2017 World Series Game 7 Live Blog

7:56
Dave Cameron: Happy Game 7 everyone!

7:56
Dave Cameron:

I am rooting for

The Dodgers (46.5% | 154 votes)
 
The Astros (53.4% | 177 votes)
 

Total Votes: 331
7:56
Dave Cameron:

I think the

Dodgers will win (62.3% | 195 votes)
 
Astros will win (37.6% | 118 votes)
 

Total Votes: 313
7:57
Dave Cameron:

Clayton Kershaw will face

0 batters (2.1% | 7 votes)
 
1-3 batters (16.4% | 53 votes)
 
4-6 batters (48.7% | 157 votes)
 
7-9 batters (22.9% | 74 votes)
 
9+ batters (9.6% | 31 votes)
 

Total Votes: 322
7:58
Dave Cameron:

Justin Verlander will face

0 batters (36.7% | 116 votes)
 
1-3 batters (42.4% | 134 votes)
 
4-6 batters (14.8% | 47 votes)
 
6-9 batters (3.1% | 10 votes)
 
7-ow my arm (2.8% | 9 votes)
 

Total Votes: 316
7:58
Dave Cameron:

Who lasts longer?

Darvish (50.8% | 152 votes)
 
McCullers (49.1% | 147 votes)
 

Total Votes: 299

8:00
Dave Cameron:

Charlie Morton’s stuff will make me say

Holy $*!& (13.4% | 38 votes)
 
Unfair (5.3% | 15 votes)
 
Nasty (19.8% | 56 votes)
 
That’s Charlie Morton? (61.3% | 173 votes)
 

Total Votes: 282
8:02
Byron Buxton: Hi Dave!

8:02
Dave Cameron: Hi Byron!

8:02
Ray Liotta as Shoeless Joe: Dave will post X more polls:

8:02
Dave Cameron: 0, for now.

8:02
Captain Melvin Seahorse: If I write something here it appears in chat?!?

8:02
Dave Cameron: Depends on what you say.

8:02
Pie: I made an impromptu trip to LA yesterday for Game 6. It took me *2.5 hours* to get to the stadium

8:02
Dave Cameron: Was Brian McCann carrying you?

8:02
Guessed: Now that you can’t vote for “more baseball”, do you have a rooting interest?

8:03
Dave Cameron: A good game that isn’t decided by the slide replay.

8:03
Dave Cameron: Or a bad call.

8:03
Dave Cameron: Just one clear winner who outplays the other tonight.

8:03
Pie: I was carrying Brian McCann!

8:03
Joe: Is there anyway Maeda would be more valuable in relief during the regular season?

8:03
Dave Cameron: Yup.

8:04
Dave Cameron: If Morrow doesn’t come back, I could see him as their primary setup guy next year.

8:04
Dave Cameron: They’d have to re-work his contract, though, since so much of it was incentive based and tied to starts.

8:04
Avg Giants Fan: I think watching the D^%gers win it will be more painful than watching the Giants lose it.

8:04
NtflxnRichHill: Hey Dave, thanks for anther great year and the constant coverage… and everything.

8:05
Dave Cameron: Thanks for hanging with us.

8:05
Jstodola : If this game ends in a blowout, can we still say this series one of the greatest ever?

8:05
Dave Cameron: Yes. The first six were that good.

8:06
The Hamburglar: I love baseball, but I think I’m ready for it to be over after tonight. Been a great, but very long/tiring month

8:06
Dave Cameron: My wife nods vigorously.

8:06
John Autin: If YOU ran the Dodgers and were faced with the same 5th-inning quagmire as Hill had last night, would you bring in Jansen?

8:07
Dave Cameron: Tonight? Yeah, I think you have to use Jansen to go after the 1-4 guys when you don’t have any good alternatives. So if Darvish can’t make it through 5 and those guys are coming up, then Jansen.

8:07
NtflxnRichHill: Where’s Kip tonight?!!

8:07
Dave Cameron: At Jacob’s daughter’s birthday party

8:07
Show Hey O’Tawny: Joey Votto called McCullers’ curve a slider. Thoughts?

8:08
Dave Cameron: It’s one of the reasons I like the term breaking ball. Some of these pitches very much blur the lines.

8:08
NtflxnRichHill: Also, haven’t you only lived in Bend less than a year. As an adult with a child who works from home…how do you have 3 friends! Are you the most charming man alive?

8:08
Dave Cameron: My wife shakes her head vigorously.

8:09
Dave Cameron: (Kip’s son was in my son’s preschool class, we live on the same street, so I just stole his friends)

8:09
LJS: is there a real chance of J-Ver pitching tonight?

8:09
Dave Cameron: Yeah, if it’s close and they burn through their other SPs, I bet we see him for a few batters.

8:09
Hideo Nomo: Greetings from Holland. 1 AM here, now let’s pray I don’t fall asleep….

8:09
Dave Cameron: That’s dedication.

8:11
Chuckb: Is there a sense as to who others in your area want to win? Pro-Astros bc AL or anti-Astros since they’re in the same division as the M’s?

8:11
Dave Cameron: My area is full of X-games burnouts who don’t know this game is going on but are looking forward to shredding some pow, bro.

8:12
Hannah Hochevar: Are these hypothetical wife reactions or is she really following your feed?

8:12
Dave Cameron: I’m speaking for her, but I’m pretty sure I’m right.

8:12
Giant in Germany: Hideo, you’re not alone…

8:12
MarkG: Great to watch with you guys from the Jakarta Marriot. 7am here.

8:13
Zachary: I’m nervous and I’m not even a fan of these teams.

8:13
RyanW: Over/under 4.5 hrs tonight?

8:13
Dave Cameron: Under

8:13
Jamie: Watching in Tokyo from my Airbnb <3

8:13
Sgt. Pepper: Hopefully over

8:13
Dave Cameron: Ok sadist

8:14
Mike:

Brandon Morrow is throwing out the ceremonial first pitch
2 Nov 2017
8:14
Joe: Chilling it Chicago 7 PM right now. Don’t know if I’ll make it

8:14
Tony: Hello Hideo and Giant, I’m in Zurich, also 1 am!

8:14
Buzz: Great to join you guys from the moon, not sure what time it is here.

8:14
LJS: Hey Hideo from Holland! I’m in Germany!

8:14
Glenn : If the Darvish/Jansen/Kershaw plan trips up, where do you think it will trip up?

8:15
Dave Cameron: Kershaw on short rest hasn’t been great. If he has to roll through the good Houston hitters, that could be trouble.

8:15
Shirtless Lars Anderson: Watching from a public bath just outside of Kyoto.

8:15
Show Hey O’Tawny: I’m choosing your chat over 538’s chat and Cespedes Family BBQ, you’d better deliver

8:15
Dave Cameron: I have a healthy UCL so I have that going over Mintz

8:15
ohioastrosfan: this is simultaneously the worst and best day of my life

8:16
JB: if you could pick any pitcher in baseball to start a game 7 who would you choose?

8:16
Dave Cameron: Full rest Kershaw

8:16
BJOGC: ACL > UCL sorry Dave

8:16
Dave Cameron: My ACL is okay-ish! They won’t let me sprint yet but I’m back to jogging.

8:16
Nelson: Dave, there was a bet going around during game 5. How many wu tang members can you name?

8:16
Dave Cameron: Uh, 0.

8:16
TKDC: Did you get your free taco today?

8:16
Dave Cameron: No way

8:16
Joe: Did anyone get their free taco today?

8:17
Dave Cameron: Those promotions are never worth it. Line is 20x normal, but you save $1

8:17
Jstodola : I did!

8:17
psychic: I paid for authentic tacos today.

8:17
Lance McCullers: ACL, MCL, UCL…sneer!

8:17
MarkG: No free tacos in Jakarta.

8:17
Thomas: How long would this game have to go on before Hinch would consider bringing Giles in?

8:18
Dave Cameron: I’d say at least 11

8:18
Dave Cameron: Hinch basically just said Verlander is pitching

8:19
That guy from France: I’m in Paris, it’s 1 am, and I’m hoping for over 4,5 hours. I don’t want the season to end :/

8:19
Bruce: Can you at least admit that Kershaw has performed worse in the playoffs that the regular season over his career?

8:19
Dave Cameron: Of course. Who disputes that?

8:19
John Autin: Dave, you truly believe there is NO significance to Kershaw’s postseason underachievement?

8:19
Dave Cameron: Yep.

8:19
Yu Darvish: Do we bring out Kershaw if we don’t have a lead?

8:19
Dave Cameron: Yes, he pitches no matter what.

8:19
He Hate Me: JV pitching “if a lead late.”

8:19
Dave Cameron: He’s the closer, basically.

8:19
Dave Cameron: Unless Peacock just shoves and they’re up big.

8:20
Seth Moko: What determines using Kershaw or Jansen first? Matchups and handedness?

8:20
Dave Cameron: Yeah, probably.

8:20
Dave Cameron: Potentially batting order too.

8:20
Dave Cameron: Don’t want to bring in Kershaw when the P spot is due up soon.

8:20
Dave Cameron: But maybe willing to do that with Jansen if you only plan on getting 1 IP from him anyway.

8:21
Bruce: You think there’s a legit chance Jansen comes in in the 5th?

8:21
Dave Cameron: Yes.

8:21
Coleshaw: Why not start Kershaw and bring Darvish in for relief?

8:21
Dave Cameron: Better to let Darvish face the good righties as many times as possible.

8:22
Dave Cameron: Here we go!

8:22
Dave Cameron: First slider didn’t look great.

8:22
Dave Cameron: Neither did second one.

8:22
Evan: *breaking ball

8:22
David: #slickball

8:23
Joe: Second one looked like the first.

8:23
ChatzMcGee: That’s not what Roberts wanted to see.

8:23
Joe: That’s a very bad sign for Darvish.

8:23
kevinthecomic: grooved one after two sliders miss badly

8:23
Justin Verseaer: Couple awful sliders to start it off

8:23
Show Hey O’Tawny: That happened, things are happening

8:23
NtflxnRichHill: Doesn’t he also have a curve ball? Did they learn nothing?

8:23
Dave Cameron: Welp

8:24
Dave Cameron: Basically as good a start as Houston could hope for

8:24
NtflxnRichHill: Anyone up in the bullpen?

8:24
Dave Cameron: That was a weak grounder.

8:24
Dave Cameron: Don’t panic.

8:24
ChatzMcGee: What a nightmare start.

8:24
Thomas: Yikes.

8:24
Monsignor Martinez: whoops

8:24
AdamZ: 2nd basemen should have fielded that one

8:24
Joe: What an awful throw.

8:24
Justin Verseaer: Everyone had the ‘stros up 1-0 4 pitches in, now the real game begins

8:24
Raindog: Important take: Astros should have gone with the road grays

8:24
David: Yeah, that wasn’t Darvish’s fault.

8:24
Jstodola : Just one run

8:25
Dave Cameron: Another meh slider.

8:25
Joe: Another weak slider.

8:25
David: That one looked better

8:25
Dave Cameron: Fight!

8:25
David: Aggressive steal there.

8:25
Nick: Go sports team!

8:25
Joe: Infield in?

8:25
CJ: Have someone up!

8:25
LJ: “trying to hit a moving target” that’s why you throw it to the base and hope the pitcher gets there, not try to hit the pitcher

8:26
Jimjams: Preparing for this to get bad fast

8:26
Canyonero Driver: Should Bellinger have thrown home?

8:26
Dave Cameron: Not hit hard enough.

8:26
ChatzMcGee: Man, that’s a rough way to start, only hard contact was the first hit.

8:26
WinForVin: Goodness…8 pitches in and ‘stros up 2 runs

8:26
TKDC: Aggressive again with zero outs going home on hit to first

8:26
Kiermaier’s Piercing Green Eyes: Are these “really good at bats”? Great leadoff double, but then two pieces of weak contact.

8:27
Joe: They moved the runners along. This is Game 7.

8:27
David: If we’ve learned anything from this series, it’s that this game is in the books.

8:27
Ryan S: I think the Altuve grounder was somewhat intentional.

8:27
That guy from France: What a good baserunning by Bregman

8:27
Dave Cameron: Another chopper.

8:28
Pie: Bregman is as unafraid of a big moment as I’ve ever seen in a young player. Dude has so much confidence

8:28
Joe: So Darvish with no slider is not a great pitcher.

8:28
Dave Cameron: Springer hit a bad slider, but everything else has been fine.

8:28
Du Yarvish: Dave do you buy the slippery ball argument?

8:28
Dave Cameron: Not really.

8:29
bosoxforlife: Tip of the cap by Gurriel.

8:29
Jstodola : Nice gesture

8:29
Raindog: Without the throwing error, this inning is over with 3 weak ground balls and we’re saying Darvish looks good

8:29
alpha309: outside corner looks big

8:29
Ryan S: #Framing

8:29
Southern Straps: that isnt a strike!!!!!

