Monday, October 18, 2021

Newsletter Excerpt, October 18, 2021 -- "Four Pop-Ups"

 

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"Four balls in play, none hit even 80 mph, none hit even 260 feet, but they’re the difference in this series right now. The Dodgers have a higher OBP, a higher slugging, a much better strikeout rate and not a single win, because the Braves have won on the dirt, with better baserunning and defense in the games’ biggest spots."

Saturday, October 16, 2021

Newsletter Excerpt, October 16, 2021 -- "NLCS Preview"

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"The history of matchups like this, though -- which I didn’t realize until I did the research Friday -- sways me. The fact that the Dodgers have outplayed the Braves even over the Braves’ best stretch of baseball sways me. As well as the Braves’ bullpen pitched in the NLDS, I’m inclined to think that was more a reflection of the Brewers’ weak lineup than an endorsement of the law firm of Matzek, Jackson, and Smith. I was leaning Dodgers in five before the Scherzer news, and I’ll stick with it even though an extra game may now be needed."

Friday, October 15, 2021

Newsletter Excerpt, October 15, 2021 -- "ALCS Preview"

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"I don’t expect it to happen. The Astros aren’t a great matchup for anyone, but a team that puts the ball in play hard is a particular problem for these Red Sox, a bad defensive club all around the field. The Rays, in losing to the Sox, hit .255 on balls in play. That number is headed up, and that’s probably going to be what swings the series. Astros in five."

Newsletter Excerpt, October 15, 2021 -- "Checked Out"

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"The final moment of the Giants’ season was Wilmer Flores checking his swing on an 0-2 pitch, and first-base umpire Gabe Morales calling it a swing, a strike, and ballgame. Replays showed, to the extent you can ever be sure about these things, that Flores hadn’t gone far enough around to have been called out. This is unusual; most of the time, it looks like the player held up and replay shows that he went around. If you can find someone who looked at this replay and thinks Flores went, you’ve done better than I have. It’s not just that it was a bad call; it was a bad call that was hard to defend, made at a terrible time, that left even Dodger fans cringing a bit."

Thursday, October 14, 2021

Newsletter Excerpt, October 14, 2021 -- "What I'm Watching"

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"These are the signature franchises in the history of the National League. The Dodgers have won 24 NL pennants, the Giants 23. They were tentpoles in New York and their paired move to California reshaped the baseball map. The longest stretch of National League baseball played without one of the two being its champion is 11 years, and that took a format change and a Braves dynasty to come about. At one point in the 1950s, the teams won six straight NL pennants between them. Today, they have won six of the last 11 and whoever wins tonight’s game will be a considerable favorite to make that seven of 12."

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Newsletter Excerpt, October 13, 2021 -- "Thinking Inside the Box"

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"The Braves won this series from the mound, throwing two shutouts and allowing just six runs in four games. They struck out 48 men -- a 35% rate! -- and walked just nine. They held the Brewers to 2-for-23 with runners in scoring position and just two homers. Without Freeman, who raked in the series, they might well have had to go back to Milwaukee and face Corbin Burnes for the right to advance."