MLB general postseason 2020 thread

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AL
1 Tampa Bay
8 Toronto

4 Cleveland
5 NY Yankees

3 Minnesota
6 Houston

2 Oakland
7 Chi White Sox

NL
1 LA Dodgers
8 Milwaukee

4 San Diego
5 St. Louis

3 Chi Cubs
6 Miami

2 Atlanta
7 Cincinnati

na (NA), Monday, 28 September 2020 17:11 (three weeks ago) link

if i can't get a chicago cross-town world series, i'm rooting for a florida cross-state world series

na (NA), Monday, 28 September 2020 17:30 (three weeks ago) link

lol

Karl Malone, Monday, 28 September 2020 17:32 (three weeks ago) link

i watched the cardinals clinch last night, but didn't bother looking up who they were playing until this morning (reading articles summarizing all the different possibilities just gives me a headache).

...did the milwaukee brewers just make the playoffs?

Karl Malone, Monday, 28 September 2020 17:34 (three weeks ago) link

they backed into it lol

I know you and I are natural enemies in this field but you gotta admit having them take out the Dodgers would be pretty fuckin funny

frogbs, Monday, 28 September 2020 17:38 (three weeks ago) link

Imagine the outrage if the hated houston astros win the WS after sneaking into the playoffs with a losing record

I'm rooting for the astros

, Monday, 28 September 2020 18:12 (three weeks ago) link

xp

oh absolutely. to me that's the main goal, the actual winner of the WS is a couple paragraphs down

Karl Malone, Monday, 28 September 2020 18:17 (three weeks ago) link

ok yeah an Astros WS win would be awesome b/c it would possibly end this whole "16 teams make it" bullshit

frogbs, Monday, 28 September 2020 18:19 (three weeks ago) link

even if manfred stays the course I just want to hear him say "expanded postseason was a rousing success, everyone loves it" like he does with everything else that sucks

, Monday, 28 September 2020 18:26 (three weeks ago) link

https://i.imgur.com/0s8XOcu.jpg

Karl Malone, Monday, 28 September 2020 18:29 (three weeks ago) link

Rays, Cleveland, Twins, A's
Dodgers, Dads, marlins, Reds

Indians, Twins
Pads, Marlins

Indians vs Padres WS with Indians taking the radioshack or w/e cup.

FRAUDULENT STEAKS (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Monday, 28 September 2020 19:02 (three weeks ago) link

Forgot the Padres had some injuries. I’ll take the dodgers over them actually

FRAUDULENT STEAKS (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Monday, 28 September 2020 19:12 (three weeks ago) link

i'll go with braves beating the twins at radioshack

Karl Malone, Monday, 28 September 2020 20:22 (three weeks ago) link

ABREU MVP

na (NA), Tuesday, 29 September 2020 19:52 (three weeks ago) link

general, huh

that's the other one

brooklyn suicide cult (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 29 September 2020 20:10 (three weeks ago) link

so they're gonna sell tickets for the games in arlington

11,500 tickets in a park with ~40,000 capacity

mookieproof, Wednesday, 30 September 2020 23:25 (three weeks ago) link

that Reds loss has got to fucking stiiiing

frogbs, Thursday, 1 October 2020 03:17 (three weeks ago) link

1-12 with RISP. lost 1-0.

frogbs, Thursday, 1 October 2020 03:17 (three weeks ago) link

there's another thread that's getting more action fwiw

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Thursday, 1 October 2020 03:33 (three weeks ago) link

FIRST-ROUND PLAYOFF CLUSTERFUCK OF 2020

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Thursday, 1 October 2020 03:33 (three weeks ago) link

Four days of lots of baseball (with extra innings and everything) and now two days of zilch is annoying.

FRAUDULENT STEAKS (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Saturday, 3 October 2020 20:45 (three weeks ago) link

Especially considering ZERO off-days during the LDS. This makes no sense.

error prone wolf syndicate (Hadrian VIII), Saturday, 3 October 2020 23:15 (three weeks ago) link

i imagine it's all about trying to avoid football

mookieproof, Saturday, 3 October 2020 23:22 (three weeks ago) link

yep

but there woulda been at least one unneeded Game 3 played today?

brooklyn suicide cult (Dr Morbius), Saturday, 3 October 2020 23:40 (three weeks ago) link

Lindbergh on in-game playoff interviews

https://www.theringer.com/mlb/2020/10/2/21498591/espn-in-game-interviews-playoffs-ramon-laureano

brooklyn suicide cult (Dr Morbius), Monday, 5 October 2020 00:52 (two weeks ago) link

i like the image

FRAUDULENT STEAKS (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Monday, 5 October 2020 01:56 (two weeks ago) link

Four days of lots of baseball (with extra innings and everything) and now two days of zilch is annoying.

