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May The Streak Continue

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on October 20, 2020

Here we go, right out the shoot with Glasnow vs Kershunkle. I am picking Tamp Bay for many reasons. Dodger hitters haven’t faced a staff like this all year.

Thank you to Jeff Toobin for ruining zoom calls forever. Now every time I see a dark screen I’m going to be worried. Is he pulling a Toobin? What the fuck man? We are trying to live in a society here. I’d like to think a little decorum can be expected from the people we work with. I love his excuse, too. “I thought my camera was off.” HOW DOES THAT IT BETTER MOTHERFUCKER!?!?!?!? LMAO

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  1. Bozo said, on October 20, 2020 at 6:55 am

    I really don’t have a clue about any of the Rays players, so this truly is rooting for any team playing against the Dodgers. Go players to be named later!

  2. xoot said, on October 20, 2020 at 7:28 am

    beaters gonna beat? things they don’t teach you at harvard? but that one woman on the call was just so hot? inexplicable. The guy’s smart, too. Way back in 2012, he wrote the single best explication of Citizens United I’ve ever read. (“Money Unlimited,” New Yorker.) I’d add the link, but I’m not sure what might pop up.

    The Rays can win this thing. I hope they do. A dodgers failure would be a great end to this weird, half-ass season, which I have enjoyed thoroughly.

  3. willedav said, on October 20, 2020 at 7:40 am

    Rays are gonna need to give Aroz some help. Guys like Lowe Wendle Adames and Meadows didn’t do much at all vs. Houston despite having good seasons in 2020 and for Meadows in 2019. F/G has column showing that should Globe Field suppress bombs, Rays chances improve. They almost let Stros make monster comeback despite crummy 1b Gurriel and weak bottom of order. Dodgers C and 1b can hurt them and so can their bottom order platoon guys like kike Taylor and Joc.

    Roberts of course can be a factor, most often to his teams detriment. See when he starts Buehler, game 2 or 3, with idea that he’d go game 6 or 7, and how he manages non Opie/Buehler starts. His pen more suspect too especially at back end.

    Snell needs to be better too and last longer/lower pitch count. Neither of his outings vs. Houston went well and that can’t happen vs. LA. Time to out ace whomever he goes against.

  4. Flavor said, on October 20, 2020 at 7:42 am

    Rays are +150 today. VS Kershaw who could easily tank another post season game? Gotta bet that number just on principal.

  5. gianthead said, on October 20, 2020 at 8:07 am

    PULLIN A TOOBIN!!!

    • unca_chuck said, on October 20, 2020 at 10:07 am

      A toobin in the hand is worth 2 toobins in the bush.

  6. gianthead said, on October 20, 2020 at 8:09 am

    Margot who did not know do to much during the regular season except steal bases has come out of nowhere.

  7. sandog said, on October 20, 2020 at 9:09 am

    I hope I’m wrong, but I think the Dodgers are going to wreck ’em. The Rays aren’t going to be able to hit the Dodgers pitchers. I don’t see it going past 5 games.

    • Flavor said, on October 20, 2020 at 9:20 am

      Come on. Rays in 6

    • djloo27 said, on October 20, 2020 at 10:24 am

      I’m with the Dog. It’s 2020.
      Kershaw MVP…

    • gianthead said, on October 20, 2020 at 1:32 pm

      I dont think the Flodgers are going to be able to hit the rays pitching…SWEEP!!!

  8. unca_chuck said, on October 20, 2020 at 10:08 am

    Rays in 6. The TB Lightning won the Stanley Cup, and the Lakers won the NBA title, so this is the battle for sports supremacy. And, hey maybe Tom Terrific gets the Buccos a championship as well.

    • djloo27 said, on October 20, 2020 at 10:25 am

      There’s only one Tom Terrific, Chuck and he passed away a few weeks ago…

      • unca_chuck said, on October 20, 2020 at 11:40 am

        Heh heh! Touché!

        OK, Tommy Tuck Rule? Balls-a-saggin’ Brady?

  9. James said, on October 20, 2020 at 10:28 am

    The Dodgers have better hitting and pitching/defense. But, hey, it’s only 7 games, and there’s no reason for LA’s post season fortunes to turn this particular year.

  10. James said, on October 20, 2020 at 10:29 am

    California vs. Florida? If you put it *that* way . . . .

