WowBB Forums Home 
Home Search search Menu menu Not logged in - Login | Register
WowBB Forums > Sports And Wrestling > Sports Talk > 2017 MLB Regular Season

 Moderated by: Ron, brodiescomics, beejmi Page:  First Page Previous Page  ...  73  74  75  76  77  78  79  Next Page Last Page  
New Topic Reply Printer Friendly
2017 MLB Regular Season  Rate Topic 
AuthorPost
 Posted: Sun Oct 1st, 2017 05:30 am
  PM Quote Reply
1156th Post
lobo316



Joined: Sun Oct 14th, 2007
Location: Raptorville
Posts: 44492
Status: 
Offline
The Cleveland Indians will finish the regular season with the American League's best record after the Boston Red Sox defeated the Houston Astros on Saturday.

Because of Boston's win, Cleveland secures home-field advantage throughout the American League side of the postseason and will host the American League Division Series against the winner of Tuesday's wild-card game.

The Indians, who reached the World Series last season, entered Saturday with 101 wins, the most in franchise history since the team won 111 in 1954.

Of their 101 wins, 22 came during a winning streak spanning from Aug. 24 through Sept. 15.

Cleveland clinched their second consecutive AL Central title earlier this month.

Back To Top PM Quote Reply  

 Posted: Sun Oct 1st, 2017 05:31 am
  PM Quote Reply
1157th Post
lobo316



Joined: Sun Oct 14th, 2007
Location: Raptorville
Posts: 44492
Status: 
Offline
The Boston Red Sox and Houston Astros should be plenty familiar with one another when the American League Division Series opens Thursday.

Boston clinched the AL East Division on Saturday with a win over the Astros, and will travel to Houston for Game 1 of the postseason series.

The two teams have split the season series 3-3, with one more game to go Sunday.

The Red Sox are expected to open the series with Chris Sale on the mound, while the Astros have yet to name a starter.

Back To Top PM Quote Reply

 Posted: Sun Oct 1st, 2017 05:32 am
  PM Quote Reply
1158th Post
lobo316



Joined: Sun Oct 14th, 2007
Location: Raptorville
Posts: 44492
Status: 
Offline
The Boston Red Sox are champions of the American League East, and made some history in the process.

With a 6-3 win over the Houston Astros at Fenway Park on Saturday, the Red Sox clinched the division in consecutive seasons for the first time in franchise history.

The Red Sox entered the afternoon needing either a win or a New York Yankees loss in order to clinch their ninth AL East title. The Yankees will now host the Minnesota Twins in the American League wild-card game Tuesday.

Boston has one more regular-season game before opening the ALDS against the Astros on Thursday.

Back To Top PM Quote Reply  

 Posted: Sun Oct 1st, 2017 05:33 am
  PM Quote Reply
1159th Post
lobo316



Joined: Sun Oct 14th, 2007
Location: Raptorville
Posts: 44492
Status: 
Offline
The Colorado Rockies are now the final team to secure a postseason berth.

Thanks to the Milwaukee Brewers' loss to the St. Louis Cardinals, Colorado has officially clinched the second National League wild-card spot and will face the Arizona Diamondbacks in the one-game playoff Wednesday at Chase Field.

While anything can happen in a one-game showdown, the Diamondbacks may hold the edge over the Rockies before factoring in their home-field advantage. Arizona has won 11 of the 19 games between the two this season.

The winner of Wednesday's wild-card game will then move on to face the Los Angeles Dodgers in the National League Division Series.

With their magic number down to one heading into Saturday, the Rockies either needed to defeat the Los Angeles Dodgers or hope for a Brewers loss against St. Louis in order to earn their first postseason berth since 2009.

The baseball gods were clearly smiling on the Rockies, however, as before their game got underway, Milwaukee surrendered a 6-0 lead in their game against the Cardinals to finalize the sole missing piece in the postseason picture.

