October 30, 2014

Madison Bumgarner did NOT win Game 7

(AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
And eventually, MLB got it right and fixed the scoring mistake.  I suspect their "mistake" was fully intentional.  Anyhow, before they fixed it I posted an article on my scoring blog.  Check it out if you were as confused as I was as to how he could get the win, when Jeremy Affeldt was the pitcher of record when they took the lead.

October 17, 2014

Postseason walkoff errors

After the Giants won Game 3 of the NLCS on a walkoff error, there was a lot of misinformation and confusion about the last postseason walkoff error. Most people didn't realize that just last year, the Middlebrooks obstruction play was, in fact, scored as an error.  So that inspired me to write a post on my Scoring Rules blog about how obstruction is scored.  At the end of that article, I also put a short description and link to all the postseason walk off error games. Thought that might be of interest to a wider audience, so I'm reposting that part of it here.

List of all postseason games ending in a walkoff error:

1914 WS Game 3 Braves 5 – A’s 4 – almost exactly 100 years ago, R1,R2 and the pitcher made a throwing error in the 12th on a bunt, trying to get the lead runner at 3rd, who scored on the play.  I tried to put up a video clip, but apparently whoever videotaped this game didn't have the foresight to upload it to Youtube.

October 14, 2014

2014 American League Awards

Every year I get to cast a vote towards the Boston Chapter of the Baseball Bloggers Alliance annual awards.  I usually post my ballot here ahead of time, with lengthy explanations defending my vote.   I was a little late this year, and although I was able to cast my ballot ahead of the deadline, did not have time to post my ballot here.

So.. without further commentary, here were my votes for this year's awards.

(You may take a look at Boston Red Thoughts to see the official entry that the Boston Chapter submitted to the BBA)

Connie Mack (manager)
1 Lloyd McClendon
2 Ned Yost
3 Buck Showalter

Willie Mays (rookie)
1 Jose Abreu
2 Yordano Ventura
3 Marcus Stroman

Goose Gossage (reliever)
1 Delin Botances
2 Greg Holland
3 Andrew Miller

Walter Johnson (pitcher)
1 Corey Kluber
2 Felix Hernandez
3 Phil Hughes
4 Jon Lester
5 Chris Sale

Stan Musial (mvp)
1 Mike Trout
2 Victor Martinez
3 Corey Kluber
4 Jose Altuve
5 Robinson Cano
6 Miguel Cabrera
7 Nelson Cruz
8 Felix Hernandez
9 Adam Jones
10 Michael Brantley

July 17, 2014

Mid season update

Time to take a look and see how my opening day predictions look so far, and project the rest of the season.

Let's start with some highlights from the American League:
EAST: "they won't have any wildcard teams" - if the playoffs were today, both wildcard teams would be from the West, and the next team is in the Central
Boston - "86 wins". They have 43 wins at the all star break. 43 x 2 = 86. Just saying.
Tampa - "could drop all the way to 4th place". Hhmm... they're in 4th place.
Toronto - "bet they wish they still had Henderson Alvarez". Alvarez was just named to the All-Star team. After Buehrle, Dickey and Hutchison, the combined ERA of the rest of the Blue Jays starters is about 5.
Cleveland - "won't win more than 81 games". Exactly at .500 right now
Kansas City - "PLAYOFFS".  They're 2.5 games out right now.
Twins - "Yankees will wish they still had Phil Hughes". He has a 2.62 FIP. That's better than anyone in pinstripes. Even the 155 Million Dollar Tanaka.
Houston - "won't be the worst team in league in 2nd half". They weren't the worst team in the first half! Not even the worst team in their state.

National League:
CENTRAL: "Cincinnati and Milwaukee will remind St. Louis that there are still some competitive teams in this division. But Pittsburgh won't be one of them."  Only 1.5 games separate these 3 teams.
Cubs - "last place". Yeah, this one wasn't that tough.
Milwaukee - "Among most improved teams in baseball. Will contend for a wildcard spot." Well, if they don't win the division, I suppose they'll need to settle for the wildcard
WEST:  "Three team race with the Dodgers needing to hold off Arizona and San Francisco to repeat" 2 out of 3 ain't bad? 1 game separates LA and SF as we head into the 2nd half.
Colorado - "Morneau will like thin Denver air". He's having his best season since 2010.
San Francisco - "A good old Giants/Dodgers rivalry will be rekindled". So far looking good.

Also had my share of predictions that just look silly now. But I won't make too easy for you to mock me. You'll need to click on the link above and find them.

What does the rest of the season hold?
Detroit won't hold on to their 6.5 game lead and will fall out of first place at some point
Texas is going to get hot and make a bit of a run, but ultimately will fade
Seattle is going to make a big trade but they will fade shortly after that and end out of contention
Milwaukee will fall back and have to fight for a wildcard spot
Cincinatti will end up running away with Central

Four days without basesball is approximately four days too many.  Let's get the second half started already!