Category Archives: Mike’s Musings

WS Game 3: KC goes up 2 games to 1 with a 3-2 win.

Alcides Escobar had two hits and scored two runs, and KC’s bullpen tossed four innings of no-hit ball as the Royals beat the Giants in Game 3 of the WS Friday night 3-2 to take a 2 games to 1 lead in the World Series.

Game 4 Saturday night.

Surprising news today as Joe Maddon opted out of his contract as manager of the Rays. He won’t be out of work long.

Kevin Long signs on as hitting coach for the Mets, not too long after the Yanks let him go.

Jimmy Rollins and Paul Konerko share the Roberto Clemente Award for giving back to the community.

WS Game 2: KC evens it up.

The Kansas City Royals evened up the WS at one game apiece with a 7-2 win in Game 2. It was a big game for them, because they didn’t want to go into San Francisco down 0-2.

The Royals broke up a 2-2 tie with five in the sixth, the big blows being a 2-run double by Salvador Perez followed by a 2-run HR by Omar Infante.

Billy Butler also had 2 hits and 2 RBI for KC.

Gregor Blanco opened the game with a HR for SF.

The Series resumes Friday with Game 3 in San Francisco.

After winning b2b CYAs in 2008 and 2009, it’s amazing how far Tim Lincecum has fallen. From b2b CYAs to a mop up man in Game 2 of the WS. And he’s only 30.

WS Game 1: SF, 7-1.

Maybe after winning eight straight postseason games, KC was due for a loss. In any case, the game was basically over six batters in. Pedro Sandoval doubled in a run (another potential run was thrown out at the plate on the play) and Hunter Pence followed with a 2-run HR to put the San Francisco Giants up 3-0 in the top of the first. That would be all that Madison Baumgarner would need as the Giants defeated the Kansas City Royals 7-1 in Game 1 of the World Series.

Baumgarner gave up just one run on three hits in seven innings of work.

KC’s James Shields has had a rough postseason. He passed a kidney stone the other day and it may have affected his pitching. Shades of the 1980 WS when George Brett had hemorrhoids. Shields is a free agent after the season and his postseason troubles are not helping him.

Meanwhile, Yankees prospect Greg Bird, a 1B who was in High A/Double A this year, was named a player of the week in the Arizona Fall League. He’s had a great start there so far.

 

WS set: KC/SF

So the 2014 WS is set: KC vs. SF. The Royals vs. the Giants. The AL (Royals) have the home-field advantage.

On Wednesday, the amazing Royals completed a sweep of the Baltimore Orioles to win the ALCS. They have won all eight postseason games they have played this year. They hadn’t been in a postseason since 1985, when they came back from a 3 games to 1 deficit to win the 1985 WS (with help from a blown call by umpire Don Denkinger). So that is 11 postseason wins in a row, granted over a span of 29 years.

Travis Ishikawa’s 3-run walk off HR gave the Giants the NL pennant last night. The Giants won the NLCS 4 games to 1. The St. Louis Cardinals had a 3-2 lead in the eighth, but Michael Morse’s PH HR tied it up. The Cards threatened and did not score in the top of the 9th, then Ishikawa’s blast in the bottom of the 9th sent the Giants into the WS.

It’ll be the third WS appearance for the Giants in the past 5 years (2010, 2012 and now 2014). The Giants won it all in 2010 and 2012. If they win this year, are they already the team of the decade? They aren’t a “powerhouse” in the traditional sense of the word, like when you think of the old Murderers Row Yankees, but three WS titles in 5 years is saying something in this day and age.

Another thing of note: both pennant winners are wild cards.

KC 1 win away, SF up 2-1

The surprising KC Royals are one win away from their first WS appearance since 1985 after a 2-1 win in Game 3 of the ALCS. They lead the Baltimore Orioles 3 games to nothing.

In the NLCS, the San Francisco Giants are up 2 games to 1 over the St. Louis Cardinals after a 5-4 win in 10 innings in Game 3. The winning run scored when pitcher Randy Choate threw the ball away fielding a sacrifice bunt attempt.

Both series resume today, the ALCS at 4 and the NLCS at 8 p.m. Eastern time.

NLCS Game 2: Cards win game but may lose Molina.

The St. Louis Cardinals evened up the NLCS at a game apiece last night, winning 5-4 on a walk off HR by Kolten Wong, but may have lost something bigger.

All-Star catcher Yadier Molina left the game with a left oblique strain and may be done for the year.

The Cardinals got HRs from PH Oscar Taveras in the 7th, 1B Mike Adams in the 8th and 2B Wong in the 9th to win the back-and-forth affair with the Giants 5-4. But you wonder how much the loss of Molina hurts them going forward. The teams are off today.

The ALCS resumes tonight in KC with the Royals up 2 games to none on the Baltimore Orioles.

Team of Destiny? KC up 2-0; SF goes up 1-0.

I’m starting to wonder if KC is a team of destiny for this postseason. They won their sixth straight postseason game, doing it late like usual, albeit in regulation, not in extras this time. (Four of their six postseason wins have come in extra innings). They scored two in the top of the ninth to break a 4-4 tie and win 6-4 on Saturday. They go home up 2 games to none in the ALCS, winning both games in Baltimore.

Meanwhile the NLCS, the visiting San Francisco Giants shut out the St. Louis Cardinals 3-0 in Game 1 last night.

Good move in Cashman telling A-Rod to prepare for reps at 1B in spring training. I’m not a fan at all of A-Rod’s return, but since he’ll be 40 next July, missed all of 2014 and all but 44 games in 2013, also is coming off two hip surgeries, you wonder about EVERYTHING with him. Offense, defense, baserunning. There is no guarantee he can hit, handle 3B, etc. But the Yanks didn’t have a legit 1B backup for the fragile Teixeira last year. Kelly Johnson, moving a C to 1B (McCann/Cervelli), even sometimes putting Brendan Ryan there… not answers. At least with A-Rod you would have an experienced infielder… and hopefully power-hitting 1B, playing 1B when Teix can’t.  It beats what was attempted last year, when there was no legitimate backup to 1B.

Turning to college football, this PSU grad has to say that so far he isn’t too impressed with the new coaching staff at his alma mater. I’m not thrilled with some of the play calling this season, there isn’t a running game, for some reason big bull Zach Zwinak appears to be underutilized (the big boy may not be quick or gain too much yards/carry, but he may be able to wear down the opposition in the 4th quarter if used more often earlier in the game) and the O-line has serious issues.