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Title: 2020 MLB Season
Post by: Ccook on February 17, 2020, 02:19:57 PM
Spring training is in full swing and exhibition ball is on the horizon. Among topics:

The Atlanta Braves have extended manager Brian Snitker's contract another year and extended GM Alex Anthopolous' contract three years as well as given him the additional title of president of player operations. They play their first exhibition game Saturday against Baltimore.

Rule changes are coming to MLB this year, the most significant is that a pitcher must face a minimum of three batters or go at least a half-inning. An exemption will be made in case of illness or an injury. Also, teams will use a 26-man roster, and that will increase to only 28 when September comes around (down from 40).

MLB commissioner Robert Manfred stated that retaliation against the Houston Astros over the sign-stealing scandal "will not be tolerated." He is coming under fire for not punishing Astros players in the scandal, only GM Jeff Luhnow and manager A.J. Hinch.
Title: Re: 2020 MLB Season
Post by: Gerald78 on February 18, 2020, 06:31:39 PM
I predict much banging on trash cans at MLB parks this season  :-D
Title: Re: 2020 MLB Season
Post by: bigblue999 on February 18, 2020, 07:13:55 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9T2d2FRh0BM
Title: Re: 2020 MLB Season
Post by: moneygamelover on February 18, 2020, 07:16:13 PM
I HATE the 3 batter minimum rule. That rule change SUCKS! :(  Yes, there is an exception if the pitcher completes the inning, but this rule change still SUCKS!

This takes away a key element of baseball, managerial strategy. It's part of the DNA of baseball to strategically use a left handed specialist to face one left handed batter or to use a relief pitcher for one hitter he has had a lot success against. Managers need to be allowed to use strategies, including playing the lefty/lefty game or strategically going to a specific matchup.

There is LITERALLY nothing good about this rule change. :(
Title: Re: 2020 MLB Season
Post by: PatrickRox80 on February 18, 2020, 08:04:02 PM
MLB commissioner Robert Manfred stated that he doesn't want other teams to retaliate against the Astros over the sign-stealing scandal because he didn't feel like punishing the players.

FTFY.
Title: Re: 2020 MLB Season
Post by: Ccook on February 18, 2020, 08:50:12 PM
Didn't need fixing. As per this article from Forbes. (https://www.forbes.com/sites/johnperrotto/2020/02/17/rob-manfred-wont-tolerate-retaliation-against-houston-astros/)
Title: Re: 2020 MLB Season
Post by: JayC on February 19, 2020, 10:18:35 PM
I HATE the 3 batter minimum rule. That rule change SUCKS! :(  Yes, there is an exception if the pitcher completes the inning, but this rule change still SUCKS!

This takes away a key element of baseball, managerial strategy. It's part of the DNA of baseball to strategically use a left handed specialist to face one left handed batter or to use a relief pitcher for one hitter he has had a lot success against. Managers need to be allowed to use strategies, including playing the lefty/lefty game or strategically going to a specific matchup.

There is LITERALLY nothing good about this rule change. :(
I don't like the 3 batter minimum either, but I do somewhat see the need for limiting pitching changes in an inning. I would prefer a two pitcher per inning limit which would still leave room for specialists and matching up while installing some kind of limit on pitching changes.
Title: Re: 2020 MLB Season
Post by: Ccook on March 10, 2020, 01:41:03 PM
The Dodgers and the Yankees are both 3:1 favorites to win the World Series, as per ESPN's soothsayers. The Dodgers are expected to win 101 games, the Yankees 100.
Title: Re: 2020 MLB Season
Post by: jude_este on March 12, 2020, 03:40:21 PM
Due to the national emergency created by the coronavirus pandemic, the MLB has delayed the 2020 season by at least two weeks and cancelled Spring Training games.

https://www.mlb.com/news/mlb-2020-season-delayed
Title: Re: 2020 MLB Season
Post by: PatrickRox80 on April 26, 2020, 10:18:01 PM
The season may be on hold but umpires still insist on getting the spotlight.

https://www.closecallsports.com/2020/04/angels-new-evidence-supervisors-wanted.html

Just go away, Angel.
Title: Re: 2020 MLB Season
Post by: jude_este on June 08, 2020, 05:23:39 PM
Some bit of good news as the season may be about to begin as there has been an updated proposal for the 2020 MLB season to its players' union today to have a 76-game season with players getting 75% of their prorated salaries that include: eliminating draft-pick compensation for free agents for a year, a $200 million postseason pool for the players, and a postseason that ends no later than October 31.

https://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/29282383/are-closer-2020-mlb-season-answering-questions-new-76-game-proposal
Title: Re: 2020 MLB Season
Post by: mellongraig on July 24, 2020, 01:08:49 PM
Apologies for bumping this, but the season has now finally gotten underway after about a four month delay. Also the Toronto Blue Jays will play their home games in Buffalo, NY, where their triple-A affiliate team is located.
Title: Re: 2020 MLB Season
Post by: Teddy on July 24, 2020, 11:23:26 PM
What a great time to be a fan! 60 games, and then a 16-team playoff, which should more than make up for the 102 that were lost this season.
Title: Re: 2020 MLB Season
Post by: moneygamelover on July 24, 2020, 11:28:15 PM
With regard to the 16 game playoff: The top 2 teams in each division will make the playoffs as will the next two best records in each league. Teams in each league will be seeded 1 through 8 with no first round byes. The 1st round will be best of 3 will all 3 games at the higher speeds park.

Well, we'll have to see if a short season with expanded playoffs creates unexpected contenders
Title: Re: 2020 MLB Season
Post by: LiteBulb88 on July 24, 2020, 11:32:05 PM
Well, we'll have to see if a short season with expanded playoffs creates unexpected contenders

I'm sure it will--more than half the teams are going to make the playoffs! There's a very good chance a team with a losing record gets in.
Title: Re: 2020 MLB Season
Post by: Ccook on July 25, 2020, 05:15:03 AM
Mets pitcher Jacob De Gromm throws for eight of 15 staff strikeouts in a 1-0 win against Atlanta at Citi Field. Yoenis Cespedes accounts for the game's only run with a homer.
Title: Re: 2020 MLB Season
Post by: moneygamelover on July 26, 2020, 06:36:17 PM
Bad news for a great ace. Justin Verlander will miss the entire season with a forearm injury.

