Open Thread: Royals vs. O’s Game 4

Greetings, everyone!

I thought that if you were watching Game 4 of the 2014 ALCS, you’d want a place to discuss the events and well, here we are. It’s your open/game thread for the day.

This has been some series for the Royals. They have that 2007 Rockies thing happening which could be a good thing with regards to LCS but a bad thing if there’s a long layoff between the LCS and WS. They have a chance of sweeping the O’s out of town with a win this afternoon/evening and after 29 years, the fans in KC are pumped up.

I’ll admit I’ve been watching the games with an eye on the TV and my better eye on my computer so I am only paying half attention BUT I will watch today’s game intently because it could be a clincher.

And if you’ve been away from your computers, well, you’ve missed the whole hullabaloo surrounding Jeremy Guthrie’s t-shirt last night.…

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NL Wild Card Game Thread: SF vs. PIT

The bar for Wild Card drama was set pretty high last night, and I don’t know what the Giants and Pirates have in store for a follow-up tonight, but I doubt it’s going to live up to last night’s standards.  Madison Bumgarner gets the ball for San Fran, Edinson Volquez for the Pirates, and my Vietro Senses are telling me to go with the Giants.  Bumgarner is a stud.

Here’s your game thread if you’re watching, or feel free to talk about anything else.  Today’s Yankee injury news isn’t good, because of course it’s not when yesterday’s was.  Turns out the pitch to the head that Eric Jagielo took over the weekend broke a bone in his face and he’ll be out 4-6 weeks.  Mark Newman confirmed that to Josh Norris.  Jagielo won’t be playing in the AZFL and the Yanks will have to pick a replacement.  Bummer.

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AL Wild Card Game Thread: OAK vs. KC

Baseball season continues for those who were lucky and good enough to make it to the postseason tonight when the Oakland A’s and Kansas City Royals face off for the right to play in the divisional round.  Jon Lester and James Shields are the starting pitchers, both brought in to pitch in this exact type of game by their respective teams and both pitching for a big payday in the upcoming offseason.  I wouldn’t mind seeing the Yanks pursue either, but I don’t think they need to be all-in on either of them with all the pitching depth they have.

Here’s your thread for tonight’s game if you’re interested.  You can also use it to discuss Carlos Beltran‘s successful elbow surgery, continue to debate the merits of the Yankee free agents and their returning players, or as a suggestion box for more season review ideas.  We’ll start with the official review, “The Best & Worst of the 2014 Season”, next Monday.  …

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Game 162: The End.

There is a sense of finality to today’s action that I have not felt in … well … ever. Some of that is certainly due to the fact that this is only the second time since my adolescence that the team has failed to make the playoffs, and even more stems from the fact that this is the last stop of Derek Jeter‘s brilliant career. Beyond that, though, this season simply feels disconnected from the Yankees reality. Looking at today’s lineup, it is quite likely that only two of the nine players in the starting lineup will be with the team next season – and one of them will be playing a different position.

Suzuki, Headley, Drew, and Young are free agents at year’s end, and Cervelli has been bandied about as a trade candidate for what feels like forever. I would certainly welcome back all but Suzuki in at least a platoon or back-up role, but who knows how the market will look for Headley and Drew?…

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Game 161: Tanaka’s Last Start

The first start for Masahiro Tanaka off the DL was a positive one.  Both he and the Yankee coaching staff will be hoping for a repeat of that today in his final start of his rookie season.  Tanaka is scheduled for 70-80 pitches again, and if he comes through feeling good then the Yanks should feel good about sending him into the offseason and preparing for his return as the ace of next year’s staff.

The Captain is back in the lineup today as the DH.  Here’s the full 9-man starting lineup:

1) Ichiro- RF
2) Jeter- DH
3) Big Mac- C
4) It’s Headley- 1B
5) Young Chris- LF
6) Drew- SS
7) Pirela- 3B
8) B-Ry- 2B
9) Eury Perez- CF

First pitch is in about an hour.  Let’s go Yankees!

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Game 160: Capuano v. Wright

Six months ago, how many people would have thought that this game would have been all but meaningless? Or that the Red Sox would be trotting out seven rookies at this point in the season, including a 30-year-old knuckleballer (which is only one more than the Yankees tonight)? Or that the Yankees two best hitters in down the stretch would be a Mets cast-off and a guy that had a 97 wRC+ in his previous 800+ PA?

Ain’t baseball grand?

New York Yankees Boston Red Sox
Jose Pirela, 2B Mookie Betts, 2B
Eury Perez, CF Xander Bogaerts, SS
Francisco Cervelli, 1B Yoenis Cespedes, DH
Chris Young, LF Allen Craig, RF
John Ryan Murphy, C Garin Cecchini, 3B
Austin Romine, DH Rusney Castillo, CF
Brendan Ryan, SS Bryce Brentz, LF
Zelous Wheeler, 3B Ryan Lavarnway, 1B
Antoan Richardson, RF Dan Butler, C
Chris Capuano, SP Steven Wright, SP
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Game 159: Everything Has to Come to an End Sometime

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Game 158: Norris v. Greene

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Game 157: The Return Of Teix (Again, For The Umpteenth Time)

Give Mark Teixeira credit.  He isn’t taking the easy way out and shutting himself and his now officially fragile body down for the year.  He got a third cortisone injection and he’s back in the starting lineup tonight as the first baseman.  Here’s the full lineup:

1) Brett Gardner- CF
2) Derek Jeter- SS
3) Brian McCann- C
4) Chase Headley- 3B
5) Mark Teixeira- 1B
6) Chris Young- LF
7) Stephen Drew- 2B
8) Ichiro Suzuki- RF
9) Jose Pirela- DH

Brandon McCarthy gets the start for the Bombers as he continues his quest to get paaaaaiiiiiiiid this offseason.  This one’s to make 2 separate 3-game win streaks in 7 games.  Let’s go Yankees!

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