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ALDS Gamethread: Indians vs Astros

Discussion in 'MLB Discussion' started by DeadlySplitter, Oct 2, 2018.

  1. DeadlySplitter

    DeadlySplitter Member SoSH Member

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    Broadcast: TBS, Don Orsillo (PBP) and Dennis Eckersley (analyst), Hazel Mae (sideline)

    Game 1, Fri 10/5, 2:05pm: Kluber vs Verlander
    Game 2, Sat 10/6, 4:37pm: Carrasco vs Cole

    Game 3, Mon 10/8, 1:30pm: Keuchel vs Clevinger
    Game 4, Tue 10/9, 4:35pm: Morton vs TBD if necessary

    Game 5, Thur 10/11, 4:07pm if necessary
     
    #1 DeadlySplitter, Oct 2, 2018
    Last edited: Oct 5, 2018
  2. Ford Frick's Asterisk

    Ford Frick's Asterisk Member SoSH Member

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    I haven't seen an official ALDS roster for Cleveland yet, but the team did announce yesterday that they'll carry six outfielders with Rajai Davis making the team over utility infielder Erik Gonzalez. This does leave the Indians with no true backup at short or second, as they would need to use Jose Ramirez as an emergency shortstop and move Jason Kipnis back in from center field if they need another second baseman. However, Gonzalez has been dinged up lately and has only hit .150 since the beginning of August. Davis and Greg Allen are kind of redundant, but Davis does have the history of postseason heroics. Allen will probably be used primarily for late inning defense, and Davis as a pinch-runner.

    It also seems that Dan Otero will get the final bullpen spot over Neil Ramirez. There's no good choice there, as they both suffer from gopheritis, but personally I'd have gone with Ramirez since he's able to miss bats way more often.

    Mike Clevinger is the Game #3 starter. Trevor Bauer will be used as a multi-inning reliever, but could still start Game #4 if rested. Otherwise they'd go with Shane Bieber, but I'd expect him to go no more than 4-5 innings even if he's successful, since he's not a guy you want facing batters a 3rd time at this point in his career.

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  3. DeadlySplitter

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  4. InsideTheParker

    InsideTheParker Member SoSH Member

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    Oh, I came here to say, "Orsillo and Eck!" But you guys already know. I'm excited for this game.
     
  5. strek1

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    It's a NESN reunion! Eck , Don and even Hazel Mae !!! Love it.
     
  6. Al Zarilla

    Al Zarilla Member SoSH Member

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    Let’s go Cleveland!
     
  7. jon abbey

    jon abbey Shanghai Warrior Dope SoSH Member

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    This series makes for fascinating rooting, as both BOS and NY fans presumably would rather play CLE if they win their series, but if they lose, they'd rather the other team play HOU.
     
  8. jon abbey

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    Good luck to FFA, one of the best posters on this site. Verlander/Kluber is an exciting matchup.
     
  9. InsideTheParker

    InsideTheParker Member SoSH Member

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    I HATE that there's no strike zone overlay. Is that TBS' decision?(Maybe MLB has been embarrassed by the awful ump performance so far this post-season. )
    Edit, now see they have a quick four- corner dealy.
     
  10. strek1

    strek1 Member SoSH Member

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    I know , we've gotten so accustomed to that. I NEED it.
     
  11. DeadlySplitter

    DeadlySplitter Member SoSH Member

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    I really don't like the minimalist strike zone graphic

    EDIT: see I'm just behind some others on this
     
  12. jon abbey

    jon abbey Shanghai Warrior Dope SoSH Member

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    It's there, it's just only at the four corners, and they flash the velocity right where the pitch is. Postseason baseball TV coverage continues to consistently be much much worse than we deserve as fans.
     
  13. Al Zarilla

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    And yet when the strike zone rectangle is prominent, we get just as many complaints. One of the games yesterday had the complete rectangle but it was very faint. Unobtrusive, just right.
     
  14. jon abbey

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    One thing they really should do is have one announcer from each of the two teams on every game. The non-affiliated guys they use are invariably less specifically knowledgable, using generalities to back up their opinions when in some cases, the specifics are precisely the opposite.
     
  15. InsideTheParker

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    @jonabbey, I think Eck and Orsillo have been giving a lot of info---all stuff you could look up, but not watching TV at the same time. I know what you mean about local announcers, but a lot of them aren't very good.
     
