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Dusty Baker Houston Astros

On the "Cheater" chants in Chicago:

"They'll probably have to deal with it forever, really, because people
don't forget,'' Baker said. "They pass along information seemingly from
one generation to the next."

As if the Astros cheated back in 1975 or something.

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Buster Posey San Francisco Giants

These type of playoff stats are kind of BS. You can only compare the WC era to the WC era, the LDS era to the LDS era, the LCS era to the LCS era, and the pre-expansion era to itself as well. Yogi Berra only caught in the WS. He's not comparable in the least to Posey, unless it's only Posey's WS appearances considered. 

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Anthony DeSclafani San Francisco Giants

The NL matchups today as viewed by Baseball-Reference at 10 AM:

Today's Games (and Probable Pitchers)

MIL (95‑67)TBD
ATL (88‑73)TBD
5:07 pm
SFG (107‑55)TBD
LAD (106‑56)TBD
9:07 pm

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Ian Anderson Atlanta Braves

Stathead Spotlight: Ian Anderson

Lowest ERA in first 5 career postseason starts

Christy Mathewson*1905‑10‑091911‑10‑170.3847.0
Ian Anderson2020‑10‑012021‑10‑110.7623.2
Corey Kluber2016‑10‑072016‑10‑290.8930.1
Orlando Hernandez1998‑10‑101999‑10‑180.9737.0
Sandy Koufax*1959‑10‑061965‑10‑111.1340.0

* - Hall of Fame

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Rafael Devers Boston Red Sox

It sure didn't feel like the Red Sox had an 81 percent chance of winning.

Yesterday's Biggest Play

Batter: Rafael Devers (BOS)

Pitcher: Shane McClanahan (TBR)

Situation: Bottom 3rd, 2 out, 0-0 count, Runners On 1st and 2nd

Score:  BOS 0, TBR 0

Home Run (Fly Ball to Deep CF)
3 runs scored on the play, and BOS's win probability increased 26% points, to 81%
BOS went on to win the game, 6-5

View the full game Boxscore at

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Another strange omission: no Rafael Devers comments all year.

Rafael DeversJoc PedersonKevin KiermaierMax ScherzerIan Anderson

Yesterday's Top Performers


Rafael Devers* (BOS): 3-4, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 R

Joc Pederson* (ATL): 1-1, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 R

Kevin Kiermaier* (TBR): 2-3, 1 RBI, 2 R

Evan Longoria (SFG): 1-3, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 R

Adam Duvall (ATL): 2-4

Wander Franco (TBR): 1-4, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 R

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Max Scherzer Los Angeles Dodgers

It's not often that the losing pitcher has such a decisive edge in Game Score.

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Yesterday's Top Performers


Max Scherzer* (LAD): 7.0 IP, 1 ER, 3 H, 1 BB, 10 K, 76 GmSc

Ian Anderson* (ATL): 5.0 IP, 0 ER, 3 H, 0 BB, 6 K, 67 GmSc

Alex Wood (SFG): 4.2 IP, 0 ER, 2 H, 2 BB, 4 K, 62 GmSc

* - pictured above

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Enrique Hernandez Boston Red Sox

Chad Jennings at The Athletic (at the risk of offending people who see the Red Sox as every bit as obnoxious as the Yankees, I'm taking full advantage of my subscription):

... Yet the 2021 Red Sox have never been better. Never more relentless. Never so fundamentally sound. In the decisive ninth inning on Monday, they bunted, pinch-hit and pinch-ran. Kiké Hernández, who hit the sacrifice fly that won it, said he could feel the pressure easing as the inning went on and his decisive at-bat grew near. He could feel himself being put in a position to succeed. The Red Sox remain flawed — they trailed in three of the four games this series, and in the other they had to win it in their last at-bat — but they keep finding ways to win. They are not a collection of best-case scenarios, just an endless loop of winning outcomes.

