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Division Series Open Thread, Come One, Come All
2008-10-05 09:00
by Bob Timmermann

Welcome to the Conglomerated Game Thread for the Division Series games today:

 

 
Untitled

There are three games today and there could have been four if the Dodgers hadn't polished off the Cubs Saturday night. So today it's the Philatampangeles Phirangels against the Milcagoton Brew Sox.

 

Or specifically:

Philadelphia Phillies at Milwaukee Brewers, Game 4, at 10:07 am PT. Joe Blanton facing Jeff Suppan.

Tampa Bay Rays at Chicago White Sox, Game 3, at 1:07 pm PT. Matt Garza against John Danks.

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Boston Red Sox, Game 3, at 4:17 pm PT. Joe Saunders against Josh Beckett.

Since the games are likely to just bleed into the next one, I set up one thread. Also, I have to go in to work for part of the day. Basically, I have a Tampa Bay-Chicago shift. I still haven't seen one pitch of that series live. And if the Rays win, I will be shut out.

I've seen a handful of innings from the Philadelphia-Milwaukee series and all of the Boston-L.A. series.

Josh Wilker, your regular host for Red Sox playoff game threads, will be watching this one from a Red Sox bar in Chicago with his fellow displaced New Englanders. But Josh may be by at Cardboard Gods with some Kerouackian meditations.

If the White Sox win, they will play again tomorrow at 2:07 pm PT. If the Angels win, they will play in Boston at 5:37 pm PT. If the Brewers win today, they will play again Tuesday at 6:07 pm PT in Philadelphia. The NLCS starts on Thursday and the ALCS starts on Friday.

Cool weather and scattered showers are in the forecast for both Chicago and Boston.

Comments (204)
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2008-10-05 09:52:56
1.   Bob Timmermann
Phillies:
Rollins SS
Victorino CF
Utley 2B
Howard 1B
Burrell LF
Werth RF
Dobbs 3B
Ruiz C
Blanton P

Brewers
Cameron CF
Durham 2B
Braun LF
Fielder 1B
Hardy SS
Hart RF
Counsell 3B
Kendall C
Suppan P

2008-10-05 10:07:32
2.   LogikReader
Before the playoffs started, I envisioned the Brewers as the official MLB Team of Destiny&trade.

I was supremely confident the Brewers could Win Game 3. Now here in Game 4, it could go either way. Blanton vs Suppan. I think it can happen. Win one for the Ueck, Brew Crew!

2008-10-05 10:10:10
3.   LogikReader
Geez louise! Just as I type that...

Leadoff home for J-Roll to start the 1st!

2008-10-05 10:10:51
4.   LogikReader
Leadoff home run for Rollins. I'm still running low on batteries after last night.
2008-10-05 10:11:21
5.   Bluebleeder87
Suppan can surprise, so I'm hoping he gets the job done.
2008-10-05 10:14:19
6.   Bob Timmermann
So Rickie Weeks being placed on the DL means he would be ineligible for the NLCS as well.

Alcides Escobar, the replacement, is one of two players named Alcides to play for the Brewers this year. The other was another infielder, Hernan Alcides Irribaren.

2008-10-05 10:31:25
7.   Bluebleeder87
i haven't seen Blanton pitch all that much but from what i remember, he seems to be the type of pitcher who by the 3rd or 4th inning the Brewer hitters will figure out (his pitching tendencies for this particular game) & get a couple of runs off of. veremos.
2008-10-05 10:39:02
8.   Bob Timmermann
I would be surprised if someone on the Brewers didn't go deep on Blanton today.
2008-10-05 10:39:30
9.   LogikReader
Brewers fans are in full force Angels Mode :)
2008-10-05 10:42:01
10.   Bluebleeder87
the game with in the game... Suppan had Werth thinking pull with the previous 2 or 3 pitches but then pulled off an out side slider (I think) & stroke 'em out. I love it!!

ah! but he just gave up a single with a man on, men & 3rd & 1st, 1 out & the catcher coming up to bat. DP!!

2008-10-05 10:46:29
11.   Bluebleeder87
Man, Suppan just schooled the Philly hitters just now.
2008-10-05 10:47:33
12.   Bob Timmermann
I do like the Holiday Inn Express commercials with Philip Baker Hall. They are about the only good ones of the postseason.

