NL Division Series Games 5 Chat

4:49
Craig Edwards: Are you excited? I’m Jessespano.gif excited.

4:50
Craig Edwards: We will get things going here shortly. It will be me and Kiley for the early games with Dan Szymborski and Nick Dika taking on the later games.

4:50
Craig Edwards: Here’s a quick things I wrote about the starters today: https://blogs.fangraphs.com/instagraphs/the-nlds-game-5-pitching-match…

4:52
Craig Edwards: Cardinals lineup:

For all the marbles

#NLDS | #TimeToFly

9 Oct 2019
4:52
Craig Edwards: and Braves:

Game 5. Winner takes all.

#RELENTLESS

9 Oct 2019
4:52
Craig Edwards: Couple polls:

4:53
Craig Edwards:

Rooting for?

Cardinals (36.3% | 32 votes)
 
Braves (31.8% | 28 votes)
 
Just hoping for a good game (31.8% | 28 votes)
 

Total Votes: 88
4:53
Craig Edwards:

Who will win?

Cardinals (48.7% | 20 votes)
 
Braves (51.2% | 21 votes)
 

Total Votes: 41
4:59
Derek: I am pumped.

5:00
John Redbird: Hi Craig I don’t have a question I’m just excited for some good ol elimination game baseball with some strong pitchers on the mound. Now how do I get out of work to watch the game…

5:00
Cave Dameron: Adam Duvall in LF.

5:00
Craig Edwards: Duvall is the one big lineup change. While he did hit the homer off Flaherty in game 1, Flaherty is better against righties and Duvall hasn’t had as much success against them.

5:01
Craig Edwards: For the Cardinals, Carpenter at third isn’t a change from the last two games, but it is a change from Game 2 when Foltynewicz shut down the Cardinals. Probably the right call for the Cardinals, but the defense does go down a bit.

5:03
Jim hardball: For 2 innings, on FS1, I could not see the strike zone square. I panicked, but the umps call was the umps call. the pace of drama

5:03
Jim hardball: In short, the umps are part of the game, and a bigger strike zone speeds it up.

5:04
Craig Edwards: I’m not sure I agree. I think pitchers are good enough to pitch to a smaller strike zone and we would see more swings and swifter play if the strike zone were smaller.

5:05
Derek in LIttle Rock: Fascinating that big league managers in 2019 still buy the fallacy of the hot hand and play a guy against his own strength and into his opponent’s strength on the basis of a one-time (pinch hit, no less) event that happened nearly a week ago, back when the Kurds were our allies.

5:06
Craig Edwards: It’s also possible that he wanted better defense in there, and citing recent track record is the better public excuse. It also seems like Markakis would be the more logical choice to the bench, but he’s been the everyday guy, so…

5:07
scott: Also fascinating. haveing above average hitters give away outs in 2019!

5:07
Craig Edwards: Have to think Wong was partially bunting for a hit given he topped MLB in bunt hits, but not the best effort there.

5:08
Craig Edwards: Swanson saved a run right there keeping the ball on the infield.

5:09
Derek: (Very) SSS caveats and all that, but Goldschmidt has looked really good this postseason – how encouraging is that for Cardinals fans after a somewhat disappointing regular season for Goldy?

5:10
Craig Edwards: He did get somewhat unlucky this season and had a lot of big hits, but this Playoff Paul is what the Cardinals were hoping for all year.

5:11
Craig Edwards: I wrote about Ozuna a bit in the recap of Game 4 here: A word on Ozuna: https://blogs.fangraphs.com/braves-blow-chances-while-the-cardinals-st…

5:12
Craig Edwards: “The outfielder is having a fantastic series, with three doubles and two home runs among his eight hits in four games. He’s heading into free agency after what could be classified as a solid season. He put up a 110 wRC+ and 2.6 WAR at 28 years old. The free agent market for him remains murky, but it is possible his statistics this year underrate Ozuna’s performance. Based on exit velocity and launch angle, his .379 xwOBA is the 19th-best mark in the game. The 38-point gap between his wOBA and his xWOBA was the biggest in baseball among 135 qualified hitters.

5:12
Craig Edwards: The five players directly above and below him include Alex Bregman, Josh Donaldson, Pete Alonso, and DJ LeMahieu. Ozuna isn’t heavily shifted against and isn’t an incredibly slow runner such that he should be expected to have a much lower wOBA, so his underperformance is mainly due to his home park — Busch Stadium is tough on righties — and bad luck. The 10 players closest to Ozuna in xwOBA averaged a 136 wRC+ and with neutral luck, we’d be talking about Ozuna’s five-win season this year.”

5:12
bobby three sticks: his batted ball profile was almost identical.  was it park effects? he was 40 points under his career average babip

5:12
Craig Edwards: The change in parks certainly didn’t help Goldschmidt, though he also just wasn’t quite as good as he was in Arizona.

5:14
Craig Edwards: So putting Carpenter in the lineup is already affecting the game and uses his good eye to get a bases loaded walk.

5:14
Derek: Probably not the start Foltynewicz was looking for…

5:15
Craig Edwards: Definitely not. He hasn’t been bad by any means with a couple tough breaks, but the only out is a sac bunt at this point.

5:16
Mo money, Molina: “he’s got the couch out right now for foltynewicz” – what a line

5:16
Guest: who is Edman??

5:16
Craig Edwards: Didn’t know? Now ya know.

5:19
Craig Edwards: In Jack Falherty’s second-to-last start of the regular season, he pitched a gem with 11 Ks in 7 innings, but the Cardinals lost. Then, with the season on the line, Flaherty pitched in game 162 and the Cardinals jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the second inning and won the game easily. It’s still early, but…

5:19
tom: another Craig Edwards Cardinals puff … chat

5:19
Craig Edwards: it’s heading that way.

5:19
Dystopian Future: Baseball is so cruel; Folty’s comeback story is totally derailed after not even one full inning.

5:19
Craig Edwards: Well, I’m not sure totally derailed is right given how well he’s pitched lately, but getting just one out isn’t what he or the Braves were hoping for.

5:20
Kiley McDaniel: Sorry for the delay, had a contractor wrapping up some work but KILEY IS HERE

5:20
Kiley McDaniel: SEEMS LIKE I MISSED A FEW THINGS

5:20
Kiley McDaniel: Feel a little better about turning down tickets last minute

5:21
Craig Edwards: Just the pitcher batting in the first inning. No biggie.

5:21
Craig Edwards: and walking.

5:22
Craig Edwards: Really tough spot for Fried. Bases loaded is tough, but in the first inning, I’m not sure you can really prepare for that.

5:23
Derek: Okay so what is the most lopsided elimination game in history? Seems like that might be in play at this rate…

5:23
Kiley McDaniel: this is really insane

5:24
Craig Edwards: Funny you should ask. I don’t know if this game is it, but in 1996, the Braves beat the Cardinals 15-0 in game 7 of the NLCS as the Cardinals blew a 3-1 lead.

5:24
Mo money, Molina: Bader defensive sub bottom 1? (half joking)

5:24
Lunar verLander: Ok, just got home from work, traffic was a bit hectic, but looks like I haven’t missOH MY GOSH

5:24
Kiley McDaniel: do we know what the mercy rules are in NLDS games

5:25
A Guy: I guess it could end up being one of the best comebacks/choke jobs of all time though…

5:25
Kiley McDaniel: this question came 10 minutes ago

5:25
Craig Edwards: I believe the rule is that when you score 9 in the first, you say, MERCY!

5:26
Craig Edwards:

5:26
Lou: The Braves need MadBum.

5:26
Adam: At what point, do the Cardinals pull Flarehty if they continue to extend the lead?

5:26
A: Anybody agree?

Pull Jack. Have him start Game 1.
9 Oct 2019
5:26
Kiley McDaniel: i think all of their bums are mad rn

5:27
Kiley McDaniel: i’d go bullpen game here. i get that it isn’t a great message to say that this game is now less important..but it’s also 10-0

5:27
Craig Edwards: So you have to get 9 innings. NLCS starts Friday.

5:27
Derek: Kiley you may have missed the entire important part of the game

5:27
Kiley McDaniel: the important part was me not going

5:28
Dystopian Future: Ozzie Albies wasn’t smiling when the camera cut to him, which means this is officially a disaster.

5:28
Kiley McDaniel: the real tragedy

5:28
Craig Edwards: ponce de leon and genesis cabrera can get a few each I would imagine. I think you could give Flaherty two innings if they are low stress and pull him.

5:29
Craig Edwards:

Do you pull Flaherty?

Right now (1st inning) (33.6% | 63 votes)
 
In first three innings? (51.8% | 97 votes)
 
Let him pitch a normal game? (14.4% | 27 votes)
 

Total Votes: 187
5:31
Guest: This is what happens when you ban the tomahawk chop. Without racism, their superpowers are gone.

5:31
Craig Edwards: correlation, causation, something, something.

5:31
A Guy: I think if you score 9 in the first you say “merci!”

5:31
Ouch: Scoring on a strikeout…this is really awful now

5:32
Craig Edwards: Now?

5:32
hypo: Cardinals first. Fowler walked on a full count. Wong sacrificed, pitcher Foltynewicz to first baseman Freeman, Fowler to second. Goldschmidt hit an infield single to shortstop, Fowler to third. Ozuna singled to right, Fowler scored, Goldschmidt to second. Molina safe at first on fielding error by first baseman Freeman, Goldschmidt to third, Ozuna to second. Carpenter walked on a full count, Goldschmidt scored, Ozuna to third, Molina to second. Edman doubled to right, Ozuna scored, Molina scored, Carpenter to third. DeJong was intentionally walked. Fried pitching. Flaherty walked, Carpenter scored, Edman to third, DeJong to second. Fowler doubled to left, Edman scored, DeJong scored, Flaherty to third. Wong doubled to center, Flaherty scored, Fowler scored. Goldschmidt flied out to right fielder Markakis, Wong to third. Ozuna struck out, safe on Fried’s wild pitch, Wong scored.

5:32
Dystopian Future: This is less devil magic and more satanic wrath, if you ask me.

5:32
Craig Edwards: Plus a Yadi groundout for the late-arriving crowd.

5:33
Dystopian Future: How hard is it to pitch as Flaherty when you have a ten run lead here?

5:33
hypo: If I was in the crowd I would leave now.  Beat the traffic.  Nothing left to see here.  C-ya

5:33
Craig Edwards: He’s probably still upset about game 2 so I don’t think it is an issue for him.

5:33
Kiley McDaniel: it’s also rush hour in ATL so maybe not beating the rush

5:33
Dystopian Future: I know it’s already sort of garbage time, but that play by Donaldson was really beautiful.

5:34
Craig Edwards: that’s the spirit. We’ll be here a while.

5:34
Kiley McDaniel: silver lining: pace of play should be good rest of the way

5:34
Kiley McDaniel: lots of fastballs, no one is taking any one pitch too seriously, not a ton of pitching changes

5:34
Craig Edwards: and we get a walk.

5:35
Mason Jarre: That panicked scurrying sound you here is the entire TBS programming department trying to figure out how they can get Seinfeld reruns on.

5:35
Kiley McDaniel: this is the manager version of no DB’s within 30 yards, standing in the end zone, praying you don’t drop the rainbow pass

5:35
hypo: Kiley are you enjoying this, seeing how things “ended” with the Braves?

5:35
Craig Edwards: This was not the lead-in for Dodgers-Nationals they were hoping for.

5:35
Mo money, Molina: they actually put in bader, wow

5:35
Kiley McDaniel: believe it or not, but i don’t root for them or against them. i do like seeing some of the young players i was involved with doing well

5:36
Mo money, Molina: Just remember, no lead is safe with carlos martinez

5:36
Manta: So, let’s say the Cards pull Flaherty and the Braves mount a comeback over 3 innings culminating in Carlos Martinez vs. Acuna with men on in a tie game 10-10.  The drama, right?

5:36
Kiley McDaniel: especially if you disrespect the game, anything can happen

5:37
Kiley McDaniel: paging Frank Reich!

5:37
Mo money, Molina: “you love to have the lead but with it comes challenges” – what great analysis

5:38
Kiley McDaniel: “lots of pressure to not give up 10 runs” is a real burden

5:39
E: If the Cards can score 10 in the first so can the Braves!

5:39
Craig Edwards: they might even score 11.

5:39
Kiley McDaniel: Jack is not making this easy on us

5:40
Mike Sixel: Anyone warming for the cards? Not able to watch….

5:40
Kiley McDaniel: doesn’t appear so

5:40
E: 10-0 is the most dangerous lead in baseball

5:40
Kiley McDaniel: good thing STL didn’t have a rally-killing HR in the 1st

5:41
Utz: This dismantling of the Braves is brought to you by Utz. Utz: The only thing that will make Atlanta fans feel worse than that first half-inning is our manufactured cheese balls.

5:41
Kiley McDaniel: they are truly heinous

5:41
Craig Edwards: Teams scoring 10 runs in a playoff game are 151-4.

5:42
Belli Flop: “So you’re telling me there’s a chance”

5:43
OddBall Herrera: Look on the bright side, now we get 8 innings to have the ‘what are you not allowed to do in a lopsided game’ unwritten rules come out of the woodwork

5:43
Kiley McDaniel: not on Brian McCann’s watch!

5:43
tolec: St. Louis sent 14 men to the plate in the highest-scoring first inning in MLB postseason history.

5:43
Brad: Teams scoring 10 runs in the first inning of a playoff game are 0-0.

5:43
Dystopian Future: One of them is the 2017 WS game with the Dodgers and Astros right?

5:44
J: Not saying it’s right or wrong but given that Flaherty pitched a normal game 162 after StL had already clinched the central, I’d assume they’d do the same here?

5:45
Craig Edwards: Very different situation. They would still have to play a 163 if they didn’t win and the Brewers won as well. Plus, he was still set up to play game 2 and 5 of NLDS on normal rest. In this scenario, if Flaherty pitches a full game, he can’t go until game 3 of NLCS and maybe only gets one game. Pitching 1 and 5 is way better for St. Louis.

5:46
Bill: My proprietary model forecasts the final score of this game will be 90-0.

5:47
Dystopian Future: Is this the earliest that a non-injury defensive substitution has happened? (In the playoffs, since I assume it’s happened before in the regular season; everything’s happened in the regular season).

5:47
Craig Edwards: at least tied, I would think.

5:47
hypo: What if it really starts pouring and the game is washed out.  Would they resume at 10-0 in the 2nd or wipe the score and start over?

5:47
Craig Edwards: I can’t even imagine.

5:48
Craig Edwards: 85% of you think Flaherty should not pitch a normal game.

5:49
Yo-Yo: What do you think the worst managerial decision has been so far in the playoffs?

5:49
Craig Edwards: Brian Snitker calling the give-up-10-runs-in-the-first-inning play.

5:50
Lunar verLander: Kiley, I heard (from an anonymous source; let’s call this person “Reg Mowley”) you got new kitchen cabinets. How are they?

5:50
Kiley McDaniel: yes they are great, they don’t yet have counters on them yet, that’ll take about a week, but the guys measuring for the counters just left. soft close and slow close, off white

5:51
Kiley McDaniel: i’m currently being needled to start my lifestyle brand

5:51
Kiley McDaniel: the working name is dude goop

5:52
Wire Fan: So if you bet the over on 7.5 runs, do you have to wait for the game go end to cash the ticket?

5:52
Kiley McDaniel: i think this policy differs by each sportsbook

5:52
hypo: I don’t see Flaherty going any less than 6 innings or like 85 pitches.  Anything else is really bad optics.  And if the Cardinals were to lose the game, you would never hear the end of it

5:52
Kiley McDaniel: this is the same terrible reason to not go for it on 4th down because its an unusual call, so you get hammered more if you fail that way

5:53
Kiley McDaniel: have to manage for the best championship odds

5:53
Kiley McDaniel: not nonsense PR downside

5:53
Craig Edwards: Braves decreased the Cardinals offense by 90% from the first to second inning.

5:54
Fjtorres: If the Cards bullpen can’t hold a 10 run lead without Flaherty they don’t deserve to move on.

5:54
hypo: It’s sad when you are trying to think up scenarios that give you a shot at winning and the best I’ve got is a hurricane, earthquake, or Godzilla attacking

5:54
Kiley McDaniel: is that…do I hear? THAT’S JULIO JONES’ MUSIC

5:54
Marc: What’s the effect of Flaherty pitching like 40 pitches today and then starting game 1 of the NLCS? Basically like a bullpen session?

5:54
Craig Edwards: It would be like if a starter came on in relief for a couple innings in between starts, which happens in the postseason at least semi-regularly.

5:55
dazzle ship: is shildt the kind of manager that would care about getting Flaherty the “win”?

5:56
Craig Edwards: I wouldn’t think so. If Flaherty stays in, it is because he wants to guarantee the Cardinals win this game.

5:56
Yo-Yo: We give the announcers crap all of the time, but it must be a nightmare to announce a game like this. Hell, it must be tough to chat!

5:56
Kiley McDaniel: feel like it’s much easier because, if you have any interests, curiousity or personality, you can do as much of that as you want

5:56
Derek: Ooh soft close and slow close means you can’t slam them to passively-aggressively show your anger towards those in your vicinity… Seems like a mistake imo.

5:57
Kiley McDaniel: they also can’t do it to me

5:58
hypo: I hope somebody gets on base so they can take Fried out, he looks, well, fried

5:58
Kiley McDaniel: in the south, things are either deep fried or chicken fried, you’ve gotta pick one

5:59
Kiley McDaniel: lol darling is defending the flaherty decision because “no manager is prepared to be up by 11”

5:59
BEA: FYI – We’re in the 2nd inning and Tommy Edman is a single and a home run away from the cycle.

5:59
Kiley McDaniel: like it happened in 27 seconds and he’s in shock, doesn’t have access to his faculties yet

6:00
Kiley McDaniel: you have the manager job to make tough, quick, decisive choices, often in situations that are unlikely

6:00
Kiley McDaniel: not adjusting to the circumstances because you’re “traditional” means your brain can’t handle the basic duties

6:00
Craig Edwards: 123 second inning for Flaherty. 33 pitches. Could easily pitch Friday or Saturday if you take him out now. starts getting questionable with another inning.

6:01
Kiley McDaniel: to be clear, taking him out now is still defensible. darling’s line of logic made no sense

6:02
Kiley McDaniel: this is still the amount of exertion a guy has on a throw/bullpen day, so friday would fit and still be on a relatively normal short-term schedule

6:03
Dystopian Future: I’m now imagining Mike Schildt on a twenty-minute time delay from reality.

6:04
Craig Edwards: He’s digging deep into his binder of notes, finds a tab that says, UP 10 IN THE FIRST INNING, flips to tab. It’s blank. Panic begins.

