Last edited by Phhhl; 10-06-2012 at 12:51 AM.
One thing I have to wonder about the Braves... how is that club the best defensive team in the NL? Uggla has always been an absolute butcher at second base. I get the outfield of Bourne, Heyward and Prado. But Chipper is just slightly above average as a defender, and if there is any doubt about him as a Hall of famer it is that part of his game that suggests the controversy. I am assuming that Freeman is good at first, and that they didn't miss much at short whether it was Simmons, Janish or Pasternicky. But, McCann is not a good defensive catcher, and he played way more often than Ross.
So, this was a good defensive club with some glaring flaws. But, how is it better than the Reds, with outstanding defenders at every position on the field day in and day out, with the possible exception of left field when Ludwick is in there (who is still decent)? What metric is in use? Fielding percentage?
I know one thing. The Reds have not played a single ballgame as badly on defense the entire season as the Braves did on Wild Card Friday. That was a pathetic showing for the "best defensive club in the NL". It would be quite a conincidence if they chose their most important ballgame of the season to reveal their flaws.
I do think defense is an aspect of the game that the Reds can exploit in the postseason to win because it is a true attribute.
So the O's are now 75-0 in 2012 after leading after the 7th. This must be the record, right? Who/what was the previous, assuming this is the new record.
"Last week I helped my friend stay put. It's a lot easier'n helpin' 'em move. I just went over to his house and made sure that he did not start to load **** into a truck."
Arguing that the "infield fly" call was correct is the most contrarian thing I have ever seen on Redszone, and Lord knows we see a lot of contrarians on Redszone. It was without any question whatsoever one of the worst calls in the history of playoff baseball. The call will live in infamy forever in baseball lore. Ridiculous and embarassing for all concerned. It is a perfect example of why a one game playoff is a joke.
Actually no, my first reaction, and you guys will probably laugh at me for this, was the feeling that the umps were in the tank for the Cards. I know that's completely ridiculous, but then again, so was that play. My brain couldn't even process it.
Harold Reynolds actually thinks the umps got it right. The case he made was compelling. I don't agree with it but at the same time I can see why the ump ruled the way he did.
EDIT: It still doesn't excuse the Braves defensive performance and giving that game to the Cards.