Why defense matters. 170 comments


The best thing about playoff baseball is more playoff baseball. Today is a full slate, with all four division series games.

That’s because both AL East teams woke up, both won, both extended the series, both are still alive.

The Red Sox won big in a slugfest. The Yankees won small in a pitching duel.

But it all came down to outfield defense, something the Rangers don’t believe in. Down 3-0, Mookie Betts stole a three-run home run from Josh Reddick that would have made it 6-0, and would have put the nail in the Red Sox coffin. Josh Reddick, in turn, let a fly ball bounce off his glove for a three-run homer. And in the Yankees game, Aaron Judge robbed the Indians of a two-run homer that, too, would have been the nail.

Great baseball equals more baseball.

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TODAY’S GAMES:

Charlie Morton (14-7, 3.62) vs Rick Porcello (11-17, 4.65)
Game time: 12:08 on FS1

How the Astros hit against Porcello.
How the Red Sox hit against Morton.

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Max Scherzer (16-6, 251) vs Jose Quintana (11-11, 4.15)
Game time: 3:08 on TBS

How the Nationals hit against Quintana.
How the Cubs hit against Scherzer.

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Trevor Bauer (17-9, 4.19) vs Luis Severino (14-6, 2.98)
Game time: 6:08 on FS1

How the Indians hit against Severino.
How the Yankees hit against Bauer.

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Yu Darvish (10-12, 3.86) vs Zack Greinke (17-7, 3.20)
Game time: 9:08 on TBS TBS

How the Dodgers hit against Greinke.
How the Diamondbacks hit against Darvish.

 

  • GoRangers23

    Well, there’s no shortage of baseball today, for the avid baseball fan. I guess I’m different from a lot of posters, because I’m finding it very difficult to cheer for our immediate rivals, the Astros. I’m a little torn. I would like for another Texas team to win, and I know they have never won a World Series, but it’s hard for me to root for a team who we play most of our games against. Other things have soured me against them as well, but I won’t go into that. I suppose that’s why I haven’t been on much lately. It doesn’t really matter who wins though, because none of the teams are the Texas Rangers. I do really like Altuve though. I will be watching at least the Astros/ Red Sox game today. I could care less if the Red Sox win, because they have won before, but my second favorite player is on that team and I would like to see him do well, of course. So, like I said, I’m torn. 😐

  • FlappingGums

    I really wish the AL PLayoff games were being carried on a channel I receive because I’m missing those games. Thankfully friends here have filled me in on what’s going on in the games. I am, however, enjoying watching the NL games. So, instead of watching 4 games today, I’ll only see 2. I am looking forward to seeing how Yu does tonight.

    • GoRangers23

      I will try to keep you updated about what’s going on in the Astros game if you want me to, but I first have to go pick up and drop off my boys. It shouldn’t take too long though. I will be leaving at 12:30 and returning around 1:00.

      • FlappingGums

        Thank you! I’ll be here off and on! Mostly on! πŸ˜€

        • Nashvillecat66

          Hey Flap!
          Hope you are feeling better.
          Stopped by for a quick look last week and saw something about you being in the hospital or something like that.

          • FlappingGums

            Hi Nash! Thank you! I was in the hospital & had to get a stint put in my heart. The day I got home I took my new medicines and had an allergic reaction to one of them. With throat way swollen, back in the hospital I went. Now I’m home and healing well! Thank you for your kind wishes!! I hope all is well with you!! πŸ™‚

          • Nashvillecat66

            Glad to hear you are on the mend.
            And yes, thanks, we’re doing fine.

  • GoRangers23

    Ok Flap, sorry. I’m home now. The game is in the second inning. The Astros loaded the bases in the last inning, but the Red Sox got out of it. There are two men on base, no outs for the Red Sox. The game is 2-1 Astros. Bases are now loaded with Red Sox, no outs.

