World Series Game 3: Rays @ Phillies

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Jamie Moyer’s thrown 3,781.2 innings in his Major League career, regular season & postseason combined, but for the first time tonight he’ll take the mound in a World Series game. Matt Garza just wrapped up his first full season in the big leagues, and has thrown just 336.2 big league innings in his career, but like Moyer he’ll be making his first World Series start tonight. Sometimes life just isn’t fair.

Moyer’s last three postseason starts (dating back to ’07, obviously) have gotten progressively worse:

6 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 2 K (’07 NLDS Game 3)
4 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 3 K (’08 NLDS Game 3)
1.1 IP, 6 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 0 BB, 2 K (’08 NLCS Game 3)

Matt Garza, on the other hand, has gotten progressively better each time out this postseason:

6 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 4 BB, 4 K (ALDS Game 3)
6 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 5 K (ALCS Game 3)
7 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 9 K (ALCS Game 7)

It’s hard to imagine Garza pitching any better than he did against the Sox six days ago, but stranger things have happened. The cards are stacked against Moyer so severely that this game just might be a reserve lock. That’s why they play the games I guess.

The weather in Philly isn’t looking so hot, but there appears to be a big enough window for them to get the game in. ESPN’s Playoff Blog has an update saying that Rays’ manager Joe Maddon was informed that they hope to start the game at 9:30.

Feel free to use this as an open thread until the game starts. Play nice.

Tampa Bay
1. Akinori Iwamura, 2B
2. BJ Upton, CF
3. Carlos Pena, 1B
4. Evan Longoria, 3B
5. Carl Crawford, LF
6. Dioner Navarro, C
7. Gabe Gross, RF
8. Jason Bartlett, SS
9. Matt Garza, P (11-9, 3.70)

Philadelphia
1. Jimmy Rollins, SS
2. Jayson Werth, RF
3. Chase Utley, 2B
4. Ryan Howard, 1B
5. Pat Burrell, LF
6. Shane Victorino, CF
7. Pedro Feliz, 3B
8. Carlos Ruiz, C
9. Jamie Moyer, P (16-7, 3.71)

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  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Damn … slow night.

    • Steve

      Its the recession. People are cutting back on posting.

      • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

        Well, at least RAB stock is up 2.2%.

        • Steve

          Wow, thats great! That means that now if you sell a share you can buy 2 chili dogs AND a Coke.

          • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

            Eh, not chili dogs, we’re not that big yet. Just regular hot dogs, and we have to bring our own mustard from home.

            • Steve

              Maybe at COSTCO. $1.50 Hot dog, add whatever topping you want and the soda’s free, with refills.

    • Kevin

      It’s probably because the game hasen’t started yet or some people thought it was going to get canceled.

      BTW, can somebody teach me how to do stuff like crossing out words,having a word as a link to a different site (like what mike did beforein the game thread when he linked the words ALCS Game 7 to baseball-reference), etc.

      • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

        http://www.w3schools.com/HTML/html_formatting.asp

        That’s the simplest tutorial. You have to add a tag before the text you want to change, then close it afterwards with a /. Check it out the tutorial, it’s a piece of cake.

        As far as links … I dunno the tag by heart, WordPress has an easy little button allowing me to add a link.

        • Kevin

          I still don’t undrstand. Now I understand. Thanks Mike.

          • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

            Sure thing.

  • Ivan

    Well whats up people, is there anything that I miss today?

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      This PSU-OSU game has been pretty … lame, actually.

      • Kyle

        Yeah for real….want some more scoring or something….

  • Steve

    Smoltz To Take Clemens Approach?
    By Tim Dierkes [October 25 at 9:18am CST]

    Jesse Spector of the New York Daily News talked to John Smoltz’s agent, Keith Grunewald. Smoltz, of course, would love to finish his career in Atlanta. The Braves figure to make an effort to re-sign him, but it’s not a lock. Smoltz could be ready in May or June following shoulder surgery, and could sign late with a contender as Roger Clemens did a few years ago. It’s not known whether he’ll start or relieve.

    http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/.....-take.html

    Wow, thats interesting. I thought he only wanted to play for ATL. If this had happened this year, we could have picked him up after Wang went down. Or the Mets could have picked him up when Wagner went down. He could be a huge wild card to be hanging out there for a contender next year.