8:30
Dave Cameron: That was one of his worst sliders yet.

8:30
Dave Cameron: That one was still going toward Gurriel.

8:30
woeful SFG fan: Gurriel just missed a nice pitch to hit

8:30
NtflxnRichHill: That was a nightmare slider

8:30
Ryan S: That looked like a two-seamer almost.

8:30
Dave Cameron: When your slider looks like a two-seamer, that’s bad.

8:31
Show Hey O’Tawny: And that was good

8:31
Dave Cameron: Better, for sure. Still not great.

8:31
Dave Cameron: Darvish testing that outside edge.

8:31
Justin Verseaer: That was a strike the first two times

8:31
Nick: Ump correcting his wide corner.

8:31
Larry King: HE CALLED THAT A STRIKE FOUR PITCHES AGO

8:31
Stringer Bell: That was a strike 3 pitches ago

8:31
brian eno: that was the exact same spot where he already called two strikes

8:31
Morton Salt Girl: I think the 3rd ball was better than the 2nd called strike

8:31
Morbo: That was a strike the first two times

8:31
bosoxforlife: A strike 3 pitches ago.

8:32
Dave Cameron: Another hanger.

8:32
Dave Cameron: He might need to find a different second pitch.

8:32
ChatzMcGee: And another hanger.

8:32
Du Yarvish: Why doesn’t he go to his curveball if he doesn’t have a feel for the slider?

8:32
Tone Womacky : Meatball there

8:32
The Hamburglar: Kershaw getting up

8:32
John Autin: Darvish still searching.

8:32
Dave Cameron: Another hanger.

8:32
Dave Cameron: So many sliders.

8:33
Dave Cameron: Throw something else, Yu.

8:33
Du Yarvish: His slider usage jumped from 18% last year to 25% this year, he barely threw his curve (6%) and change (2%)

8:33
Dave Cameron: That was a good one.

8:33
Dave Cameron: Gurriel just got it.

8:34
Brian: Best pitch of the inning

8:34
Show Hey O’Tawny: That was a slider, and a damn good one

8:34
brian eno: he does have a top 5 slider in baseball, so that usage makes sense

8:34
Meh? Jeets: Gurriel is doing a great job fouling off some nasty pitches this AB.

8:34
ChatzMcGee: Finally.

8:34
Chalupa Batman: Does Yu get the 2nd?

8:34
Dave Cameron: Yes, but now I’m not sure he gets an at-bat.

8:34
Geoff Williams: Do pitch counts really matter tonight?

8:34
Dave Cameron: No

8:35
Jordan : Why are you the Lone Ranger Dave? No one wanted to play with you?

8:35
Dave Cameron: Carson said he’ll be here “after dinner”

8:35
Dave Cameron: It’s 8:30 in Maine. I have no idea when he eats dinner.

8:35
Ryan S: They matter as far as fatigue

8:35
Dave Cameron: Well, yeah. But he was never throwing 100+ no matter what.

8:36
klof: After the third glass of chardonnay

8:36
Joe: Maybe he’s eating a TV dinner.

8:36
HappyFunBall: Doesn’t Carson operate on Paris time?

8:37
Evan: Carson seems like he probably enjoys a leisurely dinner.

8:37
HankLloydWright: Can we take a minute and have someone explain what the deal with Carson is? Does he actually not like baseball?

8:37
Dave Cameron: It’s a running joke, but he’s more into projecting the future than living in the present.

8:38
Dave Cameron: So he’d rather watch an Arizona Fall League game than an MLB one.

8:38
Dave Cameron: Chris Taylor

8:38
Larry King: YES

8:38
NtflxnRichHill: Yeeessir

8:38
Anonymous: The juice is loose!

8:38
David: Hanging curve from McCullers

8:38
some other matt: Now that’s a double

8:38
Matt: This game is going to be 20-19

8:38
Nick: If pitchers can decide to not give up runs, why would he give up that double?

8:38
Ryan S: This feels like the AL wild card game

8:39
ChatzMcGee: All the hangers in this game.

8:39
A.: Here we go again…

8:39
brian eno: that curve was worse than any slider yu threw. at least darvish had some tight movement

8:39
Hideo Nomo: That kid can hit

8:39
Liam: This gonna be a 6 hour game lol

8:40
Remember2004: It’s 11.40am in Sydney Australia… awesome time of day to watch a 6 hour game…

8:40
kevinthecomic: i hate these counting stat records in the playoffs — there’s more games now, so of course there’s gonna be a record!

8:40
tz: “establishing the fastball” count = 2

8:40
The Hamburglar: Was that Mike Fiers?

8:40
Morton Salt Girl: Hi Mike Fiers!

8:41
Show Hey O’Tawny: Ahhh that curve

8:41
Kiermaier’s Piercing Green Eyes: If this is a six hour game I am going to boycott the league by not watching any baseball until, I dunno, March. East coasters are people too, and I already slept through game 7 last year!

8:41
Dave Cameron: Nasty curves.

8:41
Dave Cameron: Don’t usually see Seager swinging at that.

8:41
Show Hey O’Tawny: Wowie

8:41
The Hamburglar: Seager swings/misses on that same pitch a ton

8:41
Scuffy Mcgee: As a dodger fan im already in full blown panic mode

8:42
Turner: I am very overdue!!!

8:42
brian eno: just lay off the curveee

8:42
Southern Straps: seager doesnt have a chance against that curve

8:42
Hunky Dory: Brutal, by Seager

8:42
some other matt: dont swing at anything that doesn’t start above your head

8:42
Dave Cameron: Turner missed one there.

8:42
larryv:

what does establish the fastball even mean
2 Nov 2017
8:42
J: And Smoltz pushing for McCuller’s to use his 2nd best pitch more with Buck tagging along.  Sigh.

8:43
Matt Aptekar: Fastball Established 1904

8:43
Guest: I still wish we had a McCullers-Hill duel. All the curveballs!

8:43
Stuafoo: Establish fastball=throw fastball sometimes

8:43
Frank: filth

8:43
woeful SFG fan: Establish a fastball is old generation wording for “you CANT throw only breaking balls.. right? That’s blasphemous”

8:43
Show Hey O’Tawny: As Turner swings right over a curve

8:43
some other matt: definitely don’t swing if it STARTS low

8:43
Pie: 88 MPH curve, how do you compete against that?

8:43
Smoltz: When I was pitching I would have done it all different …

8:44
Dave Cameron: So far, McCullers has thrown 8 curves, 4 fastballs

8:44
Sterling Malory Chris Archer: Have none of you ever played baseball?  Establishing the fastball means throwing it for strikes early on so that the batter has a harder time guessing between your fastball/breaking ball second/third time through the order.

8:44
Dave Cameron: We’ve played baseball, and we’ve watched baseball enough to know to stop trusting things some guy’s dad told us when we were 13.

8:44
Dave Cameron: There’s no evidence you have to start with fastballs early.

8:44
Scott Wood: Turner wishes it was number 9

8:44
Lawdog: He established the fastball.

8:44
The Hamburglar: Should McCullers even throw Bellinger a curve in the zone?

8:45
Dave Cameron: No

8:45
ChatzMcGee: Odds of Bellinger striking out on a backfoot curveball: 94%.

8:45
Strange Penguin: This inning ends 2-0 or 3-2

8:45
This is Lude-icris : McCullers should establish the curveball

8:45
Cody: With how this WS has gone, Bellinger will hit a dinger here

8:46
John Autin: Establish the 4-6-3.

8:46
RyanW: He should establish the pitch with the best probability to record an out

8:46
Anonymous: McCullers should establish justice

8:46
Homer at the Bat: McCullers should establish the gyro-ball.

8:46
TB: He should establish where my real dad is

8:46
ChatzMcGee: 99%

8:47
Napoleon Bookbindery: Good looking curve

8:47
Show Hey O’Tawny: Lol that’s a Bellinger Special

8:47
brian eno: well those are just really good spots

8:47
Dave Cameron: Predictable AB

8:47
Dave Cameron: Bellinger is good but that’s not a good match-up for him

8:47
Dodgers: Oh Belli …

8:47
John Autin: Strike 2 just an amazing pitch.

8:47
Thomas: This is beautiful

8:47
Franco: Keep throwing curves to him

8:47
Nick: Lulz.

8:47
Show Hey O’Tawny: Yeah that tends to happen

8:47
David: Somebody called the backfoot curve

8:47
This is Lude-icris : There you go establishing the curve

8:47
Oh-hey-oh-hey-hey: How difficult is it to lay off a goddamn curveball? Sheesh.

8:47
Dave Cameron: Clearly difficult.

8:48
Monsignor Martinez: by the time you realize it’s a curve, you’ve already committed

8:48
NtflxnRichHill: It’s really, really hard guys!

8:48
Cam: My simpleton advice says – don’t swing. Just don’t swing.

8:48
Blarg: I think his name should be Lance McCurvers

8:48
David: Problem is, when you lay off the curve, it’s a fastball in the zone.

8:49
Tyler: that looked like a strike

8:49
John Autin: Doesn’t get that high strike.

8:49
Sucram Renrut: BAD CALL

8:49
Morton Salt Girl: Where did the ump think that pitch was?

8:49
Bork?: Wtf blue?..

8:49
Jordan : Is bellinger being exposed or is this a case of everyone knew the holes and good pitchers are exploiting it better then average pitchers?

8:49
Dave Cameron: McCullers isn’t easy to hit.

8:49
Dave Cameron: Bellinger has been fine this series.

8:49
Mike: What’s Wegner’s rep behind the plate?

8:49
Dave Cameron: Slightly small zone

8:50
A.: You guys overreact so much to every strike call, calm down a little

8:50
Dave Cameron: McCullers fastball command not there yet.

8:50
Brian: Establish the beanball!

8:50
Adam: Stop throwing fastballs!

8:50
Jason: He’s establishing the HBP

8:50
Show Hey O’Tawny: That’s why you curveball

8:50
Napoleon Bookbindery: He’s overestablished the fastball

8:50
Dodger Fan: IT’S OKAY – HIT THEM ALL – KEEP HITTING THEM

8:50
Tone Womacky : McHBP

8:50
Show Hey O’Tawny: Also, BATFLIP ON A HBP

8:50
John Autin: Establish the elbow guard.

8:50
Attack of the Grey Lantern: Jesus McCullers

8:51
The Hawk: Time for your WS MVP to hit a grand slam here

8:51
David: JOC-TOBER lol

8:51
ChatzMcGee: Was gonna be ball 4

8:51
STL: Joc locks up MVP with a big hit

8:51
TKDC: If Peterson homers here, will be make it around the bases before spontaneously combusting?

8:51
Dave Cameron: Generous call

8:51
John: Lefty zone call IMO

8:52
Nick: 89 MPH curveball, ridiculous.

8:52
brian eno: take everything

8:52
woeful SFG fan: N.I.C.E. curve

8:52
brian eno: I SAID TAKE

8:52
Tommy: Dave barely has to chat tonight. Just post comments

8:52
Show Hey O’Tawny: Curveball heaven

8:52
Safety Stegosaurus: Curveball established.

8:52
David: Up to 4 curveballs coming here.

8:52
STL: he should throw 4 more of those … until he strikes out or walks

8:52
Dave Cameron: Contact!

8:52
Show Hey O’Tawny: *exhales*

8:52
Thomas: I will marry that curveball

8:52
Morton Salt Girl: SIT DOWN JOC!

8:52
Parv: Bad luck

8:52
Homer at the Bat: 32 minutes in and one inning down. Grab some snacks and coffee it’s going to be a doozy. Over/under 12:30 EST finish?

8:52
Strange Penguin: Not a good 0-2 but he got away with it

8:52
TKDC: That was way better than a homer

8:52
David: How many people in the chat?

8:52
Dave Cameron: ~800

8:53
woeful SFG fan: Dave mainly posting our comments is… a compliment to our content, or Dave putting his feet up and relaxing?

8:53
Dave Cameron: There’s so many comments

8:53
Dave Cameron: I’m trying not to ignore you guys

8:53
Dave Cameron: But I think we had like 12 or 13 pages of comments in the Saturday night chat. I’m on page 5 already.

8:53
Bork: Hello, ~800 friends

8:53
Strange Penguin: We are loners who appreciate the attention

8:53
larryv: all quality comments. no shame. we’re the best

8:54
A.: Dave always lets the chat flow a little more than other chatters, I appreciate it. Nice to know he sees we exist

8:54
A Flock of Seagers: Hello Bork!!!

8:54
Stuafoo: Hi Bork!

8:54
Netflix and Rich Hill: Hello friend

8:54
Hideo Nomo: Hey Bork

8:54
Anonymous: Hello friend

8:54
RyanW: Go fangraphs go. And become a member if you haven’t already!