    • FlappingGums

      Thank you, Go! πŸ˜€. I hope you enjoy this game!
      Will you be watching the NL games or the Indians at Yankees game?

      • GoRangers23

        I might watch the Indians game. Not sure yet.

  • GoRangers23

    There will probably be a rain delay. It is sprinkling. Altuve is filthy. πŸ˜„

    • FlappingGums

      That’s funny about Altuve! Not surprising. LoL!

    • Nashvillecat66

      It’s a little known fact that rain drops take longer to reach Altuve than other players.
      (See what I did there? “Little” known fact?)

      • GoRangers23

        Ha! He was apparently sliding around in the dirt / mud before I started watching.

  • GoRangers23

    The Red Sox had bases loaded and the Astros got out of it. Mostly because the umpire was not calling things right. Dustin P got so mad he lost it with the umpire. The manager was tossed, but I’m not sure if Pedroia was tossed too. Drama drama drama.

    • GoRangers23

      Nope, Dustin is still in. Kinda strange that only the manager was tossed, when it was Dustin that was yelling at first. I had to cover my eyes so I wouldn’t read the managers lips though. 😊

  • JacobMcCandles

    Bosox……crying like 6 month old babies getting a flu shot……stupid arse Farrell gets himself thrown out….

    Hydrocodone and oxygen tank making the game better.. : )

    • FlappingGums

      So glad you’re doing better, Jake! πŸ˜€

  • GoRangers23

    Flap, Mitch got a double. 😁

    • GoRangers23

      But was unfortunately gunned down at the plate to end the inning. Well, he’s not known for his speed. 😩

    • FlappingGums

      πŸ˜€.

      • GoRangers23

        It did NOT end well. It looked horrible for him.

        • FlappingGums

          Oh – crummy. 😩

          • GoRangers23

            He just walked though, so that is good.

  • GoRangers23

    The Red Sox are bringing in Chris Sale in the 4th inning.

  • calntom

    I just turned on tbe game. Saw that Altuve was 0-1. How did they manage to get him out?

    • GoRangers23

      I’m not sure. I’ve missed some of it. He’s totally filthy though. πŸ˜„

  • GoRangers23

    The Astros game is about to go into a long rain delay, they said. At approximately 2:15 our time, I think.

    • GoRangers23

      Remnants of Tropical Storm Nate.

  • GoRangers23

    Justin V is warming up for the Astros. Important game!

    • GoRangers23

      It’s the 5th inning.

    • JacobMcCandles

      Not to come in….loosen up 4 gm 5

      • GoRangers23

        They just put him in.

  • GoRangers23

    They said that more than half of the innings this Post Season have been from the bullpen. I think they are talking about these two teams only, but I’m not sure.

  • JacobMcCandles

    All the Bosox bias is like watching CNN

    • GoRangers23

      Are you talking about what I’ve been posting? Because I’ve been trying very hard to be impartial because I know that most posters are cheering for the Astros.

      • JacobMcCandles

        Announcers

      • GoRangers23

        And to be totally clear, I’m not actually cheering for anyone but Mitch. πŸ˜„

  • JacobMcCandles

    Stros series is the first where first 3 games decided by 5 runs plus….

    Wow my man Hinch brings in V…going 4 the jugular…V never lost in Div series 5-0….and sadly I out manage again

  • GoRangers23

    This is Justin’s first relief appearance in 402 starts.

    • FlappingGums

      WoW!!

  • FlappingGums

    Go – Thank you for filling me in about the game. I drifted off for a bit of a nap. What about the rain delay? Did the rain go away?

    • GoRangers23

      I knew that is probably what happened, so I did a play by play (sort of) for when you woke up. πŸ˜„ They said that there would be a rain delay at 3:15, but I assumed that they meant 2:15 our time. It is still raining, but they are playing anyway. I guess they meant 3:15 our time.

