Oct
08

NLDS Game Thread: Braves @ Giants

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In case you missed it, Tim Lincecum schooled the Braves in Game One last night. Atlanta took 55 swings as a team, and missed 31 freaking times. That’s insane. Anyway, tonight’s matchup features Matt Cain and (Cyborg) Tommy Hanson. Game starts at 9:37pm ET and can be seen on TBS.

Beyond the game, use this as your open thread to talk about whatever.

  • first time lawng time

    It’s on TNT at the moment.

    Ew. They cut off Titanic for this.

  • first time lawng time

    In case you missed it, Tim Lincecum schooled the Braves in Game One last night. Atlanta took 55 swings as a team, and missed 31 freaking times. Melky didn’t play. That’s insane.

  • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com bexarama

    I cannot get over Melky batting fifth. FIFTH. IN A PLAYOFF GAME AAAHHH

    • first time lawng time

      Don’t be dissing the Melk Man!!!

    • first time lawng time

      He’s going to singlehandedly win this game for the Braves. Just watch.

    • http://twitter.com/Brad_Toughy Brad Toughy

      You haven’t been paying attention to the Braves, have you?

      They’ve lost Chipper Jones, Martin Prado and as bad as Melky is, take a look at the numbers from guys like Eric Hinske and Troy Glaus lately. Awful. Matt Diaz is terrible against RHP.

      The Braves aren’t a terribly deep team and lost the middle of their order to injury. The Yankees lineup gets a whole lot less imposing if A-Rod and Nick Swisher are out of the lineup.

      • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com bexarama

        I know about their injuries and that they’re not all that deep offensively. Can’t say I know stuff like Matt Diaz being so bad against RHP, but doesn’t Hinske crush RHP?

        • http://twitter.com/Brad_Toughy Brad Toughy

          Wouldn’t say he crushes it, especially not this year (.246/.332/.427).

          Plus, Bobby Cox values OF defense, especially in SF, which has a very spacious outfield. Lumbering is the best word I’d use to describe Hinske in the outfield this year.

          • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com bexarama

            Thanks. All true. I do know that outside of Heyward Atlanta’s OFs are pretty dubious, right?

            • http://twitter.com/Brad_Toughy Brad Toughy

              Ankiel is decent. Pretty good range, great arm. Jumps and reads are a little iffy at times. McLouth plays a nice centerfield too.

              It’s LF that’s been an issue. Diaz and Hinske are an adventure. Melky’s the de facto best defensive LFer for them.

              I’m not going off anything except the eye test—I live in Atlanta and watch most Braves games.

              • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com bexarama

                Gotcha. I more meant offensively, because I know McLouth and Melky at least have been totally terrible this year in that manner. I don’t watch too many Braves games in full but Ankiel misplayed that Buster Posey triple terribly yesterday (I shouldn’t judge on one play though). I see Melky play poor defense a bunch and I remember Hinske being pretty bad out there from last year.

                • http://twitter.com/Brad_Toughy Brad Toughy

                  Yeah they’re all pretty inept offensively. The Braves would be a perfect fit for Carl Crawford this offseason, but I haven’t heard much of that match.

                  Melky’s pretty much the same guy he was with the Yankees. Makes some spectacular, heads-up plays and then makes some boneheaded ones.

  • Zanath

    I don’t get the cyborg thing for Hanson, but that’s hilarious.

  • Zanath

    Looks like the Reds game is taking affect on the Giants.

  • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com bexarama

    Love all this crisp playoff baseball. smh

    • Kit

      What does smh mean? (I’m reading it as “so much heart” for no reason and I feel that it is wrong.)

      • first time lawng time

        Shaking my head. It can’t be “so much heart” because the Sox aren’t in the playoffs silly!

        • Kit

          This is precisely why I sensed it was wrong.

          • Kit

            And thank you, forgot to add that.

      • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com bexarama

        shaking my head :)

        • Kit

          Thanks.

  • first time lawng time

    He’s gona hit one out…

    • Zanath

      …to second base

      • first time lawng time

        Next time. Just wait.

        • Zanath

          If he does they should play a clip of Sterling’s home run call.

  • Hall and Nokes

    McCann might not have to bring a bat to the batters box.

  • first time lawng time

    The Giants home uniforms that they wore last night remind me of oreos.

    Agree/Disagree?

    • Zanath

      And the uniforms they are wearing tonight remind me of cheetos. And they are awful.

  • Kit

    Learn how to call the ball, people. Not that difficult.

  • Devil In A Blue Cap

    I hate alternate uniforms most of the time, including the painfully orange Giants one and the painfully boring Atlanta one. Does that make me a snob or just a person that shouts “get off my lawn” too much?

    • Kit

      I don’t think you sound like a snob, but I may be biased because I agree. I’m not a fan of orange, and the Braves just look like they’re wearing funeral colors, and as much as I love wearing black and dark colors, the navy blue doesn’t seem fitting for some reason.

      • Devil In A Blue Cap

        It’s the navy blue letters on the navy uniform that ruin it. It used to be red letters on navy uniforms…much better.