Back To Top PM Quote Reply

 Posted: Sun Oct 1st, 2017 05:33 am
  PM Quote Reply
1160th Post
lobo316



Joined: Sun Oct 14th, 2007
Location: Raptorville
Posts: 44492
Status: 
Offline
Uh oh.

Max Scherzer was removed from Saturday night's start against the Pittsburgh Pirates in the top of the fourth inning after throwing only 54 pitches. The Washington Nationals ace left with what appeared to be a right leg injury, according to MASN's Dan Kolko.

Obviously, losing a pitcher of Scherzer's caliber this close to the playoffs is less than ideal, though a full extent of the issue won't be known until after the game.

The intense right-hander appeared to tweak something in his leg during the delivery of a pitch to Pirates first baseman Josh Bell.

It's an unfortunate way for his regular season to end. Scherzer could very well win the National League Cy Young Award for going 16-6 with a 2.51 ERA and 0.90 WHIP over 200 2/3 innings. He finished second in the majors with 268 strikeouts, trailing only Boston Red Sox lefty Chris Sale.

The Nationals will hope for good news heading into the NLDS. They kick off the five-game series at Nationals Park against the Chicago Cubs on Friday, Oct. 6. If Scherzer is not ready to go, expect co-ace Stephen Strasburg to toe the rubber instead.

Back To Top PM Quote Reply  

 Posted: Sun Oct 1st, 2017 06:43 am
  PM Quote Reply
1161st Post
lobo316



Joined: Sun Oct 14th, 2007
Location: Raptorville
Posts: 44492
Status: 
Offline
The Los Angeles Dodgers have clinched home field advantage through the World Series, and they didn't even need a win to do it.

While the Dodgers faced off against the Colorado Rockies on Saturday, the Cleveland Indians fell to the Chicago White Sox by a score of 2-1. The loss ensured that the Indians would not be able to catch the Dodgers in the overall MLB standings.

Back To Top PM Quote Reply

 Posted: Mon Oct 2nd, 2017 04:47 am
  PM Quote Reply
1162nd Post
lobo316



Joined: Sun Oct 14th, 2007
Location: Raptorville
Posts: 44492
Status: 
Offline
It appears as if CC Sabathia isn't quite ready to call it a career just yet.

After the 37-year-old hurled 5 2/3 innings of scoreless ball Saturday against the Toronto Blue Jays, the southpaw plans to pitch in 2018, Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports.

Although there was speculation after his start that it was his last with the Yankees, Sabathia could see action in the postseason if New York advances past Tuesday's American League wild-card game against the Minnesota Twins.

The veteran posted his highest win total (14) since 2013 and his lowest ERA since 2012 this season, while also making 27 starts for the Bronx Bombers.

New York is reportedly interested in re-signing Sabathia - whose contract expires at the end of the season - to a one-year deal in the $8-million-$10-million range, according to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports.

Sabathia explained Saturday during a postgame interview that he'd love to return to New York to play under manager Joe Girardi next season.

"I’ve been playing for him for a long time now,” Sabathia said. "I love it here. I love him and everything about the organization."

Over his career, Sabathia - the active strikeout leader with 2,846 - owns a 237-146 record across 509 starts including a 3.70 ERA and 1.25 WHIP.

He also won the Cy Young in 2007 with the Cleveland Indians.

Back To Top PM Quote Reply  

 Posted: Mon Oct 2nd, 2017 04:48 am
  PM Quote Reply
1163rd Post
lobo316



Joined: Sun Oct 14th, 2007
Location: Raptorville
Posts: 44492
Status: 
Offline
In case it wasn't obvious, the Boston Red Sox made it official Sunday when they announced left-hander Chris Sale will start Game 1 of the American League Division Series against the Houston Astros on Thursday.

The team hasn't named its rotation beyond Game 1, however.

Manager John Farrell did say that having Sale come back to pitch on three days' rest is a possibility, according to Alex Speier of the Boston Globe.

Related - October glory: Glaring questions for each playoff team

Sale is a contender for the Cy Young after a stellar first season in Boston, during which he was 17-8 with a 2.90 ERA and a major league-leading 308 strikeouts.