8:54
This is Lude-icris : Hello Bork. this game would not be complete without you

8:54
MarkG: Establish the comments

8:55
AJ: 97 MPH, 65% hit probability on that Joc groundout…

8:55
Matt: What kind of leash does Darvish have this inning?

8:55
Dave Cameron: Pitcher spot due up next inning, so probably a decent one

8:55
Dave Cameron: Don’t want to bring in Kershaw then make him hit immediately

8:55
Enlightening Round: I second the become a member request

8:56
Guest: Kershaw in the 3rd?

8:56
Dave Cameron: Depends how this goes.

8:56
Stuafoo: Darvish seemingly can’t locate

8:56
kevinthecomic: that was a decent curveball

8:56
Dave Cameron: Ick.

8:57
Dave Cameron: McCann could have hit that to the moon.

8:57
Hello Dave: Hanger

8:57
Hunky Dory: I don’t get it – doesn’t Darvish throw like 8 different pitches?

8:57
Dave Cameron: He’s cut down.

8:57
Hideo Nomo: that’s not a ball

8:57
David: That was a nice pitch – not sure how McCann fouled that off.

8:58
Meh? Jeets: The difference in this game so far has been Astros hitters fouling off strikeout pictures, and dodgers hitters whiffing

8:58
The Hamburglar: Walking McCann is not…ideal.

8:58
Korean: Looks like the slider is 50/50 at this point when it felt like 90/10 last inning

8:58
Dave Cameron: Has thrown 13 sliders so far

8:58
Dave Cameron: Of 32 pitches

8:58
Cam: If you don’t have it, stop trying to throw it.

8:59
Show Hey O’Tawny: When does the pen arrive?

8:59
Dave Cameron: At this rate, soon.

8:59
Dave Cameron: Hard to see him getting to hit if he doesn’t turn it on right now

8:59
Morbo: I think the Dodgers are hoping 3rd inning

8:59
Hello Dave: You let him face Springer again?

9:00
Dave Cameron: Don’t have enough rested RHPs to not do so.

9:00
John Autin: 90 on the four-seamer, is that where Yu sits?

9:00
Dave Cameron: That was a cutter

9:00
Dave Cameron: He’s sitting 95 on the four-seamer

9:01
Dave Cameron: He doesn’t make it through the inning.

9:01
Show Hey O’Tawny: Marweeeeeeeeeeeen

9:01
Canyonero Driver: Uh oh

9:01
ChatzMcGee: Yu has to be done.

9:01
Erik: It’s not too early to throw Jansen, is it? There’s every chance this is as close as the game gets if they don’t bring him in.

9:01
Pie: McCann running dot gif

9:01
Jason: Pull him

9:01
Show Hey O’Tawny: McCann is SO SLOWWWWW

9:01
Mariners Fan: Darvish not long for this game

9:01
Ump: Right down the middle is the only place a strike is called accurately

9:01
Adam: Yu got served

9:01
brian eno: gotta K reddick and get to mccullers

9:02
Matt: Next pitcher please, thank you

9:02
kevinthecomic: darvish has established giving up doubles

9:02
Josh Reddick: Clutch time for me?

9:02
Kiermaier’s Piercing Green Eyes: Oh boy Reddick is up. Love me some narratives.

9:02
Parv: I’d bring in Jansen for the top of the order if there are still 0 outs

9:02
Dave Cameron: Morrow warming.

9:02
Dave Cameron: Not ideal.

9:02
Tom J: Would Reddick crushing a 3 run homer here be poetic justice or something else?

9:02
Tom: Runners on 2nd and 3rd, small Astros lead, no outs, Reddick and the pitcher coming up. This feels familiar…

9:03
Sgt. Pepper: Yu needed that badly

9:03
ChatzMcGee: That was lucky.

9:03
Show Hey O’Tawny: Unclutch

9:03
Kosch: McCann is so slow

9:03
Geoff Williams: pitch hit here?

9:03
Dave Cameron: I would, yes.

9:03
Dave Cameron: But no way they do.

9:03
kevinthecomic: best possible outcome for reddick — only one out

9:03
Hello Dave: Reddick has been ?

9:03
Show Hey O’Tawny: McCullers bomb plz

9:03
Pie: Lance is batting lefty!

9:04
agam22: How deep a fly would it take to score McCann?

9:04
Dave Cameron: HR

9:04
Dave Cameron: Uh he actually looks like a hitter

9:04
ChatzMcGee: That’s a hack.

9:04
Show Hey O’Tawny: Looks like real-ass hitter

9:04
Lawdog: Genuine LOL.

9:04
Matt: Way better than JV!

9:04
bruh: yu have got to be kidding me

9:04
Anonymous: wtf McCullers has a swing

9:04
Tyler: He reminds me of Mike hampton

9:04
Dave Cameron: RBI McCullers

9:04
Jason: Helping your own cause

9:04
Du Yarvish: THE HUSTLE

9:04
Canyonero Driver: I mean, he got the job done.

9:04
Blobfish: MCCANN MADE IT

9:05
Morton Salt Girl: How do you not go home on that?

9:05
Hunky Dory: Should’ve gone home

9:05
Mike: I can’t believe he didn’t take a shot at home

9:05
La Pantera: He had McCann!

9:05
Scott Wood: McCullers hit the curve. Irony!

9:05
AdamZ: Why not have the infield in there?

9:05
Safety Stegosaurus: Should the infield have been in there?

9:05
medler60625: Why aren’t the Dodgers playing in on the grass?

9:05
JB: why not play infield all the way in there?

9:05
Steve: Why does Darvish keep going slider? It’s been garbage this series and he has at least two other good offspeeds.

9:06
Cam: STOP THROWING THE SLIDER

9:06
David: “At the knees”

9:06
Meh? Jeets: Great frame on that 4seam

9:06
Anonymous: Establish the world-class pitch-framing

9:06
Strange Penguin: Is that good framing? It looks overaggressive to my eye

9:06
Dave Cameron: Yeah he snapped it more than you want.

9:07
sss: pull a Girardi and take him out mid at bat

9:07
Dave Cameron: Don’t want to take him out for an RP to get 1 out and then get PH for

9:07
Dave Cameron: So Roberts will try to let him get this

9:07
acesfull23: oh lord

9:07
Thomas: Another bad slider

9:07
Show Hey O’Tawny: That was a SWING

9:07
ChatzMcGee: Hey! He got a whiff on that hanger.

9:07
kevinthecomic: felt the breeze on that swing

9:08
Dave Cameron: Well there’s your MVP.

9:08
Mike: Darvish knew immediately

9:08
David: SPRINGER

9:08
Du Yarvish: BOMB

9:08
Jason: Wow

9:08
ChatzMcGee: Game.

9:08
Sgt. Pepper: oh dear

9:08
Cody: MVP MVP MVP

9:08
Show Hey O’Tawny: ALSO A SWING

9:08
zulu: SPRINGER DINGER

9:08
Justin Verseaer: That is a large home run

9:08
Dunsh: wowwww

9:08
Six Ten: Wow.

9:08
David: Springer Dinger!!!

9:08
Anonymous: Just broke Reggie Jackson’s record

9:08
some other matt: slider?

9:08
Homer at the Bat: RIP Yu Darvish. Never stood a chance.

9:08
Du Yarvish: Juiced ball or not, that was a laser

9:08
Zac: You can go get him now.

9:08
Safety Stegosaurus: Fastball… not established.

9:08
Canyonero Driver: HE KILLED THE RALLY!

9:09
Dave Cameron: Morrow coming in

9:09
Dave Cameron: This is worst case scenario for LA

9:09
Dave Cameron: Morrow either gets 1 out, or has to hit

9:09
Dave Cameron: And obviously down 5

9:09
Hello Dave: So the answer was no, you don’t let Darvish face Springer again

9:09
Guest: 4 runs in 1 2/3. Deja Vudu.

9:10
STL: They should be bringing in Josh Fields

9:10
“Hi I’m Joe Buck”: Don’t lie to me: are the Dodgers done?

9:10
Dave Cameron: Remember Game 5?

9:10
Dave Cameron: McCullers didn’t exactly look like nails in the 1st.

9:10
Joe: How much does this cost Darvish in FA?

9:10
Dave Cameron: Not that much.

9:10
BJOGC: Dodgers are going to have to ride somebody too long or else they’re going to run out of position players or good relievers

9:10
Dave Cameron: Now it’s going to be Alex Wood for several innings

9:11
Anonymous: Deja Yu

9:11
Steve: Anybody wanna bet the dodgers get 5 next inning now?

9:11
J: This is either the greatest comeback in game 7 history or a dud.

9:11
Canyonero Driver: Can I change my answer to who I think is gonna win?

9:12
Matt: “This is a move that will be questioned” – Jo Buck. Who the hell is going to question pulling Darvish?!

9:12
Dave Cameron: He means going to Morrow

9:12
Brian: I don’t think it’s a good move if the Dodgers burn their 2nd best reliever to get one out with nobody on base.

9:12
Dave Cameron: Morrow probably wasn’t going to pitch a ton today either way.

9:12
George Dinger: This game is not over… Save this message

9:13
Brandon Morrow: My arm feels weird.

9:13
woeful SFG fan: Why morrow and not someone else? If darvish had to come out before hit at bat, you knew runs scored, so why burn a good reliever when you know it’d be a bad spot?

9:13
Dave Cameron: Plan was to use Morrow to kill a rally, or let Darvish get out of it.

9:13
Dave Cameron: The HR was worst case scenario

9:13
CJ: If Morrow wasn’t going to pitch much, he should’ve pitched to Springer!

9:13
Dave Cameron: Reasonable argument. Also reasonable to think Darvish vs RHB is an okay match-up.

9:14
Dave Cameron: It didn’t work, but he wasn’t getting torched by righties this game.

9:14
Crash Fisticuffs: Any chance Morrow hits if his spot comes up with the bases empty?

9:14
Dave Cameron: No

9:14
Dave Cameron: Maybe if there’s a bunt situation

9:14
Parv: If the reasoning is that Darvish vs RHB is an okay match-up, he should have stayed in. 1 HR doesn’t change that fact

9:14
Dave Cameron: Yeah, I don’t disagree with that.

9:15
stever20: if Astros win now it’s easy MVP for Springer, right?

9:15
Dave Cameron: Yup

9:15
Matt Aptekar: How many chatters are there now?  7?

9:15
Dave Cameron: 1,100

9:15
Dave Cameron: No joke

9:16
Guest: They’re down by 5 – I don’t foresee a “bunt situation” anytime in the near future

9:16
Dave Cameron: Guys on, pitcher bunts them over

9:16
Dave Cameron: Don’t have to get all 5 back at once

9:16
Dave Cameron: Kershaw warming, though

9:16
Dave Cameron: So probably PH

9:16
Anonymous: I’m gonna eat some cake.  That’s my bundt situation

9:16
Show Hey O’Tawny: Here’s the rally

9:17
German dude: 02:16 a.m. in Germany. Afraid to go to bed and miss another Game 5.

9:17
Steve: Would Kershaw/wood be the plan to get through the next few then?

9:17
Dave Cameron: And Jansen

9:17
STL: no lie … McCullers doesnt really “have it” either

9:17
Dave Cameron: Depends on the batter.

9:17
Dave Cameron: He’s wild but some of the curves have been nasty.

9:18
Dave Cameron: Hanger

9:18
Dave Cameron: Barnes should have swung at that one

9:18
Hideo Nomo: The lefty curve has been devastating. The righty curve a lot less

9:18
Show Hey O’Tawny: Bregman is better than you

9:18
John: BREGMAN

9:18
TB: A must to chase McCullers soon?

9:19
Parv: What a play

9:19
bosoxforlife: Bregman can PLAY!

9:19
Dead McCann Walking: Bregs is my new favorite non-bosox

9:19
John Autin: Now you have to pinch-hit.

9:19
He Hate Me: I don’t think anyone in the Dodgers dugout thinks this is over.

9:19
The Hamburglar: Kike doesnt seem like the best PH here

9:20
woeful SFG fan: Kike has had some pinch hit homers and a 3 homer game recently

9:20
Dave Cameron: Bench isn’t super deep, probably want to save Utley for later

9:20
Carson Cistulli: Hello! Please allow me to declare that I’m not late; it’s just, Cameron said I couldn’t join the chat until the leverage index dipped below 0.5.

9:21
Mark: PHANTOM EDIT!

9:21
Canyonero Driver: Great intro for Carson

9:21
Dave Cameron: I’d have someone warming in HOU’s pen.

9:21
Dave Cameron: McCullers command is awful so far.

9:21
Anonymous: technically a HBP

9:21
CJ: They better score SOMETHING

9:22
bosoxforlife: Morton is lurking, as well as Keuchel.

