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We got a lot of pretty important baseball going on right now

Divisional Round - Los Angeles Dodgers v Atlanta Braves - Game Three Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images

To recap the madcap playoff weekend, the Brewers simply toasted the Rockies, sweeping them back to Colorado with ease......The Yankees, though, took Game 2 in their series and stole home field advantage away from Fenway. 108 regular season wins and you lose the benefit of that in only your 2nd postseason game. Houston is up 2 games to none as their series moves to Cleveland today, with LAA farm product Mike Clevinger tasked with staving off a sweep......And in Atlanta, another LAA farm product, Sean Newcomb, was equally tasked with keeping the Braves’ season alive. This, after Clayton Kershaw hammered closed the coffin on the meme that he is not a playoff pitcher. Anyway, in comes Newcomb. He was pulled in the 3rd inning with 2 outs, after walking a second batter in that frame. His replacement, Kevin Gausman, surrendered a base hit to Justin Turner which brought both of those runners in to score. But Newcomb left with Atlanta up 5-2.....That 5 runs was powered mostly by rookie Ronald Acuna timing a home run while the bases were loaded. Yeah, a grand slam. Not to pick nits, but that’s what a phenom is supposed to do on the Big Stage. Not bat .083/.267/.333. (Yeah, through HIS first 3 post-season games, Acuna is batting .273/.333/.636 with an OPS of .970.)....The Dodgers would back to tie the game at 5, but El Modena grad Freddie Freeman hit a solo shot in the 6th to score the decisive run and extend the NLDS.

So because the Rockies could not be troubled to win a game, we don’t get another 4-game-a-palooza today. Just a 3-way. Once again, the Astros and Indians are stuck as the morning game. 10:30AM PDT start. Game 4 of the Dodgers-Braves takes over at 1:30 PM PDT, and - ta da! - Prime Time MLB Showcase will be Red Sox at Yankees at 4:40 PM PDT.

Throughout all of MLB this past season, only 12 guys pitched for 200 or more innings. And that includes two - Mike Clevinger of the Indians and Patrick Corbin of the Diamondbacks, who threw for exactly 200.0 innings. Those 12 guys are spread across only 9 teams, with Clevinger and Corbin giving the Indians and Diamondbacks 2 each. But you know it is that has THREE such guys?? THREE out of their five starters? Houston. Houston has 3.

Let’s get it on with These LDS-All-You-Can-Eat-Buffet-HaloLinks:


A Little Bit Of Shohei Ohtani News

OK, I lied. This is NOT just a “little bit” of Ohtani. It’s a lotta bit. And all of it in the words of baseball people - Front Office, manager, teammates and opposing players - and all of it glowing and amazed at what Ohtani has proven to be so far...........

A Little Bit Of Mike Trout News

Mike Trout is BaseballAmerica’s Player of the Year. And, in my mind, here is the most impressive point they make: “In addition to his errorless play, Trout led all American League center fielders with four double plays started and ranked fourth with seven assists....According to Fangraphs, Trout’s eight defensive runs saved led all qualified American League center fielders and was tied for third in MLB overall...Both Trout’s arm and his glove were previously considered the weak points of his game. This year, they became among the best in baseball.”..........

A Little Bit Of Angels News

Lordy lordy. Because Anaheim. Or Indian burial ground curses. Or something. I have no explanation for this Jhoulys Chacin that we are witnessing. The version we got had an ERA of 4.68, a WHIP of 1.457, and an ERA+ of 86........And the idea here, that Chacin took 10 years to make the playoffs, triggers a reaction in me that is near visceral. It’s almost as if the Angels are accused of being a team that was wasting Chacin..........

There are a whole slew of MLB managerial options from which a study candidate might choose. Which one would be the best option? Viewing the results, most people seem to feel it would be managing Mike Trout and Shohei Ohtani..........

Here is Billy Eppler’s shopping list for this winter..........

BBA members can listen in on LAA Scouting Director Nate Horowitz chatting about the rising Halo farm system............