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.cbssports.com/mlb/news/astros-ace-justin-verlander-out-with-forearm-strain-reportedly-expected-to-miss-rest-of-2020-season/amp/

My condolences to Justin Verlander and his family and teammates.
Title: Re: 2020 MLB Season
Post by: pricefan18 on July 26, 2020, 06:52:09 PM
Bad news for a great ace. Justin Verlander will miss the entire season with a forearm injury.

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.cbssports.com/mlb/news/astros-ace-justin-verlander-out-with-forearm-strain-reportedly-expected-to-miss-rest-of-2020-season/amp/

My condolences to Justin Verlander and his family and teammates.

Might wanna reword that......it's not as if he, a family member or anyone on the team died here.
Title: Re: 2020 MLB Season
Post by: SeaBreeze341 on July 26, 2020, 08:45:57 PM
Might wanna reword that......it's not as if he, a family member or anyone on the team died here.

I guess if moneygamelover replaced "family" with fans, it would be okay.  I've seen people saying similar stuff in the past multiple times.  Meanwhile, somewhat coincidental, Kate Upton is trending on Twittter.

Really I agree with pricefan because one could still confuse it with the death of someone in the family.  I understand that Justin Verlander's absense is a big deal, but at the end of the day, apart from the injury, the rehab, and other factors, it's a sport.  He'll be back.

By the way, per Verlander, that isn't necessarily true (https://twitter.com/JustinVerlander/status/1287518009259679745).  Right now he hasn't been ruled out for the season.  Just a few weeks.  I guess Houston will evaluate him next month, and take it week-by-week



Edited to add the source
Title: Re: 2020 MLB Season
Post by: jude_este on July 27, 2020, 11:48:47 AM
The Miami Marlins home opener against the Baltimore Orioles along with the Philadelphia Phillies' home game against the New York Yankees have been postponed because of an outbreak of COVID-19. With the MLB saying the reason for the postponements is the league is conducting more testing.

https://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/29547211/two-mlb-games-postponed-marlins-outbreak
Title: Re: 2020 MLB Season
Post by: Ccook on July 28, 2020, 08:50:49 AM
Mike Foltynewicz's tenure with Atlanta is virtually over. He imploded last night against Tampa Bay giving up six runs in three innings (an ERA of over 16.00) and made nothing but excuses for it. He has been designated for assignment (code for "See ya, wouldn't wanna be ya").
Title: Re: 2020 MLB Season
Post by: UltraPrice on July 31, 2020, 01:15:17 PM
I think it's time for MLB to cancel the season or postpone it a few months and play in a bubble like the NBA and NHL are doing. 
Title: Re: 2020 MLB Season
Post by: SeaBreeze341 on July 31, 2020, 02:59:27 PM
I think the season being cancelled outright may be the only option.  No way it works in November, December, January etc for several reasons (weather, football, the another virus wave)
Title: Re: 2020 MLB Season
Post by: BillyGr on August 01, 2020, 05:11:08 PM
Though if time gets short towards the end due to postponements, they could always cut the playoffs back to a more normal format, which would eliminate some time needed.
Title: Re: 2020 MLB Season
Post by: LiteBulb88 on August 01, 2020, 06:58:04 PM
MLB has already said that if they can't get all the games in, they'll use teams' winning percentages in the games they did play to figure out who makes the playoffs.
Title: Re: 2020 MLB Season
Post by: jude_este on August 01, 2020, 09:41:35 PM
Red Sox pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez ll miss the rest of the season as he recovers from a heart issue that he believes is myocarditis, an inflammation of the heart that the team believes is a result of the left-hander's recent bout with the coronavirus.

https://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/29579222/boston-red-sox-pitcher-eduardo-rodriguez-done-season-due-heart-issue
Title: Re: 2020 MLB Season
Post by: SeaBreeze341 on August 02, 2020, 10:45:00 PM
Meanwhile, looks like it's the end for Yoenis Cespedes.  After some concern following stories that he was M.I.A. it was just him opting out from the Mets in questionable fashion (https://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/29584055/mets-unable-get-contact-yoenis-cespedes).

Per Jeff Passen, Cespedes' agent informed the team mid-game but not before cleaning out his room and walking out
Title: Re: 2020 MLB Season
Post by: jude_este on August 04, 2020, 07:49:13 AM
The Field of Dreams game with The Chicago White Sox hosting the St. Louis Cardinals in Iowa has been postponed from August 13 until 2021 because of the novel coronavirus.

The MLB will keep the White Sox as one of the teams for the game next year with the other team not determined yet.

https://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/29590615/field-dreams-game-postponed-2021-due-coronavirus
Title: Re: 2020 MLB Season
Post by: Ccook on August 04, 2020, 11:25:50 AM
Braves pitcher Mike Soroka is out for the rest of the season and virtually all of next season after tearing an Achilles tendon in last night's 7-2 loss to the Mets.
Title: Re: 2020 MLB Season
Post by: PatrickRox80 on August 05, 2020, 11:46:34 PM
Itís not the baseball season until Angel Hernandez makes a donkey of himself.
Title: Re: 2020 MLB Season
Post by: Ccook on September 10, 2020, 01:24:43 PM
The Braves opened a can of you-know-what against Miami last night,  beating...no, annihilating them, 29-9. The 29 runs scored is the most by a National League team in the modern era and second overall to the 2007 Texas Rangers who put up 30 in a game vs. Baltimore.
Title: Re: 2020 MLB Season
Post by: SeaBreeze341 on September 10, 2020, 07:41:13 PM
At least they scored.  I'll never forget the Buccos/Brewers game in 2010.  The absolute peak & defining moment of Pittsburgh's 20 years of losing
Title: Re: 2020 MLB Season
Post by: jude_este on September 15, 2020, 05:29:16 PM
The MLB has announced their beginning with the division series as part of a bubble agreement between Major League Baseball and the players' association. That they are playing all their postseason games at bubble sites and for the first time since 1944, The World Series being played entirely at one stadium, with the Texas Rangers' new ballpark in Arlington being the stadium to host the series.

