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NL WEST

Milwaukee (3-0) at San Francisco

MIL 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 - 1
SF  0 0 0 0 2 0 3 2 X - 7

W-Bungarner (1-0)
L-Jungmann (0-1)

SB-Duffy (1)
E-Segura (2)
GW-Pagan (1)

Taylor Jungmann (who it should be noted hit for a higher average than the much ballyhooed Bumgarner) pitched equal to his counterpart as well. Four for innings. Then the wheels came off, and Madison did what he is really paid to do--shut the other team down (8 IP 1 ER.) Matt Duffy scored two, drove in two, swiped a base, and played a solid hot corner for the Gigantes, who send the Brewers to the loser's bracket after a nice three game run.

 
Madison Bumgarner, San Francisco P
 
 
Ok, let me get this out there so we can move on. Madison Bumgarner is the most overrated hitting pitcher I can remember. He is a .180 career hitter who runs into a few. I don't know that hitting like Ray Oyler makes you a good hitter, even for a pitcher (MadBum has a career OPS+ of 50, Oyler's was 48.) Red Ruffing he isn't. In a lot of ways he is like Don Drysdale, another overrated hitting pitcher who had a couple of really good years with the stick, but generally was not really that dangerous. Drysdale's lifetime OPS+ was 45. Bob Gibson, another pitcher credited with all too much hitting ability was also 50. By comparison, Ruffing was 81. Don Newcombe was 85. Wes Ferrell was 100! Madison Bungarner is a decent hitter for a pitcher, but this fear that surrounds his trips top the plate needs to end. Throw him a couple of hooks and fastball at the letters and watch him do a 180 and head back to the bench. As Domingo Ayala would say, "Semi-Pro!"
 
 
That being said, his Strat batting card is kind of scary. ;)


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AL EAST

Tampa Bay (2-1) at Detroit (3-1)


TB    0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 2
DET 1 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 X - 4

W-Ryan (1-0)
L-Karns (0-1)
S-Feliz (2)

HR-JD Martinez 2 (3)
GW-JD Martinez (1)

JD Martinez drove in all four Tiger runs and Kyle Ryan delivered 4 1/3 quality innings of long relief after Daniel Norris went down with a season ending injury. Detroit is still waiting on Miguel Cabrera to go off, but in the meantime the "other" Martinez and a surprisingly effective 'pen will suffice (what has got into Neftali Feliz, anyway?) The gutty Rays are eliminated.

 

Kyle Ryan, Detroit P

 

I've been watching games and highlights (TWIB, etc.) from 1986. That season Kirby Puckett radically changed his profile as a hitter, suddenly becoming a power hitter after two full seasons of high average but few home runs. Kirby attributed it to a change in his approach--he moved up on the plate and simply started swinging harder. That and some luck--according to him--were the reasons for his increased long ball production. And while it was assumed by many pundits to be a fluke, it wasn't. Kirby had become what he would essentially be as a hitter because he found an approach that worked for him.

Fast forward about thirty years, and JD Martinez does basically the same thing, becoming a legitimate star offensive threat after a couple of disappointing years with Houston. Point being, had either of those changes occurred in 1996 or 2006, everyone would have pointed to steroids, either during or after, as an explanation for why that jump in power occurred. Now during that time of course, there were players who also used 'roids that had similar elevations in performance.

But I defy anyone to say for sure that they can prove that steroids were the reason for those improvements, because these outlier seasons--or permanent changes in performance--have always occurred, as we now see (and should have recognized at the time.) While it was not unreasonable to assume an effect, that is a far cry from pinpointing what that effect was. New ballparks, an increase in mediocre pitching with expansion (many of whom were also using PEDs), changes in how hitters went about their business regarding approach at the plate all played a role in the offensive explosion of the nineties and early two thousands; I don't believe it is possible to fairly disentangle those confounding factors to arrive at the conclusion that steroids and HGH resulted in "X effect" and that this mystery factor de-legitamizes an entire generation of ballplayers and their accomplishments.

But now people have decided that the "era" is over. So they no longer rely on the simplistic explanation for an increase in home runs being the result of what a ballplayer may shoot in their butt cheeks. Ironic, given more home runs are being hit than ever. Now, JD Martinez and Jose Bautista and Josh Donaldson are given the same benefit of the doubt that Kirby Puckett was afforded thirty years ago, the benefit of the doubt that Brady Anderson and Luis Gonzalez, for example, are not given. This seems capricious to me, to say the least.



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Los Angeles (0-1) at Oakland (3-1)

LAA 1 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 1 - 5
OAK 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 - 3

W-Santiago (1-0)
L-Bassitt (0-1)
S-Street (1)

HR-Calhoun (1), Butler (3)
SB-Aybar (1)
GW-Calhoun (1)

Kole Calhoun hit Chris Bassitt's first pitch over the fence in RF and for all intents and purposes that was the game and Oakland's promising playoff run. Carlos Perez added a two run single in the fourth inning, and Hector Santiago pitched a solid seven innings, allowing only one run. "Country Breakfast," Billy Butler, hit his third bomb of the tournament (better late than never, I suppose) and added a sac fly, but it was not enough. Former Athletic Huston Street closed the door, and the Angels stay alive in the loser's bracket.

