ALDS Game Thread: Rangers @ Rays


David Price vs. Cliff Lee in Game One. You can watch this one on TBS starting at 1:37pm, so talk about it here if you want.


  1. bexarama says:

    TBS just said that CC was “all the Yankees have” and that if we lose tonight, we will automatically lose the series. Only The Yankees Have Issues!

  2. AndrewYF says:

    I love how Dennis Eckersley is asked a question about the Yankees like he could offer anything worthwhile on the topic.

    According to Dennis, the Yankees have all but forfeited any game not started by CC, because, in his words, “That’s all they have”.

    I see where Boston fans get their retardation from.




  4. Jon in CUO says:

    According to MLBN, if Liriano can beat Sabathia tonight, the Yankees WILL lose this series. We’re doooomed!

  5. AndrewYF says:

    I don’t know about the rest of you, but I’m rooting for the Rays all the way in this series.

    I am pumped for a possible Yankees/Rays ALCS. That would be epic.

  6. It'sATrap says:

    Go Cliff Lee …time to earn your *future* pay check

  7. nathan says:

    WHo is a better matchup for the Yanks in the ALCS (assuming we make it).

    I am torn, Texas has some good lefty pitchers while Rays know us very well.

    I am not sure who I want to root for in the Rays-Rangers series, I do hope though that they decide this after 18 innings of game 5.

  8. T.J. says:

    Is Postseason.TV any good?

    I don’t have cable so I need another way to see the games.

    • Mike Axisa says:

      I assume that’s the playoff equivalent of MLB.tv. If so, yes.

      • T.J. says:

        I have MLB.TV and it’s awesome but I’m not sure this is the same thing.

        Looking at the demo it doesn’t seem like it provides the cable feed just different camera angles.

        The description says “Postseason multi-angle coverage is presented in conjunction with TBS and FOX as a companion to the live broadcast feed” which doesn’t sound promising.

        • Jon in CUO says:

          I had Postseason.TV last year. There was no direct cable feed, but it did have many different camera angle feeds (albeit with game sounds only.) Video quality is fine. If they’re now offering a companion audio broadcast, be aware of any syncing issues – they’ve been known to have problems in the past.

        • Dream of Electric Sheep/ still haven't register /too lazy says:

          I had it last year. It covers the game with weird angles , but it tells you the rough story I guess.

      • AndrewYF says:

        It’s not. You get ‘alternate’ camera angles, and you don’t get the commentary.

        Okay, so that’s a great argument for it.

        • T.J. says:

          Why do they not have an MLB.TV for the postseason?

          That’s moronic.

          • AndrewYF says:

            Obviously TBS bought the rights to these games. MLB is not interested in purchasing it from them, because who would really buy that? TBS available nation-wide. Only if you don’t subscribe to cable TV can you not see it. And what percentage of serious baseball fans don’t subscribe to cable? 1%?

          • Esteban says:

            TV networks pay big money for postseason rights and they don’t want to miss out on any viewers.

          • vin says:

            Pure speculation… $$$$

            • T.J. says:

              That was a rhetorical question. I get that it’s about $$$ and not enough viewers would actually use it but it’s still pretty annoying.

              Looks like I need to look into cable.

              • MegatronJ says:

                I just searched Twitter from work and found a couple places online that may stream TBS. I can check them because I’m at work, but just an FYI.

                I don’t have cable either. I’m just going to go to a bar.

          • Kiersten says:

            TBS should offer a feed online. I would gladly pay them for it.

            If you’re gonna have all these games on during the day, they really should be available to watch online.

            Does anyone know if you can still get the gameday audio?

      • rek4gehrig says:

        Yup..same as MLB TV. Signed up today.

  9. Jon in CUO says:

    The Trop is sold out! Well, that’s only if you don’t count the hundreds of nosebleed seats that are under a perpertual blue tarp cover. In Florida, they’re known as the “hurricane seats” – the only time I’ve ever seen them uncovered was during the 2008 World Series – and they are downright terrible to sit in.

  10. Not Tank the Frank says:

    I love the people who say this is the last chance for the Rays because they’re losing Crawford, Pena and maybe Soriano. Are they still going to have Price in that rotation? And add Hellickson? Desmond Jennings has huge upside…all they really need to add is a 1B/DH with power. Not exactly hard to come by. The AL East is going to be even more brutal next season.

    • …all they really need to add is a 1B/DH with power. Not exactly hard to come by.

      It is if you don’t have money for one.

      • Will (the other one) says:

        It is if you don’t have money for one.

        This becomes a moot point when Adam Dunn signs a two-year, $3 million deal just because it affords him the privilege of playing for Joe “for the last time, I’m not the guy who hands out the f***ing turkey legs” Maddon.

    • vin says:

      I don’t think the AL East will be more brutal. They’ll probably fall of a bit, but not drastically because they still have good starters.