https://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/29891648/sources-mlb-mlbpa-agree-hold-playoffs-bubble-setting
Title: Re: 2020 MLB Season
Post by: SeaBreeze341 on September 16, 2020, 11:48:31 AM
I'm okay with that.  I actually like the bubble idea.  I can see why some wouldn't, but if there are no fans, it isn't a big deal to play in your home stadium.  Moreover, as mentioned, it would suck if someone tested positive right before a winner-take-all game or a pivotal point within a playoff series
Title: Re: 2020 MLB Season
Post by: moneygamelover on September 16, 2020, 12:35:50 PM
I would 100% support the postseason in EVERY sport being played in a bubble every year forevermore.  I've thought the quality of play in the NHL and NBA playoffs has been very good this year and I think the athletes and their performances s have benefited from not having to travel during series.  Even if things get better from a health POV in ensuing years, I still think bubbles should be the wave of the future for sports postseasons forevermore. Not having to travel during series is a big plus.
Title: Re: 2020 MLB Season
Post by: LiteBulb88 on September 16, 2020, 02:47:07 PM
Once COVID is controlled (whatever that means exactly), I don't see bubbles working in the postseason for whatever sport for two reasons:

1. It's asking A LOT from the players to be isolated from society for two months, even if they have their families with them for some of that time. I agree that we've seen great play in the NHL bubble (and possibly the NBA bubble, I haven't been watching that), but players understand the need to be in a bubble this year. If you ask them to be in a bubble every year, they're going to resist and some will opt out like Tuukka Rask did this year.

2. More importantly, a non-trivial part of the playoffs in normal years is that fans are in the stands, going crazy for their team. They're a large part of home field advantage and the fans who have been supporting the team throughout the regular season should be able to be there for the postseason!
Title: Re: 2020 MLB Season
Post by: mellongraig on September 25, 2020, 12:28:09 AM
The Washington Nationals, who were World Series champions last year, will not be returning to the playoffs this year.
Title: Re: 2020 MLB Season
Post by: PatrickRox80 on September 26, 2020, 09:34:24 AM
Doesnít like Lori Lightfoot will be giving Dan Bellino a key to the city anytime soon.
Title: Re: 2020 MLB Season
Post by: SeaBreeze341 on September 26, 2020, 05:36:55 PM
Yeah, I donít think so.  Though itís not the Cubs , but neverthelessÖ
Title: Re: 2020 MLB Season
Post by: UltraPrice on September 28, 2020, 01:05:21 AM
For the first time since 2003, the Marlins are in the MLB postseason and only the third time in franchise history. 
Title: Re: 2020 MLB Season
Post by: moneygamelover on September 28, 2020, 01:17:34 AM
Some "quick picks"

Dodgers over Brewers 2-0
Reds over Braves 2-1
Marlins over Cubs 2-1
Padres over Cardinals 2-1
Rays over Jays 2-0
As over White Sox 2-1
Twins over Astros 2-1
Yankees over Indians 2-1
Title: Re: 2020 MLB Season
Post by: mellongraig on September 28, 2020, 02:20:52 AM
One thing I will say that FOX has done this season which is a blessing is bringing back the original MLB theme they first used from 1996-2007 (with FSN affiliates using that version of the theme mainly up to 2010). It remains unclear if they will use it in the playoffs but I hope they do.
Title: Re: 2020 MLB Season
Post by: SeaBreeze341 on September 28, 2020, 08:59:21 AM
For the first time since 2003, the Marlins are in the MLB postseason and only the third time in franchise history. 

Looks like the Marlins are a nice bet to win the fall classic!  No shock from me if Miami wins the 2020 World Series!

One thing I will say that FOX has done this season which is a blessing is bringing back the original MLB theme they first used from 1996-2007 (with FSN affiliates using that version of the theme mainly up to 2010). It remains unclear if they will use it in the playoffs but I hope they do.

I think itís 50/50.  I didnít have a problem with the NFL Theme for their League Championship Series coverage & their World Series coverage.  Probably got used to it, and it fix well enough that I wasnít those saying it should be elusive to football.  Got a little pathetic when it started to show up during the UFC on Fox era and with their Soccer coverage. 

Thereís a remix used for both College Football & their College Hoops coverage, and I like both.  However, if they stick with their ďclassicĒ theme that would be awesome
Title: Re: 2020 MLB Season
Post by: PatrickRox80 on September 28, 2020, 12:25:46 PM
My picks:

Tampa over Toronto
NY Yankees over Cleveland
Houston over Minnesota
Oakland over Chicago White Sox
LA Dodgers over Milwaukee
St. Louis over San Diego
Miami over Chicago Cubs
Atlanta over Cincinnati
Title: Re: 2020 MLB Season
Post by: gameshowfandanny on September 28, 2020, 02:00:18 PM
These are my predictions for the Wild Card Series:
Minnesota Twins over Houston Astros
Oakland Athletics over Chicago White Sox
Tampa Bay Rays over Toronto Blue Jays
Cleveland Indians over New York Yankees
Atlanta Braves over Cincinnati Reds
Chicago Cubs over Miami Marlins
San Diego Padres over St. Louis Cardinals
Los Angeles Dodgers over Milwaukee Brewers
Title: Re: 2020 MLB Season
Post by: JayC on September 28, 2020, 11:15:22 PM
Looks like the Marlins are a nice bet to win the fall classic!  No shock from me if Miami wins the 2020 World Series!
The 1997 and 2003 Marlins had a lot more talent. I just don't see this team making a World Series run, maybe 1 or 2 series at most.

My predictions:
Rays over Blue Jays
Indians over Yankees
Twins over Astros
White Sox over Athletics
Dodgers over Brewers
Reds over Braves
Cubs over Marlins
Cardinals over Padres
Title: Re: 2020 MLB Season
Post by: SeaBreeze341 on September 29, 2020, 08:35:36 AM
The thing with the Marlins was a joke.  I donít expect them to do much.  While it technically is possible for them to win, they were also in a position where they couldíve done worse enough to obtain the worst pick.  Really, I thought they were going to get kicked out for their violations and the outbreak due to their total carelessness.