6:05
Dystopian Future: Quickly, some final lines from Braves pitchers:
Foltynewicz: 0.1IP, 3H, 7R, 3BB, 0K
Fried: 1.2IP, 4H, 4R, 1BB, 2K

6:05
Craig Edwards: Is that bad?

6:05
Morbo: Would the Cardinals have home field advantage in the nlcs if the Nats beat the Dodgers? Since it’s based on seeding not record

6:05
Craig Edwards: Yes. Cardinals get home field if both they and the Nationals win.

6:09
stever20: TBS already going to previewing the 2nd game..

6:09
Craig Edwards: Please stick around. Please.

6:10
Skore: I’m sorry but that’s stupid. Why should the Cards have home field advantage over a team that won two more games? Because they were in the same division as a 97-win team they get punished for it? Ridiculous

6:10
Craig Edwards: Maybe they are just being punished for playing the Marlins so many times.

6:10
Dystopian Future: No homers in this game. If you told me a team scored 11 runs in two innings in 2019 without any homers I’d be flabbergasted.

6:10
Craig Edwards: Interesting.

6:10
Tooch: I really would prefer the Cardinals not play the Dodgers, but I also would love to see a Flaherty/Buehler matchup. We’ve seen a few of those over the past few years already.

6:11
stever20: Jay with the awesome tweet- At first Atlanta’s pitching plan was Folty and now it’s just Fried.

6:12
robaguirre9139: do you think this type of loss might cost snitker j=his job?

6:12
Kiley McDaniel: if snit gets fired, it’s not because of this game

6:12
Vincent Adultman: Kiley- I have a prospect question! If there were no hard caps, do you think Jasson Dominguez would have signed a bigger bonus (not saying whether he’s *worth* the bigger bonus but whether a team would have given it to him)?

6:13
Kiley McDaniel: yeah, at least a few million more

6:13
Kiley McDaniel: he’s worth a lot more than that, but there is a level of recruiting in the J2 market, where kids tend to like having a locked-in number a year in advance and family will turn down bigger offers even when they come

6:13
Kiley McDaniel: this happened with Maitan and other similar guys in the old system

6:14
CB: At what point does Snitker throw in the towel?  Put in bench players, pitch the guys in the back of the BP, etc.?

6:14
Kiley McDaniel: he won’t and he shouldn’t. this lineup can score 10 runs, it’s just unlikely

6:14
Kiermaier’s Piercing Green Eyes: My partner’s family got the slow close cabinets and was so excited about them. They were all, “Check these out, Kiermaier’s Piercing Green Eyes! You can’t slam them!”

6:15
Kiermaier’s Piercing Green Eyes: You can slam them and they called me a jerk.

6:15
hypo: The Braves didn’t lose this series today.  They lost it in game 4 when they squandered so many chances to score runs late in that game and failed.  That should be the one they remember all winter, not this one.

6:15
Kiley McDaniel: yeah, if you’re really mad, you can slam them and it just lessens the noise. i may have tested this

6:15
Craig Edwards: It’s been an even series. This game wouldn’t have happened if the Cardinals hadn’t done the same thing as the Braves in Game 3.

6:15
nat: Is the manager totally insulated from the front office during a game? Can a ball boy be sent down from Mozeliak with a note saying “yank Flaherty now!”?

6:15
Craig Edwards: Whichever team lost this series was going to look back and see a ton of missed opportunities.

6:16
Kiley McDaniel: typically there’s someone, like a trainer, that has a cell phone and is the guy you can relay messages without having to physically enter the clubhouse

6:16
Kiley McDaniel: can’t have the phone in the dugout, but trainer may have to call outside person for something so they have one

6:18
Russ: What’s this talk about Snit being fired? Is that really a thing?

6:18
Kiley McDaniel: I don’t think so. I was just saying this game isn’t a data point for that case

6:18
Craig Edwards: The only team to ever score more than 12 runs in a playoff game and lose were the 93 Phillies, who lost 15-14 to the Blue Jays. Phillies were up 14-9 going into the eighth.

6:19
Craig Edwards: The Edman cycle train just lost some steam.

6:21
Craig Edwards: The Braves still had a 2% WE after the Cardinals’ first inning. It’s down to 1% now.

6:21
Dystopian Future: Wasn’t there a Marlins Indians ’97 WS game that had both teams over 10 runs?

6:22
Craig Edwards: Yes. Marlins won 14-11. The game was 7-7 going into the ninth inning. Marlins scored 7 and Cleveland could only answer with 4.

6:22
Fire Ken Tremendous: Is the Edman cycle like a Peloton bike?

6:22
Craig Edwards: No. Edman is pretty inexpensive.

6:23
Craig Edwards: I think you could argue that Flaherty shouldn’t be batting just to avoid injury.

6:23
Alex: Does Acuna end up being this year’s version of Machado where we spend so much time obsessing about his attitude and work ethic this offseason?

6:23
Craig Edwards: I know I won’t be.

6:24
hypo: In Game 4 of the 1929 World Series, the A’s trailed the Cubs 8-0 heading to the bottom of the seventh before scoring 10 runs in the inning to win 10-8.

6:25
jaybird: Assuming he isn’t pulled really soon, Flaherty pitches games 3 and 7 of NLCS rather than games 1 and 5, right?  Not sure there’s much tactical difference.

6:25
Craig Edwards: Except game 5 is much more likely to happen.

6:28
Section329 : Flaherty not being pulled

6:29
Hire Joe Morgan?: If we’re listening to a blowout broadcast, I’m glad it’s with Darling.  He’s talking about tunneling now.  There should be lots of time for asides.

6:29
stever20: Man recent Atlanta sports history isn’t exactly stellar is it?

6:30
Craig Edwards: At least they are making the playoffs to blow third quarter and playoff series leads.

6:30
Hire Joe Morgan?: Is there a significant difference for St. Louis in having Flaherty in games three and seven instead of one and five?  Seems like the cost wouldn’t be until a potential World Series.

6:31
Craig Edwards: I asked Dan, and you can ask him later, but I think he’s going to run those scenarios for his NLCS preview. I’m guessing it makes some difference, but not a lot.

6:31
Hire Ken Tremendous: What’s worse, losing like the Braves or losing like the Twins?

6:31
Craig Edwards: The Braves got some enjoyment out of this series, I would imagine, so worse for the Twins.

6:31
Craig Edwards: So Flaherty now at 47 pitches.

6:31
Hire Joe Morgan?: “More instructional videos with Ron Darling, as we continue.”  That’s good broadcasting.

6:32
Wire Fan: Also if he pitches games 1 and 5, Flaherty would have 2 days rest prior to a potential  game 7 (an inning or two of relief?)

6:32
Martin Frydenlund: if they have him in 1 and 5 they could potentially bring him in on short rest as a reliever in game 7 if it gets really tense right?

6:34
stever20: wow… This is the first time the Braves have allowed 10+ runs in the first inning of any game (regular season or postseason) since July 2, 1925 against the Brooklyn Robins.

6:37
Hire Joe Morgan?: The reason to keep Flaherty in is to keep him in his routine, right?  There’s no other valid reason.

6:38
Craig Edwards: It’s to guarantee they win this game, which is pretty much already guaranteed.

6:38
Wire Fan: Fowler maintaining a 1 AB per inning pace.

6:38
Craig Edwards: He’s not the only one.

6:39
Craig Edwards: BREAKING: The Cardinals didn’t score that inning.

6:39
Jordan: Is there anyway for the Red Sox to move David Peice and his 3/96?

6:39
Craig Edwards: Sure, if they pay down a bunch of it.

6:39
Dystopian Future: Is it easier to write recap articles about close games or blowouts like this?

6:40
Craig Edwards: Easier: blowouts. A little less fun and easier necessarily means less stimulating. I’m currently trying to figure this one out while there were so many interesting things to talk about the one I wrote for Game 4.

6:41
Craig Edwards:

Braves down 13-0 against Cardinals. In 144 years of MLB, no team has ever won after being down by 13 runs in a game. Honorable mention: on 9/30/1894, the Cleveland Spiders came back to TIE after being down 16-3 to the Reds.
9 Oct 2019
6:42
Craig Edwards: Flaherty still in the game. I think we are going to hear an awful lot about this if the Cardinals go down 2-0 or even go 1-1 in the NLCS.

6:42
A Nev: What kind of contract do you think Ozuna gets after this year?

6:43
Craig Edwards: 5/80?

6:43
Craig Edwards: Josh Donaldson with a homer.

6:44
Belli Flop: Hey the Braves have a run!

6:44
Jordan: How much do you think they have to eat?

6:44
Craig Edwards: For Price? He just had wrist surgery so probably like $50 million. Maybe more.

6:46
Craig Edwards: So that homer didn’t change the win expectancy for the Braves.

6:47
Wire Fan: So at this point is Flaherty  locked into game 3 and might as well go 75-90 pitches?

6:48
Craig Edwards: I’m not sure. I think fewer pitches would still be better.

6:48
Hire Joe Morgan?: Does Flaherty remind anyone else of Wainwright?  I know Flaherty is fastball/slider with a curve mixed in and Wainwright is the other way around, but I keep seeing prime Wainwright.

6:49
Craig Edwards: I think you are trying too hard. Most of the comparisons that get made are to Chris Carpenter if you are within the Cardinals world.

6:49
Craig Edwards: Flaherty gets through the 4th inning and now has a 13-1 lead.

6:50
Pedro Cabeza: Snitker should go.  He isn’t the best manager available to a team with top 3 or 4 young talent.  That would be Joe Maddon.  Hire him, Bravos!

6:50
Craig Edwards: Certainly sounds like Maddon will end up in LA with the Angels.

6:51
Hire Joe Morgan?: I think it’s the neat, compact delivery.

6:56
Pedro Cabeza: Sez you.  How could Joe refuse a shot with multiple years of World Series possibilities ahead?

6:56
Craig Edwards: I’m guessing the Angels will pay more and that Joe Maddon would love to manage Mike Trout and live in Los Angeles again.

6:56
Hire Joe Maddon?: Is it too reactionary to blame Maddon for the Cubs’ shortcomings this year? I’m not as convinced he’s a good manager as the apparent market demand for him would indicate

6:57
Craig Edwards: Yes. He certainly has his faults and its possible the veteran, static squad in Chicago wasn’t a great fit for his skills, but he’s never been great at managing a bullpen.

6:58
Craig Edwards: Not that the Cubs gave him much to work with. All that said, the Cubs weren’t bad. They just weren’t good enough.

6:58
hypo: Snitker’s fault this year in my opinion was how hard he ran Freeman, Albies, and Acuna during the season.  No games off and they looked tired at points down the stretch.  I don’t think Freeman is 100% with his elbow and Acuna has a hip issue that he’s been dealing with.  I think his talent is the only reason he’s hit so well against the Cardinals in this series

6:59
Fire Ken Tremendous: Acuna Machado is a problem free philosophy

6:59
Kiley McDaniel: we both know it’s Acuna Moncada

6:59
Craig Edwards: Freeman is just hurt. Not much you can do about that. I’m not sure running down Albies or Acuna really affected anything here. Losing Martin right away really hurt because they had to use Fried in the pen instead of in Game four and that ended up hurting them.

6:59
Craig Edwards: Ozuna Moncada?

7:00
Craig Edwards: Oh by the way, Flaherty is still pitching.

7:00
Craig Edwards: have to think this is his last inning.

7:03
Hire Joe Morgan?: Flaherty aside, at what point do they consider taking out Molina to give him a little rest?

7:03
Craig Edwards: When Molina decides he’s ready to come out. They have a day off tomorrow. He’s catching that last pitch and running to the mound to celebrate.

7:04
Tooch: Do you get the feeling like Schildt picked 5 innings because he still feels like he needs to get 5 out of his starter somewhere deep down inside?

7:04
Kiley McDaniel: that feels very consistent with his approach to baseball

7:05
Craig Edwards: Five innings is a full, but not quite full start where he can say he pitched the game, but still gave him some rest.

7:05
Craig Edwards: The Cardinals are still shifting.

7:06
Wire Fan: Maddon seems like a terrible fit for a veteran club and/or a big market where his lovable antics/schtick won’t be deified by the local press.   It may have worked for a little while in CHI,  but that was probably because they still had the lovable loser perception and insane talent.

7:07
Craig Edwards: It worked in Chicago because he did a good job. It would have continued to do well if he had kept winning. The winning stopped and his message probably grew a little stale.

7:07
Kiermaier’s Piercing Green Eyes: This is more or less the dumbest time for a bean ball war.

7:07
Craig Edwards: Sure is.

7:07
Dystopian Future: Braves fans finally unleashing the pent-up frustration. Let’s see if they go full Toronto.

7:08
Craig Edwards: Or full Infield Fly Rule.

7:08
hypo: Outfield fly rule

7:08
Craig Edwards: Tomato-Tomoto.

7:09
Dystopian Future: Why has Jack Flaherty thrown 89 pitches in this game

7:09
Craig Edwards: Good question.

7:13
Craig Edwards: 94 pitches now.

7:14
Jays Fan: Out of curiosity, does anyone know if a pitcher has ever been removed from the game, not due to injury or trade, but just because they didn’t need him, before he ever threw a pitch?

7:15
Craig Edwards: This used to happen in game 162 if a team waited for the outcome of other games, but not sure about a blowout in the first.

7:15
Hire Joe Morgan?: At this point, would anyone be surprised if they let Flaherty bat?

7:15
Craig Edwards: I’m really surprised at this point.

7:16
Craig Edwards: There’s no way Flaherty can pitch until Game 3 at this point, but at 94 pitches, we are entering pitching tired territory and that can be dangerous for an injury.

7:16
Belli Flop: Why in the world is Flaherty hitting?!

7:17
Craig Edwards: I don’t know, but he was slightly afraid of retaliation it looked like.

7:17
Tooch: I actually feel a little better about them deciding this is Flaherty’s game than just arbitrarily picking 5 innings as a short outing

7:17
Craig Edwards: Now proof this isn’t about the pitcher win.

7:18
Derek: This is honestly verging on like, fireable offense levels of stupidity from Schildt

7:20
Craig Edwards: I wouldn’t go that far. He’s letting his starting pitcher pitch a normal game in Game Five of the NLDS. It’s not a good decision with this lead and the potential in the NLCS, but the good has far outweighed the bad this season.

7:20
Wire Fan: At this point don’t you just want to get some relievers in to get them work and keep them sharp?  Especially some of the lower leverage guys?

7:21
Craig Edwards: Some of those guys might be pitching for a roster spot in the NLCS, too.

7:22
Kiley McDaniel: just wanted to get it on the record that leaving flaherty in for 100 pitches is super dumb

7:22
Craig Edwards: Darling is sort of working through some defenses of this.

7:22
Hire Joe Morgan?: My seven-year-old is rooting for the Cardinals because she’s a staunch, upright young person and we’re raising her with sound values, but she lights up every time Acuna and Albies come on “because their hair floofs out like mine!”  Let the kids play!

7:22
Kiley McDaniel: FanGraphs is pro hair floofs of all kinds

7:23
Morbo: Shildt seems determined to give Flaherty the opportunity to qualify for a win

7:23
Kiley McDaniel: or now get a quality start

7:23
Derek: I get the letting him pitch a full game thing, but he’s approaching 100 pitches, up by TWELVE RUNS, and Schildt just let him bat in a situation where there was a clear risk that he could have been targeted with a 95 mph missile from 60 feet away. All of that seems inexcusable even if it wasn’t involving the literal best player on his team

7:24
Craig Edwards: It’s bad. It’s excusable in terms of having his current job.

7:24
hypo: Obviously the old school manager wants Flaherty to get a “decision” in the game.

7:24
Kiley McDaniel: i’m all for arguing for the gray area of traditional approaches having room in today’s game, but we’re well past that point now

7:26
Fire Ken Tremendous: You’re the new GM of a team and you have the technology  to hire any manager (past or present) to manage your team. Who do you hire?

7:26
Craig Edwards: We are well past the keeping him in a rhythm point.

7:27
Kiley McDaniel: there’s lots of fine answers here and i’m wary of just picking a current guy because “they have to know analytics!” but i think rocco baldelli will be a popular answer to this in a year or two

7:27
Patrick: Schildt just isn’t sure he’s awake right now so he’s experimenting.  To be fair, I’m not entirely sure I’m awake right now either.

7:28
Craig Edwards: It hasn’t been the best series for Shildt. I think he picked the right lineup in Game Five and letting Carlos Martinez pitch in Game 4 could prove dividends, but there were a bunch of questionable decisions.

7:29
Craig Edwards: He’s generally been a manager who learns from his mistakes and he uses data to make his decisions, so I imagine he’ll improve. He and the Cardinals caught a bit of a break this series.

7:30
Marc: I can imagine the Dodgers/Nats would love the decision to keep Flaherty in if it weren’t for worrying about staving off impending doom in an hour.

7:31
Craig Edwards: One of the teams will be happy about it on Friday and Saturday, though tonight, they will just be celebrating a win.

7:31
Kent Serly: Any thoughts to why Carlos Martinez is closer when you have so many more talented arms in the bullpen?

7:31
Craig Edwards: I don’t think they have any more talented arms in the bullpen. He had a rough couple days. He’s been really good for them most of the season.

7:32
Nathan: “I think he picked the right lineup in Game Five…”  Yeah, I mean I hate to be totally outcome based, but they have scored 13 runs through six innings, so that’s probably right.

7:32
Craig Edwards: Win or lose, putting Carpenter in the lineup was the right one. Scroll to the beginning of the chat.

7:32
Dystopian Future: Slow down on the “so many more talented arms”. Martinez was the Cardinals’ ace for several years, and he was great this year.

7:33
Craig Edwards: He should probably go back into the rotation next year if he feels comfortable with his arm.

7:33
jesus montero: hallion has had a terrible game

7:33
Craig Edwards: Fortunately, I don’t think this is going to be the Hallion game.

7:33
Section329 : The Cards have a very good analytical department but keep hiring old school managers .  Why?

7:35
Craig Edwards: Not sure what you mean by old school? The Cardinals went from no shifts to a bunch under Shildt. They got better on defense and baserunning, which I guess is sort of old school, but that’s arguably what’s made the difference between teams that missed the playoffs the last few years and the team that made it this year.

7:36
Tooch: They kinda got stuck with Schildt when they went on a tear under him as interim manager, right?

7:37
Craig Edwards: He’d been manager in waiting for a few years. He worked his way up through the minors for a decade to get to this spot. They wanted him to succeed. They didn’t have to extend him when they did. They chose to extend him at the very first hot streak they had because they wanted him to have the job full-time.

7:37
Hire Joe Morgan?: Is there any indication Martinez is going back to the rotation?

7:37
Craig Edwards: Who knows at this point. Everybody has more pressing issues at the moment. A lot will depend on the Cardinals offseason and how his arm is in spring.

7:37
Derek: Shildt has been a good manager I think… But how he handled Flaherty today is just mind-numbingly dumb.