The 28-year-old is 5-1 with a 1.31 ERA against the Astros during his career, striking out 65 in six starts. This will be his first career postseason start.

Back To Top PM Quote Reply

 Posted: Mon Oct 2nd, 2017 04:49 am
  PM Quote Reply
1164th Post
lobo316



Joined: Sun Oct 14th, 2007
Location: Raptorville
Posts: 44492
Status: 
Offline
Before the Blue Jays took the field in the Bronx on Sunday for the final game of a disappointing season, third baseman Josh Donaldson made it clear as rain that he can envision a future for himself in Toronto.

Donaldson, a free agent following the 2018 campaign, told reporters he's expressed to the front office how much he's enjoyed his three years with the Blue Jays, and that he's amenable to a long-term extension with the club.

"I feel like I've proven what I need to prove on the field," Donaldson said, per MLB.com's Gregor Chisholm. "I don't hope or wish for anything. I've made it known to our front office that I enjoy being a Toronto Blue Jay. That I enjoy my time here. If it's a possibility I would definitely enjoy being a Blue Jay for a long time."

The feeling, it appears, is mutual. In August, with Donaldson's future in Toronto an increasingly hot topic as the Blue Jays' playoff prospects faded, president Mark Shapiro noted, "It’s hard to imagine any scenario where we’re a better team without him," and stressed that "We want J.D. here." Though some speculated the Blue Jays might trade Donaldson this winter, Shapiro quashed that notion in late September, saying, "It's almost a certainty that he’ll be back here next year."

Still, that doesn't mean a contract extension is in the offing, Donaldson said.

"I'm not going to sit here and try to force their hand and they're not going to sit here and force mine," Donaldson said. "If it's able to work out, I'd be tickled pink. But at the end of the day I don't make those decisions and I can't control that. The only thing I can control is going out there and trying to help my team win on a day-to-day basis and produce the way I know I can."

And, boy, can he. Since debuting with the Blue Jays in 2015, Donaldson has accrued 21.3 WAR - more than every player in baseball except Mike Trout and Kris Bryant - while putting up a .946 OPS (153 wRC+) in 426 games. This season, despite missing time with a calf injury early on, Donaldson still managed a team-high 4.9 WAR in 113 games, hitting .270/.385/.559 with 33 homers, 21 doubles, and a career-best .289 isolated power.

As such, Donaldson knows other teams will come calling this offseason. Earlier this week, in fact, it was reported that the St. Louis Cardinals are expected to strongly pursue the 31-year-old this winter. This, Donaldson said, comes with the territory.

"It's not fun being involved in trade rumors," he admitted. "I believe in this team. I believe in this organization and I enjoy my time here. That's definitely not something that I like to think about but on the other side of it, I understand it. I feel like if you're to ask all 29 other teams, they'd probably say, yeah they'd want to be pretty interested in me as well. That's my take on it."

Back To Top PM Quote Reply  

 Posted: Mon Oct 2nd, 2017 04:51 am
  PM Quote Reply
1165th Post
lobo316



Joined: Sun Oct 14th, 2007
Location: Raptorville
Posts: 44492
Status: 
Offline
The Terry Collins era in Queens has come to an end.

After seven seasons managing the New York Mets, Collins officially announced his resignation as the club's skipper following its season-ending 11-0 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies.

"It's been a blast. But it's time," Collins told reporters in a postgame press conference.

Thank you, Terry Collins! pic.twitter.com/a3XZd1OMZ2

— New York Mets (@Mets) October 1, 2017
Collins will remain with the Mets organization and move into a front-office position, general manager Sandy Alderson confirmed after Sunday's game, though his exact role hasn't been determined yet.

"Terry's a baseball man. He will be until the day he dies," Alderson said, per Anthony DiComo of MLB.com. "He'll continue to be an asset to the organization. I hope he'll spend some time with our player development side."

