Oct
01

NLDS Game Thread: Diamondbacks @ Brewers

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Without a doubt, this is the non-Yankees playoff series I’m most excited to watch. Yovani Gallardo gets the ball against former Yankee Ian Kennedy at 2:07pm ET on TBS. Talk about the game here if you like. Enjoy.

  • Cy Pettitte

    Go IPK

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

    Give ‘em hell, Ian.

  • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

    For me, I’m most excited to watch Rays/Rangers, but this is right there. I hope IPK pitches a CG SHO

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    IPK CGSHO you heard it here first!

  • Rey22

    I didn’t really know who to root for in this series, and then I remembered the Brewers have K-Rod on their team now. Fuck K-Rod.

    Go Diamondbacks.

    • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

      Fuck the Diamondbacks. Never forget what happened in game 7 of 2001.

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    When did Victor Rojas become a playoff broadcaster?

    • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

      Probably because Ernie Johnson had to attend to his kid so they needed an extra announcer.

  • Tyrion Lannister

    Waving him home with 0 outs and the middle of your lineup coming to the plate? Who’s their 3rd base coach, Robbie Thompson?

    • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

      When has Thomson done that? And there was 1 out.

  • pat

    Jerry Hairston starts at 3B for the Brewers? Oh NL baseball. You’re so adorable.

    • FIPster Doofus

      Willie Bloomquist is the leadoff hitter for an NL playoff team. Enough said.

      • pat

        What, why? His .317 career AB is pretty good.

        double checks b-ref numbers

        Oh shit, that’s his career obp.

        • Kosmo

          Stephen Drew is on the DL hence Willie.

    • Accent Shallow

      McGehee has completely cratered this year, and they’ve been reluctant to play any of their minor leaguers, for some reason.

  • Guest

    Great at bat by Weeks. On the radio, they are making it sound like Ian got squeezed a bit in that at bat. True or false?

    • pat

      According to the TBS pitch track thing he only threw 1 strike. The first 2 to make the count 0-2 appeared to be outside.

  • Guest

    I know Ian’s success has come in the weak NL West, but it’s hard not to look at the career arcs of IPK, Phil, and Joba (to this point) and see it as an indictment of the Yanks development of young pitchers at the higher levels.

    Hope lessons will be learned for the development of the Killer Bs. (Lessons being, don’t rush and then give up to soon after initial struggles(Joba) and don’t push the arms way past where they have gone before (Phil)).

    • http://RAB Nuke LaDoosh

      What about Ivan Nova and David Robertson? The Big 3 are a pretty SSS. Plus, IPK was used to get back a great player.

      • Accent Shallow

        Nova in the minors was always someone whose performance never matched his stuff — I remember his fastball/curve/change all being touted after 2008, when he was ordinary/bad: 148 IP, 168 hits, 46 BB, 109 K. ERA of 4.36 (only 6 HR, though)

      • Guest

        Fair point on the big 3 being a SSS. And the Yanks certainly did a better job with Nova than they did with IPK (though maybe the temptation to rush him/overuse him early on was less since he was not viewed as the same type of prospect that hughes/joba/IPK were).

        I think it would be fair to say, though, that developing a reliever (D-Rob) is very different and presents fewer potential pitfalls.

        And I am not saying that the trade involving IPK was bad. It was one of the best trades in recent baseball memory in terms of adding value to all involved. My point was that, of the big 3, the one who has flourished at the highest level and seems to have the brightest future is the one completing major league finishing school in another organization.

        • http://RAB Nuke LaDoosh

          It’s got to be easier to complete finishing school in Arizona then under the Bright Lights in the Big City.

          If the Yanks have an Epic fail with the next crop, the SSS will certainly get bigger, and I’ll be worried.

          • Guest

            Agreed that the lights are brighter in NYC, but the Yanks also made multiple mistakes with both Phil and Joba that certainly didn’t make things easier.

            I think we are in agreement that we hope the Yanks handle things better the next time around.

      • Kosmo

        Granderson is not a great player , he´s a good player having a better than average season.