7:38
Craig Edwards: That is fair.

7:38
Dystopian Future: I mean I would understand pitching Martinez as some kind of confidence-booster type thing, but pitching Gallegos just makes absolutely no sense. He’s managing this game like it’s 3-1 instead of 13-1.

7:38
Craig Edwards: They have an off-day tomorrow and they had one yesterday. I’m not sure it matters that much.

7:39
Simon: Martinez going back to the rotation may depend on the health of Hicks

7:39
Craig Edwards: Hicks won’ be back at the beginning of the year, so it probably won’t matter.

7:39
Hire Joe Morgan?: Let’s pause and consider the entirely impossible.  The Pirates could have a rotation of Cole/Morton/Glasnow right now.

7:39
Craig Edwards: But not the right now Cole/Morton/Glasnow right now.

7:40
This is Lude-i-cris: My 7 year old son grades all athletes 90% by their hair and 10% other factors.

7:40
Craig Edwards: on a 20-80 scale? We wouldn’t want grade inflation.

7:40
mike sixel: I’m going to go out on a limb and predict neither team in the second game scores 10 runs……

7:41
Craig Edwards: Bold. Predict both teams combined don’t get to 10 runs and then you are getting somewhere.

7:42
Craig Edwards: Also, Mike Maddux and Mike Shildt carpooling to playoff home games so their s.o. can have the second parking spot when they go to the games is hilarious and awesome.

7:42
Wire Fan: Aaron Hicks says he is healthy and good to go.  Any chance the Yankees add him for the ALCS (even just as a bench piece/defensive replacement) or do they just roll with what is working?

7:42
Craig Edwards: If he’s healthy, I would add him. He’s really good.

7:44
Dystopian Future: Both teams combined don’t even score six runs, how about that? Dodger Stadium, Strasburg vs Buehler with all hands on deck, pitching wise?

7:44
Hire Joe Morgan?: The broadcasters are doing a great job finding things to talk about.  This is nice, hearing about Schildt.

7:44
Craig Edwards: They’ve done about as well as you can expect given the circumstances. I’m actually entertained. I’m also exhausted and could use a beer.

7:46
Dystopian Future: Which team is Terrance Gore on right now?

7:46
Craig Edwards: He was on the Yankees to end the season I believe.

7:46
This is Lude-i-cris: These chats are the very best way to enjoy playoff baseball. Thanks to all of you for putting in the long hours.

7:47
Craig Edwards: Thanks to all of you for continuing to watch baseball. I think the next three hours are going to be much more exciting.

7:47
Ryan: Where does this game rank in terms of lowest leverage index of a winner-take-all playoff game?

7:49
Craig Edwards: I don’t know, but looking at the game log by leverage index, there was just a single plate appearance with a LI above 2, Carpenter’s walk to make it 2-0. There were only 7 PA with a LI above 1 and 10 above 0.5.

7:49
Dystopian Future: Braves haven’t allowed a run since the third inning.

7:50
Craig Edwards: Harrison Bader with your typical 4 PA game off the bench in a game that didn’t go nine innings and his team scored three runs while he was in.

7:50
Brad: Braves might not be allowing another run for 5 months.

7:50
Craig Edwards: dang.

7:51
Craig Edwards: The Cardinals need six outs. The braves need 12 runs to prolong things.

7:51
Marc: Idk about the idea of activating Hicks for the ALCS… he’d essentially be getting his first rehab at bats against either Greinke or Snell.

7:51
Craig Edwards: Not sure he’s necessarily in for his bat.

7:52
Dystopian Future: So we figured out three of the games where a team scored 10 runs and lost in the playoffs (’93 WS, ’97 WS, 2017 WS) what was the fourth? Or did I just miss it

7:54
Craig Edwards: 2002 World Series, Angels beat Giants 11-10. Angels scored two runs in the eighth to break a 9-9 tie and the Giants answered with just one in the ninth (a Barry Bonds homer).

7:54
Ryan: I was informed on Reddit that this avenges Game 7 of the 1996 NLCS (STL – 0, ATL – 15).

7:54
Craig Edwards: Braves still up on goal differential.

7:55
Dystopian Future: So they all happened in the world series, and they all happened pretty recently. Weird.

7:56
Dystopian Future: But the Cardinals have the away goals. Or was the other game in StL?

7:56
Craig Edwards: Braves were at home for both.

7:57
Craig Edwards: Brebbia and his beard on in the eighth. Guessing it will be Helsley in the ninth, but outside shot at Brebbia going two or Martinez coming in.

7:57
Craig Edwards: Now watch it be Miller.

7:57
Dystopian Future: So John Brebbia’s beard lives without shaving for another series. He shaves it at the end of the season, and not at the start of spring training, right?

7:57
Craig Edwards: Maybe both.

7:57
Hire Joe Morgan?: Hey, since the first inning, this has been a really solid game!

7:57
Craig Edwards: a 3-1 Cardinals win.

8:00
Hire Joe Morgan?: Well, but Atlanta has the top of the order up and Martinez has been rocky, so don’t speak too soon.

8:00
Dystopian Future: Maybe Mike Schildt has goldfish memory and he just forgot the first inning. Maybe that’s why he kept Flaherty in so long.

8:01
Craig Edwards: He thought the Cardinals only scored 1 in the first inning because he didn’t see the zero.

8:02
Dystopian Future: I really thought that was gone off the bat for Freeman. Ball just didn’t carry on that did it?

8:02
Craig Edwards: ball isn’t juiced in playoffs conspiracy. Usually easy to hit out to right in Atlanta, too.

8:03
John: If the nationals win and Astros lose, are they the new WS favorite given easier NL path?

8:04
Craig Edwards: Ask Dan, but Yankees probably?

8:04
Morbo: The weather is also cooler in October so

8:04
Morbo: That could contribute to the ball dying in the outfield like it did this spring

8:04
Alfredo: Think Snitker will be 2nd guessed for not starting Tomlin?

8:04
Craig Edwards: Stats don’t lie. Tomlin has pitched great if you don’t consider context at all.

8:04
Craig Edwards: The Cardinals might have been actually hitting to the score.

8:05
Dystopian Future: Or, I’ll try to put it a little more diplomatically and say that Helsley might not be in the game to try and keep controversy to a minimum and to try and not rile up some frustrated fans. Not implying that it’s his fault in any way, mind.

8:05
Craig Edwards: I don’t think Shildt is very concerned with the Braves fans. If he felt like it were important to Helsley.

8:05
Ryan: Only 90.3 mph on the exit velo.

8:05
Craig Edwards: guess it wasn’t hit that hard.

8:06
Craig Edwards: Why is Paul DeJong taking a first pitch strike down the middle?

8:07
Dystopian Future: Remember when Paul DeJong got some early MVP buzz three weeks into the season?

8:07
Craig Edwards: Yes. I wrote about it. A HBP might have slowed him down some, but I also think hunting fastballs might have played a role.

8:07
Nathan: Earlier a friend and I were hoping to see a position player pitch in this game for ATL.  Not going to happen.  We wondered if it had ever happened in postseason play… seems unlikely.

8:07
Craig Edwards: Not sure.

8:08
Belli Flop: Remember when Jack Flaherty wasn’t good for the first part of the season?

8:08
Craig Edwards: I also remember that.

8:08
James: Cliff Pennington pitched for the Jays a few years back in the postseason!

8:08
Craig Edwards: ah yes.

8:09
Hire Joe Morgan?: Who’s the best bet on the guy the Cardinals invent for next season?

8:11
Craig Edwards: Assuming we aren’t talking about Dylan Carlson, they don’t have a ton of candidates who haven’t made the majors, yet. Arozarena, Lane Thomas, Sosa, etc.

8:12
Morbo: Hire Joe Morgan, does Nolan Gorman count?

8:12
Craig Edwards: He’s still a ways away.

8:12
Dystopian Future: Austin Romine pitched for the Yankees vs Boston last year right?

8:13
Craig Edwards: And it is Genesis Cabrera to end the game. The Cardinals are going in reverse order.

8:14
Morbo: Tommy Pham trade is still feeling very lopsided

8:14
Craig Edwards: It still is.

8:14
Dystopian Future: Genesis Cabrera should’ve been pitching in the third inning.

8:14
Craig Edwards: That’s a good point.

8:14
EonADS: Romine gave up the homer part of Brock Holt’s cycle, yes.

8:15
Kiermaier’s Piercing Green Eyes: Tommy Pham deal completely ruined my expectations for what trades to consolidate your 40-man look like.

8:15
Hire Joe Morgan?: We need a rally to take us through first pitch in the second game.  Otherwise, there’ll be a gap.

8:15
Craig Edwards: Is that really what we want?

8:15
Craig Edwards: Let alone, need?

8:15
This is Lude-i-cris: We do not

8:17
Dystopian Future: The Braves are seriously not letting Brian McCann hit? Come on.

8:17
Craig Edwards: Let everybody play.

8:17
ZachA: Seems like a jerk move not to let McCann get a final PA in front of this home crowd. Had a great Braves career.

8:18
Craig Edwards: Fair, but I think it is more important to get Flowers an AB, maybe?

8:18
Wire Fan: If the next 10 Braves reach,  they can get the tying run to the plate.

8:19
Craig Edwards: .32^10. Odds not good.

8:19
Belli Flop: I was actually looking forward to a potential McCann ovation

8:19
Craig Edwards: i guess I’ll defer to you guys then.

8:19
Craig Edwards: And there it is.

8:20
Craig Edwards: The game is over and the Cardinals are the first team to advance to the NLCS.

8:20
Belli Flop: Cardinals move on and prepare to fly to Los Angeles?

8:21
Craig Edwards: They are staying in Atlanta tonight. They don’t know if they are flying home or to LA just yet.

8:22
Dana: Who pitches in relief for Strausberg tonight?

8:22
Craig Edwards: Sanchez, Corbin, Doolittle and Hudson.

8:23
Craig Edwards: Flaherty, when asked about the next opponent. Gestures toward his celebrating teammates and says, “I’m not gonna watch that game. We’ll figure that out later.”

8:23
Belli Flop: Scherzer is theoretically available for an inning as well

8:23
This is Lude-i-cris: Or Strasburg May just go until his arm falls off. If this isn’t what they’ve been saving him for then I give up

8:24
Dystopian Future: FINAL in Atlanta: StL 13 – 1 ATL. Thanks Kiley and Craig for chatting!

8:25
Craig Edwards: Thanks to all of you who stuck with it. Dan and Nick will be shortly to discuss the next game which should provide more excitement, I hope.

8:26
Wire Fan: How big an underdog will StL be to either of the other teams?   Especially with Flaherty potentially only starting 1 game unless the series goes 7.

8:26
Avatar Dan Szymborski: And Craig’s prophecy has been fulfilled.

8:26
Craig Edwards: They were at 48% to win today and 16% to advance to the World Series so somewhere around 33-40%

8:27
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Probably good that I didn’t chat this game as Craig would probably be exhausted with my Shildt-Flaherty frustration.

8:27
Craig Edwards: Dan is probably in a better position to answer that and many questions, so I’m bowing out.

8:29
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I believe that ZiPS will have the Cards as an underdog against either team, but I don’t want to give any grand pronouncements until after the game, when I write up my preview while running the projections!

8:30
Morbo: Most anticlimactic post season advance I’ve ever seen

8:30
Avatar Nick Dika: Fingers crossed this one isn’t as much of a laugher as ATL/STL.

8:31
Avatar Nick Dika: But also fingers crossed there’s as many bat tosses into right field.

8:32
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Hi Nick!

8:32
Avatar Nick Dika: Hey Dan!

8:33
Belli Flop: Dan, I am planning on having pizza for dinner.  What type of sandwich is that?

8:33
Avatar Dan Szymborski: It’s begun.

8:33
Avatar Dan Szymborski: It’s not. I think there was something in a Bad Lip Reading about using a pizza as a sandwich

8:35
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Found it!

8:35
Avatar Dan Szymborski:

8:36
Avatar Dan Szymborski: It’s sad that I have encyclopedic knowledge of things like this.

8:36
Kiermaier’s Piercing Green Eyes: Hey wait a second there’s a fantasy writer in my real baseball chat! This is a place for MS paint images, what is and is not a sandwich, and discussion on the best beans to use in chili recipes.

8:36
Avatar Nick Dika: Those are all things fantasy writers have MORE time for.

8:36
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Nick, I think you’re replying in line to the questions, not in the chat

8:36
Wire Fan: If you cut off all the edges of a calzone, is it a sandwich?

8:36
Avatar Dan Szymborski: No stop it!

8:36
Dystopian Future: How did you feel about that first game Dan?

8:37
Avatar Dan Szymborski: It’s probably the most annoyed I’ve been at the winning manager in an elimination game with a double-digit lead

8:37
This is Lude-i-cris: Dan are you a Chiefs fan

8:37
Avatar Dan Szymborski: No, but I made and Andy Reid/Taft avatar for some reason that I don’t remember.

8:37
Belli Flop: Why the bleep did Flaherty go so long today?

8:38
Avatar Nick Dika: I’m assuming they weren’t going to take him off regular rest however long he went?

8:38
Dystopian Future: This broadcast is really in love with its pitch overlays, huh.

8:38
Avatar Nick Dika: If you’re curious @joshuahowsam on twitter has a lot of interesting insights about why overlays can be a bit misleading.

8:38
tz: Waking up from that snoozer…to find out Ernie Effin Johnson’s doing play by play for the nightcap.  Gettin me a Red Bull and hitting the mute button.

8:38
T: Acuna got on base 12 times in the series and had 1 run, which came on a home run, yet Jon Heyman calls him out on twitter for getting a single in game 1 thirty minutes ago and doesn’t mention the failures of all the vets. I can’t imagine why.

8:38
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Jon’s a good reporter but he’s miscast when playing an analyst.

8:38
Dodger fan: I shared this last night but did you know that Clayton Kershaw, the hitter, has a higher career playoff OBP than Cody Bellinger?

8:38
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Sooner or later it shall

8:39
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Warning, I may be violently ill at some point during this game as I’ve eaten an obscene amount of crab chips that came in the mail today.

8:39
Marc: 538 has the Cards with a 35% chance of advancing FYI

8:39
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I think ZiPS will have it closer than that.

8:39
Dystopian Future: No, this time Ernie Johnson’s got a pink bowtie this time, he’ll be 5% less bland.

8:39
Hire Joe Morgan?: Dear Dan,

I have been saving all my most important questions for you.  Number one:  is temperature part of the structure of a sandwich?  So for a structural purist, does a grilled cheese sandwich need to be hot to be a sandwich?  Does it cease to be a sandwich at room temperature?

Thank you, kindly.

8:40
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I think no. I think temperature’s only an issue if it changes the fundamental architecture of the sandwich.

8:40
Savi: Fun random stat blast from 2018: Dee Gordon (588 PA) had 8 3B, 9 BB, 10 GIDP, 12 CS. Just though everyone should know that.

8:40
Avatar Dan Szymborski: BUT WHAT DID HE HAVE 11 OF

8:40
larryv: a grilled cheese must be hot at some point to become grilled, but subsequent temperature is irrelevant

8:41
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Yeah, but that’s for the construction of the grilled cheese, not for the construction of the sandwich. A non-hot grilled cheese is still a sandwich, it’s just a cheese sandwich.

8:41
Jordan: Dan how much of Prices salary do you think the RedSox would have to eat to move him?

8:41
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Wild guess or actual projection where I have to open up ZiPS and stuff?

8:42
Mad Joe-Don: And is Price’s salary a sandwich?

8:42
Avatar Dan Szymborski: So at least this won’t start out 10-0

8:42
larryv: huh. somehow “grilled cheese sandwich” sounds amazing while “cheese sandwich” sounds vaguely terrible?

8:42
Avatar Nick Dika: Cheese sandwich is what happens when you run out of groceries.

8:43
Hire Joe Morgan?: The cheese texture is very different when melty.

8:43
Avatar Nick Dika: I like how they call them “toasties” in Europe.

8:43
Avatar Dan Szymborski: It’s kind of a better description.

8:43
Avatar Dan Szymborski: My office really smells of Old Bay now.

8:43
Alex: Dan, do you think Girardi has a decent chance to land the Cubs job? Seems like they might give the edge to one of the internal candidates (Ross, Loretta, etc.) but I know Joe interviewed with them today.

8:43
Savi: What level of prospect would the Padres have to attach to Myers to move him without eating more than 25% or so of his salary? Seems like a decent fit for the Tigers if they get a good enough sweetener

8:44
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I don’t. I think internal is the favorite.

8:44
Avatar Nick Dika: With the Tigers rebuilding, what’s the incentive for them to take on a player like Myers? Do you think he’d be part of the next good Tigers team?

8:44
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I can see Epstein-Girardi having similar issues as Cashman-Girardi.

8:44
Morbo: It could start out 0-10, Dan

8:45
Dystopian Future: Nick I think the comment was more the Tigers pulling a basketball move and taking on Myers’ contract for a prospect to go along with it. Might be reading it wrong though.

8:45
Avatar Dan Szymborski: It COULD but at least we get a second half-inning that starts off at 0-0.

8:45
Avatar Nick Dika: Oh, gotcha.

8:45
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I think the Padres would want to spend money so they get a prospect, not send a prospect to save money.

8:45
Savi: RE Myers/Tigers: I can see him being a part of the next good team considering he’s not that old and you get bonus prospect capital for just cash and the rights to kick the tires on a guy with pedigree

8:46
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I can’t see him being a *good* part of the next good team. I don’t think he’s even good now.

8:46
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Ah, that’s what Soto’s getting at.

8:47
Avatar Dan Szymborski: My first inclination was that he was whipsering “Hey, slip it back in here before someone sees” to the other side

8:47
Savi: The main savings for the Padres being cost, OF AB’s and a roster spot

8:47
Avatar Dan Szymborski: TRAPPED IN A DOOR

8:47
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I did that to a cat the other day

8:47
Hire Joe Morgan?: That was not a home run swing.

8:47
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Haha like that matters in 2019

8:47
Kiermaier’s Piercing Green Eyes: How can you not be romantic about baseball?

8:47
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I’m not a romantic

8:47
Mad Joe-Don: Is anyone else amazed that they still include postseason batting averages when they show the lineups?

8:48
Dystopian Future: How bad did the Hosmer contract mess up the Padres competitive window, or am I overrating how big an effect an albatross contract has, especially with the Padres’ young talent?

8:48
Avatar Nick Dika: This is my biggest annoyance

8:48
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I don’t think it has *that* big of an effect. I think they know it’s crap. We’ll see how they treat it though.

8:48
stever20: never seen that ground rule double before.

8:48
Avatar Nick Dika: It definitely seemed unnecessary to sign him. Even at the time.

8:48
Avatar Dan Szymborski: First for me.

8:48
tz: If this was Finnish baseball, we’d get to see Soto opening the fence to get the ball, cause EVERYTHING is in play in Finnish baseball.

