Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Your Mass Hysteria ALDS Wrap-Up - 3 Levels of Insanity



So there you have it. The Red Sox disposed of the Disneyland Angels of Los Angeles California near Anehiem last night in dramatic fashion, advancing to the ALCS for the fourth time in six years. Obviously if there was a series MVP, it would have to go to Jon Lester, but there were a lot of guys instrumental to this tremendous series win. Ellsbury, Drew, Bay, and Papelbon all deserve kudos for their play in various points of the series. But for anyone interested in Lester's insane numbers in his two starts, here they are:

14 IP
8 H
1 R
0 ER
5 BB
9 K

Read that again. 14 IP. 0 ER. Insane.









Now on to another insane moment, which of course was Erick Aybar's suicide squeeze attempt. Listen, I have a ton of respect for the man, but I have never been a fan of Mike Scioscia's style of managing. I just don't subscribe to the school of thought of giving up outs. It makes no sense. I also don't think that running into outs = agressive. But there it was last night, with MDC on the hill, throwing wildly (i.e. not good pitches to bunt), Scioscia throws on the squeeze in a 2-0 (read: hitter's) count, and Aybar got what was frankly an un-buntable pitch. Classifying the play as "suicide" works especially well here, because the Angels killed themselves that inning and absolutely pissed away their season. Period. Scioscia does realize that a sac-fly can also get a runner in from 3rd with less than two outs too, right? He was also aware that Delcarmen was wild as shit in his first two pitches? I'm not trying to take any credit away from the Sox, of course, but I am saying that that was one of the most insane managerial moves I've seen in a while.









Now onto a third insane man, Mr. John "I PITCH BASEBALL! YAYYY!!!" Lackey. I don't know if anyone saw his post-game comments, but wow. Just...wow. Here they are:

"We lost to a team that's not better than us. We are a better team than they are. The last two days, we shouldn't have given up anything. [Sunday] night they scored three runs on a pop fly that was called a hit, which was a joke. [Monday] night they scored on a broken-bat ground ball and a fly ball that anywhere else in America is an out, and he's fist-pumping on second base like he did something great."
Asked to describe his feelings, Lackey said, "Like I want to throw somebody through a wall."


Wow. Here, Mr. Lackey, these are for you.



You little fucking bitch. Will all due respect to GHABB,Y!, eat a big bag of dicks, you shithead. And, just cuz I now officially fucking hate you, let's break down everything you said:

"We lost to a team that's not better than us. We are a better team than they are."

Oh wow, I've never heard that one before from a losing team, that's a first. Hey douchebag, the Red Sox beat you every year. Maybe you should start thinking that you're not better than them? Just a suggestion.

The last two days, we shouldn't have given up anything. [Sunday] night they scored three runs on a pop fly that was called a hit, which was a joke."

A joke, maybe. But you won that game, so shut the fuck up.

"[Monday] night they scored on a broken-bat ground ball and a fly ball that anywhere else in America is an out, and he's fist-pumping on second base like he did something great."

Fact: The Angels never scored on a broken-bat grounder all year. It's common knowledge.

Also, Dustin Pedroia was like 0 for 14 before that hit. And by the way. It was a hit. And an RBI. Torii Hunter pumped his fist on his hit and his RBI. Just because you don't like it doesn't mean it didn't happen. You fuck.

"Asked to describe his feelings, Lackey said, "Like I want to throw somebody through a wall.""

I hope someone throws you through a wall, and your face gets more fucked up than it is right now. Enjoy watching the ALCS from your couch, asshole.









Whew! So coming tomorrow, Part 1 of my ALCS preview - same as last time. Get excited, Game 1 Friday night!

10 comments:

The A-Train said...

Hey douchebag, the Red Sox beat you every year. Maybe you should start thinking that you're not better than them? Just a suggestion.

[checks the interwebs]

Huh! The Angels were 8-1 against the Red Sox, with the one loss on April 22nd.

[whistles innocently]

A Pimp Named DaveR said...

And the three losses in October. You know, when it MATTERED.

Also, I have decided that it's no longer funny to pronounce Mr. Figgins' name "choahn". From now on, it is to be pronounced "cha won". "Cha" as in cha-cha-cha, and "won" as in "John Lackey's team has never won."

SmartyBarrett said...

@the a-train

Clay Buccholz earned 3 of those losses. That should pretty much tell you how much stock you should put into that 8-1 record.

Zach Martin said...

In related news, I rarely use kleenex for tears...

Shaun said...

I couldn't agree more with the posting.

ballamiguel said...

Text message from my dad:

"Some place in LA somebody is wiping their ass with a rally monkey."

The A-Train said...

And the three losses in October. You know, when it MATTERED.

Ohhhh, so the regular season only matters when it supports your argument. I see. I guess those 10 losses to the Rays (six of them being 1-run games) don't matter either, huh?

Clay Buccholz earned 3 of those losses. That should pretty much tell you how much stock you should put into that 8-1 record.

What, does that mean all the games that Phil Hughes and Ian Kennedy 'pitched' in don't count either? What about Darrell Rasner? Are his performances discounted as well?

No, they're not. And neither are losses the Sox had because Lester/Beckett weren't on the mound. You don't pick statistics like that and expect them to be a viable tool for measure or prediction.

SmartyBarrett said...

@ A-Train

I didn't say those games didn't count. I did say that the Red Sox team that won this series is better than the Angels team that lost it. Your point about the regular season record is void because Clay Buchholz (who is, as you may know, not on the team that just beat the Angels 3 out of 4) started and sucked in 3 of those 9 games.

Also, you can take this FWIW, but three more of those 8-of-9 losses came in the days leading up to Manny being traded (you may recall him not running out a ground ball). If you are a big believer in clubhouse chemistry, you can throw that in the mix. If you're not, it is food-for-thought at the very least.

futuremrsrickankiel said...

Bottom line: you can't play in the clutch, you ain't worth shit. You're the fucking Mets. You're nothing. Worthless. That's all that fucking needs to be said about these Angels.

shaun said...

What matters about the regular season is that Boston performed well enough to make the postseason. Stats out the window now, anything goes. Best team will win.