    • Steve

      Another tidbit from that same story

      “Atlanta, coming off its first 90-loss season since 1990, when Smoltz was a budding star, will not trade its top prospects – seeming to quash rumors of a deal for Jake Peavy”

      http://www.nydailynews.com/spo.....ens_p.html

      That’s nothing new, but the Padres must be wondering who the heck they’re going to trade Peavey to that is on his list. The Astros aren’t a fit (no farm system) the Cubbies and Cards aren’t a fit talent wise. That leaves . . . . ?? Somebody tell me.

      This is why I dont count the Yanks out, despite his lukewarm desire to come here. The Yanks have what the Padres want, so you figure after Towers shops around if the Yankee offer is the best one on the table, he may want to twist his arm a bit to accept a deal. The Yanks can pick up his 22 mil option to sweeten the pot as well.

      • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

        I saw an interesting 3-way trade proposal the other day.

        Astros get Jake Peavy
        Rays get Hunter Pence
        Padres get Wade Davis, Reid Brignac, JR Towles

        It’s not perfect, but it makes sense for everyone. A little tweaking and it could work.

        • Steve

          That does make sense, but those 3-way deals seem to have a way of breaking down. Threesomes are every mans fantasy, but someone always backs out at the last minute for some silly reason.

          . . . . wait, are we still talking about baseball?

      • Ivan

        I think Peavy is staying with the Pods. Really the team with the best package is in their own division and they ain’t trading Peavy to the Dodgers.

        Really if you think about, he’s really gonna start the 09 season with San Diego.

        • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

          Considering their situation, it would be dumb of the Pads to not trade Peavy to Dodgers if they offer them the best package. If they offer a package highlighted by Kemp and McDonald, how could they pass on that?

          • Ivan

            I said it like a couple days ago, it’s always a tough decision to trade within your division. That said, if the team within your division has the best package and it’s a pretty good one, and your job as a GM is to improve the team long term, they you make that trade.

            If Im the Pods, I want Kershaw and Kemp together. For crying out loud, Im giving you Peavy and im trading within the division to make you better. I want some damn good pieces back.

            • Steve

              That’s way too much. Kershaw + some good minor leaguers is a killer package right there.

              I’ve heard the Dodgers are down on Kemp. He’s not happy there, doesn’t always hustle, clubhouse issues, stuff like that. Sounds like their version of Cano. Uber-talented with questions about makeup.

      • Ivan

        Plus, the yanks wanna acquire a pitcher in the FA market and just lose money rather money and talent. The only reason if they try to trade for Peavy is if they whiff on CC, Burnett and Lowe.

        Something tells me Burnett is gonna be a yankee. I just have that feeling.

        • Steve

          I agree, I have mixed feelings about Peavey for a bunch of reasons. But you’d have to do some serious tire-kicking on that one. If he’s available for IPK-Gardner-Bruney (or something similar) I go for it.

          Plus, don’t be so sure we can always get the guy we want by throwing a ton of money at him. The Yanks wined and dined Greg Maddux and offered him the moon, but he still chose ATL. It happens, and more than we all like to think.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    It’s about time the Rangers scored on the power play.

    • Alex

      They need more from Zherdev, last night was a start but he should be an offensive dynamo. Mike, you ever read the Hockey Rodent?

      • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

        Girardi’s been very good too this year. (Dan, not Joe).

        Never even heard of that site, btw. I’ll check it out.

        • Alex

          I’m a goddam prophet. Please tell me you saw that, Mike.

          • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

            I heart Nik Zherdev.

            • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

              Trade’s working out good, I’d say.

            • Alex

              Just gotta keep Zherdev from going back to Russia after this season. He and Dubinsky’s NHL’09 video game sleepovers might be the key.

              • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

                Their cap situation isn’t pretty. About $33M tied up between Gomez, Drury, Redden, Rosival and Lundqvist alone.

                • Alex

                  Roszy was over-rewarded in a big way. I dont know how theyre gonna cut salary… jeez Crosby is good.

                • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

                  Yeah, agreed. Redden got a 6yr deal with a no movement clause. Not Sather’s finest moment.

                • Alex

                  That is a very big early season win.

  • Steve

    “Holliday Derby Begins
    By Tim Dierkes [October 25 at 10:12am CST]

    According to Troy E. Renck of the Denver Post, the Rockies have made it known to rival executives that left fielder Matt Holliday is available. Renck names the Red Sox, Phillies, Angels, Mets, Royals, and Nationals as potential suitors.”

    http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/.....derby.html

    Looks like its going to be an interesting off season.

    • Ivan

      Why the hell would the Royals and Nats be interested in Holliday?

      • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

        Bad teams are allowed to have good players too. It makes zero sense for them, but if they want him and offer a package the Rox like, good or them.

        • Ivan

          I understand what ya saying. Hey the Royals and Nats want Holliday then fine, try to get em. Nevertheless, is a smart move in you look at the big picture? Answer is no.

          • E-ROC

            Probably not, but maybe those teams value the draft picks that they’ll receive in compensation. I guess it could be worth a shot depending on the package given up.

            • Steve

              Good point. Value of the picks could cut the asking price in half within a few years.

          • Steve

            Was it smart for the Brewers to get CC? Answer is yes.

            I think the Royals are closer than the Nats are, but a big bat like his could make a huge difference for either team.

            Teams do go from last place to first these days . . .

            • Ivan

              There’s a difference. The Brewers were much better team than the Royals and Nats. Plus, the Brewers for the last two seasons were contenders in the NL.

              Even the Rays had more talent than the Royals or Nats. Holliday ain’t gonna make that big of difference especially to a team that loss 100 games. Can I see the royals, maybe, but why don’t they just built from within.

      • Steve

        Especially since Holliday’s a rental. Boras client, so you know he’s going free agent.

        But they might look at what the Brewers did this year and think they could do something similar with a big bat. That would be my guess.

    • christopher

      coulndt standhim going to the red sox and hearing about how they have another gutty gritty player….surprised the yankees arent interested

  • E-ROC

    When is the next chat Mike?

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      Not sure. I like to do them on Friday’s, but the end of the week is my birthday and Halloween, so I might not be up to it. Maybe Wednesday. I’ll keep you posted.

      • E-ROC

        How many years young will u be?

        • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

          Uh … 18. Yeah that’s it.

          Definitely not 27.

  • Mike R.

    Open question to kill time:

    If we could land anyone in baseball for a package of Hughes, A-Jax and Montero Who would the player be?

    • E-ROC

      Albert Pujols

    • Ivan

      You can get alot of players with a package like that. Maybe Sizemore.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      One of Hanley, Sizemore, or Mauer. Gotta pick an up-the-middle player.

      • Ivan

        Of those three, who would you pick?

        • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

          Probably Hanley.

      • Mike R.

        I like the idea of Hanley, but how long will he be an up the middle player? Do you think he will be a SS long term?

        Pujols is enticing even if he is a 1B.

        So far no pitchers. I was certain someone would have mentioned Lincecum by now.

        • Ivan

          Well hitters are more safer picks than pitchers.

          Plus, I like Lincecum alot but I wouldn’t no way trade a package like that for him.

      • Alex

        Is this stuff about Russ Martin being a defensive and/or clubhouse disappointment legit? I understand seeing what kind of package he might bring in return… but reallly?

    • p

      king felix maybe hanley or pujols. Theres not many tho

    • Mike R.

      What about young Justin Upton out there in Arizona?

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Freddy Sjostrom for Prez.

    • Alex

      Henrik man. Family gave up season tickets this year. I’ll never forgive them.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    So are we getting baseball tonight, or what?

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      Nevermind, just turned on FOX.

  • Ivan

    Boy this will boost the ratings for this WS game uh?

  • Steve

    WTF is up with this music?

    • Alex

      FISH FISH FISHY FISHY FISH FISH FISH!

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      I’m glad I’m not the only one wondering that.

    • Alex

      Taylor Swift’s over 18.. confirmed

      • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

        Haha, beat me to it. Great minds…

  • Steve

    The flyin Hawaiian!