It is still amazing that theyíve never lost a playoff series (which led to my comment); their postseason history includes 1997 & 2003 and thatís it).  They donít even have a division title yet!
Title: Re: 2020 MLB Season
Post by: Ccook on September 30, 2020, 03:48:18 PM
Game 1 of Cincinnati-Atlanta becomes the first game in postseason history to be scoreless after 11 innings. They each had golden opportunities to score, but couldn't cash in.
Title: Re: 2020 MLB Season
Post by: Ccook on September 30, 2020, 05:05:33 PM
And Atlanta takes game 1, 1-0 in 13 innings on an RBI single from Freddie Freeman.
Title: Re: 2020 MLB Season
Post by: bigblue999 on September 30, 2020, 05:37:10 PM
Astros move on. The Twins have lost 18 consecutive playoff games dating back to the 2004 ALDS. Yikes!
Title: Re: 2020 MLB Season
Post by: PatrickRox80 on September 30, 2020, 05:49:32 PM
And now the umps have joined in on the Astros' favoritism. George Springer stays in the game even while yelling from the dugout. Eddie Rosario gets ejected as he's walking back two seconds after striking out and is then given the silent treatment. Good balance there.
Title: Re: 2020 MLB Season
Post by: tpirguyMN on September 30, 2020, 07:41:56 PM
The Twins have lost 18 consecutive playoff games dating back to the 2004 ALDS. Yikes!

....and the Twins are now 3-25 in the postseason since winning the ALDS in 2002...... :-(

I might need to change my profile pic...
Title: Re: 2020 MLB Season
Post by: PatrickRox80 on September 30, 2020, 09:55:29 PM
And now the Indians are unraveling. Gio Urshela just hit a grand slam of them.
Title: Re: 2020 MLB Season
Post by: SeaBreeze341 on October 01, 2020, 12:56:42 AM
....and the Twins are now 3-25 in the postseason since winning the ALDS in 2002...... :-(

I might need to change my profile pic...

Just don't make it a Buccos picture.  At least Minnesota's won a playoff series in the past 4 decades!
Title: Re: 2020 MLB Season
Post by: PatrickRox80 on October 01, 2020, 01:14:34 AM
Over six hours after the scheduled first pitch, the Yankees are off to the Division Series.
Title: Re: 2020 MLB Season
Post by: jude_este on October 01, 2020, 11:55:35 AM
As per this article from the Associated Press (https://apnews.com/article/virus-outbreak-mlb-new-york-baseball-texas-rangers-8b72e7e8fc3cf50ade632c6c2b17ba78). For the first time this season, Fans can attend the NL Championship Series and the World Series in Arlington, Major League Baseball said yesterday. There will be approximately 11,500 tickets will be available for each game that is about 28% of the 40,518-capacity, retractable-roof stadium of the Texas Rangers.

The pricing of the all-digital tickets is $40-250 for the NLCS and $75-450 for the World Series. With 10,550 seats in the regular sections of the ballpark and 950 in suites and will be sold for individual games in pods of four contiguous seats.

The pods will be distanced by at least 6 feet, and a checkerboard pattern will be used, with alternating rows of seats in the middle or at the ends and tying back unsold seats.

Also, there will be no seats sold in the first six rows within 20 feet of the field, dugouts, or the bullpen. Fans will not be allowed to the lowest level reserved for tier-one personnel of the MLB, such as players and managers.
Title: Re: 2020 MLB Season
Post by: Ccook on October 01, 2020, 03:35:02 PM
Atlanta advances to the DS, sweeping the Reds in a 5-0
victory at Truist Park. Cincinnati never scored.
Title: Re: 2020 MLB Season
Post by: PatrickRox80 on October 01, 2020, 10:44:57 PM
Don't count the Padres out. In an elimination game, they've turned a 6-2 deficit into a 9-6 lead.
Title: Re: 2020 MLB Season
Post by: Ccook on October 06, 2020, 05:41:26 PM
Atlanta takes game 1 of their NLDS, 9-5 over Miami. Unlike their Falcons counterparts,  the Braves took a late lead (after being down 4-1 earlier) and preserved it.
Title: Re: 2020 MLB Season
Post by: Ccook on October 07, 2020, 05:06:33 PM
Game 2 is won by Atlanta, 2-0. They are the third team in postseason history to have pitched three shutouts in the first four games (Baltimore in 1966 and the New York Giants in 1905 were the others).
Title: Re: 2020 MLB Season
Post by: PatrickRox80 on October 07, 2020, 07:29:38 PM
The A's stave off elimination against Houston.
Title: Re: 2020 MLB Season
Post by: SeaBreeze341 on October 07, 2020, 10:59:25 PM
Meanwhile, the Yankees are on the brink of elimination
Title: Re: 2020 MLB Season
Post by: Ccook on October 08, 2020, 05:42:08 PM
Atlanta sweeps the Marlins, progressing to the NLCS to face the Dodgers-Padres winner.
Title: Re: 2020 MLB Season
Post by: wink87 on October 08, 2020, 07:23:40 PM
Houston reaches the ALCS yet again by eliminating the Oakland Athletics 3 games to 1. Houston will take on the winner of Tampa vs New York.
Title: Re: 2020 MLB Season
Post by: UltraPrice on October 08, 2020, 09:07:17 PM
Atlanta sweeps the Marlins, progressing to the NLCS to face the Dodgers-Padres winner.

And the Marlins no longer hold the distinction of being the only MLB team to never lose a postseason series as they lose a playoff series for the first time in their 27 year history.

