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message 1: by Lance (new)

Lance (sportsbookguy) | 12630 comments Mod
New thread for everything on the 2017 Postseason


message 2: by Lance (new)

Lance (sportsbookguy) | 12630 comments Mod
I am only concentrating on one game right now - Santana vs. Severino Tuesday at Yankee Stadium. Let's bring it on!


message 3: by Brina (new)

Brina | 8146 comments Mod
Looking forward to flying the w again. Game 1 Friday night.


message 4: by Barbara (new)

Barbara (bdegar) | 193 comments Thanks Lance. So in addition to the Nats, I'll root for the Twins. It is more fun when other teams get a chance in the WS.

And thank you for making this a 2 month read. I want to tackle Miracle at Fenway: The Inside Story of the Boston Red Sox 2004 Championship Season which someone here - maybe you - recommended:) I will also request our current book from the publisher.


message 5: by Gerard (new)

Gerard (gkwilecki) This should be a great postseason...even tho my Braves are not in it, I am rooting for either the Indians or Astros.


message 6: by Lance (new)

Lance (sportsbookguy) | 12630 comments Mod
Yes, Barbara, that was me. When I enjoyed a book on the Red Sox, I figured you would too!

And there is plenty of new blood this year - three of the five AL teams weren't there in 2016 (Astros, Yankees, Twins) and the two NL wild cards (Diamondbacks and Rockies) so 50% of the teams are new. And as I said in the regular season thread - it is just so cool that the Twins made history as the first team to go from over 100 losses to postseason in one year.


message 7: by Brina (new)

Brina | 8146 comments Mod
Cubs first defending WS champion to make post season in 5 years and first to win division in 8. Can they be the first repeat champion in the wild card era? Can not overlook a team managed by Joe Maddon! Time to fly that W!!!


message 8: by Michael Linn (last edited Oct 02, 2017 02:16AM) (new)

Michael Linn | 10879 comments Let the games begin, or, there`s the apple cart right there in the middle of the field, someone go upset it. Predictions don`t make sense, but who believes that all the favorites will win? I know for sure who doesn`t .I say make them all best 12 out of 23. Good luck Lance, Brina, Barbara , Ashley, & anyone rooting hard for a team. I`m gonna root for them all to give us what we normally get this time of year.
Mike Linn
Whatever happened to the Katzenjammer kids, you know , the school kids from Brina`s neck of the woods ? Right before the season started when I said the Reds should trade Votto, that`s the last we heard of them.....curious


message 9: by Lance (last edited Oct 02, 2017 03:04AM) (new)

Lance (sportsbookguy) | 12630 comments Mod
Maybe they weren't allowed to touch the computers this year after using them to express such nonsense.


message 10: by Lance (last edited Oct 02, 2017 03:35AM) (new)

Lance (sportsbookguy) | 12630 comments Mod
I will have to end one boycott tomorrow night. Haven't watched an ESPN network game or show since the Jemelle Hill tweet. Now if I want to see the Twins-Yankees game I will have to do so. It's the Twins, so I guess can do so.


message 11: by Brina (new)

Brina | 8146 comments Mod
If you have AtBat you can mute the ESPN announcers and listen to Twins commentators. I did all post season last year.


message 12: by Michael Linn (new)

Michael Linn | 10879 comments I guess every now & again one has to slide a bullet out of the chamber, & bite hard on it. You`ll survive Lance, especially if they win it.
Mike Linn
A huge pet peeve of mine is most of the announce TV teams are pure "homers" & I scream for them to go buy a ticket & sit in the stands. Why can`t they unretired Vince or get Bob Costas, John Smoltz or Jim Kaat? I too mute it & see if the radio brings any better news


message 13: by Brina (new)

Brina | 8146 comments Mod
I always mute. I prefer the Cubs announcers and in my biased mind I find that the national crew scrutinized them too much. Besides I love the way Pat Hughes calls a game.


message 14: by Ashley Marie (new)

Ashley Marie  | 1457 comments Brina wrote: "I always mute. I prefer the Cubs announcers and in my biased mind I find that the national crew scrutinized them too much. Besides I love the way Pat Hughes calls a game."

I always have my radio on too, I can't stand to listen to anybody except Tom Hamilton for the Indians games. UnderManning are iffy at best on tv and as long as Kansas City is nowhere around Hammy is good to go. He has an irrational love for that club (and Eric Hosmer in particular) and I'm not here for it lol


message 15: by Lance (new)

Lance (sportsbookguy) | 12630 comments Mod
I'm not a big fan of the current Twins radio crew, although Dan Gladden is okay. Was spoiled for so many years with first Herb Carneal and then John Gordon. I do enjoy listening to Bert and Dick Bremer on TV, but they only work regular season.