    How do you leave out a nickname like that?

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    I never noticed this before, but Joe Buck’s nose is pretty freaking crooked.

  • Ivan

    So this game is not gonna end until 1:00 AM? Great.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      Who cares, it’s Saturday.

    • E-ROC

      Its great living in the Mountain Time Zone

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Wow, looks like a big zone tonight. Guess the umps don’t want to stick around very long.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Haha, they’re chanting “EEEEEEEVA EEEEEEEVA”

  • Kyle

    man they have been BRUTAL with RISP….

  • Alex

    Whats Garza throw along with the fastball? What McCarver was calling a curve during the pregame did not look like a curve…

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      It looks like a hard curve, may be a slider.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Wow. Jamie Moyer got that call.

  • Alex

    What do you guys make of the ‘Cano for Cain’ movement at nomaas, putting aside for the moment that it would be very unlikely as a one for one….

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      I’d make that trade in a heartbeat. The Giants wouldn’t though. They have no reason to trade him, so if you want him you’ll have to offer a package of 3 or 4 good young players.

      • Ivan

        Cain is good but he ain’t “3 or 4 good players for him” good right?

        • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

          I would think 3 players. They have no reason to move him, so they’ll have to blown away.

      • Alex

        Im guessing that IPK and somebody like Mcallister. Any thoughts on why Bleich ultimately signed below slot… it must be more than a rumormongering that his elbow is in rough shape. And even if thats true, Brackman needed TJ and got a major league deal, I dont understand what happened there.

        • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

          I don’t get it either. It’s weird that he waited until the deadline to sign below slot too.

    • Ivan

      That trade would never happen and is just wishful thinking on their part. Put it this way, if NoMass were Giant fans they wouldn’t trade Cain for Cano. It’s really more fantasy.

  • Ivan

    Howard is an absolute strikeout.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Johnny Damon would have had that ball. Defense is important.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      And it leads to a run. Tisk tisk.

  • s

    how about that ariticle that suggest the yanks payroll to be around 250 mil sigining pettite, mussina, sabathia, burnett, ramirez, and teixeira any chance this happens im geussing not

    • Ivan

      Where is that article? Links?

    • pat

      haha very doubtful dude that means 1 rotation spot for cmw and jabber the drunk

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Garza’s settling down. Uh oh Philly fans.

    • pat

      or not

      • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

        Eh, it was only a solo job.

        • pat

          eh yea if u gotta give em up…

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Great play by Bartlett. If Tampa has even just avg fielders at first and short, then it’s probably 1st and 3rd with no outs.

  • Alex

    Its become a trite point by now, but from watching so many ground balls get by Jeter through the middle, I am always amazed when a good shortstop (Bartlett) gets to a ball I expected to be a hit.

    • Ivan

      Word.

  • pat

    watching pitchers hit is so awesome
    not

  • Ivan

    The yankee D obviously has to improve but it’s alot easier said than done and really that D will have to improve from within.

    I think signing Doug M. would help. Cano has the potential to be very good. LF and CF are good.

    Can the yanks have a solid D team next season?

    • pat

      or we could sign a guy with dougie M’s defense and actual hitting ability

  • s

    the link is http://www.nydailynews.com/spo.....tml?page=0

    this would definitelybring number 27

    • pat

      ITS LUPICA NOOOOOOOOOOO AVERT YOUR EYESSSSSSSs

    • Ivan

      Oh Wow what a surprise it is Mike “The Met Whore and Always brings up Yankee Payroll” Lupica.

  • pat

    i wish we signed blake monar

    • Alex

      Lane Meyer really loved that kid. Whats he up to now? I saw DamonOP said the scouts/checkers really saw a red flag in his velocity as the summer wore on, which seemed to quiet Lane a bit about him. It did sound like he drew a really positive comp in Christian Friedrich..

      • pat

        yea his velo was a problem in the last game he played but he was coming off strep or mono and hadnt pitched in (WOW do throws to 2nd get any better than that??) a few weeks. I hope he doesnt come back to bite us projectable lefties with 2 plus breaking balls dont come by very often. I think he usually sat in the mid to high eighties but during that last tournament game he was low eighty high seventy

        • Jared

          Sat high 80s, low 90s in Big Ten tournament last year. He will be eligible for 2010 draft, so we will see if we go back after him or not. I hope we do!

