2012 MLB Season Discussion: Off-Season

My god, did Buck just smile?

Saw this over at Bernie's Pressbox in the StLToday forums.

Bernie Miklasz wrote:

Molina, the Cardinals leader, savored the win over Atlanta. The Cardinals have been through a lot the past year. Tony La Russa and Dave Duncan retired. Albert Pujols defected to the Angels. Ace Chris Carpenter had a numb shoulder and missed all but three starts at near the end of the 162-game schedule. Lance Berkman's knees gave out and he had only 81 at-bats. Allen Craig, RBI machine, was on the DL twice in the first half.

On and on... the one-run losses ... the walk-off losses ... the league's No. 1 offense that misfired too often. More injuries than they care to remember ... bullpen mayhem.

Molina said he was thinking about all of that Friday night when the game was delayed for almost 20 minutes as irate Braves fans littered the field with bottles and garbage to protest a controversial Infield Fly Rule called by the umpires.

The Cardinals had a 6-3 lead, but with the outbreak of madness, you had to wonder what was going through their minds. Would they become rattled, and distracted?

Apparently not.

Molina said it was "fun." He actually said, "it was a really fun game."

Fun? The fans are hurling projectiles, and there's no police presence, and the security seemed a little light ... the place was getting more dangerous by the minute ... and Molina was having fun?

Molina explained he was savoring the events of Friday night. Taking it all in: the way the Cardinals came back from 2-0 against Kris Medlen, the way they manufactured runs, the way they forced the issue (and ATL errors) with aggressive play. Molina spoke of how happy he was just to catch Kyle Lohse, who pitched well except for one mistake that became a two-run homer.

So yes, when the action was paused and Molina had time to think, he appreciated the craziness of the season, the craziness of the scene in Atlanta. The Cardinals passed another test. This was a strange one.

"It was scary out there at first," Molina said. "With the fans throwing all of those things, it was kind of scary. But we know how to handle anything. So I knew we would be OK. That was a fun game. Just crazy. But we got the win."

-B

I love Molina.

Just wanted to get on record saying that I'm specifically pulling for the Reds and Nationals, specifically against the Tigers, Yankees, and Cardinals, in those orders. I don't feel anything in particular about the A's, Giants, or Orioles.

Detroit up 2-0 on Oakland. We better send someone to Ulairi's house and make sure he's ok.

I'm for the Cards, obviously. I'd like to see Cincy win their series, as knocking out the their biggest rival is the most fun.

In the AL, I was for Texas. Now I'd like to see the Cards play the Yankees, as a Cards/Yankees series is just a great classic match-up.

But first St. Louis will need to start hitting the Nats pitching.

Stele wrote:

Detroit up 2-0 on Oakland. We better send someone to Ulairi's house and make sure he's ok. ;)

Yeah. I added to the karmic debt by making Fister jokes. And I'm not blaming Coco at all. Him being charged an error for that drop was nonsense.

Here's hoping the A's can get it together. Would've rather had a split going back to Oakland.

Cards vs Yanks would be great only so that I could harang my friend from St Louis who lives in NC.

I'm liking the Cards chances to win two in DC.

The offense popped its head out today, but the biggest key is Beltran getting hot. And they have Carp, Lohse, and Waino ready to go.

Carp is key. He's the perfect guy to set the tone on the road.

I'm just glad StL didn't take their cue from the bay area teams to fall 0-2 in the series. That would be a tall order.

Rosenthal was impressive with the 100, 100, 100, and 101 pitches in a row there. :shocK:

Whew. Go Orioles!

Stele wrote:

Detroit up 2-0 on Oakland. We better send someone to Ulairi's house and make sure he's ok. ;)

lets see how tonight goes.

Oh wow Giants scored in the top of the 10th.

COCO amends!

jowner wrote:

COCO amends!

that was an amazing catch.

Ulairi wrote:
jowner wrote:

COCO amends!

that was an amazing catch.

I think part of the new money ball for Beane was buying up some cheap defense. Commentators wont stop talking about how good the outfield is and that Oakland is pretty much playing 2 short stops.

Completely different series now for Oakland at home.

Hey the As are still alive.

jowner wrote:
Ulairi wrote:
jowner wrote:

COCO amends!

that was an amazing catch.

I think part of the new money ball for Beane was buying up some cheap defense. Commentators wont stop talking about how good the outfield is and that Oakland is pretty much playing 2 short stops.

Completely different series now for Oakland at home.

i think if it would have started in Oakland like a regular post season game, theyd be in a much better position. tomorrow is another shot. keep it going A's! Let's Go Oakland!!!!

"Chris Carpenter owns Edwin Jackson!"

I love Bob Costas. But seriously, Carp ripped the hell out of that pitch.

Looks like the bats are still alive. Up 4-0, and threatening in the 5th.

Is the afternoon game only on MLB TV and not TBS or FOX?

Yes, its on MLB Network.

This is picking nits but am I the only one that finds TBS's use of a traditional baseball scorebook to highlight a previous players at bats annoying? Not the graphic itself.. I think the idea is fine.. but as someone who has kept detail score with pen and paper and now have a very nice scoring app for ipad (iscore), it drives me crazy that they put the inning in the bottom right corner inside the scoring box, while they put the result of the play (K, 6-4-3 DP, 1B, etc), underneath the box. First time I saw it, it took me a good 30 seconds to figure out wtf the "4" was in the box for someone who got a hit.. did he get put out on a FC by the 4th batter later in the inning? Did he hit a single to the 2B?... no.. it was just saying it was the 4th inning.. as if it wasn't obvious enough because it was in the 4th damn box. At a minimum they should swap the play result with the inning number so it looks more like a real scoring book.

Ok meaningless rant off enjoy more baseball!

... Jim Johnson blows a save again. Dammit.

Come on Orioles. Do that extra inning 1-run thing you've been doing lately. Gotta put those Yankees down.

TBS is by far my favorite broadcast of games. Mainly, I like having the strike zone graphic up all the time, with pitch counts.

Jayhawker wrote:

TBS is by far my favorite broadcast of games. Mainly, I like having the strike zone graphic up all the time, with pitch counts.

Indeed. I get annoyed watching local SunSports (FoxSports?) games where they pull out the strike zone here and there, but not always for the pitches I want to see. I mean they obviously have the tool up and going and use it every game, so just leave it there.

Damn Yankees.

Raul Ibanez. Really?

Ugh why did he go to third :/

k rally time still!

Aw come on Oakland. Down 3-1 now. Stop screwing around and get out of this inning.