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2019 Regular Season Thread

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  • Closed Accounts Posts: 13,687 ✭✭✭✭jack presley


    Another blown lead in the 9th for the Cubs.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 1,469 ✭✭✭ShyMets


    Another blown lead in the 9th for the Cubs.

    There goes the Cubs Wildcard chances. Madden to the Padres, maybe.


  • Registered Users Posts: 13,332 ✭✭✭✭8-10


    Oakland with a rare loss last night but Rays got beat too. Indians back in it:

    A's - 94/62
    Rays - 92/64
    Indians - 92/64

    Going to be a tense final week


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,734 ✭✭✭Doodah7


    Cubs lose six in a row including the last five by one run. Swept in a four game series at Wrigley by the Cards for the first time since 1921!!

    After a couple of years of success, the Cubs have finally returned to form with heartbreak in September.


  • Registered Users Posts: 13,117 ✭✭✭✭Igotadose


    Doodah7 wrote: »

    After a couple of years of success, the Cubs have finally returned to form with heartbreak in September.

    It's the hope that kills you


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  • Registered Users Posts: 3,380 ✭✭✭The Reservoir Dubs Anchorman


    3 ..


  • Registered Users Posts: 394 ✭✭rebelyell99


    Looking forward to the postseason starting ,love the wild card games ,should be a great atmosphere in Nationals park presuming they secure the number 1 spot.Oakland may host the Al wild card it will be interesting to see what kind of a crowd is there for that


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 13,687 ✭✭✭✭jack presley


    Looking forward to the postseason starting ,love the wild card games ,should be a great atmosphere in Nationals park presuming they secure the number 1 spot.Oakland may host the Al wild card it will be interesting to see what kind of a crowd is there for that

    Yeah, looking forward to the post season too. Would love a game 163 on Monday too although probably only a chance of that now in the AL.


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,585 ✭✭✭circular flexing


    Nats officially eliminated Phillies from WC. Nicely done.


  • Registered Users Posts: 13,332 ✭✭✭✭8-10


    8-10 wrote: »
    Oakland with a rare loss last night but Rays got beat too. Indians back in it:

    A's - 94/62
    Rays - 92/64
    Indians - 92/64

    Going to be a tense final week

    A's lose since the above, Rays win 2 in a row:

    A's - 94/63
    Rays - 94/64
    Indians - 93/64

    I have tickets to the wild card game in the Coliseum next week but that game will only happen there if A's finish top or level top of those 3


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  • Registered Users Posts: 3,380 ✭✭✭The Reservoir Dubs Anchorman


    Nats clinch. Brilliant comeback from where we were at the start of the season!

    Pretty good team , with great starting pitching. Question is can our bullpen hold on?

    No idea... but just want to win the Wildcard game and beat the Dodgers! :)


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 13,687 ✭✭✭✭jack presley


    Nats clinch. Brilliant comeback from where we were at the start of the season!

    Pretty good team , with great starting pitching. Question is can our bullpen hold on?

    No idea... but just want to wining the Wildcard game and beat the Dodgers! :)

    Will beating Milwaukee count as a play off series win?

    It'll be a very interesting game anyway. The Nats riding Scherzer while the Brewers probably going inning to inning with multiple relievers.

    It might be sacrilege to say it but I'd almost prefer to go with Strasburg than Scherzer* going on the past month or so. And there's also the bonus of having Scherzer going in game one in LA!


    * watch Scherzer now go and pitch a no-hitter


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 13,687 ✭✭✭✭jack presley


    I wonder will they give Houston a prime time home game in the DS this year. They’ve been the best team in baseball over the past 3 years but have been stuck in the day game slot the past 2 seasons and the players weren’t happy last year.

    Ratings trumps all and you have the Yankees and the Dodgers but surely they deserve a night slot this season.


  • Registered Users Posts: 394 ✭✭rebelyell99


    I wonder will they give Houston a prime time home game in the DS this year. They’ve been the best team in baseball over the past 3 years but have been stuck in the day game slot the past 2 seasons and the players weren’t happy last year.

    Ratings trumps all and you have the Yankees and the Dodgers but surely they deserve a night slot this season.

    I doubt they will see a prime time slot as there series will be against Tampa or Oakland probably who have small fanbases.Yankees vs twins ,Cards vs Braves and the Dodgers series will be Much bigger ratings wise .


