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   Sep-28-16 Chessgames Bookie chessforum
WannaBe: Bwahahahah... I've been known to do that. Go from 3K down to 3CB in one day. =))
   Sep-28-16 Phony Benoni chessforum (replies)
WannaBe: Potentially/Could be huge, ARZ/WAS called after 6 innings, 3-0 D'backs won. Now, 3-3 LAD game, Dodgers entered tonight's contest 2 games back of WAS. In case of a tie, LAD have head-to-head tie-break over Nationals (see my previous post).
   Sep-28-16 Kibitzer's Café (replies)
WannaBe: Re-post, correction for grammer [sic] A while back, many-many years ago; there was a book, published under anonymous author, non-fiction, after some research (I think it took about 9 month, maybe a year) by various people, the author was discovered. Writing style and certain usage
   Sep-28-16 Tal Memorial (2016) (replies)
WannaBe: <diagonal> Cool! Another person that's interested in sporting betting, econ and bookie! So pleased to have made your acquaintance.
   Sep-28-16 chessforum (replies)
WannaBe: <juan31> De nada. =)
   Sep-28-16 WannaBe chessforum
WannaBe: Tonight's game time temperature of COL/SF game. 55 degrees. Earlier during the week, and last weekend, NorCal had record 90+ degrees. Ugh!!
   Sep-28-16 Jeremy Lim (replies)
WannaBe: Correction, if KC also win out, it's a push.
   Sep-28-16 Carlsen - Karjakin World Championship (2016) (replies)
WannaBe: Buy me a plane ticket, hotel room, tickets to all the match games. I'll relay you the moves via text. =))
   Sep-27-16 Penguincw chessforum
WannaBe: I wonder how many fans are at the BAL/TOR game, and how many are actually watching baseball...
   Sep-25-16 Tal Memorial (Blitz) (2016) (replies)
WannaBe: If (all chess) organizer(s) are paid by number of posts on they'll sign up Wes. There're a 'few' other tournament pages that don't have posts with, or without Wes. Peace. Out.
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  WannaBe: Raiders escape Tennessee with a win, thanks to personal foul and an offensive pass interference on Titans on the final drive.

Phew... On to SF/SEA game.

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  WannaBe: Wow, 49ers announcers do not like the new Horse Collar Rule, Seattle got a personal foul first down out of it.
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  WannaBe: C. Seager's 3-5 today (game in extra innings). Here's the 2016 stats:

190 hits, 40 doubles, 5 triples, 26 HR, 72 RBI, .313 BA, .371 OBP, .523 SLG, .894 OPS.

He should win 2016 Cy Young, MVP, Rookie of the Year, Vezina Award, Lady Byng Trophy, Golden Ball, Golden Globe, Academy Award, Emmy, Daytime Emmy, and Billboard's top male vocal.

Sep-25-16  saffuna: <190 hits, 40 doubles, 5 triples, 26 HR, 72 RBI, .313 BA, .371 OBP, .523 SLG, .894 OPS.>

That has to be one of the best seasons for a shortstop since 1950, Alex Rodriguez excepted.

Ripken and Banks each had maybe three similar seasons, and Jimmy Rollins had the MVP year. Otherwise, I can't think of many.

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  WannaBe: <Doug Padilla
ESPN Staff Writer

The Dodgers win their fourth consecutive NL West title. It is also the first time in franchise history they have advanced to the postseason in four consecutive seasons.>

Well, that's all fine and dandy, how many World Series have they won in those 4 trips???

Gonna start comparing them to the Atlanta Braves, one World Series victory out of what? 10 post-seasons??

Sep-25-16  saffuna: Atlanta did poorly in the World Series, but at least they did make it there in 1991, 1992, 1995, 1996 and 1999, five times in eight years.
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  OhioChessFan: Barry Larkin 1996:

154 hits, 32 doubles, 4 triples, 33 HR, 89 RBI, .298 BA, .410 OBP, .567 SLG, .977 OPS

12th in MVP after winning the previous year.

Sep-25-16  saffuna: Yikes, forgot about Larkin. Probably a couple others as well.
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  OhioChessFan: It's interesting to me the Braves usually had bullpen problems in the 90's. It was often speculated the starters were so good and worked so many innings that the relievers tended to get rusty.
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  OhioChessFan: Allan Trammell 1987:

205 hits, 34 doubles, 3 triples, 28 HR, 105 RBI, 21 SB, .343 BA, .402 OBP, .551 SLG, .953 OPS

Larkin had 36 SB in 96.