― FRAUDULENT STEAKS (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Saturday, October 3, 2020 1:45 PM (yesterday)

Agreed, no playoffs on the first weekend in the month of October is 1000% bullshit.

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Monday, 5 October 2020 02:13 (two weeks ago) link

dodger stadium is juiced

mookieproof, Monday, 5 October 2020 21:28 (two weeks ago) link

I vote for separate threads for each series

brooklyn suicide cult (Dr Morbius), Monday, 5 October 2020 21:30 (two weeks ago) link

Does the WS--does the tournament--conclude before or after the election? If the beloved Astros go on to win, I'd hate to think of that as some kind of election portent.

clemenza, Tuesday, 6 October 2020 00:56 (two weeks ago) link

Before... Manfred was adamant.

brooklyn suicide cult (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 6 October 2020 01:11 (two weeks ago) link

wtf am i supposed to do with a yankees-astros ALCS

mookieproof, Tuesday, 6 October 2020 01:39 (two weeks ago) link

not gonna happen

brooklyn suicide cult (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 6 October 2020 01:49 (two weeks ago) link

loving this morbs optimism

mookieproof, Tuesday, 6 October 2020 02:17 (two weeks ago) link

rooting for the yankees might be the worst thing about 2020, if it comes to that.

FRAUDULENT STEAKS (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Tuesday, 6 October 2020 02:35 (two weeks ago) link

I think I have a low-grade PENNANT FEVER

error prone wolf syndicate (Hadrian VIII), Tuesday, 6 October 2020 04:01 (two weeks ago) link

Astros over Yankees and Dodgers again would be hilarious though

, Tuesday, 6 October 2020 04:13 (two weeks ago) link

So far in the division series:

Hou-Oak: 6 homers
NYY-TB: 6 homers
Atl-Mia: Acuña hits the upper deck in right center; Rojas reaches the train tracks

— Brendan Gawlowski (@GawlowskiB) October 6, 2020

mookieproof, Tuesday, 6 October 2020 18:31 (two weeks ago) link

this marlins-braves game is fun so far

na (NA), Tuesday, 6 October 2020 19:46 (two weeks ago) link

i appreciate that alcantara plunking acuña cost him runs

funny how travis d'arnaud got pretty good after escaping the mets

mookieproof, Tuesday, 6 October 2020 21:08 (two weeks ago) link

not that funny

brooklyn suicide cult (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 6 October 2020 21:40 (two weeks ago) link

I don't know where this postseason Astros team came from but I'm enjoying the ride

avellano medio inglés (f. hazel), Wednesday, 7 October 2020 01:19 (two weeks ago) link

did i just hear that 16/18 runs in TB-NYY series have scored on homers? Small ball, right A-Rod?

brooklyn suicide cult (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 7 October 2020 01:31 (two weeks ago) link

my lord, stanton

i got a homogenic björk wine farmer permabanned (voodoo chili), Wednesday, 7 October 2020 01:41 (two weeks ago) link

frightening

error prone wolf syndicate (Hadrian VIII), Wednesday, 7 October 2020 02:18 (two weeks ago) link

eat shit, astros!

president of my cat (Karl Malone), Wednesday, 7 October 2020 07:54 (two weeks ago) link

A's are alive... workin on TB

brooklyn suicide cult (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 8 October 2020 00:25 (two weeks ago) link

have to say i like this five-days-straight thing, even though it will never happen again under normal circumstances and is a bizarre shift from the previous best-of-3 round

less excited about the eight homers in every game that doesn't involve the braves

mookieproof, Thursday, 8 October 2020 01:24 (two weeks ago) link

I honestly would love fewer days off in the playoffs. Force teams to use their 4th or even 5th starters!!

FRAUDULENT STEAKS (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Thursday, 8 October 2020 02:28 (two weeks ago) link

How can you not like the Rays?