The Marlins still hold the distinction of being the only MLB team to never have a player hit for the cycle.
Title: Re: 2020 MLB Season
Post by: PatrickRox80 on October 08, 2020, 11:22:02 PM
The Astros won't know their opponent until tomorrow night. Game 5 between the Yankees and the Rays tomorrow.
Title: Re: 2020 MLB Season
Post by: jmorgan on October 09, 2020, 01:47:32 AM
However, we do know it will be the Dodgers and Braves in the NLCS.
Title: Re: 2020 MLB Season
Post by: Ccook on October 09, 2020, 04:07:31 AM
And the Braves better be ready for the Dodgers. They're  not the pushovers the Reds and Marlins were.
Title: Re: 2020 MLB Season
Post by: SeaBreeze341 on October 09, 2020, 07:12:01 AM
I think Atlanta will be okay.  They could defeat L.A. or make it interesting.  Despite the fact that Atlanta knocked out teams that wouldn't have been in the postseason in any other year, it was still rather historic what they've done, IMO.  Meanwhile, L.A. has the history of falling short where it counts the most.

Either team can win, but I think it should make for a great series.  Same with NY/Tampa's Game five followed by the winner of that against Houston, love them or hate them
Title: Re: 2020 MLB Season
Post by: PatrickRox80 on October 09, 2020, 10:32:57 PM
It'll be the Rays. Aroldis Chapman gives up a game-winning home run to a hitter he nearly beaned last month. Talk about a karmic jackpot.
Title: Re: 2020 MLB Season
Post by: SeaBreeze341 on October 09, 2020, 11:07:27 PM
I figured the Yanks would get there, prior the Game 5.  Hats off to Tampa, but sucks for New York.  Such is life.

Not that the Lakers have anything to do with what occurs in Baseball, but based on trends & success over the past quarter century, the Yankees seem to win it all around the time LA does (early 2000s, late 2000s).

Anyway, sucks New York didn't make it, but that meant the Rays are heading back to face the Astros in a rematch.  This time the stakes are much higher.  Houston is tough, but Tampa has been rather resilient over the past year.  Definitely rooting for them, and not because of whatever the Astros did.  I would've pulled for them anyway.  It'll be tough, however, but given the fact that the Rays were one of Houston's "victims" over the past couple of years, there is some momentum going into what should be a great series
Title: Re: 2020 MLB Season
Post by: pannoni1 on October 10, 2020, 07:18:23 AM
This is definitely the year of the sunbelt in sports, with not just the NBA and NHL championship series featuring two from that region, but now the MLB. In addition, the SEC and ACC (mostly sunbelt schools) are the two major NCAA football leagues currently up and running. Remember, prior to 1958, all MLB teams were located in either the Northeast/Mid-Atlantic or the Midwest. And its quite fitting for baseball since all playoff series from the DS round onwards are being played in warm-weather locales. I'm all for the Rays at this point; they're in the same division as my O's yet they've never won it all. It's ironic that the ALCS and not the NLCS is being broadcast on TBS though.
Title: Re: 2020 MLB Season
Post by: wink87 on October 10, 2020, 07:49:53 AM
It's ironic that the ALCS and not the NLCS is being broadcast on TBS though.

The ALCS is broadcast on TBS in even numbered years, while FOX gets the NLCS. Vice versa for odd numbered years.
Title: Re: 2020 MLB Season
Post by: UltraPrice on October 11, 2020, 01:25:11 AM
I predict Astros in 7 and Dodgers in 6.
Title: Re: 2020 MLB Season
Post by: Ccook on October 11, 2020, 04:15:15 AM
Tampa Bay and Los Angeles are favored in their respective game one tilts. The Fried-Buehler matchup in Atlanta-Los Angeles tomorrow is just about an even matchup (Fried 3.27 ERA, Buehler 3.38). Fried has struck out nine in the postseason and walked nobody; Buehler has walked 6 and struck out 16.
Title: Re: 2020 MLB Season
Post by: Ccook on October 13, 2020, 07:11:03 AM
Tampa Bay is up 2 games to 0 in the ALCS; Atlanta draws first blood in the NLCS.
Title: Re: 2020 MLB Season
Post by: SeaBreeze341 on October 13, 2020, 05:09:43 PM
Tampa Bay is up 2 games to 0 in the ALCS; Atlanta draws first blood in the NLCS.

Tampa the new Title Town?  Upon seeing that elsewhere, I'd be neutral over that concept, but things are looking good for the Rays.  Atlanta has been very dominant this postseason, so I don't think I would've been concerned with Kershaw playing.  Don't think it's over for LA if they lose Game 2, but it depends of tonight & tomorrow's games (even if they won on Wednesday)
Title: Re: 2020 MLB Season
Post by: PatrickRox80 on October 13, 2020, 10:18:42 PM
Atlanta almost chokes in Game 2, but they hang on to preserve a 2-0 series lead.
Title: Re: 2020 MLB Season
Post by: moneygamelover on October 13, 2020, 10:22:42 PM
I honestly thought that the Dodgers were going to tie it in that 9th inning. I don't have a dog in this fight but I had flashbacks to game 4 of the 1996 World Series and Jim Leyritz for a minute there. Tonight, the Braves held on by the hair of their chinny chin chin.
Title: Re: 2020 MLB Season
Post by: PatrickRox80 on October 14, 2020, 07:53:17 AM
The Rays are one game away from their second pennant.
Title: Re: 2020 MLB Season
Post by: Ccook on October 14, 2020, 08:11:48 AM
I can only hope the Braves don't pull a 1996 World Series. Up two games to zero against the Yankees, they lost the next four.
Title: Re: 2020 MLB Season
Post by: SeaBreeze341 on October 14, 2020, 10:07:02 AM
I can only hope the Braves don't pull a 1996 World Series. Up two games to zero against the Yankees, they lost the next four.


I wouldn't mind seeing that, personally.  Unless the Rays pull a Yankees 2004 ALCS performance.


Whomever comes out victorious from the League Championship Games will have a shot at winning the fall classic.  No big favorites, I don't think.  I'd bet for the ALCS winner; that series has been more competitive I think than the NLCS
Title: Re: 2020 MLB Season
Post by: Archviler on October 14, 2020, 10:56:02 AM
I can only hope the Braves don't pull a 1996 World Series. Up two games to zero against the Yankees, they lost the next four.

I really hope not, I still remember that collapse. One of many that somehow conspired to have one of the most dominant franchises of an era only get one World Series.