Especially since it has a guy who has a dream of getting a cool nickname like "Bob."

2008-10-05 10:49:19
13.   MC Safety
IIRC the game Blanton pitched at DS was highly eventful.
2008-10-05 10:52:52
14.   MC Safety
12 My name is Derrick and I have a moustache and drive a mustang (sometimes, and it's my girlfriend's).

Seriously.

2008-10-05 11:03:18
15.   LogikReader
Pat the Bat puts a damper onto the Team of Destiny&trade
2008-10-05 11:03:45
16.   Bob Timmermann
Jason Kendall's discussion with Jeff Suppan: "OK, let's just throw one right over the plate. Burrell can't hit those."
"OK, Jason."

After home run:
Suppan, "You were kidding right?"

2008-10-05 11:07:34
17.   Bob Timmermann
So Hamels vs Lowe on Thursday, eh? In a post Yom Kippur special.

Unless you live on the West Coast, then you'll have to wait about an hour to turn on the TV.

Or for goyim, you can just turn on the TV whenever.

2008-10-05 11:10:52
18.   KG16
huh, CC is pinch hitting in the third. I would think having a pitcher serve as a pinch hitter in the third inning would be indicative of a flaw in roster construction.
2008-10-05 11:13:57
19.   thelarmis
17 you can call it the Kol Nidre special!

svuem messed up pitching around howard, with burrell's #'s against Soup. should've taken the chance against the big man...

2008-10-05 11:14:13
20.   Bluebleeder87
man, I just kind of stepped out & it's 5-zip now. yikes.
2008-10-05 11:15:22
21.   thelarmis
18 svuem saving a 'real' pinch hitter for a possible close situation later in the game?

svuem giving up the game and trying to get CC a final standing O in front of the home crowd?

yeah, probably a roster flaw. plus, they're now missing Weeks...

2008-10-05 11:30:25
22.   Linkmeister
Doesn't Dave Campbell have a lock on the nickname "Soup?"

Man, I just remembered this thing started at 0700 my time, turned it on and saw the score. I've got a friend who's a die-hard Phils fan; he's probably on pins and needles.

2008-10-05 11:48:44
23.   Bob Timmermann
Off the roof!
2008-10-05 12:00:29
24.   Bob Timmermann
I retract my claim that a Brewer will homer today.
2008-10-05 12:11:09
25.   thelarmis
24 now watch prince go yard. reverse psychology!
2008-10-05 12:12:19
26.   thelarmis
told ya! we make a good team, bob! ; )
2008-10-05 12:21:09
27.   LogikReader
GREAT play by Ryan Howard!
2008-10-05 12:29:23
28.   Cliff Corcoran
Parra's last start of the season was a total stinker against the Phils, but one wonders if having him start over Suppan today would have been a better idea. Suppan's number against the Phils were just scary bad. As I wrote on SI.com: "the eight regulars in the Phillies' lineup have hit a combined .363/.388/.664 against him in their careers."
2008-10-05 12:30:32
29.   Cliff Corcoran
Does that "snake eyes" guy in the Holiday Inn commercial remind anyone else of Jon Lovitz?
2008-10-05 12:32:42
30.   thelarmis
wow, pat the bat!
2008-10-05 12:37:12
31.   Bob Timmermann
My foolproof plan of safeguarding my wallet last night at Dodger Stadium by zipping inside my jacket does not work as well the next day when you forget to take it out of the jacket and bring it with you as you go out.

Fortunately, I did not get pulled over for a ticket. I intend to drive very slowly and carefully on the way home.

2008-10-05 12:37:43
32.   Cliff Corcoran
29 And is that "drinkability" commercial guy a relative of Dave Chappelle's? Is there a career in looking a little bit like very funny people?
2008-10-05 12:38:38
33.   Bob Timmermann
29
Yes.

32
He looks like somebody, although I'm not sure if Dave Chapelle who I am thinking of.

2008-10-05 12:40:34
34.   Bob Timmermann
The guy in the "drinkability" commercial was also in one of the AT&T Wireless commercials that aired during the NCAA tournament. He was the guy stuck in the bar shooting baskets and couldn't get his message about getting tickets to the Final Four.