  11. willedav said, on October 20, 2020 at 11:18 am

    First ? fangraphs asks is: “Can the Rays continue to win without some of their best bats hitting?” Mentions Lowe Diaz Adames. Dodgers appear to have more lot more weapons and their conclusion is, “Rays have less room for error when it comes to scoring runs than Dodgers do.”

    They also look at how good Aroz has been in post season. He has 7 bombs in 60 plate appearances; Bonds (tied with 2 others) had 8 in 74 PAs in 2002. Aroz has 47 total bases in those 60 PAs, in a group tied for second most with Pablo who had 47 total bases in 70 PAs in 2012. Can this guy stay this historically hot, and get some help?

  12. Winder said, on October 20, 2020 at 11:32 am

    The Rays are in the same position the Giants were in with all of our WS titles. We were unanimous underdogs. How could we withstand the Texas Rangers with all that power, the Detroit Tigers with all that power, and finally a very healthy KC team that were the favorites. The Rays can do it with timely hitting and stellar pitching. This series should be a lot of fun.

    • Winder said, on October 20, 2020 at 11:35 am

      And, of course mistake free defense.

  13. alleykat69 said, on October 20, 2020 at 11:53 am

    One big advantage the Dodgers have is that they have played 10 straight games now in Globe Life Stadium in Arlington só they know how all the angles play etc.Not sure why this series isn’t played at a site neither team played at?

    • unca_chuck said, on October 20, 2020 at 12:03 pm

      Big advantage? Naah. It’s not like the Rays haven’t ever played there. And COVID is the answer.

      • alleykat69 said, on October 20, 2020 at 12:50 pm

        Texas has the highest rate of covid spread right now. I would not call that stadium a safe environment right now.

      • unca_chuck said, on October 20, 2020 at 2:25 pm

        The place is in the bubble and it would be a little nuts to pack both teams off to a different site when they have been handling things fine so far.

  14. unca_chuck said, on October 20, 2020 at 12:00 pm

    Yup. Defense is key. And mental mistakes. The Braves killed a couple rallies that last game with horrible baserunning blunters.

  15. xoot said, on October 20, 2020 at 1:20 pm

    I see far too many stories about Choi. He’s sort of like Pablo in the old days. But not nearly as explosive. People are amused. He has made some good plays on D but I don’t trust him overall. I guess he walks a fair amount. I clearly remember him jogging on a grounder and barely making it to 1B despite a gross error in the IF. Arozarena needs to stay hot. But they have potential second tier heroes too–Brosseau eg. And their pen is good. It would be fun to see them take down the bums.

    • unca_chuck said, on October 20, 2020 at 2:26 pm

      Hey, if Choi hits 3 HRs in a game, I’m all in on that.

  16. willedav said, on October 20, 2020 at 1:42 pm

    Choi did have good series vs. Stros 5-13 with some walks scored 3 and had a HR. Others though…
    Brosseau 0-10 5 Ks.
    Diaz 2-13
    Kiermaier 2-12
    Lowe 4-26 10 Ks
    Meadows 2-22
    Wendle 3-21
    Adames 2-17 though with 9 BBs

    Fun to think about 2010/12/14 but in those first 2 Giants had already beaten better teams to get to WS. Not so for Rays. I can see their pitching keeping games close but someone has to hit beside Aroz or one of LA guys with power going off will doom them

    • James said, on October 20, 2020 at 2:25 pm

      The fact that those 7 were all cold is probably a good thing for Rays heading into the series. They aren’t all very likely to stay that way, no matter the LA pitching.

      • djloo27 said, on October 20, 2020 at 2:38 pm

        He might disagree…

      • James said, on October 20, 2020 at 2:54 pm

        Either way, he’s right!

  17. djloo27 said, on October 20, 2020 at 1:48 pm

    Mookie is the difference maker and winner they never had..
    We can live with it.
    I’m sure not all their fans are scumbags…

  18. willedav said, on October 20, 2020 at 1:48 pm

    I wouldn’t slight Braves either. They took 3 of first 4 vs. LA with some loud contact. Acuna and Freeman are legit MVP candidates, and Ozuna had hella short season, leading league in HRs and rbis iirc. Swanson and small d had hit bombs in previous series for them and Swanson hit couple more. Albies is fine young player too. Injuries to pitching staff hurt them and Smith and couple other pen guys had rough series. Funny, the guy we thought most likely to implode and blow a save and a game wasn’t even a factor.

    • unca_chuck said, on October 20, 2020 at 2:24 pm

      Well, it took Roberts long enough to see the writing on the wall.