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  WannaBe: Post-season's just different animal all together (Mr. Obvious here...)

In 162 games, you get to beat up on weak teams and get to 90+ wins and 72 loses or less.

Once a manager have the post-season rotation set, it's #1 v #1. Example, even in regular season, Kershaw does not have good record against MadBum. I think he is career 1-3 with 2 no decisions. (I realize this is just one example, and the sample size is too small to be anything 'conclusive'...)

And Kershaw's previous post-season starts speak for themselves. It's hard to find another multi-Cy Young award winner that got slapped around like he did.

Those horrible games vs StL Cardinals immediately comes to mind.

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  OhioChessFan: Looking at these numbers, it reminds me that I think the WAR statistic undervalues defense by magnitudes. If you really took it to heart, you'd stick a good hitting outfielder at SS and not worry about the loss of defense. Teams don't do that, with good reason, as they <know> the SS has a value with the glove far beyond what the stats geeks seem to think.
Sep-25-16  saffuna: I will agree with that. If people judged defense by going to games rather than by watching on TV (or listening or reading) they would give it much more importance. Defense looks so much more difficult in person than on TV.
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  OhioChessFan: As few games as the Reds won this year, I personally saw 4 where Billy Hamilton essentially won the game with his defense on plays that I doubt any other OF in the league could have made. For whatever reason, that just doesn't show up in the WAR numbers.
Sep-25-16  saffuna: I think Kershaw's poor postseason record is basically a fluke. He's a great pitcher and can pitch well in the postseason.

The other big difference in the postseason is far more rest days. A team needs fewer starters. In a seven game series the #4 starter will probably start once and the #5 not at all. The game one starter might get three starts.

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  OhioChessFan: <Saf: Defense looks so much more difficult in person than on TV.>

When I want to impress people how hard defense is, I try to get them on a regulation field with 90 foot baselines. Standing on 3B, it's really surprising how far a throw to 1B is. It's hard enough to get settled and make a throw on a line over there, but to make one picking a ball up on a short hop, moving right, having to sidearm it? Absolutely impossible. And the MLBers make it look easy.

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  WannaBe: <OCF> It's easy, I've seen Ozzie do it all the time, heck, he'd give the batter a 3 second head start before he even bother to shift his feet to catch the ball.

He then do a summersault, cart-wheel before he throws the ball to first base. I swear!!

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  OhioChessFan: Robin Yount, 1982:

210 hits, 46 2B, 12 3B, 29 HR, 114 RBI, 14 SB, .331 BA, .379 OBP, .578 SLG, .957 OPS

MVP of course. The OBP might be a bit low for today's voters, but huge numbers regardless.

Sep-25-16  saffuna: Exactly. And you see how difficult it is when you are at the stadium. You see how quickly fielders have to react and how far they have to run. You see how hard it is to field a ground ball. You see how throws have to be accurate or the ball will go bouncing around the field.

Of course you see that on TV to some extent, but not the way you do when you're at the game.

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  WannaBe: Very fascinating, as Spock would say, final 3 games of the season for Giants, which they host Dodgers (already clinched NL West), ticket prices are out of <SIGHT>!!

Even the cheap 300s section are now approaching $100 mark, for all 3 days! For as long I've tracked and followed Giants ticket prices, I've never seen anything like this for regular season.

I mean Sunday's game, Section 323 are asking for $120, with all fees. It wasn't even this high when Oakland came to AT&T for interleague. And I sat in section 122!!

(Must be Vin Scully...)

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  WannaBe: Odds and ends from LV courtesy of David Purdum:

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  WannaBe: Well iOS10 update knocked out the WiFi on iPad...

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  WannaBe: Here are some more common issues experienced by users after upgrading to iOS 10.0.2, the apostrophe one is cute...

Expect iOS 10.0.5 in about 2 weeks.

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  WannaBe: Wow, from exploding cell phones to exploding washing machines?!

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  WannaBe: Tonight's game time temperature of COL/SF game. 55 degrees. Earlier during the week, and last weekend, NorCal had record 90+ degrees.


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