8:49
Hank: Why are we talking about the Padres right now? Am I in the wrong chat?

8:49
Avatar Nick Dika: We’re all surfers.

8:49
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Just be happy we’ve transitioned off sandwiches.

8:49
Avatar Dan Szymborski: The Dodgers were swinging at those last Strasburg start.

8:49
Mad Joe-Don: I want Finnish-rules baseball!

8:50
Dodger fan: Peisapallo is the word

8:50
Avatar Dan Szymborski: You know what the call “Adam Eaton has no chance” reminds me of?

8:51
Avatar Dan Szymborski:

8:51
Belli Flop: MAX POWER

8:52
Shirtless Bartolo Colon: Never transition from sandwiches!!!!!!!

8:52
Avatar Nick Dika: I expect this from Big Sexy.

8:52
Avatar Dan Szymborski: He’s the man whose name you’d love to touch. But you mustn’t touch!

8:52
Belli Flop: @Shirtless Bartolo Colon you’re releasing a memoir!

8:52
Kiermaier’s Piercing Green Eyes: “All your base are belong to us” is actually a mistranslation of “home run.”

8:52
kevinthecomic: I used to think I was a hopeless romantic.  Turns out I’m just hopeless.

8:52
Fire Adam Gase: Who are the most likely extension candidates this offseason among players currently team control?

8:53
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I still think there’s a chance the Nats give Rendon a winning bid before he gets to FA

8:53
This is Lude-i-cris: Realmuto extension

8:53
Dreamer Bob: If Soto doesn’t like Pederson’s double being called a home run, he can go get it out of the door.

8:53
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Turned out to be a moot point anyway!

8:54
Hire Joe Morgan?: Who are the best candidates for the Astros to acquire from Pittsburgh and turn into a Cy Young candidate?

8:54
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Mitch Keller

8:54
Avatar Dan Szymborski: or is he the one the Rays take?

8:55
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I guess given the Morton path, the Astros get Trevor WIlliams and he suddenly starts throwing 97.

8:55
Dystopian Future: If the Astros were to nab Archer and turn him into a CY worthy pitcher PNC Park might just burn down

8:55
Dodger fan: Mlbtr published their arbitration predictions today.   Cody Bellinger is a super 2 going into his first arb and they have him at 11.8m.   He could break the Betts record by his 4th trip.

8:55
Belli Flop: Chad Kuhl?

8:55
Sanford: Joe Musgrove

8:55
Dak To The Future: Does Buck Showalter get another managerial gig?

8:55
Avatar Dan Szymborski: No. I think he gets an advisory job somewhere.

8:55
Thom: That Cards Braves game was so bad it made Brian McCann retire

8:56
Morbo: Dan, is a hot pocket a burrito?

8:56
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Yes

8:56
Morbo: I have a life goal, that if I succeed will make me smile until my dying day. That goal is to get Bartolo Colon to sign a sandwich for me and then proceed to eat it. Obviously, pictures will happen before the eating

8:57
Avatar Dan Szymborski: You know it’s serious when the whole 40-man roster goes to the mound

8:57
This is Lude-i-cris: Still got a shot at 10-0.

8:58
Hire Joe Morgan?: What would he sign it with?  Ketchup?

8:58
Nico Robin: am I the only one that remembers Colon’s second family and PED use

8:58
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Bartolo’s love can’t be contained within a single family unit.

8:58
Revad: Is a signed sandwich still a sandwich or does it become a souvenir?

8:59
Hire Joe Morgan?: The sandwich remains a sandwich.  The photograph is the souvenir.

8:59
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Does Bartolo sign the photograph too?

8:59
Belli Flop: TOOTBLAN

8:59
Dreamer Bob: My wife always accuses me of remembering the one bad thing about every athlete and celebrity,

8:59
Hire Joe Morgan?: Dear Dan,

Where do you fall in terms of structural and ingredient purity for curry?

Thank you, kindly.

8:59
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I’m not a curry expert!

8:59
kdl: Best line about Colon: The best way to comeback from PED and being a deadbeat dad? Get really fat and keep playing

9:00
Hire Joe Morgan?: Does one have to be an expert to have an opinion?

9:00
Avatar Nick Dika: It really was an odd path to redemtion

9:00
Avatar Dan Szymborski: No, but I can’t trick you guys into thinking I know what I’m talking about if I talk about *too* many things.

9:00
Fire Adam Gase: Gut feeling, what happens to Kapler? Think Callaway’s firing plays a role in what the Phillies do? Bizarre that they’re still holding off on making this decision.

9:00
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I think if they were going to fire him, they already would have.

9:01
Avatar Nick Dika: The Phils seem to be in general, a little more together than the Ny Mets squadron

9:01
Dodger fan: That the Mets and Phillies fanbases just want to fire managers every 2 years baffles me.  Gape kapler didn’t make their team 81-81.

9:01
Avatar Nick Dika: He didn’t pitch for them either

9:02
resumeman: Wasn’t Big Sexy already pretty fat before either of those things happened?

9:02
Avatar Nick Dika: I don’t understand exercise science but I don’t get why he took PEDs

9:02
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I don’t know his whole bigamy timeline

9:02
Dreamer Bob: What could Jamie Moyer have gotten away with if he got fat?

9:02
Avatar Dan Szymborski: WHy didn’t Ernie Johnson realize that it was a catch? Just where did he think the ball went?

9:03
Dodger fan: We are very not actually discussing the game

9:03
lee: Did Kiké make a really great or really poor play?

9:03
Dystopian Future: Back into the wall, clearly.

9:03
Avatar Dan Szymborski: The Astros should replace the departed Tal’s Hill with the Peanuts kite-eating tree.

9:03
Avatar Dan Szymborski: but, like, eats baseball because there aren’t a lot of kite-related plays in the average baseball game

9:04
Dak To The Future: Who’s the next decent Marlin to be given away for free by Jeter? I think he may be out of them by now but Caleb Smith looks like he has value that Jeter can fail to recoup in a trade

9:04
Avatar Nick Dika: Imagine this Marlins’ rotation with Stanton/Ozuna/Yelich/Realmuto in the lineup

9:05
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Paddack + Castillo!

9:05
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Oh wait, if the Marlins get Castillo back, they also dont’ get to keep the Dan Straily Hot Years.

9:05
MAXIMVS MVNCIVS: Ernie had to check w/ the Chinese COmmunist Party to see if it’s a catch

9:06
Hire Joe Morgan?: How much involvement does Jeter actually have in decisions?

9:06
Avatar Dan Szymborski:

9:06
Dreamer Bob: Do you mean Luis Castillo or Luis Castillo?

9:06
Avatar Dan Szymborski: the really good one.

9:06
Avatar Nick Dika: He’s replacing the CF statue with a Re2spect statue

9:07
Avatar Dan Szymborski: It’s an insult to only retire Jeter’s number. In honor of Jeter, I feel the Yankees should have retired the concept of numbers.

9:07
Dystopian Future: Which, saying that, we talk about “look at where the Marlins outfield is now” what are we going to be saying about the Angels in five years?

9:07
Avatar Dan Szymborski: “Can you believe it’s been nine years and the Angels still can’t figure out how to build a 71 win team plus Trout and get to .500?”

9:07
Mad Joe-Don: Wait. Home run derbies are pants-optional now!?

9:07
Avatar Dan Szymborski: It is true.

9:07
Hire Joe Morgan?: Dear Dan,

What is the appropriate way to make a delicious bean stew?

Thank you, kindly.

9:07
Avatar Dan Szymborski: The chili ingredients, but then add beans

9:08
Fire Adam Gase: I think we should’ve retired the gift basket alongside Jeter’s number.

9:08
MAXIMVS MVNCIVS: Muncy’s homer had an xBA of .370, LA 36 and EV 100.8

Pederson’s double had an xBA of .740, LA 27 and EV 101.5

Soto’s lineout had an xBA of .740 LA 21 and EV 103.9

Baseball

9:08
Hire Joe Morgan?: Can you have a delicious vegetarian bean stew?

9:08
Avatar Nick Dika: Yes- but it needs more cheese than a regular one.

9:08
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I’d prefer no, but it’s a free country unless you’re in Blizzard’s cafeteria.

9:08
Hi lee: Lee: That was a horrible play bu Hernandez. Very lucky to recover

9:09
Fire Adam Gase: Marlins Man should be the owner of that team.

9:09
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I don’t want Marlins Man to get to be a millionaire

9:09
Dodger fan: I didn’t follow the nats that closely but my impression was that Zimmerman was basically toast.  It appears that was not quite true

9:09
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Zimmerman’s not toast, but you can feel the crustiness on the white part of the bread.

9:09
Dystopian Future: And the point of what I was saying is that the Marlins’ 2014-2017 teams were just that; a team that couldn’t figure out how to break .500 despite having some great players. They had no depth and a bad team, and wasted their money on Wei-Yin Chen. They were the current Angels; they were never going to make the playoffs.

9:10
Matt: So does an ice-cream sandwich at room temperature become a soup with croutons?

9:10
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Yes, a dessert soup.

9:10
Dodger fan: In his pregame, Dave Roberts explained stetting Hernandez vs a righty by talking about buehlers flyball tendencies and the importance of outfield defense

9:10
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I need to go pull up Strasburg curve swung at stats this game

9:10
Avatar Dan Szymborski: NO CONGRATULATIONS TO SHILDT ERNIE

9:11
Avatar Nick Dika: Also important: Hernandez mashing taters.

9:11
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I like how Ernie waits to see if Taylor caught that ball. If Taylor caught that ball, he’d have looked a lot happier.

9:11
Dystopian Future: Enrique Hernandez in play, run(s).

9:11
Wire Fan: Is the ball just really carrying tonight?

9:11
Avatar Dan Szymborski: The ball’s really carrying this year and the last one

9:12
lee: That was better Kiké, then!

9:12
Dodger fan: Postseason hero kike Hernandez, I always say

9:12
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I like how Kiké is the player that gets everyone to remember hwo to make make é real quickly

9:12
Avatar Nick Dika: More or less likely than postseason (2019) hero Russell Martin?

9:12
Avatar Dan Szymborski: alt-0233

9:12
Dreamer Bob: It always happens. A player makes an awkward diving catch, is the first batter in the next inning, and then hits a homer. And Ernie Johnson doesn’t know what happened on either play.

9:12
Nico Robin: us french class takers already knew

9:13
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I do too because of MP3 tagging a large music collection that has a lot of classical music.

9:13
Garm: Not sure if this has been mentioned yet, but Brian McCann has announced his retirement

9:14
Avatar Dan Szymborski: If baseball gets a Czech player, I’m prepared like a boss.

9:14
Avatar Dan Szymborski:

9:14
This is Lude-i-cris: Yes but will the ball carry next year? Asking for a friend.

9:14
Avatar Dan Szymborski: NO idea wha thtey’ll do with the ball this offseason

9:14
Avatar Nick Dika: They have Max Kepler, they’re slowly making their way east.

9:14
Hire Joe Morgan?: Strasburg’s body language is so different when he’s behind….he always looks like he’s been kicked and he’s sullen about it when he’s behind.

9:14
Dak To The Future: Have we seen the last of CC on the mound?

9:14
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I think so

9:15
Nico Robin: also his name doesn’t have the accent mark iirc, broadcasts just add that for obvious reasons

9:15
Avatar Dan Szymborski: It’s a word you try to avoid

9:15
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Sean Forman actually changed Kevin Youkilis’s baseball-reference ID as a result

9:15
Guest: Would you bring Hicks back to the NYY lineup?

9:17
Avatar Nick Dika: I don’t trust Urshela. I get the batted ball data backs up his breakout, but I still see it as unsustainable

9:15
Hire Joe Morgan?: I thought that was a joke the first time around.  Now it’s a little sad they didn’t let him bat in the ninth.

9:16
Kiermaier’s Piercing Green Eyes: Dan have you ever shown your mother one of your chats?

9:16
Avatar Dan Szymborski: No, but I assure you my family is just as strange as I am.

9:16
Hire Joe Morgan?: If McCann does retire, where do you stand on him for the Hall of Fame?

9:16
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Nopers.

9:17
This is Lude-i-cris: Has Brian McCann named a successor to be the no fun policeman

9:17
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Brad Keller?

9:17
Joe: What did I tell you about nopers?0

9:17
Mei: Freedom for Hong Kong!

9:17
Hire Joe Morgan?: What’s your mother’s view on sandwich structure and ingredients?  Did you inherit your position?

9:17
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I have not asked my mom

9:17
Dodger fan: Getting the accent mark on a phone is hard, but kike chose to use the accent mark even though it doesn’t exist in actual Spanish

9:18
Dak To The Future: On the topic of HOF catchers, how is Munson not in yet? Even with 60% of a career he has impressive numbers. As good as Yadi’s whole career and he has an MVP

9:18
Dystopian Future: Clint Hurdle is gone, Brian McCann is gone, they’re dying out.

9:19
Avatar Nick Dika: Now its one fun player (Carlos Martinez) getting mad at another (Big Ron)

9:18
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I think the fact that he was already in steep decline and was perceived to be as such hurt him.

9:19
Avatar Dan Szymborski: And once he didn’t get in from the tragedy (it’s not like they used WAR when they voted), his traditional numbers aren’t htat impressive

9:19
Dean: Say Buehler makes it through the order twice on 65 pitches and has given up no runs; do you let him go through the order a third time, or turn to Maeda/Kershaw?

9:19
Dodger fan: Hernandez is one of the more socially aware, activist players in MLB.  You should check out some of his stuff about toxic maxulinity

9:20
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Depends how much he’s cruising.

9:20
Dystopian Future: It’s insane to me that Chris Archer was seen as the new wave of fun guys in baseball when he did that broadcasting spot and in general; FFWD a few years and he’s a villain and the next Hurdle guy. I think it says something, not quite sure what though.

9:20
Matt: Wait…Archer is a villain?

9:21
Avatar Nick Dika: He took issue with some celebrating earlier this year.

9:20
Avatar Dan Szymborski: A 3 run lead ain’t a 1 run lead. I don’t think they need to do a panic pull of Buehler

9:21
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I HAVE A RELEVANT GRAPHIC

9:22
Dak To The Future: With MLB now legitimizing sports gambling, is it time for Rose to be welcomed back? I get that he’s an ass but it’s time. The Hall is clearly missing that plaque

9:22
Avatar Nick Dika: I think he has some other personal issues that might (understandably) not be looked favorably upon

9:22
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Never mind, it was Edwin Diaz I have smashing Nicholas Castellanos into the limo, not Archer.

9:22
Belli Flop: Every straight female Dodger fan is in love with Kiké.  I am a straight male and am also in love with Kiké.

9:22
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I think Buehler should have stirrups.

9:22
Andrew : Dan, when don’t you have a relevant graphic?

9:22
Dystopian Future: Archer was the guy who was tossing at Dietrich earlier in the year and whining about the celebrating by the Reds.

9:23
Avatar Nick Dika: The Reds gotta celebrate something. Take it easy on them.

9:23
Brian CashGod:

Kiké Hernandez & his fiancée Mariana’s engagement photos are the best things you’ll see all day.

(📸: Bree Marie Photography/Kiké’s IG)

12 Jul 2018
9:24
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Nope, while I created Archer in WWE2K, I don’t have a GIF. The only Archer related media I can find is my sister and her husband as Pam and Cyril froM Archer for Halloween.

9:24
Avatar Dan Szymborski: And this:

9:24
Avatar Nick Dika: Is Stras gonna work a walk?

9:24
Avatar Dan Szymborski: And like that, it’s the wrong Archer

9:24
Avatar Dan Szymborski:

9:25
Dak To The Future: Stirrups should only be allowed if they’re real IMO. No fake single socks

9:25
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Absolutely

9:25
stever20: If the Nats had been up 3-0, would Kershaw have been in right now already?

9:25
Avatar Dan Szymborski: No

9:26
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Pitchers are the best rally hitters because they don’t end rallies by hitting worthless home runs.

9:26
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Well, that often.

9:26
Avatar Nick Dika: They know that doubles are better.

9:27
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Am I going deaf or was there a Darryl chant?

9:27
Avatar Nick Dika: I am very deaf and cannot confirm

9:27
Avatar Dan Szymborski: What say you chat?

9:27
Wire Fan: Is it really necessary to use Michael Taylor’s middle initial?   Who does he think he is Michael J Fox or something?

9:28
Avatar Nick Dika: Maybe because he has two first names he’s trying to let us know which is his first name?

9:28
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Will Smith’s stop really was sweet there

9:28
Avatar Dan Szymborski: There was another Michael Taylor at the same time

9:28
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Prospect for Phillies

9:28
Avatar Nick Dika: And he said “why should I change? He’s the one who sucks.”

9:29
Avatar Dan Szymborski: ORiginal was still playing, those he was extra crispy at the time

9:29
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I like to think that Adam Eaton was screaming latin at Buehler

9:30
Dystopian Future: Donald Z Greinke has a ring to it, for example.

9:30
Sanford: Something Michael J. Fox and Michael A. Taylor have in common is that both of their middle names begin with the letter A. I am not lying.

9:30
Avatar Nick Dika: Manuel A. Ramirez

9:30
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I’m still annoyed about David Jonathan “J.D.” Drew.

9:30
Belli Flop: Cody J. Bellinger

9:31
MAXIMVS MVNCIVS: But what about the Will Smiths why no initial

9:31
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Very different positions and movie careers.

9:31
Matt: Or J.A. “Jay” Happ. That’s not how this works.

9:31
Avatar Nick Dika: Like Homer “Jay” Simpson

9:31
Belli Flop: Solid throw Seager.  Shortstops are underappreciated sometimes.

9:32
Avatar Nick Dika: I’m convinced he’s going to go off offensively soon. People forget he’s only 25. Changed his launch angle, hitting more fly balls than ever this year.

9:32
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I always used Chris B. Young and Chris R. Young, but most people just used Chris Young

9:33
Sanford: Happ actually doesn’t use any periods between J and A which makes it…more weird somehow?

9:33
Avatar Dan Szymborski: B. was the black guy who was a really good centerfielder. R. was the white pitcher who threw 75 MPH fastballs and looked like a wendigo.

9:33
larryv: ahem. the plural is “Wills Smith”

9:33
Matt: THE CATCHER AND THE PITCHER DAN

9:33
Avatar Dan Szymborski: AND THE DJ JAZZY JEFF ASSOCIATE

9:33
Avatar Dan Szymborski: That’s why I started with positions

9:34
Dak To The Future: With Ryu and Hill likely gone, do the Dodgers look for outside rotation help or just hand the keys to May and Urias and let it ride?

9:34
Avatar Nick Dika: Cole is from California I think if they wanna spenddddddd.

9:34
Avatar Dan Szymborski: But you can’t talk about separating the Williams Smith without the most famous one.