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    You do not run on the Pudgito.

  • Alex

    Pudgito for the win!

  • Ivan

    Nice hitting by Werth.

  • s

    it would be nice to have a batting order of damon jeter teixeira arod manny matsui cano nady cabrera

    but impossible

  • pat

    upton the glider

  • Alex

    Matt “Spit Snowflakes” Garza, trying seeing the fastball through a saliva shower

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Man, Upton’s really impressive out there. He covers so much ground in so few strides.

  • Ivan

    Howard is gonna K here.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      Way to go out on a limb. ;)

  • s

    howards looking alot like adod right now

    • Ivan

      No he’s lookin like Howard.

  • Ivan

    Victory for Howard, he made contact.

  • pat

    i really wish i hadnt read that lupica article now im stewing in rage

    • Ivan

      Just ignore the guy, you gonna let Lupica mess with ya head like that.

      • pat

        haha i know i know im a bigger person than him, literally and figuratively

  • Ivan

    Speaking of A-Rod, anybody saw that commercial with him, Kobe, Tony Hawk and Phelps for the Gitaur Hero game. Shit is quite funny.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      Yeah I saw it. Hysterical.

      • Ivan

        You know why they didn’t let A-Rod be lead singer? He would of choked on the mic.

  • s

    i dont see carlos pena and dioner navarro as huge losses for the yanks

  • pat

    this is an actual paragraph from that clown emphasis my own:
    The Yankees need starting pitching, need a big stick at first base, need a real bench, probably need a corner outfielder, because it sure doesn’t sound as if Bobby Abreu is coming back. There is great hope in the organization that Brett Gardner can be a Jacoby Ellsbury for them, or a Shane Victorino, but nobody knows if Gardner will ever hit enough. And even if he does hit, two outfield spots are already locked in with Xavier Nady and Johnny Damon (Hideki Matsui is the DH).

    • pat

      ok im done not another mention

      • Steve

        Please. I’ve been done with Lupica since he bashed Billy Martin on the day of his funeral, which was about 20 years ago.

    • Ivan

      You know whats funny? He brings up Ellsbury, the same guy who was benched for 4 CONSECUTIVE PLAYOFF GAMES, like he some terrific player.

      • pat

        not to mention i guarantee he had no idea who shane victorino was until the nlcs

  • Alex

    I really want Wendys. And I miss Chevy Chase… anyone see him do the weekend update a few months back? The world needs another ‘Vacation’ movie

    • pat

      bacon and cheese baked potato ( i really wanted to type FTW but im not cool enough)

      • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

        A baked potato? What is this, Russia?

        • pat

          Im irish punk i got potatoes in my blood

        • Steve

          Some people have no imagination when it comes to food.

          If you want to get the baked potato, get the sour cream and chive one and buy a small order of Chili. Sour cream on the tater, smother it with chili, crumble the crackers on top.

          VOILA!

          • pat

            yesss the potato is your friend

    • Steve

      They have a special Buffalo Chicken sandwich which is really good. Its their regular chicken sandwich with the chicken covered with buffalo wing sauce. Mmmmmmmmmmm yummy. They have a BBQ sauce version as well.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Damn yo. That pitch had a nice little wrinkle in it.

  • Ivan

    Wow only Feliz would K on a pitch like that.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      You obviously have never seen a Melky Cabrera at-bat.

      • Steve

        . . . but he’s 23 and will only get better!

        • Ivan

          He’s 24.

          • Steve

            Fine, Nancy Nitpick.

            . . . but he’s 24 and will only get better!

  • Steve

    Mike Mussina will sign with the Phillies next year as part of their youth movement.

  • s

    watching the rays rise to power wouldnt it be nice for the yanks to just sit on their roster this year and still make it to the WS
    miranda at first
    gardner/melky in center

  • s

    watching the rays rise to power wouldnt it be nice for the yanks to just sit on their roster this year and still make it to the WS
    miranda at first
    gardner/melky in center
    hughes/kennedy in the rotation
    coke in the pen

    i would love it except it wouldnt be that exciting

  • Mike Pop

    Moyer ?