I watch too much TV I believe.

2008-10-05 12:41:21
35.   Cliff Corcoran
63 My foolproof plan of remembering to take my wallet out of my bathing suit before going in the ocean a few weeks ago also backfired when I didn't remember. Amazingly, no harm was done to any of the contents, not even to the photo of my wife that I've had in there for 14 years.
2008-10-05 13:06:34
36.   Bob Timmermann
Updated list of teams last winning playoff series:
http://griddle.baseballtoaster.com/archives/500246.html
2008-10-05 13:21:36
37.   Bob Timmermann
Meanwhile in Chicago:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_jOI-Pbbnko
2008-10-05 13:44:05
38.   ToyCannon
Iwamura always seems to be on base.
2008-10-05 13:53:01
39.   Bob Timmermann
Guillen with his two OBP machines of Cabrera and Pierzynski at the top of the order.
2008-10-05 14:04:08
40.   KG16
39 - they may not have high OBPs, but they know how to get on base.
2008-10-05 14:14:31
41.   Bob Timmermann
Who wins a footrace between Jim Thome and Paul Konerko?

Answer: Steven Hawking.

2008-10-05 14:28:23
42.   Gen3Blue
Busy day, just found my way here. I'll have a look thru and get ready for the late game. I consider the Angels and the Red Sox the most capable opponents from the AL. Also the R. Sox pose some rooting conflicts, but these are not that real or important. I know I bleed blue.
2008-10-05 14:34:50
43.   Bob Timmermann
42
The Rays wear blue.
2008-10-05 14:57:21
44.   Bob Timmermann
Bases juiced for Mr. Grand Slam.
2008-10-05 15:11:03
45.   thelarmis
42 there should never be rooting conflicts when it comes to boston - ALWAYS root for their opponent!!! : )
2008-10-05 15:34:24
46.   Woden325
45 Unless they're playing the Yankees. Then hope they both lose.
2008-10-05 15:36:58
47.   KG16
46 - I tend to root for three days of rain when those teams play
2008-10-05 15:45:19
48.   thelarmis
46 well, i come from over at the Banter, so you know where my allegiances lie! : )
2008-10-05 15:46:46
49.   Marty
Anybody else with Charter Cable out there who lost the TBS signal? I took a nap hoping it would come back while I was out, but nada.
2008-10-05 15:55:23
50.   Bob Timmermann
I'm looking forward to getting the chance to actually see a game of this series tomorrow on my day off.

I appreciate the many Ns of Andy Sonnanstine.

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2008-10-05 15:57:38
51.   Bluebleeder87
that Garza mound situation that happened earlier in the game, if you ever pitched in any league competitively you can relate to how uncomfortable it is when the landing isn't right, I'm glad the white sox grounds crew accommodated Garza, I've seen some pretty bad injuries from situations just like that Garza one.
2008-10-05 15:59:59
52.   Bluebleeder87
Since the games are likely to just bleed into the next one, I set up one thread. Also, I have to go in to work for part of the day.

just wanted to say I feel you Bob...

2008-10-05 16:01:14
53.   Bluebleeder87
man, Upton KILLED that pitch!
2008-10-05 16:11:11
54.   Gen3Blue
Not quite sure why, but I seem to be rooting for the Chisox.
2008-10-05 16:14:44
55.   Gen3Blue
I suppose it just may be wanting any potential opponents to be worn out, but I would like to think there is more to it.
2008-10-05 16:19:25
56.   Cliff Corcoran
In games in which I don't have a personal rooting interest, I find myself naturally tending to root for the losing team to make a comeback, because that's more fun to watch.
2008-10-05 16:21:32
57.   Woden325
I'll give the White Sox credit, they seem to rely more on their organist than canned music.
2008-10-05 16:24:44
58.   Bob Timmermann
Meanwhile in Boston:
Halos
Figgins 3B
Anderson LF
Teixeira 1B
Guerrero DH
Hunter CF
Rivera RF
Napoli C
Kendrick 2B
Aybar SS
Saunders P

Bosox:
Ellsbury RF
Pedroia 2B
Ortiz DH
Youkilis 1B
Lowell 3B
Lowrie SS
Varitek C
Crisp CF
Beckett P

2008-10-05 16:29:37
59.   spudrph
First pitch a ground rule double by Figgins. Well, that's not good.
2008-10-05 16:30:12
60.   Bob Timmermann
57
The White Sox have a lot of canned music though. But organist Nancy Faust has a booth on the lower level and the fans can come up and say hi to her during the games.