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Thursday, 8 October 2020 02:41 (two weeks ago) link

Not just the #1 seeds, but, in a playoff designed for anything but, the two best records in baseball. How many times has that happened in the WC era? Not many, I'm guessing.

clemenza, Monday, 19 October 2020 15:35 (five days ago) link

if you're trying to trick me into doing the math on that...

FRAUDULENT STEAKS (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Monday, 19 October 2020 15:50 (five days ago) link

for only the fourth time in the wild-card era (since 1995), the teams with the best record in each league will meet in the World Series.

mookieproof, Monday, 19 October 2020 16:31 (five days ago) link

expect Manfred to bury the chances of it happening more frequently

error prone wolf syndicate (Hadrian VIII), Monday, 19 October 2020 16:32 (five days ago) link

(xpost) Close to what I meant, but it's possible that the two best records came out of the same league in one of those years (probably not, but possible); the Dodgers and Rays had the two best records this year.

clemenza, Monday, 19 October 2020 16:51 (five days ago) link

Seeing as I asked the question...The two best records across both leagues has only happened twice post-WC: 1995 (Atlanta/Cleveland) and 2013 (Boston/St. Louis).

clemenza, Monday, 19 October 2020 17:10 (five days ago) link

I assume Kershaw gets the G1 start on normal rest? My usual rooting interest with the Dodgers in there: two great starts from Kershaw (even if five innings), Tampa for the series.

clemenza, Monday, 19 October 2020 18:12 (five days ago) link

i’m still thinking about willy adames’ pick in the first inning of game 7

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Monday, 19 October 2020 22:05 (five days ago) link

it wasn't even that close!

forever unfathomable to me how hard they can throw

mookieproof, Monday, 19 October 2020 22:13 (five days ago) link

I want kiermeier to get a ring

k3vin k., Tuesday, 20 October 2020 01:33 (four days ago) link

I just want the dumb Kershaw narrative to end. 'Clutchness' as a concept is the plague.

Van Horn Street, Tuesday, 20 October 2020 22:25 (four days ago) link

For as long as he mixes in the occasional great game with lots of games where he seems to lose it in the middle innings, I don't think it will. Lots of back and forth on this in the Kershaw thread. As I said there: I don't think it's clutch or character or anything as ephemeral as that, but I do think there's good reason to believe that he presses in certain situations, and that--a totally human thing--that ends up feeding upon itself.

clemenza, Tuesday, 20 October 2020 22:40 (four days ago) link

And, as is often pointed, his manager could have circumvented some of that by removing him a little earlier.

clemenza, Tuesday, 20 October 2020 22:41 (four days ago) link

"pointed out"

clemenza, Tuesday, 20 October 2020 22:42 (four days ago) link

saw somewhere that in kershaw's playoff career, the bullpen has allowed 70% of runners inherited from him to score (average seems to be about 41%)

mookieproof, Tuesday, 20 October 2020 23:54 (four days ago) link

Didn't know that was that high--obviously part of it. A lot of home runs, though.

Three ways I could see a pitcher pressing: over-thinking, second-guessing himself (related to the first), over-throwing. Same with a batter (substitute over-swinging), although I would think the mind games might affect a pitcher more.

clemenza, Wednesday, 21 October 2020 00:06 (three days ago) link

With 11,000 people there, are the sounds I'm hearing actual (and only) crowd noise, or do they embellish?

clemenza, Wednesday, 21 October 2020 00:24 (three days ago) link

Omg shut up about the free tacos.

Van Horn Street, Wednesday, 21 October 2020 01:33 (three days ago) link

pretty sure they embellish the sound. rays sticking with glasnow longer than i expected, although i guess turner will be his last batter

morbs is going to be furious about missing this game because no one started a world series thread

mookieproof, Wednesday, 21 October 2020 01:56 (three days ago) link

left him in way too long

mookieproof, Wednesday, 21 October 2020 02:05 (three days ago) link

Let’s see if they do the same with Kershaw.

Van Horn Street, Wednesday, 21 October 2020 02:08 (three days ago) link

Roberts can't possibly be insane enough to send Kershaw out, can he? You couldn't have a better situation to help him put this thing to rest. (Even if you end up losing the game, you'd still get something important in return...anyway, beginning to look moot.)

clemenza, Wednesday, 21 October 2020 02:17 (three days ago) link

Yeah it’s safe to run him out there at this point

(•̪●) (carne asada), Wednesday, 21 October 2020 02:23 (three days ago) link

Don't get this at all. The difference between Kershaw leaving with a five-run lead after 5 or after 6 is nothing--either way, he pitched great. To give the Rays a chance to score a couple of runs next inning and bring to mind that again is pointless. I know you don't want to burn through the bullpen needlessly, but still.

clemenza, Wednesday, 21 October 2020 02:24 (three days ago) link

Worked out ok!

