Tag:World Series
Posted on: October 27, 2011 9:09 pm
Edited on: October 27, 2011 9:15 pm

Short leash for Garcia in Game 6

By Matt Snyder

ST. LOUIS -- After just three innings, Cardinals starting pitcher Jaime Garcia is done. He threw 59 pitches, giving up five hits, two walks and two earned runs. He has now been replaced by Fernando Salas with the game tied, 2-2.

It's not a huge shock that Cardinals manager Tony La Russa went to his bullpen. He has starting pitchers Kyle Lohse and Edwin Jackson down in the bullpen and his ballclub will lose the World Series with a loss Thursday night. So he's not messing around.

The Cardinals have already set the postseason record for pitching changes -- this was the 66th, and the previous record was 62 -- so Game 6 might just put that thing out of reach.

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Posted on: October 27, 2011 6:00 pm

La Russa cracks another joke to press

By Matt Snyder

ST. LOUIS -- Cardinals manager Tony La Russa has been animated and, frankly, pretty funny for the overwhelming majority of the World Series. He continued the theme Thursday afternoon, before a crucial Game 6.

In looking back on the Cardinals' season, losing ace Adam Wainwright for the season back in February was a devastating blow, yet here they are in the World Series, two games away from a World Championship. A reporter asked La Russa what if he heard, back in late February, that his team would be in Game 6 of the World Series. His reply?

"I would have kissed your butt at home plate (on) opening day."

It brought the house down. Again. As Gregg Doyel wrote earlier this series, the La Russa we've seen in press conferences for the World Series is a totally different version. He's just enjoying himself, and in past years that didn't always seem the case, at least not outwardly. This La Russa is relaxed. He's cracking jokes in the dugout to reporters during batting practice. He's laughing during press conferences.

"We've had a lot of fun," he said.

Evidently that's what happens when you get to the World Series without your ace.

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Posted on: October 27, 2011 3:37 pm

World Series Game 6 weather: Clear skies

By Matt Snyder

ST. LOUIS -- The picture above is the view from Busch Stadium at about 2:30 p.m. CT, with Game 6 scheduled for 7:05. That's quite a contrast to how things looked Wednesday at this time and there was plenty of rain Wednesday night, so it would appear MLB made the correct call in postponing the game.

The Weather.com hourly forecast backs up that sentiment as well. There's only a 10 percent chance of rain during the first two hours of the game and a zero percent chance for the following two hours. It's not going to be warm, with temperatures in the high-40s and low-50s, but the game should be played without delay, assuming the forecast is accurate. So just check out the Game 6 preview and prepare for another game in what has been a great series to this point.

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Posted on: October 26, 2011 7:10 pm

La Russa, Washington talk 'Moneyball' on day off

By Matt Snyder

ST. LOUIS -- With the unexpected night off, Cardinals manager Tony La Russa said he is finally going to see "Moneyball," the movie depicting A's general manager Billy Beane's approach leading up to and during the 2002 season. La Russa also gave a cautionary tale about being overly reliant on the walks part of on-base percentage.

"On-base percentage is one of the most dangerous concepts of the last seven, eight years because it forces some executives and coaches and players to think that it's all about getting on base by drawing walks, and the fact is that the guys that have the best on-base percentage are really dangerous hitters whenever they get a pitch in the strike zone," La Russa said.

La Russa was discussing how important it is for hitters to jump on the first pitch if it's a good hitter's pitch, because they might not see another good one to hit the rest of the at-bat. He wasn't saying he's against working the count or batters taking walks; instead saying that focusing too much on the walks might hurt the offense in taking too many good pitches to hit.

As far as the movie itself? "Brad Pitt is a great actor," La Russa said.

Rangers manager Ron Washington is actually a character in the movie, most notably the one with the line "it's tremendously hard," after Beane (Pitt) said to Scott Hatteberg, "first base isn't that hard, tell him, Wash." Washington was also asked about the movie Wednesday, and he's already seen it. Did that exchange with Beane, Washington and Scott Hatteberg actually happen, or was it just a Hollywood throw-in?

"Yes, it did, but it happened in Phoenix," Washington said. The scene in the movie took place in Hatteberg's house before the A's even signed him, not spring training.

"I've always been a matter-of-fact guy, and I just point-blank told Hatteberg that it's going to be difficult."

Washington also acknowledged what the movie neglected to: "I realize they didn't mention Eric Chavez, Miguel Tejada, (Barry) Zito, (Tim) Hudson, (Mark) Mulder, but that wasn't what it was about."

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Posted on: October 26, 2011 6:28 pm
Edited on: October 26, 2011 6:41 pm

MLB correctly errs on side of caution

By Matt Snyder

ST. LOUIS -- Major League Baseball had a tough decision Wednesday. On one hand, the weather reports for the scheduled game -- Game 6 of the World Series to those who have been living under a rock for the past week -- looked bleak. Does the league take the chance that the game is marred by weather, like Game 1 of the ALDS between the Tigers and Yankees this season or, even worse, Game 5 of the 2008 World Series between the Phillies and Rays? On the other hand, what if the forecast is wrong and the league is embarrassed again, just like in Game 2 of the ALCS, when it was a sunny day when the first pitch was scheduled, but the game was postponed earlier that afternoon?

