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A Tale of Two IBBs

Posted by John Autin on October 6, 2011

On Tuesday, each NLDS game 3 featured an intentional walk that was followed by a big home run. The situations:

  1. Trailing 3-1 in the bottom of the 5th, Brewers skipper Ron Roenicke ordered Shaun Marcum to walk Miguel Montero and pitch to Paul Goldschmidt with 2 out and 2 men in scoring position.
  2. Tied 0-0 in the top of the 7th, Tony LaRussa had Jaime Garcia walk Carlos Ruiz to face Ben Francisco with 2 out and a man on 2nd.

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Ryan Roberts makes it a full deck of grand slams

Posted by Andy on October 5, 2011

Moments ago Ryan Roberts hit the 52nd grand slam in post-season history. Click through for the full list before him.

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Shane Victorino’s backwards throw

Posted by Andy on October 5, 2011

Shane Victorino is a great player but I couldn't help but mention this "incredible" throw he made in tonight's game. Everybody slips sometimes.

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Sample Sizes and the Postseason

Posted by Raphy on October 5, 2011

The baseball postseason is a time for excitement and histrionics.  A time when players are considered to be in massive slumps with just  a few bad games, but  it is also when players are given glorious labels for life based on one game or even one at bat.  However, the expansion of the playoffs combined with the uneven salary structure of major League Baseball,  has provided us with an interesting  new entity, the large post-season sample size.

Consider the following 2 extremely similar players:

Player A 151 694 614 110 192 31 4 15 74 21 6 62 103 0.313 0.383 0.449 0.832 276 15 10 5 3 2
Player B 151 699 618 106 190 31 4 20 59 18 5 64 124 0.307 0.375 0.468 0.842 289 14 5 8 4 3

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1st Inning Post-Season Intentional Walks

Posted by Steve Lombardi on October 5, 2011

It's happened more often than I thought it would have...

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2011 Sim Scores Updated

Posted by Sean Forman on October 5, 2011

I've run the similarity scores for every mlb player to include the 2011 season. Enjoy.

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Random thoughts

Posted by Andy on October 5, 2011

Just a few random thoughts to put out there:

  • I rarely think all that much about race in baseball, but my gut says that it's good for the Miami Marlins to have a Latino manager, given the large Latino population in southern Florida. I hope that Ozzie Guillen does lots of interviews in Spanish with the local media. The Marlins have had a Latino manager for most of the last 5 seasons and have several good Latino players, plus Gaby Sanchez who is from Miami. I like the strong cultural link and hope the Marlins find some firmer footing in Miami.
  • Kevin Youkilis likely needs hip surgery this offseason. The last time a third baseman for the Red Sox needed hip surgery, his career was pretty much over. Youkilis may never play third base again, and first base is not an option any more. So that means Youk takes over as DH or gets traded. I heard a few Boston media members complain in the last week about all the bad big contracts (Lackey, Crawford, Beckett, Drew, Matsuzaka, Jenks, ) and why they don't give a long-term contract to a guy like Adrian Beltre instead of signing him for just one rebound year. And that was before Beltre's 3-HR day yesterday. (For what it's worth, it was tough to predict Beltre having a good year in 2011 given his track record.)
  • If Theo Epstein becomes Cubs GM and the Cubs go on to win the World Series, will he go down as one of the best general managers ever, having ended two different historically-long title droughts? That's a lot of "ifs" but I'll say this much--Epstein to the Cubs is intriguing. I don't see Theo and Larry Lucchino continuing to co-exist in Boston.
  • Jim Leyland knows how to manage. Check out his comments about the schedule problems caused by the rain. In particular note "I think when the manager makes a big deal about something like that, it affects the players. It is what it is." This is in pretty stark contrast to how some other managers have handled things recently, including Tony LaRussa saying on air he knew he'd get fined for criticizing the umpires, when he was making excuses for his players.
  • Love or hate the Yankees, you gotta read Jerry Crasnick's column about A.J. Burnett's start last night. It's a gem. On that link, check out the video to watch Granderson's TWO awesome catches.

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POLL: 2011 American League Cy Young

Posted by Andy on October 5, 2011

We still have two polls, but since the AL vote is a lock, I decided to make it more interesting by adding multiple entries for Verlander. This should keep him from running away with it!
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Ben Francisco’s pinch-hit 3-run homer

Posted by Andy on October 4, 2011

Ben Francisco just hit a pinch-hit 3-run homer in the 7th inning against the Cardinals. Very few guys have ever hit a post-season pinch-hit homer with at least 2 runners on in the 7th inning or later:

Date Series Gm# Batter Tm Opp Pitcher Score Inn RoB ▾ Out Pit(cnt) RBI WPA RE24 LI Play Description
1999-10-17 ALCS 4 Ricky Ledee NYY @BOS Rod Beck ahead 2-5 t9 123 1 4 0.02 2.64 .43 Home Run; O'Neill Scores/unER; Williams Scores; Martinez Scores
1989-10-27 WS 3 Bill Bathe SFG OAK Gene Nelson down 13-3 b9 -23 1 2 (1-0) 3 0.00 1.90 .00 Home Run (Fly Ball to Deep LF); Oberkfell Scores; Manwaring Scores
1954-09-29 WS 1 Dusty Rhodes NYG CLE Bob Lemon tied 2-2 b10 12- 1 3 0.29 2.35 4.29 *ENDED GAME*:Home Run (Deep RF); Mays Scores; Thompson Scores
1975-10-21 WS 6 Bernie Carbo BOS CIN Rawly Eastwick down 6-3 b8 12- 2 5 (2-2) 3 0.44 2.66 1.94 Home Run (Deep CF); Lynn Scores; Petrocelli Scores
1979-10-03 ALCS 1 John Lowenstein BAL CAL John Montague tied 3-3 b10 12- 2 3 (0-2) 3 0.39 2.66 4.38 *ENDED GAME*:Home Run; DeCinces Scores; Bumbry Scores
2000-10-05 NLDS 2 J.T. Snow SFG NYM Armando Benitez down 4-1 b9 12- 1 4 (2-1) 3 0.48 2.34 2.76 Home Run (RF Line); Bonds Scores; Kent Scores
Provided by View Original Table
Generated 10/4/2011.

Welcome to the club, Mr. Francisco.

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All Runs – Solo HRs in the Post Season

Posted by Raphy on October 4, 2011

The Rangers hit 4 HRS, but scored only 4 runs in their decisive win today against the Rays. They became the third team to  have 4 solo shots account for all of their runs in a postseason game.

Here are the all the teams with at least 3 solo HRS in a  post-season game in which the  HRs were the only runs they scored.

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