 
Kole Calhoun, Los Angeles OF


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NL EAST

Philadelphia (2-1) at Atlanta (2-1)

PHI  0 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 - 3
ATL 0 1 3 1 0 0 0 2 X - 7

W-Wisler (1-0)
L-Buchanan (0-1)

GW-Swisher (1)

How do you hope to win when you start a pitcher with an ERA just shy of 7.00? Well, you can't really, and the Phils didn't (but they did manage to give David Buchanan 15 starts in 2015 despite being utterly inept, so they have no one to blame but themselves.) Veteran Nick Swisher's two run single in the third inning vaulted Atlanta ahead 3-2, and they kept pouring it on. Adonis Garcia continues to rake, coming through with a single, double, and three ribbies, and Matt Wisler was just effective enough (6 IP 3 ER) to get a quality start and a win. So long Fightin' Phils: the Bravos are now 3-1 and still alive in the loser's bracket and looking strangely effective.

 
Nick Swisher, Atlanta 1B-OF


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Arizona (1-1) at Milwaukee (3-1)

ARI 1 0 0 2 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 1 - 7
MIL  0 0 0 0 1 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 - 6

W-Hudson (1-0)
L-Blazek (1-1)
S-Ziegler (2)

HR-Gennett (1), Lamb (1), DPeralta (1)
E-WPeralta (1), Segura (3)
GW-DPeralta (1)

Every D-Back game thus far has been a nail-biter, and this one was no exception. David Peralta's twelfth inning homer off of an overworked Michael Blazek gave Arizona it's final lead (and it's third of the game), moving the Snakes up the loser's bracket, and the Brewers to various hunting and fishing excursions (or whatever modern players do nowadays.) Mike Lamb, who had been quiet the first two games for Kirk Gibson's crew, homered and drove in three to pace Arizona's offense, while the D-Backs got a tremendous three inning bullpen outing from Daniel Hudson. Jonathan Lucroy ends a great playoff run with two more doubles, three hits and three ribbies in a losing cause.

 
David Peralta, Arizona OF


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Cleveland (1-0) at New York

CLE 0 1 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 - 4
NYY  0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 - 1

W-Adams (1-0)
L-Sabathia (0-1)
S-Allen (1)

HR-Raburn (1), Aviles (1), Teixeira (1)
GW-Raburn (1)

Cleveland remains unbeaten as former Indian CC Sabathia runs out of gas in the seventh, and Delan Betances wild pitches home two runs. Danny Salazar has his outing interrupted by elbow soreness after three shutout innings, but the Tribe gets six innings of outstanding bullpen work to pick up the slack, and the win. Cleveland plays one seed Toronto next, while the Yankees retire to the loser's bracket to play the red-hot Tigers at Comerica in an elimination game.

 
Austin Adams, Cleveland P


-- Edited by pfunkone on Sunday 19th of March 2017 07:51:53 AM

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Seattle (3-0) at Houston

SEA   1 0 0 0 2 0 0 1 0 - 4
HOU 0 2 0 0 3 2 0 0 X - 7

W-Keuchel (1-0)
L-Nuno (1-1)
S- Gregerson (1)

HR-Rasmus (1)
SB-Mariscnick (1)
GW-Altuve (1)

The Astros slow the runaway train that was the Seattle Mariners, overcoming a mediocre start from Dallas Keuchel to pound the M's relievers. Keuchel allowed four runs, but he did go eight innings, saving the Astro bullpen while their offense battered Seattle's. Nonetheless, Houston had to come from behind, with Jose Altuve's two run double enough to do the trick in the fifth inning. Colby Rasmus delivered a two run shot for insurance the next inning, and Houston cruised home from there. The Mariners lost starting pitcher Roenis Elias to injury in the second inning, the second hurler to go on the disabled list thus far for Seattle (Danny Farquhar was the first.)

 
Jose Altuve, Houston 2B


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Thanks. Getting harder to find ones that aren't blocked, though.

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NL EAST

Washington (1-0) at New York

WAS 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 - 3
NYM  0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 - 1

W-Zimmermann (1-0)
L-Colon (0-1)
S-Papelbon (2)

SB- Espinosa (1), Desmond (1)
E- Desmond (1), Harper (1)
GW-Espinosa (1)

The Nats received standout pitching from all four hurlers, and got all the runs they needed on Danny Espinosa's two run single in the first inning. New York wasted a solid outing from Bartolo Colon (7 IP 2 ER), managing very little off of Jordan Zimmermann (6 1/3 IP 1 ER) and company.

