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Storylines: Giants close to within one win of another title

Storylines: Giants close to within one win of another title
Madison Bumgarner (Photo: AP)
October 27, 2014
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  • The San Francisco Giants are now within a game of claiming their third World Series title in five years. If this occurs, the man that will most likely get the MVP is Madison Bumgarner. Since the postseason began, he has been the best pitcher throughout as in five starts he is 3-1 with a 1.40 ERA and 33K’s. Sunday night was no different for Bumgarner as he dropped his career World Series ERA from 1.29 to 0.26 and also added 8 strikeouts. The run support also played a big part for the Giants asBrandon Crawford racked up RBI's in the second and fourth inning. The onslaught came in the eighth inning as San Francisco scored three runs to put the game away. James Shields was better as he allowed two runs and gave up eight hits, but still came up the loser. The Giants will travel back to Kauffman Stadium on Tuesday for Game 6 to try and close out the Royals and win their eighth title in franchise history.
  • St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Oscar Taveras died in a car accident Sunday evening in Puerta Plata in the Dominican Republic. He was 22 years old and one of the best young prospects in the game. 

Other News and Notes

  • According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, Alex Rodriguez plans on playing for the New York Yankees next season.
  • Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that Toronto Blue Jays lefty Mark Buehrle will be made available for trades once the offseason begins. However his $19 million contract could be a deterrent for teams unless the Blue Jays agree to pay part of it.
  • According to the Japan Times, former Houston Astros first basemen Jesus Guzman has signed with the Hiroshima Carp of the NPB.
  • Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports that Tampa Bay Rays ownership has discussed possibly relocating the franchise to Montreal.
  • Jon Morosi of FOX Sports reports that the San Francisco Giants will likely resign Pablo Sandoval rather than let him test free agency. They currently do not have a viable replacement at third base.
  • According to Bill Chastain of, former Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon stated the reason he left Tampa Bay was because both sides could not reach an agreement on a contract. It was said to be above $3 million. He also states he is open to “any” and “all” offers.

User Comments

October 28, 2014 - 11:59 AM EDT
I'd have to disagree Alton. It's not the pitcher batting which makes the game more entertaining it's what his presence in the order does to the game. The NL game is a much more strategic and aggressive. I used to not like the pitcher batting till I moved to Atlanta and saw daily how the game is different.
October 28, 2014 - 12:27 AM EDT
Yeah because seeing a pitcher bunt or strike out 90% of the time is so pure. Give me a break, the DH, the wild card, and replay have all been welcome additions. I can't wait for the day when I don't have to see pitchers stepping in the box and trying not to hurt themselves. Don't fear change fellas.
October 27, 2014 - 6:19 PM EDT
Here in Georgia, the DH is used in HS. In fact, I've seen the DH used for a light hitting catcher or OF and the pitcher did bat. In travel ball they use a DH and an EH. The EH is a position so that player can enter the field while the replaced fielder then assumes the EH position in the line up. In college to the DH is used. I remember Darren Driefert ptiching in a game at Wichita where he was both the SP and the DH.

Selig was only the owner of the Brewers when the DH was implemented. You can blame Bowie Kuhn, who was commissioner when the DH was implemented.
October 27, 2014 - 5:06 PM EDT
Daingean. The DH is used in highschool and college? That makes no sense. I live in Marin where they have outlawed aluminum bats in HS games and the pitchers are in the order here. The reason the DH was instituted was Bud Selig thought he could sell more cars, I mean more advertising w more home runs- the exact same reason he allowed PEDS to infiltrate the game. Then the players union seized on the DH just as they did with PEDS because it generated more salary for marginal players and kept them in the game longer. People want an honest game- even casual fans. It's not honest with the DH.
October 27, 2014 - 12:09 PM EDT
I agree with you Shy about the NL game being better with the pitcher in the order. Unfortunately, I think the game is moving towards the DH in the game completely. The DH is used in College, High School and much of travel ball. I just don't see the players agreeing to abolishing the DH or that the game here in the States changing back. The "old time" element of the game is basically an NL thing now.
October 27, 2014 - 11:53 AM EDT
Taveras was a great young prospect. He was so genuine and smiley gracious after the pinch hit homer in St. Louis in the NL pennant series. It's funny, the lame journalists asking Boche whaddya gonna do Tuesday, whaddya gonna do Wednesday, who you gonna have available. You never know what's going to happen in this life. Most folks take tomorrow for granted, but there's no days promised. As for Swisher, he's an albatross IMO. He's below average in right and first base and his K rate not to mention his OBP and average w RISP are below average. No reason to believe that's going to change w arthroscopic surgery on both knees. I was really hoping he would be better as a broadcaster and maybe leave early. The NL brand of baseball is so much better with the pitcher in the order and not some fat guy who rides the pine for 98% of the game. Hopefully the new commish will start the process to phase out the DH and restore the integrity of the game.
October 27, 2014 - 9:48 AM EDT
I know that Kershaw is the be-all and end-all of NL pitchers but I wonder how the Dodgers would feel about an even up swap for Bumgarner.
October 27, 2014 - 9:45 AM EDT
I sure didn't like Swisher's comments after the game. In contrast to Thomas's comments you can see the difference in mindset, and why Thomas was so great for the White Sox.
October 27, 2014 - 9:44 AM EDT
What a shame about Taveras. That was a good looking young prospect.

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