Discussion in 'Entertainment, Culture, and Sports' started by edinatlanta, Feb 3, 2011.
Curse Verlander's black soul.
Too little too late. Should have PH for him in the 8th when the Yanks had runners at 2nd and 3rd.
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What a game. Too bad I missed the 9th (fell asleep). Verlander is an animal.
So I think we are home if Baltimore wins and away if the Yankees win.
Also. The not so good thing is prince and Cabrera have been quiet. Fielder should've had another HR but still. Fairly weak at bats. Cabrera looks like he pressing it. Need to get those two going.
Awesome article on Buck Showalter.
I've been watching this team develop over a couple of years. Showalter is unbelievable. He's a master psychologist, a baseball genius, two or three steps ahead of most managers. He's funny, engaging, humble, and entertaining. It's really been a privilege to be able to really believe, and get behind, a team like this that does it the right way, and they're totally in his mold. I hope he's here for 10 more seasons.
O's really looked shaky last night though. I thought the pressure had gotten to them. They looked scared most of the evening, particularly after not being able to capitalize on a few opportunities in the first couple of innings. But that little huddle they showed before the 13th was a HUGE deal, IMO. The night before, when they pulled Gonzalez, there were smiles in the dugout, and the team looked loose, happy, relaxed. Even if they lose, they should feel happy and relaxed - they've overachieved, and they should be enjoying the moment. But they looked like ghosts. Everyone was having terrible at bats, except for a couple of the "scrubs," e.g. McClouth, Flaherty. That huddle seemed to break the ice a little. They were playing games with the hats, soaking up the moment a little bit. I hope that breaks the bad juju that looked like it had taken over a little bit there.
One area where I don't understand what the coaches are doing though - why the fuck don't they tell Jones and Davis to take a strike? They should make them take 2. And they should tell them they're going to get pinch hit for if they don't hit the next two balls the other way. Thome should probably just get pulled. Let Ford DH. Their ABs are awful, awful, awful. Hughes was not nearly so good as his line indicated last night. He kept missing with fastballs, left a ton of them out over the plate, and guys swung right through them.
Anyways, it all comes down to one night. Can the O's please win in a blowout so I don't have to rock back and forth on the sofa tonight, or curl up in the fetal position on the floor?
Oh, and, one more thing:
I can't help but wonder if Jim Johnson isn't tipping pitches or something. I've been saying for a while that I thought JJ was living on borrowed time anyways - his velocity is usually down to 93-94 instead of the 96-97 it was at the beginning of the season, and his sinker has lost its sharp downward action - but still, the Yanks are hitting him especially hard this series compared to everyone else this year. Even that third out last night off Chavy's bat was kind of a rocket.
Yankees look cooked. I like Baltimore tonight.
I hope it's Baltimore. Not for not wanting to face the Yankees but I wanna spend Saturday night downtown at the game.
thats what playoff baseball is all about though right? close games that are so stressful that the outcome barely changes the way you feel afterwards: emotionally/physically spent.
my personal favorite thing about playoff baseball? when it gets so damn tense that you are talking to yourself, not out loud, but inside your own head.
oh yeah, even if the O's get a 6 run lead... that inner dialogue of doubt will still eat away at you.
Let's go O's
As a Phillies fan, I've stayed out of this thread all season. But I married into O's fandom so I think I qualify to live vicariously.
Also interesting to see Phils alums Ibanez and Werth with the big hits.
Last year i would literally pace back and forth in front of my TV.
I was much more calm this past series but my excitement is building so ill be a wreck durin the ALCS.
I don't know anything about the physics, but whenever Johnson enters the game, the commentator mentions that the sinker loses its "sink" when it gets above a certain speed. So if anything, Johnson may be overthrowing.
Huge night for the Baltimore-Washington area regardless of outcome. I feel good about both games. Gio's pitching at home, and the Nats have to snap out of their offensive funk sometime. Sabathia's on the mound, but all the pressure to win is on the Yankees.
Miserable game to be at. People doing the O's Seven Nation Army thing was really lame. ARod sucks and couldn't even hit a sac fly to win that game.
The Seven Nation Army thing is actually originally more of a Ravens thing than an O's thing.
Either way, it is excruciatingly lame, I will give you that.
I dunno. At the beginning of the season he was totally unhittable, and the ball did have a sharp break, even at 97mph. It was unfair.
Check this out:
Watch the ERA column climb as he went through the season.
Anyways, all that movement is kind of luck, IMO. Guys with a lot of "life" on the ball are really just lucky beneficiaries of some quirk of nature; the way the ball comes out of their hand, a finger that's longer than the next, etc etc. Not to take away what they have to do to master it - how to encourage it to dart this way or that, or where to throw it in the zone and when to fool the hitter. But some portion of it you're just born with, and sometimes, it can be finicky and go away, which is why, IMO, one year somebody puts it together and has a great year, but then can lose it and turn into a guy with a 4+ ERA.
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