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WeekEnd HaloLinks: Pennant Pushing

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We kick off the LCS in each league, with a pennant on the line.

MLB: NLCS-Workouts Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

Aight! Let’s get back to this playoff baseball business! Wouldn’t it be nice for MLB to be clever enough to figure out how to not press the pause button in their playoff scheduling, so that we don’t forget where we left off or wander away to other things?

We have four games before I meet up with you again. One tonight, two Saturday, and one Sunday. But both are 7-game series so there shall be no urgency or panic before MondoLinks. Truly, the drama doesn’t really start until Monday night with Game 3 of the NLCS. Game 3’s are always the first pivot point.

But things will happen. Some good, some bad, some boring. We will ignore the boring and recap the other stuff. I hope there shall be enough of the other stuff to fill the void of Angels news these days.

Until then, go with these This-Ain’t-No-Way-To-Run-A-Playoffs-HaloLinks:


A Little Bit Of Angels News

News from the Arizona Fall League does not include anything grand about LAA prospects. Let’s blame it all on short series and small numbers..........

Here you go, in one tidy little table. All the former Halos still playing for a ring in 2018...elsewhere. Yes, Jett Bandy has a chance to see a pennant and a WS ring long before Mike Trout ever shall.........

Your takeaway here is that even though nobody is talking about it, Billy Eppler has already completed at least one round of managerial interviews...........

Taylor Ward and Griffin Canning, LAA Prospects of the Year (according to MLB Pipeline staff)...........Meanwhile, LAA pitching prospect Brett Hanewich is doing well in the AFL...........


Everywhere In Baseball

Here is a barometer as to just how committed MLB is to the pursuit of home runs, even if the consequence is a buttload of strikeouts. Ob Base Percentage is home runs and walks. Period. Fail to follow that script and you get kicked to the curb. Especially if you are the hitting coach. And even if you are a hitting coach who finished as a top 500 career OBP guy in MLB history, as is Chili Davis..............

Baby Vlad is also in the AFL, and he is shredding it. Thanks again, Jerry..........

More bad legal news for the Dodgers. Recall that they are already under heavy Grand Jury investigation concerning international prospect recruiting and signing. Like potential prison time investigation. Well, now we hear that they had a minor league prospect commit sexual assault, and at first swept it under the rug...........

Oh boy! We got the umpires assignments for the pair of LCS, and guess who we get in the AL? Cowboy Joe West..........On a side note, West looks more and more like my deceased mother-in-law every year.............

Here is an article title that bugs me: The Astros are the best team left. What does that imply, that the Astros were not the best team as long as the Colorado Rockies were still alive? To remind, the Astros are THE defending World Series Champs. By definition as to how MLB is constructed, that means that Astros have been the best team since the late evening of November 1, 2017..........

If the Brewers defeat Clayton Kershaw tonight, Milwaukee gets free burgers!! I have to pull for THAT to happen.........Meanwhile, this sounds rather cheap on the part of the Brewers. Cheap enough that MLB might inject themselves with what used to be an unnecessary rule to keep the simple administrative stuff on an even keel...........

Let me interpret this for you. This is Buster Olney saying to us rubes thatYeah, we MSM types get to go to lots of games all around the country, and go into clubhouses, and hang with players and coaches and umpires, and see stuff up close for ourselves. We know what they know, that everybody is cheating. But we’re cool with it so we can’t be bothered to tell you. Therefore, kindly pretend that you see nothing with all the close up camera angels available during the playoffs.”...........

It’s post-season baseball, where the value of bunting remains alive even if not well. Less for any rational reasoning, and more because of the imposed pressure of the playoffs, and the perceived value of any run obtained at all, whatever the price paid...........

This winter, the Yankees are financially well-armed. And agents know it. And so does their fan-following. Think of it as Christmas in New York, where the rest of us get snowed under............Or when you get to the department store and find that all the rich moms already bought up all the Patrick Corbins..........

Then again, maybe skipping over a Patrick Corbin makes sense if Clayton Kershaw puts himself in the showcase window..........

And there you have it. The Detroit Tigers broadcast blow up in more clarity. Two pig-headed guys who ran out of ability to find the path forward in a working relationship...........

Except for the part where Jon Heyman claims to quote some MFY insider regurgitating what was already being passed around the Internet, I could have written that column..........

ESPN just poached Jeff Passan away from Yahoo! Sports as their baseball guy..........

The day that MLB stadiums incorporate VR headsets for attendees who are actually there, that they can get the sensation that they are virtually there, is the day I wire my yard with telemetric sensors and you can come mow my virtual lawn. I have a very long and rich history in technology, and this is one I would file under the category of “...just because you can think it....”.........

Here is a nice essay for your weekend. It argues the strategic advantages of bullpenning, but it works to make the point that this trend will ruin the game as a spectator sport because we fans of baseball expect the starting pitcher to play the role of leading man in the nightly performance. Without getting into an essay myself, I would counter that the sport was built with the pitcher as a supporting cast member, and perhaps a return to such a role might open up the drama for other actors...just in time to enthrall new audiences..........


The Duffle Bag

The very worst baseball opinion you will learn of all month, if not until the end of days...........Just to help out, eyeballs are not enough with Baby Vlad. Listen to him break a baseball..........Cute little MLB quiz. Name the one player in MLB history who played for all 4 final franchises? I had no clue..........Because people in Boston cannot help but do weird shit..........Eric Young Jr. knows how to make baseball fun.....His making baseball fun does not deserve a Blooper Award.....And EYJ knows it..........