Fan Confidence Poll: October 24th, 2011

2011 Record: 97-65 (855 RS, 657 RA, 102-60 pythag. record), won AL East, lost to Tigers in ALDS

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Open Thread: World Series Game Four

(Paul Sancya/AP)

See? I told you the offense would pick up once the series shifted to Texas. The Cardinals blew the Rangers out last night in part due to Albert Pujols’ three homers, but that’s in the past and they start again with a clean slate tonight. Derek Holland is charged with keeping his team from the brink of elimination, but he’s allowed ten runs on 18 hits, six walks, and five homers in 13.2 IP across three starts this postseason. His counterpart, Edwin Jackson, hasn’t been any better: eight runs on 16 hits and four homers in 12.1 IP across three starts. More offense? Yes, there will be more offense.

Here’s your open thread for the night. The World Series game starts at 8pm ET and can be seen on FOX, and the late football game is the Colts at the Saints (8:20pm ET on NBS). Talk about anything you want here, go nuts.

Granderson, Colon up for Players Choice Award

MLB announced their finalists for the various Players Choice Awards yesterday, and a pair of Yankees were nominated for a total of three awards. Curtis Granderson is up for both the AL Outstanding Player and the MLB Player of the Year awards while Bartolo Colon is in the mix for AL Comeback Player of the Year. Obviously these are voted on by the players, so I imagine it means a lot to the guys that win. The winners will be announced on Thursday, November 3rd on a MLB Network broadcast from 8-9pm ET. Congrats to both guys for being nominated.

Vazquez off to hot start in winter ball

AzFL Phoenix Desert Dogs (10-9 win over Peoria) Thursday’s game
Rob Segedin, LF: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 BB
Corban Joseph, DH: 0 for 4, 1 R, 1 BB – that’s five walks and four strikeouts in his first 48 PA

AzFL Phoenix Desert Dogs (5-1 loss to Mesa) Friday’s game
Ronnie Mustelier, 3B: 2 for 4
Rob Segedin, LF: 0 for 3
Corban Joseph, 2B: 0 for 3
Preston Claiborne, RHP: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 1-1 GB/FB – just six of his 13 pitches were strikes (46.2%) …he’s faced 27 batters out here, with four walks and four strikeouts

AzFL Phoenix Desert Dogs (9-4 loss to Scottsdale) Saturday’s game
Rob Segedin, LF: 1 for 4, 1 R
Dan Burawa, RHP: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 2-0 GB/FB – just seven of 15 pitches were strikes (46.7%) … 15 baserunners in eight innings
Chase Whitley, RHP: 2 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 1-1 GB/FB – 17 of 25 pitches were strikes (68%) … six strikeouts and one walk in his last four appearances

Dominican Winter League
Abe Almonte, OF: 3 G, 0 for 3
Zoilo Almonte, OF: 2 G, 2 for 6, 3 R, 1 RBI, 2 BB (.333/.500/.333)
Melky Mesa, OF: 3 G, 0 for 0, 1 R, 1 SB – pinch-ran off the bench
Hector Noesi, RHP: 1 G, 1 GS, 1.1 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 1 ER, 0 BB,1 K (6.75 ERA, 3.75 WHIP) – he’s made just the one start so far

Mexican Pacific League
Walt Ibarra, IF: 2 G, 0 for 6, 3 K
Jorge Vazquez, 1B/3B: 10 G, 13 for 39, 8 R, 1 2B, 5 HR, 13 RBI, 4 BB, 10 K (.333/.395/.744) – he always kills this league
Pat Venditte, SwP: 6 G, 10.1 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 8 K, 2 HR, 2 HB (2.61 ERA, 0.97 WHIP)

Venezuelan Winter League
Jose Gil, C/1B: 5 G, 5 for 18, 4 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 2 BB, 2 BB (.278/.350/.333)
Luis Nunez, IF: 8 G, 10 for 26, 5 R, 3 2B, 1 HR, 10 RBI, 3 BB, 4 K, 2 SB, 1 CS (.385/.433/.615)
Jose Pirela, IF: 9 G, 16 for 37, 3 R, 1 2B, 1 3B, 6 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K (.432/.462/.514)
Josh Schmidt, RHP: 1 G, 1 GS, 4.2 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K (1.93 ERA, 1.29 WHIP)

The Puerto Rico League season doesn’t start until November 4th, and none of the rosters are online yet. We’ll know if anyone is playing there soon enough.

Oppenheimer has “most buzz” for Angels’ GM job

Via Frankie Piliere, Yankees scouting director Damon Oppenheimer currently has the “most buzz” among candidates for the Angels’ vacant GM job. The Yankees gave both of their scouting directors, Oppenheimer (amateur) and Billy Epplier (pro), permission to interview for the position last week. I assume “most buzz” means he’s seen as the most likely candidate at the moment.

Halos’ owner Arte Moreno and president John Carpino were seen dining with Rays VP of Baseball Ops Andrew Friedman recently, and Tampa’s acting GM is reportedly the top name on their list. Friedman apparently has some kind of ownership stake in the Rays’ franchise, so leaving for the Angels might not be so simple. Anyway, I have no idea who would replace Oppenheimer should he get the job, but I suspect the Yankees would promote from within. I hope he sticks around though, for selfish reasons.

Open Thread: World Series Game Thread

Alrighty then. (Doug Pensinger/Getty)

It’s a best-of-five World Series now, and the next three games are in Texas. Elias says that of the 53 World Series that have been tied at a game apiece, the winner of Game Three has won the title 37 times (69.8%). The Rangers are running Matt Harrison out there for the first time in ten days while the Cardinals counter with Kyle Lohse. His last start was nine days ago. I expect there to be more offense with the ballpark switch (and suckier pitchers), but I hope it’s another tight game like the first two.

Here’s your open thread for the night, which you can use to talk about the World Series or anything else on your mind. All three hockey locals are in action as well. You folks know what to do by now, so have at it.