October 26, 2017

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle:

A place to discuss the sports stories that aren't making news, share links that aren't quite front-page material, and diagram plays on your hand. Remember to count to five Mississippi before commenting in anger.

posted by huddle to general at 06:00 AM - 11 comments

Joe Girardi out as Yankees manager

posted by NoMich at 11:41 AM on October 26, 2017

Why is Cashman sure to return as GM? Hard to see the situation as only down to Girardi.

posted by billsaysthis at 11:52 AM on October 26, 2017

Really? No talk about last night's game?

You surprise me sometimes, SpoFi.

posted by Ufez Jones at 12:14 PM on October 26, 2017

Unfortunately, I was in bed by the 5th inning

posted by NoMich at 12:50 PM on October 26, 2017

I'll talk about last night's game! For the second year in a row, I'm happy to see both teams in the WS, and won't be unhappy regardless of outcome. With my Reds rebuilding, all I really hope for in the WS is no Cards, no Yanks, no Red Sox (not bashing those teams, I just like to see new blood). Pulling for the 'Stros, but the Dodgers are a fun young team, too. I really want good, exciting baseball, played with some passion (and maybe a game 7).

Last night's game was fun as hell, even if it went about a half hour past my bedtime! Even my baseball-hating wife got sucked in to the outcome. Great pitching through 6, home run-o-rama from thereon. Dudes having a ton of fun playing ball. Can't wait for game 3!

posted by tahoemoj at 01:06 PM on October 26, 2017

The concern with the outcome of the Wall-Ball hoops showdown is that his son not losing to Washington will just add more p.s.i. to LaVar's driver's side airbag.

Cool Lakers throwback unis.

That's about it for last night and Los Angeles.

posted by beaverboard at 02:06 PM on October 26, 2017

I want to know how this play was scored

if the Dodgers had won by a run, that hat has to go into the Hall of Fame.

posted by yerfatma at 02:23 PM on October 26, 2017

Really? No talk about last night's game?

You surprise me sometimes, SpoFi.

I went to bed in the 8th inning (before the Astros scored their run), and woke up to the sound of wind outside knocking over a deck chair. When I figured that out and started to go back to sleep, I threw on the TV to see what the final score was.

Imagine my surprise that they were still playing, and it was (just now) 7-5 Astros in the 11th!

I watched the bottom of the inning and rooted for Puig to hit one out to extend it, even though I was cheering for the Astros and there was no way I could watch any more of the game.

If the game started an hour earlier, I probably would have made it all the way through (as I'm am less likely to go to sleep during a tie game in the 9th/10th inning than a 3-1 lead with super-reliever coming on in the 8th).

As for the baseball-cap deflection:

Single to LF (Line Drive to LF-CF); Reddick to 3B

posted by grum@work at 04:18 PM on October 26, 2017

Really? No talk about last night's game?

Tuned in to the WS after I watched the Spurs - Heat, which was a pretty good game until the Spurs broke it open late. It was 3 -2 Dodgers when I started watching, and then the home run derby began. For a while it looked like both managers would be indicted for improper use of pitching, but at the end Devenski was able to hold on. That last change-up to strike out Puig was absolutely nasty.

Joe Girardi out as Yankees manager

There is more to this than might meet the eye. The skinny is that Girardi had some problems communicating with his players. Firing him for one bad decision in the ALDS - one that ultimately made no difference in the outcome of the series - begs credibility. He will not have any problem finding another job. As far as Cashman is concerned, it appears that he has done a fair-to-middling job in rebuilding the roster after the aging veterans all retired. Certainly Judge and Sanchez have excelled, although Sanchez is a catcher made for the DH role. Starting pitching was an issue at times, but the bullpen was excellent. Unless there is a serious personality clash between him and team ownership, there is no reason to fire him.

posted by Howard_T at 05:33 PM on October 26, 2017

Sorry to drop 2 consecutive comments, but the NFL Pick 'em is not yet posted. For the record, Baltimore by 9.

posted by Howard_T at 05:37 PM on October 26, 2017

although Sanchez is a catcher made for the DH role.

Given his performance in the ALCS, his position should be listed as can'tcher.

posted by grum@work at 11:04 PM on October 26, 2017

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