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      Bueller?

  • pat

    If calvin johnson was on a team with at least an average O line and an average quarterback how many touchdowns would he score? A hundred? A thousand? He could be the best receiver in the league if he wasnt on the lions

    • Ivan

      How about the fact if the Lions were smart, they would of not drafted him and drafted for other things like an O-lineman, D-lineman, a RB, a QB.

      • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

        Like Joe Thomas?

        • Ivan

          Exactly.

      • pat

        haha i know right, open question is there a General Manager in the history of sports who has been worse than Matt Millen?

        • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

          Other than Brian Cashman?

        • Ivan

          Isiah Thomas?

          • pat

            haha yes both are acceptable answers

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    You know how they say the ball sounds different coming off some player’s bats? Yeah…

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U0eZxbOSxT8

    • Kyle

      wow, that just sounds realll nice, who is this Bryce Harper?

      • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

        He’s 15. He’ll be the first overall pick when he’s draft eligible … in 2011. Scouts are saying he’s the best high schooler since Josh Hamilton.

        • Ivan

          Yanks should tank games to get this guy.

          • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

            He’s a catcher, so he plays a rather premium position too.

        • pat

          shit hes a switch hitter already

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Time to steal Bossman.

  • Ivan

    Wow I thought that was gone.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      Ditto. I was getting ready to make a snarky Eva Longoria comment.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Tim McCarver thought Jamie Moyer’s tongue was really funny. Like really funny.

  • Ivan

    Wow talk about a 2 run swing there. Longoria just miss a homer, and Utley hit one.

  • Ivan

    Hanger.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Niiiiiiice bunt by Crawford. Gotta start working the pinch hitters this inning.

  • joe

    He was out, but ill take it.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Pudgito!!!

  • Ivan

    TB has something cookin.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Man, what the hell is Manuel thinking. Get Madson up, why screw around with freaking Clay Condrey or Scott Eyre?

  • Ivan

    Nice play Howard.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Those two homers loom large now.

  • joe

    They probabaly needed to extend that rally there. Disappointing that they couldn’t squeeze a base hit out of 2nd an 3rd 0 out

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      Yeah, but it’s better than nothing. At least now every batter who steps to the plate represents the tying run.

  • joe

    Ouch

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Aww look, the LOOGY pumped his fist. How cute.

    ;)

  • joe

    How does one decide that they can’t throw overhand and must throw underhand to be effective?

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      I think the hitters will let you know.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Geoff Jenkins really toned down his stance/swing. He used to have a real big bat waggle, and would swing out of his shoes.

  • joe

    Bazzing!

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    You know what I miss this WS? Craig Sager’s suits.

  • pat

    moyer looks like a young tom hanks in that picture up top.

  • pat

    kids you can be big and strong if you eat at mcdonalds, just like dwight howard!

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    This is getting interesting. Upton’s gotta try to steal here, no?

  • joe

    That’s really fast

  • joe

    I thought mcdonalds was making me fat, wgo knew?

  • Ivan

    Pena really went?

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      Yeah, he definitely went.

  • pat

    wow speed kills, gardner for CF

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Speed kills mofo.

  • joe

    Tie!

  • Ivan

    Tie Game.

  • Ivan

    Who you got:

    Gardner or Ellsbury?

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      Ellsbury. More power, everything else is about the same.

      • Ivan

        true. But why people overrate Ellsbury so bad?

        • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

          Because he’s a Red Sox, and was awesome in the playoffs last year.

        • pat

          he was on the cover of GQ, while brett is prematurely balding

          • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

            Prematurely balding is one of the five tools of GRIT.

            1. Balding
            2. Short
            3. White
            4. Minimal talent
            5. TEH HAHT!!!

            So Gardner’s got that going for him.

            • pat

              i thought being on the yankees automatically precluded you from being gritty, I have so much to learn

  • inman

    go rays- kick phillys tail. also as a hockey fan the rangers will have a tough time catching up to the habs this year

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Man, don’t bring Balfour in. He’s going to give up a walk-off job, it;s inevitable.

