Morning Answers to Questions Nobody Asked

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Each morning during the playoffs, we'll attempt to answer some questions about the playoff games that absolutely nobody asked. This could be helpful and fun or this could be painful and uninformative. Either way, it's another listicle in the listicle-ful sportsblogosphere.

  • How did we end up with that suspended game because of rain? Blame the television networks. FOX and the other folks who pay baseball for the right to broadcast games have the league grasped firmly around the nuts. If Bud Selig and his people were so sure that Philadelphia was getting torrential downpours last night (and they must have been, because even dolts like me knew it) then they should have moved the start time of the game up a couple hours. No chance, because they don't control what happens in baseball games during the postseason. FOX is in control, and they say when the games start, how long the commercial breaks are between innings, and even what horrible jacket Jeanne Zelasko must wear during the pregame coverage.

  • Which team has the upper hand tonight when Game Five resumes? It's a tie game, but the Phillies have two distinct advantages. One, they know exactly which pitcher they will be facing in the bottom of the sixth, Grant Balfour. Cole Hamels was due up to bat first, but he'll be replaced by a Phillies hitter of Charlie Manuel's choice. The only two Phillies players to collect hits off Balfour are Carlos Ruiz and Jayson Werth, both in the starting lineup, so they're out. Matt Stairs has a .861 career OPS against righties, so he's probably a good choice. Greg Dobbs had 9 tater tots in 217 at-bats against righties, so he's another good choice.

  • How mad would Rays fans have been had they not scored in the sixth? Nobody wants to see a World Series clinching game called after five-and-a-half innings, but maybe that would have been the most fair way to decide it. Sure, the Rays would have lost three more opportunities to tie up the game, but for anyone to question the dominance of the Phillies in the series up until that point of the game would have been wrong. The Rays had been held to just eight thirteen runs in 41 innings up until Carlos Pena's game-tying RBI; that's fewer than two three runs for every nine innings played. To question the authority of a World Championship decided on a game called due to rain would be short-sighted when one team has simply been outplayed.

  • How pissed are folks gonna be when they find out "House" was pre-empted? I don't know, and I don't care.

  • Will you come back promptly at 8PM tonight to continue our glogging? Thanks in advance. We had a great time last night and would welcome new commenters and readers with open arms.

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15 Comments

How pissed are folks gonna be when they find out "House" was pre-empted?

Goddammit. I want to know what's going to happen with House and Cuddy.

"The Rays had been held to just eight runs in 41 innings up until Carlos Pena's game-tying RBI"

Or thirteen runs. You could also say that each team scored the same amount of runs through 27 innings.

Sincerely,
Flash Baylor - Dominance Questioner

Sooooo a co-worker was at last night's game and now is unable to use his ticket for tonight's 3.5 innings, so HOLY SHIT I GET TO GO TO THE POTENTIAL CLINCHING HALF-GAME OF THE WORLD SERIES FOR MY FAVORITE BASEBALL CLUB.

Liveglog Club rule 4.5(a) says that "any liveglog club member who comments on a liveglog for a game that is suspended due to rain and then obtains a ticket to the makeup portion of said game must wear his/her liveglog blazer to the game".

So enjoy the night, but don't forget your jacket.

"It's a tie game, but the Phillies have TWO distinct advantages"

You only mentioned one, I would have to guess the other one has something to do with the fact that they have 12 outs and the Rays only have 9

Thanks, it's been a rough morning. Yes, that was the other distinct advantage.

@Rob
I spilled cakie batter all down the front of my blazer, so I have my "Liveglog Crew" poncho at the ready. Crew as in rowing, not group of roadies.

@bc
I thought the same thing, but I believe advantage 1 is knowing which pitcher you'll be facing, and advantage 2 is being able to substitute accordingly.

@rob / bc
That's the last time I defend our editors without refreshing

I am loathe to admit this, but work's been a bitch recently and I haven't been keeping up with my WoW comment comedy pyramid buzzwords. What's all this talk of cakies, now?

I don't want to say that you missed a watershed moment or anything, freetzy.. but...

Farthammer dropped some knowledge of a time-honored cookie/cake hybrid recipe... and some of us actually made them... and pictures were taken... and basically the world as we know it will never be the same.

Also, Liberty medical has signed on to be a liveglog sponsor. You check your blood sugar, and you check it often.

I heard the press confrence and read what was written here but I still don't get what the big advantage is by the Phils knowing who is going to pitch. They would have known who is was going to be last night too. It's not like the extra time is going to give them time to do some extra scouting on the guy, this is the world series, I would assume that they have a book on their opponents best relief pitchers.

So Honeynut, what you're saying is: I picked a bad week to not quit my job.

If anybody can't use their ticket for the liveglog tonight, let me know and I'll make an offer

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