Wednesday, October 05, 2016

Buck Blew It

In one of the worst managing decisions in recent times Buck Showalter allowed his team to get knocked out of the playoffs with Ubaldo Jimenez on the mound, while Zach Britton watched. 
Britton is having on of the best years a closer has ever had. And when a fly ball will beat you, you need a strikeout or a weak ground ball. Britton was eminently more likely to get one of those results than Ubaldo.  Britton had the highest rate of ground balls per batted ball of anyone ever. 
But those are the specifics. Let's address the broader issue:  you need your closer to protect a lead of you get one. 
No you don't. 
The way closers are used in baseball is terrible and counterproductive in many ways. But that's the way it is. 
But in these special circumstances (it wasn't just a playoff game, it was a single-elimination playoff game, in extra innings), you need your best pitcher to pitch one or two innings to maximize the chances your offense will get to win the game. 
You just cannot get beat without using your best relief pitcher. It's a terrible mistake and it cost the Orioles a chance to win the game. 

Song of the Week

"The Glory of Love" - Peter Cetera
A great song typifying the 1986 sound. Add in the fact that it was from "The Karate Kid II" soundtrack and it was a pretty obvious choice.

Tuesday, October 04, 2016

Postseason Predictions

National League
Wild Card
Giants over Mets

Division Series
Cubs over Giants
Nationals over Dodgers

League Championship Series
Nationals over Cubs

American League
Wild Card
Blue Jays over Orioles

Division Series
Rangers over Blue Jays
Red Sox over Indians

League Championship Series
Red Sox over Rangers

World Series
Nationals over Red Sox

Sunday, October 02, 2016

Weekly Picks

Another horrible week. I will do better this week. I promise.

buffalo +7 NEW ENGLAND
Maybe this is a huge mistake but maybe the Patriots won't go 4-0 without Brady.

TAMPA BAY +3 denver
I think the CornPrices are actually pretty good. And I never ever pick home dogs, so if I like one I'm going to go with it.

oakland +3 1/2 BALTIMORE
I love the Raiders too, and don't think too highly of Baltimore.

carolina -3 ATLANTA
The Falcons don't have the defense to do to Cam what the Broncos and Vikings did.

ARIZONA -8 los angeles

Classic bounceback game.