General 2022 MLB Postseason Thread

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feeling too lazy to set up polls for each series.

na (NA), Thursday, 6 October 2022 16:28 (two months ago) link

but i'll go rays, jays, cards, mets in the wild card rounds

i know they won't make it to the WS but the blue jays are the team i'm rooting for the most. great vibes

na (NA), Thursday, 6 October 2022 16:29 (two months ago) link

TB TOR PHIL NYMETS

Its big ball chunky time (Jimmy The Mod Awaits The Return Of His Beloved), Thursday, 6 October 2022 19:02 (two months ago) link

I suspect cards will roll the hell out of philly tho

Its big ball chunky time (Jimmy The Mod Awaits The Return Of His Beloved), Thursday, 6 October 2022 19:02 (two months ago) link

Thanks, na! We all know it's about who gets hot (or cold)--they can absolutely make it.

clemenza, Thursday, 6 October 2022 19:48 (two months ago) link

good pitchers' duel so far between two guys named shane

na (NA), Friday, 7 October 2022 17:30 (two months ago) link

Yay, Guardians--not a Blue Jay fan anywhere who wouldn't love to see Tampa Bay out of this.

clemenza, Friday, 7 October 2022 18:43 (two months ago) link

time of game: 2:17

mookieproof, Friday, 7 October 2022 18:46 (two months ago) link

so glad to see that michael kay is finding work while the division-winning yankees get some much-deserved rest!

k3vin k., Friday, 7 October 2022 19:43 (two months ago) link

haha, listening to the phillies radio broadcast right now.
color commentator is livid about the mound meeting running extra long.

sknybrg, Friday, 7 October 2022 21:09 (two months ago) link

This ninth inning is agonising

barry sito (gyac), Friday, 7 October 2022 21:11 (two months ago) link

having no rooting interest, it is delivering an exciting finish for sure. october baseball!

sknybrg, Friday, 7 October 2022 21:13 (two months ago) link

Molina getting hit so many times this inning

barry sito (gyac), Friday, 7 October 2022 21:13 (two months ago) link

I do feel bad for KM but also: lmao

frogbs, Friday, 7 October 2022 21:18 (two months ago) link

This fielding…i want to die watching it

barry sito (gyac), Friday, 7 October 2022 21:19 (two months ago) link

I also have to listen to ARod on my broadcast

"Yadier Molina is the general. he is Tom Brady like." - Alex Rodriguez

I want to die.

— Absolutely Hammered (@AH_Pod) October 7, 2022

barry sito (gyac), Friday, 7 October 2022 21:20 (two months ago) link

are they really playing Gary Glitter at the ballpark as well 🫣

barry sito (gyac), Friday, 7 October 2022 21:24 (two months ago) link

Ya. He’s apparently been forgiven by mlb a few years ago

FRAUDULENT STEAKS (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Friday, 7 October 2022 21:36 (two months ago) link

when you have the opportunity to let yadier molina come to the plate as the game tying run with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning, you simply cannot pinch hit for him

k3vin k., Friday, 7 October 2022 21:38 (two months ago) link

Well that was excruciating

Karl Malone, Friday, 7 October 2022 21:50 (two months ago) link

https://i.imgur.com/dCMrrtZ.png

mama said there'd be days like this

Karl Malone, Friday, 7 October 2022 22:27 (two months ago) link

I had a super busy day at work today but had the Phils/Cards game on in the background. How the hell did the Cards lose in the 9th, wow.

Playoffs off to a good start.

Bee OK, Saturday, 8 October 2022 00:27 (one month ago) link

Is San Diego finally playing up to their ability?

Bee OK, Saturday, 8 October 2022 00:44 (one month ago) link

2014 World Series all over again where Zito outpitched Max.

Bee OK, Saturday, 8 October 2022 01:36 (one month ago) link

The Panda hit three home runs in that opening game, good times.

Bee OK, Saturday, 8 October 2022 01:41 (one month ago) link

i had thought all the home teams would win out, but was most worried about the jays

but you can't predict baseball, suzyn

mookieproof, Saturday, 8 October 2022 01:43 (one month ago) link

Watching ESPN/MLB Network for analyst and because they are such NY centric of course they are saying that is the biggest lost of the day is the Mets. I get it but I would argue that St. Louis, the way they lost that game, are in worse shape mentality.

