Tag:2011 World Series
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:


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Posted on: October 24, 2011 6:20 pm
Edited on: October 24, 2011 6:47 pm

Game 4 beats NFL in TV ratings

Mike NapoliBy C. Trent Rosecrans

There's nothing like baseball ratings to get people all worked up over nothing, so how about we turn the tables?

The NFL is dead!

That's right, because Game 4 of the World Series pulled a bigger national rating than the Sunday night game of the Colts and Saints, it must mean the NFL is dead, nobody cares about the NFL and Roger Goodell is an idiot and must be fired, right? That's usually the way the discussion goes anytime the ratings of World Series game or baseball game in general are compared to an NFL game, so it's only fair to overreact the other way.

Of course, I'm kidding -- sort of. The point Matt made the other day about not caring about the ratings is still dead-on. However, we've pointed out the doom and gloom of baseball ratings so many times, I think it's germane to bring up Game 4's boffo ratings. Derek Holland's gem brought in 15.2 million viewers, a 9.2/14 television rating for Fox. Meanwhile, on NBC, the Saints' 62-7 thrashing of the Colts brought in an 8.2/13 overnight rating.

There are plenty of reasons why the Saints-Colts game didn't get the high ratings -- no Peyton Manning, a 21-0 Saints lead after the first quarter, the fact that Indianapolis and New Orleans are small markets (the NFL has those too, don't they?) But it's still a Sunday night game in primetime, featuring two teams that have won the Super Bowl in the last five seasons.

Through four games, the ratings are down just one percent from last season, as the 2011 World Series is averaging 8.2/13 rating as compared to 8.3/14 through four games for last year's Rangers-Giants World Series. The predictions and pre-Series screams of woe had many expecting much lower numbers. 

The bottom line, even for what has become a football nation, baseball was a better game on Sunday and the numbers reflect that people chose to watch baseball. And no matter what the numbers are for one game, we're a big enough country to support both and be able to enjoy both. The people who find baseball entertaining watched a highly entertaining baseball game. The people who don't enjoy baseball, probably didn't watch. But to pronounce one sport dead because of one night of ratings is silly -- no matter which sport has the bad night.

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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 5:41 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2011 9:26 pm

MLB to allow Dirk Nowitzki first pitch

Dirk NowitzkiBy C. Trent Rosecrans

Update: MLB has invited Nowitzki to throw out the first pitch of one of the World Series games in Texas, ESPN reports. That would either be Games 3, 4 or 5. Spokesman Pat Courtney said that commissioner Bud Selig was unaware that Nowitzki was not involved, and felt he should be.

Read below for more on MLB not allowing Nowitzki to throw out a first pitch before reversing itself.

Apparently a guy dressed up as a cartoon character is OK for throwing out the first pitch in the NLCS, but an NBA player can't throw out the first pitch in a World Series.

Major League Baseball nixed a Rangers proposal to have the Mavericks' Dirk Nowitzki throw out the first pitch in one of the Rangers' home games in the World Series. Although a report by ESPN claimed it was because of the NBA's labor issues, an MLB official denied that was the reason when asked by CBSSports.com.

The MLB official said MLB oversees the selection of the first pitch honorees and they prefer not to promote other sports, but instead promote their own sport. Each team gives the MLB office 10-15 names they are thinking about having throw out the first pitch, and MLB takes a role in saying which ones they would like. Nowitzki was on the Rangers' list and was denied by MLB. Last year the Rangers scheduled two former players and two former presidents (including one that's a former owner of the team) throw out the first pitch during their four scheduled home games in the World Series.

Nowitzki threw out the first pitch at a June 25 game after leading the Mavericks to the NBA title. Teams control who throws out the first pitch in the regular-season, but not the postseason.

Game 6 of the NLCS between the Brewers and Cardinals featured a person dressed up like the character Sully from the movie Monsters, Inc., the inspiration for the team's "beast mode" meme. While MLB oversees who throws out the first pitches in the first two rounds of the playoffs, they give the teams more leeway in their selections in the two rounds leading up to the World Series.

Nolan Ryan, Ferguson Jenkins, George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush threw out the first pitches before last year's home World Series games at Rangers Ballpark.

Bob Gibson, Bruce Sutter and Adam Wainwright will throw out the "first" pitches at Game 1 at Busch Stadium in St. Louis.

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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





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Nelson Cruz

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Albert Pujols

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Posted on: November 2, 2010 3:59 pm

Yankees favorite for 2011 World Series

You know what they say about a fool and his money… but hey, there's a couple of fools in Vegas (and some smart folks, too), but to put any money down on next baseball season before we even know what teams are going to look like?

Buster Posey Well, common sense won't stop folks from betting, and BoDog.com has its line for next year's World Series winner. And it's very little surprise that the Yankees are the favorite, while Buster Posey and the Giants are 10/1 to repeat.

Yankees 4/1
Phillies 6/1
Giants 10/1
Red Sox 10/1
Cardinals 14/1
Rays 14/1
Rangers 16/1
Twins 16/1
Braves 18/1
Rockies 18/1
Padres 20/1
Reds 20/1
Dodgers 22/1
White Sox 22/1
Angels 25/1
Cubs 30/1
Athletics 35/1
Tigers 35/1
Marlins 35/1
Mets 40/1
Blue Jays 50/1
Astros 65/1
Brewers 65/1
Mariners 70/1
Orioles 75/1
Diamondbacks 80/1
Indians 80/1
Nationals 80/1
Royals 125/1
Pirates 150/1

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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