      • FlappingGums

        I appreciate you doing that for me!! πŸ˜€
        Odd that they’re playing in the rain. They must be expecting the rain to get worse. 😱

        • GoRangers23

          Yes, I think they expect it to get really bad. They said they expect a rain delay of at least an hour.

          • GoRangers23

            With any luck, TD will be able to catch the end of the game when she gets home from work. πŸ˜„

        • GoRangers23

          You’re welcome! πŸ˜„

  • GoRangers23

    Oh, Flap, I completely forgot to post this, but Justin gave up a two run homer to Benintendi. It’s a very close game at 3-2 Bos.

    • FlappingGums

      That’s Very unexpected of Justin V! Good game! Thanks for the score – I was just getting ready to ask that! πŸ˜„

  • GoRangers23

    I like Justin V, so I hate to see him struggling. He doesn’t have very good command right now.

    • FlappingGums

      I like him too! I have found that you and I like a lot of the same players! I hope he gets it together quickly. I have confidence in him.

      • GoRangers23

        That two run homer may have rattled him just a tad. He isn’t used to coming in as a reliever, as you know.

  • FlappingGums

    They’re introducing players in the pregame show for the Nationals at Cubs game on TBS.

    • GoRangers23

      Do you want me to keep telling you about whats happening in this game, or do you just want to watch that one now? I don’t mind at all.

      • FlappingGums

        I don’t want you to stress. If it works for you. I’d like to know about this game – just the highlights like the score, if it changes. And the final score, if that’s okay.

        • GoRangers23

          Ok, will do.

          • FlappingGums

            Thank you, Go! πŸ˜€

  • GoRangers23

    Chris Sale is still pitching. Springer is on first.

  • GoRangers23

    That umpire is almost as tiny as Altuve.

    • FlappingGums

      LoL!

  • JacobMcCandles

    Keep falling asleep….Stros letting them off the hook…..bias is killin me

  • GoRangers23

    It’s the eighth inning. Alex Bregman has tied the game.

    • FlappingGums

      We’re starting the bottom of the 2nd after commercials. No score yet. Pitcher fielded 2 in top of first. Unusual.

      • GoRangers23

        I believe it was Chris Sale that fielded one in this game too. The ball was hit really hard straight at him. He caught it just fine though. That’s always scary when balls go straight to the pitcher!

        • FlappingGums

          That’s very scary. It’s potentially dangerous.

    • GoRangers23

      It was a homer off of Sale. 3-3

  • GoRangers23

    Oops. Now Craig Kimbrel doesn’t have control.

  • GoRangers23

    Two on for the Astros, no outs.

    • GoRangers23

      No, sorry, I’m blind. 2 outs lo

  • GoRangers23

    Josh Reddick gives Houston a 4-3 lead with a hit to left.

  • JacobMcCandles

    Repetitive post….reminded. Of a video that Scary showed me of a kid at a NY Ranger gm and he had a poster that said please win b4 my Dad dies and a arrow pointed towards his Dad

  • GoRangers23

    RBI double for Carlos Beltran. 5-3 Houston.

  • GoRangers23

    I guess the announcers were wrong about the rain delay in the Astros game. They never stopped playing.

    • FlappingGums

      Thank you, Go! πŸ˜€

  • GoRangers23

    Wow. An inside the park homerun by Rafael Devers. Score is 5-4 Houston. The ballpark is rockin now.

    • GoRangers23

      Ninth inning, 1 out for Sox.

    • FlappingGums

      Devers is a really good player. And he’s only 20 or 21, I think.

      • GoRangers23

        I have never even heard of him before. I had to look up how to spell his name. πŸ˜„

  • GoRangers23

    The Astros won!

    • GoRangers23

      And advance to the ALCS.

