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World Series Game 4 Blog
Posted by Jeff Erickson at 10/26/2008 5:38:00 PM
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Another game, another blown call. Holy cow, has it been a miserable series for the men in blue or what?


Comments....

The Rays got out of that as best as possible, given the circumstances.
Posted by Erickson at 10/26/2008 5:42:00 PM
 
Finding myself agreeing with McCarver, regarding Navarro's bunt attempt.
Posted by Erickson at 10/26/2008 5:46:00 PM
 
Is anyone else having problems with the DirecTV feed on Fox? Mine has cut out at least twice, once on Rollins' double.
Posted by Erickson at 10/26/2008 5:52:00 PM
 
The Rays' defense improved considerably this season, but it's been way off in the playoffs. It cost them last night, in Game 5 of the ALCS and arguably Game 6, too. I didn't expect Iwamura to kick one.
Posted by Erickson at 10/26/2008 6:10:00 PM
 
I finally pulled the plug on DirecTV this week. Two of the three sets switch to digital cable Wednesday, and the final one will switch over after the NFL season ends. My opinion of that company and its product has done a 180-degree shift in the last 5-6 years.
Posted by spianow at 10/26/2008 6:24:00 PM
 
When does the NFL's deal with them expire?
Posted by Erickson at 10/26/2008 6:44:00 PM
 
I wish I knew, amigo. I have no idea.

It's always cool when they hit it into the shrubbery, as Hinske just did.
Posted by spianow at 10/26/2008 6:50:00 PM
 
Pretty effective answer for Hinske's blast.
Posted by Erickson at 10/26/2008 6:58:00 PM
 
Do we really need all this Rocky music? They can't come up with *anything* else?
Posted by spianow at 10/26/2008 6:59:00 PM
 
It's not as horrible as Rays Baby Rays. I can't wait til Philly wins this thing and the Rays and their bandwagon jumpers can be done with.
Posted by schwang2u at 10/26/2008 7:01:00 PM
 
Top six is a key inning for the Rays. Blanton might be close to empty, and there's a tendency to relax a little with a big lead.
Posted by spianow at 10/26/2008 7:01:00 PM
 
Well, "Streets of Philadelphia" isn't really going to work here...
Posted by Erickson at 10/26/2008 7:02:00 PM
 
just recently switched from DTV to Comcast digital cable, myself. Am alot happier, also.
Posted by schwang2u at 10/26/2008 7:03:00 PM
 
I like how Joe Buck tries to spin Blanton's acquisition to be the equal of Sabathia and Harden. Sure, they won with him on the mound, and he wasn't terrible, but it also wasn't *because* of him - it was because they scored a ton of runs in support of him.
Posted by Erickson at 10/26/2008 7:04:00 PM
 
That 1-0 strike call to Navarro was ridiculous.
Posted by spianow at 10/26/2008 7:10:00 PM
 
He's pitched about as good as you can ask out of a back-end starter. But, you're right, bad spin by Buck.
Posted by schwang2u at 10/26/2008 7:12:00 PM
 
Blanton goes deep. The Phillies pitchers have hit exceptionally well all post-season.
Posted by schwang2u at 10/26/2008 7:23:00 PM
 
Iwamura twice has hit the ball hard the other way without anything to show for it.
Posted by Erickson at 10/26/2008 7:36:00 PM
 
Assuming Philly closes this one out, what chance do we give Tampa to rally and win the next three games?
Posted by spianow at 10/26/2008 8:07:00 PM
 
That has to be Pam Beesly's sister behind the plate tonight, second or third row.
Posted by spianow at 10/26/2008 8:14:00 PM
 
If Sonnanstine throws to 2nd instead of trying to nail Rollins at 3rd it's an inning ending double play - especially with Howard running. Horrible call aside, it was stupid decision-making.
Posted by schwang2u at 10/26/2008 8:50:00 PM
 
Schwang - true, and the call probably didn't determine the outcome of the game anyhow. Still, we've seen a number of blown calls in the Series, for both teams. Insert caveats about what a hard job umpiring is here, but you'd like to see better....
Posted by Erickson at 10/26/2008 9:05:00 PM
 
I think that the chances of the Rays winning all three is pretty slim, especially with Hamels on the mound tomorrow. Maybe a 10% chance?
Posted by Erickson at 10/26/2008 9:10:00 PM
 
I believe DirecTV and the NFL signed their 5 year 3.5 billion dollar deal in 04 - which would expire next year.
Posted by schwang2u at 10/26/2008 10:33:00 PM
 
I'm a big phillies fan and am starting to get worried that everyone is completely writing off the Rays tonight (and in this series).

It was sad to see that after the game last night, all the cars were honking, people hanging out waiving towels, music blasting, all up and down broad st (which runs from the stadium right to downtown city hall) as if we had already won the world series. Yes last night was big, and yes, Cole has been spectacular, but given Myers tendency to blow up and Moyers inconsistent results this postseason, I think an L tonight emotionally evens this series, heading back to Tampa.
Posted by slambert at 10/27/2008 11:30:00 AM
 
Also, despite needing to win all 3, I think 10% is low. That means tonight they are only a 30% chance to win, which we know is low (given that the rays should be at minimum 55% to 60% favorites in g6 and g7). That being said, I dont think its much higher...16-20%. Was more making a point that tonight was too low.
Posted by slambert at 10/27/2008 11:38:00 AM
 

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