      Losing Pena (not even sure they’ll lose him anymore) won’t be that big a deal. He was hitting 7th in the final series against the Yanks after guys like Dan Johnson and Matt Joyce.

      Losing Soriano and Crawford will hurt though. That’s undeniable.

  11. Jose the Satirist says:

    Is this an open thread? If it isn’t I apologize.

    Boston Red Sox ownership group is purchasing Liverpool FC for $477 million.

    • Jon in CUO says:

      I’m a Liverpool supporter. As long as they keep the budgets separate, I guess this is OK.

    • nathan says:


      Never liked Liverpool, but it so fits into the John Henry MO.

      I think Liverppol finished 7th or something last year and havent won the league in 20+ years. I guess Henry wants to become imortal in another city.

      Only problem, Chelsea and ManU are going nowhere.

  12. Dream of Electric Sheep/ still haven't register /too lazy says:

    Is anyone surprised that Aybar was passed over in favor of Baldelli?

  13. Mike Axisa says:

    Elvis Andrus had a .036 ISO this year.

    • Dream of Electric Sheep/ still haven't register /too lazy says:

      Pena has a 0,20 ISO this year, last I checked. I can’t of anyone who has less power than him . Yes, I realize he is a sub.

  14. Watching baseball in this muted, drab, listless St. Petersburg mausoleum could not feel any less like the playoffs.


    • Andrew says:

      The fact that The Trop and its dumbass catwalks have opened up the possibility for there to be a do-over in the MLB playoffs is crazy. Although it is one less thing for Joe Maddon to whine about (or one more?)

  15. Jon in CUO says:

    Come on Price, throw Vladdy a 55 foot curveball!

  16. Thanks for mentioning Guerrero’s home-road splits in that piece declaring “BAD VLAD IS BACK!”, TBS.

  17. bexarama says:

    The Rays took Neimann on their roster and not Hellickson? Heh.

  18. mickey says:

    I know it’s late but Dane Cook did get to make out with Jessica Alba in a movie. Lucky bastard!

    • vin says:

      No one here is saying they wouldn’t consider trading their lives for Dane’s. But as far as his act goes, it’s pretty unbearable and unscrupulous.

  19. Sir Not-Appearing-In-This-Blog says:

    Hey, if there are any other RABers in the sports bar in the Lubbock International airport (gate 5) watching the game, come find me and I’ll buy you a beer.

    /safe bet’d

  20. AndrewYF says:

    I have a confession to make. I made a pact with the baseball gods that if Price closed out Game 7 of the 2008 ALCS, I would not be upset when he beat the Yankees, and would root for him otherwise.

    So…go Price!

    • vin says:

      You didn’t have your fingers crossed?! Thanks a lot.

      • AndrewYF says:

        Dude, the baseball gods aren’t that dumb. I had to mean it, and it worked out. I shudder to think what could have happened had I crossed my fingers.

        • vin says:

          Fair enough. What’s actually funny/sad is that I think the same thought crossed my mind at the time. I couldn’t stand the idea of the Sox going back to back.

  21. Mike Axisa says:

    Six two-strike foul balls for Price that inning.

    /Phil Hughes’d

  22. AndrewYF says:

    I seriously just fist-pumped.

    What is wrong with me.

  23. bexarama says:

    Did they just say Tampa Bay was “victimized” by Derek Jeter?

  24. AndrewYF says:

    Oh look, a strikeout by Carlos Pena with a runner on third and one out.

    So other teams do it too…

  25. First time lawng time says:

    Glad were playing the twins but lee sucks lol whatevs

  26. Well, the first horrid blown call of the playoffs didn’t take very long.

  27. bexarama says:

    You mean other teams fail with RISP? THIS IS IMPOSSIBLE

  28. “Back in beautiful St. Petersburg, Florida… (sigh)… and we’re indoors in climate control.”


    • Carcillo says:

      Amazingly, this week actually has felt nice.

      Florida is such an overrated state. Quite literally, from April-September, it feels like triple digits with humidity during the day every fricken day, save for the days when there are monsoons instead of sunlight.

      Finally, a week where there’s a nice chill in the air. Makes the loonies go crazy, but being the sadist I am, I enjoy that.

  29. bexarama says:

    Truly, it is FRENCHTOBER.

  30. Dream of Electric Sheep/ still haven't register /too lazy says:

    Price aren’t exactly fooling these guys with his FBs , Time to mix in some secondary pitches.

  31. Will (the other one) says:

    Frenchy is teh awesome.

  32. mbonzo says:

    Anyone else miss half the Rays at bats with commercials in the middle of the inning? I hope this is fixed before the game tn.

    Oh and I’ve never missed Michal Kay more than right now realizing I have to listen to this crap for the next month.