      • Devil In A Blue Cap

        Two days and three managers tossed: the umps are already ahead of schedule.

        • Devil In A Blue Cap

          Wow, reply fail as firefox reloads.

    • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com bexarama

      I don’t think you’re a snob at all. Some alternate uniforms are okay, but the Giants and Braves have really bad alternate uniforms. The uniforms they had last night were really nice IMO. These are awful. :(

  • Zanath

    Pat the Bat!

    Go Giants! Giants are prolly my favorite National League team.

  • JerseyDutch

    Bring the pain, Giants.

  • Cy Pettitte

    Pat Burell wow

  • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com bexarama

    Not what you wanted to do, Tommy. :(

  • Zanath

    Oh, what a play by Uribe!

    /Kay’d

    Though was that more Umpire fail there? Hard to tell.

    • tom

      If we’re taking a vote, I thought he kept his toe on the bag for the first second he had possession.

      But this is why the whole “Instant replay or bust” movement is silly, because alot of these calls (incl. yesterday’s trio) are so close, there’s going to be judgment involved anyway.

      • kunaldo

        so if someone throws a flag on that play, it would be ruled inconclusive and the ruling on the field would stand…

  • Carlosologist

    Pat Burrell: Feared (but not nearly as much as Bernie). Hanson hasn’t thrown a fastball in the zone since the homer.

  • TechN9ne

    Giants baseball is simply fucking unstoppable ! Feel the pain from Cain!

    • TechN9ne

      Got to love Melky ! UZR + 1500000000000 ! He is the living embodiment of suave ,grit , clutch, and danger all at once.

      • first time lawng time

        LOL. Don’t make fun of Melky. He’s a little angel.

        /not really’d

  • Zanath

    Mo can do everything. Except act.

    • Kit

      Was just thinking that. =/

      • Zanath

        To his credit, he was better than Joe. But that isn’t saying much.

        • Kit

          I actually think the opposite, but it may just be that he has more lines to redeem himself with.

    • All Star Carl

      Yeah because that was a major role he was featured in. I mean I’ve seen way better Taco Bell commercial actors than him.

      • Zanath

        Sarcasm duly noted

    • All Star Carl

      He didn’t have that look in his eyes like he wanted to attack that Taco like he would, say, an Albert Pujols with the bases loaded in the 9th inning.

  • Dream of Electric Sheep/ still haven’t register /too lazy

    Melky is true to the game. I wish we still had him !

    • first time lawng time

      I actually do. But not because he’s “true to the game.”

      • Dream of Electric Sheep/ still haven’t register /too lazy

        Melky was a beast in the NYC club scenes , Rico Suavesque ,with an UZR of +2000000 in the erogenous zone.

        • first time lawng time

          You know, I don’t appreciate the sarcastic remarks about Melky. LOL.

          • Dream of Electric Sheep/ still haven’t register /too lazy

            I was a Melky fan , more for his antics though. He did have a few memorable hits for us as well.

            • first time lawng time

              Oh. Ok then. I didn’t know that. I apologize. Yeah, I though he was enjoyable to watch in the dugout. lol

  • first time lawng time

    Fact: Giants pitcher, number 18, really pulls off the high socks.

    It’s David Robertson-esque

    • Dream of Electric Sheep/ still haven’t register /too lazy

      FACT : that’s an opinion and is not a fact.

      • first time lawng time

        So you think he can’t pull off the high socks?

        • Dream of Electric Sheep/ still haven’t register /too lazy

          I opined YES.

          • first time lawng time

            Well then. I disagree.

    • Jon in CUO

      I think Roy Oswalt looks similar to David Robertson on the mound.

  • JerseyDutch

    Giants wearing these uniforms in anticipation of Halloween?

    • first time lawng time

      Yeah. Lincecum wore a mask last night.

      Either that or he’s just reeeeeaaaaaally ugly.

    • Dream of Electric Sheep/ still haven’t register /too lazy

      Nah, they always wear those after a team Bong hit started by Capt. Timmy.

  • Dream of Electric Sheep/ still haven’t register /too lazy

    The Giants basically got Ross, Burrell and Guillen for nothing while we had to give up Zmac for Kearns.

    More justice about orders of waiver claims , I have the same gripe with MLB amateur drafts, good team gets punished for no fucking good reasons. Let’s make it random!

    • Dream of Electric Sheep/ still haven’t register /too lazy

      *injustice*

    • V

      I would make it more like fantasy baseball. Waiver priority based on prior season standings, but once you use a waiver claim, you drop to the end of the list.

      • V

        A -successful- waiver claim, that is.

      • Dream of Electric Sheep/ still haven’t register /too lazy

        I think in fairness to all the teams , I would make it a lottery system. Everyone can draw to get their order for the next year.

        I don’t buy the logic of rewarding the worst team with the highest pick thingie.

  • JerseyDutch

    Please tell me that the Giants fans are at least waving hankies and not pom-poms.

    • Ray the Anti-Handle

      Ugh, I’m glad they don’t do that shit at Yankee Stadium. The only thing you should be waving are your hot dog and beer. And garlic fries.

