etc. Exactly how many stars was whoever wrote that line (probably not the writer) hoping for?

http://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2018/10/red-sox-world-series-2018-mlb/574162/

― clemenza, Monday, October 29, 2018 8:40 PM (yesterday) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

She meant the Yankees i think.

Van Horn Street, Tuesday, 30 October 2018 23:45 (one month ago) Permalink

I swear when teams with a strong fanbase across the continent do well, like the Red Sox or Cards or Dodgers or Yankees, journalists yearn for the end of big teams and ugh always the same franchises and ugh payroll is so unfair. Once the Royals win the World Series however, the same journalists will cry for 'national teams' and wish baseball was more like the NFL where every american citizen cares for the Packers or something.

Van Horn Street, Tuesday, 30 October 2018 23:50 (one month ago) Permalink

baseball is one of the most complainy sports out there

Karl Malone, Tuesday, 30 October 2018 23:50 (one month ago) Permalink

well actually i think it's its main strength, baseball allows a self-criticism I would love to see in other sports.

Van Horn Street, Tuesday, 30 October 2018 23:54 (one month ago) Permalink

Gonna be real funny in 20 years when the european and american football have to deal with PED the way baseball had to.

Van Horn Street, Tuesday, 30 October 2018 23:55 (one month ago) Permalink

i don't mind it most of the time, but it grates when certain television broadcasters make the saaaaame complaints about stuff, year after year after year. the mound visits take too long, the batters step out of the box too much, the pitchers take too long, there are too many strikeouts, not enough sacrifice bunts, pitchers aren't tough any more, pitchers are only asked to throw 6 innings and that's lame, small ball is gone, not enough hit and run, wah wah wah

Karl Malone, Wednesday, 31 October 2018 00:04 (one month ago) Permalink

i could make a bingo card with all that shit and the st louis broadcast team will give me a nightly BINGO winning percentage of at least .500

Karl Malone, Wednesday, 31 October 2018 00:05 (one month ago) Permalink

agreed, some broadcasters are dragging the sport down.

Van Horn Street, Wednesday, 31 October 2018 00:16 (one month ago) Permalink

put Jason Benetti in charge of the World Series commenting imo.

Van Horn Street, Wednesday, 31 October 2018 00:23 (one month ago) Permalink

the FG piece by Craig Edwards that graph came from

For the most part, the World Series has followed general viewing trends. As more options for consumers have emerged, it has become more difficult for any kind of programming to attract a large audience. There have been exceptions: the 1991 World Series between Atlanta and Minnesota, a dramatic post-9/11 Yankees-D-backs event, and the Cubs curse-breaking spectacle. But the relationship between the TV’s No. 1 show and the World Series has been strong, producing an r-squared of .83 during this time period....

I think the disappointing ratings for the series are based primarily on two factors: overrating Boston’s impact on viewership and the games themselves....

https://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/those-disastrous-world-series-tv-ratings/

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 31 October 2018 01:11 (one month ago) Permalink

(the impact of '89 on the Bay Area is obvious; it wouldn't account for the dip in the national audience)

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 31 October 2018 01:13 (one month ago) Permalink

The Bash Brothers A's weren't really big nationally -- they were a huge deal within baseball, but didn't transcend the sport in a way that would draw big national ratings. Plus there wasn't much interest in watching the games because everybody also viewed the '89 WS as a huge mismatch (which it was).

NoTimeBeforeTime, Wednesday, 31 October 2018 06:00 (one month ago) Permalink

they were also the same market

Machine Gunk Jelly (Spottie), Wednesday, 31 October 2018 06:22 (one month ago) Permalink

yes it def seemed like a sweep even after Game 1

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 31 October 2018 11:46 (one month ago) Permalink

the batters step out of the box too much, the pitchers take too long

this is true tho

mookieproof, Wednesday, 31 October 2018 14:30 (one month ago) Permalink

I can withstand the constant complaining about 5-6 of these issues at any given time. But I cannot withstand 10+

I draw the line at 10+

Karl Malone, Wednesday, 31 October 2018 14:31 (one month ago) Permalink


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