Tag:NLCS
Posted on: October 8, 2011 12:17 am
 

East or West Coast? High payroll? See ya ...



By Matt Snyder


When Ryan Howard grounded out to end an absolutely brilliant pitchers' duel between Chris Carpenter and Roy Halladay, the Phillies were eliminated from the playoffs by the Cardinals. In the bigger picture, all teams in the East divisions were now eliminated -- just as are the top nine payrolls in baseball, according to the figures from the start of 2011.

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The Tigers are now the big boy, of the four remaining teams. They entered 2011 with a $105,700,231 payroll, ranking 10th in the majors. The Cardinals followed, ranking 11th, with the Rangers checking in at 13 and the Brewers ranking 17th. This isn't a commentary on how spending doesn't benefit teams, because the Yankees and Phillies only lost Game 5 in their respective series by one run. Spending also gives those teams a larger margin of error on big free agent signings, so don't overreact and say spending causes losing. It most certainly doesn't. But we do have to give credit where it's due here. The four remaining teams in the 2011 postseason were not big spenders. They were more middle-market spenders who assembled quality teams with shrewd front-office moves. Oh, and they aren't from the East, too. That seems to matter to many fans.

We so often hear the lament of the national fans, that they are sick of seeing the Yankees, Red Sox and Phillies. Well, they're all gone now. Lament no more. We've got Detroit, Texas, Milwaukee and St. Louis represented. It's a great cross-section of what those coastal types might call flyover country. Being an Indiana resident, I think it's pretty cool myself.

Maybe FOX isn't happy that the World Series doesn't have the New York and Philadelphia markets (or Boston ... or Chicago ... or Los Angeles), but pure baseball fans will tune in and enjoy a great product no matter who is playing. We just witnessed four dramatic series, none of which were sweeps and three of which went the absolute distance -- all ending with one-run decisions in Game 5. That's a great product. Period.

Oh, by the way, parity police: The Rangers and Brewers have never won the World Series. The Tigers haven't won it since 1984. The Cardinals have won the World Series one time since 1982.

One could spin this as the playoffs of the underdog, though that wouldn't really be accurate in the cases of at least the Rangers and maybe all four. Maybe it's the playoffs of the less fortunate (or medium fortunate, to be more accurate)? Or the adept spenders? The non-coasters? Whatever it is, it's been extremely entertaining thus far and that doesn't appear to be going away any time soon. Make no mistake about it, these two League Championship Series and the ensuing World Series are absolutely compelling. Stay tuned, it's going to be three total must-watch series. Even if the teams don't play in the largest of markets.

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Posted on: October 7, 2011 3:21 pm
 

LCS gametimes announced

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Major League Baseball has announced the game times for the League Championship Series, and we've updated our handy-dandy postseason schedule.

But if you just want the Cliff's Notes version on the ALDS and NLCS game times, here you go -- with the note that we don't know where any of the NLCS games will be played.

American League Championship Series (Best of 7)
Game Result Home team in CAPS
Game 1 10/8: Detroit at TEXAS
Time: 8:05 p.m. ET | Broadcast: Fox
Game 2 10/9: Detroit at TEXAS
 Time: 7:45 p.m. ET | Broadcast: Fox
Game 3 10/11: Texas at DETROIT
 Time: 8:05 p.m. ET | Broadcast: Fox
Game 4 10/12: Texas at DETROIT
 Time: 4:19 p.m. ET | Broadcast: Fox
Game 5* 10/13: Texas at DETROIT
 Time: 4:19 p.m. ET | Broadcast: Fox
Game 6* 10/15: Detroit at TEXAS
 Time: 8:05 p.m. ET | Broadcast: Fox
Game 7* 10/16: Detroit at TEXAS
 Time: 8:05 p.m. ET | Broadcast: Fox
 
National League Championship Series (Best of 7)
 
Game Result Home team in CAPS
Game 1 10/9: ARI/MIL @ PHI or STL @ ARI/MIL
 Time: 4:05 p.m. ET | Broadcast: TBS
Game 2 10/10: ARI/MIL @ PHI or STL @ ARI/MIL
 Time: 8:05 p.m. ET | Broadcast: TBS
Game 3 10/12: PHI @ ARI/MIL or ARI/MIL @ STL
 Time: 8:05 p.m. ET | Broadcast: TBS
Game 4 10/13: PHI @ ARI/MIL or ARI/MIL @ STL
 Time: 8:05 p.m. ET | Broadcast: TBS
Game 5* 10/14: PHI @ ARI/MIL or ARI/MIL @ STL
 Time: 8:05 p.m. ET | Broadcast: TBS
Game 6* 10/16: ARI/MIL @ PHI or STL @ ARI/MIL
 Time: 4:05 p.m. or 8:05 p.m. ET | Broadcast: TBS
Game 7* 10/17: ARI/MIL @ PHI or STL @ ARI/MIL
 Time: 8:05 p.m. ET | Broadcast: TBS

Also note Game 6 of the NLDS will be held at 4:05 p.m. ET if there's a Game 7 in the ALDS and 8:05 p.m. ET if the American League champion has already been decided.

