20 October 2010

MLB Playoffs: Day 15 - ALCS 5 (4 PM) & NLCS 4 (7:50 PM)

It's an elimination game for the Yankees!!! C.J. vs. C.C.

They send Big CC on regular rest to try to right the ship, and to their credit their pitching is decent enough to get back into this series. CC, Hughes, and Pettitte, but so far all three have been out-pitched.

The Rangers send out C.J. "Cliff Lee, Jr." Wilson, who had little to do with the Ranger collapse, venturing into 8th inning, getting into some trouble and couldn't be bailed out by his bullpen.

Let's not forget the Yankees have been outscored in this series 22-5, and the only reason why they weren't swept was one bad inning by the Texas bullpen.

I'm not doing any celebrating until the final out is recorded. 2004 and 2007 reminded me of that, as did last May. Different sport, but similar idea of momentum and confidence: The Boston Bruins were leading the Philadelphia Flyers three games to none in the 2nd round of the playoffs, only to see the Flyers storm back and win the series.

...but I've got a good feeling about this evening. The action begins at 4:00 PM.

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Game 4 of the NLCS is tonight and I have absolutely loved this series. The baseball has been entertaining, the pitching fantastic, and there's been a lot of respect on both sides and a lot of good characters. How about Cody Ross, eh? He's been RAKING in October. He's batting .348 this postseason with 4 dongs (3 in the NLCS) and a 1.336 OPS in the playoffs (1.990 in NLCS).

Cole Hamels was asked after the game what he does when a hitter is "hitting differently" (aka RAKING). Hamels said, "Hit him! Nah, I'm just kidding."

Phillies Manager Charlie Manuel said, "Matt Cain was too good. He didn't give us any runs!"

It'll be Joe Blanton for the Phillies and Madison Bumgarner tonight. Blanton didn't pitch in the LDS so he's had a ton of rest. Bumgarner pitched Game 4 of the LDS against Atlanta (6-6-2(2)-2-8).

Like in the first three games of the series, Game 4 is one giant toss-up. I don't think this series ends in 5 games.

First pitch at an incredibly accurate 7:57 PM ET.

25 comments:

Ish said...

We are off and running!

Ish said...

Yankee Stadium has had the worst crowd of any of the eight ballparks this postseason. Slow to fill, early to empty, quiet much of the time...

Ish said...

Bottom of the 2nd: The Yankees look like a team who is already losing in this game.

Ish said...

Ugh don't be like this, CJ.

A-Rod didn't want to slide for fear of getting his purse dirty or popping his bitch tits.

redsock said...

Shit, come on, Texas.

redsock said...

that teaaaaaaring sound

rats deserting a sinking ship

caption contest?

oh noes

Ish said...

Ugh. The middle inning blahs and down five runs.

Ish said...

Maybe the Rangers will actually be able to do something here...

Ish said...

That sucked... GIDP. Fuck. Well, they got a run anyways, but on EIGHT hits.

redsock said...

6-1. Gonna have to hit the pen.

Ish said...

So how about that NLCS, eh?

Ish said...

How about them Giants?

Ish said...

Same old song all day. Rangers get them on, can't cash 'em in. DO IT, FRENCHIE.

Ish said...

Oooh bases loaded!

redsock said...

frenchy loads 'em.

runs, you assholes, runs!!!!!!

Ish said...

So there's one run...

Ish said...

Assholes.

redsock said...

So YED is now Friday.

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redsock said...

you clearly have too much time on your hands

Says the guy who has been trying to keep posting at a blog he has been banned from for more than two years.

Ish said...

Looks like me shit has not turned purple nor does it smell like rainbow sherbet.

Ish said...

Giants win!!!!

Ish said...

B.R., this is my blog, though it's not much of one, just an alternate game thread space, but I'm the moderator and you pissed me off by insulting my friends and that's why you're banned from my blog. This is not something you come back from, not from the shit that you've said in the past.

I'm not the one going to blogs of other teams and insulting their authors and readers. I don't understand how this brings satisfaction to your life. If our blogs didn't exist, would you have a void? Would you feel something substantial in your life is missing? It sure seems like it.

The funniest part, B.R., is how there are no other Yankee fans coming by, reading your comments and thinking, "Yeah! You tell him, B.R.! I totally agree! Ish is such a fucking idiot!" Nope, you're standing in the spotlight all alone and everyone's laughing at you.

Why don't you write a blog of your own?

B.R. said...

Maybe I will Ish.....Maybe I will

L-girl said...

Looks like me shit has not turned purple nor does it smell like rainbow sherbet.

I couldn't remember your exact prediction on how the self-ban would work out. Ah yes, rainbow sherbert.

Too bad YED was postponed.

Meanwhile, yay Giants!