Oct 25 2013

2013 Major League Baseball Championship Game 2: Cardinals @ Red Sox

Does he or doesn’t he?  Overshadowing the Cardinal’s admittedly sucky performance last night is the question of whether Jon Lester was throwing a ‘Spit’ ball.

Now if you’re not much up on Baseball they don’t actually spit on the ball, but it is a fact that the aerodynamics of a pitch are such that any foreign substance on the ball, or abrasion of its surface can effect the trajectory.  Vaseline is very old school, in the most recent cases I remember the accusation was that sand or emery paper, or just strong and carefully filed fingernails were used.  Officially the Cards are discounting the idea which is gosh darn sportsman-like of them.

Of course mere spitters don’t explain the terrible fielding and awful pitching which is what really allowed the Sox to be so dominant last night.

The rout started in the 1st Inning.  Leadoff Walk, Line Out, Single.  2 On 1 Out.  Error, Bases Loaded.

I’m going to stop there for a moment and explain.  The ball went to 2nd to start a Double Play but Kozma lost the handle and it popped out of his glove before he could make the throw to 1st.  The 2nd Base Umpire called it an Out on the field when it just so obviously wasn’t.  Now supposedly a call like that can’t be over ruled (there is no crying or instant replay in Baseball), but an Umpire can ask for assistance and when the 2nd Base Umpire finally did the Crew Chief came out and basically said, “What are you?  Blind?  Drop by Lenscrafters tomorrow because you need new glasses.”

Or words to that effect.

Now you might expect me to be upset because I am marginally rooting for the Cards, but I’m not really.  It’s been my contention for years that plays at 2nd are horribly called and all a 2nd Baseman or Shortstop has to do is think about signaling an intention that he maybe might step on the bag for the not so tie to go to the Fielder rather than the Runner as the rules clearly state.

And the Cardinals were made to play for their mistake- 3 RBI Double, Sox 3 – 0.  It continued in the 2nd.  2 On 1 Out,  Error, bases loaded 1 Out.  RBI Single, RBI Sacrifice, Sox 5 – 0.  Quiet until the 7th, then 2 Outs, an Error, 2 RBI Home Run.  7 – 0 Sox.  Sox struck again in the 8th, Leadoff Double, Wild Pitch, Sacrifice, 8 – 0 Sox.  Playing for pride the Cards avoided a Shut Out with a Solo Shot.  Red Sox 8 – 1, lead Series 1 – 0.

And for you Cards fans I suggest you look at the last number very carefully before you despair.  As bad as they looked last night they could have lost 100 – 0 and it would still be just the one W.  Good teams are supposed to win at home.

If you’re looking for bad news it’s unclear if Beltran will start tonight.  No broken ribs but he’s bruised up pretty seriously and they don’t play him because of his fielding, but because of what he can do at the plate.

John Lackey (10 – 13, 3.52 ERA R) will face Michael Wacha (4 – 1, 2.78 ERA R).  In the post-season Lackey has not lost, 2 – 0, 11 hits for 4 runs in 12 innings and an ERA of 2.84.  For a rookie Wacha has been a pleasant surprise, also undefeated at 3 – 0 post-season he has 8 hits and 1 run in 21 innings pitched for a stunningly low 0.42 ERA.  Advantage Cardinals.

On the other hand you saw what good that did in Game 1.


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  2. TMC

    Yankees stars Whitey Ford, Yogi Berra, Mickey Mantle & Bill Skowron sing Jack Norworth’s “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” on the Ed Sullivan Show on April, 13, 1958. Yogi Berra also sends his best wishes to Roy Campanella who was badly injured in a car crash earlier that year.

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  38. BobbyK

    an inning earlier than I was last night. Woo Hoo!

    ‘Scuz me while I see what I missed.

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    public display of patriotism

    This land is your land This land is my land

    From California to the New York island;

    From the red wood forest to the Gulf Stream waters

    This land was made for you and Me.

    As I was walking that ribbon of highway,

    I saw above me that endless skyway:

    I saw below me that golden valley:

    This land was made for you and me.

    I’ve roamed and rambled and I followed my footsteps

    To the sparkling sands of her diamond deserts;

    And all around me a voice was sounding:

    This land was made for you and me.

    When the sun came shining, and I was strolling,

    And the wheat fields waving and the dust clouds rolling,

    As the fog was lifting a voice was chanting:

    This land was made for you and me.

    As I went walking I saw a sign there

    And on the sign it said “No Trespassing.”

    But on the other side it didn’t say nothing,

    That side was made for you and me.

    In the shadow of the steeple I saw my people,

    By the relief office I seen my people;

    As they stood there hungry, I stood there asking

    Is this land made for you and me?

    Nobody living can ever stop me,

    As I go walking that freedom highway;

    Nobody living can ever make me turn back

    This land was made for you and me

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    then plenty of pop fly outs. One score.

    Par for the course as baseball games go. (and people pick on soccer for being low scoring.)

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     Saltalamacchia struck out; Drew grounded out and  Bogaerts grounded out to end the 7th inning

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