GameChat – WORLD SERIES GAME 2, Rangers @ Giants, 6:30 pm

Ok, they SAY the game starts at 6:30 (central) but as last night proved, that’s when all the pregame festivities start and the actual game probably won’t start until 7 pm.  Just a heads up.  I really want to see CJ Wilson kick a little butt tonight – metaphorically speaking… (literally would be fun though).

Texas @ San Francisco
Andrus, SS   Torres, CF
Young, M, 3B   Sanchez, F, 2B
Hamilton, CF   Posey, B, C
Cruz, N, RF   Burrell, LF
Kinsler, 2B   Ross, C, RF
Murphy, Dv, LF   Huff, A, 1B
Treanor, C   Uribe, 3B
Moreland, 1B   Renteria, SS
Wilson, C, P   Cain, P

 

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Texas 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
San Francisco 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 7 x 9 8 0

GameChat – WORLD SERIES GAME 1, Rangers @ Giants, 6:30 pm

Is anyone else a little weirded out that Cliff Lee and Tim Lincecum … well… they kind of look alike?  Seriously!  They could almost be father and son!  Ok, maybe brothers..  but still.

 

photo courtsey of MLB.com

 

But superficial distractions aside, YAY!!!!  The World Series is here!  I’m actually interested enough to watch! AND I don’t have to watch yet another east coast team so BONUS!  Ok, yes, I have a bias and I’m probably in the minority and the bosses over at Fox are having fits worrying that there won’t be enough ratings – maybe they won’t renew the contract and someone with better announcers and less commercial interruption can broadcast but for now, this is what we have.

Texas @ San Francisco
Andrus, SS   Torres, CF
Young, M, 3B   Sanchez, F, 2B
Hamilton, CF   Posey, B, C
Guerrero, RF   Burrell, LF
Cruz, N, LF   Ross, C, RF
Kinsler, 2B   Huff, A, 1B
Molina, B, C   Uribe, 3B
Moreland, 1B   Renteria, SS
Lee, Cl, P   Lincecum, P

 

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Texas 1 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 3 7 11 4
San Francisco 0 0 2 0 6 0 0 3 x 11 14 2

 

Well it appears that Cliff Lee isn’t invincible after all.  Can’t wait to see what happens tomorrow!

GameChat – Giants @ Phillies, NLCS #6, FOX

D’oh!  I’m a little late and I won’t get to watch hardly any of this game but if you’re out there and you want to come chat about the game while YOU are lucky enough to watch, here you go.

San Francisco @ Philadelphia
Torres, CF   Rollins, SS
Sanchez, F, 2B   Polanco, 3B
Huff, A, 1B   Utley, 2B
Posey, B, C   Howard, 1B
Burrell, LF   Werth, RF
Ross, C, RF   Victorino, CF
Uribe, 3B   Ibanez, LF
Renteria, SS   Ruiz, C
Sanchez, J, P   Oswalt, P

 

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
San Francisco 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 3 13 0
Philadelphia 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 8 1

 

THE GIANTS ARE THE NATIONAL LEAGUE CHAMPIONS!

I’m really looking forward this particular World Series!  I can’t tell you how much I don’t care that there is no east coast representation…  *laugh*

GameChat – Yankees @ Rangers, ALCS #6, 7:00, TBS

It’s no secret that I’m seriously cheering for the Rangers and I would love for them to close it up tonight.  I don’t have any sentimental attachment to a series that goes 7 games.  I’m fine with 6. 

NY Yankees @ Texas
Jeter, SS   Andrus, SS
Granderson, CF   Young, M, 3B
Cano, 2B   Hamilton, CF
Rodriguez, A, 3B   Guerrero, DH
Berkman, 1B   Cruz, N, RF
Swisher, RF   Kinsler, 2B
Posada, C   Murphy, Dv, LF
Thames, DH   Molina, B, C
Gardner, LF   Moreland, 1B
  Hughes, P, P     Lewis, P

 

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
NY Yankees 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 3 0
Texas 1 0 0 0 4 0 1 0 x 6 7 0

 

TEXAS RANGERS ARE GOING TO THE WORLD SERIES!

The American League Champions sent the Yankees home for another off-season.  Congratulations and I’ll be cheering you all the way to the end!

GameChat – Phillies @ Giants NLCS #5, FOX, 6:30

Interesting how both leagues Championship Series went to 3-1?  Last night’s game was very interesting but.. very long.  In fact, BOTH games yesterday were torturously long for 9 inning games.  NOW, I know why MLB has been trying to institute measures to “speed up games”.  Too bad they aren’t enforcing them on a) teams that are actually causing the problems and b) TV networks that drag out games with additional commercial breaks.  That definitely is going to drive away viewers, not draw them which I am pretty sure is the general point of television broadcasts.