 
Jordan Zimmermann, Washington P


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San Francisco (1-0) at Los Angeles

SF  0 0 1 0 0 0 1 2 0 - 4
LA  5 0 0 1 0 1 0 1 X - 8

W-Kershaw (1-0)
L-Heston (0-1)

HR-Guerrero 2 (2), Bumgarner (1), Rollins (1), Tomlinson (1), Duffy (1), Grandal (1)
SB-Belt (1)
E-Kendrick (1), Rollins (1)
GW-Gonzalez (1)

The Dodgers pick a good day for ace Clayton Kershaw to be off his game. LA's Cy Young starter isn't bad (6 2/3 IP, 2 ER, but with 4 BB) but for a change he doesn't need to be great. The first six Dodgers reach base, and they wale on Chris Heston to the tune of five runs in just two regrettable innings of work. Alex Guerrero's grand slam does the majority of the damage, and the Cuban ex-pat delivers a second dinger for insurance in the sixth inning. The Giants did manage to add a couple of interesting highlights; they hit two pinch homers (one by pitcher Madison Bumgarner, the other by Kelby Tomlinson) and Matt Duffy continues to rake, hitting a two run shot and a double. At the end of the day, though, he Giants move to the loser's bracket, while LA climbs the ladder to play the Cubs.

 
Alex Guerrero, Los Angeles IF-OF


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AL EAST

New York (0-1) at Detroit (4-1)

NYY 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 1 0 - 4
DET  0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 0

W-Pineda (1-0)
L-Simon (0-1)

HR-Teixeira (2) Rodriguez (1)
SB-Ellsbury 2(2)
GW-Teixeira (1)

Michael Pineda pitched 7 shutout innings, striking out 11, and Mark Teixeira and Alex Rodriguez hit back-to-back, third inning homers off Alfredo Simon, as the Yankees stave off elimination. Both Tex and A-Rod drove home two, and Delin Betances and Justin Wilson tossed an inning of scoreless ball as three Yankees hurlers combine on the shutout. Detroit ends a nice 4-2 run in disappointing fashion, while the Bombers await the loser of Toronto and Cleveland. Detroit's Miguel Cabrera finishes the six playoff games with 0 RBIs total.

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Michael Pineda, New York P



-- Edited by pfunkone on Saturday 25th of March 2017 05:11:34 PM



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Los Angeles of Anaheim (1-1) at Seattle (3-1)

LAA  1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 3
SEA 1 0 0 2 0 3 0 0 x - 6

W-Guiape (1-0)
L-Alvarez (0-1)
S-Wilhelmsen (2)

HR-Cano (1)
GW-Seager (1)

The Mariners rake Jered Weaver the second time through the order, and then light reliever Jose Alvarez up for another 3 runs to continue their jaunt through the losers bracket of the AL West. Kyle Seager had three hits including the game winner, a single past Albert Pujols that plated Robinson Cano with the go-ahead run. Promising youngster Ketel Marte continued his hot hitting with a broken bat, two run double in the sixth that put the game out of reach. Tom Wilhelmsen polished off the Angels with a five out save.

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Ketel Marte, Seattle SS/OF



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New York (0-1) at Atlanta (3-1)

NYM 0 0 0 1 2 0 1 1 0 - 5
ATL   0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 1

W-deGrom (1-0)
L-Foltynewicz (0-1)

HR- Peterson (1), Cespedes (1)
GW-Granderson (1)

The Mets avoid an early, embarrassing elimination, as Jacob deGrom pitches a brilliant 8 innings, allowing only one run. Mike Foltynewicz pitched as well as a journeyman could have been expected for the Braves, and Yoenis Cespedes solo homer only tied the score at 1 after four. But New York jumped on the Braves starter in the fifth. Travis D'Arnuad and Juan Lagares both walked and after deGrom whiffed, Curtis Granderson one-hopped the wall with a two run double and the game was essentially over. Lagares added an RBI double and the Mets win easily behind deGrom's ten strikeouts. Atlanta's post season is over, although Adonis Garcia's 10 RBIs figure to rank among the leaders regardless.

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Jacob deGrom, New York P



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Arizona (2-1) at San Francisco (1-1)

ARI 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 3
SF  2 0 0 0 0 3 1 3 X - 9

W-Leake (1-0)
L-Godley (0-1)

HR-Peralta (2), Blanco (1), Posey (1)
SB-Blanco 2 (2), Panik (1)
E-Saltalamacchia (1), Lamb (1)
GW-Duffy (1)

An early lead for Arizona evaporates and an exhausted D-Back pen is cudgeled, as the Giants win going away. Giant skipper Bruce Bochy stuck with a struggling Mike Leake and was paid off with a 6 1/3 inning outing, and no runs after the first. Meanwhile Robbie Ray was lifted in third with an injury, and his relief was no more effective--Arizona's relievers allowed seven runs in less than six innings of work. Gregor Blanco scored three runs for the Giants, while Joe Panik and Matt Duffy added a pair of RBIs as the entire lineup contributed to SF's victory.

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Gregor Blanco, San Francisco OF

 



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