9:34
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Maybe they can be Will Smith, will.i.c, and will.i.p.

9:34
Wire Fan: How could BJ Upton not use Bossman?

9:34
Ryan: Would you rather have Seager or Correa long term?  Youth and potential for both, but also injury issues…

9:35
Avatar Nick Dika: I’d default to Seager for the defense.

9:34
Dodger fan: Seager had a couple pretty good stretches but when he isn’t getting results, his approach at the plate regresses back to swing at the first strike.  In 2017 before the injury bug he was a 11% bb player.

9:34
Dodger fan: Dodgers also have gonsolin for rotation but don’t be surprised if they resign Hill knowing he pitches like 10 regular season games but is a thing in October.  He could still be a valuable 2 or 3 inning reliever

9:35
Avatar Dan Szymborski: It’s going to be funny when PG&E shuts off the power to Dodger Stadium in the 7th.

9:36
Belli Flop: Lol Dan

9:36
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Wait, didn’t I made a Turner-Jansen tag team in WWE2K/

9:36
Matt: In the case of Turner…does he get a new jersey every game, or are the clubhouse launderers *that* good?

9:36
Hire Joe Morgan?: Is it starting to rain or is that smog?

9:36
Avatar Nick Dika: It’s LA – it’s vape smoke

9:36
Dystopian Future: By the way, Will M Smith is the reliever and Will D Smith is the catcher, if you do feel like using initials

9:37
Matt: I think it’s smug.

9:38
Hire Joe Morgan?: I am more interested in sandwiches than initials.

9:38
Dodger fan: Cody Bellinger pulls the shit out of everything but he’s gonna talk about his gap to gap hitting

9:38
tz: Derek J. LeMahieu (a gift basket to whoever guesses what the J stands for)

9:38
Wire Fan: Justin Turner (Overdrive) should walk up to “Taking Care of Business”

9:38
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Johesephat

9:38
Matt: I don’t think I’ve ever seen a spray chart with 40% in a single…quintrindt?

9:38
Avatar Dan Szymborski: That didn’t touch his chest ernie

9:38
Avatar Nick Dika: Jordan?

9:39
Dodger fan: I think if the dodgers spend they’re most likely to do so via extension, and failing that I think they’d pursue a right handed bat with contact skill again as they dreamed with Pollock.  If they made a big dollar signing I think it’s rendon.  Justin Turner only has a year left and transitioning him to first base could make sense.  His glove is declining

9:39
Avatar Dan Szymborski: See, if the ball hit his chest, it would actually change trajectory. It didn’t pass through his ribs, heart, and then burst out the back without any resistance.

9:40
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I found the relevant media.

9:40
Avatar Dan Szymborski:

9:40
Dystopian Future: Dan what should the Nats do with howie kendrick and his defense?

9:40
Avatar Nick Dika: What twosome from the Nats do you send out against Turner/Jansen?

9:40
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Ever see Old Yeller?

9:41
Belli Flop: May we do an NL MVP poll of this group?

9:41
Belli Flop: Dan never ceases to amuse me

9:41
Avatar Dan Szymborski: YOu’re an exception.

9:42
Matt: Last night, it was decided that we the chatters are the co-MVPs

9:42
Avatar Dan Szymborski: WHo voted on that?

9:42
Avatar Dan Szymborski: The real chat is the friends you lose along the way.

9:42
Matt: Meg.

9:42
Belli Flop: Dan *almost* never ceases to amuse me

9:42
R: My knees ache just watching the Nats right side defense

9:43
Trent: Dan never ceases to amuse me, either, but that’s because “ceasing” an action implies that one had started doing the action in the first place.

9:43
Matt: Stras has kinda an Abe Lincoln-ey look to him, doesn’t he?

9:44
Avatar Nick Dika: It’s the lack of mustache.

9:43
kdl: Bellinger’s wRC+ by month 248, 155, 141, 142, 130, 127.  How much does he drop in everyone’s MVP standings if the 248 is in June?

9:43
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Not mine! Can’t say about writers.

9:43
Belli Flop: Nick, what’s it like being the adult in the room?

9:43
Dreamer Bob: The Angels can finish 4th with or without chatters.

9:43
tz: Steve Ontiveros or Steve R. Ontiveros?

9:43
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Thankfully, they both weren’t good enough that we had to tell the Jeff d’Amicii apart.

9:43
Avatar Nick Dika: I’ve consumed an amount of pizza since we started that no real “adult” could ever consider reasonable

9:44
Dreamer Bob: Howie Kendrick’s baserunning thinks Howie Kendrick’s defense isn’t bad.

9:44
Wire Fan: Are teams like Boston and Houston serious about being under the CBT next year,  or is that mostly posturing?   It would seem like both would have to make a significant deal(s) to really get under, and obviously not add any even mid tier FAs.  (apologies in advance for the baseball talk)

9:44
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I think it’s more posturing by Houston than Boston

9:46
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I never actually used this feature before.

9:44
Hire Joe L. Morgan?: Given Joe Morgan’s middle name is Leonard and the danger of “Joe L.” being contracted to “Joel” Morgan, I would like the chat to know I will be reverting to my prior handle.

9:45
Dystopian Future: I’ll never forget when Elvis Andrus went full Abe Lincoln a few years ago

9:45
Avatar Dan Szymborski: This is going to be a 4 hour game

9:46
Avatar Nick Dika: It’s looking that way. Especially with pitchers working walks.

9:45
Belli Flop: Random thought: Brent Suter throws in the mid-80s

9:47
Dodger fan: Boston wanting to reset their tax is understandable, the repeater penalties when you’re at the 2nd or 3rd thresholds are steep

9:47
Andrew : Did you reply to your own reply Dan?

9:47
Avatar Dan Szymborski: IT was a test.

9:47
Dystopian Future: Well you should use the feature more often Dan. In fact, your entire next chat should just be those replies.

9:47
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Maybe I should.

9:47
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Oh, you can’t reply to a reply. I was going to try make one long reply ziggurat

9:47
Dodger fan: Dodgers work a lot of deep counts when they’re playing their game

9:48
Avatar Nick Dika: It’s somehow less annoying than when the Yankees do it IMO

9:48
Dreamer Bob: Abe Lincoln didn’t do so well on his first day as president that he seemed like a relative disappointment from then on. And he didn’t get shut down for the Civil War.

9:48
Dodger fan: The reply feature showing that you are replying us pretty cool

9:48
R. Dak To The Future: Just found out that Dak’s first name is Rayne so name change was necessary. Dan what’s you’re opinion of using a first initial if you go by your middle name?

9:48
Avatar Dan Szymborski: It depends on the syllables. Certain combinations aren’t sufficiently mellifluous.

9:48
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Like D. John Szymborski sounds weird

9:49
Matthew: the reply feature messes up the auto scroll for me

9:49
Belli Flop: Is there a way for us non-employees to reply to stuffs?

9:49
Matt: Wait…working counts is annoying?

9:49
Avatar Nick Dika: When you’re a Blue Jays fan and prefer games to not be five hours long it can be. Good baseball process. Still annoying.

9:49
Avatar Dan Szymborski: START YOUR OWN FANGRAPHS AND THEN HAVE CHATS

9:49
Dystopian Future: But DJ Szymborski? Well, that’s an idea.

9:49
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I have a DJ Szymborski email I use for spam

9:49
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I would pronounced it as Dee-Jay. I wouldn’t be Didge Szymborski like JA Happ.

9:49
Mad Joe-Don: Dan, is a cheeze-it stuffed crust pizza an abomination?

9:49
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Yes

9:50
Andrew : D. John sounds like mustard

9:50
Dodger fan: My middle name is Scott so I always thought that if I ever wanted to do the initial middle name thing I could pull it off since f Scott Fitzgerald is so famous

9:50
Dystopian Future: ALRIGHT THEN WE’LL START OUR OWN FANGRAPHS WITH BLACKJACK

9:50
Avatar Dan Szymborski: ACES ABOVE REPLACEMENT

9:50
Greg: The reply feature is mainly so Dan or Nick can set up a drinking bird to start “typing” a reply, thus making it appear that they are still at the computer even while stepping out to run errands, etc.

9:50
TS Lotus: Grade this joke on a scale of 1-10, 10 = best and 1= awful

9:50
Avatar Dan Szymborski: 1, I don’t know the punchline

9:51
TS Lotus: Rate this joke on a scale of 1-10, 10  = best and 1 = worst

I have a mortal fear of escalators. Thankfully, I’ve been taking steps to avoid them.

9:51
Avatar Dan Szymborski:

TS Lotus’s Joke

1 (16.4% | 11 votes)
 
2 (7.4% | 5 votes)
 
3 (10.4% | 7 votes)
 
4 (13.4% | 9 votes)
 
5 (10.4% | 7 votes)
 
6 (11.9% | 8 votes)
 
7 (11.9% | 8 votes)
 
8 (10.4% | 7 votes)
 
9 (2.9% | 2 votes)
 
10 (4.4% | 3 votes)
 

Total Votes: 67
9:51
lee: “Good luck with that wacky spin rate business, weirdo!” (/facepalm)

9:51
Avatar Nick Dika: Is this Mitch Hedburg?

9:51
Matt: How about someone starts a Fangraphs that actually talks about fans?

9:51
poplar: Is it just me or is the Dodger stadium organ really loud?

9:51
Avatar Nick Dika: The Cardinals’ fans haven’t done that?

9:51
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I like a good organ

9:52
Avatar Dan Szymborski: dammit that can be open to intepretations

9:52
Dodger fan: Are the nats the stars and scrubsiest team in MLB?   Every time you get passed rendon and Soto in the lineup it feels like you’re good for a bit

9:52
Avatar Dan Szymborski: The Rockies are made up of superstars and people the superstars beat up in elementary school

9:52
La Pantera: my favorite organ is the kidney

9:52
Dystopian Future: Mortal fears are the worst kind of fears.

9:52
Belli Flop: Our organist is amazing

9:52
Avatar Dan Szymborski: THERE’S A WHOLE BAND BASED ON CALLING FLIES

9:53
Andrew : Skin is the largest organ in the body

9:53
Dodger fan: Deiter Ruhle is fantastic

9:53
Matt: “Escalators are great because they can never break down. They just become stairs. There should be a sign. This escalator is now stairs. Sorry for the convenience.” – Mitch Hedberg

9:53
Avatar Nick Dika: I think we forget just how good a (partial season) Howie Kendrick had. Suzuki wasn’t awful, either.

9:53
Eel Ffilc: Dan how you would be as a stadium organist?

9:53
Avatar Nick Dika: We didn’t talk about defense in our MVP convo

9:54
stever20: Man, Bellinger is one hell of a CF.

9:54
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I would actually be pretty good. I’ve played classical piano since 5 and I have played a full church organ with pedalboard.

9:54
Avatar Dan Szymborski: And I have a MIDI pedalboard for the digital piano.

9:54
Andrew : What a catch by Bellinger

9:54
Avatar Nick Dika: Do you remember when he wasn’t going to play 1B anymore because he didn’t want to risk injury

9:54
Avatar Nick Dika: I never fully understood that logic.

9:55
Jordan: Nick are you a Blue Jays fan?

9:55
Avatar Nick Dika: I am!

9:55
Matthew: no one would understand classical music references

9:55
Belli Flop: Nick are you a fan of Vladito?

9:56
Avatar Nick Dika: Absolutely! I know it wasn’t the rookie season we expected, but I’m still very optimistic. On the defensive side of things – people forget he didn’t even start playing third base until rookie ball, I believe.

9:55
Avatar Nick Dika: I could maybe get like 30% of them.

9:55
Greg: Playing first base means risking injury with Manny Machado in the division.

9:55
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Ouch.

9:55
Avatar Nick Dika: Lol

9:55
Matt: Don’t the toilets flush backwards in Canada?

9:55
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Canadians don’t poop.

9:55
Jordan: Where do you stand on the Blue Jays front office? It’s a very divided fan base

9:58
Avatar Nick Dika: I don’t think their as awful as their detractors have made them out to be, but I do think there’s a bit of reason for concern. It was frustrating seeing them handle the Ken Giles, EE and Josh Donaldson situations – they seem to do a lot of selling low on players. A lot of prospects have taken big steps forward though with them at the helm. Biggio and Danny Jansen are two that are playing right now.

9:56
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I’d say meh-minus.

9:56
Hire Joe Morgan?: Nick, are you a Blue Jays fan who believes the Jays should go back to the blue and white they wore when they went to the World Series, or are you the bad sort of Blue Jays fan?

10:00
Avatar Nick Dika: Hahahahaha, those were the best unis. Those and the powder blues from the George Bell era.

9:56
Matt: Don’t you mean “ay” minus, Dan?

9:56
Blue: Canadians do poop, it just comes in a bag.

9:57
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Last time I was in Canada, to see an NHL game in TOronto, I won a bet with a friend. $50 to see who could get the most canadians to say “soar-ry” when gently bumping into them.

9:57
Dodger fan: According to statcast there have been 5 barrels in this game.  3 of them are outs.

9:57
Avatar Dan Szymborski: thanks for reminidng me, I had statcast open for something and I had forgotten

9:58
Belli Flop: Dodger fan, are we the same person?

9:58
Zach: So MLBTR says the Twins are going to pursue “impact” pitching.  What kind of contract would they have to offer Cole to get him to sign there instead of, say, NYY or HOU?

9:58
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I think if the money’s right, anyone will go anywhere

9:59
Dodger fan: The 1b injury thing was about a specific thing.  Bellinger has a history of with his shoulder on diving infield plays directly to his side.

10:01
Avatar Dan Szymborski:

10:01
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Strasburg first game on the left, this game on the right.

10:01
tz: Nick I’m having a brain lapse…who’s that kid the Jays have in AA ball who has Syndegaard type heat but still real raw…Pearson?

10:02
Avatar Nick Dika: That’s him!

10:02
Avatar Nick Dika: Nate Pearson – he’ll probably be a top-10 prospect soon if he keeps it up.

10:02
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Look at outside corner against righties in each game. Almost nothing horizontally right off the plate

10:02
Avatar Dan Szymborski: compared to the first game. You can see how much easier it is to lay off these curves than in first game

10:03
Hire Joe Morgan?: Dan, what are we looking at?  Aside from a couple fastballs up, the distribution looks awfully similar to me.

10:03
Dystopian Future: Outside off the plate to righties. Strasburg only working up-down right now. Easier to lay off when it’s one-plane, I think?

10:03
Wire Fan: And right on cue…Wil Smith says “Hey Dan,  hold my beer”

10:04
Dodger fan: The version of that chart with balls, called and swinging strikes is probably even more revealing

10:04
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I’ll go grab that too

10:04
tz: Looks like the targets from the shooting range during Lethal Weapon (Glover on the left, Gibson on the right)

10:04
Dodger fan: Big difference in the change up usage.  Maybe because a less left-handed lineup with Hernandez?

10:06
Avatar Nick Dika: There’s that lower-outside edge curveball to a righty again.

10:06
Avatar Dan Szymborski:

10:06
Dystopian Future: There’s an outside curveball, and it gets a helpless whiff; granted, against a pitcher.

10:07
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Game 1 on left

10:07
Hire Joe Morgan?: There was an outside curve.  Is the change a function of how he pitches at different times?  Maybe he starts working outside as the game goes on, the way some pitchers work in another pitch?

10:08
Wire Fan: So what is Strasburg looking at in FA?  6 years/160-170M? More?

10:08
MAXIMVS MVNCIVS: Dan which of the Mozart Piano Concertos has the highest WAR?

I still love the No.20 on the Fortepiano (period instrument)

10:08
Avatar Dan Szymborski: If that’s what floats your boat, Bilson/Gardiner

10:09
Matt: Is there anyway for us to come back from needing “do not attempt” printed at the bottom of the commercial where the guy falls out of a high rise window?

10:10
Avatar Nick Dika: Smells Like Teen Spirit was playing over the PA. Walker Buehler was born three months after Kurt Cobain died.

10:10
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Dodgers swung at 45 of Strasburg’s 85 pitches in first game, 33 of 73 tonight.

10:10
Hire Joe Morgan?: Will Buehler break Hersheiser’s record in the postseason?!?  (At what point does it become a streak?)

10:11
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Probably not. It’s a streak!

10:11
Kiermaier’s Piercing Green Eyes: Dan, Nick, everybody, are we really all brought together by the crunch of delicious Utz Quality Foods, Inc. snack foods?

10:11
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I’m just noting.

10:11
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Yup, I’m eating crab chips

10:11
Avatar Nick Dika: I had not consumed an Utz product in many years. I’m a Humpty Dumpty cheese stick man.

10:11
Dystopian Future: Who’s the best looking baseball player?

10:12
Avatar Dan Szymborski: My girlfriend’s super into joey votto for some reason

10:12
Avatar Nick Dika: Trea Turner is super good looking

10:12
Dystopian Future: And why is it Kevin Kiermaier

10:12
Belli Flop: Utz makes me make the sound of their name

10:12
Hire Joe Morgan?: I am crunching delicious salty peanut butter pretzels.  They are not Utz.

10:12
Avatar Nick Dika: Kris Bryant is basically Zac Efron.

10:12
Dodger fan: Buehler plays bulls on parade during his pregame warmup

10:12
Avatar Nick Dika: Also way older than him I think.

10:13
tz: Blake Snell.

10:13
Avatar Nick Dika: Don’t be mean

10:13
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Zac Efron is 31.

10:13
Avatar Nick Dika: Tuner, Votto, Kiermaier – these good looking players have a bit of an injury history.

10:14
Avatar Nick Dika: Grady Sizemore!

10:14
Belli Flop: Bartolo Colon

10:14
Gunther Centralperk: I don’t like Rendon to the Dodgers. I say Lindor when he’s available and move Seager to third.

10:14
Avatar Dan Szymborski: And Bartolo lasted forever!

10:14
Avatar Dan Szymborski: David Wells

10:14
Avatar Nick Dika: Heartily built pitchers is the new market inefficiency

10:14
Matt: Apparently McCann will retire. They really couldn’t give him his final PA in that game?…had to pinch hit for him? Granted, maybe there’s some context we’re unaware of, but seems weak.

10:15
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Probably a kindness to not give him another at bat

10:15
Avatar Nick Dika: That and being the son of a former major leaguer.

10:15
Avatar Nick Dika: Someone should sign Taz Tulowitzki to a contract now like they do in soccer.

10:15
Hire Joe Morgan?: I used to have a baseball card of Rick Honeycutt walking off the mound after scratching his head with a thumbtack he forgot he’d taped there to scuff the ball.  I think of that every time they show him.

10:15
Wire Fan: Would you PH for Stras here?

10:16
Avatar Nick Dika: The way he’s seeing the ball?!?!

10:16
Avatar Nick Dika: Could be a two walk game for him

10:17
Jim: Do Buehler’s eyes look like a white walker’s?