The 68-year-old's contract as manager was set to expire at season's end.

Collins finishes his career as Mets skipper with a 551-583 record; while he's lost more games than any other Mets manager, his 551 victories trail only Davey Johnson in franchise history. He led the Mets to two playoff berths, the 2015 National League pennant, and managed more games (1,134) than any other skipper in team history.

Collins posted an overall record of 995-1,016 over parts of 13 seasons managing the Mets, Houston Astros, and Anaheim Angels. He also spent two seasons managing the Orix Buffaloes in Japan, and served as China's skipper during the 2009 World Baseball Classic.

Back To Top PM Quote Reply

 Posted: Mon Oct 2nd, 2017 04:52 am
  PM Quote Reply
1166th Post
lobo316



Joined: Sun Oct 14th, 2007
Location: Raptorville
Posts: 44492
Status: 
Offline
Unlike last year, Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw won't pitch on short rest in the National League Division Series, manager Dave Roberts confirmed Sunday ahead of his club's regular-season finale.

"We've assured him, the reason we acquired a guy like Yu Darvish is to keep him away from short rest," Roberts told reporters, including MLB.com's Ken Gurnick. "You look at our potential playoff starters, we're in pretty good shape, we're in great shape. So, like I told Clayton, we don't see him pitching on short rest this series."

In 2016, Kershaw started the NLDS opener against the Washington Nationals, then started again on three-days' rest in Game 4 with the Dodgers facing elimination. He managed to eke out a victory in that contest at Dodger Stadium, but the three-time Cy Young award winner wasn't all that sharp, allowing five runs on seven hits and pair of walks while fanning 11 over 6 2/3 innings. For a fifth straight year, Kershaw has been tabbed to start his club's opener in the best-of-five division series, but he won't come back and face the Chicago Cubs in a potential Game 4.

In lieu of using Kershaw - who missed five weeks with a lower-back strain before rejoining the rotation Sept. 1 - the Dodgers will likely send left-hander Alex Wood to the mound for Game 4, if necessary. Roberts is still considering his options, though.

"Anything should be on the table," said Roberts. "If you don't run those plays out, you're not being thorough."

Kershaw, a seven-time All-Star, authored another superb season in 2017, putting up a 2.31 ERA (180 ERA+) and 0.95 WHIP across 27 starts.

Back To Top PM Quote Reply  

 Posted: Mon Oct 2nd, 2017 04:53 am
  PM Quote Reply
1167th Post
lobo316



Joined: Sun Oct 14th, 2007
Location: Raptorville
Posts: 44492
Status: 
Offline
@KFP48 walks it off! @SFGiants win! See you next year! Love my Giants! #SFGiants #PabloSandoval pic.twitter.com/u29SUqOih0

— SFGIANTS FAN JULIO D (@locosfgfan) October 1, 2017
Pablo Sandoval played the role of clutch hitter when the San Francisco Giants needed it least. He hit a walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth inning against the San Diego Padres on Sunday to win the season finale 5-4.

The problem was that the victory helped ensure the Giants would not wind up with the first overall pick in the 2018 amateur draft. That's because the Detroit Tigers lost to the Minnesota Twins and matched the Giants with a 64-98 record.

Unfortunately for the Giants, the Tigers hold a tiebreaker and will receive next summer's top pick. It's just the perfect piece of punctuation in a disastrous season by the bay.

Back To Top PM Quote Reply

 Posted: Tue Oct 3rd, 2017 12:56 am
  PM Quote Reply
1168th Post
lobo316



Joined: Sun Oct 14th, 2007
Location: Raptorville
Posts: 44492
Status: 
Offline
NEW YORK (AP) The number of replays in Major League Baseball dropped this year along with the percentage of overturned calls.

There were 660 overturned calls among 1,395 video reviews (47.31 percent), the commissioner's office said Sunday. The total included 318 replays that confirmed the call on the field (22.8 percent) and 401 in which the call stood because there was not enough evidence to overturn it (28.7 percent). In addition, 11 reviews were used for rules checks and five for recording keeping.