9:22
The Hamburglar: Incoming double play

9:22
John Autin: If that’s a HBP, it ties the WS record for ANY game … He already had the Game 7 record.

9:22
Carson Cistulli: My feed is also, like, three minutes behind, so this is actually the most expedient way to learn what happens in the game.

9:22
Dave Cameron: Rough

9:22
Anonymous: BABIP’d

9:22
Matt: LOL

9:22
Du Yarvish: WOW

9:22
Kimball: Wow

9:22
ChatzMcGee: Oh, that’s just unlucky, feels like Astros night.

9:22
Sanity: Brutal!

9:23
Strange Penguin: McCullers must have sold his soul

9:23
alpha309: well, there goes that

9:23
Justin Verseaer: Today is not LA’s day

9:23
La Pantera: holy babip

9:23
Show Hey O’Tawny: That was the worst thing

9:23
CJ: Dodgers had chances. Blew twice

9:23
Matt: This is continuing to prove that <insert higher power here> hates California

9:23
Anonymous: Plays like that are exactly how WS are won.

9:23
Parv: Dodgers can’t catch a break

9:23
Carson Cistulli: The suspense is delicious.

9:23
Chuckb: 69% hit probability. DP. Inning over

9:24
Zac: 2 scorched balls and nothing to show for it…

9:24
Dave Cameron: I’m not publishing any of your *nice* comments

9:24
Dave Cameron: Just FYI

9:24
Carson Cistulli: Fair enough.

9:24
Carson Cistulli: I don’t see any in the queue, anyway.

9:24
Julius Pepperwood: That’s not very nice, Dave

9:24
Carson Cistulli: As for Zac’s comment, that sounds like the result of an illusion gone wrong.

9:24
Six Ten: Again: Morrow for exactly one batter feels like a real error. Down 5-0 the Dodgers were going to need lucky breaks to get back in it. No point burning a pitcher and hitter before you’ve got at least one of those. Get some leverage back.

9:24
Dave Cameron: Don’t disagree

9:24
Dave Cameron: But don’t think they were counting on him for much tonight either way

9:25
zangler: Carson: what was for dinner?

9:25
Cole: 3 HBP, double, single in two innings.  No runs.  Sequencing sucks.

9:25
Carson Cistulli: A stew with some delicious Kennebec potatoes grown here in the back yard!

9:25
Dave Cameron: And here’s Kershaw

9:26
Will Graham: Carson Cistulli!

9:26
Dave Cameron: Dodgers chance to win basically depends on him going 3-4 now.

9:26
Carson Cistulli: Is that you, Will, from high school? Or a different Will Graham?

9:26
Dave Cameron: If he can get it to Jansen, they still have a shot

9:26
Brandon M: Dodgers don’t have a chance to win, Dave

9:26
Anonymous: Cy Young vs. MVP!

9:26
Morbo: I have a Maine Coon sitting on my lap at the moment. In case anyone, from Maine, cares

9:27
EDogg: So each team has 5 baserunners and the score is 5-0. SSS is such bullshit sometimes.

9:27
Will Graham: I’m a fake Will Graham. Just an alias.

9:27
Carson Cistulli: Fair enough.

9:27
Mike: two quick outs so far

9:28
Pie: To be fair, one of the 5 ‘baserunners’ for Houston was a pretty deep bomb

9:28
stever20: won’t they ph for him when his spot comes up in the 4th or 5th?

9:28
Dave Cameron: Can’t really now.

9:28
Dave Cameron: Burned two pitchers already.

9:28
Carson Cistulli: Hey, Dave, Clayton Kershaw is pitching.

9:28
Dutch: Obviously Kershaw should have started

9:29
Dave Cameron: Easy to say that with hindsight, but Darvish is a top 15 MLB starter

9:29
Dave Cameron: On full rest

9:29
Dave Cameron: You didn’t know he was going to suck tonight

9:29
Josh: Well that’s exactly what the Dodgers needed to make it a game

9:29
Sterling Malory Chris Archer: Did you see his first start, Dave?  Everyone knew he was going to suck tonight.

9:29
Dave Cameron: No, you didn’t.

9:29
Show Hey O’Tawny: Kershaw is good

9:29
Monsignor Martinez: great pitch

9:30
John: Gurriel has seen 19 pitches in two at bats. Who had that in the betting pool?

9:30
I’m here for Dave: I have a young kid and a job so I have missed a lot of innings this postseason. What exactly has been Giles undoing? Just missing spots? His velo is down a little but he had good numbers in August when his velo was the same. Interested to hear your diagnosis

9:30
Carson Cistulli: Hey, Cameron, can you help out this father of a young child?

9:30
Frank Costanza: Darvish cost himself $XX million over the last week?

9:31
Dave Cameron: Less than $10M. Teams don’t overrate recent performance the same way fans do.

9:31
The Hamburglar: Having said that though, Darvish will get overpaid this offseason, right? I didnt think he was worth a huge contract even before his WS struggles

9:31
Dave Cameron: Depends on how much people think signing Darvish helps you get Otani

9:32
Dave Cameron: Hey, Carson, if you’re going to publish comments I have to answer, maybe tell me!

9:32
Dave Cameron: (Giles just had terrible locations and got hit hard)

9:32
Carson Cistulli: Maybe I will.

9:33
Dave from DC: Giles looked visibly nervous on the  mound in the postseason and admitted to being so. Good bet his struggles were related to controlling heart rate, etc. Lots of physiological reasons he might struggle even if the arm is fine.

9:33
Dave Cameron: You can’t tell if a person is nervous on TV.

9:33
Joe: He did tell you in the chat! I saw it

9:33
Dave Cameron: I see Carson’s name next to a comment and scroll down

9:33
Oh Say Cans Echo: They’re all nervous

9:33
John: That was Lance’s change. 90 MPH

9:34
PTBNL: ROPE

9:34
Sgt. Pepper: Almost a big blunder by Seager

9:34
Napoleon Bookbindery: Almost horrible

9:34
Joe: McCullers is not getting it done except by the grace of god

9:34
Dave Cameron: McCullers looks worse than Darvish, honestly

9:34
Dave Cameron: Go get him

9:34
Jason: 4 HBP

9:35
ChatzMcGee: WTF is wrong with McCullers??

9:35
Dave Cameron: His command isn’t there

9:35
Carson Cistulli: Corey Seager looks worse than all of them in terms of running.

9:35
Chalupa Batman: Started warming up too early

9:35
Canyonero Driver: Cameron will NOT help out a father of a young child. Tragic.

9:35
agam22: I assume this will lead to a line drive triple play

9:35
Sanity: 33% HBP rate, 100% strand rate

9:35
Scott Wood: Justin Turner – THROW ME A CURVE!!!

9:35
CJ: a HR would be nice

9:35
Kirk: So how many guys can you hit before getting ejected in a WS game?

9:35
Show Hey O’Tawny: Most HBP in a WS game

9:35
Dave Cameron: He’s clearly not trying to hit anyone.

9:35
keepnotgraphs: baseball is terrifying

9:36
Matt: Wait – is this because he didn’t establish the fastball?

9:36
Carson Cistulli: McCullers is establishing that he shouldn’t use his fastball.

9:36
Dave Cameron: Bellinger…

9:36
Dave Cameron: Don’t swing, Cody.

9:36
Zac: DO NOT SWING!!!

9:36
Mike: Bellinger should take until he has 2 strikes right

9:36
ChatzMcGee: Stop swinging Bellinger.

9:36
Ray Liotta as Shoeless Joe: It’s going to be breaking ball city. – Another John Smoltz hot take

9:36
weezy: Belly is looking lost

9:36
Josh: McCullers might not have his fastball command, but he’s really locating that breaking ball

9:37
Show Hey O’Tawny: HE TOOK A CURVE

9:37
Bfield: Peacock not Keuchel?

9:37
Dave Cameron: They probably want Keuchel to start a clean inning.

9:37
David: Didn’t swing at two in a row!

9:37
Homer at the Bat: Missed it.

9:37
Joe: Stop swinging

9:37
Ghost of Jose Uribe: Ugly

9:38
Dave Cameron: Rough

9:38
Dave Cameron: And that’s it

9:38
MJ: Don’t want him to hit another right handed hitter.

9:38
Ghost of Jose Uribe: Good pull here Hinch

9:38
bosoxforlife: That is a hole that Mr. Bellinger better plug.

9:39
Dave Cameron: Most guys don’t have McCullers curve

9:39
Ryan S: Good early hook here.

9:39
Dave Cameron: I’d call it a slow hook

9:39
Mike: bellinger has had a lot of ugly swings

9:39
Dave Cameron: McCullers looked bad from the 1st

9:39
Pie: We’re in the third inning. 80 minutes so far

9:39
Raindog: Way to pull the pitcher BEFORE he gives up a crushing home run

9:39
Carson Cistulli: Who HAS looked good in this game?

9:39
Dave Cameron: George Springer

9:40
Carson Cistulli: Yeah, he did a good job in terms of hitting home runs.

9:40
Lance McCullers: Kershaw, so far

9:40
kevinthecomic: bregman

9:40
Tom J: Chris Taylor, too

9:40
Jesse: Somehow Brian McCann as a base runner

9:40
Cole: Don Newcombe

9:40
ElJimador: Bregman

9:40
John Autin: First WSG7 with both starters < 3 IP.

9:40
RyanW: Dave, I asked over/under 4.5 hrs earlier. You said under. Care to revise?

9:41
Dave Cameron: Nah, still going under.

9:41
Raindog: I thought Carson lived in Wisconsin?  Is he just touring all the coldest places in the lower 48?

9:41
Brandon M: I don’t really buy the narrative that the sooner Houston goes to e bullpen the worse they are

9:42
Carson Cistulli: I haven’t been allowed to live there for a while, Raindog.

9:42
Dave Cameron: Yeah, it’s wrong.

9:42
Dave Cameron: Just missed it.

9:42
Sgt. Pepper: Got my hopes up there for a second

9:42
AdamZ: Puig almost your friend there

9:42
EDogg: Never been so frustrated watching a game before. Dodgers with MORE base runners than Houston and down 5-0. The entire city of Houston clearly sold its soul

9:42
Show Hey O’Tawny: Awwww I thought that was crushed

9:42
David: Puig almost looked good.

9:42
The Hawk: I don’t buy a lot of what Smoltz says.

9:42
Thomas: Puig still your friend

9:42
CJ: Not Dodgers’ day

9:43
Josh: Pls make it a game Joc

9:44
Alfrz: The baseball fan in me wants the Dodgers to tie it. The human in me wants the Astros to win it.

9:44
Jp: joc is series mvp here if he hits an hr and the dodgers win, right?

9:44
Dave Cameron: Probably

9:44
Carson Cistulli: Fortunately, both can happen, Alfrz.

9:44
Six Ten: All the bullpens have been crushed this series so let’s start with the bullpens for both teams by the third inning. Hooray!

9:45
Carson Cistulli: It’d be difficult to argue that the starters have been much better.

9:45
Dave Cameron: If your argument is that Darvish and McCullers should have been left in longer, you’re insane.

9:45
Joe: Kershaw hardly counts as the bullpen

9:45
Cody: Kersh isn’t the bullpen

9:46
Lance McCullers: 6 pitches from peacock, 6 fastballs.  where’s the slider?

9:46
Dave Cameron: he hasn’t thrown it all series

9:46
Dave Cameron: He probably won’t after seeing Darvish’s

9:47
stever20: If Peacock gets out of this, his spot due up 4th next inning.  Does he bat there if he gets there? And go longer?  Or would this be it for him?

9:47
Dave Cameron: Hinch won’t be PH aggressive with a 5 run lead

9:47
Dave Cameron: There’s one

9:47
Cody: Rough night for LA

9:47
Jmaas14: Dodgers missing a lot of opportunities

9:47
Joe: 2 LOB per inning

9:47
kevinthecomic: dodgers have established stranding runners

9:48
Clay(2000 lbs) Kershaw: Nothing like watching your team beat itself.

9:48
BDF: “Hinch won’t be aggressive”–why is that rational, given that you still want to maximize runs scored?  Just on the off chance that you go extra innings and will have burned a pitcher?

9:48
Carson Cistulli: One note about runners left on base: broadcasters frequently cite it as a “bad” stat, but it’s also important to note that teams with the highest LOB numbers are also getting the most runners on base, which correlates pretty strongly with scoring runs.

9:48
Dave Cameron: With a lead, easier to talk yourself into managing to protect a lead rather than build a bigger one

9:49
The Hamburglar: Dodgers have no business winning this game with the way Darvish pitched and their hitters have executed with men on base

9:49
He Hate Me: Establish the ball in the dirt.

9:49
Dave Cameron: You were against the execution of two line drives right at people?

9:49
BDF: “easier to talk yourself into”–totally agree, but do you think that’s rational?