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Posted on: September 29, 2011 1:32 pm
 

Brando, Vasgersian talk baseball

After Wednesday night's incredible action on the baseball diamond, MLB Network's Matt Vasgersian joined Tim Brando on CBS Sports Network's Tim Brando Show to discuss everything. Check out the video clip below.

Category: MLB
Posted on: September 29, 2011 1:17 pm
Edited on: September 30, 2011 9:16 am
 

2011 MLB Playoffs: Fan guide

By Matt Snyder

Hopefully in the next month we get the kind of excitement baseball provided to us Wednesday night. If that happens, here's how you'll be able to take it all in.

Internet

We've got you covered here. The schedule and results page will be updated throughout the postseason. You can see -- and mock, I'm sure -- our predictions. I've always maintained you don't have the right to complain without listing your own in the comments section, so man up and post them. Also, throughout the postseason, if you can't watch the game on TV, our scoreboard updates live by the pitch. There's even a comments board where you can fight amongst yourselves, which is always popular. And much safer than doing so in person.

Also, if you're on Twitter, follow @EyeOnBaseball, @ScottMCBSSports, @DKnobler, @greggdoyelcbs, @MattSnyder27, @ctrent and @EvanBrunell. Engaging with us on that forum is definitely encouraged.

TV

TBS has all NLDS and ALDS games. It also has the NLCS. Fox has the ALCS and the World Series.

TBS' lead broadcast team is Brian Anderson -- who has been the Brewers' play-by-play announcer -- along with color commentators John Smoltz and Ron Darling. That team will handle the NLCS and the Yankees-Tigers series. Tom Verducci will be the field reporter with this team. The other three broadcast teams for the divisional series are:
• Dick Stockton and Bob Brenly will work the Phillies-Cardinals series with Craig Sager reporting.
• Don Orsillo and Buck Martinez will work the Rangers-Rays series with Jaime Maggio reporting.
• Victor Rojas and Joe Simpson have the Brewers-Diamondbacks series with Sam Ryan reporting.

Of note, Ernie Johnson has been the top play-by-play man for TBS in the past, but he's unable to do so this year as he's with his family. His son has muscular dystrophy and has been hospitalized for weeks.

In the studio, TBS will go with Matt Winer as the host and a trio of former major-leaguers to analyze the action: David Wells and Hall of Famers Cal Ripken and Dennis Eckersley.

Fox will go with the Joe Buck-Tim McCarver tandem for both the ALCS and World Series as things currently stand. If Buck is unable to do so due to his coverage with the NFL -- and he's had voice issues this season -- expect either Thom Brennaman or Kenny Albert to take over. Ken Rosenthal will be the field reporter. Their studio show will be hosted by Chris Rose, with former players Mark Grace and Eric Karros analyzing. Also, White Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski has been added as another analyst (Chicago Tribune).

APPs

Appatalism.com has a few good ones.

Live play-by-play.

At bat lite, with video clips.

So let's all sit back and enjoy what should be a wonderful postseason.

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Posted on: September 29, 2011 10:56 am
Edited on: September 30, 2011 9:17 am
 

2011 CBSSports.com MLB playoff predictions

2011 MLB postseason predictions
Predictions
Brunell

Doyel

Knobler

Miller

Snyder

Rosecrans
DET/NYY ALDS
in 4

in 5

in 5

in 5

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TB/TEX ALDS
in 4

in 4

in 5

in 4

in 5

in 4
ARI/MIL NLDS
in 5

in 5

in 5

in 4

in 4

in 4
STL/PHI NLDS
in 3

in 3

in 5

in 4

in 3

in 4
ALCS
in 7

in 6

in 7

in 7

in 7

in 6
ALCS MVP Justin Verlander James Shields Russell Martin Miguel Cabrera Doug Fister Jose Valverde
NLCS
in 6

in 7

in 7

in 6

in 7

in 5
NLCS MVP Prince Fielder Ryan Braun Justin Upton Hunter Pence Chase Utley Roy Halladay
WORLD SERIES
in 5

in 6

in 7

in 7

in 7

in 6
WORLD SERIES MVP Zack Greinke Corey Hart Derek Jeter Roy Halladay Cliff Lee Miguel Cabrera

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