(•̪●) (carne asada), Wednesday, 21 October 2020 02:26 (three days ago) link

It did, it did (6 pitches?). If Turner hadn't made that great play... (announcers pointed out Kershaw gave a rare smile).

clemenza, Wednesday, 21 October 2020 02:27 (three days ago) link

he looks great, his pitch count was still very low and the dodgers pen only had one day off. i'd be tempted to let him start the 7th

mookieproof, Wednesday, 21 October 2020 02:29 (three days ago) link

I wouldn't--I'm going on the record!

clemenza, Wednesday, 21 October 2020 02:30 (three days ago) link

Omg mookie

(•̪●) (carne asada), Wednesday, 21 October 2020 02:30 (three days ago) link

Mookie Betts.

Van Horn Street, Wednesday, 21 October 2020 02:30 (three days ago) link

What a game

(•̪●) (carne asada), Wednesday, 21 October 2020 02:31 (three days ago) link

Yeah no reason to bring Kershaw back.

Van Horn Street, Wednesday, 21 October 2020 02:33 (three days ago) link

Can't believe he took out Kershaw.

clemenza, Wednesday, 21 October 2020 02:53 (three days ago) link

Jesus h Christ he almost threw it away

Its big ball chunky time (Jimmy The Mod Awaits The Return Of His Beloved), Wednesday, 21 October 2020 02:58 (three days ago) link

Is Globe Life the ugliest (exterior, at least) park in baseball now? It looks like a giant farm supply warehouse.

Donald Trump Also Sucks, Of Course (milo z), Wednesday, 21 October 2020 03:20 (three days ago) link

Indeed, it’s horrendous.

Van Horn Street, Wednesday, 21 October 2020 03:20 (three days ago) link

Love that the baseball world is united in mocking the Red Sox.

Van Horn Street, Wednesday, 21 October 2020 03:30 (three days ago) link

John Henry should have used the Mookie savings to sign another CB for Liverpool

Donald Trump Also Sucks, Of Course (milo z), Wednesday, 21 October 2020 03:38 (three days ago) link

Owners shouldn’t be allowed to own multiple teams.

Van Horn Street, Wednesday, 21 October 2020 15:21 (three days ago) link

here we go

frogbs, Thursday, 22 October 2020 03:19 (two days ago) link

hey we got a series how about that

daer fox i *might* be interested in a hitter's regular season stats; perhaps more interested in his postseason stats; absolutely don't care about his world series stats in 1.whatever games

sorry this hurts yr bellinger narrative

mookieproof, Thursday, 22 October 2020 05:03 (two days ago) link

Was good seeing Lowe’s slump come to an end.

FRAUDULENT STEAKS (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Thursday, 22 October 2020 05:14 (two days ago) link

sorry guys, could we please focus on the elephant in the room...

who has the nicest ass in the WS?

asking for a friend :'''(

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Thursday, 22 October 2020 05:28 (two days ago) link

Not Dustin may.

Its big ball chunky time (Jimmy The Mod Awaits The Return Of His Beloved), Thursday, 22 October 2020 05:29 (two days ago) link

kiermaier has the nicest front.

FRAUDULENT STEAKS (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Thursday, 22 October 2020 12:12 (two days ago) link

Whoever in the Rays org that was in charge of scouting Buehler did a pisspoor job.

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Saturday, 24 October 2020 01:48 (one hour ago) link

sorry guys, could we please focus on the elephant in the room...

who has the nicest ass in the WS?

asking for a friend :'''(

― Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Thursday, October 22, 2020 1:28 AM (yesterday) bookmarkflaglink

: )

call all destroyer, Saturday, 24 October 2020 02:22 (fifty-two minutes ago) link

loving this buehler guy, just cranking high fastballs past everyone is one of the best pitching styles

call all destroyer, Saturday, 24 October 2020 02:23 (fifty-one minutes ago) link

who has the nicest ass in the WS?

we'll never know for sure but i feel like morbs would have been a chris taylor fan

mookieproof, Saturday, 24 October 2020 02:43 (thirty-one minutes ago) link


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