Or at least she did the one time I went there.

2008-10-05 16:34:47
61.   spudrph
Pretty curve to strike out Anderson called.
2008-10-05 16:41:39
62.   Bob Timmermann
So the "powerful" White Sox have no homers and three steals and the "small ball" Rays have no steals and a homer.
2008-10-05 16:49:00
63.   Bluebleeder87
Carlos Pena has had some healthy cuts off of Denk.
2008-10-05 16:49:43
64.   Bluebleeder87
Denk pulls the string to K Pena.

Game Over.

2008-10-05 16:49:51
65.   Bob Timmermann
The Angels will take a run any way they can get it.
2008-10-05 16:50:54
66.   Alex41592
Guaranteed to have Monday baseball.

Guaranteed to not have Tuesday baseball.

2008-10-05 16:51:17
67.   Bob Timmermann
Rays and White Sox held over for at least one more day.

Tomorrow at 2:07 pm PT!

2008-10-05 16:52:09
68.   Bob Timmermann
Tuesday will be the first day since the day after the All-Star game with no baseball games.
2008-10-05 16:52:24
69.   spudrph
Boy, that first inning could have been worse for Boston. A lot worse.
2008-10-05 16:56:19
70.   Gen3Blue
Yes Chisox win, and now we've gone to Boston where the Anahiem Angels of Los Angeles seem to lead 1-0.

Where did I see a hilarious comment today about a race between Konerko and someone.
I can't find it or remember who the other "speedster" was.

2008-10-05 16:57:40
71.   Bob Timmermann
70

See 41

2008-10-05 17:04:56
72.   Linkmeister
56 I want baseball to last as long as possible, so (unless the Dodgers are involved) I root for series that go 7 games.

I don't care about the NFL,the NHL or the NBA. I'm marginally interested in college football and basketball.

2008-10-05 17:15:41
73.   Gen3Blue
72 I think I agree.
Wow that Red Sox play at second had the potential to be bad news! Or good news in comeback sense.
2008-10-05 17:18:19
74.   Gen3Blue
71 I should have known. I had been searching around DT and elsewhere but I should have known it was BT radiation.
2008-10-05 17:22:40
75.   Gen3Blue
I love the Ad but I can't believe there is a free IQ test.
2008-10-05 17:30:05
76.   KG16
the Angels need to drop the Los Angeles from their name. I think that's why they've been doing bad in the playoffs recently.

Also, they're only in the bottom of the second inning. this game is going to last until Tuesday.

2008-10-05 17:32:39
77.   thelarmis
bollocks. i hate the baseball gods. : /
2008-10-05 17:33:40
78.   Gen3Blue
They needed to drop it quicker than that. I guess.
2008-10-05 17:37:09
79.   Woden325
76 They're running out of place names. They've been the LA Angels, the California Angels, the Anaheim Angels, and now the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

Orange County Angels?

2008-10-05 17:38:16
80.   KG16
They need to go back to being the Anaheim Angels.

And what the hell was that play in centerfield?

2008-10-05 17:40:31
81.   Bluebleeder87
it's very difficult to communicate with the noise but that was Torii Hunters ball in my opinion.
2008-10-05 17:47:20
82.   Bob Timmermann
My prediction of the Angels being able to hit one home run comes true!

Yea!

2008-10-05 17:47:25
83.   thelarmis
california angles! : )

that ball was crushed

2008-10-05 17:48:02
84.   thelarmis
angles? doh! angels...
2008-10-05 17:49:24
85.   Gen3Blue
I was living in a Devil Town. I asked my son (26) how this ties in to Prime time, and he couldn't say. He's been busy lately
2008-10-05 18:23:26
86.   spudrph
85 Did you, in fact, know that it was a Devil Town?
2008-10-05 18:27:02
87.   Woden325
Jersey Devils?
2008-10-05 18:29:45
88.   Bluebleeder87
Beckett doesn't look un-hittable today (tonight)
2008-10-05 18:31:04
89.   Bob Timmermann
Even Kendrick got a hit!
2008-10-05 18:37:42
90.   Gen3Blue
86 I did not. And hearing this add on DTV five times gave no clue as to what if any show was being marketed. Nobody around here seems to know but I googled it. Maybe it is a mystery campaign.
2008-10-05 18:40:54
91.   spudrph
Craig Sager with an unusually tasteful jacket tonight.
2008-10-05 18:41:05
92.   Bob Timmermann
The stripes! The stripes on Craig Sager's jacket!

