Author Topic: Postseason 2015  (Read 6480 times)

brjones

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Re: Postseason 2015
« Reply #15 on: October 06, 2015, 11:38:47 am »
Jayson Stark
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How about this Jake Arrieta nugget: Since the start of August 269 pitchers have given up 4+ ER in an inning. And Arrieta has given up 4 ER in 2 months!

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Re: Postseason 2015
« Reply #16 on: October 06, 2015, 12:13:24 pm »
Ill say Cubs over Blue Jays in 7.

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Re: Postseason 2015
« Reply #17 on: October 06, 2015, 12:21:11 pm »
Cubs over Marlins.  Cuz that's what Back to the Future II said, damb it.

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Re: Postseason 2015
« Reply #18 on: October 06, 2015, 04:22:06 pm »
There are reports out there that La Stella will start at third, Castro at second, and Bryant in LF.

If Maddon does that, it's basically getting LaStella into lineup over Coghlan.

Of course, LaStella has hit a lot better than Coghlan lately. Maddon is flexible and not one of those "he's been my guy all season" type of managers. Defensively, Bryant has 5 LF putouts all season, so who knows defensive impact. Maybe few balls hit to OF off Arrieta, so defense won't matter either way.

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Re: Postseason 2015
« Reply #19 on: October 06, 2015, 04:38:20 pm »
I think I would go with Coghlan for 1) the defensive consistency (Bryant at third and Coghlan in the OF) and 2) the ability to use La Stella off the bench, from where he has been killing it, but I wouldn't be surprised if Joe goes the other way.

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Re: Postseason 2015
« Reply #20 on: October 06, 2015, 04:39:42 pm »
If Maddon does that, it's basically getting LaStella into lineup over Coghlan.

Who is playing right in this scenario? Certainly not Schwarber which means he's out. Not sure Soler against Cole is a winning matchup either.

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Re: Postseason 2015
« Reply #21 on: October 06, 2015, 04:57:41 pm »
Schwarber has played a few games in RF, so I wouldn't assume he isn't playing.  Somebody mentioned that LF was large in Pittsburg, so it would make sense to flop Byrant and Schwarber in that situation.  Bryant likely has the better range than Schwarber or Coghlan.

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Re: Postseason 2015
« Reply #22 on: October 06, 2015, 05:01:07 pm »
I don't see the logic in weakening the defense in order to get LaStella's bat in the lineup in place of Coghlan's.

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Re: Postseason 2015
« Reply #23 on: October 06, 2015, 05:22:40 pm »
Maddon sucks.

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Re: Postseason 2015
« Reply #24 on: October 06, 2015, 05:22:58 pm »
Too soon?

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Re: Postseason 2015
« Reply #25 on: October 06, 2015, 05:26:15 pm »
I don't see the logic in weakening the defense in order to get LaStella's bat in the lineup in place of Coghlan's.

Coghlan has played right.  Who knows which of those two Maddon would start.  Coghlan just got three hits the other day.

Heh heh, if Maddon does go with LaStella 3rd, Bryant left, and Schwarber right, I think that would really speak to Maddon's valuation of hitting and offense.  You'd then have four guys playing positions that aren't their primary spots and where they aren't the best defenders of those who have played there often. 
*2B isn't Castro's most familiar spot, and he's not as good as Baez or Russell there.
*3B isn't Lastella's most familiar spot, and he's certainly not as good as Bryant there, or Baez.
*LF isn't Bryant's most familiar spot.  Not sure he's as good as Coghlan there.
*RF certainly isn't Schwarber's most familiar spot, having played it what, once?, since college?  Or did he play twice last week there?  Doubt he's as good as Coghlan there. 


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Re: Postseason 2015
« Reply #26 on: October 06, 2015, 05:31:35 pm »
HR-hitters may be especially important against an ace.  Ace won't make a lot of mistakes in an inning, hard to bunch hits.  One or two quick-strike HR's may decide a game. 

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Re: Postseason 2015
« Reply #27 on: October 06, 2015, 05:39:08 pm »
I agree with that reasoning.  I would prefer Schwarber in the outfield along with Bryant.  I would rather see Baez at third base, but I believe Maddon wants to get as many left handers into the lineup as practical.

LaStella and Castro are probably a better choice than LaStella and Baez.

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Re: Postseason 2015
« Reply #28 on: October 06, 2015, 05:42:28 pm »
I don't see the logic in weakening the defense in order to get LaStella's bat in the lineup in place of Coghlan's.
Maddon may be concerned about a young team not getting out of the box early and then start to press, so get the bats in there early.

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Re: Postseason 2015
« Reply #29 on: October 06, 2015, 05:55:17 pm »
Castro has good numbers against Cole and has been hot.  I'm not a Castro fan but he deserves to start the game. 

I am worried about LaStella.  I've mentioned a couple of times that I firmly believe the Pirates are going to bunt several times tomorrow.  I saw Marte and Polanco bunting in their last two series.  The Pirates have to know that if they can get one of their speed guys on base with no one out, they can easily steal on Arrieta and Montero.  Steal a base, sac bunt, and try to get an early run.  That is my biggest worry in this game is that the Pirates with their speed may be able to manufacture a run or two.  The Cubs will likely need to get some timely hits or hit a long ball.  Cervelli is not very good at throwing out runners so if we get someone on late in the game, Berry may be a big key.  If it was me, I start Bryant at 3B and Coghlan in LF.  But, I trust that Maddon obviously knows what he is doing.