I hope tonight doesn’t keep me up later than the laundry I have to do…  Of course, given the piles of laundry, let’s hope I am done with that before the World Series starts.

Philadelphia @ San Francisco
Victorino, CF   Torres, CF
Polanco, 3B   Sanchez, F, 2B
Utley, 2B   Huff, A, 1B
Howard, 1B   Posey, B, C
Werth, RF   Burrell, LF
Rollins, SS   Ross, C, RF
Ibanez, LF   Sandoval, P, 3B
Ruiz, C   Uribe, SS
Halladay, P   Lincecum, P

 

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Philadelphia 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 4 6 1
San Francisco 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 7 2

 

And the NLCS goes to game 6 as well… seems like they don’t want to let the other league out-do them.

GameChat – ALCS Game 5: Rangers @ Yankees

The game is already in to the 2nd inning as I post this, but let’s see if we can all send our positive, if somewhat (at least in my case) margarita-influenced, energies in the direction of the Rangers. I’d like nothing more than to see them beat Captain Cheeseburger and his buddies and celebrate on the field in front of the Yankee faithful (at least those that don’t leave early, like they have en masse the last two games). – JC

RANGERS @ YANKEES
Andrus, SS Jeter, SS
Young, M, 3B Swisher, RF
Hamilton, CF Cano, 2B
Guerrero, DH Rodriguez, A, 3B
Cruz, N, LF Thames, DH
Kinsler, 2B Berkman, 1B
Francoeur, RF Posada, C
Treanor, C Granderson, CF
Moreland, 1B Gardner, LF
Wilson, C, P Sabathia, P

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I’ll conveniently ignore the Yankee win and mention what a great game the SF/Phil game was. Maybe Manuel should have joined the Giants in arguing about that hit-by-pitch before the game winning Sac Fly?

Oh… and something really should be done about the length of these games. OMG, they just DRAG on!

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GameChat – Rangers @ Yankees ALCS #4, 7:00, TBS

Sorry if you were watching this afternoon’s NLCS game and felt an overwhelming need to chat – I just wasn’t around to be able to get anything up.  Here’s your scoreboard update though:

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Philadelphia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
San Francisco 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 x 3 5 0

 

As for tonight’s game, here’s the info you want.  I won’t be around for the chat but at least it will be open available for those who are starting to really get caught up in a great series.  I LOVED seeing the Rangers take it to the Yankees last night.  Now they are ahead 2-1 and the Yankees are behind the 8 ball at home.  Of course, they seem to respond fairly strongly to that situation as a rule so I sense we’ll see some real fight from the NY boys tonight.  Gut instinct tells me that this will have a LOT more scoring for both teams than last night… we’ll have to see how this goes.

Texas @ NY Yankees
Andrus, SS   Jeter, SS
Young, M, 3B   Granderson, CF
Hamilton, CF   Teixeira, 1B
Guerrero, DH   Rodriguez, A, 3B
Cruz, N, RF   Cano, 2B
Kinsler, 2B   Swisher, RF
Murphy, Dv, LF   Berkman, DH
Molina, B, C   Gardner, LF
Moreland, 1B   Cervelli, C
  Hunter, T, P     Burnett, A, P

 

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Texas 0 0 2 0 0 3 2 0 3 10 13 0
NY Yankees 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 7 0

 

*giggling uncontrollably*

That was fun to watch the end of – kind of wish I had seen more of the game.  Now that the Rangers are up 3-1 and have taken 2 from the Yankees on their home grass with a chance to end the entire series tomorrow, I think we have all learned one very important lesson:  Nick Swisher shouldn’t play 1B.  But if he does, you should watch because it’s hilarious.  If someone ever gives him that opportunity again (unlikely) he should be required to wear a red nose and a wig when he goes out there.  And for the record, yeah, Hamilton really does know how to swing a bat – along with several other members of his team.  Nice.

Not sure whether we are going to be able to get a gamechat up for tomorrow afternoon’s game but if I can, I will because I gotta tell you that I am going to be trying to catch any part of the game I can.  Go Rangers.

GameChat – Rangers @ Yankees ALCS #3, 7:00 pm

OK, MLB’s page says 7:00 pm BUT I have heard that first pitch isn’t actually until 7:30.  I’m not exactly sure who to believe but.. there you go anyway.

