Eight Things About Baseball That You Should Know

ryu_marlins_2013-05-011All sorts of stuff happening today as we count down to tonight’s Rays / Indians AL wild card game and tomorrow’s Dodgers / Braves NLDS, so let’s utilize the busy blogger’s best friend, the list! …and get right to it.

1) Over at ESPN Insider today, I contributed the series preview for the NLDS, including each team’s “X-factor”, key reliever, key bench player, and a modest proposal about a lineup decision that should make one of my regular readers pretty happy.

2) Yesterday at ESPN, I provided reasons why each NL team would have difficulty winning it all this October. Braves fans were uniformly unhappy, so that means I did something seriously right.

3) The Indians have a fun new bullpen weapon tonight, Opening Day starter Justin Masterson, who missed most of September due to injury and isn’t stretched out enough to start. This is my debut on the main FanGraphs site, which is why I’m posting it here, and you’ll hopefully be seeing more of that.

4) The Braves announced their NLDS roster earlier today, and it has 11 pitchers, 7 outfielders — technically, Evan Gattis is listed as the third catcher, but we know he’s likely to join the 6 other outfielders — and no Dan Uggla, Scott Downs, Anthony Varvaroor Paul Maholm. The Dodgers haven’t and I don’t expect them to today; the deadline is 10am tomorrow.

5) Mattingly says “we’re pretty much at a roster,” but we haven’t learned more about Andre Ethier other than “no change“. My assumption is that means that he does indeed make it as a pinch-hitter.

6) Hyun-jin Ryu will pitch Game 3, and Ricky Nolasco will pitch Game 4. There was really never any question that Ryu was the #3 guy, but some wondered if Edinson Volquez would manage to sneak ahead of Nolasco. That never seemed viable to me, nor should it have been. Mattingly, by the way, says that starting Clayton Kershaw on three days rest in Game 4 was not considered, as Kershaw has never done it before. (The Braves announced that Freddy Garcia will throw Game 4.)

7) No official word yet on the start time of Game 3 back in Los Angeles — which, as you know, I will be at — but by all indications it appears to be a 5:37pm PT start.

8) Finally, set your panic meter to a billion: in a radio interview today, Vin Scully indicated that 2014 could possibly be his last.

712 comments
capnsparrow
capnsparrow

I heard on am570 that Buster Olney is reporting that if we don't win this series with the barves that Don will get fired. They also said Rosenthal and Heyman are sayin the same shit too. 

SaintCookies
SaintCookies

Do any of yinz have a link to your wiki?

ThtsaPaddlin
ThtsaPaddlin

The Dodgers success in October will be determined by the success of their bullpen. 

Tommy D
Tommy D

MLB.com right now has an article titled "Pens mighty important".

Suck it trebek.

MSTI OG
MSTI OG

Dan Uggla didnt make the NLDS roster?

MSTI OG
MSTI OG

OH WE'RE DOING THIS NOW?

Tommy D
Tommy D

@Capnsparrow I'd pull up Mike's article about the only way Mattingly loses manager of the year, is if the Pirates make the playoffs.  But that sounds like a lot of work.

DINGERS!
DINGERS!

@Malkincookies fair warning: we only found out about it last night. It was being saved as a surprise.

Needless to say, we were surprised.

ThtsaPaddlin
ThtsaPaddlin

*The bullpenis either a problem or the bullpenis rock solid.

MSTI OG
MSTI OG

was pretty stupid to get that corrective surgery midseason

MSTI OG
MSTI OG

@efb you dont fap from that end, emotional

Tommy D
Tommy D

@ThtsaPaddlin Direct quote from the article I mentioned below:

"When I wake up in the morning, I think about the bullpen," the manager said on Tuesday afternoon. "When I'm riding the bike, I'm thinking about the bullpen."