9:49
Dave Cameron: Nope

9:49
Dave Cameron: I’ve been saying all postseason that managers should trust their depth arms

9:50
Matt Aptekar: Dave don’t ruin his narrative

9:50
Lance McCullers: Don’t you have to weigh the cost of a single PA against the pulling the pitcher out?  If Peacock can give 50 pitches, that’s another 2-3 innings of work, and that possibly does more to prevent runs over the value of a single PA.

9:50
Carson Cistulli: Yeah, Dave, stop ruining narratives.

9:50
Dave Cameron: No, it doesn’t.

9:50
Dave Cameron: The gap in expected run prevention between Peacock and someone like Harris or Devenski is small.

9:50
Carson Cistulli: Around the office, Dave just goes around to everyone’s desk and ruins their narratives.

9:50
Carson Cistulli: Not. Cool. Dave.

9:50
Dave Cameron: The gap in expected runs scored between a pitcher and a hitter is huge.

9:51
Brandon M: Dave “Narrative Ruiner” Cameron

9:51
Zac: Dave hates motivational posters.

9:51
Pat: whats a reasonable expectation for how long Kershaw can go? If hes on does he pitch straight till Jansen?

9:51
Lance McCullers: Can you give a number for a single PA?

9:51
Carson Cistulli: Dave! I’m interested in the answer to Pat’s question.

9:51
Carson Cistulli: Dave.

9:51
Carson Cistulli: Dave?

9:51
Carson Cistulli: Answer it, Dave.

9:51
Carson Cistulli: Dave?

9:51
Dave Cameron: You would need to have something like a true talent difference of 4 ERA points to offset the difference in hitting between a pitcher and a hitter.

9:51
A.: Dave!

9:51
Dave Cameron: So a 4 ERA guy to an 8 ERA

9:52
Brandon M: Are you there Dave?

9:52
Dave Cameron: Pat, I’d say 4 innings max

9:52
Dave Cameron: Also, Carson, you’re fired.

9:52
Carson Cistulli: I’ve been expecting that for eight years.

9:52
Cale: Kershaw said he can go 27 innings tonight if need be.  Think he’ll do it?

9:53
Jason: Dave probably wishes Carson would go back and play with his potatoes.

9:53
Sonny: Dave visiting your cubicle: ‘a tightrope walker is a terrible image for perseverance. They are notoriously fickle people who refuse to work when it’s windy’

9:53
He Hate Me: Sorry, Dave. I don’t buy that a position player replacing a pitcher for one AB is worth the same as 4 more ERA over 3 innings.

9:53
Carson Cistulli: The Kennebec potato is one of the greats. I’d gladly spend more time with it.

9:53
Dave Cameron: You don’t have to buy math.

9:53
Dave Cameron: It exists with or without you.

9:54
Dave Cameron: Not an easy play for Seager there

9:55
He Hate Me: 4 more ERA over 3 IP is 1.3 runs. How can a portion of one PA be worth 1.3 runs?

9:55
Dave Cameron: Peacock isn’t throwing 3 more IP

9:55
Safety Stegosaurus: Mound vistit for Peacock with two outs?

9:56
Carson Cistulli: These Astros at-bats are just an impediment to the interesting part of this game.

9:57
Blarg: I dunno, I’m interested to see if George Springer hits another home run.

9:57
Dave from DC: I think there was also a more recent article that shows some of the calculations, but I can’t find it right now

9:58
zulu: Carson “cancel the world series and play it in an excel spreadsheet” Cistulli

9:58
Carson Cistulli: At least cancel the half-innings where the team with a five-run lead is batting.

9:58
Dave Cameron: Yeah, I’ve written a similar post most years

9:58
The One Armed Man: Seems like the run expectancy calculation would depend a lot on the game situation – a pinch hitter with 1 out and runners on 2nd and 3rd is a lot more valuable than a pinch hitter with 2 out and nobody on

9:59
Dave Cameron: Of course

9:59
Stuafoo: Now that’s how you speed up the game. Are you winning? Well, you don’t get to hit next inning.

9:59
Carson Cistulli: Manfred? See this?

9:59
Carson Cistulli: It’s like reverse volleyball. I don’t know why, precisely, but that’s what my heart says.

9:59
Nick R: That would be so ridiculous lol

10:00
BDF: What’s the behavioral economics term for why this is so hard to accept?  Including for me.  Anchoring?  Attentional bias?  Sheer weight of conventional wisdom?

10:00
Dave Cameron: Risk aversion

10:00
Dave Cameron: It seems super risky to take your P to build a bigger lead when you’re already winning

10:00
Over the Hills: Interested in Carson’s position now that it is open.  Plus I have no narrative.  Where do I send resume?

10:00
Dave Cameron: You’re putting yourself in a worse spot if it doesn’t work

10:01
Carson Cistulli: Cameron, what about a rule change where the winning team isn’t allowed to bat in their half-inning?

10:01
Jason: If you could save your outs it could make sense.  You still need 27 outs to win, but change the order so those early leads with no offsensr from the other team would just speed on by

10:02
Matt Aptekar: Dave – why does Carson call you Cameron….it’s confusing me

10:02
Dave Cameron: He’s a confusing dude.

10:02
Seth Moko: Seems like ever since Dave fired Carson, he’s just ignoring him. Which is good HR practice actually

10:02
Harry: Second player putting in eyedrops

10:03
Carson Cistulli: I bet Sawchik is on this eyedrops story.

10:03
Vottomatic: Calling it now. Kershaw hits a bomb.

10:03
Josh: Who’s the best hitting pitcher to play in a WS?

10:03
Dave Cameron: Babe Ruth?

10:04
JT: Mike Hampton is probably the “real” answer, or MadBum

10:05
Brian: Dontrelle?

10:05
Tommy: Aroldis Chapman hits people. Does that count?

10:05
tz: Rick Ankiel?

10:06
Carson Cistulli: Babe Ruth recorded a 189 wRC+ in 380 PA the same year (1918) he threw 166.1 innings.

10:06
Chuckb: Ankiel never appeared in a WS.

10:06
Carson Cistulli: He was worth 5.2 WAR as a batter.

10:06
Kiermaier’s Piercing Green Eyes: Dave, having recently completed the part of PhD microeconomics that deals with risk aversion, I’d argue that it’s anchoring (tendency to prefer your first piece of information, and keeping the pitcher is always the default) than risk aversion, which would require quantifying why there is greater variance in payoffs under the situation where you pull the pitcher.

10:07
Dave Cameron: But keeping the pitcher in is the default because of risk aversion, I think.

10:07
Blue Moon Odom: Dave just let someone else be smart for once

10:07
Joe: Do a poll! Risk Aversion v. Anchoring

10:08
Dave Cameron:

Econ nerd poll

Risk Aversion (24.0% | 118 votes)
 
Anchoring (28.3% | 139 votes)
 
This poll is dumb (47.5% | 233 votes)
 

Total Votes: 490
10:08
Zac: Can we talk more potatoes?

10:08
brian eno: EVERYONE VOTE ANCHORING

10:08
Hello Dave: Risk Anchoring

10:09
Morbo: It’s anchoring but I voted this poll is dumb

10:09
John Autin: Anchor aversion

10:09
AdamZ: Voted risk aversion because it was the first piece of information I had.

10:09
Erik: ~800 people in the chat you said? So about a third participate in polls?

10:09
Dave Cameron: We’re pushing 1,200 now

10:09
Hannah Hochevar: The poll isn’t dumb. Just the debate.

10:10
option240: Establish the anchor

10:11
The 6ix: Smallest ball person ever.

10:11
Matt: How did a ball get from the bullpen to the middle of the field?

10:11
Carson Cistulli: Here’s a great image of some Kennebec potatoes:

10:11
Carson Cistulli:

10:11
Dave Cameron: McCullers throwing?

10:11
Carson Cistulli: I wish I could share an image of how they taste.

10:11
gerrylikegary: Maine puts out some good potatoes

10:12
Hannah Hochevar: Yukon Gold > Kennebec

10:12
Carson Cistulli: Banned.

10:12
jd: 10 swings and misses for kersh

10:12
Strange Penguin: Meanwhile, Kershaw is dealing

10:13
Joe: Will this change the Kershaw narrative? No, it won’t

10:13
This is Lude-icris : Can we fire Carson again? Hannah is ineligible to be banned!

10:13
Show Hey O’Tawny: Update: Kershaw still good

10:13
Kip For President: Imagine if Kershaw was dealing and wasn’t down 5-0

10:13
BDF: Kershaw only dealing because leverage index is low.  #unclutch

10:13
RyanW: Over/under 50.5 hot takes saying Kershaw shouldve just started game 7 tomorrow?

10:13
Dave Cameron: There are like 50 comments in the queue saying this

10:13
Dave Cameron: So yeah

10:13
David: Can’t ban Hannah until the beginning of next season.

10:14
Kates: with Kershaw looking sharp, that’s the question Roberts will get  – Why not start Kershaw if he was available for multiple innings?

10:14
Dave Cameron: The answer is easy: “Yu Darvish is a good pitcher.”

10:14
Dave Cameron: Should the Astros have benched Altuve? He’s been bad this series too.

10:15
Carson Cistulli: What are the consequences of the Kershaw narrative? For Kershaw, I mean. He won’t make less money because of it. The Dodgers clearly trust him still. He’s almost a Hall of Famer right now.

10:15
SubmarineSailor: I mean, they traded for Darvish for a reason…

10:15
RyanW: And kershaws on short rest pitching history isn’t exactly pristine. Such post hoc logic

10:16
ChatzMcGee: Feels like Dodgers have to do something this inning.

10:16
Hannah Hochevar: You don’t think it bothers Kersh to hear it all the time?

10:16
Mike: the argument isn’t that darvish’s been bad. The argument is from the Only Rule which is to just go in order of your best pitchers so that you can get the most out of them and the least possible out of the less good guys so just Kershaw Jansen then darvish and then whoever the hell else comes after that

10:16
Dave Cameron: You have to factor rest into goodness

10:17
Carson Cistulli: I don’t *know*, of course, Hannah. I’d guess it probably just bothers him that he hasn’t pitched well in the postseason. Not that people *notice* he hasn’t pitched well.

10:17
Carson Cistulli: Also, you’re banned!

10:17
Josh: Is it proven that pitchers are historically worse on short rest in the post-season?

10:17
Dave Cameron: Yup.

10:18
NtflxnRichHill: Carson, stop flirting with Hannah.

10:18
Anonymous: Carson, start flirting with me

10:19
Hough Stone: Uh, that’s not what was posted on your site today

10:19
Dave Cameron: Jeff’s post was about SPs pitching in relief on short rest

10:19
Dave Cameron: Not about starting

10:19
Is a slider a sandwich?: How much money can I make doing product placement of potato varieties in chatrooms?

10:20
Carson Cistulli: You don’t do it for money. You do it because you love the potato.

10:20
JJB: As an actuary, I feel qualified to weigh in. I’d say risk aversion.

10:20
Dave Cameron: You’re hired.

10:20
Carson Cistulli: Dave, that’s confirmation bias.

10:20
John: Seager went

10:20
Morton Salt Girl: Seager went

10:20
Safety Stegosaurus: Will we still see Keuchel?

10:21
Dave Cameron: For sure.

10:21
Jason: Time for Turner to get hit again.

10:21
brian eno: as an estuary, it’s clearly anchoring

10:21
Seth Moko: So wait – to get hired you just say you agree with the boss? That is NOT great HR practice

10:21
Raindog: As a meteorologist, I’d say wind resistance

10:21
Peter: Seager went but whatever, let’s keep things interesting!

10:21
ben: Apparently the Kennebec has a “noticeably nutty” flavor.

10:21
The Hamburglar: As a psychologist, I’d say your mother

10:21
gerrylikegary: Hit Turner. Strike out bellinger. Easy.

10:21
Carson Cistulli: “Hella nutty,” is how I’d characterize it.

10:21
NtflxnRichHill: As a mortuary, I’d say we’ve killed it now

10:22
Dad: What will Yu’s next contract look like?

10:22
Stevil: Great to see more comments by Hannah. It’s not like there isn’t 1200 other people trying to get a question in.

10:22
Matt Aptekar: As a baseball announcer, I’d say what did the guy 30 years ago think about it

10:22
Carson Cistulli: It’ll be a bunch of paper, probably 8.5 x 11 inches.

10:22
AdamZ: TIL about kennebec potatoes and risk aversion vs. anchoring. Fangraphs giving you that analysis that other baseball sites refuse to.

10:23
Mom: Theres still half a game to go! Its 1030. Western teams should be banned from postseason…

10:23
Pie: NOT LIRIANO

10:23
John: Devinski and Liriano up

10:23
Carson Cistulli: Are too AFRAID to, AdamZ.