10:17
Belli Flop: Foul bunt yay

10:17
Dan: pinch hit on the 3-1 count!

10:17
Eel Ffilc: Nothing makes a gigantic pitcher look more feeble than squaring up to bunt before the pitcher is set.

10:17
Hire Joe Morgan?: THIRD TIME THROUGH THE ORDER HE’S A PUMPKIN NOW!!!

10:18
Wire Fan: I like the 3-1 PH idea!

10:18
Dodger fan: Petriello thinks letting stras hit was an obvious fail.  Do we agree?

10:18
Hire Joe Morgan?: Kershaw for the sixth?  Buehler’s pitch count is fine, but with two on and one out, he went to three balls with the pitcher.

10:18
stever20: last inning for Buehler?

10:18
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I think it is

10:19
Avatar Nick Dika: I know this is hindsight, but if they were gonna try to have him bunt then probably

10:19
Dan: I know it’s the nats bullpen (an auto loss) but they

10:20
Hire Joe Morgan?: Yes.  Two men on and you’re down.  This is a chance.  You have to have someone in the pen.

10:20
Avatar Nick Dika: Corbin wasn’t as bad as his line looked in game 3 I don’t think.

10:20
Frenchy: Why not let him swing on 3-2

10:20
Avatar Dan Szymborski: TBS Drinking Game: Drink every time Ernie Johnson isn’t sure what happens in a baseball play but is unfazed and powers through anyway

10:20
Hire Joe Morgan?: While they’re paused, I love watching Flaherty and Buehler.  This is a good day.

10:20
Dodger fan: Dan I don’t wanna die

10:21
Dystopian Future: Dan I wouldn’t make it through the third inning

10:21
Belli Flop: Dan I don’t wanna live forever

10:21
Avatar Dan Szymborski: What’s annoying is I really like Ernie in NBA stuff.

10:21
Matt: That drinking game doesn’t sound safe, Dan. Its like drinking every time they say “Thunder” in Thunderstruck. Except the song is on repeat for 4 hours.

10:21
Dodger fan: I could see Buehler getting rendon in a fresh 6th if he retires Eaton here, then Kershaw for Soto platoon adv

10:22
Avatar Dan Szymborski: “Drink every time you don’t understand a word in a Pogues lyric”

10:22
tz: Buehler can’t be a white walker.  Couldn’t coexist with that wildling playing 3B.

10:22
Jim: Thunderstruck is the GOAT drinking game

10:22
Avatar Nick Dika: Roxanne is pretty good too.

10:22
Wire Fan: If he gets excited on a runner trying to steal on a 3-2 count with 2 outs,  it is a chug!  (he’s already done that tonight)

10:22
Avatar Dan Szymborski: “Wait…guys…do runners always steal at 3-2 with 2 out?”

10:22
Hire Joe Morgan?: The Wilders coexisted by sacrificing to the White Walkers.

10:22
Dystopian Future: And also Dan(iel?) J. Szymborski sounds very professional, tacking back to that quickly. Could have an MD next to that name.

10:23
Gunther Centralperk: Does Martinez run Scherzer out there for an inning?

10:23
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Hollywood Upstairs Medical College!

10:23
Avatar Dan Szymborski: It’s inevitable that a starter makes a relief appearance fo rWashington

10:23
Avatar Nick Dika: I don’t think its gonna be Maxy. But I would not want to be the person telling Scherzer he’s NOT pitching, either.

10:23
Avatar Dan Szymborski: The truth is they accidentally drowned half the bullpen in a photo op but they’re hoping MLB doesn’t catch on

10:24
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Nick, don’t cross Scherzer; the blue eye can see how you die.

10:24
Craig: Martinez will get killed in the WSN media if he does’t pitch Scherzer at least one inning.

10:24
Hire Joe Morgan?: Maybe they had the other relievers deliver the news to Scherzer.  That would explain it all.

10:24
Avatar Nick Dika: I would absolutely love to be in a Poppa John’s board meeting with Shaq.

10:25
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I want to be at a gas station with Shaq

10:25
Gunther Centralperk: If the Dodgers don’t make a serious run at Betts or Lindor should we just assume that they won’t do a megadeal (with a free agent) as long as Friedman is in charge?

10:25
Brian CashGod: I saw Shaq whiff on 3 straight pitches in the celebrity all star game last year and it was amazing

10:25
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I don’t think it’s a definite

10:27
Dystopian Future: They aren’t going to do the 10-year megadeal, I think. They tried 4/185 for Harper and got turned down.

10:27
Dodger fan: Dodgers most likely to spend big on their own guys.  I think they will really push hard on a Bellinger extension as he’s gonna make so much in arb that it benefits them to make the number even instead of having it balloon to 30m at the end like Betts

10:27
Dodger fan: Dodgers have continually shown they’ll pay good money to retain their guys.  Turner, jansen, Kershaw, even hill.

10:28
Matt: While not near the level of the earlier game, this game is not particularly exciting. Which is surprising, considering how close it is.

10:28
Avatar Nick Dika: It feels like the Dodgers are in complete control. I guess that’s what happens when you watch Strasburg foul out on a bunt with two men on in the fifth.

10:28
Hire Joe Morgan?: Or we decided Turner is Craster and Buehler is a White Walker?

10:28
Hire Joe Morgan?: So to clarify, did we decide Walker Buehler is Craster?

10:28
Dodger fan: I mentioned earlier Bellinger is super2 and mlbtr expects him to make almost 12m on his first of 4 arb trips.  He will break arb records if not extended

10:28
Dystopian Future: It just doesn’t feel close, honestly. Three run lead in Dodger Stadium.

10:29
MAXIMVS MVNCIVS: Nick are you trying to jinx us?

10:29
Avatar Nick Dika: Never!

10:29
Avatar Nick Dika: Interesting Canadian note – a lot of Montrealers absolutely hate the Nationals because they view them as stealing their team away from them

10:29
Brian CashGod: Maxwell’s Silver Hammer on the organ for Max Muncy, that’s amazing

10:30
MAXIMVS MVNCIVS: It feels really close to a Dodger fan tbh.

Buehler got a bit lucky with last inning, his release point is noticeably lower & didn’t have command of his pitches

10:30
Avatar Dan Szymborski: But that’s my nickname for Maxwell Scherzer!

10:30
Dystopian Future: Same way people in Seattle feel about the OKC Thunder; and StL and the Rams. People generally don’t root for their exes who dumped them to succeed in life, you know?

10:30
Belli Flop: @Brian CashGod: our organist, again, is awesome

10:30
Craig: Putting aside your rooting interests as a fan and your partisan political interests, would you rather watch a World Series game or an impeachment trial?

10:30
Avatar Dan Szymborski: WS

10:31
Avatar Nick Dika: Things were not good in Montreal for the Expos before left.

10:31
Avatar Nick Dika: Also this organist doing Sir Duke! I was hoping he would get to the riff.

10:31
Dodger fan: Given the insanity of what happened with the expos, blaming Washington for the result seems mistargetted

10:31
Avatar Nick Dika: Exactly

10:31
MAXIMVS MVNCIVS: If Russell Martin hits a walkoff homer it should be Montreal’s revenge

10:31
Avatar Dan Szymborski: The games of a Yankees-Dodgers WS might take longer than an impeachment trial

10:31
kdl: Montrealers blaming DC is a bit like a spouse blaming the person their spouse cheated with rather than their spouse, no Esp since it was pretty much MLB’s decision.

10:32
Brian CashGod: The North remembers?

10:32
Jordan: The first game was over so fast I rewatched the movie Heat, great movie

10:32
Avatar Nick Dika: Prep you for the release of the Irishman. Pacino and DeNiro together again!

10:32
Brian CashGod: Montreal’s hate should be at Jeff Loria, they should be sister cities with Miami

10:32
Brian CashGod: Eskimo sister cities actually, since they both got fucked by the same guy

10:32
Belli Flop: The North *always* remembers

10:34
Guest: Umpires have been pretty good in the playoffs but no one really talking about it

10:34
Avatar Dan Szymborski: They’re like the brakes in your car. You only really notice if they break horribly

10:34
Matt: Has anyone ever done any back-of-the-napkin math on Marlins Man’s yearly baseball related expenses? I mean, he’s flying cross country, likely staying in hotels, and sitting behind home plate. And then doing that for playoff games.

10:34
Avatar Dan Szymborski: That would be a fun piece for someone

10:35
Jim: How many years in a row would the dodgers have to lose the World Series to convince you we live in a simulation?

10:35
Avatar Nick Dika: None. Already believe it.

10:35
Wire Fan: 5G… Is that how much the phone will cost to use that service?

10:35
Dystopian Future: You also notice the brakes in your car if they brake horribly. What other situations do both break/brake words apply for the same spot?

10:35
Belli Flop: That’s a Meg piece

10:35
tz: Fun Fact:  “Jeff Loria” is an anagram of “Offer Jail”

10:36
Fangraph’s Lurker: not related to this game, but I’m a st pete native who’s been a Ray’s fan for 10 years (I’m 26) and I was at the game last night; that was the most people I’ve ever seen cheering for the Ray’s. it was electric.

10:36
Avatar Dan Szymborski: My favorite is Ron Gardenhire is Groin Hardener

10:36
Hire Joe Morgan?: I am surprised Buehler is still in.

10:36
Avatar Nick Dika: OMG

10:36
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I am too.

10:37
Dystopian Future: Anthony Rendon hit a baseball very hard, ran from home plate to second base, and I don’t think a muscle in his face moved.

10:37
Wire Fan: This game is moving along too fast… Can they get Pedro Baez up?

10:37
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Noooooooooooooo, I have an NLCS preview to write BEFORE I go to bed

10:38
Avatar Nick Dika: Dan, write the Cardinals part, I’ll cover for you.

10:38
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I’ve written that part! lol

10:38
Avatar Nick Dika: Don’t ask me anything about zips people, I’m very bad at Excel

10:39
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I started writing the Cardinals part in like the 5th inning

10:39
Brian CashGod: Nick Dika uses vlookup instead of index match

10:39
Avatar Dan Szymborski: shade thrown!

10:39
Avatar Nick Dika: It’s amazing how comfortable Soto is with two strikes.

10:39
Craig: What do you think Roberts’ plan is: Maeda in the 7th, Jansen in the 8th?  Etc.?

10:39
Andrew : Buehler is certainly gone now, right?

10:39
Belli Flop: I use R like an adult

10:40
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Still a solid start for We Hurl Bleaker

10:40
Matt: TI-89 BABY!

10:40
Avatar Dan Szymborski: TI-92!

10:40
tz: Vlookup much easier to read than index match imho.

10:40
Avatar Nick Dika: Obviously.

10:41
Belli Flop: How does Soto not break his right ankle on every swing?

10:41
Avatar Dan Szymborski:

10:41
Derek: People always like to brag that R is better than Excel… But honestly there are lot of situations where Excel, um, excels!

10:41
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Bam! you tell ’em

10:42
Matt: What is this duck imagery I see in various places?

10:42
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Untitled Goose Game

10:42
Jordan: Think Strasburg opts out?

10:42
Brian CashGod: is Untitled Goose Game really that great? I’ve been tempted…

10:42
Avatar Dan Szymborski:

10:43
tz: Carlos Carraaco’s anagram = the GOAT

10:43
Derek: Yikes he just called your goose a duck

10:43
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Solid recovery there for Buehler

10:43
Ace: Strasburg  is gonna destroy 4/100 in this market right? If nothing else, he’ll be able to add a couple of years and get 6/150 with an opt-out.

10:44
Dodger fan: So that was the first run alllowed by Buehler since the acuna grand slam?

10:44
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I think he’ll get a big extension tacked on and not opt out

10:44
tz: I got people working for me who still haven’t converted their old Lotus 123 stuff into Excel.  !!!

10:44
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I used lotus 1-2-3 as a kid

10:45
Dystopian Future: There doesn’t really seem to be much of a sense of urgency in this game, does there? Doesn’t even feel like a winner take all game. If you told me this was a game in mid-June I’d believe it.

10:45
Avatar Dan Szymborski: It’s that most of the exciting stuff happened early

10:45
Dodger fan: I remember 123.  And I remember writing papers in wordperfect

10:45
Avatar Dan Szymborski: You had Kiké catch and homer and the wacky fence door eats the ball

10:46
Dan: Was there ever a definitive angle on whether soto was thrown out while celebrating too hard, or thrown out intentionally drawing the throw to third so the tying run could score? (in the wild card game)

10:46
Dodger fan: That crowd is a lot more into it than a random June game.

10:46
tz: Restructuring an extension sounds right for Strasburg.  Similar situation to CC midway thru his time in NY

10:46
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Or Kershaw

10:46
Sean: I cut my teeth as a kid if the 80s using word perfect and Corel draw

10:46
Avatar Dan Szymborski: You should’ve used a keyboard.

10:47
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Whoa, a normal relief pitcher is warming up

10:47
Dodger fan: Stras still out there is surprising

10:47
stever20: Kendrick doing more for the Dodgers in this series than he did with LA.

10:47
Andrew : i don’t think I’m old enough to know these programs

10:47
Belli Flop: Whoa, a not-a-dinger hit

10:47
Gunther Centralperk: What’s Washington’s plan if both Rendon and Strasburg leave? Trade Scherzer? (Yikes.)

10:47
Avatar Nick Dika: Move back to Montreal.

10:47
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Hope people go to games instead of having to think about the election

10:47
Belli Flop: I’m probably the youngest person here.  College anyone?

10:48
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I’m 41, so I’m probably not the oldest here, but I’m usually the oldest in Discord chats.

10:48
Avatar Nick Dika: I’m right in the middle – 34

10:48
Zach: I could be wrong but it looks like bellinger hasnt been hitting the ball in the air this postseason

10:48
Dystopian Future: Nats still have Soto, Turner, other pieces, large payroll.

10:49
Derek: Is Strasburg generally easy to steal on? Bellinger is getting great jumps

10:49
Avatar Nick Dika: I think Suzuki has a shoulder issue?

10:49
Dystopian Future: Freshman in college. Wouldn’t be surprised if there are high schoolers lurking around here though.

10:49
Dodger fan: Hear that Dan I am 38 and similar experiences

10:49
Avatar Nick Dika: Please for the love of god….TELL US WHAT’S COOL?

10:49
MAXIMVS MVNCIVS: turning 28 in an hr and 12 minutes

10:50
Avatar Nick Dika: Happy early bday!

10:50
Derek: Any progress on that FanGraphs discord?

10:50
Byron Buxton : 34 is much closer to 41 than college…

10:50
Avatar Nick Dika: Not if you took as long to finish as I did!

10:50
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Not even bringing that up until the end of the season!

10:50
Hire Joe Morgan?: We are cool, Nick.  We are cool.

10:50
Wire Fan: I’ve used a TRS-80, that is all I’m saying.

10:50
Dodger fan: Bellinger is super fast

10:50
Avatar Nick Dika: He really is a complete player.

10:51
tz: My daughter was born on the same day as Jorge Alfaro.   I’m very old.  🙁

10:51
stever20: are the Dodgers making a mistake using Kershaw here instead of their regular pen like Maeda/Urias/etc.?

10:51
Avatar Nick Dika: To the point about this feeling like a regular season game, it doesn’t totally feel necessary, does it?

10:51
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Sometimes feel older because of my career. I used to be one of the really young guys in the sabermetrics community, along with Dave Cameron 22, 23 years ago, now there’s a whole generation of college kids aspiring to be in the field and I’m old enough to be their dad. It takes some getting use to being a veteran in the field seemingly so early.

10:52
Brian CashGod: oh god for a moment I thought they got Ice Cube and Dave Winfield mixed up

10:52
Belli Flop: I was born a few months after Wander Franco

10:52
tz: What’s cooler than being cool?

10:52
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Cold>

10:52
Derek: *Ice* cold

10:52
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Heat Death of the Universe COol

10:53
stever20: Frozen Elsa Cold

10:53
Belli Flop: 1 Kelvin’

10:53
Dodger fan: Kershaw has always pitched well when used in playoff relief.   His game7 2017 ws performance is really forgotten

10:54
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Why do they seem shocked it might be only a one inning appearance for Kershaw?

10:55
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Yeah, he had that game 7, but other than that, mostly an inning and maybe a spare out or two

10:55
stever20: Kershaw 2017 a lot different than Kershaw 2019 though…..   If it doesn’t work, Dave Roberts is going to get murdered.

10:55
R: friedman and company are building these guys in a lab

10:55
Dystopian Future: Those kinds of playoff narratives get busted by winning, because they start out of frustration from losing. Only way to change the narrative is for the Dodgers to win a WS.

10:56
Avatar Nick Dika: Look at David Price – he totally changed his playoff narrative last season.

10:56
tz: Alright alright alright alright alright alright alright

10:56
Dystopian Future: Because they have unrealistic expectations of starters in relief thanks to Madison K Bumgarner

10:56
Byron Buxton : It would be nice for the Twins to change their playoff narrative

10:56
Avatar Nick Dika: His middle name is Kyle????

10:56
Dodger fan: Kershaw usually throws a bullpen 48 hours before a start.  He didn’t today.  He throws an inning and it’s his bullpen and he’s lined up for g1 nlcs

10:57
Belli Flop: How is Strasburg still in?

10:57
Wire Fan: Anything more than an inning and aren’t both Buehler and Kershaw probably out until game 3?  (meaning only 3 starts between them,  instead of 4 in a potential LCS)

10:57
Avatar Nick Dika: That’s why I’d save him if at all possible.

10:57
Dystopian Future: In my opinion, we just wait for one of two things to happen with the Dodgers:
Either they mess up the sliders, and show up to a game in big head mode
Or the next random out of nowhere star player on the Dodgers is named “Joe Random” or “Andrew Friedman” and we know the Dodgers have just been importing create-a-players into real life

10:58
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I see why they left Strasburg in – his control was way sharper that inning thant he first

10:58
Dodger fan: I think even with game 5 the dodgers have the pitching exactly where they want it.  They want ryu to pitch game 1 or 2 as he’s much better at home and Buehler will be set up for g3

10:59
Belli Flop: You all know how Madison Bumgarner dated a different Madison Bumgarner in high school right?

10:59
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Wait, what?

10:59
Avatar Nick Dika: I still don’t believe that story.

10:59
Derek: Kyle is allowed to be a middle name???

10:59
Diocletian : What is everyone drinking?

10:59
Avatar Nick Dika: I didn’t think so.

10:59
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I’ve been slowly drinking a coke

11:00
stever20: It could be set perfectly for LA.  Kershaw 1/5

11:00
Diocletian : Im having a delicious Komes Baltic porter

11:00
stever20: Ryu 2/6, Buehler 3/7, and Hill 4.

11:00
Belli Flop: Water

11:00
Dystopian Future: Will Smith’s middle name is Dills. Can I change my middle name to Dills? Can I change my full name to Will Dills Smith?