    • FlappingGums

      YaY!!! πŸ˜€

  • GoRangers23

    I hope that in any game celebrating, Altuve NEVER ends up on the bottom of the pile. πŸ˜„

    • FlappingGums

      That’s for sure! πŸ˜€

  • FlappingGums

    Go – Thank you so much!! πŸ˜€

    • GoRangers23

      You’re welcome! I’m happy to do it. πŸ˜„

  • GoRangers23

    I can’t help but be happy for the Astros. They have tried so hard to get to where they are, and they were finally able to get ahead of the Rangers. The fact that they have never won a World Series makes them easier to root for. Good job Astros!

    • wetfeet

      AMEN plus the Stros are a Texas team

      • GoRangers23

        Hey Wet! Don’t be a stranger!

        • wetfeet

          I am around, most times I can’t agree on what is being posted. I. Just read a few post and move on.

      • JacobMcCandles

        Scary just said that to your Dad….lola

        • wetfeet

          Dad never watched a BB game until one night he was in the hospital and I watched a Ranges game he became a Ranges fan but would never watch a game that did not have the Rangers playing.

  • JacobMcCandles

    For those who trashed the Stros….up ur nose with a rubber hose….lol

    • wetfeet

      They are a Texas team and have Altuve what is not to like about the Stros?

      • GoRangers23

        Are you watching the Indians /Yankees game?

      • possumrld

        Atluvie Rocks!

    • possumrld

      I never “trashed ’em. No sane person could have done that, the way they stated especially!|
      I might have trashed their announcers though… πŸ™‚

    • Rowdy Yates

      Who here EVER trashed the Stros? Didn’t virtually everyone pick ’em to win the Division?

  • GoRangers23

    Flap, the Yankees are ahead 4-0.

    • FlappingGums

      Thank you, Go!! πŸ˜€

  • GoRangers23

    5-0 Yankees.

    • FlappingGums

      I appreciate the updates!

      • possumrld

        It is so good seeing you positng again, Flappers!

        • FlappingGums

          Thank you, Possum! It feels good to be back! πŸ™‚

          • possumrld

            Glad to see you active again!

  • possumrld

    How ’bout them Astros?!!!

  • possumrld

    Yes, Kev! And today it was about defense up close to “de fence”

  • FlappingGums

    What inning is the Indians – Yankees game in?

    • Rowdy Yates

      5th inning Yanks 5 Indians 3

      • FlappingGums

        Thank you, Rowdy! πŸ˜€

  • FlappingGums

    Will anyone else be watching the Dodgers at Diamondback game tonight? (Pregame starts at 8:30 our time on TBS. )

    • Rowdy Yates

      Moi!

    • dearmidol

      Yes

    • GoRangers23

      I will, just as soon as Mr Go falls asleep. πŸ˜„

  • dearmidol

    Outfield defense strikes again.

  • dearmidol

    Indians have a second baseman in center. It just bit them in the ass.

    I hope Daniels us watching this. Going into 2018 with Calhoun, DeSheilds, Mazara and Choo in the OF is a recipe for disaster.

  • GoRangers23

    Flap, 6th inning. 6-3 Yankees

    • FlappingGums

      Thanks, Go! πŸ˜€

      • GoRangers23

        I’m no longer watching it though, so someone else might have to do the updates now, unless I check At Bat. I’ll be back later. πŸ˜„

        • FlappingGums

          Sounds good! See ya in a little while! πŸ˜€

  • GoRangers23

    7-3 Yankees

    • FlappingGums

      WoW!

  • elkaba

    Just back from the State Fair. Congrats to Houston. Time to watch Darvish now.

    • FlappingGums

      Sounds like a really fun day!! πŸ˜€

      • elkaba

        WAY too hot for the fair earlier, but nice after the sun went down. Now I’m good for another year. πŸ™‚
        Glad you’re feeling better, Flap!

        • FlappingGums

          Thank you, Elk! πŸ˜€
          It was hot here today too with very high humidity. I’m so glad we have a cool front coming in tonight. I thought maybe the cool front had already hit up there for y’all. πŸ™‚

          • elkaba

            I wish it had come through today!

  • dearmidol

    I hate to say it, but the Yankees are going to win it all. This is a really good team.