The Angels are notoriously tight-lipped. So it should not be any surprise that you are not reading about various interviews having been completed, and/or some candidates leading others. And they are not trying to break any land speed records in naming their new skipper. So it will be at least post-World Series before anything material starts to formulate for the benefit of our curiosity. Which brings me to our contest. You folks are all over the place with the dates, but if there would be a cluster, it would be between 10/30 and 11/2. As for the next guy to command the dugout, 2/3’s of you are guessing Eric Chavez. And 2/3’s of you (not the same 2/3’s) are thinking that Sosh won’t join up with any team before February 1. But of the potential targets listed for Sosh, we have Angels, Diamondbacks, Dodgers, Orioles, Padres, Pirates and Twins (that’s alphabetical order, in case you didn’t realize)...........


Everywhere In Baseball

“Hell to the NO! I don’t want to work for the Wilpons!”...actually said by more than one GM candidate..........

A full dosage of Boston Bro...........

Oh man, I cannot pass this up. If it were anybody else, maybe, But David Price has such a rich history of being a dick that his ongoing playoff failure is simply too tasty. Going into his latest start against the Yankees, his shitshow history was the ONLY thing on everybody’s mind, much to Price’s chagrin......He tried to be cool about it......But then Price went out onto the field and soiled his pants in public all over again......The local fans booed him off the field.....The local media immediately jumped all over Price not even meeting their sewage pit level of expectations...........And you knew it was coming. Price would have to face the media afterwards and be forced to eat crow.....(Years from now we will learn that the Yankees figured out how Price tips his pitches.)...........

Peter Gammons does not like it when Boston fans go hard after his Yankee favorites...........

Last week I linked to an infamous episode where a Yankees fan doused a visiting A’s fan with a his beer, which went viral and prompted the Oakland A’s to reach out and find the victim and send him swag as a hero who represents. On the Yankee side, the culprit was publicly shamed from every corner. So, the culprit reached out to the victim. Turns out that both play on the same team. So they went clubbin’. Ah, young love..............

This is a true fan, and a man who knows how to stand up for his bets. Astros dude so excited to be at a playoff game calls an Alex Bregman home run. And he had promised to buy beer for everybody around him if it happened. It happened. $500 later that man is an icon...........

Miguel Sano doing the ‘don’t you know who I am?’ and oops I ran over the cop thing............

2018 is in the books. Looking back, it appears that more MLB teams have done something about increased spin rates. Hell, even Cleveland! Does this mean that Trevor Bauer has figured out that if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em?..........

Also now that the books are closed, local ratings are up 2%. But the Angels’ improvement isn’t getting them out of the basement. Sure, they outdraw many other teams, but the ratings are function of percentages..........Maybe Arte should look into alternate broadcasts? (No offense, Victor & Gubi.)..........

Long ago, in a galaxy far, far away...there was no Internet. And when Big Game sporting events rolled around radio coverage was simply insufficient. We are visual creatures, and need visual stimulation. With no CGI to lean on, and massive crowds to inform, we took matters into our own hands and created the “playograph”..........


The Duffle Bag

Kids are the best. And they seem to be designed perfectly for Internet second-guessing............THIS is why adults need to keep the hell out of the way of balls hit into the stands and the kids for which those baseballs are intended. When you let the kids play, magic can happen...........WTF? Driveline Baseball R&D is looking to hire an intern. But a high-tech company that gathers and correlates data from all around the country doesn’t allow the intern to work remotely? 40 hours a week? “Intern”? Sounds more like an employment scam..........Nice snag, stats guy...........

OT: SpaceX rocks. This view was all over SoCal last night. The bright pinpoint of light in the upper left is the upper stage carrying a satellite into ow earth orbit. That tiny white dot in the lower right of that large fuzzy cloud, just above the orange, is the first stage heading back to earth, where it would make a perfect landing, the first on the west coast. The whole thing was amazing. I especially like the night time view of the Central California coast below as the launch vehicle is cruising back to earth from high altitude.....