If this is the Sunday night baseball crew working tomorrow night - ugh! If it included someone like Kirkjuan or Ravech, then that would be okay - but those three stooges now grate me like fingernails on a chalkboard. Not to mention they will be oh so upset if the Twins win because then a ratings machine (Yankees) will be out.


message 16: by Harold (new)

Harold Kasselman | 17657 comments I'll weigh in. John Kruk joined our TV team and I am so sick of his act. I was tired of his sarcasm at ESPN and it is magnified by hearing him every day. His schtick is how much garbage food he can eat, and he does some ball busting which is usually not funny. He does very little preparation. We know more about players stats than he does. Mike Schmidt does home weekend games and I like him. he has that mid -western humbleness and genuineness that I enjoy. His voice is subdued and he is just fun to spend a game with.


message 17: by [deleted user] (new)

Good luck tomorrow Lance. To paraphrase a line from "Hoosiers," win one for all the small-market teams that didn't get a chance to be there.


message 18: by Brina (new)

Brina | 8146 comments Mod
I guess everyone caught up on sleep last night with no games played. It felt weird and I know after the season ends I struggle with what to do for a few weeks- thankful for baseball videos on YouTube. Lance, the Twins have at least one fan tonight- my kid who as everyone knows I have documented here how he can't stand Aaron Judge and his uppercut swing. I am staying neutral just to annoy Mr Yankee. We are a house divided tonight so it should be fun.


message 19: by Harold (new)

Harold Kasselman | 17657 comments Brina wrote: "I guess everyone caught up on sleep last night with no games played. It felt weird and I know after the season ends I struggle with what to do for a few weeks- thankful for baseball videos on YouTu..." Santana has to go at least 6 for them to have a chance. I'd love to see Mauer be a hero, but the Yankees have had their number and they are just too damn good.


message 20: by Brina (new)

Brina | 8146 comments Mod
A certain 18 inning game comes to mind for me. Although it would be great theater if Twins won.


message 21: by Harold (new)

Harold Kasselman | 17657 comments By the way, they not only broke the home run record by 700 more in 2017 but they also broke the all time strike out record in 2017. So those upper cut swings have made this a KO, homer, or walk kind of game.


message 22: by Brina (new)

Brina | 8146 comments Mod
A game with no action. Manfred wants to cut down length of game. His focus should be fundamentals and telling kids not to swing for the fences every time. I love seeing a big inning when the line moves because guys took walks and hit singles and doubles. A homer is great once in a while but it shouldn't be the goal every at bat. That is why I was pleasantly surprised with Javy showing patience at the plate in the second half.


message 23: by Harold (new)

Harold Kasselman | 17657 comments Interesting take on the climate at both fields and the bounce Az. gets from home field advantage.
http://m.mlb.com/news/article/2571194...


message 24: by Dave (new)

Dave Jordan | 113 comments I have no diehard rooting interest, so I'll be pulling for Lance's Twins from the get-go. Would like to see the D'Backs advance, too.


message 25: by Harold (new)

Harold Kasselman | 17657 comments Interesting match up of stat cam comparison of Twins and Yankees


message 26: by Lance (new)

Lance (sportsbookguy) | 12630 comments Mod
While the Twins have HR power - part of the "so many guys with 20+ homers" trend - I love that they can play small ball too. Not just Buxton - Polonco, Escobar, Rosario and even Dozier can all take an extra base. Mauer is excellent with RISP and making contact. As for the pitching - I know I have whined about the Twins' bullpen as the weak link - but if there is one pitcher who NEEDS to throw a lot of innings in one game, it's Santana - by far and away the leader the last two years in CGs - a lost art today.

I hear all the negatives for the Twins - even with my head, the Yankees should be favored - but like I have mentioned, they didn't belong on the same field with Detroit and St. Louis 30 years ago with the same 85-77 record and what happened? I am stoked for tonight - let's go Twins!


message 27: by Michael Linn (new)

Michael Linn | 10879 comments It`s the old "on paper" comparisons I hate. I can see all the stats too, but the playoffs are a different breed of cat. But logic says that to make Molitor`s life a tad easier, Santana has to go deep, like at least 6.....Good luck Lance
Mike Linn


message 28: by Harold (new)

Harold Kasselman | 17657 comments I'm pulling for you too Lance. Yankees scare me. They have the kind of pen that could bring them a ring. I hope not because I'd like to see Houston or the Tribe win if the Twins don't.


message 29: by Brina (new)

Brina | 8146 comments Mod
You've changed your mind. I thought you were pulling for Dodgers. Of course because you haven't said you want the Cubs to win that mean they will, right?


message 30: by Lance (new)

Lance (sportsbookguy) | 12630 comments Mod
Brina wrote: "A game with no action. Manfred wants to cut down length of game. His focus should be fundamentals and telling kids not to swing for the fences every time. I love seeing a big inning when the line m..."

