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HumpLinks: Cubs bats busted. Jays bust out bats.

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The Blue Jays found their inner 'tude and stave off a sweep, but still have a long way to go. The Cubs, on the other hand, are simply playing with busted bats.

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Well, Blue Haters, it was a down day yesterday. Think of it as a minor set back. To steal from one famous oration, it's only Wednesday. Sunday's a' comin'.

Over in American League land, Jose Naw-tista is feeling his inner machismo. One win from way behind will do that to a guy like that.

The Cubs have been sucking, and the Dodgers might have more than a little bit to do with it. Either way, the Cubs are down, but that doesn't mean they are out. Not yet. Lots of baseball yet to be played. But...if these two series DO end too quickly, I am going to be hard pressed to fill the unexpected void with all the dead days ahead. Baseball people just don't want to be doing enough random shit beyond playoff games right now.

But tonight you long-suffering Angels fans can root for the big horse, John Lackey, just like you used to do. But tune in quickly, because the way these playoffs are going, odds are that Lackey won't be out on the mound very long. These playoffs are becoming an exhibition in collaborative pitching duties.

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2016 PLAYOFFS ON DECK

American League Championship Series Game 5, Indians lead 3-1

Cleveland Indians @ Toronto Blue Jays - Rogers Centre, Toronto, ON., Ca.
Date Time Probable Pitchers TV

Wednesday, 10/19/2016

1:00PM PDT Ryan Merritt (1-0, 1.55 ERA) vs. Marco Estrada (9-9, 3.48 ERA) TBS

National League Championship Series Game 4, Dodgers lead 2-1

Chicago Cubs @ Los Angeles Dodgers - Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, CA.
Date Time Probable Pitchers TV

Wednesday, 10/19/2016

5:00PM PDT John Lackey (11-8, 3.35 ERA) vs. Julio Urias (5-2, 3.39 ERA) FS1

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Everywhere In Baseball

One of the critically important things about playing October Baseball is that the world gets to collectively focus on individual abilities in the greatness of the moment. Right now, the world sees a Javier Baez as a star, and a Mike Trout is merely a very good baseball player who toils in summer games for nightly Sports Center highlights, wrapped in some odd thing called WAR. That's why Josh Donaldson yesterday afternoon is such a big deal. Elimination game. Need a hero. Blue Jay hero rises to the occasion. People are going to remember that............

We have a lot of things to deal with this off-season. Among them would be Rule 5 protection and selections. So add some 2015 Rule 5 results to think about.............

Interesting. Trevor Bauer goes off and fiddles with his toy drone and tears up his finger. (Bauer, it turns out, actually considered trying to cauterize his finger himself using a soldering iron!Curt Schilling gets all pissy at losing his tiny little unique playoff moment. Bauer tries to pitch, lasts less than an inning, comes out, and might not return. And, somehow, this is a pretty favorable turn of events that benefit Cleveland in the ALCS............

Terry Francona is having a fun week. First, we hear that he had quite the time getting control of his nerves. I mean, seriously? Losing a tooth by chewing your gum too hard??.............That's not all. We find that Francona has the same nervous tick that my grandmother had when she was rather pissed at my pubescent sarcasm............

The New York Times reminds everyone that, historically, the Dodgers are actually now playing in the Cubs' home turf...........

Sad Sack Stats of the Day: First up, Mike Napoli...........Second up, a little franchise perspective...........And, then, Joe Blanton............

Save this one for your lunch break today. It's worth the time. Rob Neyer mines Seinfeld for an Oral History of Baseball...........

Oh, so surprising. The Texas Rangers are in cahoots with Arlington City Hall to scam the taxpayers far more deeply than known previously. It seems to get worse as time allows news investigators to dig deeper into the known documentation..............

Tim Tebow Time! He got a hit! Finally, one hit!! Back when I was in Little League, the rule in our household was that every base hit was worth one fast-food taco. I am tempted to send Tebow a Taco Bell gift certificate, but the explanation would last longer than the taco...........

Are you a fan of Perry Mason TV? Yeah? Then, in the wake of the failed application for an injunction in Toronto, spend some cycles reading about all the legal angles that might be involved in challenging the Atlanta raves and Cleveland Indians use of their logos here in the United States............

Of, is legal ain't your thing but stats and revenue tracking are, dive into this long form on the relationship between markets, revenue, wins, social media. (Yeah, for you who remember, there is corroboration of Happy Points in there). And, boy, do the Angels suck at social media. We probably do better here at HH than they do on State College.................

OT: This is only slightly related, and only because it's sports. But I find how Bill Belichick has declared his opinion on Microsoft Tablets rather humorous. And it should remind all of us that sometime the right technology for certain applications is something that doesn't require batteries...............

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