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  1. We know Hunter Wendelstedt was bad last night, but how bad was he?

    Oct 8, 2010, 9:21 AM EDT

    Pretty darn bad!  Jeff Passan — citing Brooks Baseball’s chart of last night’s game — notes that Wendelstedt missed 31 ball-strike calls on Thursday. In the two other games, the umps missed 21 calls combined. Passan nails it: This is not normal. It is not close. In the Atlanta-San Francisco game Thursday, Dana DeMuth missed…

  2. Deep Thoughts: Lance Berkman is a Yankee

    Oct 8, 2010, 8:58 AM EDT

    Lance Berkman went 2 for 4 with a double, a homer and two RBI in a playoff game last night.  Quick: can someone get Jeff “some players aren’t meant for New York and Lance Berkman is one of them” Perleman or Joel “going from the Astros to the Yankees is like going from the Ivy…

  3. You're not alone: the players are fed up with the umps too

    Oct 8, 2010, 8:25 AM EDT

    The players, the league and the umps having some sort of sit-down is a great idea! So I fully expect it to go nowhere.

  4. And That Happened: Division Series Edition

    Oct 8, 2010, 6:07 AM EDT

    A picture is worth 1000 words. So, between that pic to the left and my rantings in this post, you’ve got 1,599 words to get through.

  5. Lincecum fans 14 batters, Giants coast to Game 1 victory

    Oct 7, 2010, 11:59 PM EDT

    It wasn’t a no-hitter, but Tim Lincecum was about as dominant as it gets on Thursday night in San Francisco as the Giants captured Game 1 of the NLDS against the Braves. Racking up a postseason franchise record 14 strikeouts over nine innings of work, the 26-year-old from Bellevue, Washington…

  6. Giants get on the board in the fourth, lead Braves

    Oct 7, 2010, 11:01 PM EDT

    Hey, someone scored a run in San Francisco! Giants catcher Buster Posey led off the bottom of the fourth inning with a single off Braves starter Derek Lowe. Pat Burrell struck out swinging in the next at-bat, to nobody’s surprise, but Posey…

  7. Giants and Braves all square in NLDS Game 1

    Oct 7, 2010, 10:27 PM EDT

    This one is moving along as planned. A run-down here, a walk or two there, but mostly just good pitching. Giants starter Tim Lincecum has six strikeouts through four innings and has allowed just one hit and one walk in Thursday’s…

  8. Braves' Game 2 starter Tommy Hanson hit in eye during BP

    Oct 7, 2010, 9:45 PM EDT

    From David O’Brien of the Atlanta-Journal Constitution comes word that Braves pitcher Tommy Hanson was nailed in the eye with a ricocheted ball while taking batting practice before Game 1 of the NLDS Thursday in San Francisco. Hanson…

  9. Umpires get another call wrong, Yankees still on top

    Oct 7, 2010, 8:29 PM EDT

    In what should come as a surprise to no one, the umpires have become the story here in the first few games of the 2010 postseason. The umps blew a call in the ninth inning of Wednesday night’s ALDS Game 1 between the Yankees and Twins…

  10. Rays fans give outfielder Carl Crawford a proper send-off

    Oct 7, 2010, 8:08 PM EDT

    The Rays lost Game 2 of their ALDS matchup with the Rangers this afternoon in Tampa and face elimination Saturday in Texas. But it wasn’t all fire and brimstone at Tropicana Field. In the eighth inning, as impending free agent Carl Crawford stepped to the plate, a large section of Rays fans…

  11. Berkman goes yard, Yankees lead Twins in Game 2

    Oct 7, 2010, 7:32 PM EDT

    The Yankees and Twins are five innings deep into Game 2 of their ALDS matchup Thursday at Minnesota’s Target Field. So far, things are looking good for the away team. Andy Pettitte had a rough second inning that saw him load the bases and then allow…

  12. Justin Upton aiming to strengthen shoulder this winter

    Oct 7, 2010, 6:53 PM EDT

    Diamondbacks outfielder Justin Upton played in only four games during the month of September and just one game in October because of soreness in the area of his left shoulder.  He has promised to work on the strength and conditioning of that shoulder this offseason and got a head start this afternoon at Arizona’s Chase…

  13. Joe Girardi in favor of instant replay after blown call last night

    Oct 7, 2010, 5:40 PM EDT

    Last night’s blown call ended up not hurting the Yankees, but that didn’t stop manager Joe Girardi from coming out in favor of instant replay today: Could they have reviewed that play as quick as they talked about it? Probably. It takes the same amount of time. To me, that’s the great thing about technology.…

  14. The Mets have a lot of GM irons in the fire

    Oct 7, 2010, 4:36 PM EDT

    There are a handful of intriguing names in the mix to become the next Mets GM at the moment. Among them: White Sox assistant general manager Rick Hahn, whom ESPN Chicago is reporting will interview with the team in the near future. Hahn was named as the top GM prospect in the game by Baseball…

  15. Rays on the ropes, Joe Maddon ejected after Michael Young homer follows questionable call

    Oct 7, 2010, 4:20 PM EDT

    Joe Maddon had Game 2 starter James Shields on a very short leash this afternoon, pulling him from a 2-0 game with two outs in the fifth inning and two runners on base. Chad Qualls replaced Shields and appeared to wriggle out of the jam by getting a checked-swing strikeout on Michael Young, but first…

  16. Quote of the Day: Terry Francona on Jason Varitek

    Oct 7, 2010, 4:05 PM EDT

    Is it too late to take the Rays out of the playoff and put the Red Sox in? Because they’re really depressing to watch at the moment. Anyway, let’s talk about the Sox some more. Here was Terry Francona today, when asked about roster decisions in general and Jason Varitek, specifically: “I think there has…

  17. Yankees switch up their lineup a bit for Game 2 of ALDS

    Oct 7, 2010, 3:45 PM EDT

    Last night they faced left-hander CC Sabathia and tonight they’re facing fellow southpaw Andy Pettitte, so the Twins are sticking with the same lineup as Game 1 of the ALDS. However, the Yankees have switched things up with right-hander Carl Pavano on the mound, changing things a bit from the lineup they sent out against…

  18. Dice-K is "very much" a part of the Red Sox' plans

    Oct 7, 2010, 3:34 PM EDT

    We heard yesterday that the Mariners would be interested in Daisuke Matsuzaka if he were on the market. They can forget it though, because Theo Epstein is pleased with him: “To look where we were with him in March, and where we are now, I think we feel a lot better about it now. Along…

  19. Must-click link: What does a "No. X starter" mean, exactly?

    Oct 7, 2010, 3:15 PM EDT

    When talking about pitchers and rotations people throw around terms like “No. 1 starter” or “No. 3 starter” constantly because it serves as a sort of common understanding about ability and upside. However, one of the problems with using that terminology comes when not everyone has the same definition of how great a pitcher has…

  20. Great Moments in fact checking: The New Yorker

    Oct 7, 2010, 3:06 PM EDT

    The New Yorker — a fine damn magazine even if I ended up reading more cartoons (“it’s a Ziggy!”) than articles when I had a subscription a few years back — makes a minor error in a story about the Red Sox buying Liverpool FC: Major League Baseball is a collusive oligopoly in which the…

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