        • http://RAB Nuke LaDoosh

          I’d say good player having a great season. If he has 2 or 3 more of these seasons, will he elevate to great player?

  • swishers fauxhawk

    Gotta say, not a fan of Kennedy’s ginger beard.

    • Accent Shallow

      While I agree that it’s not a good look, I’m not a fan of creeping British-isms like “ginger” working their way into our lexicon.

      Also, South Park.

      Ew.

      • http://RAB Nuke LaDoosh

        Mary Anne >>>>>>>>>> Ginger

  • Cy Pettitte

    Sherman on twitter:
    “I am shocked, but in last 36 hrs every exec talk to says believe #Redsox will give permssion and Theo will go to #Cubs to be GM”

    so who exactly are the Sox planning on getting to replace their manager and GM?

    • Accent Shallow

      Say what you will about Epstein, but if he could bring a World Series to Chicago, after bringing one to Boston . . . that would be legendary.

      • Cy Pettitte

        that would be amazing. could be possible, grab some big bats this offseason and 2 of the big FA pitchers after 2012 to go with Garza. they have the money to do it.

    • Azyankee23

      You heard it here first. Theo and Tito francona both will be in Chicago

      • Accent Shallow

        Do you have a source, or is this pulled straight from your rectum?

        Don’t get me wrong, I am a fan of idle speculation and Irresponsible Rumormongering(TM)

    • Azyankee23

      You heard it here first. Theo and Tito francona both will be in Chicago.

    • Jimmy McNulty

      Andrew Friedman and Joe Maddon.

  • Ethan

    Can I watch the postseason games on mlb.tv premium?

  • pat

    It’s fuckin pouring in NYC right now.

    • Cy Pettitte

      think they’ll start it and play another 1.5 innings so they can burn Fister and Nova too?

      • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

        why not? we need those ratings!!

        TBS’d

  • Tyrone Sharpton

    Hughes vs Kennedy, game 1 of the World Series after CC tears a hammy.

    • pat

      Good one.

  • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

    I have no idea what the weather will exactly be like during the Yankee game, but according to weather.com there’s a 10% of precipitation from 8 PM through 9 PM, but then a 40% chance at 10 and 11 PM.

    • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

      Solution: normal start time!

      • Accent Shallow

        We should be so lucky.

        God, Selig is such a sack of shit.

      • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

        But, but, the what about the TV ratings!

        /TBS’d

  • miles davis

    idk how anyone is rooting for d backs. gotta go with brewers. theyre the only team in NL with realistic chance to knock off phillies. not saying that to get ahead of myself with yankees in WS but if yankees cant win i def dont want phillies to either

  • David T.

    Can someone please tell me when the park will open for Sunday’s game (for batting practice, etc.)?

  • Tyrion Lannister

    Terrible strategy there by Kurt Gibson and IPK. With 2 outs and a runner on 3rd, walk the professional hitter and pitch to the pitcher.

    • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

      Gallardo’s actually a pretty good hitter.

      • Tom

        Pretty good hitter… for a pitcher.

        He hit .221 with a .578 OPS. Career: .218avg .649OPS

        Early in the game maybe you pitch to Lucroy in hopes you have the pitcher leading off next inning, but down already 1 run and just 9 outs left on offense you have to evrything you can to cut that run off.

  • Ethan

    Ugh i fucking hate mlb.tv’s blackout bullshit. I live in Canada and have the package and they are blacking out the post season games. Last year I was able to watch the post season fine but not this year. Fuck you MLB.

    Anyone know of any working international proxy servers?

  • Tyrion Lannister

    Should of kept IPK. He’s an ace. Arizona’s getting swept.

    • Rey22

      There’s this Granderson guy we got back from that trade. I heard he’s pretty good.

  • Cy Pettitte

    1. why are they pitching to Prince in that spot?
    2. why is IPK pitching to Prince in that spot?

  • Greg

    Ian Kennedy just got taught a lesson in baseball.

  • http://RAB Nuke LaDoosh

    Since Milwaukee may be the only NL team that can take out the Phillies, I’m ok with this.

  • Greg

    Now how big is that homer? Fallacy maybe but…