2nd Wild Card Games

Tonight’s game: Orioles at Blue Jays, 5:00PM PT, TV: TBS

With nearly 500 home runs between them this season, these teams will probably give us a 2-1 nailbiter instead. The Orioles send RHP Chris Tillman (16-6, 3.77 ERA) out to do battle with the Jays’ RHP Marcus Stroman (9-10, 4.37 ERA).

Stroman led all qualified starters in MLB with a 60.1 percent ground-ball rate; nobody’s saying so, but it may be the Jays are hoping he can keep the Orioles from hitting long fly balls for homers. Tillman had a 1-0 mark and a 3.63 ERA in four starts against Toronto.

Tomorrow night’s game: Giants at Mets, 5:00PM PT, TV: ESPN

The Giants send LHP Madison Bumgarner (15-9, 2.79 ERA) to the mound at Citi Field to face the Mets’ RHP Noah Syndergaard (14-9, 2.60 ERA). The Mets were hot coming down the stretch: they had a .643 winning percentage from Sept. 1 on. Conversely, the Giants were awful the entire second half of the season: they were 30-42 after the All-Star break.

  • HLKLA

    There is a possibility that some of our games with the Nats may be hurricaned out.

    • HLKLA

      Sorry, I guess this was already discussed on the previous thread.

      • John_from_Aus

        Just play them all at Dodger stadium, that would solve the problem

        • WinnipegDave

          Makes for an interesting question as to HFA. Is it having last at bats, or being at home/fans cheering for you that makes it more advantageous?

          • WinnipegDave

            Obviously in basketball it’s being at home with your own fans that makes the difference – often a big difference.

          • WBBsAs

            Last AB by far, but HFA is more significant in the regular season, with usually rested team v. other team that’s been traveling. Crowd makes no difference whatsoever.

  • WBBsAs
    • HLKLA

      Barnes over Hernandez. Interesting.

      • WinnipegDave

        It’s the right call.

        • WBBsAs

          Barnes has played very little, though, so it’s hard to expect much from him at the plate.

          • WinnipegDave

            Hernandez has done very little at the plate, so it’s hard to imagine much from him at the plate.

          • WBBsAs

            True. I’m just surprised that Barnes got so little playing time, despite his versatility.

          • Bob_Hendley

            He may not play much, but he does free up the use of Cooch’s right hand bat as a PH.

          • WBBsAs

            You’re back from the Banda Oriental, then?

        • HLKLA

          Totally agree. If you do not hit, you do not play.

  • WinnipegDave

    Some “fan” at the ALWC Game in Toronto threw a can of beer right at Kim’s head just as he was trying to make the catch.

    • WBBsAs

      I saw that – not very Canadian, is it?

      • WinnipegDave

        Not at all. Although, I’m sure we have our fair share of idiots as well. Seen it happen at football games but never at hockey.

        • WBBsAs

          I’d think it would be likelier at hockey games.

          • WinnipegDave

            Exactly. But if it has happened, I haven’t seen it at all.

  • Friedman and Roberts explain their picks for the NLDS roster.

  • WinnipegDave

    So either a walk off win or a heartbreaking loss for Toronto.

  • Bob_Hendley

    O’s dee comes into play.

  • Bob_Hendley

    That’s all she wrote.

  • WBBsAs

    Showalter decides to save his best reliever for the save situation.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Next year I guess.

  • WBBsAs

    O Canada!

    • WinnipegDave

      Yeah I guess so.

      • WBBsAs

        A grateful Ontario acknowledges Showalter for resting his best reliever.

  • If the voters have the brains given to kumquats, they will vote for Corey Seager for ROY. Look at this comparison to Bryce Harper’s ROY years in 2012.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Interesting, Corey has been amazing, but of course they are not actually competing against each other.

    • Bob_Hendley

      I see that the voting was pretty close in 2012, with Wade Miley (SVS’s best friend) right behind Harper. He put up 16-11 3.33 ERA for the Snakes. With all the hoopla, Harper was not top ten in any batting category, whereas Miley was for wins and ERA

  • HLKLA

    I would like to watch the Wild Card Game today, but I do not want MadBum staring me down.

    • WBBsAs

      I refuse to look at BadGums.

      • Bob_Hendley

        As is his want.

        • WBBsAs

          He doesn’t deserve my look – or Puig’s, for that matter.

          • John_from_Aus

            At least he can’t see me from so far away

  • Bob_Hendley

    I understand that we have 7 rookies on the NLDS roster. Does that include Doc?

  • Bob_Hendley

    Gunna be a long night. Bochy goes with 11 pitchers on the roster. Nunez not picked (injured).

    • WBBsAs

      Even if I weren’t blacked out, I wouldn’t watch.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    No longer interesting for Bumgarner . . . Let’s go, Mets!

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Then Loney DP.

    • Let’s Go Mets! reminded me of Tom Seaver. He’s 71 years old now. Jerry Koosman is 73 and Ken Holtzman is 70. There’s your Mets starting rotation in 1969 (I think).

      Oops. Why did I think Holtzman pitched for the Mets? Gary Gentry was the third starter in ’69.

  • RBI

    Really want the Mets to win this one. Based loaded, two outs, top of the 8th. Grrrr.

  • RBI

    And he gets Pence!!!

  • WinnipegDave

    I would be fine if old friend Loney got on base and scored a run next inning.

  • WinnipegDave

    MadBum with his dark magic. He is so Faustian.

  • WinnipegDave

    Boo.

  • WinnipegDave

    I must say I’m not at all surprised that SF will win the NLWC. Just utterly disappointed and disgusted.

    • WinnipegDave

      Wow Dave. Utterly disappointed? Disgusted? Bit strong, don’t you think? Lol.

      Ah well, here’s to vulnerability and expressing emotion I guess.

      • Bob_Hendley

        My (unexpressed) thoughts exactly.

  • RBI

    Ugh.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Bring ’em on! Well, after we beat the Nats and they beat the Cubbies (knock on wood).

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Careful what you wish for. They definitely know how to win in postseason and Bumgarner goes to a different level.
      Go, Dodgers!
      Go, Cubs!

      • Bob_Hendley

        If they are the team to beat, then we need to beat them.

        • Bob_in_Vegas

          Could’ve done that last weekend and they wouldn’t be a problem for anyone.
          Hopefully the Dodgers didn’t because they had other priorities.

          • Bob_Hendley

            I’d pay to see a NLCS between the Dodgers and the giants! (which would be a high price as I don’t live anywhere near LA or SF).

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            Are you going to either of the DC games?

          • Bob_Hendley

            Got tix for both Friday and Saturday (and even for next Thursday). Game 1 we are right above the visitors pen, so get to see Klayton warm up nice and close.

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            Fantastic! Bring ’em luck!

  • Boo, hiss. Wrong team won.

  • HLKLA

    We may come to regret our inability to keep the Giants out of the post season.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Cards and Mets already do.

  • WBBsAs

    When two unworthy teams play, they both deserve to lose.

  • Bob_Hendley
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