That was the issue facing Major League Baseball. Ultimately, it factored everything in and believed the prudent decision was postponement.

"You get to Game 6 of the World Series, and you want to guard -- as long as you have a forecast that we're expecting clear weather tomorrow, and if necessary the next day, I think that was more of a decision-maker than anything else, just the fact that we're anticipating rain during the game," MLB vice president Joe Torre said Wednesday afternoon.

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"(The game was postponed) just basically for convenience," Torre said. "Because of the forecast there was no reason to wait any longer, and the earlier we can do it, the more people can change plans and do what they need to do, and including the players and managers, too."

Torre mentioned also that this next game being a possible clinching game of the World Series weighed heavily on the decision, again, teamed with the fact that the forecast for the next two days seems clear (Weather.com's hourly forecast for Thursday night, at this point, has a zero percent chance of rain throughout the game).

Torre also noted that the decision was entirely made by Major League Baseball officials, and that there was no input from either the Rangers or Cardinals.

"(Tuesday) I talked to both Wash (Rangers manager Ron Washington) and (Cardinals manager) Tony (La Russa) that if the forecast didn't get measurably better that we were probably going to call it early, and they were both understanding of it," Torre said. "They didn't offer any kind of strategy fight on it."

La Russa and Washington echoed that sentiment.

"No, I was given output," La Russa said. "I just picked up the phone, they said, 'The game's postponed.' No input."

"I want to play," Washington said. "I wasn't asked, but I want to play. But I understand the situation."

Rangers second baseman Ian Kinsler had a similar mindset to his manager.

"It's frustrating as a team," he said. "Same as the regular season, we wanna play every game when it's scheduled. But that's the way it goes."

"It's frustrating that you wanna get these games in because you have so much anxiety," Cardinals second baseman Nick Punto added. "There's an excitement to get ready for Game 6, and then they tell you to go home to be with your family and get ready to go tomorrow."

Despite the frustration at the weather, every player I heard from at least seemed understanding with the situation.

I think everyone would agree it's better to have the game played from start to finish with no delays to protect the integrity of the game. Most involved parties said as much, including Torre, La Russa, Washington and Kinsler.

So complain if you must, but realize there would be complaining if the game was interrupted for several rain delays, too. Major League Baseball was put in a no-win situation by bad weather, and decided to err on the side of caution. In a game as big as Game 6 of the World Series, we can't really ask for much more.

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Posted on: October 26, 2011 4:22 pm

Postponements are nothing new in World Series

By C. Trent Rosecrans

I'm sure there will be plenty of people who complain that Bud Selig decided to bring rain to St. Louis on Wednesday, delaying Game 6 of the World Series for 24 hours. It does seem a questionable move by Selig, but perhaps he's just looking at history and hoping for a repeat of the greatest Game 6 in history.

Game 6 of the 1975 World Series was delayed not one, but three days, before one of the greatest games in the history of the spot was played.

Don Larsen threw his perfect game in Game 5 of the 1956 World Series, which is an amazing feat. However, he was actually pitching on short rest because his Game 2 start came after a one-day postponement of Game 2. Larsen lasted just 1 2/3 innings, allowing four unearned runs on one hit and four walks in his Game 2 start.

In 2008, Game 5 of the World Series between the Phillies and Rays was postponed with the teams tied 2-2 in the sixth inning at Citizens Bank Park, the first -- and only time -- in history a World Series game had been suspended. It was resumed two days later, with the Phillies taking the game, and the World Series title.

This is the 31st time in history a World Series game has been delayed due to rain. The last time a game was delayed before it began, the last was Game 4 of the 2006 World Series in St. Louis. This is the seventh time in history a potential clinching game has been postponed due to rain.

Twice games have been postponed three days -- 1976 and in 1962 when the Giants came back to win Game 6, but then lost Game 7 to the Yankees.

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Posted on: October 26, 2011 3:13 pm
Edited on: October 26, 2011 7:13 pm

Game 6 postponed until Thursday

By Matt Snyder

ST. LOUIS -- Game 6 of the World Series has been postponed due to expected inclement weather. It will now be scheduled for Thusrday night at 7:05 p.m. CT. Click here to read the Eye on Baseball Game 6 preview.

Having lived my whole life in the Midwest, I can tell you that drastic shifts in weather within a 24-hour period are pretty common, especially in the spring and fall. Unfortunately, the city of St. Louis has seen a drastic turn for the worse just in time to interfere with Game 6. Here's a picture from the field Tuesday afternoon:

And roughly 24 hours later ...

It was just bad timing.

Also read: MLB correctly errs on the side of caution | La Russa, Washington talk Moneyball

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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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