10:23
Morbo: As a news monster attorney in can definitely state that legal paper is longer than the 11″ used by peasants

10:23
MJ: That’s not legal size

10:23
Mike: this chat has gotten kinda shitty and twittery

10:23
Dave Cameron: Peacock is missing by a lot

10:23
Carson Cistulli: Breaking, MJ: Darvish’s contract won’t be legal!

10:24
Carson Cistulli: You’ve preemptively cracked the case.

10:24
hscer: “shitty and twittery” is redundant

10:24
Cody: I, for one, am enjoying this chat

10:24
Real MVP: No matter the rest of the Dodgers’ performance thus far, the organist has definitely shown up to play.

10:24
DKH: This organist is killing it. Breaking out The Doors and The Who tonight.

10:24
adam: this is one long at bat

10:24
Really Carson: It all went downhill once Carson got here

10:24
Cody: Carson brings a delightful amount of levity

10:25
Dave Cameron:

Carson made the chat

Better (68.3% | 285 votes)
 
Worse (31.6% | 132 votes)
 

Total Votes: 417
10:25
tom: can we talk about baseball…

10:25
NtflxnRichHill: Carson is a polarizing figure, indeed!

10:25
Nick R: I voted no but I think yes

10:25
Carson Cistulli: Is that anchoring?

10:25
Dave Cameron: Another rally

10:25
Dave Cameron: Another chance for LA to squander it

10:25
Davey: I love baseball

10:26
Joe Buck: How much longer does Peacock go?

10:26
Dave Cameron: Wouldn’t think much longer

10:26
Thomas: BABIP!

10:26
Blueyays: Finally a break for the Dodgers

10:26
John Autin: Finally one  Bregman couldn’t handle!

10:26
Sammy: Not Bregman’s ball

10:26
Dave Cameron: Liriano!

10:26
Carson Cistulli: Wait, seriously?

10:26
Dave Cameron: Legit think Bellinger shouldn’t swing until there are two strikes

10:26
Dave Cameron: Liriano’s command sucks

10:26
Carson Cistulli: I’m minutes behind. I contend you’re lying.

10:26
Scott Wood: LiriaNO

10:26
ChatzMcGee: Please hit a dinger.

10:27
Liriano: What’s a “strike?”

10:27
Kip For President: Liriano coming in! Let’s get nuts

10:27
Lance McCullers: smart pitching change or not?

10:27
Dave Cameron: Yeah

10:27
Dave Cameron: This is a better match-up for HOU than Peacock

10:27
Dave Cameron: And Devenski’s CH probably a worse pitch to Bellinger than Liriano’s SL

10:27
Morton Salt Girl: Liriano faces Bellinger then Devinksi for Puig.

10:27
Dave Cameron: Probably

10:27
Conner from AZ: So this was the Houston plan going into the WS right? Have Liriano never be a factor until the biggest game of the franchise’s life. A classic rope-a-dope

10:28
tz: Liriano coming in with those stats.  Meanwhile, Ken Giles is reduced to fetching sunflower seeds for his mates.  Sad.

10:28
STL: Bellinger.  Can you imagine the stress on his mind.  He has blown several big at bats later.  And when you’re going bad … the big at bats always seem to find you.

10:28
Evan: Would it be possible to play the Fangraphs Audio hold music during commercial breaks?

10:29
Zac: Just don’t swing, just don’t swing!!!

10:29
Peter: Bellinger’s redemption arc on the line here

10:29
Josh: Of course he pumps one down the middle

10:29
Hello Dave: lol painted strike

10:30
Tyler: That might have been the pitch to swing at

10:30
ChatzMcGee: That was a strike I think.

10:30
He Hate Me: Liriano establishes his fastball.

10:30
Mike: This replay is making me more incredulous Bellinger swung at all of those McCullers pitches

10:31
Six Ten: If the pitcher has a normal split and the hitter has a reverse split, what carries the day? (Same question, but if you reverse it.)

10:31
Dave Cameron: It’s a combination

10:31
larryv: well that’s not a strikeout

10:31
The Hamburglar: Well. I guess he didnt strike out….right?

10:31
brian eno: middle middle fastball…

10:31
Justin Verseaer: Do you have any faith in the dodgers if they don’t score this inning?

10:31
Dave Cameron: They are running out of chances

10:31
Scott Wood: liriaYES

10:32
Steve: So he’s going to go Morton for the 6th and 7th, Keuchel for 8 and 9?

10:32
Dave Cameron: Something like that

10:32
Dave Cameron: With Verlander possible late

10:32
Anthony: Isn’t Puig a strong negative splits guy? Is pulling Liriano the right move? I know Devenski is better in a vacuum.

10:33
Dave Cameron: Reverse splits for a hitter aren’t real.

10:33
Nick R: Why are they real for a pitcher but not hitter

10:33
Dave Cameron: Pitchers can throw certain pitches which work better against different hitters.

10:34
Matt: What’s the biggest game 7 comeback?

10:34
SubmarineSailor: Reverse splits aren’t real, or reverse splits over one season aren’t real? Because there’s a couple guys out there with long term reverse splits

10:34
Dave Cameron: Not really.

10:34
Dave Cameron: Ichiro has a small reverse platoon split, I think

10:35
Dave Cameron: But no one really sustains it over a career

10:35
Grasul: Seems aggressive to assert its not possible for a hitter to see and react to same hand pitching more effectively than opposite handed pitching.  There are a lot of hitter in the world.

10:35
Dave Cameron: The data is clear.

10:35
John: Missed a cookie

10:35
Thomas: Just missed that one

10:35
Mike: That was a hittable pitch

10:35
JT: Devenski falls off like 7 feet towards 1b

10:36
Pat: I used to get really mad at Dave for saying reverse splits aren’t real and I always brought up Justin Turner vs. righties as my argument. Then he had this year against lefties and now I respectfully agree with Dave

10:36
Carson Cistulli: And he also has one of the league’s best changeups, JT. Correlation? Causation? I don’t know.

10:36
A.: Ichiro has like a 90 wrc+ against rhp and a 120wrc+ against lhp

10:36
Dave Cameron: 115/98, actually

10:36
Dave Cameron: But he’s basically it

10:37
Dave Cameron: And he’s super weird

10:37
John: Puig is amped

10:37
larryv: puig is gonna destroy the dugout if he makes out

10:38
Sonny: Don’t throw him anymore FB

10:38
bosoxforlife: Two fastballs down the pipe. Puig is going wild.

10:38
Hal: Puig’s body language is so fun

10:38
DC: If Puig fouls another one off, he might just have an aneurysm.

10:38
Dave Cameron: Hey, look, runners stranded.

10:38
Kimball: BABIP!

10:38
Erik: I remember The Book having a great chapter on platoon splits. I think the argument there was that you regress all platoon splits heavily to the mean, such that you’d need like a 40 or 50 point difference over the course of a long career in order to conclude that a guy had any reverse split at all, and even then, it would be small.

10:38
twb: rope!

10:38
The only guy from North Dakota: Freaking BABIP

10:38
Josh: RIP Dodgers

10:38
Show Hey O’Tawny: Puig has gotta be so mad

10:38
Marwins Above Replacement: Babip is a cruel mistress

10:39
Hannah Hochevar: Dodgers need to stop hitting liners!!!

10:39
Anonymous: Not BABIP. 9% hit probability

10:39
John Autin: That was weak contact, though.

10:39
The Hamburglar: That wasnt a rope. It was 55 MPH off the bat with only a 9% HP

10:39
bosoxforlife: Very weak contact!

10:39
Jesse: In which the Dodgers again take 15 minutes to score 0 runs.

10:40
Antone: Ah baseball.  The sport where you do everything right and still fail.

10:40
Chuckb: That was the softest hit ball of the gamel

10:41
Canyonero Driver: If neither team scores the rest of the game, is the focus on Darvish blowing it early or the fact that the Dodgers offense was ice cold?

10:41
Dave Cameron: Can we only focus on one thing?

10:41
Kates: I’m fine. (I’m not fine.)

10:41
Matt Aptekar: can we all agree on a narrative now…so I know which narrative to make fun of tomorrow!?

10:42
Chalupa Batman: Pls someone refresh me on exactly what “The Book” is

10:42
Carson Cistulli: That’s the one by Tom Tango (or Tango Tiger) and Mitchel Lichtman.

10:42
Dave Cameron: And Andy Dolphin

10:42
Carson Cistulli: About some pretty basic principles in analytics.

10:42
Dave Cameron: Who is somehow not the guy who was using a fake name

10:42
Carson Cistulli: Right, and Andy Dolphine.

10:43
Carson Cistulli: I mean Dolphin.

10:43
NtflxnRichHill: That was more likely to be 55 mph than Puig’s

10:43
Carson Cistulli: Cameron, would you say that Andy Dolphin’s writing is porpoise-driven?

10:43
Hunky Dory: Seager’ defense this series has made it clear to me why people think he’ll be a 3B soon.

10:44
Dave Cameron: Keep in mind he didn’t play in the LCS because his back hurt.

10:44
Dave Cameron: He’s not 100%

10:44
ChatzMcGee: He’s been like a plus 35 run defender over the past two years.

10:45
Al: Who is this Tom Tango guy?He must be in the analytcis community, but i never see him publish any articles on sabermetric inclined websites.(I have only been following sabermetrics for like 3 years)

10:45
Dave Cameron: He works for MLB now

10:45
Is a slider a sandwich?: Cameron, you didn’t answer Cistulli’s question?

10:45
Dave Cameron: You’re welcome.

10:46
Dave Cameron: Brian McCann is slow

10:46
ChatzMcGee: Nice play by Forsyth.

10:46
MJ: Man, McCann sooooo slow

10:46
alpha309: jesus he is slow

10:46
Vince: That’s exactly why Forsythe starts

10:46
Vince: Here’s good stats talk from Tango if you desire @Al https://twitter.com/tangotiger

10:47
SubmarineSailor: If the 9 spot comes up, do you let Devo hit?

10:47
Dave Cameron: No way

10:47
Lance McCullers: haha, this is great:

That’s called Clutch Hitting.

Lance McCullers is the first pitcher in baseball history to hit at least four batters and not allow a run
2 Nov 2017
10:47
Carson Cistulli: I think, “Wow, nice play by Forsythe,” is a polite way of saying, “Oh my, that professional baseball runner is slow.”

10:48
Dave Cameron: 2 IBBs

10:48
Dave Cameron: Don’t love that

10:48
Dave Cameron: Even if you get out of this, just got back to the top of the order sooner

10:48
alpha309: I am confused.

10:48
Mike: What is Roberts doing…?

10:48
Dave Cameron: Trying to get out of this inning

10:49
Anonymous: Here to admit: I was wrong about putting up a stink about the IBB rule change.  It’s gone and I don’t miss it

10:49
Lance McCullers: is it smart though?

10:49
Dave Cameron: I’m not a fan.

10:49
ratwheels: Trying to remove Devenski.

10:49
Dave Cameron: Nah.

10:49
Dave Cameron: That was about getting a weaker hitter up there

10:49
ChatzMcGee: Gonzalez sucks from the left side.

10:50
Dave Cameron: Probably didn’t think they’d hit for Reddick

10:50
JT: Hinch is out of “good” relievers. This is Keuchel/JV all the way now right?

10:50
Dave Cameron: Morton

10:50
Steve B: Is there a reason none of my posts are being approved by the moderator? Do they only let some posts through?

10:50
Dave Cameron: There are 1,100 people in here. We can’t approve everything.

10:51
alpha309: I need to walk my dog.  Trying to decide if I want to watch the Dodgers strand 3 more runners, or the Astros top of the order

10:52
Carson Cistulli: Astros ABs are meaningless now! Or close to meaningless! Walk that dog.

10:52
Chris: I walked my dog during Dodgers AB in 3rd

10:52
Jd: Ask the dog

10:52
stever20: get a doggie treadmill

10:53
Dave Cameron: More runners

10:53
Dave Cameron: Excited to see how Pederson doesn’t score

10:53
The only guy from North Dakota: Bloop hits are dumb.

10:53
Michael: If Morton gets into serious trouble here, who relieves him?

10:53
Dave Cameron: Guessing he has a long leash

10:53
Dave Cameron: But probably Keuchel

10:54
SubmarineSailor: Harris?

10:54
Parv: No way Kershaw is allowed to hit this inning, right?

10:54
Dave Cameron: He shouldn’t be

10:54
Campbell: Jansen up

10:54
Chris: Long leash solves the dog issue too

10:54
Safety Stegosaurus: 97 with siiiink.

10:54
Silk: Let Kershaw bat right? Jansen cant go three can he?

10:55
Dave Cameron: Still have Wood

10:55
Dave Cameron: Plus the other relievers

10:55
Is a slider a sandwich?: If the Dodgers are gonna come back, how will they do it?