  33. pat says:

    OO wow a playoff mohawk. How original!

  34. Buck Martinez: “Bengie Molina is a clutch hitter.”

    No, Buck, he’s just one of the few catchers who doesn’t suck asstastically with the bat at all times. I can see how you’d get confused.

  35. First time lawng time says:

    It might be just me, does this game have a totally unintense feel to it? Might just be the stadium though.

  36. bexarama says:

    This game is already totally bizarre

  37. Now remember, Joba, if you give up two runs and end the inning with a strikeout, NO FISTPUMPS

  38. Harold Reynolds being way too animated and Mitch Williams attempting to look smart in that MLBN commercial was hilariously awkward.

  39. Carcillo says:

    Go figure.

    Cliff Lee vs. David Price. Pitchers duel to end all pitchers duels.

    Bottom of the 2nd, none out, and the two of them have combined to give up nine hits. HAH.

  40. first time lawng time says:


  41. Is it just me or does Shoppach look a bit like Shrek?

  42. Dream of Electric Sheep/ still haven't register /too lazy says:

    I am convinced that Joe Maddon is actually from Mars and will eat your favorite pets for dinner!

    He is a whiny and scheming bastard !

    Irrational’d/ Half truth’d

  43. cano is the bro says:

    Rays RISP fail

    wah wah wahhhhhhh (sad trumpet sound)

  44. It'sATarp says:

    5k’s for lee through 2. This cliff lee guy is good at not imploding.

  45. Nelson just said “Fuck you, Jobu; I’ll do it myself.”

  46. Jon in CUO says:


  47. Andrew says:

    Was that in Posada restaurant territory? (listening on radio)

  48. Carcillo says:

    Nelson Cruz is fucking insane.

  49. Stratman9652 says:

    Anyone else really liking the TBS pitch track thing? It’s like watching the game and gameday at the same time.

  50. Dream of Electric Sheep/ still haven't register /too lazy says:

    Oops, I think I just saw 20000 Rays fans checking on their TV guides for Golden Girls rerun.

    This place could be empty by the 7th inning.

  51. first time lawng time says:

    LOL at the lady with the cowbell and the lady sitting next to her with an automatic clapper thing.

  52. bexarama says:

    The Rangers have already scored more runs in this game then in their last two playoff series COMBINED.

  53. Carcillo says:

    Wow. Rangers playing the one at a time game here.

  54. cano is the bro says:

    haha second two-out homer off price…

  55. FIPster Doofus says:

    This game is hilarious. F off, Tampa.

  56. Stratman9652 says:

    Benji Molina just homered in a postseason game off David Price? You just can’t pre…ah the hell with it.

  57. Final score predictions?

  58. And there’s the “stung” joke with the Rays. SO CLEVER, ORSILLO.

  59. Big Stein says:

    I told you guys — see, this is why the Yanks didn’t want to face Lee twice in a 5 game series.

  60. larryf says:

    Hey-doesn’t anyone work around here?

    Seriously, I guess the Rays and their 7 batters under .240 are done in this game..

  61. Andrew says:

    Will Cliff Lee break 10 Ks by the end of his start? I say 12.

  62. Yank the Frank says:

    There may be something to this Cliff Lee guy.

  63. It'sATarp says:

    Someone really wants to get paid

  64. Mid-Town Stripper says:

    CLee will look so hot in pinstripes!

  65. cano is the bro says:

    haha rays not playing good baseball today

  66. Don’t worry, Rays. You have BIG GAME JAMES coming up tomorrow.

  67. Carcillo says:

    Nice time to have your worst start of the season, David.

    This time, the Price isn’t Right.

    /bad jokes galore’d

  68. Dream of Electric Sheep/ still haven't register /too lazy says:

    And Vlad slays!

  69. Kiersten says:

    All those life-long Rays fans look so disappointed.

    Oh wait, there are no life-long Rays fans over the age of 15.

  70. dkidd in rainy los angeles says:

    this game has a playoff-like atmosphere

    a cribbage playoff

  71. Esteban says:

    Price is probably tired because he’d never thrown that many innings in the majors before. Here’s to hoping the same thing happens to Liriano tonight.

  72. JerseyDutch says:

    Wow, didn’t think the Rays would get beat up like this. Not that I’m complaining, mind you.

  73. long time lurker / first time poster says:

    This is a very good thing for the Yanks- ALCS vs. the Rays would be a season-ending disaster.

  74. Esteban says:

    Buck Martinez is unbearable. My hatred for him is growing by the minute.

  75. Mike HC says:

    Can’t wait till Lee is in a Yankee uniform next year. Not looking forward to potentially having to face him in the ALCS then Halladay in the WS. If all goes well.

  76. Mike HC says:

    Nolan Ryan always looks deep in thought when they show him on camera. What can he possibly be thinking so hard about when he is just watching the games?