I've gone blind!

Fortunately, I'm a touch typist.

2008-10-05 18:41:41
93.   spudrph
I didn't realize you didn't know.

It's for "Friday Night Lights".

2008-10-05 18:42:25
94.   Woden325
I find it amusing that this thread has covered three playoff games, but it still has fewer comments than a Dodger Thoughts thread has for the first pitch.
2008-10-05 18:42:58
95.   Gen3Blue
Unfortunately, I'm Biblical method typist.
2008-10-05 18:43:03
96.   Woden325
91 The things I miss, not having cable.
2008-10-05 18:44:26
97.   Gen3Blue
93 just found it. It may be that the campaign is not very effective.
2008-10-05 18:44:26
98.   Bob Timmermann
The two biggest contingents on Baseball Toaster are Yankee and Dodger fans. And readers of DT and BB both seem to dislike BOTH the Angels and Red Sox.

So they aren't in much of a mood to chat.

2008-10-05 18:46:49
99.   spudrph
I don't know what it is, but not having Josh here kind of spoils the party for me.
2008-10-05 18:51:46
100.   Bob Timmermann
And it looks like we're headed for a 4 hour long Red Sox game.
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2008-10-05 18:54:46
101.   das411
68 , thanks for reminding everybody of the long cold nothingness that awaits after just two more playoff serieses :(

In other news, WOOOOOOO THE PHILLIES ARE GOING TO THE NLCS!!!!!

2008-10-05 18:55:11
102.   Bob Timmermann
The best thing about Red Sox games is that they give you a chance to take a catnap during them. There's a movie about me called "The Man Who Loved Catnapping."
2008-10-05 18:58:23
103.   das411
Have you heard the story Denis Leary tells about the time he tried to take a catnap during "Titanic" Bob?
2008-10-05 18:59:37
104.   bhsportsguy
Unlike DT, Bob does not have Rule 1.

But no one cares enoughs about these games to flaunt that.

Daniel Z probably does care that much but I don't think you can use that language within the state of Utah.

2008-10-05 18:59:56
105.   Bob Timmermann
If the Red Sox win tonight, the Rays-White Sox game moves to 5:07 pm PT.
2008-10-05 19:00:11
106.   Gen3Blue
76 KG16 had it right. The way this game is going there may be baseball on Tuesday. Also, what is the longest 9 inning game without a rain delay?
2008-10-05 19:00:38
107.   Bob Timmermann
104
But Daniel isn't in Utah now.
2008-10-05 19:03:42
108.   Bob Timmermann
The Yankees and Red Sox played a 4:45 game back in 2006.

The NL record is 4:27 by the Dodgers and Giants in 2001 on the night Bonds broke the single season home run record.

2008-10-05 19:05:01
109.   Gen3Blue
This game has duration potential.
2008-10-05 19:21:23
110.   spudrph
That's one way to keep him from hitting a homer.
2008-10-05 19:21:49
111.   Bob Timmermann
I guess Mike Napoli has earned some respect from the Red Sox pitchers.

It's an easy way to get the lineup over to Kendrick.

2008-10-05 19:22:30
112.   oshea2002
I understand the logic behind it, but it's pretty ridiculous that the White Sox and Rays don't have a game time for tomorrow yet.
2008-10-05 19:22:54
113.   Bob Timmermann
Howie Kendrick has responded to my taunting. But now it's time for the "other" Aybar.
2008-10-05 19:24:54
114.   das411
zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

/the entire East Coast south of CT

2008-10-05 19:26:31
115.   Gen3Blue
Is this the pitcher who followed Dice-K a game or two ago. I get confused.
2008-10-05 19:29:05
116.   Icaros
108

I would also like it to be pointed out that, more importantly, the Dodgers eliminated the Giants from postseason play in that game.