10:55
Dave Cameron: Homers

10:55
Matt: Gotta go Jansen with top of the order coming up

10:55
Dave Cameron: Yep

10:56
jd: jayson stark just pointed out on twitter houston could use literally and exclusively their entire five man rotation to clear this game, which would be a thing

10:56
Dave Cameron: I pointed that out on FG today.

10:56
Mike: Jansen gonna be gassed from going 2 IP yesterday (albeit quick ones)?

10:56
Dave Cameron: Only need him to go 4 batters

10:56
Dave Cameron: Then you can go to Wood, Watson, Cingrani, whoever

10:57
Dave Cameron: Whew

10:57
Dave Cameron: That was borderline

10:57
ChatzMcGee: think it was a strike.

10:57
The only guy from North Dakota: That was a strike.

10:57
SLB: That pitch looked good to me

10:57
Correan WAR: That’s been a strike all game

10:57
bmann: That looked like a strike

10:57
Morton Salt Girl: It was a strike

10:57
ChatzMcGee: Outside.

10:57
Nick R: That’s a strike

10:57
John Autin: Another strike.

10:57
Sgt. Pepper: That was a ball

10:57
Silk: ball

10:57
Stringer Bell: That was a ball

10:57
Dave Cameron: I’d PH Grandal here

10:58
Carson Cistulli: Travis Sawchik noted earlier today that borderline calls might be a weakness for Astros pitchers:

10:58
Ace: What say you Dave – ball or strike!

10:59
Dave Cameron: I thought it looked a little outside but hard to tell from TV angle

10:59
Dave Cameron: And it was very close

10:59
John Autin: Gameday had it clearly inside both borders.

10:59
hscer: ok, *That* was a strike

10:59
Tony Womack: That was a strike

10:59
ChatzMcGee: Another close one.

10:59
Strange Penguin: Morton can’t buy a strike

10:59
Matt: Was that a strike??!!

10:59
John Autin: STRIKE THREE!!!

10:59
Canyonero Driver: That was strike 3

10:59
The only guy from North Dakota: Another strike.

10:59
Morton Salt Girl: WOW

10:59
bmann: THAT was a strike

10:59
Giants Fan: That was a strike

11:00
Vince: Time to strand some runners

11:00
Adam: Not Utley?

11:00
Dave Cameron: They’re not that different at this point

11:00
Pontoons: Ethier HR!

11:00
Vince: Although BA doesn’t matter 0-29 is just not good

11:00
Erik: THAT was a popout

11:00
Gregory: and THAT was an out

11:01
Dave Cameron: Morton just challenging him

11:01
Dave Cameron: A hit!

11:01
Canyonero Driver: FINALLY

11:01
Sgt. Pepper: oh finally

11:01
Michael: A run!

11:01
ChatzMcGee: omg, that’s a break.

11:01
Brett W: Andre the Giant

11:01
Tone Womacky : Dre Day!

11:01
hscer: A run!

11:01
Thomas: GET HYPED

11:01
Smapple: WOWOWOWOW

11:02
The only guy from North Dakota: Finally some BABIP luck.

11:02
Chris: Oh boy!

11:02
JB: we have a game

11:02
D.S.: BABIP tables have turned

11:02
Vince: Hit with RISP YAY!

11:02
Mike: ANDRE ETHIER I ALWAYS BELIVED

11:02
The Hamburglar: The Dodgers are allowed to do that?

11:02
Justin Verseaer: now that’s getting babip’d

11:02
Mound Visit: MOUND VISIT TIME!!!!!

11:02
Mound Visit: GET OUT THERE BRIAN!!!!!!

11:02
Mike: Chris Taylor has been mashing tonight too

11:02
Moonlight Graham: 22% HP

11:02
STL: A HR from Taylor here would be extremely beneficial to the Dodgers’ cause.

11:03
A: action! action! action!

11:03
Tom: Was wondering where that curve went.

11:03
ChatzMcGee: Oh, terrible swing.

11:03
Alex: Damnit, I was THISCLOSE to going to bed….

11:03
STL: That was a really, really good pitch.

11:03
The Hamburglar: That was….an awful swing

11:03
Bullpen : How do you not have ANYONE warming up right now AJ?!?!?!

11:03
Dave Cameron: Yeah, that’s weird

11:04
Dave Cameron: Morton’s stuff

11:04
Dave Cameron: Goodness

11:04
Meh? Jeets: That was absolutely filthy

11:04
Vince: Movement alert

11:04
Justin Verseaer: With movement?

11:04
Hannah Hochevar: “Nasty”

11:04
The 6ix: In Morton we trust.

11:04
Vince: “I just throw harder”

11:04
Correan WAR: was that 2 righty/righty changeups?

11:04
Kosch: AJ is ride or die right now

11:04
Show Hey O’Tawny: I cannot believe Charlie Morton is this good

11:04
Hunky Dory: After reading the FG interviews on Morton…love the guy.

11:04
Charlie Morton: I established the shit out of that

11:04
Enlightening Round: Remember when Charlie Morton kinda sucked fornthe Piratea?

11:05
Joe G: That’s Charlie Morton?

11:05
Dave Cameron: More stranded runners!

11:05
Show Hey O’Tawny: Oh Jesus

11:05
Tone Womacky : Lookout Chuck

11:05
The only guy from North Dakota: That was weird.

11:05
Greg0: Well that was strange

11:05
SLB: 1 run not nearly enough there

11:05
Matt: double-digit LOB

11:05
Bunghole: Can someone paste link to live in game probability

11:06
Adam: Here comes Jansen

11:06
Anthony: Chris Taylor vs. Charlie Morton in one of the highest-leverage plate appearances of the season, just as everyone expected in March

11:06
Bill: Morton actually pitched really well that inning. Two soft hits and a borderline walk.

11:06
Pontoons: Can someone paste a link to live hit probabilities?

11:07
Carson Cistulli: Can someone paste a link to their social security numbers and their address and other personal info, definitely?

11:07
Dave Cameron: Equifax.com

11:07
Carson Cistulli: Thanks.

11:08
Zock Jr.: ^TOPICAL SHADE FROM DAVE

11:08
Carson Cistulli: Did you freeze your account or whatever, Cameron?

11:08
Ishii: Here’s WE for the whole series before someone ask for it Dave http://thebaseballgauge.com/post_series.php?seriesID=2017WS

11:08
Sgt. Pepper: Carson’s social security number is probably a dumb poem or something

11:09
Peter from Pittsburgh: that was Andre Ethier’s last AB as a Dodger btw

11:09
Matt Aptekar: here is link to a potato image before someone asks Carson. https://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http%3A%2F%2Fmediadownloads.mlb.c…

11:10
Uncle Smalls: Dave, there’s an important angle to this game no one is discussing. If I’m cash-poor but have good equity in my house with a low-interest 15-year mortgage, should I refinance or take a HELOC to cover my emergency home repairs?

11:10
Thighrone: Jansen gets 2 innings if he doesnt have to bat?

11:10
Dave Cameron: Probably

11:10
ChatzMcGee: What a catch.

11:10
Canyonero Driver: Pretty play

11:10
Anonymous: How to make a routine play look hard

11:10
Mongo: Dude

11:10
Morton Salt Girl: That ball stayed up forever

11:10
Matt: Nice play, too much hang time

11:11
ChatzMcGee: Anonymous is very cynical.

11:11
Lance McCullers: 23% hit probability

11:11
Ryan S: It was a tough play because he was playing in center right.

11:12
weezy: Kenley’s velo is way down

11:12
Is a slider a sandwich?: The homemade broth for my chicken noodle soup isn’t strong enough. Any suggestions?

11:12
Dave Cameron: Vodka

11:12
Dark Borderline : Why not start Jens

11:13
Hal: Is Jansen intentionally throwing 92 mph cutters or is his velo down?

11:13
Dave Cameron: He’s sat 93 this year.

11:13
Dave Cameron: So this isnt’ that down

11:13
Section329: You don’t drink,Dave

11:13
Dave Cameron: I’m not having his soup

11:14
Mac: Dave doesn’t drink, he eats “soup”

11:14
Jesse: The alcohol would cook out anyway.

11:14
Dave Cameron: He didn’t say he was going to cook it

11:14
He Hate Me: The alcohol will burn off anyway, so it will end up just being water.

11:14
Dave Cameron: You are ruining the joke

11:15
Tone Womacky : I’m gonna go pour myself a stiff glass of soup

11:15
Jesse: Mmmm cold broth.

11:15
Raindog: I believe Carson’s answer is to put a Maine potato in there

11:15
He Hate Me: Dave even defends his bad jokes to the end…

11:15
Carson Cistulli: Yeah, just go ahead and place a Kennebec potato into it.

11:16
B: Carson’s the guy who doesn’t like baseball, right?

11:16
Raindog: Dave’s answer is to let the potato ferment first, then put it in

11:16
Evan: The potato would absorb salt and weaken the broth.

11:16
Morbo: I love that my actual useful advise did not pass moderation

11:17
Carson Cistulli: I like baseball. I have less interest in watching the at-bats of a club winning 5-1.

11:17
Bregman’s Glove: So who closes the game since pea cock is gone? Maybe their actual closer Giles?

11:17
Dave Cameron: Keuchel or Verlander

11:17
Dave Cameron: Or Morton if he keeps throwing 99 with movement

11:17
Carson Cistulli: I think Morton’s best bet right now.

11:17
Anonymous: Whee! Baseball things happening!

11:18
Morton Salt Girl: Do we get more tacos?

11:18
The 6ix: HUGE jump

11:18
Dave Cameron: This should be Jansen’s last batter

11:18
Josh: That was center-center

11:18
Dave Cameron: Yeah

11:18
Dave Cameron: Lucky that went foul.

11:19
ChatzMcGee: Good pitch.

11:19
Mike: Bringing this full circle, if you use too much Morton’s, a Kennebec Potato would save your soup/broth!

11:19
Clay(2000 lbs) Kershaw: I’m a very sad Dodger fan. What’s our silver lining to this cloud?

11:20
Dave Cameron: You had a great year, you’ll be good again next year, and probably the year after that.

11:20
Morton Salt Girl: I’d say the silver lining is the Astros have a spent bullpen which can give up 4 runs.

11:20
Anthony: I honestly feel like Charlie freaking Morton is my favorite pitcher you watch. Doesn’t feel natural to have a fastball move that much at 98 MPH

11:21
Matt Aptekar: Naked egg taco!!!!! can I get that for free if I steal it?

11:21
Dave Cameron: You can get anything for free if you steal it

11:22
Greg0: Britton is still the most amazing pitcher to watch as far as movement/velo goes.

11:22
Zac: Indians were only down one more run at this point last year and tied it.

11:22
Dave Cameron: They lost though…

11:23
Blue Moon Odom: We just want the graph to look more zigzag-y

11:23
The Hamburglar: Give us your uninformed 2018 WS picks?

11:23
Dave Cameron: Yankees-Dodgers

11:23
tz: Peak Ubaldo Jimenez was bonkers for movement/velo.  At Coors to boot.

11:23
Seth Moko: Dodgers have 10 LOB – WS record is 15. I think we can get there

11:24
Kalico: Padres-White Sox. Hey, you said uninformed.

11:24
Kimball: If NYY cut payroll to start the season, but take contracts at the deadline, will the new lux tax hit them the same?

11:24
Dave Cameron: Yes

11:24
Dave Cameron: The luxury tax calc is done after the season

11:24
Dave Cameron: And accounts for in-year moves

11:24
John: Aaron Sanchez has the velo/movement thing going too. And the blister thing.

11:25
Garrett: Why Morton again? Why not go to Keuchel or Harris?

11:25
Dave Cameron: Those guys don’t throw 99?

11:25
woeful SFG fan: That was in his kitchen!

11:25
SubmarineSailor: No reason to not leave Morton in, given how he’s chucking it

11:25
Morton Salt Girl: Morton is dealing 97-98 and he has a curve ball, which seems to be the bane of the young LA lefties.

11:26
guren: Keuchel is warming up in the bullpen

11:26
kevinthecomic: only 8 outs left for the dodgers — tick, tick, tick

11:26
Pie: Ignore the results of the 6th, Morton’s stuff (not necessarily his command) has been electric today

11:26
Dave Cameron: Down and in curve to Bellinger

11:26
Dave Cameron: Drink

11:26
some other matt: I believe they know where to pitch Bellinger…

11:26
Morton Salt Girl: Bellinger might want to try batting righty.

11:26
Brian: Straight yakkers

11:26
Joe: Jesus he can’t stop himself

11:26
kevinthecomic: down and in curve to bellinger — lather, rinse, repeat

11:26
Josh: DIRTY

11:26
The only guy from North Dakota: So sick.

11:26
Hello Dave: Why bring someone else in? Morton is filthy

11:26
Vince: FILTH ALERT

11:27
woeful SFG fan: Backdoor slider wow! got me thrown off

11:27
alpha309: what the hell was that pitch?  Looked crazy

11:27
Matt: Wow, Charlie morton

11:27
dclivejazz : Beautiful!

