October 12, 2017

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle:

A place to discuss the sports stories that aren't making news, share links that aren't quite front-page material, and diagram plays on your hand. Remember to count to five Mississippi before commenting in anger.

posted by huddle to general at 06:00 AM - 11 comments

NFL Pick em Week 6 Thursday night game... Carolina by 3.

posted by jagsnumberone at 06:23 AM on October 12

I wasn't able to watch the NY-Cleveland game last night, so had to check the live box score online now and then.

After the game was over, it was too late to call 1-800-ASK-GRUM, but still, I had questions I was wondering about that were nagging at me.

Such as:

- Have the Indians ever lost an ALDS Game 5 at home after going up 2-0?
- Have the Yankees ever won an ALDS Game 5 on the road after going down 0-2?
- Have the Yankees ever gone down 0-2 and then won an ALDS Game 3 in a 1-0 pitcher's duel?

You know, those kinds of questions.

It's a relief to finally have stuff happen in 2017 (or 2016) that has actually happened before.

Bonus question: has there ever been a Lose 2 / Win 3 straight ALDS that featured a Game 5 seventh inning that stretched the limits of credulity?

posted by beaverboard at 08:35 AM on October 12

I can't think of any other way to interpret this:

The Devils are already two-men shorthanded so the referee changed his mind and decided NOT to call a cross-checking penalty.

You can clearly see him start to raise his hand, and then change his mind. I have never seen a referee make the signal for "waving it off" for a non-penalty.

If it's a penalty, call it.

posted by grum@work at 09:30 AM on October 12

- Have the Indians ever lost an ALDS Game 5 at home after going up 2-0?

Yes. In 1999, the Indians went up 2-0 in the division series against the Red Sox, and then lost the last three games (including Game 5 at home) by a combined score of 44-18. Bonus: Game 5 featured one of the most famous and amazing "use a Cy Young winning starting pitcher as a reliever" appearances in playoff history.

- Have the Yankees ever won an ALDS Game 5 on the road after going down 0-2?

No. However, they won the 2001 ALDS against the A's after starting off down 0-2, and won Game 5 at home.

- Have the Yankees ever gone down 0-2 and then won an ALDS Game 3 in a 1-0 pitcher's duel?

Yes. It was the same 2001 ALDS, as Mussina (7) and Rivera (2) combined for a shutout, while Zito (8) and Guthrie (1) gave up only one run (a Posada 5th inning home run) in a tough luck loss.

has there ever been a Lose 2 / Win 3 straight ALDS that featured a Game 5 seventh inning that stretched the limits of credulity?

NEVER FORGET! (Don't click it, rcade.)

posted by grum@work at 09:47 AM on October 12

Hey Cleveland baseball club! Change your ridiculous mascot and maybe you'll finally be able to win that elusive last game of a playoff series.

posted by NoMich at 09:50 AM on October 12

Have the Indians ever lost an ALDS Game 5 at home after going up 2-0?

Troy O'Leary would like a word.

posted by yerfatma at 10:19 AM on October 12

If it's a penalty, call it.

Devils fan here. That was a clear cross check, and done right in front of the ref, who clearly saw it. It impacted the play, as it was the puck carrier who got cross checked (not that it should matter, but often does). The "wave-off" was bizarre.

posted by tahoemoj at 12:56 PM on October 12

Almost as bizarre as the Devils scoring 16 goals in their first three games. And their scoring leader is a 2016 6th round pick.

posted by MrFrisby at 04:16 PM on October 12

If it's a penalty, call it.

Penalty:

26.1 Delayed Penalty - If a third player of any team shall be penalized while two players of the same team are serving penalties, the penalty time of the third player shall not commence until the penalty time of one of the two players already penalized has elapsed. Nevertheless, the third penalized player must at once proceed to the penalty bench. He may be substituted for on the ice so as to keep the on-ice strength at no less than three skaters for his team.

posted by cixelsyd at 05:27 PM on October 12

So...that was an interesting game 5 for the Nats/Cubs tonight.

For the first time in MLB history, four consecutive batters reached base four different ways without making contact with the ball:

- (Intentional) walk
- Strike three passed ball
- Catcher's interference
- Hit by pitch

posted by grum@work at 01:00 AM on October 13

...without making contact with the ball

- Hit by pitch

Ahem

posted by bender at 11:09 PM on October 13

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