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Cheating on my Girlfriend– Day 24

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Notes on World Series Game 1:

Philadelphia started to wear down CC Sabathia from the start. They made him throw 24 pitches to get out of the first inning; 19 came after 2 outs when the heart of the Phillies’ lineup forced Sabathis to show his control. He gave 2 free passes and loaded the bases before Raul Ibanez grounded out 4-3. All told, Sabathia had to throw 23+ pitches in 3 different innings, and Philly scored in two of those innings.

After the division and league series’ officiating blunders, it was great to see the umpires make the right call on Robinson Cano’s shot to shortstop in the 5th (part of me loved seeing that, too, because it went against the Yankees and I’m still sore from the Jeffrey Maier incident). It was a double play all the way, albeit aided by Hideki Matsui’s baserunning blunder coming from first base. The call sparked a debate with the guy sitting next to me at the bar where I was watching the game. I argued that regardless of what happened after Rollins’ shoestring catch, Matui should have been called out because he was standing on the infield grass, which put him pretty far outside the base paths. I checked the MLB rules, and found this in section 7.00, The Runner:

  • 7.08 Any runner is out when—
    (a) (1) He runs more than three feet away from his baseline to avoid being tagged unless his action is to avoid interference with a fielder fielding a batted ball. A runner’s baseline is established when the tag attempt occurs and is a straight line from the runner to the base he is attempting to reach safely; or
    (2) after touching first base, he leaves the baseline, obviously abandoning his effort to touch the next base

So I was right!

Ryan Howard could learn a lot from Chase Utley about hitting left-handed pitching. Howard is a sucker for inside pitches especially, and struck out on a low, inside pitch to end the 3rd. His other whiff happened when he chased a low ball in the 6th. This must have something to do with Howard’s hulking physique. Pitchers are thowing to his blind spot (he hit .207 vs. lefties this year), and he hasn’t compensated for that yet. He probably needs more bat speed, and maybe a stance that helps him open up more when facing lefties. I’m sure Charlie Manuel will fix the problem.

The Yankees melted down once again when they were forced to go to their bullpen. 5 of their middle relievers combined to give up 4 hits, 4 runs, 3 walks, and only 1 strike out over 2 innings. If somebody doesn’t step up before Mariano Rivera comes out of the bullpen, it’s probably going to cost them the Series.

These could be Johnny Damon’s last days in pinstripes. He’s been moved out of his natural position in center, and his bat has been real weak throughout the month. He had one hit last night, but not until garbage time in the bottom of the ninth. The Yankees can’t bury his bat in the bottom of the order, either. They already have Cano, Cabrera, and Swisher flailing away down there. I wouldn’t be bothered at all if this was it for Damon. I used to like him quite a bit when he played for Boston, but have thought less of him since he sold out to The Evil Empire.

Finally… I made it out to a bar called The Last Chance Saloon in Grayslake to watch the game. You could have shot a cannon through the place by the time the Phillies dug in to start the 4th inning. I didn’t stay there for the whole game, nor would I have even if the place had been jumping. But I did get a reminder of who goes out to bars on Wednesday nights in the northern suburbs: Nobody. I also got a reminder of why I hardly ever go to a bar on a school night: It’s too damn hard to get my brain working once I get to school the next day.

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Written by seeker70

October 29, 2009 at 6:40 pm

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