11:27
Pontoons: SO nasty!

11:27
Show Hey O’Tawny: Christ he’s good

11:27
Hawk Harrelson: Shouldn’t they just ride Morton Dave?

11:27
Dave Cameron: I would leave him out there for now, yeah.

11:27
Dave Cameron: But have Keuchel warm

11:28
Vince: Charlie Morton is my favorite pitcher with the same name as a salt company

11:28
Dave Cameron: Thomas Diamond?

11:28
Nick R: Think jansen comes out?

11:28
Dave Cameron: No

11:28
ElJimador: How did Morton turn into this?  All I remember from Pittsburgh was a generic back of the rotation starter with a bad Roy Halladay impression.

11:29
Dave Cameron: It’s a great magazine story waiting to be told

11:29
Patrick Henry: Don’t lie to me: how much hope is there that the Dodgers win?

11:29
Dave Cameron: 10%?

11:29
TheDoctorBaker: 2.9%

11:29
Dave Cameron: I eyeballed too high

11:29
jon: If Morton pitches out, any chance he is your MVP?  Two wins and no way they win this series without him.

11:29
Dave Cameron: Springer

11:30
Jdm: Has to be Springer

11:30
hscer: Springer Springer Springer

11:30
Lance McCullers: Yea, Astros don’t get to 6 without Springer

11:30
Matt: You still PH for Morton if he comes up this inning, right?

11:30
Dave Cameron: Yes

11:30
He Hate Me: If Morton comes up this inning, HOU has something going already.

11:31
Show Hey O’Tawny: Wood for Jansen seems.. not optional

11:32
Dave Cameron: Jansen didn’t have much last inning

11:32
Carson Cistulli: Hey, dummies. I have to go. (Toddler, Eastern Time.) Lot of fun discussing everyone’s favorite potato, the Kennebec.

11:33
Joe: I’m so excited that I’m about 2 innings away from not seeing tv commercials until next season.

11:33
hscer: Bye Carson. Russets forever

11:33
Show Hey O’Tawny: Yay, we can talk about ball again!

11:33
Brian: its game 7 and roberts has lost this thing for the dodgers

11:33
Dave Cameron: You think Roberts went 1 for 50 with RISP?

11:33
NtflxnRichHill: Let Brian explain, please. I really want to know how he thinks that

11:34
SubmarineSailor: Did Roberts throw all those nasty curveball?

11:34
Cody: Roberts heard that leaving a lot of men on base correlates with winning

11:35
Lance McCullers: Yea, I dunno how anyone can take anything away from how well I pitched today

11:35
Matt: Perhaps it’s pint #4, but I’m confused on the progression of Dodgers pitchers? Am I alone?

11:36
Dave Cameron: What part confuses you? Went to Kershaw for 4, PH for him, Jansen against the tough RHBs, now Wood against weak part of the order

11:36
kevinthecomic: MORTON with a bat

11:36
Tom: Morton on deck!

11:36
Cody: This is a classic “it only takes one pitcher to have a bad day” game

11:37
The Hamburglar: You have to let Morton finish this. He has been dominant

11:37
Dave Cameron: Verlander was dominant yesterday, until he blew the lead

11:37
Dave Cameron: You don’t have to do anything

11:37
He Hate Me: So why didn’t Roberts IBB Marwin to force Morton to bat?

11:38
Dave Cameron: Keuchel doesn’t suck

11:38
Dave Cameron: Getting Morton out not really all that helpful

11:38
Moonlight Graham: I agree with leaving Morton in. You know he has his stuff today. You don’t know if Keuchel or Verlander have theirs.

11:38
Dave Cameron: You know Morton *had* his stuff. You don’t know what he’ll have next inning.

11:39
woeful SFG fan: Walking to get to Morton could get him out of the game, but it gets the lineup turned for the next inning, versus an almost guaranteed out to start the inning (even with pinch hitter effect)

11:40
Evan: I agree with Morton over Verlander – he has pitched multiple innings, Verlander has never pitched the day after throwing 6 innings.

11:40
Dave Cameron: Who is arguing for Verlander?

11:40
Pontoons: Still nasty.

11:41
Show Hey O’Tawny: And that swing lol

11:41
Tom: That curve.

11:41
Vince: nottt the best start to the inning going down 0-2

11:41
Mike: Baseball fans just can’t get their minds around the idea of that pitcher performance is basically independent from inning to inning, unless a physical or mental problem is causing it

11:41
Jeremy: When do you pull Morton, if at all? When someone reaches?

11:42
Dave Cameron: I’m not letting him hit next inning

11:42
Dave Cameron: So he’s coming out after this inning, for me.

11:42
Nick R: You guys seriously dont believe that sometimes a guy just has it?

11:42
Dave Cameron: I know, we’re just jerks with our “data” and “evidence”

11:43
STL: No, but, there is something to be said for a baseball team’s psychological condition … sometimes when someone is nasty, that defeated feeling for the hitters can carry into their next at bat the next inning

11:43
Dave Cameron: Prove it

11:43
Dickie Thon: Keuchel the call then, Dave?

11:44
Dave Cameron: Yeah, he’s who I would use.

11:44
Guest:

..to take out your starter early who was pitching a brilliant game, as opposed to one who allowed a few runs or so…. twitter.com/i/web/status/9…
1 Nov 2017
11:45
STL: Its likely not possible to prove.  But, playing baseball at a high level and having family members that play professionally and friends professionally and in the big leagues … leads to the statement … “there is something to be said” … there is just a “feeling” to some games vs. some pitchers on some days.

11:46
Dave Cameron: Baseball was run that way for a long time.

11:46
Dave Cameron: Now it’s run by data and evidence.

11:46
Dave Cameron: Sorry.

11:46
steex: pinch hitting for Morton is the right call statistically, but the Astros are in the enviably position that either one is probably okay here

11:46
The OTHER guy from North Dakota: Is it a terrible idea to run Morton for one more, or just not the best option?

11:46
Dave Cameron: It’s sub-optimal.

11:47
Dave Cameron: Up 4 with 3 outs to go, you’ll almost always win anyway.

11:47
Bfield: Keuchel is better than Morton.

11:48
Dave Cameron: There’s also that.

11:48
Show Hey O’Tawny: He’s batting

11:49
Dave Cameron: Verlander warming but not Keuchel is silly.

11:49
Dave Cameron: If Morton gets in trouble, you’re going to the guy on 0 days rest…

11:49
Randy: I agree. This should be Morton or Keuchel

11:49
Dickie Thon: Keuchel over Verlander…anything else is heart not head

11:50
Andrew: Keuchel was warming last inning, though. Maybe he’s just warm? How long should he be throwing?

11:50
Dave Cameron: Usually they still stand there when they’re warm

11:50
Dave Cameron: If they’re considered an option

11:50
Anonymous: Ump’s plane taking off soon

11:50
Matt: Terrible call

11:50
D.S.: wow that’s a dubious call

11:50
Josh: Ump wants to go home

11:50
Pie: NOT NOW TMOBILE

11:51
Oddball Herrera: Morton batting, Verlander warming up, we are well into too cute by half territory. Thankfully for Hinch it probably doesn’t matter

11:51
Dave Cameron: Here we go.

11:51
Show Hey O’Tawny: I DONT WANT THE SEASON TO END

11:51
kevinthecomic: welp, this is it kids

11:52
Nick R: Nice work by wood

11:52
zulu: get hype

11:53
medler60625: Cubs are still WS Champs. Allow me to drink it in for the next 15 minutes or so…

11:53
Mac: Rajai Davis we need you

11:53
Pie: TIME TO END, SEASON

11:53
The Hamburglar: At least make it interesting Dodgers…

11:53
Vince: Someone call Luis Gonzalez

11:53
Brian: I want it to end with Springer robbing a homer.

11:53
Faith: , Grandal walk, Taylor single, seagar single, Cody sac fly, puig walk, joc homer=ws champs

11:54
TapeyBeercone: Robbing a game tying grand slam!

11:54
keepnotgraphs: walk off gurriel error pls

11:54
Show Hey O’Tawny: Let’s break us a cover curse

11:55
Chuckb: Roberts has lost all faith in Grandal.

11:55
Dave Cameron: Well also need him around in case Barnes gets hurt

11:56
Vince: filth

11:56
Pontoons: Again so nasty!

11:56
kevinthecomic: inside curve, AGAIN

11:56
Hawk Harrelson: Wow Jesus Morton

11:56
Pie: 2 MORE

11:56
TapeyBeercone: Haha, having the whole save vs win stupid conversation.

11:57
Pie: Morton’s signing was almost universally panned as questionable

11:57
Pie: (including by me)

11:57
Dave Cameron: Not Jeff!

11:57
The Hamburglar: Gotta be honest, if this is it, this was a pretty disappointing Game 7 given how the series has gone. Arguably the worst game of the series

11:57
Dave Cameron: Not really arguable

11:57
hscer: Taylor whiffs at about the middle-middlest pitch you can imagine

11:58
Derek Falvey: Morton still shoving in the 9th

11:58
zulu: well as an astros fan it’s been a lot easier on my psyche than the others

11:58
Pie: ONE

11:58
Bregman’s Glove: 1 MORE!!!

11:58
Pontoons: The series was still nuts. Two games with 5 .25 WPA swings!

11:58
Nick R: LETS GO

11:58
steex: what do we think, low/inside breaking pitches?  Nah.

11:59
Dave Cameron: Congrats, Houston!

11:59
Dave Cameron: Hell of a year.

11:59
Canyonero Driver: WOOHOO

11:59
kevinthecomic: OVER!!!!!!!!!!!

11:59
Josh: They deserve it!

11:59
Safety Stegosaurus: Great series, tip of the cap to both teams. Loved being here for all of it.

11:59
Tom: YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

11:59
Ric Flair: Woooooooooo

11:59
Alfrz: Well good for them

11:59
Buck: Happy for Charlie Morton!

11:59
Pie: YEEESSSSSS

11:59
zulu: i can’t believe it, i’m actually tearing up a little

11:59
Pontoons: Beltran has his ring!

11:59
Nick R: Awesome for Morton

11:59
Moonlight Graham: That was fun!

11:59
Clay(2000 lbs) Kershaw: This game will break your heart.

12:00
Stringer Bell: Verlander has a ring!

12:00
kevinthecomic: The Houston Astros are World Series Champions!!!

12:00
Show Hey O’Tawny: 148 days til pitchers and catchers

12:00
Dave Cameron: Alright, it’s midnight eastern

12:00
Dave Cameron: And this postseason has been both exhilarating and exhausting.

12:00
Dave Cameron: Thanks for hanging out everyone.

12:01
Dave Cameron: Congrats to both teams on great seasons.

12:01
Dave Cameron: Cleveland too.

12:01
Dave Cameron: We had lots of championship-caliber teams this year.

12:01
Dave Cameron: 2017 was a pretty good year.

12:01
Dave Cameron: Let’s do it again next year.

12:01
Dave Cameron: Maybe with fewer dingers though.

12:01
Dave Cameron: See you on Opening Day for our next live blog!

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Shirtless Bartolo Colon
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Some of you are probably curious about how I got shirtless. Even if you’re not, here’s how it happened.

Back when I was a young guy playing winter ball, I was getting tired of striking out with the ladies whenever we went out after a game. Most of the Caribbean girls didn’t know any ball players except for the really famous ones like George Brett. Anyway, Bronson Arroyo was my team mate one year and I saw how good he was with a guitar. Chicks dig the guitar even if they don’t dig the long ball, so I got a great idea. Me and my wing man Bruce Chen asked Bronson if we could start a band as something to do when we weren’t pitching. He went along with it and we started playing and even got to play a few clubs, using fake names.

Anyway, I was still having no luck until somebody pointed out how bad I was sweating up the armpits of my shirt. That was grossing the girls out. The clubs were always hot, and I put a lot of effort into my singing and stage presence, so I didn’t know what to do about it. Then I saw one of the drunk guys in the front row take his shirt off, and I knew what I had to do. From now on, we’d play our shows shirtless.

And from that point, I’d be going for extra bases every night. Second best idea I ever had.

The funniest part is Bronson got the last laugh on us. We made a demo video of our group, and sent it to this record label in Sao Paolo. They offered Bronson a contract as a solo artist. I don’t know if he ever recorded anything, but I finally found the demo video.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vpfT-Yhi6Wg

Johan Santa
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I cannot unhear this.

Malcolm-Jamal Hegyes
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Malcolm-Jamal Hegyes

Poor Bruce Chen. He even sucks at music.

John Elway
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I spit my bit when I heard this. LMHAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Ruben Amaro Jr.
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Ruben Amaro Jr.

“Using fake names” lol.