DETROIT -- It's a long story that I won't bore you with, but yes, I'm in Detroit. So I'm going to the A's/Tigers game tonight at Comerica Park; I'll be filing a story for Baseball Nation that I'll also post here.
Regarding the horrifically bad call that was made in the Cardinals/Braves game Friday night, we of course have no way of knowing whether the Braves would have come back to tie or win the game if the correct call would have been made. The bases would have been loaded with one out, with a high likelihood of scoring at least one run, and then who knows? Most probably, though, the end result would have been the same; the Braves didn't play well most of the night, and probably deserved to lose anyway.
But not this way. There needs to be clarification of the infield-fly rule -- which is intended to prevent infielders from intentionally dropping balls to force double plays. That clearly was not in play in this case. Why the six -- yes, six -- umpires couldn't get together and make the call right is beyond me.
Which raises another question: do we really need six umpires in postseason games? This call was made by Sam Holbrook, the left-field umpire, umpiring in a position he never takes for 162 games during the regular season. A bad call was made in 2009 in a Twins/Yankees Division Series game by Phil Cuzzi, also umpiring in left field, that might have cost the Twins a game and perhaps turned that series around.
In any case, calls like this have to be gotten right. The first time.
On to today's games, the first in the Division Series round:
MLB.com Gameday for Athletics/Tigers. Game time: 5 p.m. CDT. Announcers: Don Orsillo, Buck Martinez and Jaime Maggio.
|2012 - Jarrod Parker||13-8||29||29||0||0||0||0||181.1||166||71||70||11||63||140||3.47||1.26|
|2012 - Justin Verlander||17-8||33||33||6||1||0||0||238.1||192||81||70||19||60||239||2.64||1.06|
MLB.com Gameday for Reds/Giants. Game time: 8:30 p.m. CDT. Announcers: Brian Anderson, Ron Darling, Joe Simpson and Tom Verducci. (Long flight for those four, who did the game in Atlanta yesterday.)
|2012 - Johnny Cueto||19-9||33||33||2||0||0||0||217.0||205||73||67||15||49||170||2.78||1.17|
|2012 - Matt Cain||16-5||35||32||2||2||0||0||219.1||177||73||68||21||51||193||2.79||1.04|
This will be the only thread for today's games; if it gets too slow, post another one in the fanshot area.
Discuss amongst yourselves.