That is precisely why Buxton went from a buck 70 through June to over .300 and .800+OPS after the AS break. He stopped trying to hit the ball out of the park on every AB


message 31: by Brina (new)

Brina | 8146 comments Mod
Kid wanted to know how you are getting around your espn boycott for tonight's game.


message 32: by Harold (new)

Harold Kasselman | 17657 comments Brina wrote: "You've changed your mind. I thought you were pulling for Dodgers. Of course because you haven't said you want the Cubs to win that mean they will, right?" I do want the Dodgers to win it all-mainly because of Chase Utley and Kersahaw, but I'd like to see Houston or Cleveland in the world series.


message 33: by Lance (new)

Lance (sportsbookguy) | 12630 comments Mod
Brina wrote: "Kid wanted to know how you are getting around your espn boycott for tonight's game."

My son is coming up from Brooklyn and we are watching at a sports bar near the house he just bought in the area. Won't be hearing the sound as Ma and Pa Yankee will be the sound played (the radio announcers Suzyn Waldman and John Sterling). So I guess it's how you look at it. I will be getting pictures only, so I won't hear their broadcast - but I am still getting the pictures through ESPN. I am counting that my boycott is still on as I am not turning it on at my house.


message 34: by Ashley Marie (new)

Ashley Marie  | 1457 comments Rooting for Minnesota tonight -- Lance, looks like we're all behind you, buddy.


message 35: by Brina (new)

Brina | 8146 comments Mod
Everyone except my husband. I still wish Cubs had bit when Yankees asked for Schwarber for Severino. But it is what it is. I still recall fondly my one trip to the Metrodome in 1991 and still have the mug they gave away. Staying relatively neutral tonight to keep peace at home.


message 36: by Harold (new)

Harold Kasselman | 17657 comments Shocking that Indians are starting Trevor Bauer and not Kluber in game 1. I haven't heard a rationalization for it.
PS average game length for 2017 was 3 hrs and 5 minutes


message 37: by Ashley Marie (new)

Ashley Marie  | 1457 comments Harold wrote: "Shocking that Indians are starting Trevor Bauer and not Kluber in game 1. I haven't heard a rationalization for it.
PS average game length for 2017 was 3 hrs and 5 minutes"


That's got my attention too. It does give Kluber a full 5 days' rest though. I'm still nervous about this Kipnis-in-CF experiment.


message 38: by Harold (new)

Harold Kasselman | 17657 comments That's a big concern for sure.


message 39: by Brina (new)

Brina | 8146 comments Mod
Players change positions but I'd be worrisome in the post season as well.


message 40: by Ashley Marie (new)

Ashley Marie  | 1457 comments He's played there for a handful of games at the end of the regular season just to get him back in the lineup and not break up the awesome defensive infield we've got right now, but hitters know they can run on him all day and it scares the daylights out of me.


message 41: by Lance (new)

Lance (sportsbookguy) | 12630 comments Mod
My son and have our seats and our beers...ready to get this game started. Dozier hit 5 lead off homers this year...would love to see #6 tonight...


message 42: by Harold (new)

Harold Kasselman | 17657 comments That's what you do with a 100 mph fastball


message 43: by Mike (new)

Mike (mike9) | 6338 comments In 1968 Tigers great Al Kaline broke his arm and missed a 3rd of the season. When World Series time came there was no way they could bench him so centerfielder Mickey Stanley started taking ground balls at shortstop and played the whole series there.


message 44: by Lance (new)

Lance (sportsbookguy) | 12630 comments Mod
Did I call that or what?! And now Rosario! 3-0!


message 45: by Harold (new)

Harold Kasselman | 17657 comments It's still way too early to get excited The Yankees are a powerhouse, but I'm hopeful. Lance-go baby


message 46: by Harold (new)

Harold Kasselman | 17657 comments Mike wrote: "In 1968 Tigers great Al Kaline broke his arm and missed a 3rd of the season. When World Series time came there was no way they could bench him so centerfielder Mickey Stanley started taking ground ..." Stanley was great.


message 47: by Michael Linn (new)

Michael Linn | 10879 comments Like I`ve been saying, different breed of cat these playoffs, & don`t forget Severino is but 23. I guess we`ll see just how good this Yankee bullpen is.
Mike Linn


message 48: by Lance (new)

Lance (sportsbookguy) | 12630 comments Mod
And just like that, its tied up... *sigh*


message 49: by Mike (new)

Mike (mike9) | 6338 comments Solly Hemus has died. He was 94 years young.


message 50: by Lance (last edited Oct 03, 2017 05:52PM) (new)

Lance (sportsbookguy) | 12630 comments Mod
Wow that's a name I haven't heard in a long time...RIP


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