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What's going on with OF Defense?

Posted on: October 8, 2009 7:34 am

In the 4 baseball games I've watched in the last 2 days I've seen an almost identical play happen 3 different times.First incident happens in Det/Min 1 game playoff to decide the winner of the AL Central.A line drive was hit at Tigers left fielder Ryan Raburn by a Twins hitter who made it to 3rd base on the play.That was on Tuesday.On Wednesday,an extremely similar play happened in Game 1 of the Rockie/Phillies series.In the bottom of the 5th inning with Raul Ibanez on 2nd Carlos Ruiz,Philadelphia's catcher hit a liner to Colorado's right fielder Brad Hawpe,he slid but failed to stop the ball from rolling toward the wall behind him.Ruiz stood on second, Ibanez had scored & Hawpe was charged with an error.Lo & behold,in Game 1 of the ALDS;the first playoff game played in the new Yankee Stadium;the same type of play happens that happene in the last 2 games I watched.In the bottom of the 7th inning with Johnny Damon at bat & Derek Jeter on 1st base,Damon hits a ball into right field,sure enough Michael Cuddyer,who was playing right field at the time(the Twins regular first baseman,Justin Morneau is on the Disabled List & out for the rest of the season)instead of 1st base,where in the last month he'd become accustomed to playing,misplays the ball,though the runner held up in case the ball was caught and only advanced to 2nd base,Damon reached on an error.Now I have a theory for why this may have happened in Minnesota.The roof of the Metrodome has historically given trouble to opposing teams defensive players because of its color being the same as a baseball.My theory for why these problems happened in Philadelphia & New York alike is because on the day of those games it was extremely windy.I can vouch for this because even though I veiwed the game in the comfort of a relatives house,I'd been outside earlier in the day & my relative lives halfway between N.Y. & Philly;exactly where the games were played,on the Jersey Coast.The games were also played at an unusual time in both cities,particularly the Philly game,which in some instances caused me to lose track of the ball or the action in general.    

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Since: Jun 13, 2008
Posted on: October 11, 2009 10:29 am

What's going on with OF Defense?

Now this can definitely not be blamed on the conditions,however Matt Holliday made it a Win 4,so to speak when he made an extremely costly error in Game 2 of the NLDS between the Cardinals & the Dodgers.Losing that game put Tony LaRussa & his troops in an almost insurmountable hole.Despite the fact the St.Louis Cardinals were coming home for games 3,and 4(if necessary)& they would have every opportunity to tie the series at 2 games apiece before heading back to the left coast it was not to be as Vicente Padilla gave the Los Angeles Dodgers everything they could've expected & more by pitching 8 innings of shut down baseball,the type you expect to see in the month of October.Andre Ethier hit his 2nd Home Run of the series & in my opinion was the MVP of this 3 game sweep.Manny Ramirez got his bat going,which is encouraging to the Dodgers.Albert Pujols drove in the lone run for the Cardnails in Game 3 but it was a too little,too late.Granted Joe Torre was not going to let Pujols beat him under any cicumstances.He showed the baseball world that early in game 1.Matt Holliday,who hit behind Pujols,didn't deliver but for a solo HR which had no effect on the outcome.Now the Los Angeles Dodgers wait until Denver,Colorado & the thin air of the Rocky Mountains decide to thaw out enough for the other half of the NLDS between the Philadelphia Phillies & Colorado Rockies to be played out.(Game 3 was postponed on Saturday,to be made up on Sunday,because of snow)We know that series will go at least 2 more games because it is tied 1 game apiece.Both Games 3 & 4 will be played in frozen Colorado.

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