  77. Mike Axisa says:

    I can’t wait for Clifton to wear pinstripes.

  78. rek4gehrig says:

    I want Lee in pinstripes NOW (alright maybe in 3 months)

  79. Not Tank the Frank says:

    Game: Blouses

  80. bexarama says:

    ZOMG Lee is broken

    • nathan says:

      I dont think questioning Lee’s injury history was terrible given the start of the year at Seattle and his 4 weeks mystery injury at Texas.

      • bexarama says:

        No, it’s not, at all. I was just making a joke about the fact that he gave up a HR to Zobrist.

      • Mike Axisa says:

        There was no “4 weeks mystery injury.” He had back spasms, missed one start, then post a 1.93 ERA in his last four starts of the year.

        • nathan says:

          I wrote that because Nolan Ryan complained to the Dallas press that Lee hid an injury and was not forthright abt his injury.

      • It'sATarp says:

        He never had a recurring injury that has shut him out for a long time. I’m willing to take that risk

        • nathan says:

          But he has had nagging injuries.

          He was waht for a month to start the year with a rib injury? He had back issues in Texas. I dont recollect the exact nature but i know he missed some time while at Philly or Cleveland as well. He is 32, much older than when we signed CC to that 7 year deal. My guess is that if we sign him to a 5/6 year deal it will be similar to what’s going on with Santana as well.

  81. Kiersten says:

    Just lost my online TBS feed due to copyright violation. Ugh.

    Hope I can find another one for tonight’s game.

  82. JerseyDutch says:

    Apparently we lose the ALDS if we don’t win tonight with CC on the mound. That’s what the announcer on TBS just implied.

  83. mbonzo says:

    I don’t get why they say tonight’s game is a must win for the Yankees. Look at the pitching match ups.

    Pettitte v. Pavano. Pettite has better numbers (minus wins) and Pettitte has some (if not THE) best postseason numbers of all time.

    Hughes v. Duensing. Duensing only has 22 career major league starts, and although his numbers have been fantastic, most of them come from relief pitching. In 4 appearances Duensing has an 8.1 ERA against the Yankees.

    • JerseyDutch says:

      Because most announcers are sadly uninformed about the teams they cover. And they hate the Yankees.

      • mbonzo says:

        I don’t think the pitching matchups are as lopsided as last year, but I definitely think the Yankees have the upper hand in the first 2 games, while Hughes and Duensing is an even matchup.

  84. Total Dominication says:

    I want for Feliz to give up some runs, but eventually win. Give the Rangers the win, but shake Feliz’s confidence.

  85. CBean says:

    Come on Feliz.

  86. bexarama says:

    Can Feliz not handle the postseason yet?

    (for clarification’s sake: joke)

  87. Andrew says:

    I look forward to the millions of Big Game James references made before tomorrow afternoon’s game. And I also look forward to him giving up approximately 5 runs. Perhaps then there will be some talk that ends the theory that Only the Yankees Have Issues?

  88. Carlosologist says:

    Rangers up 1-0. They’re going up against James Shields tomorrow, which probably means lots and lots of balls in the seats.

  89. Total Dominication says:

    Rays loooooooose!!!! But they’re gritty and guts (no offense) so they can come back from this. Not like those Yankees who have 1 good player inn CC Sabathia and a bunch of scrubs,


    • JerseyDutch says:

      I hear Girardi’s not even going to bother fielding a team. He’s just putting CC on the mound and if he doesn’t strike out 27, well…

  90. Yank the Frank says:

    Rays should be down by 2 after tomorrow. Down the Drain James.

  91. bexarama says:

    I actually think the Rays win tomorrow in a slugfest but that’s just me. Shields won’t distinguish himself but he will get a WIN after going like 5 IP/6 ER/3 HR and the media will cry in joy all over him. Garza/Lewis is a toss-up, depends which versions of them show up.

  92. FIPster Doofus says:

    No worries for the Rays. Their pitching is so great that they’ll just turn to another ace in Game 2.


  93. JerseyDutch says:

    Not that I give them much chance, but it would be funny if the Reds blew out the Phillies today…

  94. pastadivingarod says:

    does everyone understand now why the yankees took a dive and got the WC instead of seeing Lee in a short series?

  95. theyankeewarrior says:

    The Rays are too good to let this hurt them. They are a bunch of young, athletic, college kids who are going out there and having the time of their lives. They will easily bounce back from this.

    Meanwhile, the Yankees are freezing their tails off in Target Field, and all their muscles are getting tight. This is a MUST WIN tonight. Pettitte, Hughes, CC (on short rest) and Pettitte again are just simply not enough to make up for one loss in October.

    The Phillies just took one step closer to winning ANOTHER championship.


  96. Poopy Pants says:

    Is there an NLDS thread?

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