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Ok, which one of you had the props bet that Indians catcher Roberto Perez would jack 4 RBIs on 2 home runs, one off of THE Jon Lester??

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It's not the end of the world. It's only the first game. Somebody has gotta win it. Teams lose the first game all the time.

But for Cubs fans, this means that Chicago needs to win 4 out of the final 6 games of the season to win the World Series. The Indians merely need to split. And that is how you look at things when you have the very best roster skilled management and a fat wallet has been able to muster anywhere, but want to go through life as the gritty little underdog.

And they do have some reason to worry. This data is slightly outdated now, but as of 2014 the team that loses Game 1 ends up winning the World Series only about 36% of the time. More important, teams that lose the first two games end up winning only about 20% of the time, 1 in 5, whereas teams that go 1-1 are back at 50/50.

And look on the bright side! It's not as if Corey Kluber gets to pitch every game.

So, yeah, go ahead and panic already, Cubs fans. It's Jake Arietta or Bust World Series Links:

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2016 PLAYOFFS ON DECK

Today's game: 2016 MLB World Series Game 2, Cleveland leads series 1-0.

NOTE THE TIME CHANGE!!!

Chicago Cubs @ Cleveland Indians - Progressive Field, Cleveland, OH.
Date Time Probable Pitchers TV

Wednesday, 10/26/2016

4:00PM PDT Jake Arietta (18-8, 3.10 ERA) vs. Trevor Bauer (12-8, 4.26 ERA) FOX
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World Series Orgy Time

Shocking, I know. Brandon Guyer "drove" in a run by checking his human instinct and letting himself get hit by a pitch, with the bases loaded. This is something that has rarely happened in a World Series, and here we have it in the first inning of a Game 1. It should not come as a surprise, however, since Guyer is today's very best at discovering that some part of his body has found its way into the flight path of a pitched baseball.............

Kyle Schwarber played in his third MLB game of the season last night, and was the best thing with a bat in a Cubs uniform. Not a formula for success, would that be...........

Jon Lester is not afraid to throw baseballs at home plate. Jon Lester IS afraid to throw baseballs at first base...........And that game last night makes this entire Jon Lester with the yips review even more timely.............

Kenny Lofton almost didn't make it back to Cleveland to toss out the first pitch. Lucky for him, he crossed paths with a Cleveland fan at the airport, at the gate, at the last minute..........

Old dude gets his wish. Gets his ticket to his second World Series. I hope I don't have to wait until that age............

I also hope that I won't have to pay these prices for World Series tickets, which are still rising!.............

Go get Captain Stupid, Mr. Brent Maguire. Anybody who still commands one of the harbor tugboats of the Main Stream Media while pinching tight their derriere on the barnacled links of their rusty anchor chain deserves to be pummeled by one and all...........Bam!..........And Bam!, again............reddit uses in the Angels forum got themselves a little exasperated from watching Mike Napoli play in a World Series game. It's a trip down memory lane, no doubt with at least one participant who thought it was a promisingly good idea at the time............

Free taco, everybody! Well, let me rephrase that. Free soy meat, shredded iceberg lettuce,and processed cheese-like food item in a stiff u-shaped yellow container of processed GMO corn byproducts...............

The Cubs are in the World Series. Steve Bartman wants to be left alone. History does not do that. If the Cubs win, Bartman will merely be relegated tot he reason why the Cubs don't have TWO recent rings...........

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Everywhere (Else) In Baseball

C.J. Cron, thumbs up for a healthy Spring reporting date...........

Yeah, the Red Sox are better than your team. They are so good they don't need no stinkin' General Manager...........

This is quite interesting. Maybe I'll save this for further review during long oncoming winter doldrums. But it gives us good food for thought, some things I had not been paying attention to even though I am seeing my fair share of games. In simple terms, focus on defense first, and offense late. Think of it this way, as the article notes, if your bullpen is solid and doing most of the work in creating the outs, why make defensive-minded substitutions towards hte end of the game? We always see it done but, when you finally stop and think about it, it doesn't always make sense.............

All signs point to Yeonis Cespedes opting out of his contract with the Mets, and for the Mets to let him go if somebody comes knocking with a Big Splash contract. Having some team let other teams know, even through the media, that they won't be driving any bidding war should be tampering, no?..........

The media is noticing what we have been noticing. Alex Rodriguez is actually pretty damned good as an on-camera analyst............By the way, peek into what happens with the studio analysts when they are gathered backstage............

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