So… Cliff Lee in NY – anyone think this might be a little bit of an audition?? I am glad that so far, it’s a split series with the Rangers.  I would fall down in a faint if the Rangers can take both here in NY but I would be ecstatic with another split series.

Texas @ NY Yankees
Andrus, SS   Jeter, SS
Young, M, 3B   Swisher, RF
Hamilton, CF   Teixeira, 1B
Guerrero, DH   Rodriguez, A, 3B
Cruz, N, LF   Cano, 2B
Kinsler, 2B   Thames, DH
Francoeur, RF   Posada, C
Molina, B, C   Granderson, CF
Moreland, 1B   Gardner, LF
Lee, Cl, P   Pettitte, P

 

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Texas 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 8 11 0
NY Yankees 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0

 

That was just an old fashioned butt-kicking by the Rangers! I didn’t see the first 7 innings but when Yankee Stadium is virtually empty before the home team comes up for their last swings, that says just about all you need to know. Keep it up Rangers! – JC

GameChat – ALCS & NLCS Post-Season Saturday

Ok, I decided that I would just do one post for the games today – and people can jut pop in and out as they wish during the course of the day and both games. I’ll post a separate roster for each game to use as a reference – if anyone is even using those.

Yankees @ Rangers, ALCS #2, TBS, 3:00 CT

 

NY Yankees @ Texas
Jeter, SS   Andrus, SS
Granderson, CF   Young, M, 3B
Teixeira, 1B   Hamilton, CF
Rodriguez, A, 3B   Guerrero, DH
Cano, 2B   Cruz, N, RF
Swisher, RF   Kinsler, 2B
Posada, C   Murphy, Dv, LF
Berkman, DH   Molina, B, C
Gardner, LF   Moreland, 1B
  Hughes, P, P     Lewis, P

 

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
NY Yankees 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 2 7 0
Texas 1 2 2 0 2 0 0 0 x 7 12 0

 

HOT DAMN RANGERS!!  DO IT AGAIN IN NEW YORK! 

Giants @ Phillies, NLCS #1, FOX, 6:30 CT

 

San Francisco @ Philadelphia
Torres, CF   Victorino, CF
Sanchez, F, 2B   Polanco, 3B
Huff, A, 1B   Utley, 2B
Posey, B, C   Howard, 1B
Burrell, LF   Werth, RF
Uribe, SS   Rollins, SS
Fontenot, 3B   Ibanez, LF
Ross, C, RF   Ruiz, C
Lincecum, P   Halladay, P

 

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
San Francisco 0 0 1 0 1 2 0 0 0 4 9 0
Philadelphia 0 0 1 0 0 2 0 0 0 3 7 0

GameChat – Yankees @ Rangers, ALCS, 7:00 pm, TBS

So the Yankees are in Texas.  heheheheheheee…  Sorry, I can’t help it.  They may make me swallow my giggling by the end of the night but I am still unrepentantly rooting for the Rangers. The benefit for watching games at this level even when it’s not your team is that you almost always are guaranteed a good pitching matchup. Wilson might not quite have the acclaim of Sabathia and for a reason or two but he’s definitely no slouch and I have to admit that CC hasn’t always had his best stuff in hand lately. This promises to be good.

I’m also pleased by the fortune that has the ALCS on TBS and not on FOX like the NLCS.  I have to tell you that I think that fact alone may make me less apt to watch any portion of that series.  It’s bad enough for the WS.  *SIGH*  Anyway, I won’t get to watch much of the game tonight but for what little of it that I can, I’m glad it’s not going to be intolerable. Besides, pre-game starts at 6 pm so I guess I can watch that at least.

NY Yankees @ Texas
Jeter, SS   Andrus, SS
Swisher, RF   Young, M, 3B
Teixeira, 1B   Hamilton, CF
Rodriguez, A, 3B   Guerrero, DH
Cano, 2B   Cruz, N, LF
Thames, DH   Kinsler, 2B
Posada, C   Francoeur, RF
Granderson, CF   Treanor, C
Gardner, LF   Cantu, 1B
Sabathia, P   Wilson, C, P

 

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
NY Yankees 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 5 0 6 10 1
Texas 3 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 5 7 1

 

Well that wasn’t exactly the way I wanted that game to go. CJ Wilson certainly deserved a better fate. His bullpen sure let him (and the rest of the Rangers) down. On the other hand, I guess the country found out that it’s not just the Twins who are capable of blowing leads and losing to the Yankees.

Saturday’s LCS games are at 3:00 CT (American League) and 6:30 CT (National League). I admit that this rather surprises me. I thought there was some kind of MLB mandated rule that the F’ing Yankees had to play all post season games in prime time.  – JC