Bee OK, Saturday, 8 October 2022 04:08 (one month ago) link

Still in need of an edit button

Bee OK, Saturday, 8 October 2022 04:12 (one month ago) link

Even before the games started today, I was thinking how perilous home-field advantage is in these series. If you split the first two, which would seem to be the expected result, you're on the road for the deciding game. I realize a 1-1-1 set-up isn't practical, but I'm not sure how much of an advantage a 2-1 set-up is (and 1-2 wouldn't be ideal either).

clemenza, Saturday, 8 October 2022 04:27 (one month ago) link

All three games are played in one city. If that’s not the case, I have no idea what I bought tickets for!!

FRAUDULENT STEAKS (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Saturday, 8 October 2022 04:43 (one month ago) link

Haha, that is how I read it at first too but what he is saying is how to make it more fair?

Bee OK, Saturday, 8 October 2022 04:57 (one month ago) link

For me, the fairest way--the one where home-field advantage feels tangible--is the one that's not practical: 1-1-1.

clemenza, Saturday, 8 October 2022 11:54 (one month ago) link

Wait a minute, now I see what you're saying...honestly, I had no idea the Jays (and the other teams) get all three at home. I thought if we win game #2, we head back to Seattle. I approve!

clemenza, Saturday, 8 October 2022 11:57 (one month ago) link

St. Louis, the way they lost that game, are in worse shape mentality.

brutal for STL, but also i don't think anyone expects them to go far in the playoffs, anyway. my wish was to get past the Wild Card and get to the division series, most likely losing to the braves there, but at least getting to play a few games.

probably worse for NYM (?) because up until recently they were going to skip the WC round altogether, because they're a much better team, and of course, because it's nyc

Karl Malone, Saturday, 8 October 2022 13:32 (one month ago) link

i was glad that the cardinals beat the PECOTA projection (77 wins)

Karl Malone, Saturday, 8 October 2022 13:32 (one month ago) link

I’d say Mets fans are in a pretty bad place emotionally right now, but it’s a place we know well. We can only dream of the consistency of the Cardinals (one losing season since 1999). I remember going to a Red Sox game the season after they had won their 4th title in 14 years. The Red Sox were shutout that day, and yet it seemed like no one in the crowd was the least bit bitter or hurt about it. I could not relate.

Michael F Gill, Saturday, 8 October 2022 16:58 (one month ago) link

No ghost runner in the play offs so this TB-CLE game could go on for a bit.

Michael F Gill, Saturday, 8 October 2022 19:16 (one month ago) link

Holy shit Oscar Gonzales’ walk up song is the SpongeBob Square Pants theme!!

FRAUDULENT STEAKS (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Saturday, 8 October 2022 19:18 (one month ago) link

0-0 and shadows creeping in only now, in the tenth? Yeah, this could definitely go on for a while.

NoTimeBeforeTime, Saturday, 8 October 2022 19:20 (one month ago) link

all these batters are excellent at striking out

Michael F Gill, Saturday, 8 October 2022 19:42 (one month ago) link

what a play

mookieproof, Saturday, 8 October 2022 20:05 (one month ago) link

i didnt even think of that but thank fuck they dont do the ghost runner bs in the playoffs

johnny crunch, Saturday, 8 October 2022 20:13 (one month ago) link

12th inning? Just tuned in and thank God for no ghost runner.

Bee OK, Saturday, 8 October 2022 20:14 (one month ago) link

Haha yeap

Bee OK, Saturday, 8 October 2022 20:14 (one month ago) link

can't remember ever seeing a batter get a platinum sombrero in the playoffs

Michael F Gill, Saturday, 8 October 2022 20:25 (one month ago) link

it's kluberin' time

mookieproof, Saturday, 8 October 2022 20:32 (one month ago) link

They've got to be close to a record for postseason games (can't find anything online...longest game before first run, I mean).

clemenza, Saturday, 8 October 2022 20:34 (one month ago) link

I went upstairs to read during the 6th hoping to come down when this was over and watch the Mariners. That was like three hours ago? Jfc

barry sito (gyac), Saturday, 8 October 2022 20:49 (one month ago) link

FINALLY

i was worried they were going to run out of Ks and start writing them

barry sito (gyac), Saturday, 8 October 2022 21:08 (one month ago) link

spongebob ftw

mookieproof, Saturday, 8 October 2022 21:09 (one month ago) link

just fwiw the astros cheating scandal had nothing to do with the yankees managing three hits in their home ballpark tonight

mookieproof, Sunday, 23 October 2022 04:29 (one month ago) link

I’m sorry I brought it up

Karl Malone, Sunday, 23 October 2022 04:38 (one month ago) link

Are the Astros even going to lose a game in the post season?

Bee OK, Sunday, 23 October 2022 04:58 (one month ago) link

they say in the postseason variance swamps everything but i’m not sure it can swamp this astros pitching staff

Tracer Hand, Sunday, 23 October 2022 08:32 (one month ago) link

No players other than Beltran were named in the report, but it's impossible to imagine that Altuve (and every other Astros' hitter) wasn't a fully active participant. They are all equally guilty IMO.

