MLB 2017

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous' started by SoCalJoe, Apr 6, 2017.

  1. jumpkutz

    jumpkutz Well-Known Member

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    I went to bed after the Dodgers were out after Houston tied it at 7. There are no easy fixes here, save one. Move the games back to the daytime, where they belong. It's October. Day baseball is a must. Doesn't matter about the TV money. There won't be any more TV money at this rate. Besides, most of the game will still have yet to be played when everybody gets off WORK!
     
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  2. SoCalJoe

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    The problem is the TV ratings have been great, with the game last night blowing away Sunday Night Football (it peaked at a 14.5 at 11;30 ET), so TV it isn't likely to change, but maybe there's a compromise. Weekend games should start at 5-5:30, weekday games at 7 EST. Going back to day games isn't the answer, no one west of the Mississippi River will be off work to see it.
     
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  3. HatterDon

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    My first tour of duty in the Eastern Time Zone was enough to break me of my Monday Night Football habit. This was back when the networks could bring you the game in between 2.5 and 3 hours. Even then when I was in my mid 30s, it didn't mesh well with 0600 wake ups.

    Here in Gawd's country, when the Rangers have a day game or an off day, Fox Sport SW will broadcast a Texas League game. What a joy to watch when the half-inning breaks aren't extended for commercials and there's no "should we/shouldn't we/oh what the hell, lets demand a replay" three or four times an inning. My BIGGEST problem with MLB has always been that they want to speed up the games to please the networks, but just keep making them longer -- to please the networks.

    We managed to get through games 1-4, but game 5 just wiped this old dude out once the Dodgers tied for what turned out to be the last time.
     
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  4. SoCalJoe

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    Dave Roberts has been done in so far by the analytics, but that's what he was hired to implement and he's been consistent with it. However, if Rich Hill is dealing like he was in Game 2 will Roberts let him go thru the third time in the batting order?

    Houston has suffered some heartbreaking losses over the years, a win tonight and it will all be ancient history.
     
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  5. SoCalJoe

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    Astros had the Dodgers on the ropes and failed miserably to add onto a 1-0 lead. One lucky bloop double over the 1st baseman (Taylor was laughing and shaking his hands because he got sawed off) and Verlander's great performance was wasted.

    Dodgers have to be heavily favored. The hopes of Astro fans and Dodger haters :rolleyes: ride with Altuve (1 of 14 at Dodger Stadium) and Correa (3 of 13). Those numbers continue and Houston has no shot.
     
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  6. HatterDon

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    "that's why they got to play the game"
     
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  7. jumpkutz

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    Congratulations to the Astros and their fans.
    Cardinal pitchers, catchers and Yadi report to Jupiter on February 13th, 2018.
     
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  8. nevzter

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    Houston, we don't have a problem. Nice series and basically slapped the Dodgers last night - good at 'em ball pitching when runners were on. Congrats to Houston - well deserved after taking the Yankees and Dodgers in 7 a piece.
     
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  9. astroevan

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    Not so fast Joe. Altuve and Correa combined to go 1 for 7 with a walk and 1 RBI in game 7. On the other hand, I'm pretty sure that any prediction regarding the Astros pitching did not include the use of 5 pitchers to limit the Dodgers to a single run at Dodger Stadium.

    Back to Joe's thought, some of you may have forgotten (or never knew) that Marwin Gonzalez led the Astros in RBIs for the season (and he was batting 7th!). Springer was second, Correa third, and Altuve fifth. The 8 non-pitching starters all knocked in at least 62 runs with DHs Gattis and Beltran having 55 and 51 respectively. This team was so balanced top to bottom. Everyone could hurt you.

    I drove my wife crazy this year declaring that this was "The Summer of George". I'm glad it was an Indian summer. He was locked in for the last six games and deservedly won that truck.

    The Dodgers are a solid team and, after watching them, I realize that I don't hate them as much as I thought. They're going to be dominant again next season. Anyone up for a World Series rematch next year?
     
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  10. HatterDon

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    this was the most gripping WS I've seen in a long time. Both teams have a lot to be proud of and both look to the future with some confidence.

    As an ex lefty first baseman myself, I have to believe that -- despite all the Ks and the awful throwing error -- the Dodgers may be replacing one brilliant defensive 1B who could kill you with his bat [Adrian Gonzalez] with another in Bellinger. I know he played a lot of outfield, but he really should be at 1B for the next 12 or 13 years.
     
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  11. BarryWhite

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    Congratulations to Houston and their fans
     
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  12. HatterDon

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    I guess that includes me. I remember listening to their first ever game and hearing Al Spangler get their first hit.
     
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  13. astroevan

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    Houston’s king finally gets his crown!

    Can’t wait for next year.
     
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  14. HatterDon

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    It was interesting. The wonks on ESPN and MLB were making it sound like it would be a close race between Judge and Altuve. As it turned out, it wasn't even close. The situation was the same for Kershaw and the Washington twins for the Cy Young. And I'm with the distinguished gentleman from South Carolina. I can't wait until next season.
     
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