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,380 ✭✭✭The Reservoir Dubs Anchorman


    Will beating Milwaukee count as a play off series win?

    It'll be a very interesting game anyway. The Nats riding Scherzer while the Brewers probably going inning to inning with multiple relievers.

    It might be sacrilege to say it but I'd almost prefer to go with Strasburg than Scherzer* going on the past month or so. And there's also the bonus of having Scherzer going in game one in LA!


    * watch Scherzer now go and pitch a no-hitter

    Beating Milwaukee wont be easy. In a clutch situation I would always go with Max to be honest. He just always goes out there and competes. But actually looking at the schedule it will be Strasbourg due up in the rotation.

    If we get through that game(which is a big if) also not sure if it will be the Brewers they are red hot right now and can win the Division I think. They are only one game back.


  • Registered Users Posts: 13,332 ✭✭✭✭8-10


    8-10 wrote: »
    A's lose since the above, Rays win 2 in a row:

    A's - 94/63
    Rays - 94/64
    Indians - 93/64

    I have tickets to the wild card game in the Coliseum next week but that game will only happen there if A's finish top or level top of those 3

    I got to watch the 9th inning of the A's after getting up early. 2-1 down top of the 9th, big 2-run shot to centre field by Chapman and A's take it 3-2

    Phew. Rays beat the Yankees easily. Cleveland lose. Now stands at:

    A's - 95/63
    Rays - 95/64
    Indians - 93/65

    Squeaky bum time. Crazy the amount of wins the team who loses out on a wild card will get, all of these teams have a record that would comfortably win the NL Central or NL Wild Card race


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 13,687 ✭✭✭✭jack presley


    8-10 wrote: »
    I got to watch the 9th inning of the A's after getting up early. 2-1 down top of the 9th, big 2-run shot to centre field by Chapman and A's take it 3-2

    Phew. Rays beat the Yankees easily. Cleveland lose. Now stands at:

    A's - 95/63
    Rays - 95/64
    Indians - 93/65

    Squeaky bum time. Crazy the amount of wins the team who loses out on a wild card will get, all of these teams have a record that would comfortably win the NL Central or NL Wild Card race

    Going to be an interesting weekend. All 3 have to play teams that have nothing really to play for (although the Nats who play Cleveland could still be fighting for a home wild card game but I doubt they’d overstretch players to secure that).


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,585 ✭✭✭circular flexing


    Probably last start as a Mariner and likely last start ever for Felix Hernandez tonight. A real disappointing end, he was lights out for years while Mariners organisation surrounded him with mediocrity and bad trade deals. He got by on raw talent for years but then when that started to fade he was unwilling or unable to adjust. Maybe 5 years ago, he would have been a future hall of famer but it's unlikely he will get in now.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 13,687 ✭✭✭✭jack presley


    Probably last start as a Mariner and likely last start ever for Felix Hernandez tonight. A real disappointing end, he was lights out for years while Mariners organisation surrounded him with mediocrity and bad trade deals. He got by on raw talent for years but then when that started to fade he was unwilling or unable to adjust. Maybe 5 years ago, he would have been a future hall of famer but it's unlikely he will get in now.

    I think I may have been watching live when he threw the perfect game.


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,585 ✭✭✭circular flexing


    I think I may have been watching live when he threw the perfect game.

    There hasn't been one since! Nice article about that game here, it's like he knew coming out of the bullpen that it was going to be that day

    https://www.seattletimes.com/sports/mariners/oral-history-the-day-mariners-star-felix-hernandez-was-perfect/


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  • Registered Users Posts: 13,117 ✭✭✭✭Igotadose


    Probably last start as a Mariner and likely last start ever for Felix Hernandez tonight. A real disappointing end, he was lights out for years while Mariners organisation surrounded him with mediocrity and bad trade deals. He got by on raw talent for years but then when that started to fade he was unwilling or unable to adjust. Maybe 5 years ago, he would have been a future hall of famer but it's unlikely he will get in now.

    Damn. Saw him regularly at his best when I lived there. He and Ichiro were the only reasons to watch that team. Underperformers like Adrian Beltre were a plague. Richie Sexson. Bleh. But the fans kept showing up no matter how awful the product, and this is the result, a once-great pitcher on an awful team fading away.


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,585 ✭✭✭circular flexing


    Igotadose wrote: »
    Damn. Saw him regularly at his best when I lived there. He and Ichiro were the only reasons to watch that team. Underperformers like Adrian Beltre were a plague. Richie Sexson. Bleh. But the fans kept showing up no matter how awful the product, and this is the result, a once-great pitcher on an awful team fading away.