2008-10-05 19:29:42
117.   Bob Timmermann
Hideki Okajima is one of the slowest working pitchers in the majors. Rafael Betancourt gives him a run for the money.

Perhaps "run" isn't the proper word.

2008-10-05 19:31:56
118.   Bob Timmermann
A rabbit is loose!
2008-10-05 19:32:46
119.   Gen3Blue
Maybe a shuffle for his money.
OK John Cougar love's his town, and he loves our country! I bet he could love his state in certain circumstances!
2008-10-05 19:34:50
120.   bhsportsguy
Maybe Pedroia hits into a lot of double plays because he has more opportunities to do so.
2008-10-05 19:37:32
121.   spudrph
120 You don't think it's due to his scrappiness?
2008-10-05 19:38:20
122.   oshea2002
120 - announcers and the media just love that guy. Even a negative about him is spun into a positive.
2008-10-05 19:40:09
123.   spudrph
It's Darren Oliver's birthday tomorrow!
2008-10-05 19:40:09
124.   Bob Timmermann
Although it's quite possible that Dustin Pedroia is just David Eckstein with more talent.
2008-10-05 19:41:00
125.   Bob Timmermann
Oversliding still counts as a CS.
2008-10-05 19:42:09
126.   spudrph
You know how they say in baseball, you can always see something new? I can't remember ever seeing that before.
2008-10-05 19:43:55
127.   spudrph
Darren Oliver was a teammate of Geno Petralli's. I miss Geno Petralli.
2008-10-05 19:48:56
128.   Bob Timmermann
I remember when Darren Oliver just hanging on in the majors. He got released a couple of times I believe.
2008-10-05 20:01:07
129.   bhsportsguy
My only question, does Noah Wylie know the history of Dewey Decimal System?
2008-10-05 20:02:45
130.   Bob Timmermann
I actually liked the Librarian films because they have Bob Newhart in them.
2008-10-05 20:02:49
131.   oshea2002
The Angels are not winning this game.
2008-10-05 20:03:37
132.   Bob Timmermann
The longest 9-inning DS game is 4:13 minutes by the Yankees and A's in 2001. That was Game 4.

So, we're around 3 1/2 hours now?

2008-10-05 20:05:27
133.   Woden325
Judging by the feed from KLAA, Sweet Caroline is much harder to sing than Take Me Out to the Ball Game.
2008-10-05 20:06:24
134.   Bob Timmermann
People really only sing the "Whoa oh oh" part.
2008-10-05 20:09:53
135.   Bob Timmermann
Professor Gerard Fasel is a physics professor at that noted science research institution called Pepperdine.
2008-10-05 20:11:28
136.   Bob Timmermann
135
He's not even tenured!
2008-10-05 20:14:22
137.   oshea2002
For a team that allegedly does all the little things right, the Angels have sure done the reverse in this series.
2008-10-05 20:16:31
138.   spudrph
Did Hunter get his right hand in before the tag? I think he did. You're beaten by that much on a throw, though, you're not getting that call.
2008-10-05 20:16:40
139.   Bob Timmermann
The Angels have had two guys thrown out at the bases from me to Roxbury.
2008-10-05 20:18:21
140.   spudrph
134 Don't forget "So Good! So Good! So Good!"

Never underestimate the power of "Sweet Caroline" to beat the crazy monkey.

2008-10-05 20:23:28
141.   Bob Timmermann
Scot Shields is making up for a career of really bad games at Fenway.
2008-10-05 20:24:17
142.   Bob Timmermann
140
At least you aren't forced to sit through "Don't Stop Believin'"
2008-10-05 20:26:22
143.   Bob Timmermann
Free baseball in the Hub!
2008-10-05 20:38:25
144.   Gen3Blue
Hey, I'm the Shadow of knight. So good.
good night.
2008-10-05 20:41:46
145.   LogikReader
This game at Fenway is going to be great for the Rays, or whoever comes out of the Chicago/TB series. Even if the Red Sox win, both teams' bullpens are going to be worn out.
2008-10-05 20:43:01
146.   Bob Timmermann
That presupposes that the Rays and White Sox won't blow out their pens.