    • Ivan

      I really liked that comparison you made with Balfour and Bruney. I neva thought of it.

  • inman

    bunt

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      No way, not with Utley.

  • Ivan

    Wow Utley, you knew he was throwing a ball there.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      He is obviously not clutch.

  • pat

    worth looks like he used to be a pitcher, definately not an outfielder

    • pat

      or a good baserunner for that matter

    • inman

      are you my friend who has the affection for david brown on no maas ?

      • pat

        hahaha yeah, howd you know

        • inman

          im the one who finally made him stop the incessant bs- train wreck comment from you- combo i guess

          • pat

            haha i just went back and checked, that was the nail in the coffin he creeps around here sometimes too and isn’t received very well

            • inman

              it is entertaining though ! fortunately he doesnt do it much here- shitty throw by the catcher by the way

        • pat

          same name… duh.

          • inman

            i sure miss his dumb ass rants about boras et al, – next june wont come soon enough

            • pat

              i will never understand what goes though that kids mind

              • inman

                bipolar

  • inman

    beauty of the game

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Wow. Just wow. Inexcusable Werth.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      He was already in scoring position, where’s he going? Stupid play.

      • pat

        i beleive the answer to that question is NOWHERE- boondock

  • joe

    Don’t go back to the dugout, go leave through the outfield fence

  • Ivan

    The world is in good shpae when Howard k’s.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    JP Howell comes in, faces 2 batters – both of whom happen to be amongst the best hitters in baseball – and gets three outs.

    Clutch.

  • Ivan

    Mike can ya start a new thread? My think is slowing down a bit.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      Seriously? Usually it doesn’t start slowing down until around 400-450 comments, we’re only at 220.

      • Ivan

        maybe it’s my comp.

        • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

          Let me know if it keeps up.

  • Ivan

    Balfour is gonna screw this up.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      No, Navarro did.

    • pat

      how about that?

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Fucking terrible. Game over.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Gotta walk the bases loaded here. Hope for a K, then maybe a DP.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Balfour’s not going to be able to throw a strike after IBB’ing two guys. Classic problem.

  • pat

    if by some chance this works and they get outta the inning we will never ever ever hear the end of this

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      Seriously. I do like the 5 infielders move by Maddon.

      • inman

        smart decision

  • Ivan

    Gee Mike, Balfour might really walk the winning run.

  • pat

    oh well

  • pat

    haha tim mcarver is cool enough to actually say FTW

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    So much for my “the Rays will only lose the games Hamels starts” prediction.

    • Steve

      Yeah, after getting a good nights sleep and soaking this in it looks like the Phillies are set up beautifully now to win this series. It might not even get back to Tampa. They’re home for the next two, tonights game is a complete toss up and then they have Hamels and Myers going.

  • Ivan

    Wow, what a way to end the game. You got ya grounder and still loss.

  • inman

    knocked the hell out of the ball

  • E-ROC

    Go Phillies!

    • inman

      did you just wake up ?

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Man, that ball might have gone foul if E-Long lets it go.

    • inman

      slow night[ see 1st post]- good luck tomorrow. or i should say later this evening- no football please- i read this for baseball. actually i dont give a rats ass- the lions are super bowl bound

  • Steve

    Given the pitching match up, the Phils had no business winning this game but they did. It reminds me of something that we don’t like to get into (because it sounds like making excuses) but who is behind the plate has an ENORMOUS impact on who wins and who loses these games. Its the difference between a guy “painting the corners” all night long or falling behind and getting tattooed when he comes in. Especially for a pitcher like Moyer, the home plate umpire is very often the difference between a good and a horrible outing.

  • Stevie

    This is Stevie – half of the children’s entertainers Sandi & Stevie. We are the writers of the Fishy Fishy Fishy song played at the Philly stadium in the World Series Game 3 pre-game show. The song is from our Sealife Songs CD (http://www.sandiandstevie.com/.....yrics.html).

    Sandi and I are quite amused (and excited) to have our Fishy Fishy Fishy song played at the World Series. It was quite a surprise and we have no idea who chose it or why it was chosen. But it’s fun all the same. Hope you liked it (-:

    Bloop!
    Stevie

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