11:00
Hire Joe Morgan?: I am drinking water.

11:00
Avatar Nick Dika: Water here too.

11:00
stever20: What- Buehler out to start the 7th?????

11:00
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I’m surprised

11:01
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Just going Buehler-Kershaw-Jansen?

11:01
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I bet the rope is limited though

11:01
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Double this time ends his start I think

11:01
Dystopian Future: Or just Buehler-Buehler-Buehler

11:01
Avatar Dan Szymborski: At 100 now he’s not going 9!

11:01
Avatar Nick Dika: Trying to sneak him through the bottom of the lineup one more time

11:02
Robb: They haven’t won this one yet!

11:02
Avatar Dan Szymborski: oh

11:02
Belli Flop: Oh no

11:02
Derek: Holy shit

11:02
Avatar Dan Szymborski: That was a nasty ass one

11:02
Avatar Nick Dika: Shit. That did not sound like it hit helmet.

11:02
Avatar Dan Szymborski: It sounded like flesh and then helmet bounce

11:03
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Wrwist then kinda bounced into face helmet

11:03
Avatar Nick Dika: Better wrist than face.

11:03
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Hopefully, it looked way worse than it did in the end

11:03
Belli Flop: Arm -> helmet

11:03
tz: Drinking nothing.  At my age, best to avoid the mid-sleep pee run.  🙁

11:03
Suzuki: Got to eject Buehler for that, right?

11:03
Avatar Dan Szymborski: There’s no way that was intentional

11:04
Avatar Dan Szymborski: In the front shot, it looked like more of a glancing blow and he got the wind knocked out of him. I mean still sucks and hurts, but way better than it could have

11:04
Adam2: We’re benches warned earlier? Why would you consider ejection?

11:05
Belli Flop: Concussed?

11:05
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Yeah, my thought. This hasn’t been a high stress game

11:05
Avatar Nick Dika: I would think so

11:05
Avatar Nick Dika: Even if he’s not, you can’t take that chance in 2019

11:05
Alfredo: They don’t have anyone else to run before putting Gomes in the game?

11:05
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Just checked, it’s his first career pinch-run.

11:06
Brian CashGod: esp bad for a catcher, they’re already at higher risk for concussions, and the more you have the worse

11:06
Belli Flop: Nick you shouldnt take that chance any year!

11:06
Avatar Nick Dika: heyo

11:06
Dodger fan: Can’t imagine catching 95 mph with a wrist that just took 96 flush

11:06
Avatar Nick Dika: I would immediately retire

11:07
Dystopian Future: Pinch-shuffle, more like.

11:07
Dodger fan: Rainey not the arm I would expect to pitch in this game for was

11:08
Avatar Nick Dika: Are you even allowed to pitch if you aren’t Patrick Corbin or Max Scherzer?

11:08
Byron Buxton : Who is the 3rd catcher if there’s an emergency?

11:08
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I’m not sure

11:09
Avatar Nick Dika: Not Bryce Harper anymore.

11:09
Avatar Nick Dika: (I also don’t know)

11:09
Fobulous: Think it’s Parra

11:09
Avatar Dan Szymborski: “OK Rodney, you look kinda like a catcher. Suit up!”

11:09
Dodger fan: Hudson and Doolittle not surprising.  Anyone else surprising

11:09
Belli Flop: BABY SHARK CATCHER

11:10
stever20: Hunter Strickland so he can’t pitch.

11:10
Dystopian Future: Max Scherzer pitches and catches the tenth inning, obviously.

11:10
Adam2: We can add two more starts to Jay’s list of 100+ pitches this postseason.

11:10
Avatar Dan Szymborski: He has to throw pop fly eephus pitches that he can catch

11:10
Brian CashGod: the *new* Fernando Rodney Experience

11:11
Dodger fan: Was just looking at was roster, no obvious candidate for 3rd c.

11:11
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Yeah, I was looking and trying to figure out and didn’t see anyone who offhand even played a few games in the minors

11:11
CJ: He’s overthrowing

11:11
Dennis: around how many ppl are reading this chat?

11:11
Avatar Dan Szymborski: 245

11:12
Hire Joe Morgan?: Just showed hte dugout with a line of iPads playing the game.  Are they legal if they’re not connected to anything?  What are the rules now?

11:13
Avatar Dan Szymborski: He begins the long walk? That’s kind of a dark reference ernie

11:13
CJ: I’d HATE to see Kershaw blow it here.

11:14
Hire Joe Morgan?: CJ, you are banished!  Don’t say such things.

11:14
stever20: If Kershaw blows this and Dodgers lose, Roberts is gone I think as manager….

11:14
Eric Gregg: Not a postseason to buck the narratives so far.  Twins can’t win a game.  Braves can’t win a series.  Kershaw..?

11:15
Dystopian Future: No way they fire Dave Roberts.

11:15
Derek: Kershaw has been good in the postseason people!

11:15
Dystopian Future: So what happened to Adam Eaton anyway? Was it the injury (think it was a torn ACL)? Or was it just a career year and the Nats bought kinda high on him

11:16
Avatar Nick Dika: It was a career year. But he’s been ok when he’s been healthy.

11:16
Avatar Nick Dika: Just ok? Yeah just ok.

11:16
Belli Flop: Remember when Meg wrote about Félix as her Guy?  My Guy is pitching!

11:17
lee: Yeah, there’s a zero chance of Roberts going barring some revelation that he turned off everyone’s power

11:17
Hire Joe Morgan?: Roberts would have to strip naked and run to the mound to tackle Kershaw to get fired.  He’s a good manager with a lot of capital.

11:17
stever20: 4.33 ERA good for postseason?   That’s not good.  That’s average at best….

11:17
Derek: That didn’t really look like a swing to me

11:17
Avatar Nick Dika: Just dropped a little bit

11:17
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Yeah, I kinda want tos ee the replay

11:18
Dodger fan: I’ll never understand people who think Dave Roberts makes all his decisions himself.   Who they want in which situation is definitely discussed in advance

11:18
poplar: Corbin or Rainey?

11:18
Dodger fan: MLB doesn’t have a ton of superstar calls but I think that might have been one, especially since it didn’t even go to appeal

11:19
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I wonder if Glavine would even get the Glavine calls today

11:19
Belli Flop: Kershaw pitches the 8th right?

11:19
Avatar Nick Dika: You’d think they wouldn’t get him hot for one hitter.

11:20
CJ: CAN  WE GET A CAMERA FOR THE SWINGING STRIKES ALREADY??

11:20
Dystopian Future: LOOGY Kershaw, I’d like to see that.

11:20
Dodger fan: On the contrary he had to throw he skipped his bullpen

11:20
Dystopian Future: No, but you get a slow-motion camera of Kershaw screaming instead. Enjoy!

11:21
Avatar Dan Szymborski: What was Willy Dilly doing there?

11:21
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Tanner Rainey Surprised He’s in Baseball Game Too

11:21
Hire Joe Morgan?: That is not Patrick Corbin.

11:21
Dodger fan: Is Kershaw even on deck?

11:21
Wire Fan: FYI they did a double switch,  so of course Kershaw is going back out.

11:22
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Yup, they brought in Chris Taylor

11:22
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Kiké at 2nd, Muncy to 1st

11:22
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Beaty gone

11:22
Belli Flop: They double switched

11:22
Avatar Nick Dika: Do you think that Max Scherzer manages the team if he’s not pitching?

11:23
Avatar Nick Dika: Not officially, but ya know, tells Dave Martinez what to do?

11:23
Avatar Dan Szymborski: He manages with fear and intimidation

11:23
Avatar Nick Dika: WWMD

11:23
Dystopian Future: Max Scherzer uses his eyes to hypnotize Martinez before every game

11:23
Hire Joe Morgan?: Scherzer looks like he’s advocating for an inning.

11:23
Byron Buxton : Bohemian Rhapsody!

11:23
Avatar Nick Dika: The organ player is ambitious. I love it.

11:23
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Ned Yost’s favorite book.

11:24
Avatar Dan Szymborski:

11:24
CJ: Scherzer coming in would be a mistake.

11:24
Dystopian Future: “Advocating” well that’s one way to put it

11:24
Dystopian Future: Tanner Rainey does his job, to the surprise of everyone

11:25
Avatar Nick Dika: Yost’s version of that book needs to have an Alcides Escobar baseball card bookmark in it.

11:25
Avatar Dan Szymborski: “Skip, what’s that zero near my name in the box score?” “That, Tanner, my boy, is a 0 you didn’t walk any batters.” “Oh crap, do I have to go out and try again?”

11:25
Adam2: Do you think Scherzer was bullied as a kid for his eyes or because he was Mac Scherzer everyone was intimidated?

11:26
Avatar Dan Szymborski: He was bullied until the first or at the latest, the second death

11:26
stever20: So do we see Jansen or does Kershaw close this out?

11:27
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Kershaw’s not going 2 1/3

11:27
Alcides Escobar’s Mother: Oh No you didn’t

11:27
Avatar Nick Dika: Sorry!

11:27
Derek: Generous first strike

11:27
Belli Flop: Why aren’t they pinch hitting for Joc? PLATOON SPLITS

11:28
Avatar Nick Dika: That seems like something the Dodgers would want to do

11:28
Avatar Nick Dika: Maybe they love Joc’s defense?

11:28
Ace: What’s with managers having starters come in mid-inning? Great to use them, but as with Kershaw, why not give Corbin a clean inning rather than this?

11:28
tz: How many times has Jansen pitched this series?

11:28
Avatar Dan Szymborski: He was in the 10-4 blowout

11:29
Adam2: Did we ever see a replay of Kershaw’s K?

11:29
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I don’t believe we did

11:29
Zach: What is the dodgers Statistical probability of winning this game right now

11:29
Avatar Nick Dika: WE is at 87.6% on FG as of the Chris Taylor fly out

11:30
Dodger fan: They don’t love jocs defense

11:30
Avatar Nick Dika: WHY DID HE HIT??

11:30
Hire Joe Morgan?: Dan, I have a theory that all dynamic systems exhibit heteroskedasticity because once variance is introduced the system deteriorates.  Can you give me an example without a specific time horizon of a homoskedastic system that’s naturally occuring?

11:30
Avatar Dan Szymborski: At 11:30 after seven hours of baseball?

11:31
Avatar Nick Dika: FWIW – Pederson’s defensive metrics are worse at 1B than OF

11:31
Belli Flop: Dan, don’t be timezone-ist.  It is 8:30 here

11:31
Dodger fan: Pollock has looked lost I think only lux and freese are guys they really want to be using the rest of the game

11:31
Dodger fan: Pederson at 1st was absolutely the worst major league defense I have ever seen

11:32
Avatar Dan Szymborski: OF Hundley

11:32
Guest: Pollock is the only remaining OF on the LA bench, so they probably want to keep him in reserve in case of injury

11:32
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Oops

11:32
Belli Flop: Kershaw playoff narrative!

11:32
Adam2: JC YAY!

11:32
tz: Ren -Gone!!!

11:32
Hire Joe Morgan?: CJ, I blame you!

11:32
Derek: Well this is interesting!

11:33
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Lord

11:33
Hire Joe Morgan?: CJ, YOU ARE DEAD TO ME!

11:33
Avatar Nick Dika: That was quick.

11:33
Adam2: CJ apologies. Made you messianic.

11:33
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Oh god, we’re going to have an 18 inning game

11:33
CJ: I HATE MYSELF. I’M SO SORRY!!

11:33
Brian CashGod: DESPA-SOTO

11:33
Brian CashGod: I for one look forward to the first all-nighter chat in Fangraphs history

11:34
Avatar Dan Szymborski: We spend three hours getting here and everything was just reset in one minute!

11:34
Dystopian Future: The Astros and Dodgers could actually both be out of the playoffs this time tomorrow. Holy.

11:35
Avatar Nick Dika: Taps sign that says “Nationals Bullpen”

11:34
Garm: The legend of playoff Kershaw continues

11:34
Hire Joe Morgan?: Your apologies mean nothing to me unless you can rectify the situation.  Actions, CJ.

11:34
Derek: Was there no fangraphs chat for the marathon WS game last year?

11:34
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Dunno

11:34
Avatar Dan Szymborski: If there had been one, nobody would have ever wanted to do a chat again

11:35
Hire Joe Morgan?: Given who’s still available, Dodgers are still in good position here, right?

11:36
Belli Flop: TBS that is the wrong song to play

11:36
larryv: as a Yankees fan, I would be fine with one or both of the Astros and Dodgers getting bounced. they should feel free to go whenever they’re ready

11:36
Jim: How does this always happen

11:36
Wire Fan: Smart for Dave Roberts to know that he would want Joc’s bat still in the game?   Maybe he is playing 4D chess?

11:36
tz: Dansby Swanson now up to 2 Coronas bought for that brunette…..

11:36
Avatar Nick Dika: I knew the guy from that commercial looked familiar.

11:36
Andrew : I have a flight to catch in the morning. Why Kershaw, why?

11:36
Avatar Nick Dika: Or wait….was it Charlie Culberson?

11:37
Hire Joe Morgan?: I guess this Kershaw fellow should stick with being a LOOGY.

11:37
Avatar Dan Szymborski: “We’ll just keep the camera on sad lonely Kershaw.”

11:37
Brian CashGod: oof that shot of Kershaw in the dugout

11:38
Dystopian Future: Kershaw has to pay double for drinks in LA for the rest of his life

11:38
Avatar Nick Dika: “Everyone get out of the dugout. Kersh needs to lament.”

11:38
LFC Mike: Does Kershaw have a no hitter going? No one is sitting next to him?

11:38
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Almost a no-outer!

11:38
Brian CashGod: seriously did they evacuate the Dodgers dugout or something? where was everyone else?

11:38
Brian CashGod: WHERE ARE ALL OF THE OTHER DODGERS???

11:38
Avatar Dan Szymborski: They’re gone.

11:38
Dystopian Future: It’s like when Yu Darvish farted and cleared the dugout, but it’s just Kershaw’s sadness instead

11:38
Derek: Thanos snap?

11:39
LFC Mike: It’s like a bowl of Sky Line Chili was spilled in the dugout

11:39
Avatar Nick Dika: Speaking of Darvish farting….

11:39
Eel Ffilc: On the bright side, he does have plenty of towels.

11:40
Avatar Dan Szymborski:

🎵 Hello darkness my old friend 🎵
10 Oct 2019
11:40
Josh: Maeda is feeling it right now

11:40
Hire Joe Morgan?: That’s the most emotion I’ve ever seen from Maeda….

11:41
LFC Mike: Will the organist break out “We are still not the Champions” if the Dodgers lose?

11:41
Hire Joe Morgan?: Dan, I don’t need to see that.  Get us a GIF of Maeda!

11:42
Avatar Dan Szymborski:

11:42
Fangraph’s Lurker: marlins man is like find waldo on easy mode

11:43
LFC Mike: Wasn’t that part of the dance moves from a Pulp Fiction

11:43
Derek: “find waldo”?

11:44
Dystopian Future: I prefer to live in a world where where’s waldo is called find waldo

11:44
Blue: I also enjoyed the show Find in the World Carmen San Diego

11:44
Derek: It’s “Where’s Waldo?”! Never pass up a chance to use a good alliteration (or call something by its correct name)

11:45
Wire Fan: I flipped on Survivor and I think they are going to vote Kershaw off the island.

11:46
Dystopian Future: Voting Kershaw to San Diego

11:46
Ampersand: Has any pitcher ever lost three games in one divisional series? Asking for a Corbin

11:46
Cave Dameron : Dan – any fun RPG cards of Francouer to display?

11:46
Avatar Nick Dika: Turner did not try to get out of the way of that pitch

11:46
: He kinda stepped into that one…

11:46
Avatar Dan Szymborski: No Hearthstone cards, I’m on a Blizzard boycott.

11:47
Hire Joe Morgan?: I can’t imagine that felt good, but he definitely didn’t seem too fussed about taking that on his leg.

11:47
Ronald: Francoeur is kind of bad as an announcer right? I am surprised how much I like Pierzynski

11:47
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Frenchy just hasn’t really meshed with the guys he’s been with

11:47
Alfredo: So given the Dodgers position player depth, that would’ve been the perfect spot to do a Grover Cleveland with Kolarek and Maeda swapping playing the field and the mound for L/R/L/R/R?

11:48
Brian CashGod: just pointing out the ad that was on the Dodger Stadium backstop when Kershaw gave it up –

11:48
Michael: Frenchy isn’t particularly good. I loved AJ and Girardi. They are excellent together

11:48
Byron Buxton : Can we give the organist mvp?

11:48
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I wanted to hate AJ, but even though his points something end up in weird locations, he sounds like he’s actually enjoying what he’s doing

11:48
Hire Joe Morgan?: Dan, are you allowed to have political thoughts and still post articles to ESPN?

11:48
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Nobody ever cared what I do

11:48
CJ: Problem with Francoeur is that I remember how seemingly stubborn he was as a player.

11:49
LFC Mike: Won’t Get Fooled Again? The organist is on fire

11:49
Avatar Nick Dika: Bellinger takes big daddy hacks.

11:49
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I swear Ernie Johnson just called Corbin the third nationalist pitcher

11:49
Derek: “Big Daddy Bellinger” works as a nickname!

11:49
Belli Flop: THE FINAL COUNTDOWN

11:49
Cal: Dodger Stadium organist is legendary. He can seamlessly transition ANY song into a “Let’s Go Dodgers” chant

11:50
Avatar Dan Szymborski: The rest of the team slowly filtered in, not making direct eye contact

11:50
Dystopian Future: Pierzynski is unbearable in a 2-man booth, btw. Girardi is teeing him up nicely so that he can stay on target more. But that kind of chemistry is what helps the booth sound much better, too.

11:50
Avatar Dan Szymborski: CHemistry really does matter in the booths. Ron Darling is so much worse when he’s not on his home turf

11:50
tz: Smoltz was actually good when he started announcing, but then ……. In other words, I’d give AJ a chance to get on our nerves eventually

11:51
Avatar Dan Szymborski: He got on all his team’s nerves eventually

11:51
Hire Joe Morgan?: Who will break the ice?  Someone will make contact eventually.

11:51
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I think Freese is still top 10 in all time playoff WPA

11:51
Dystopian Future: I think we just generally try to find ways to hate national announcers. Don’t think that’s going to change.

11:52
Belli Flop: My god Ruhle is on fire

11:52
Dystopian Future: Bar a few exceptions, like Vin Scully, obviously.

11:52
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Swing

11:53
Hire Joe Morgan?: Vin Scully put the kibosh on doing a game this postseason, right?

11:53
Avatar Dan Szymborski: All you need to get Vin to do a postseason game is have a giant net and some kind of weapon

11:53
Jimbo: David Freese is indeed 9th all time for batter’s postseason WPA

11:53
Avatar Nick Dika: And an elephant-grade tranquilizer

11:54
Gabe: Who do you think has watched the most baseball games in history? Connie Mack? Vin Scully? Some random scout we’ve never heard of?