      • willedav said, on October 20, 2020 at 3:06 pm

        I meant Melancon as Braves closer, though it did surprise me Roberts left Jansen in pen while Urias finished game.

  19. dirtnrocksnomo said, on October 20, 2020 at 2:24 pm

    • Flavor said, on October 20, 2020 at 4:07 pm

      You love these old bastards

      • dirtnrocksnomo said, on October 20, 2020 at 4:50 pm

        What’s not to like about the golden age of athletes in America? Look at this specimen Old Ross – dude pitched 678.2 innings one year!

      • Flavor said, on October 20, 2020 at 5:03 pm

        i just can’t take these guys seriously. They could be shoveling coal into a steam engine or playing baseball against each other.

    • alleykat69 said, on October 20, 2020 at 5:18 pm

      How can you not be impressed with Old Ross Radbourn’s finger bird?
      Dude’s got it down with serious conviction..

  20. alleykat69 said, on October 20, 2020 at 2:58 pm

    Happy Birthday to the “Dominican Dandy”
    Juan Marichal turned 83 today!
    One of the greatest pitchers in the 60’s along with Koufax &Gibson!!

    • willedav said, on October 20, 2020 at 3:11 pm

      mm yes greatest SF giant pitcher for sure. Sad to see what has happened to starting pitching these days. A Braves blogger said if Snitker had tried to take Gibson out in 4th inning of a playoff game with a high pitch count he’d have KO’d him before he crossed the line.

      • alleykat69 said, on October 20, 2020 at 4:23 pm

        Gibson didn’t even want to see McCarver visit the mound , so yeah for sure Gibson would of decked Snitker!
        Then there’s Marichal going toe to toe with Spahn for 16 freakin innings throwing 243 pitches and Spahn 212 and telling his manager who wanted to pull him,Juan said screw that, if that old man is still out there I’m out here too! Yeah pitchers are pussies today, no doubt about it.

    • djloo27 said, on October 20, 2020 at 3:13 pm

      Yup and Mantle & Keith Hernandez…

  21. xoot said, on October 20, 2020 at 5:21 pm

    Bullshit. Renfroe (sp) didn’t offer at that pitch. I’ll be hearing from my son soon. He thinks Laz Diaz is terrible. I tend to agree.

    • willedav said, on October 20, 2020 at 5:42 pm

      yeah I think everyone does. Surprised to see him behind plate for WS.

    • djloo27 said, on October 20, 2020 at 5:52 pm

      He sounds more like a trainer than an umpire…

  22. alleykat69 said, on October 20, 2020 at 5:49 pm

    He must not grade out as one of the worst umps are he wouldn’t be there.
    Still I think he stinks along with Hernandez,West,Bucknor and a few more I just don’t remember they’re names…

    • xoot said, on October 20, 2020 at 6:00 pm

      Loduca’s stories about Joe West were hilarious. West sued for libel and far as I can tell Loduca ignored the suit. The court apparently found default and entered judgment for West. All that’s left may be assessment of damages. But how could West suffer damage to a rep that circled the toilet years ago?

      Loduca’s stories are hilarious. He should’ve taken it to a jury.

  23. djloo27 said, on October 20, 2020 at 6:15 pm

    Does Kershaw always work this fast?
    I really oughtta know by this time…

    • xoot said, on October 20, 2020 at 6:18 pm

      I think he slows way down in the stretch.

  24. willedav said, on October 20, 2020 at 6:26 pm

    glasnow had been getting ahead of everyone with first pitch fastball strike.

    • xoot said, on October 20, 2020 at 6:31 pm

      Most up though, right? That was lower in the zone wheelhouse to bellicose. Rays hitters better wake up.

  25. xoot said, on October 20, 2020 at 6:39 pm

    Joe Buck’s enthusiasm for Doritos is consistent with his craven commercial biases generally. Fun fact: Doritos were invented at Disneyland when a tortilla chip vendor figured out what to do with old stale chips that once had been tasty and nutritious. Scavenge. So popular to the Disney fans frito lay no stranger to bad food bought them out.

  26. alleykat69 said, on October 20, 2020 at 6:39 pm

    His FB is up his Breaking ball 2 ft in front of the plate easy takes and he’s wearing out his catcher!
    The pitch count is what’s gonna get him at 85 now in 4 innings? Not good !