Cora and Hinch are managing again, the Astros franchise does nothing but win (albeit not another WS, at least not yet), but Beltran lost his managing job and probably won't get another chance, he paid the biggest price for the scandal.

OTOH, I find it hard to get too worked up over sign stealing, for years the Jays were known as the sign stealing team (example: https://www.cbssports.com/mlb/news/astros-cristian-javier-stymies-yankees-again-holds-bombers-to-one-hit-in-alcs-game-3/), much like the Astros, it's the kind of thing that gets brushed off a lot of the time when a team starts winning.

The Astros paid a heavy penalty in draft picks, but it's not like it gutted the franchise. That said, a lot of teams have talent on paper and still underachieve and don't have to deal with the biggest MLB cheating scandal in decades, I think Dusty absolutely deserves credit for righting the ship.

NoTimeBeforeTime, Sunday, 23 October 2022 10:08 (one month ago) link

Sorry, the link above should be this: https://www.cbssports.com/mlb/news/blue-jays-stealing-signs-one-royal-says-they-got-a-guy-in-center-field/.

And there were plenty of reports about the Jays' "man in white" and other supposed sign stealing schemes over the years.

NoTimeBeforeTime, Sunday, 23 October 2022 10:10 (one month ago) link

has any team cleaned house of their manager and gm after reaching a league championship series?

asking for a friend

comedy khadafi (voodoo chili), Sunday, 23 October 2022 12:21 (one month ago) link

Theres a transaction embargo until after the WS so not officially

Its big ball chunky time (Jimmy The Mod Awaits The Return Of His Beloved), Sunday, 23 October 2022 13:04 (one month ago) link

I think it’s been said before, but Yanks have felt very one-dimensional (home run or bust) the past month or so, and all the Judge theatrics kind of overshadowed how poorly the rest of the team has been hitting.

Michael F Gill, Sunday, 23 October 2022 14:14 (one month ago) link

Definitely true of the Yankees, but didn't they say yesterday that almost all the Astros post-season runs have come via the home run too?

clemenza, Sunday, 23 October 2022 14:19 (one month ago) link

That seems true too, especially the clutch home runs. I wonder what percentage of at bats have been the three true outcomes this postseason.

Michael F Gill, Sunday, 23 October 2022 14:24 (one month ago) link

Checked the Astros:

vs. Mariners - 10/13 runs via HR
vs. Yankees - 8/12 runs via HR

Last night was the first time most of their runs (3/5) came without a HR.

clemenza, Sunday, 23 October 2022 14:38 (one month ago) link

it’s been pretty conclusively demonstrated that homers are what tend to win games these days.

Tracer Hand, Sunday, 23 October 2022 15:07 (one month ago) link

they say in the postseason variance swamps everything but i’m not sure it can swamp this astros pitching staff


Or subpar fielding

barry sito (gyac), Sunday, 23 October 2022 15:22 (one month ago) link

yeah. something about the postseason - an error, a bobble, a bad read, and suddenly you get a little bit of the stink of death on you

Tracer Hand, Sunday, 23 October 2022 15:56 (one month ago) link

both of those homers were crushed

mookieproof, Sunday, 23 October 2022 19:50 (one month ago) link

Great Philly crowd.

― sometimes you have to drink to kill the paranoia (PBKR), Saturday, October 22, 2022 10:04 PM (yesterday) bookmarkflaglink

sometimes you have to drink to kill the paranoia (PBKR), Sunday, 23 October 2022 22:03 (one month ago) link

Looks like I missed one hell of a game.

Bee OK, Sunday, 23 October 2022 22:07 (one month ago) link

Would not have given up an out there

Bee OK, Sunday, 23 October 2022 22:10 (one month ago) link

Would not have given up an out there

Bee OK, Sunday, 23 October 2022 22:10 (one month ago) link

Yeap, cost them

Bee OK, Sunday, 23 October 2022 22:11 (one month ago) link

Well maybe the Phillies can win one game in the World Series.

Bee OK, Sunday, 23 October 2022 22:12 (one month ago) link

not sure who was on the bench, but someone should have hit (and not bunted) for grisham

mookieproof, Sunday, 23 October 2022 22:13 (one month ago) link

Glad I have no horse in this race.

Bee OK, Sunday, 23 October 2022 22:13 (one month ago) link

Agree, mookieproof

Bee OK, Sunday, 23 October 2022 22:14 (one month ago) link

The Phillies have a puncher's chance against the Astros, their offense is doing everything right and they have three good to great starting pitchers. This run reminds me of tge Nationals in 2019.