Leave the chokes to the Falcons, please.
Title: Re: 2020 MLB Season
Post by: bigblue999 on October 14, 2020, 06:56:26 PM
Dodgers put up 11 runs in the top of the first against the Braves, topping the Cardinals 10 run first inning last year against the Braves.
Title: Re: 2020 MLB Season
Post by: Ccook on October 15, 2020, 02:30:54 AM
The Dodgers go on to win, 15-3. Meanwhile Houston still has a pulse in the ALCS.
Title: Re: 2020 MLB Season
Post by: PatrickRox80 on October 15, 2020, 11:54:02 PM
Atlanta recovers to win Game 4 while Houston forces Game 6.
Title: Re: 2020 MLB Season
Post by: RatRace10 on October 16, 2020, 12:16:16 AM
That game took forever. According to my TV guide, the game should have been over at 11:00, not 12:05 which is when the news finally started on my Fox affiliate. Shouldn't Fox be giving more than three hours for the games this late in the season to avoid preemptions of late night programming and such?
Title: Re: 2020 MLB Season
Post by: Ccook on October 16, 2020, 07:32:08 AM
Our Fox affiliate runs the two celebrity train wreck shows Extra and TMZ after the news followed by a repeat of the news. If the game were to, say, go extra innings and bump those two shows to later hours (or bump them from airing altogether), the fans of those shows will just have to get over it. As George Carlin once told us, "Baseball has no time limit. You don't know when it's gonna end!"
Title: Re: 2020 MLB Season
Post by: PatrickRox80 on October 16, 2020, 08:54:44 PM
The NLCS game can't start soon enough. The Rays are choking away a 3-0 lead.
Title: Re: 2020 MLB Season
Post by: bigblue999 on October 16, 2020, 10:12:07 PM
And there will be a game 7.

The 2004 Yankees may have company by tomorrow.
Title: Re: 2020 MLB Season
Post by: moneygamelover on October 16, 2020, 11:33:39 PM
And Will Smith just homered off of Will Smith!
Title: Re: 2020 MLB Season
Post by: PatrickRox80 on October 16, 2020, 11:57:52 PM
And now the Braves don't feel like clinching either.
Title: Re: 2020 MLB Season
Post by: SeaBreeze341 on October 17, 2020, 12:17:22 AM
I think Tampa is done.  I actually concluded that before Game 6.  I was actually surprised that they were fortunate enough to win Game 3, while unlucky in Game 4; losing Game 5 was very painful since the line up & starters were ones in which the Rays probably wouldn't be able to score while starting pitching was unable to last long.  Houston's bullpen is not bad, but I cannot say the same for Tampa.


In my opinion, this pales in comparison to the 2004 Yankees.  Unlike New York, the Rays are a small market team where a postseason run is a nice bonus.  Furthermore, they're playing 7 games in 7 days.  That being said, there's no excuse to blow a series lead.  The Astros are playing 7 games in 7 days as well.  The 2004 collapse was a lot more painful based on the participants; at the same time it might have been a nice treat for the other half!


Title: Re: 2020 MLB Season
Post by: moneygamelover on October 17, 2020, 01:06:39 AM
I legit have ZERO gut feeling about Astros-Rays game 7. It legit won't surprise me whichever way it goes.

The aforementioned 2004 ALCS is a major reason I consider Mariano Rivera to be overrated as he blew back to back saves in games 4 and 5 of that series and played a key role in the 2004 Yankees becoming the 1st team to blow a 3-0 lead.

I predict the Braves win the NL pennant tomorrow. I think Fried gets the job done.  You can't write off the Dodgers off because of their strong lineup but Fried pitched really well in game 1 and I see no reason he can't do it again.
Title: Re: 2020 MLB Season
Post by: wink87 on October 17, 2020, 06:53:15 AM
I started to get  a good feeling about Houston after game 5. Momentum is clearly on their side now.
Title: Re: 2020 MLB Season
Post by: Ccook on October 17, 2020, 09:19:22 AM
If Atlanta doesn't win today, they will not win the decider tomorrow. It's a long standing stigma with Atlanta teams. The team favored against them kicks it up a notch when the chips are down. I hope I'm wrong, but while my heart says Braves,  my wallet says Dodgers.
Title: Re: 2020 MLB Season
Post by: JayC on October 17, 2020, 11:51:29 AM
In my opinion, this pales in comparison to the 2004 Yankees.  Unlike New York, the Rays are a small market team where a postseason run is a nice bonus.  Furthermore, they're playing 7 games in 7 days.  That being said, there's no excuse to blow a series lead.  The Astros are playing 7 games in 7 days as well.  The 2004 collapse was a lot more painful based on the participants; at the same time it might have been a nice treat for the other half!
Not to mention being played at a neutral site this year, with only a small amount of fans allowed. The Rays still have no excuse if they lose tonight, they didn't get the overall #1 seed just out of luck. That said, the Astros have a lot of fight and are embracing the role of being the enemy.

The aforementioned 2004 ALCS is a major reason I consider Mariano Rivera to be overrated as he blew back to back saves in games 4 and 5 of that series and played a key role in the 2004 Yankees becoming the 1st team to blow a 3-0 lead.
That's pretty unfair. The Red Sox in 2004 were really the only team besides the Diamondbacks in game 7 of the 2001 World Series to get to him, otherwise Mariano was spectacular in the playoffs.
Title: Re: 2020 MLB Season
Post by: Ccook on October 17, 2020, 05:50:11 PM
Max Fried surrenders back-to-back jacks in L.A.'s three-run first.
Title: Re: 2020 MLB Season
Post by: SeaBreeze341 on October 17, 2020, 07:52:29 PM
If Atlanta doesn't win today, they will not win the decider tomorrow. It's a long standing stigma with Atlanta teams. The team favored against them kicks it up a notch when the chips are down. I hope I'm wrong, but while my heart says Braves,  my wallet says Dodgers.

