2019 NLDS - Nationals vs Dodgers - Gamethread

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Corbin is expected to start game 1 after Strasburg went 3 innings tonight. I assume Ryu will oppose him. 8:37pm Thursday for game 1, a TBS series.
 
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Here's the Wild Card having the intended effect. By burning both Scherzer and Strasburg it really hurts the Nats chances of actually winning this series. They are going to try Stasburg on super short rest in Game 2, so we'll see how that works out.

Nats winning Game 1 would really help their chances.
 

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I'm a bit in shock that Asdrubal Cabrera had 91 RBIs in 447 ABs this year.
 

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I'm a bit in shock that Asdrubal Cabrera had 91 RBIs in 447 ABs this year.
I'm a bit in shock that you are watching yet another baseball game.

Actually, I am not in shock. I just worry that your TV show queue may grow to be untenable this month.
 

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I'm a bit in shock that you are watching yet another baseball game.

Actually, I am not in shock. I just worry that your TV show queue may grow to be untenable this month.
He's just trying to gauge who the Gashouse Gorillas are going to bludgeon as they march towards another WS title, like the German army marching through Europe from 1939 til 1941 before the shit hit the fan at the gates of Moscow.
 

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I'm a bit in shock that you are watching yet another baseball game.

Actually, I am not in shock. I just worry that your TV show queue may grow to be untenable this month.
Heh, I skipped the bulk of the first game as it looked pretty boring, this series is much more compelling to me. Also, as you know, these are games I can actually enjoy (if they're enjoyable), watching your team in the MLB postseason is stressful.

Also I have tried to stop watching the NFL entirely and I skip most of the first half of the NBA season and I haven't followed hockey since I was a kid with the Islanders dynasty, so this month is it for me for a while (although I am quite ready to jump to 40 man roster management).
 

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So the one problem that baseball has is the way meaningful games are managed. Pitching changes mean long games and long games mean most people who aren't fanatics just end up not giving af. I am not sure what baseball can do other to limit pitching changes to X per every two innings or something like that. And that isn't practical nor will it please purists. However I won't be shocked to see that a decent early season match up between two good NFL teams just destroys the ratings for this game.
 

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So the one problem that baseball has is the way meaningful games are managed. Pitching changes mean long games and long games mean most people who aren't fanatics just end up not giving af.
College football games are routinely 4 or 4 1/2 hours, I reject this thesis. To me the biggest issue with postseason baseball not coming across quite as exciting as it is is that the announcers are generalists who are rarely insightful, I think each game should have one announcer from each team.
 

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College football games are routinely 4 or 4 1/2 hours, I reject this thesis. To me the biggest issue with postseason baseball not coming across quite as exciting as it is is that the announcers are generalists who are rarely insightful, I think each game should have one announcer from each team.
I don't think its the announcers. Its the sport and pace of play. Most of the little league kids who we have playing fall baseball (so kids whose favorite sport is baseball because there are lots of other fall sports) simply don't watch these games. Its not data but whenever I mention very good but not hugely popular players they simply don't know them. To be fair, I don't think they sit for entire college or NFL games either but if these kids are watching sports its the NBA or football.

Announcers...or a sport that is losing younger viewers?

To be fair, I don't know what it is but I won't be surprised if the pitch clock and other rules around shortening innings are introduced in the next few years.
 

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When you're relying on guys like Howie Kendrick or Mark Melancon, you're in trouble
 

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Fernando Rodney faced the following hitters in his first game as a MLB pitcher...

Matt LeCroy
Torii Hunter
Corey Koskie
Dustan Mohr
A.J. Pierzynski
Boby Kielty
Jacque Jones
Cristian Guzman

He lost on a walk-off by Guzman. And he was way more effective in that game way back in early May of 2002.
 

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majestic blast.

you can see why the Nats avoided their pen in the WC game. they're going to need their offense to do a lot to win this series.
 

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majestic blast.

you can see why the Nats avoided their pen in the WC game. they're going to need their offense to do a lot to win this series.
Strickland is just here to eat innings. The dude had a ERA+ of 84 and he was helped bigly by moving to the National League midseason. He is a BP pitcher and nothing more.
 

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Younger players than Lux to hit a home run in their first postseason game:

-Rougened Odor, 2015 ALDS, Game 1
-Brian McCann, 2005 NLDS, Game 2
-Jimmy Sebring, 1903 WS, Game 1
 

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Younger players than Lux to hit a home run in their first postseason game:

-Rougened Odor, 2015 ALDS, Game 1
-Brian McCann, 2005 NLDS, Game 2
-Jimmy Sebring, 1903 WS, Game 1
Sebring actually did a bat flip in that game. He did it with an actual mammal.
 

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I remember this guy from last year. 91mph down the middle doesn't work anymore, if it ever did.
 

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I can't believe they put Strasburg out there for G2. And they'd probably throw him again in a theoretical Game 5.
 

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Because he's on 2 days rest from throwing 3 innings, and has never pitched on fewer than 4 days' rest in his career?

edit: that said, he's doing, uh, OK out there.
 
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Strasburg has no hit stuff tonight.
Shhh. Don't you know that words typed on a messageboard with a server that Nip probably leases from some authoritarian dictator thousands of miles away from the mainland US can impact the outcome of a sporting event?
 

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Kershaw may get away with it, and his curve is still doing well, but he's thrown a lot of middle-middle meatballs with his heater.