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Garrett Whitlock Boston Red Sox

Chad Jennings at The Athletic today:

The early days of October have been a gantlet for this team, from a near-must-win Game 162, through a wild-card showdown with the Yankees, past an early series deficit against the Rays. The Red Sox have gotten through it using a starting lineup they never once deployed during the regular season. Their pitching staff has become such an undefined mishmash that starter Nick Pivetta has their most recent save (in the final game of the regular season) and their second-most postseason innings (despite not making a start in the playoffs). Their designated hitter has an ankle injury, their third baseman is dealing with a sore arm, and their second baseman is getting his first everyday at-bats in almost three months. Rule 5 pick Whitlock is, apparently, their new closer. Or at least their highest-leverage reliever.

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Alex Cora Boston Red Sox

Chad Jennings at The Athletic:

... in October, he pushes hard on buttons he would never touch in the regular season, and it works. It keeps working. As a manager or bench coach, Cora’s been in eight playoff series and won them all.

“He’s a guy you’d run through a wall for,” Red Sox reliever Garrett Whitlocksaid, falling back on yet another cliche.

But then he added this: “If he told me to run through that wall, I’d believe that he had something there to make sure it would fall for me.”

Trust and belief can topple a lot of things, and on Monday night, the Red Sox ran right through the brick and mortar of the best team in the American League...

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Camilo Doval San Francisco Giants

Another typical Giants win, albeit with a different finisher.

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Joc Pederson Atlanta Braves
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Michael Lorenzen Cincinnati Reds

Lorenzen posted on his Instagram today that he'll pay half the cost of any minor leaguer who wants to work out this offseason at the gym he works out at in Irvine, CA. Pretty cool move.

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Oct 11
Nick Pivetta Boston Red Sox
Kyle TuckerLeury GarciaEnrique HernandezAustin MeadowsNick Pivetta

Yesterday's Top Performers


Nick Pivetta* (BOS): 4.0 IP, 0 ER, 3 H, 1 BB, 7 K, 62 GmSc

Cristian Javier (HOU): 2.2 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 2 BB, 6 K, 62 GmSc

Nathan Eovaldi (BOS): 5.0 IP, 2 ER, 3 H, 1 BB, 8 K, 60 GmSc

* - pictured above

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Oct 11
Leury Garcia Chicago White Sox

It took him a while to get some attention.

Kyle TuckerLeury GarciaEnrique HernandezAustin MeadowsNick Pivetta

Yesterday's Top Performers


Kyle Tucker* (HOU): 2-4, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 2 R

Leury Garcia* (CHW): 2-5, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 2 R

Enrique Hernandez* (BOS): 3-6, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 R

Austin Meadows* (TBR): 2-4, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 R

Yasmani Grandal (CHW): 1-3, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 R

Kyle Schwarber (BOS): 3-5, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 R

Tim Anderson (CHW): 3-6, 1 RBI, 2 R

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Oct 11
Kevin Kiermaier Tampa Bay Rays
Nick Senzel Cincinnati Reds

Senzel at his peak was going to be what kind of player for us? .300+-15-15? Sort of Tim Anderson on the Sox. Looks like he's more likely to be a .250-15-15 IF he ever gets a starting job. Sort of like bad Wil Myers. Another moral of the story that very few players are worth worrying over if you don't get them.

Kent Ostby Seadogs
Oct 11
Logan Webb San Francisco Giants

$1 for me too.....just missed 1st by a hair. In 9 starts vs the playoff teams 1.87 ERA. 

I have 6 freezes for next year and 4 of them are no brainers

Webb $1

Wheeler $19

Chisholm $1

Castellanos(if he stays in NL) $17

and practically a no brainer Ranger Suarez $5

The other one comes down to 

Al Reyes $4

Cain $5

Aguilar $3

Longoria $1

Elias Diaz $2

van wilhoite LVW
Oct 10

I paid $1 in Tout Wars, a nice discount by my reckoning. Somehow I finished 7th. 

Peter Kreutzer Rotoman
Oct 10

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