The 1992 Pirates might disagree with that statement.  Atlanta might blow a 3-1 lead, but they still have to play Game 7 to decide whom from the NL will face Houston or whomever emerges from the AL
Title: Re: 2020 MLB Season
Post by: Ccook on October 17, 2020, 08:12:37 PM
Dodgers take game six. Winner-take-all tomorrow night.
Title: Re: 2020 MLB Season
Post by: moneygamelover on October 17, 2020, 08:37:12 PM
Fried actually pitched really well after that disastrous 1st inning. The Braves shot themselves in the foot by not being able to score. The Braves actually loaded the bases with no outs in the 2nd inning and didn't score in that inning. Meanwhile, Jansen has his business together as he recorded a 6 pitch save. With Fried off the board for the Braves, you gotta favor the Dodgers in game 7.
Title: Re: 2020 MLB Season
Post by: LiteBulb88 on October 17, 2020, 08:41:47 PM
This is the first time since 2004 that both LCS's have gone to a game 7. (Baseball writer Jayson Stark has called the 2004 NLCS the best postseason series no one saw (https://thesportsdaily.com/2018/10/05/2004-nlcs-the-best-postseason-series-ever-that-no-one-saw-rgrop11/)--while the Red Sox were coming back from their 3-0 deficit to the Yankees, the Astros and Cardinals were having a crazy back and forth series that got overshadowed.)
Title: Re: 2020 MLB Season
Post by: Ccook on October 17, 2020, 10:15:56 PM
Ian Anderson makes his third postseason start for Atlanta and is undefeated; Tony Gonsolin makes his postseason debut for the Dodgers.

Elsewhere, Tampa Bay has a 3-0 lead on Houston.
Title: Re: 2020 MLB Season
Post by: PatrickRox80 on October 17, 2020, 11:52:49 PM
Coming all the way back to force a Game 7, but the Astros lose it. The Rays are World Series bound.
Title: Re: 2020 MLB Season
Post by: SeaBreeze341 on October 18, 2020, 12:09:13 AM
Thank goodness!  That was close; Cash nearly blew it for Tampa, but the Rays survive.


Several are still hoping for Atlanta (man, has to suck right now for sports radio in that area at the current moment).  Either NL team I'd be okay with, but I'd love to see the Dodgers get another shot at a real team
Title: Re: 2020 MLB Season
Post by: moneygamelover on October 18, 2020, 12:19:24 AM
Thank goodness!  That was close; Cash nearly blew it for Tampa, but the Rays survive.


Several are still hoping for Atlanta (man, has to suck right now for sports radio in that area at the current moment).  Either NL team I'd be okay with, but I'd love to see the Dodgers get another shot at a real team
By Cash nearly blowing it, are you saying he should have stuck with Morton longer?

Either way, Morton has clearly established himself as elite big game pitcher. The funny thing for me is, before the game I had NO gut feel for it but now that it's over it feels as though I should have known all along that the Rays would win tonight.
Title: Re: 2020 MLB Season
Post by: SeaBreeze341 on October 18, 2020, 07:21:29 PM
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By Cash nearly blowing it, are you saying he should have stuck with Morton longer?


Yep.  I get wanting to save him for the World Series, but they hadn't won it yet.  I get thinking he might blow it, but I'd trust a guy that's undefeated in winner-take-all games over a bullpen that is more likely to blow it.  The nerves from blowing a series-lead might've factored in.

Fortunately it turns out it was okay.  I still would have disagreed if the series was back and forth as opposed to a couple 3-game winning streaks within the series.  66 pitches in the postseason isn't much, IMO
Title: Re: 2020 MLB Season
Post by: PatrickRox80 on October 18, 2020, 11:53:07 PM
It'll be Dodgers and Rays in the World Series.
Title: Re: 2020 MLB Season
Post by: moneygamelover on October 18, 2020, 11:58:11 PM
Both number 1 seeds are in the World Series as Hernandez and Bellinger hit key home runs for the Dodgers. I was surprised that the Dodgers didn't go to Jansen in the 9th after how well he'd closed out games 5 and 6 but all the credit in the world to Urias for a GREAT outing tonight.
Title: Re: 2020 MLB Season
Post by: bigblue999 on October 19, 2020, 12:08:06 AM
Another year, another Atlanta blown big lead.
Title: Re: 2020 MLB Season
Post by: SeaBreeze341 on October 19, 2020, 12:11:38 AM
Another year, another Atlanta blown big lead.

Another sport, another Atlanta blown lead.


I don't expect Atlanta to have 20 consecutive losing seasons, but I didn't expect chalk either, given how Tampa blew it but survived, while I didn't think there was enough momentum for L.A. to overcome their deficit
Title: Re: 2020 MLB Season
Post by: Ccook on October 19, 2020, 01:15:30 AM
Just shows how Atlanta teams can't handle prosperity.

Just as well, seeing how whoever wins the World Series will have the mother of all asterisks next to their name.
Title: Re: 2020 MLB Season
Post by: moneygamelover on October 19, 2020, 01:34:48 AM
One other note of interest is that we will now have some kind of a double. Either Tampa Bay gets a Stanley Cup champions/World Series champions double or Los Angeles gets an NBA Champions/World Series Champions double.
Title: Re: 2020 MLB Season
Post by: UltraPrice on October 20, 2020, 05:21:23 PM
I predict Dodgers in 6.
Title: Re: 2020 MLB Season
Post by: geniusinmath on October 20, 2020, 05:28:24 PM
I predict the Rays in 6.
Title: Re: 2020 MLB Season
Post by: wink87 on October 20, 2020, 05:54:26 PM
I'll take a wild guess and say Rays in 5.
Title: Re: 2020 MLB Season
Post by: TPIRfan#9821 on October 20, 2020, 06:07:54 PM
Dodgers in 5, just because the Rays really looked out of steam when they nearly blew a 3-0.
Title: Re: 2020 MLB Season
Post by: SeaBreeze341 on October 20, 2020, 06:52:39 PM
Dodgers in 5, just because the Rays really looked out of steam when they nearly blew a 3-0.