    Yeah saw him a few times and it was always great to watch him.

    Anyway Felix was good but not great. Only gave up three runs but loaded the bases multiple times and only had 3 strikeouts over 5.1 innings (vs. 4 walks). I think his biggest problem now is he doesn't have a strikeout pitch. He was in a few 0-2 and 1-2 counts but couldn't put them away. A nice touch from Scott Servais to allow him back out for the 6th so he could get one out and then get pulled. Got a nice ovation.

    Will be interesting to see what happens next, he wants to keep playing and maybe a change from Seattle will do him good. Hard to see where he lands, Marlins would be my guess but even then probably only an invite to spring training.


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,380 ✭✭✭The Reservoir Dubs Anchorman


    Igotadose wrote: »
    Damn. Saw him regularly at his best when I lived there. He and Ichiro were the only reasons to watch that team. Underperformers like Adrian Beltre were a plague. Richie Sexson. Bleh. But the fans kept showing up no matter how awful the product, and this is the result, a once-great pitcher on an awful team fading away.

    Hard to say Adrian Beltre was a plague in his time at the mariners. He may have underperformed with his bat but he won two gold gloves there. Also his hitting wasnt completely terrible.

    Its a real pity that the Mariners never got the pieces around Felix though, very likeable pitcher.


  • Registered Users Posts: 13,117 ✭✭✭✭Igotadose


    Hard to say Adrian Beltre was a plague in his time at the mariners. He may have underperformed with his bat but he won two gold gloves there. Also his hitting wasnt completely terrible.

    Its a real pity that the Mariners never got the pieces around Felix though, very likeable pitcher.

    Beltre was where rallies went to die. Gold glove, so what. Couldn't hit a lick - goes to Texas and he's all world. Just didn't perform well in Seattle, huge disappointment with his big contract.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 13,687 ✭✭✭✭jack presley




  • Registered Users Posts: 13,332 ✭✭✭✭8-10


    8-10 wrote: »
    I got to watch the 9th inning of the A's after getting up early. 2-1 down top of the 9th, big 2-run shot to centre field by Chapman and A's take it 3-2

    Phew. Rays beat the Yankees easily. Cleveland lose. Now stands at:

    A's - 95/63
    Rays - 95/64
    Indians - 93/65

    Squeaky bum time. Crazy the amount of wins the team who loses out on a wild card will get, all of these teams have a record that would comfortably win the NL Central or NL Wild Card race

    More 9th inning drama in Seattle. Rays clinch the wild card berth earlier in the evening, A's are in the bottom of the 9th, 3-2 up. Go one strike away from the win but surrender the hit and bring it to 3-3. Then drop a catch in foul ball territory for extra innings and concede walk off hit again with 2 strikes in the board.

    Cleveland eliminated, 2 more road games for each of these guys to determine home field advantage...its a long long trip for the away team in this one

    A's - 96/64
    Rays - 96/64


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 13,687 ✭✭✭✭jack presley


    8-10 wrote: »
    More 9th inning drama in Seattle. Rays clinch the wild card berth earlier in the evening, A's are in the bottom of the 9th, 3-2 up. Go one strike away from the win but surrender the hit and bring it to 3-3. Then drop a catch in foul ball territory for extra innings and concede walk off hit again with 2 strikes in the board.

    Cleveland eliminated, 2 more road games for each of these guys to determine home field advantage...its a long long trip for the away team in this one

    A's - 96/64
    Rays - 96/64

    There goes the game 163!

    Who has the edge between Oakland/TB if it’s a tie?


  • Registered Users Posts: 13,332 ✭✭✭✭8-10


    There goes the game 163!

    Who has the edge between Oakland/TB if it’s a tie?

    Oakland. It's head-to-head record.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 13,687 ✭✭✭✭jack presley


    I've also been focused on Milwaukee/Washington in the NL WC game but that might not happen the way things are playing out as Milwaukee could still win the division and St Louis will end up in the WC. Although Cubs have basically thrown in the towel and are playing their scrubs so St. Lois should hold on to the division.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 13,117 ✭✭✭✭Igotadose


    Imagine. A team might win 98 games and not make the playoffs (Cleveland). Wow.

    Got to tip the hat to them, though. Cleveland's been very good for a number of years in a row.


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