In 2016, 757 of 1,502 reviews led to overturned calls (50.4 percent). There were 347 confirmed (23.1 percent) and 384 in which the call stood (25.6 percent) plus nine for rules checks and five for record keeping.

The percentage of overturned calls was 48.9 in 2015 and 47.29 in 2014, when expanded replay began.

Back To Top PM Quote Reply  

 Posted: Tue Oct 3rd, 2017 01:02 am
  PM Quote Reply
1169th Post
lobo316



Joined: Sun Oct 14th, 2007
Location: Raptorville
Posts: 44492
Status: 
Offline
The Toronto Blue Jays reportedly informed longtime right fielder Jose Bautista a couple weeks ago that they will not exercise their end of his $17-million mutual option for the 2018 campaign, according to Sportsnet's Shi Davidi.

Bautista, then, will receive a $500,000 buyout and become a free agent this winter, though the 36-year-old wouldn't confirm Sunday in the Bronx that the club had told him of his fate.

"No comment," Bautista said after going 1-for-1 with a sacrifice fly in the Blue Jays' regular-season finale against the New York Yankees.

Despite a significant drop-off in performance this season, Bautista, a six-time All-Star, intends to play next year - and he's made it clear that he'd prefer to finish his career in Toronto. In 2017, after landing a one-year, $18.5-million deal from the Blue Jays in January, Bautista floundered, managing -0.3 WAR with a meager .674 OPS (80 wRC+) and 23 home runs in 157 games.

"I won’t really look at the numbers too much, they are what they are. I can’t change them," Bautista said. "All I can do is get ready for next season and be ready to contribute to the team that I’m with at that time. Right now I’m a Toronto Blue Jay, and that hasn’t changed. I’ve said it all along, this is where I want to be and finish my career. We’ll see what happens in the future. It’s out of my control now."

At the moment, however, it's hard to see how Bautista fits with the Blue Jays moving forward. With Kendrys Morales under contract for another two seasons, the designated hitter spot is already filled, and the club has several promising internal candidates primed to audition for playing time in right field, namely Teoscar Hernandez and Anthony Alford.

If Bautista has to finish his career elsewhere, then, so be it.

"Contributing to daily wins is what it’s about for me," he said. "I tried to focus that on this year. I did an OK job, not as good as I’m used to, not as good as everybody’s used to seeing me, and that’s OK. There are good and bad years and for the most part my work tool, which is my body, is great, and all I’ve got to do is stay ready to go."

Back To Top PM Quote Reply

 Posted: Tue Oct 3rd, 2017 01:05 am
  PM Quote Reply
1170th Post
lobo316



Joined: Sun Oct 14th, 2007
Location: Raptorville
Posts: 44492
Status: 
Offline
After two seasons at the helm, Atlanta Braves general manager John Coppolella resigned Monday amid an MLB investigation of the club circumventing international signing rules.

"Major League Baseball is investigating the matter with our full cooperation and support," Braves president John Hart said in the team statement. "We will not be issuing any further comment until the investigation is complete."

The Braves will immediately begin their search for Coppolella's replacement. In the meantime, Hart will perform the team's GM duties.

Gordon Blakeley, special assistant to the GM, was involved in the international signing issues and has also resigned, according to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic.

Coppolella joined the Braves before the 2007 season, and signed a four-year contract to become the team's general manager following the conclusion of the 2015 season.

Under Coppolella's watch, the Braves improved their farm system, most notably with the addition of Venezuelan prospect Ronald Acuna - who ranks as MLB's fifth-best prospect.

Back To Top PM Quote Reply  

Current time is 10:33 am Page:  First Page Previous Page  ...  73  74  75  76  77  78  79  Next Page Last Page    
WowBB Forums > Sports And Wrestling > Sports Talk > 2017 MLB Regular Season Top




UltraBB 1.172 Copyright © 2007-2013 Data 1 Systems