11:54
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Some MLB.com producer

11:54
Brian CashGod: don’t even need a weapon – just find a billionaire willing to write a nice check to charity in return for Vin doing a game

11:54
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I like the Scooby Doo plan idea though

11:54
Dystopian Future: No, not a tranquilizer, you need a stimulant

11:54
Hire Joe Morgan?: I think Sam and Ben tried to entertain that question on Effectively Wild once, but I don’t remember their conclusion.

11:54
Hire Joe Morgan?: I think they decided on a scout.

11:54
Avatar Nick Dika: Tranq is to get him into the booth

11:55
Brian CashGod: god we’re debating how to best drug Vin Scully…

11:55
Jamie G.: Can the Nats afford to pinch hit for Corbin?

11:56
Avatar Nick Dika: It looked like Hudson was waiting to come into the game. Although their bench is pretty thin….

11:56
Derek: they have to pinch hit, right?

11:56
LFC Mike: Is Vin going to yell at “those meddling kids” Dan?

11:56
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I sure hope so

11:57
Martin Frydenlund: Am i wrong in thinking that the nats are at a disadvantage as this goes on. due to them having one of the worst bullpens of all time?

11:57
Avatar Dan Szymborski: No

11:57
Dan: walk off loss will be a nice change from losing game 5s at home

11:57
Brian CashGod: Adams, Dozier, Parra and Robles (who I think is hurt?) on their bench

11:58
Wire Fan: Joe Kelly… Buckle you seatbelts,  this could get interesting.

11:58
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Hold on to your butts gif

11:58
Avatar Dan Szymborski:

11:58
Belli Flop: Ok my laptop is about to die.  So is my heart rate.  Talk to y’all later.

11:59
Brian CashGod: Nats do still have Doolittle, Hudson, Rodney, Sanchez and Scherzer

11:59
LFC Mike: Does Striking out Taylor really count as a strikeout?

12:00
Adam2: Only a Dodgers fan would point out that Rodney is still available

12:00
Wire Fan: He is good so long as he doesn’t throw the world’s most hittable 99mph fastball in the strikezone

12:00
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Hodor did not hold the door.

12:01
Dodger fan: My God Dan when you said that I thought my feed was behind and Adams had hit a dong

12:01
Avatar Dan Szymborski: lol

12:01
Avatar Nick Dika: Joe Kelly pitching like this last October is what got him a nice contract with the Dodgers last offseason.

12:01
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Ernie’s right about them swinging at everything sinc ethe homers

12:02
Dylan Higgins: Trea Turner? More like treat earner

12:02
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Er, TREAT URN

12:02
Avatar Dan Szymborski: TASTE THE ASHES

12:02
Brian CashGod: Can’t wait for Rob Manfred to give Bran Stark the Commissioner’s Trophy at the end of the World Series because “it’s such a good story”

12:02
tz: Fun fact:  when Fernando Rodney signed his first professional contract, Juan Soto was a fertilized egg.

12:02
Avatar Dan Szymborski: by Fernando Rodney

12:03
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I like to imagine MLB covering up a dark secret that Rodney is the father of 30% of MLB players

12:03
Zach: I just need George RR Martin to finish the damn books so I can get over season 8

12:03
Avatar Dan Szymborski: hahahahaha, I’m sure that’ll happen.

12:03
Alfredo: no that’s bartolo

12:03
larryv: according to Baseball Reference’s Play Index, no pitcher has ever lost 3 games in one LDS. guess Corbin won’t get that shot

12:03
tz: We are at that hour 🙃

12:04
Avatar Dan Szymborski: There’s only so much coherence you can expect from me finishing up the 4th hour of a chat

12:04
Dystopian Future: Which baseball team is the Bran the broken of baseball?

12:04
Hire Joe Morgan?: Well, I don’t have to work tomorrow, so I’m ready for this to go all night.

12:04
Avatar Nick Dika: Hey Toronto isn’t that bad!

12:04
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I STILL HAVE TO FINISH NLCS PREVIEW

12:04
John: Bran is the rockies

12:05
stever20: well I think there’s now no doubt the torch has been passed from Kershaw to Buehler as the ace of the Dodgers now.

12:05
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I think that already happened

12:05
Brian CashGod: don’t have to preview the NLCS if the NLDS never ends *taps forehead*

12:05
Adam2: Twins were Bran the Broken of this postseason. Cleveland overall.

12:05
LFC Mike: Nominate the hero to win the game

12:05
Wire Fan: Does anyone know where I can buy on of those hats that go to the side like Rodney’s?   Because when I go to the store they only have those hats with the bills in the front (Herc’d)

12:05
Avatar Nick Dika: Do we know what Herc was short for on the Wire?

12:06
Derek: Guys Bran the Broken is the literal king. Why are we comparing him to bad teams?

12:06
Avatar Nick Dika: He’s kind of only king by default though? And no one really wanted him to be?

12:06
Avatar Dan Szymborski:

The Hero of This Game

Walker Buehler (6.1% | 7 votes)
 
Clayton Kershaw’s Sadness (38.9% | 44 votes)
 
Anthony Rendon (10.6% | 12 votes)
 
Meatballs (10.6% | 12 votes)
 
The Friendships You Made (8.8% | 10 votes)
 
Sleep, Beautiful Sleep (15.0% | 17 votes)
 
Ernie Johnson Pinch-Run Suicide Squeeze (9.7% | 11 votes)
 

Total Votes: 113
12:06
Dystopian Future: So first, you have to have a father that wore his hats like that as a fisherman. Then you need to become an MLB player. Then you get some.

12:07
Wire Fan: No clue.   And now I have to change my handle.

12:07
Guest: Where’s Skyline Chili in the poll?

12:07
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I said hero

12:07
John: Better question: what was Carver’s first name

12:07
Avatar Nick Dika: Ellis!

12:07
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Timmc

12:07
Avatar Nick Dika: Skyline Chilli is why the Reds never make the playoffs

12:07
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Timmc

12:08
Dystopian Future: Do the Cincinnati Bengals have fans?

12:08
Adam2: Herc is short for Hercule Poirot, obviously.

12:08
Avatar Nick Dika: lol

12:08
Avatar Dan Szymborski: If I hear another Who Dey and Who Dat ad, I will open my veins in a hot bath

12:08
Avatar Dan Szymborski: What if The Wire is just part of the Poirotiverse?

12:09
Avatar Nick Dika: They say David Simon is a genius, so it is possible….

12:09
Revad: Curry doesn’t generally have beans but is still curry if it does.

12:09
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Well that was close

12:09
Dystopian Future: Oh man I thought Bill Dills just ended the game

12:09
Avatar Dan Szymborski: WILLY DILLY

12:09
Avatar Nick Dika: If Will Smith wins it we’re gonna get a “this is a story all about how….” parody for sure

12:10
Avatar Dan Szymborski: For a brief moment, Clayton Kershaw felt joy in his heart.

12:10
Brian CashGod: oh man the memes would’ve been terrific if Will Smith walked off

12:10
John: “They were trying to will it over the wall” well done ernest

12:10
Andrew: However, his sadness is the hero so it was short-lived

12:11
Dystopian Future: Hercule Poirot and the case of the disappearing pitcher

12:11
Eric Gregg: Back to 2016 baseball

12:12
Avatar Nick Dika: I’d say Rendon and Soto are more than the Nationals’ two hottest hitters, Ernie.

12:12
Martin Frydenlund: Bonus BAISBALL!

12:12
Ampersand: Just pinch hit Kirk Gibson already

12:13
Dystopian Future: You have to be facing an actually good reliever to pinch hit Gibson. Nats have outsmarted the Dodgers by not having any.

12:14
Mo money, Molina: gimme gingergaard!!!!

12:14
Eric Gregg: Someone need to call Clemens, he should be good to go until the 18th

12:14
Fangraph’s Lurker: It’s day 5 of the game, inning 345, the teams have resorted to using fans because their players were dropping from exhaustion….please let it end

12:14
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I’m close the chat before inning 345

12:14
Rich C: This is the Nats big chance to put a spike in these guys.

12:15
Adam2: Clemens as in Roger for the Nats or Ben for this chat?

12:15
Ace: I know the world is screwed up and unfair to Kershaw because as a Giants fan, I felt awful for him at the point. The man is so damn good, and so damn unlucky at the worst moments.

12:15
Wire Fan: After 12 innings each team should be able to choose the opposing pitcher for an inning.

12:15
Avatar Nick Dika: The Dodgers can only chose one?

12:15
Hire Joe Morgan?: Where is Gingergaard?  Or Big Red, if we grant him self-determination.

12:15
Andrew : How many innings before the chat is closed

12:15
Avatar Dan Szymborski: When I have to go on a late night bathroom break and Nick’s fallen asleep

12:15
MAXIMVS MVNCIVS: Will Smith flyout

EV 100.3 mph  26 deg .640 xBA. Oof

12:16
LFC Mike: Is MLB saving Joe West for the World Series?

12:16
Ampersand: Do the umpires ever go on a late night bathroom break in these extra inning games?

12:16
Avatar Nick Dika: Only when they’re playing on grass

12:17
Dodger fan: The Andy McCullough 2014 baseballs theory looks better and better

12:17
Adam2: Please let Joe Kelly suck. (Yankee fan)

12:17
Dodger fan: There’s been a ton of barrels in this game and most of them have been outs

12:18
tz: “Now on to pitch for the Dodgers in the top of the 83rd, Dee P. Gordon”

12:18
That Guy: turns out when you don’t swing at terrible sliders Joe Kelly doesn’t look so hot

12:18
Avatar Nick Dika: Tell that to the bottom two thirds of the Nationals’ lineup

12:18
Wire Fan: Soto should bunt Eaton over here.   (Smoltz’d)

12:19
Ryan: Should Kelly really be pitching in this spot?

12:19
Avatar Dan Szymborski: They want Kolarek in I assume, so they’re not going to burn another reliever

12:19
Avatar Dan Szymborski: “You want a slow heartbeat. You need your parts to get less oxygen.”

12:19
druidiful: To back up Dodger fan, of the 7 barrels so far in this game, 4 have been outs.

12:19
Dystopian Future: At the end of the day if you don’t have Joe Kelly for this spot what do you have him for? You signed him to pitch in spots like this in October.

12:19
psweeting: After the 8th I was thinking they just need to survive until Soto is up again

12:20
Eric Gregg: Rendon = Freeman – bone spurs

12:20
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Joe Kelly’s imitating a White Castle power outage.

12:21
Avatar Dan Szymborski: “See how I said Anthony Rendon needs to slow down his mind, slow down his body. Somehow, him getting a hit proves that or something.”

12:22
psweeting: Second time tonight the ball gets wedged in the wall somehow

12:22
Avatar Nick Dika: No Kolarek

12:22
Avatar Nick Dika: BB to Soto

12:22
Zach: Why is Jansen not in

12:22
Alfredo: no kenley?

12:22
psweeting: Damn I REALLY wanted to see Soto bat :'(

12:23
Avatar Nick Dika: Howie Kendrick grand slam. Just like we all drew it up.

12:23
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Howie Kendrick is now forgiven by everyone in DC.

12:25
Eel Ffilc: SHOULD’VE PITCHED TO SOTO.

12:25
Derek: Is Jansen hurt or something? If he’s not in the game there when were they planning on using him?

12:25
Eel Ffilc: And the most hittable 99mph fastball lives on.

12:25
Vic Romano: Doesn’t Howie know that home runs kill rallies?  Shoulda just punched a soft liner the other way, kept the line moving.

12:25
Curtis: Did they forget they can switch pitchers?

12:25
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Well, it *is* a low-leverage situation now!

12:25
Avatar Nick Dika: Maybe there’s something we don’t know about Jansen?

12:26
Avatar Nick Dika: He’s hurt? Stuck in LA traffic?

12:26
Michael: What about all the other relievers?

12:26
Avatar Nick Dika: Also that

12:26
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Even Buck Showalter would have pulled Kelly by now.

12:26
LFC Mike: That will get Joe Kelly s contract on him in the offseason

12:27
Mo money, Molina: Do you know what’s going to be fun? The Dave Roberts interview…

12:27
druidiful: But at least he has great stuff!

12:27
Avatar Dan Szymborski: “You blew the game Joe, you’re sitting out there until you get 3 outs, even if you have to throw 200 pitches to do it.”

12:28
Ryan: Gotta save your best arms for opening day next year.

12:28
Fangraph’s Lurker: it oddly still feels the dodgers could go off

12:28
Avatar Nick Dika: Ok, this is strange. Now Kenley comes in?

12:28
CJ: So, JANSEN IS OK???

12:28
Avatar Dan Szymborski: You’re in a lot of trouble CJ!

12:28
Martin Frydenlund: did anyone else hear that “fire roberts” chant?

12:29
CJ: I know. I’M SO SORRY!!!

12:29
Guest: LA “Jay Grudens” Roberts and fires him at 5 am?

12:29
Avatar Nick Dika: If the Phillies do fire Kapler, he’s likely up at 5am working out anyway.

12:29
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Bad news CJ

12:29
Avatar Dan Szymborski:

12:29
LFC Mike: Witness protection time CJ

12:29
LFC Mike: Can the organist play Closing Time?

12:30
Somewhere over Europe: Who pitches the 10th for the Nats?

12:30
Avatar Nick Dika: Doolittle warming.

12:30
Derek: “Organist” makes me think of a person who harvests organs for a living

12:30
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Well, just playing the organ doesn’t pay the bills

12:31
Dave: Nick’s 12:01 comment did not age well.

12:31
Dystopian Future: I love how, to celebrate Howard J Kendrick III’s greatest moment of his career, they show a montage of terrible moments from in through this playoff series.

12:31
Avatar Nick Dika: Joe Kelly will break your heart every single time.

12:31
Avatar Dan Szymborski: At least I”ll get to bed before 3.

12:32
Avatar Dan Szymborski: That’s probably not a comfort to the Dodgers fans.

12:32
Avatar Dan Szymborski: But it’s a comfort to me.

12:32
Avatar Nick Dika: You’re doing God’s work, Dan.

12:32
Avatar Nick Dika: Dodgers fans – you get a full season of this team next year. PLUS Gavin Lux, Will Smith and Julio Urias.

12:32
Avatar Dan Szymborski: A franchise-changing home run? Were the Nationals on the verge of switching to ice hockey?

12:32
Wire Fan: Dan, give the Nats bullpen a chance to put a few guys on before saying that.

12:32
Ampersand: Don’t be so sure Dan, “Nationals Bullpen” still has time to uh, do its thing

12:32
Byron Buxton : Writing about baseball for a living, getting to bed before 3am… you can’t have it all

12:33
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I know, I know, I’m not seriously complaining about my life!

12:33
Ace: Dan, as an expert troll yourself, how long do I have to wait before I go argue w/ Dodger fans on Twitter that Bumgarner >>> Kershaw because he can pitch in the clutch?

12:33
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Why wait? A proper troll woudl do it BEFORE they ever play a game

12:33
Michael: Was he passing a kidney stone real quick?

12:33
Avatar Nick Dika: This seems most probable.

12:34
Avatar Nick Dika: Or at least it’s what I chose to believe.

12:35
Dystopian Future: Ace, do it now, capitalize on the frustration in the moment

12:35
James: So the ALCS is basically for all the marbles at this point right? No way the Cardinals or Nationals can hang in a 7 game series.

12:35
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Actually, the True Troll would still taunt Bumgarner at this moment

12:35
LFC Mike: Dan ..were the cats surprised by the kendrick home run?

12:36
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Cats are all upstairs. None of ’em wanted to hang out with me. Cassiopeia brought me Hedge Fund to play with her with, but I did a halfassed job since I was concentrating on the game, so she picked up the hedgehog and left with it again.

12:37
Avatar Dan Szymborski:

Clayton Kershaw’s already left his things in the locker room and hitched a ride away on a truck, like Jack Nicholson at the end of Five Easy Pieces.
10 Oct 2019
12:37
Avatar Dan Szymborski:

@DSzymborski More like Five Easy Pitches
10 Oct 2019
12:37
Avatar Dan Szymborski: haha

12:37
Martin Frydenlund: Sean doolittle has alloiwed 4 runs in a single outing 3 times this season

12:37
Avatar Dan Szymborski: If he allows one run, Scherzer comes in

12:38
Hire Joe Morgan?: Whoah!  Scherzer’s actually in the pen.

12:38
Avatar Dan Szymborski: You gonna tell him no

12:38
Alex: Prediction: Has Dave Roberts managed his last game for the Dodgers?

12:38
Avatar Dan Szymborski: No

12:38
Avatar Nick Dika: He’s their guy.

12:39
Fangraph’s Lurker: re:Dave roberts getting fired. This isn’t the yankees

12:39
Zach: He might not get fired but how dumb was that move for Roberts though?

12:39
Avatar Dan Szymborski: It was weird. Why let your season ride on Joe Kelly?

12:40
Avatar Nick Dika: I didn’t think I’d be saying “Anibal Sanchez, game 1 starter” in 2019.

12:40
Avatar Nick Dika: Anibal Sanchez Jr. maybe. But even that’s a stretch.

12:40
Adam2: Did we ever see a replay or that Kershaw checkswing K?

12:40
Avatar Dan Szymborski: No, though it’s a moot issue now

12:40
Brian CashGod: Buck Showalter is off the hook now at least

12:40
Somewhere over Europe: Baseball never isn’t great

12:40
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Watch the first game?

12:40
Derek: Are we sure Scherzer won’t just decide to start game 1?

12:40
tz: Subprime version of Kensley Jansen still >> Joe Kelly

12:41
HappyFunBall: $1 says Scherzer walked himself out to the bullpen because he wants it that bad

12:41
Avatar Nick Dika: Is this the first red beard-on-red beard matchup this series?

12:42
jonnyzuck: Cardinals and Dodgers fans may disagree, but I believe this game was more entertaining than the first game today

12:43
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Is the bullpen allowed to come out and celebrate with everyone?

12:43
Avatar Nick Dika: Only Doolittle and Hudson are.

12:43
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Are they REALLY going to go to replay?

12:44
Avatar Nick Dika: Nats interestingly going with a six-man pitching rotation in the LCS

12:44
tz: Replay?

12:44
Dystopian Future: FINAL in Los Angeles: WSH 7 – 3 LAD (F:10) Thank you Nick and Dan for chatting!

12:45
Derek: Thanks for chatting guys! Good luck with that preview Dan

12:45
Avatar Dan Szymborski: OK, once again, thank you for joining us for the chat tonight!

12:45
Avatar Nick Dika: Thanks, all! It was great chatting!

12:45
Avatar Dan Szymborski: ZiPS *did* call it a coin flip coming into the series!

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