The White Sox bigger problem is that they don't have much of a bullpen.

2008-10-05 20:44:29
147.   oshea2002
145 - won't they have time to recover, especially if/when Boston wins this game?
2008-10-05 20:48:03
148.   Bob Timmermann
So does Francona not feel the need to run for Ortiz? Does he want to save an infielder in case Lowell has to come out?
2008-10-05 20:48:16
149.   Tripon
I thought K-Rod was a good closer.
2008-10-05 20:50:13
150.   bhsportsguy
148 I don't think he can replace his DH at this time.
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2008-10-05 20:52:52
151.   dzzrtRatt
I think the ump unblew his blown call on the check swing by calling that one a strike.
2008-10-05 20:54:39
152.   dzzrtRatt
It's a good thing I'm so high on Dodger Ecstasy right now, because if the Angels were the only SoCal entrant in the playoffs, I would be deeply depressed right now, instead of just annoyed and impatient. Vladdy, Torii, K-Rod, Howie...you all suck!
2008-10-05 20:55:03
153.   bhsportsguy
How many millions is K-Rod losing right now?
2008-10-05 20:55:29
154.   dzzrtRatt
You'll suck later, K-Rod.
2008-10-05 20:55:37
155.   Bob Timmermann
OK, but can Rodriguez pitch another inning?
2008-10-05 20:56:34
156.   oshea2002
wow, I'm actually shocked the Angels got out of that. took some luck. Whatever team gives K Rod a bunch of money is making a major mistake.
2008-10-05 21:00:11
157.   oshea2002
152 - I'm one of those Dodger fans who dislikes the Angels, so I'm loving all of this. Seems to me the DT community is about 50/50 on this issue. I have a few friends who cheer for the Angels unless they're playing the Dodgers, but most of my friends do not like the Angels.
2008-10-05 21:01:53
158.   Tripon
Was Garland or Weaver used yet? This calls for the long relief role.
2008-10-05 21:05:51
159.   Tripon
Vlad is crutch.
2008-10-05 21:05:58
160.   Bob Hendley
I used to root for the Angel's like a younger brother, but then they got better than the Dodgers and so I hate them. I really hate them right now (and the Sox as well), because the game is still going on so they have delayed Gol Mexico, which I watch every week, because I can't stand actually watching Mexican soccer.

Yeah Dodgers!

2008-10-05 21:06:39
161.   KG16
158 - yeah, someone who can go another 9 innings is probably in need.

of course, now the Angels have something going.

2008-10-05 21:06:59
162.   LogikReader
156

It's gonna be the Mets. I can feel it!

2008-10-05 21:07:57
163.   Tripon
Mets are more likely to sign a guy like Joe Biemel.
2008-10-05 21:08:04
164.   KG16
The Angels are growing on me. But I root for them mainly because I want to see a Freeway Series. I tend to ignore the American League until August or September.
2008-10-05 21:09:14
165.   KG16
I can totally see the Mets doing something insane like paying K-Rod 19 mil per year over the next five years.
2008-10-05 21:10:07
166.   oshea2002
162 - I'd guess them too.
2008-10-05 21:11:09
167.   dzzrtRatt
155 So that could well be the last time we see K-Rod in an Angel uni.
2008-10-05 21:11:30
168.   oshea2002
Gary Matthews had zero chance there.
2008-10-05 21:14:01
169.   Tripon
Jared Weaver in the game. Maybe he can throw another no-hitter, and this team there's no Matt Kemp to bother him!
2008-10-05 21:15:10
170.   bhsportsguy
Buck Martinez has to do his XM radio show in less than 6 hours.
2008-10-05 21:15:28
171.   dzzrtRatt
Jared Weaver is in the game.

Is Alex Gonzalez on the Red Sox by any chance?

2008-10-05 21:16:32
172.   Tripon
Man, this Angels team has no speed at all.
2008-10-05 21:22:51
173.   Icaros
I wonder why Boston fans don't chant "Beat LA" at the Angels.
2008-10-05 21:25:16
174.   LogikReader
I don't know why, but now I'm rooting more and more for the Angels to win this series. I'm over Boston sports. I would be so stoked to see an Angels/Rays ALCS.
2008-10-05 21:26:46
175.   Tripon
David Ross is in the game. This is odd.
2008-10-05 21:27:15
176.   KG16
what the record for longest post-season games (innings)?
2008-10-05 21:29:09
177.   Bob Timmermann
18
2008-10-05 21:32:40
178.   berkowit28
173 The commentators have referred to the Angels several times as "Anaheim". For most people probably only the Dodgers are "LA". Smart.

