Tx Dodger wrote:
Ah, Yuku, the train that just couldn't.
I liked to rip on the MLB for the seemingly one-sided coverage following Game One. One very stupid move - can no one waste an 0-2 pitch on his staff? - removed and we are looking at the Dodgers up 2-0. Like I said, the Cubs cannot hit lefties and if I was running the staff, it would be Hill, Urias and Wood for the next three with Kershaw on real rest for Game Six, if we need it. These past two games should tell the national media that annointing the Cubs as the once and future champion may have been hasty. Their division was weak and for all of Joe Maddon's manipulations, he has never had a team which could hit great pitching. The Tampa teams were all about pitching and Longoria and the Cub team is also fulfilling that premise. I knew Rizzo would tank in the playoffs, no guys who serve up low nineties fastballs on the inner part of the plate to feast on and the same is with Bryant. Bust a fastball in and the guy is off the plate like a little leaguer.
I have to say that Grandal called a marvelous game and his deeking of Bryant in the ninth was pure gamesmanship. Setting up high and away, smacking his glove and then moving to where the pitch would be was gold. Strike one to Bryant was the reason we got Grandal in the first place. That pitch was a ball, but Grandal framed it like a masterpiece. I got a feeling that our offense will come to life at Dodger Stadium as long as we take the same approach AGon did with Chapman, keep the swing short and take it up the middle or the other way.
I told my wife right after the HR that there is no way you should ever throw a 0-2 strike especially the same pitch as the last right down the pipe.
Sounds like you had the same conversation I had with my wife! I about threw the remote right into the TV screen. "How can you lay an 0-2 pitch right down the middle" I screamed, "right into the hitter's swing pattern from the exact same pitch before???????"
"Honey, he didn't do it on purpose," she says.
"HOW DO YOU KNOW??????????"
She got up and went into the other room after that.
I had much the same conversation, but with my TV. As soon as Blanton had Montero down 0-2, I told no one in particular in some very blue language that Blanton would throw another slider in the same spot. Sure enough. Let's just say that none of the girls or Herself spoke to me the rest of the evening/morning. It was kind of nice because each of them went out of their way to keep me happy on Sunday - all my faves for breakfast, made by them and they actually sprang for lunch.
Regarding the seventh inning, last night, I watched it with my head turned and headphones playing some J-Pop because I didn't want to know. I turned my head just as Baez hit that fly, but I had a good feeling it was not hit hard enough or high enough to get out. As soon as Joc turned and patted his glove, I lost what little of my sanity I had left. At that point, I knew we were going to win.