  27. djloo27 said, on October 20, 2020 at 6:44 pm

    Kershaw throws everything Zito couldn’t…

  28. djloo27 said, on October 20, 2020 at 6:44 pm

    JINXED HIM!!!!

  29. alleykat69 said, on October 20, 2020 at 6:47 pm

    Sure did! Rays needed that one!

  30. alleykat69 said, on October 20, 2020 at 6:48 pm

    Glasnow needs a shutdown inning here with a minimum amount of pitches.

  31. djloo27 said, on October 20, 2020 at 6:55 pm

    Can’t imagine Jackie Robinson and Eddie Stanky giggling together out at 2nd base…

    • willedav said, on October 20, 2020 at 6:56 pm

      Frank Robinson with Wills either.

    • alleykat69 said, on October 20, 2020 at 7:05 pm

      Marichal And Roseboro..

  32. willedav said, on October 20, 2020 at 6:56 pm

    If you are Glasnow, you just walked Betts and then he stole 2b. You look over and your SS is chatting it up with him, after a hug. Huh?

    • alleykat69 said, on October 20, 2020 at 7:08 pm

      Yeah that’s BS! Even if they were discussing the free Taco 🌮..

  33. xoot said, on October 20, 2020 at 7:03 pm

    Jeezus. Joe Buck loves Mookie as much as he loves Doritos sponsor money. Diaz made a crappy throw.

    • xoot said, on October 20, 2020 at 7:06 pm

      Wonder how Choi would’ve handled it.

      • willedav said, on October 20, 2020 at 7:28 pm

        RH 1b always a little odd. If Choi throws left too might have had better angle to get good throw off. Unfortunate wheels came off after that.

    • James said, on October 20, 2020 at 7:16 pm

      OTOH, the Mookie Effect may be required for its explanatory powers, if LA wins it.

  34. Macdog said, on October 20, 2020 at 7:18 pm

    Click.

  35. zumiee said, on October 20, 2020 at 7:21 pm

  36. zumiee said, on October 20, 2020 at 7:23 pm

    “You look over and your SS is chatting it up with him, after a hug. Huh?”

    The Rays are absolutely just happy to be here.

    • xoot said, on October 20, 2020 at 7:35 pm

      well, I doubt that, given the way they played all year. But maybe we’ll get a better focus on the issue tomorrow night.

  37. Flavor said, on October 20, 2020 at 7:34 pm

    Ok, Game 1 sucked. Next!

  38. alleykat69 said, on October 20, 2020 at 7:38 pm

    Psycho is on are Tombstone both better then train wreck..

    • unca_chuck said, on October 20, 2020 at 7:44 pm

      ???

      • Macdog said, on October 20, 2020 at 7:49 pm

        Other viewing options on right now over this dreck.

  39. xoot said, on October 20, 2020 at 7:47 pm

    “one of their achilles heels” has to be the stupidest sportscaster cliche of all and they say it all the fucking time. I mean, remember when they said things like, “he’s as cool as the other side of the pillow”? Fuck these corporate guys.

    • djloo27 said, on October 21, 2020 at 5:14 am

      Somehow “the only chink in his armor” survives…

  40. mrsprtdude said, on October 20, 2020 at 8:21 pm

    That sucked. maybe all the better when they get Kershaw in game 5

  41. willedav said, on October 20, 2020 at 8:45 pm

    Xoot, fwiw, Choi throws RH too so what I said was irrelevant.
    At least few Rays got some hits and scored some runs. Carrot Top goes tomorrow and Snell needs to be better
    SP and give his team chance to get even. I think every game in Series will be different, depending on SP and who follows them.

    • xoot said, on October 20, 2020 at 8:52 pm

      Choi resembles Pablo I think in his ability to make athletic plays. Who knows. Nail mookie in his star moment maybe things don’t go so wrong.

  42. zumiee said, on October 20, 2020 at 9:33 pm

    Maybe the Rays “will be back” to winning form in Game 2.

  43. purrymason said, on October 20, 2020 at 9:38 pm

    The Tampa Bay Rays got taken behind the woodshed tonight the same way old and weary pontificating ambulance chasers do when they show up to divorce court hungover and smelling like last night’s Jamisons.

    • xoot said, on October 20, 2020 at 11:59 pm

      Hey that’s Jameson’s with an e, dickhead. 🤣🤣🤣

  44. willedav said, on October 20, 2020 at 10:03 pm

    ESPN says Gonsolin starts tomorrow .


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