    • FlappingGums

      Yankees are sharp this year. I agree.

      • dearmidol

        Just wait until the offseason when they get some pitching.

  • elkaba

    Good AB for Darvish.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Remember when people in LA were complaining about Darvish being a bad move because he had a few bad starts?

    • elkaba

      Didn’t take long for LA to fix Darvish though.

      • GoRangers23

        Our organization is broken in several places.

      • Rowdy Yates

        Good coaching? Always thought Wash was just an avg manager but surrounded with very good coaching staff. Bani’s not even avg IMO and surrounded with schlubs except for Beuchele, again IMO.

        • JacobMcCandles

          Maddox was underrated

          • Rowdy Yates

            Yes … his pec pat and shoulder squeeze creeped me out but did think he was a good pitching coach.

          • JacobMcCandles

            Pec is short for…..😎🍻hydrocodone and oxygen tank makes 4 a good game

          • FlappingGums

            Hydrocodone makes me sleep.

  • GoRangers23

    So I see that Yu is getting the job done tonight. Good For him!

  • WhoKnowscs

    An insurance run for Darvish.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Darvish finally gave up a run. Good thing for that second homer.

  • GoRangers23

    Woopsie!

  • WhoKnowscs

    Of 28 homers given up by Darvish 21 were solos . . .

  • GoRangers23

    Lol! The crowd was cheering, “Let’s Go D-Backs” over and over again. Then the batter hit the ball in the middle of the chant and the entire crowd said, ” Let’s go Ddddddddd”. And the sound went from high to low. Too funny!

  • FlappingGums

    I’m back awake! πŸ™‚ Am I seeing this right? It’s 3 – 1 Dodgers?

    • JacobMcCandles

      Lol…just woke up too

      • FlappingGums

        :-)!

        • JacobMcCandles

          😘…

          • FlappingGums

            😘 πŸ˜„

  • Rowdy Yates

    Indians lost and DBacks look they’re going to and they’re the two teams I’m rooting for. And it’s midnight and I’m starting to turn into a pumpkin so it’s off to bed. Adios pards.

    • FlappingGums

      Goodnight Rowdy! πŸ˜€

  • FlappingGums

    Anyone else awake?

    • GoRangers23

      I am. I’m painting china. I thought you were asleep. This is a lot of drama for this late at night! πŸ˜„

      • FlappingGums

        I’m glad you’re getting to do some painting! πŸ™‚ I was asleep for a lot of the game. I agree about the drama! πŸ˜€

      • JacobMcCandles

        Peking Red πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‰πŸ˜ŽπŸ˜Ž

  • FlappingGums

    That was quite a throw from LF to the home plate!

  • GoRangers23

    Wow, he should not have swung at that. It was way outside.

    • FlappingGums

      It really was out there. WoW!

  • FlappingGums

    And that’s the game! A big finish to a big baseball day! Dodgers headed to the NLCS.

  • GoRangers23

    I truly hate it when they show the crowd after such an important loss like this. It so sad, and I know exactly how those people feel.

  • elkaba

    Congrats to Darvish and LA. He pitched a really good game!

    • GoRangers23

      Did you see him hit that guy in the head?. That was scary! That dude has a really hard head!

      • elkaba

        Yeah, that was scary.

  • FlappingGums

    Darvish looks like he’s adjusted well to being in a Dodgers uniform. I still think it’s odd to see him in anything but a Rangers uniform.

    • elkaba

      He looks relaxed, like he fits in well there.

      • FlappingGums

        True. I’m happy for him! πŸ˜€

  • FlappingGums

    I’m going to call it a night. Goodnight my friends! πŸ˜€ 😴

    • GoRangers23

      Goodnight Flap and Elk!

      • FlappingGums

        Goodnight Go! 😴 πŸ˜„

  • GoRangers23

    Who in the world can sleep through all this lightening? Certainly not me!