  16. jon abbey

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    Maybe it's a question of being used to people's voices/perspectives or not, those are two guys you are much more used to listening to than I am.
     
  17. jon abbey

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    Verlander is so so good, crazy that any team could have claimed him last August and DET might have let him go for nothing (he would have had to approve the move still, though).
     
  18. Al Zarilla

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    Agree 100%. When was the last time we got that? Was it with Mel Allen, Yankees announcer and also considered tops in the profession, so they gave him the World Series? If they didn’t do what you suggest with the Giants announcers during their run, probably won’t happen for a while.
     
  19. InsideTheParker

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    Hah. Don, a lot of people were standing, but the ones below your booth seemed solidly on their bums. Sometimes the cliches, even baseball ones, just don't work.
     
  20. crow216

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    Oooph. Verlander is so annoyingly good. He doesn’t have the best stuff but everything is exactly where he wants it and how he wants it. After the Yankees and Sox rip each other’s limbs off, they’ll have the pleasure of facing him.
     
  21. BornToRun

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    Kluber just threw a godawful pitch to Bregman.
     
  22. Al Zarilla

    Al Zarilla Member SoSH Member

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  23. Al Zarilla

    Al Zarilla Member SoSH Member

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    Safety squeeze is not what you call it with 2 outs.
     
  24. InsideTheParker

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    Does anyone remember how the Sox did against Verlander this year? I remember their being able to get to him in the past.
     
  25. jon abbey

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    Yes, thank you.
     
  26. TheYaz67

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    We only faced him once, back in June - 6 IP, 3 H, 2 ER 2 BB/6 K - we won 5-4 he got a ND - made him throw 101 pitches, which was good/got him out of the game....
     
  27. InsideTheParker

    InsideTheParker Member SoSH Member

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    Kluber just isn't up to this.
     
  28. Al Zarilla

    Al Zarilla Member SoSH Member

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    All scouts turn your attention to Houston.
     
  29. mauidano

    mauidano Mai Tais for everyone! SoSH Member

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    Damn! These guys are pretty good.
     
  30. johnmd20

    johnmd20 literally like ebola Lifetime Member Gold Supporter SoSH Member

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    Playoff Tito can't do anything against these bats.
     
  31. InsideTheParker

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    His starting pitcher has a lot to do with that.
     
  32. mauidano

    mauidano Mai Tais for everyone! SoSH Member

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    No no no.
     
  33. Ale Xander

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    Can't spell Kluber without lube.
     
  34. Ale Xander

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    as does his starting 9 (well 8 of the 9)
     
  35. mauidano

    mauidano Mai Tais for everyone! SoSH Member

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    Verlander making A LOT of pitches!
     
  36. InsideTheParker

    InsideTheParker Member SoSH Member

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    Not a strike. I wish I had never become a baseball fan.
     
  37. DeadlySplitter

    DeadlySplitter Member SoSH Member

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    5 no-hit innings into a 5.1 IP outing only is tough.
     
  38. Ale Xander

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  39. InsideTheParker

    InsideTheParker Member SoSH Member

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    In what way? It's what happened.
     
  40. mauidano

    mauidano Mai Tais for everyone! SoSH Member

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    LOL! Pressly on his first pitch.
     
  41. mauidano

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    Ramirez can change this game with one swing.
     
  42. Al Zarilla

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    He did change it. Now 4-2. Not what you meant though.
     
  43. InsideTheParker

    InsideTheParker Member SoSH Member

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    Still, this is a game again. Up to the relief pitching.
     
  44. SemperFidelisSox

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    This is the same Astros team as last year just with a better bullpen. Scary.
     
  45. LogansDad

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    Oh, crushed.

    Orsillo and Eck are awesome, though.
     
  46. InsideTheParker

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    OK, just call the Astros your Daddy.
     
  47. johnmd20

    johnmd20 literally like ebola Lifetime Member Gold Supporter SoSH Member

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    Cleveland is lucky that 4 home runs have led to 4 runs. This game could be completely out of hand, instead of kind of out of hand.
     
  48. jon abbey

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    Also a new #2 in Cole.
     
  49. terrynever

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    NCAA hoop tourney has separate TV channels for home announcing teams in the Final Four. It's awful because of homerism.
     
  50. LogansDad

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    I thought they had him at the plate....
     

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