      Now, if people at Yankee Stadium would stop doing the wave. Yuck.

      • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

        Seriously; it seems like the only teams w/o some sort of cheering gimmick of late are the Yankees and Sox. Last year, I’m relatively certain they were the only playoff teams who didn’t have some bullshit like that.

      • JerseyDutch

        People doing the wave at YS should be escorted out of the park by security and given a free ticket to Citifield.

  • sleepykarl

    Who would Rowand defensively replace? Also, the Giants pen is funny when it had the two Sox rejects(Lopez and Ramirez) side-by-side.

  • http://www.twitter.com/deanezag Zack

    I like Brian Wilson, but he looks ridiculous with that thing on his face

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      And the outrageously tight shirt.

      And the unbottoned shirt.

      And the hairdo.

      Seriously, Brian, you’re making yourself look stupid.

      • http://www.twitter.com/deanezag Zack

        I could probably deal with one of the four, but not all four.

  • Hall and Nokes

    Well here it is. Melky’s placement in the lineup is certainly factoring here.

  • Hall and Nokes

    nice at bat!

  • Carlosologist

    lol Melky.

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Bunting when down by two and no outs?

    BRILLIANT.

    Fucking National League.

  • Hall and Nokes

    good god, the National League.

  • http://www.twitter.com/deanezag Zack

    Get ready for the Alex Gonzalez: Winning Player articles

    • Hall and Nokes

      Naw, wasn’t a cheap homer down the line.

  • Geoff

    does the SF bullpen pass out Macho Man Randy Savage beards?

  • http://www.twitter.com/deanezag Zack

    Kimble has 40k in 20 IP? I should start paying attention to the NL more

    • http://www.twitter.com/deanezag Zack

      Or Kimbrel

  • Ray the Anti-Handle

    Whoa, I look away for 15 minutes and it’s tied? Heh, Romo with the undefined ERA!

  • Dream of Electric Sheep/ still haven’t register /too lazy

    Kimbrel’s real name is actually Melvin Croussett for those you who don’t know.

  • All Star Carl

    Does Billy Wagner choke?

  • All Star Carl

    Ahhh he’ll just end his career n/m

  • Hall and Nokes

    Another career ending injury caused by bunting.

  • Hughesus Christo

    THE EXPERIENCE!

  • CBean

    My brother is a huge Braves fan and while I’m not rooting for them, I’m actually a little worried about him after this. I know if my win were dependant on Farns, I’d be in a bad place.

  • Lance

    Nice to know that Krazy Kyle is still the same.

  • http://www.yfsf.org AndrewYF

    Farnsworth may lose the game, but damned if he isn’t going to take a few Giants down with him.

  • http://www.yfsf.org AndrewYF

    Oh Enter Sandman is playing, is Rivera coming in?

  • CBean

    Wait are they playing Enter Sandman? That seems wrong.

  • sleepykarl

    Farnsworth has done what he knows best, hit a guy and walk a guy.

  • http://www.yfsf.org AndrewYF

    Epic ineptitude by the Giants.

    Whatever, no one’s getting past the Phillies.

    When was the last time a non-Yankee team appeared in three World Series in a row?

    • http://www.twitter.com/deanezag Zack

      Oakland right? Reds, Jays and Braves went back to back only

  • http://www.twitter.com/deanezag Zack

    Hey Glaus- the guy on 3rd was the freaking winning run, he’s priority #1

  • Hughesus Christo

    Next time someone complains about Girardi’s managing, direct them to watch this performance by Bochy.

    #illogical

    • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com bexarama

      Hugheus… Christo… defending… Girardi… I… Between this and Farnsworth getting Posey to GIDP, THE WORLD MAKES NO SENSE ANY MORE

      • http://twitter.com/firstheart42 seimiya

        JORGE POSADA ACTUALLY GOT A HIT RECENTLY TOO, BEXY.

  • CBean

    So who closes for the Braves now?

    • http://www.twitter.com/deanezag Zack

      Kyle, although I might trust Ankiel more.

      • CBean

        The very thought makes me want to clutch our bullpen hard and never let go. We are so lucky.

  • Ray the Anti-Handle

    Wow, Farnsworth tossed 1 2/3 scoreless? Impossible.

    • http://www.yfsf.org AndrewYF

      I can’t believe Cashman let this guy go. Let’s see anyone in the Yankee bullpen get 5 outs in a one-run game. When will we get a real baseball person as the Yankee GM? Omar Minaya may have made a few missteps, but at least he came from a scouting background. What does the Teflon GM have going for him?

      /Lombardi’d

      • http://www.yfsf.org AndrewYF

        And before anyone makes the claim that Cashman is some great trademeister, look who he traded Farnsworth for: Ivan Rodriguez. Hoo boy, talk about getting something for nothing, huh?

        /May be overdoing it’d

  • Esteban

    I know Ankiel’s not a great player, but imagine the talent it takes to make the majors as a pitcher AND as a hitter. That’s impressive shit right there.

  • Big Stein

    Giants are one blown call in game one from being down 0-2.