5-4 Angels.

2008-10-05 21:32:41
179.   Tripon
Wow, that was some bad fielding by the Red Sox. Why the heck did CoCo Crisp threw the ball to the ground when he caught it?
2008-10-05 21:32:54
180.   Woden325
164 A man after my own heart.
I pay attention to the NL, then the Pacific Coast League, and time permitting, the AL.
DH delendum est.

Also, Huzzah, Angels score!

2008-10-05 21:33:17
181.   LogikReader
JARBIHFA!!!

Just another RBI hit for Aybar.

YES!!!

2008-10-05 21:37:14
182.   Bote Man
180 I'm rooting against the Red Sox, and the Angels will do nicely in that effort. Looks good now! But, otherwise I don't have a horse in this AL race.
2008-10-05 21:37:31
183.   oshea2002
Me thinks the Angels needed that 2nd run there.
2008-10-05 21:39:57
184.   bhsportsguy
"Just a small town boy..."
2008-10-05 21:44:04
185.   sporky
I only want the Angels to win so I have something to watch before I head off to the "Wait, Wait!" pilot taping.
2008-10-05 21:45:54
186.   bhsportsguy
185 I love that show on NPR.
2008-10-05 21:45:56
187.   Woden325
Dear Jason:
Please ground into a double play.
Thanks.
2008-10-05 21:46:55
188.   Tripon
Wow, Maybe Weaver should have started this game.
2008-10-05 21:47:09
189.   Woden325
5:15 so far.
2008-10-05 21:47:56
190.   Tripon
Angels win in 12 innings.
2008-10-05 21:48:19
191.   KG16
hey, the Angels are still alive. check that out
2008-10-05 21:48:30
192.   Bote Man
Boston Burns Broom, Buys Bromide
2008-10-05 21:49:51
193.   Daniel Zappala
Yeah! Nice win, Angels.
2008-10-05 21:50:53
194.   Daniel Zappala
I can't believe I trust Weaver more now than I do K-Rod. I know he was great this year, but he gets into a lot of trouble.
2008-10-05 21:51:54
195.   Woden325
Official time: 5:19. I don't think that's a record, but Bob'll know for sure.
2008-10-05 21:52:07
196.   Tripon
John Lackey, and John Lester go tomorrow night on full day's rest.
2008-10-05 21:52:40
197.   Tripon
194 Who's a better closer, Broxton, or K-Rod?
2008-10-05 21:52:51
198.   Bob Timmermann
Longest AL game by time in the ALDS.
2008-10-05 21:55:35
199.   Bob Timmermann
The NL record is 5:50. That was the 18-inning game between the Astros and Braves. It was also the day I bought my current car. I went to the dealership in the 9th, drove it around, wrote a big check for it, signed all the paperwork, drove it home, and the game was the still going on.
2008-10-05 21:56:44
200.   Woden325
199 LOL, as they say.
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2008-10-05 22:00:11
201.   Bote Man
XM175 had the postgame interview with Terry Francona. A reporter was in the middle of eating popcorn when he was called to ask a question. He offered some popcorn to Terry, to which Francona replied "No thanks, I'll eat when it's appropriate." Yuk, yuk.

I'm glad that some of the reporters asking questions report in print and not on the radio. Like a face made for radio, they had voices made for print.

2008-10-05 22:02:09
202.   Daniel Zappala
197 I'd feel more comfortable with Broxton right now.
2008-10-05 22:05:37
203.   Daniel Zappala
If I'm the Angels, I worry a lot about Rodriguez and probably go with Arredondo next year.
2008-10-06 10:08:04
204.   das411
Has this game ended yet?

199 , I got back from brunch in my dining hall that day, put on the game, watched for about seven innings, snoozed for about seven more, watched four more innings, then went to dinner after Chris Burke gained his 15 minutes of fame. And yet somehow that game was not nearly as painful as watching five hours of the Red Sox...

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