I probably should predict Rays in 4 just off of that fact.  I'll go with L.A. in 5; want to see both the Dodgers and Tampa win (meaning I'll be okay with either team winning), but I'm rooting for Tampa more than Los Angeles
Title: Re: 2020 MLB Season
Post by: PatrickRox80 on October 20, 2020, 11:36:30 PM
Kershaw pitches a rare gem, and the Dodgers take Game 1.
Title: Re: 2020 MLB Season
Post by: Ccook on October 21, 2020, 12:46:38 AM
As a SoCal native, I must go with the Dodgers by default. They're off to a good start.
Title: Re: 2020 MLB Season
Post by: PatrickRox80 on October 22, 2020, 12:30:30 AM
Rays even the series with a Game 2 win.
Title: Re: 2020 MLB Season
Post by: SeaBreeze341 on October 22, 2020, 01:56:32 AM
It looked like Tampa was about to blow it, which would've sucked, as Snell was dealing.  Blake went from no-hitting the Dodgers through 4 2/3 to being out of the game.  That meant someone else could throw one pitch and "steal" the win.  Such an awful rule though the goal was for Tampa to win, so there's that
Title: Re: 2020 MLB Season
Post by: Teddy on October 23, 2020, 09:20:20 PM
One other note of interest is that we will now have some kind of a double. Either Tampa Bay gets a Stanley Cup champions/World Series champions double or Los Angeles gets an NBA Champions/World Series Champions double.
If it's L.A., then this would be the second time it's happened (with the first one occurring 32 years ago, in 1988).
Title: Re: 2020 MLB Season
Post by: SeaBreeze341 on October 24, 2020, 01:15:57 AM
I wonder if there could be honorable mention of 2002 as some might consider Anaheim a suburb of L.A. more than a city in its own right.


Man, Charlie Morton turned into Buccos Morton tonight.  Not sure who'll win Game 4, but so far this postseason none of the series have been one-sided.  Well, maybe the early rounds.  Of course, the games themselves have been one-sided, but you could see LA get to 16 runs in a 16-4 rout, only to get pummeled in Game 5 by a similar score
Title: Re: 2020 MLB Season
Post by: LiteBulb88 on October 25, 2020, 12:27:09 AM
With 2 outs in the 9th, the Rays pull off a stunning comeback win with a hit from a guy who hadn't had a hit in a month and a little help from the Dodgers' defense to tie the series. Baseball truly is an amazing sport.
Title: Re: 2020 MLB Season
Post by: SeaBreeze341 on October 25, 2020, 12:16:24 PM
With 2 outs in the 9th, the Rays pull off a stunning comeback win with a hit from a guy who hadn't had a hit in a month and a little help from the Dodgers' defense to tie the series. Baseball truly is an amazing sport.

And Los Angeles was down to their last strike.  I thought it would end on a 2-run homer, and when it didn't I thought it was going to go into extras.

This was a bad and forth game, in my opinion.  Probably the best game of the series, and definitely better than Game 3. 

Whatever happens, we have a series, no one is blowing a 3-1 lead, and for those that might want to watch Sunday Night Football or if you want to get some sleep for the start of the workweek, then you can.  There will be a game on Tuesday
Title: Re: 2020 MLB Season
Post by: LiteBulb88 on October 25, 2020, 11:41:45 PM
The Dodgers prove once again that in baseball, momentum is the next day's pitcher. Kershaw outdueled Glasnow for a 4-2 LA win and a 3-2 LA series lead.
Title: Re: 2020 MLB Season
Post by: SeaBreeze341 on October 27, 2020, 07:54:29 PM
Hopefully LA will close it out tonight.  I don't know if they or anyone wants to deal with Charlie Morton if Tampa survives tonight.  Of course, the series could've ended on Sunday!
Title: Re: 2020 MLB Season
Post by: PatrickRox80 on October 27, 2020, 11:38:14 PM
The Dodgers are World Champs for the first time in 32 years.

If Mookie Betts isn't voted MVP, I'll be shocked.
Title: Re: 2020 MLB Season
Post by: moneygamelover on October 27, 2020, 11:42:09 PM
Congratulations to the 2020 World Champion Los Angeles Dodgers. There was no question who was the best team in MLB this year. We in fact have a 1988 repeat of a Lakers/Dodgers double.
Title: Re: 2020 MLB Season
Post by: SeaBreeze341 on October 27, 2020, 11:42:38 PM
If Betts isn't the MVP, I'll be surprised, but not shocked if Kershaw gets it.  It's your typical "give it to the most connected or the player fans and everyone else can recognize more than someone else"
Title: Re: 2020 MLB Season
Post by: UltraPrice on October 28, 2020, 12:10:03 AM
Congratulations to the Dodgers!  Nice to see Kershaw get a World Series ring.
Title: Re: 2020 MLB Season
Post by: Ccook on October 28, 2020, 03:05:08 AM
Dodgers 3B Justin Turner was removed from the game after he tested positive for COVID-19 (first positive result in MLB in the past 59 games), but he returned, masked, to celebrate with his teammates.
Title: Re: 2020 MLB Season
Post by: moneygamelover on October 28, 2020, 03:45:50 AM
As for the MVP, it went to Corey Seager. https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/30206597/bullpen-carries-los-angeles-dodgers-game-6-win-first-world-series-title-1988%3fplatform=amp

Apparently, Turner was seen without his mask later on in the celebration. https://www.google.com/amp/s/nypost.com/2020/10/28/justin-turner-takes-off-mask-in-dodgers-celebration-after-positive-coronavirus-test/amp/
Title: Re: 2020 MLB Season
Post by: AussieEvil on October 28, 2020, 11:40:23 AM
Horrible day for me as a Giants fan. 2020 keeps finding ways of kicking me in the balls.
Title: Re: 2020 MLB Season
Post by: Teddy on October 28, 2020, 07:23:42 PM
Congrats to the Dodgers for winning the World Series!
Title: Re: 2020 MLB Season
Post by: PatrickRox80 on October 28, 2020, 07:48:26 PM
When "Justin Turner" is getting more hits on Google then "Justin Bieber", you know something's wrong.
Title: Re: 2020 MLB Season
Post by: SeaBreeze341 on October 28, 2020, 08:55:18 PM
When "Justin Turner" is getting more hits on Google then "Justin Bieber", you know something's wrong.

Something is wrong, I'll give you that.  But if this were 2010 and not 2020, I would have no words