Tag:2011 postseason
Posted on: October 28, 2011 10:59 am
Edited on: October 28, 2011 2:36 pm

Two Bucks, one home run call

By C. Trent Rosecrans  and

Joe Buck can get a little too cute at times, but Thursday night (or Friday morning, depending on where you were), he had the perfect -- if not predictable -- call for David Freese's walk-off home run.

Buck paid homage to his father, Jack, by saying "And we'll see you tomorrow night!" at the conclusion of Game 6 of the World Series. Jack had uttered the very same line back in 1991's Game 6 between the Twins and Braves. It's not the first time Joe has uttered the phrase, but given the circumstances, it was the biggest homage. Jack was a Cardinals broadcaster for nearly 50 seasons, and Joe says he thinks of his father often, especially during games.

"[It] was kinda the perfect time to do it," Joe said on KFNS St. Louis. "That was strictly for him and maybe as much for my mom who was watching back at home.”

Check out Buck's homage:

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Posted on: October 26, 2011 11:02 am
Edited on: October 26, 2011 3:38 pm

2 p.m ET weather meeting to decide Game 6 fate

UPDATE: Game 6 has been postponed

By C. Trent Rosecrans

The Cardinals have a meeting at 1 p.m. CT with Major League Baseball to determine if Game 6 of the World Series can be played Wednesday night, or whether to postpone it due to the threat of rain in St. Louis, Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak told 590 The Fan in St. Louis.

"I also think it makes a lot of sense not to play if it's going to be sort of stop-and-go baseball and we're going to be pulling the tarp multiple times," Mozeliak said. "Not being a weather forecaster, it doesn't look good based on what I read. But 1 p.m. I have a meeting where they're going to hone in on what's best for the fans."

Mozeliak said MLB would like to announce a rainout early, if possible -- "not to string it out."

This postseason has already been marred by a couple of bouts of rain. Game 1 of the ALDS between the Tigers and Yankees was suspended in the second inning and resumed the next day. Game 1 of the ALCS had two delays totaling 110 minutes and Game 2 was postponed a day.

Mozeliak also noted that if there was a rainout, it would help the Cardinals, giving ace Chris Carpenter an extra day of rest and the possibility of starting a Game 7, if it gets that far.

"I really think if we got to a Game 7, it wouldn't matter because you have all hands on deck, throwing everything out there including the kitchen sink, if it meant winning," Mozeliak said. "I wouldn't over think that too much, because everyone's available. I think it would be an exciting environment, but I'm not overly concerned who would start that game."

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Posted on: October 25, 2011 6:15 pm
Edited on: October 25, 2011 6:18 pm

Game 5 ratings rout Monday Night Football

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Game 5 of the World Series and the Monday Night Football game between Baltimore and Jacksonville were close on the field, but the two head-to-head games weren't close on the Nielsen scoreboard.

Fox earned an 8.8/14 household rating/share for Game 5 -- the same as last year's clinching game, while ESPN has asked Nielsen to go back and count the hanging chads of its overnight rating because the 5.8 would be an all-time Monday Night Football low. The Jaguars defeated the Ravens 12-7 on Monday.

The Associated Press reports that Fox knocked off CBS in the ratings for the last week because of baseball, with three of the first four World Series games finishing in the top 10 for the last week. Only the Game 3 blowout wasn't in the top 10. Game 4 also beat the Sunday night NFL game on NBC and baseball is 12-1 in the ratings over the last 21 years when the World Series goes up against an NFL game in primetime.

Listen, I'm not naive and saying baseball is more popular than the almighty NFL in this country, there's no question the NFL is king. But it's just silly to hear things like even in the comments section of a baseball blog about how "nobody" is watching this World Series or that Dallas/Ft. Worth is a "small market" or some other such nonsense. Baseball is more of a regional sport, with regional allegiances playing into the ratings more than other sports, while the national obsession with betting and the NFL keeps its numbers high. Game 5 drew a 46.9/64 share in St. Louis and Dallas had a 40.0/58 share -- the highest ever local rating for a Rangers game and better than the ratings for every game of the NBA Finals featuring the Mavericks. Baseball has its problems, that's for sure, but the constant whining about ratings and who is or isn't watching the games is just getting old, tired and inaccurate.

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Posted on: October 25, 2011 3:53 am

Odds in Rangers' favor of winning series

By C. Trent Rosecrans

With Monday's 4-2 victory in Game 5 of the World Series, the Rangers took a 3-2 lead in the series and take their own "happy flight" back to St. Louis, where Game 6 -- and Game 7, if necessary -- will take place Wednesday and Thursday.

So what's the chance of a Thursday game? Based on previous World Series, there's a 63 percent chance the Rangers will take Game 6 at Busch Stadium.

Our friend David Fung looks at the percentages of World Series titles after winning a certain number of games:


You can see more of Fung's work at fungraphs.tumblr.com and follow him on Twitter @cobradave.

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Posted on: October 24, 2011 9:25 pm
Edited on: October 24, 2011 11:00 pm

Derek Holland does Will Ferrell doing Harry Caray

By C. Trent Rosecrans

So much for reverence… in the World Series we now get bad impressions of Will Ferrell as Harry Caray from Rangers pitcher Derek Holland. But hey, anything that keeps Tim McCarver from talking can't be all bad.

Still, it was pretty not good -- even though he appears to be getting a lot of mileage out of it. Holland was the in-game guest of McCarver and Joe Buck, as the two regurgitated a tidbit they'd read in a tweet or blog post in the last 12 hours in some sort of Chirs Farley Show interview stylings.

Here's Holland channelling Ferrell:

Holland was 11 when Caray died, but does have a dog named "Wrigley" so perhaps he has actually heard Caray call a game. He also closed out his inning of national television doing a bad impression of Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Even if his Caray and Schwarzenegger skills are a little subpar, his Ron Washington is pretty entertaining. Check it out:

The one thing Holland has done has solidified his future as a go-to guy for broadcasts -- and the next postseason without the Rangers, expect to see him employed, even with the creeper mustache. But hey, the mustache is still better than A.J. Pierzynski's highlights. That said, Rich Little's job is safe.

For the record, here's the real Caray:

And here's what Holland -- and Ryan Dempster (video), Johnny Bench and tons of others do -- is actually imitating:

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Posted on: October 22, 2011 9:48 am

Heating up in October

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Which players are hitting better in October than in the regular season? Our David Fung wanted to know, and did this graphic.

Get more of Fung at fungraphs.tumblr.com and on Twitter at @cobradave.

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Posted on: October 21, 2011 6:12 pm

Ratings up for Game 2

By C. Trent Rosecrans

For all the gloom and doom about the ratings for the World Series, at least for one night there was an increase in viewership. According to Fox, Game 2 of the World Series had a five-percent increase from 2010 with an 8.9 rating and 14.3 million viewers, according to a release by the network.

The ratings also increased for Game 2 from Game 1. So far, Fox is averaging and 8.8 rating and 13.2 million viewers, up one percent from last season's first two games.

Perhaps, just perhaps, people who like baseball are tuning in and watching -- and all of those watching have been rewarded with great baseball.

Like Matt wrote earlier this week, there's little reason to worry about the ratings -- instead, sit back and enjoy a fantastic postseason.

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Posted on: October 19, 2011 5:27 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2011 5:43 pm

2011 CBSSports.com World Series predictions

Since we didn't get it right the first time (be honest, you didn't either), here are the CBSSports.com updated World Series predictions:

2011 World Series predictions





World Series winner
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Ian Kinsler

Nelson Cruz

Matt Holliday

Adrian Beltre

Albert Pujols

Mike Napoli

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