Dave Dombrowski has taken four teams to the WS as a GM (could have been five with the Expos), is that a record?

NoTimeBeforeTime, Sunday, 23 October 2022 22:22 (one month ago) link

jeez. seems like it must be but I'm not sure

Karl Malone, Sunday, 23 October 2022 22:23 (one month ago) link

there can't be that many people who've even GM'd four different teams

mookieproof, Sunday, 23 October 2022 22:24 (one month ago) link

Out, so I regrettably missed Harper's HR. I think they definitely have a chance in the Series: they've got two ace starters and two very hot hitters, and that's a good start.

clemenza, Sunday, 23 October 2022 23:39 (one month ago) link

Thanks for toughing it out, Nestor.

Andy K, Monday, 24 October 2022 01:34 (one month ago) link

it’s been pretty conclusively demonstrated that homers are what tend to win games these days.
― Tracer Hand, Sunday, October 23, 2022 11:07 AM

I think this is truer now than it was 10 hours ago.

clemenza, Monday, 24 October 2022 01:36 (one month ago) link

breaking: bob costas has called the astros "the yankees' daddy"

Karl Malone, Monday, 24 October 2022 03:26 (one month ago) link

ffs

mookieproof, Monday, 24 October 2022 03:35 (one month ago) link

I would have give the error on that botched double play to the SS.

clemenza, Monday, 24 October 2022 04:14 (one month ago) link

my god, i have to wait until friday for more baseball?!

FRAUDULENT STEAKS (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Monday, 24 October 2022 17:22 (one month ago) link

yeah this is fucked up

Tracer Hand, Monday, 24 October 2022 17:27 (one month ago) link

rude even

Tracer Hand, Monday, 24 October 2022 17:33 (one month ago) link

how dare they

FRAUDULENT STEAKS (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Monday, 24 October 2022 17:36 (one month ago) link

Everyone I've spoken to where I am is rooting for the Phillies because of Rob Thomson. He was born in Sarnia, but he lives in Sebringville--I drive through there almost every day, about 15 minutes away.

clemenza, Tuesday, 25 October 2022 01:33 (one month ago) link

Justin Verlander has made 7 career starts in the World Series...4 with Houston, 3 with Detroit.

(38 IP) 0-6, 5.68 ERA, 24 ER, 35 H, 1.289 WHIP. #RedOctober

— Luke Arcaini (@ArcainiLuke) October 24, 2022

Michael F Gill, Tuesday, 25 October 2022 02:30 (one month ago) link

man, justin verlander sucks!

Karl Malone, Tuesday, 25 October 2022 03:00 (one month ago) link

is there a hot stove thread yet?

adam wainwright is back for another year. it's important

Karl Malone, Wednesday, 26 October 2022 19:38 (one month ago) link

also i was joking about justin verlander sucking, i hope that was clear

Karl Malone, Wednesday, 26 October 2022 19:39 (one month ago) link

directly. into. my veins.

Aaron Boone and Brian Cashman should be fired for this alone.

George Steinbrenner is rolling over in his grave. pic.twitter.com/FMKihZi5r6

— Jordan Moore (@iJordanMoore) October 25, 2022

Tracer Hand, Thursday, 27 October 2022 08:13 (one month ago) link

https://joeposnanski.substack.com/p/yankee-haters-savor-the-moment

Tracer Hand, Thursday, 27 October 2022 08:14 (one month ago) link

xp absolutely lost it at “avoiding theatre shootings using the example of Abraham Lincoln”

barry sito (gyac), Thursday, 27 October 2022 09:08 (one month ago) link

i do wonder sometimes about my capacity for sadism because every time kay’s voice cracks with pain and anger i’m like “YES”

Tracer Hand, Thursday, 27 October 2022 09:24 (one month ago) link

I’m guessing you enjoyed that 2004 game

barry sito (gyac), Thursday, 27 October 2022 09:24 (one month ago) link

cmon

Tracer Hand, Thursday, 27 October 2022 09:38 (one month ago) link

It’s one of the most incredible things I’ve ever seen. This is like Darth Vader showing stormtroopers video highlights of Luke Skywalker taking out the Death Star exhaust port as inspiration. This is like the old television Joker showing his henchmen video highlights of Batman and Robin beating the POW! OOF! AWK! ZOWIE! out of them as inspiration. This is like the Los Angeles police department showing officers video of The Terminator police station shootout as inspiration.

Amazing.

sometimes you have to drink to kill the paranoia (PBKR), Thursday, 27 October 2022 13:19 (one month ago) link


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