Podcast #30 Talks World Series Game One Defense

David Wright

David Wright’s error in the 14th inning was costly. (photo by Cbl62 – Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons – https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:David_Wright_(June_2012).jpg#/media/File:David_Wright_(June_2012).jpg)

Many coaches in many different sports will tell you that defense wins championships. That adage was on full display in game one of the World Series this week. In podcast #30, host Gene Gumbs breaks down each of the gaffes and great plays that made a difference in the Royals’ 5-4 win in 14 innings on Tuesday.

The defense was just one of the story lines in the World Series classic. There was the news that Edinson Volquez‘s father passed away that morning and, at the request of Volquez’s wife, the team kept the news from him until after his start. Then there was the outstanding relief efforts put in by Jon Niese of the Mets and Chris Young of the Royals.

Game two is tonight and features the battle of the hair – Jacob deGrom for the Mets and Johnny Cueto for the Royals. And by the way, are we that desperate for news that we need an announcement that deGrom is going to cut his hair after the season? New flash – I am going to trim my fingernails this weekend.

Sheesh.

Also in this episode:

  • Is anyone else sick of the NFL playing London?
  • If true, Lenny Dykstra‘s latest disclosure may make him the worst person in sports – ever.
  • Time for the San Diego Chargers to pull the plug on Mike McCoy and the GM.
  • MLB in danger of having no black managers for first time since 1987.
  • My pick for team of the week

You can listen to the latest episode here or subscribe to it on iTunes to have it automatically downloaded to your iOS devices. As always, I welcome your comments and suggestions.

Enjoy, and thanks for continuing to listen every week!

Royals Bullpen Dominance Topic of Podcast #29

Kelvin Herrera

Kelvin Herrera has kept the Blue Jays bats silent. (photo by Keith Allison from Hanover, MD, USA – Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons – https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Kelvin_Herrera_(7271823252).jpg#/media)/File:Kelvin_Herrera_(7271823252).jpg

With both of the baseball series on the brink of completion, it’s become obvious that the Kansas City Royals bullpen has been the difference in the ALCS. It may also be the thing that carries the Royals to a World Series championship. Podcast host Gene Gumbs takes a look at the numbers that have stymied playoff opponents.

While the KC bullpen has been excellent, Toronto’s has been atrocious. The Blue Jay bullpen has allowed 25 base runners and 16 earned runs in 14 innings!

The pitching of the New York Mets has been the difference in their series with the Cubs. Met pitchers have held Chicago to a paltry .158 batting average in the first three games. The combined trio if Kris Bryant, Kyle Schwarber, and Anthony Rizzo have comined to go 6-32 (.187).

Oh, and can somebody please check to see what Daniel Murphy is putting in his corn flakes? Sheesh!

Also in this episode:

  • Joey Logano was justified in spinning Matt Kenseth
  • The San Diego Padres are turning Petco into a golf course for three days
  • Don Mattingly being treated unfairly in Los Angeles
  • Tiger’s pitcher Daniel Norris‘s courageous (or silly) decision
  • Don’t put Peyton Manning out to pasture just yet
  • Mariotta or Winston? Who’s better right now.
  • My pick for team of the week

You can listen to the latest episode here or subscribe to it on iTunes to have it automatically downloaded to your iOS devices. As always, I welcome your comments and suggestions.

Enjoy, and thanks for continuing to listen every week!

Chicago Cubs Ahead of Schedule?

Cubs logoMany baseball “experts” feel that the Chicago Cubs and Houston Astros are ahead of schedule. Someone forgot to tell the Cubs (and maybe the Astros as well if they hang on tonight). The blast launched deep into the night by Kyle Schwarber on Tuesday sent the favored St. Louis Cardinals home, and Cubs fans hope is the beginning of the end of decades of post-season futility.

Podcast host Gene Gumbs talks about that series, as well as the comeback of the Toronto Blue Jays. Jose Bautista‘s homer in the seventh didn’t travel as far as Schwarber’s, but it was close.

One disturbing thing in the game was the shameful behavior of the Blue Jay fans in the seventh. Twice during the frame, people in the stands hurled beer cans and other items on to the field – once after a controversial call went against the team, and again after Bautista’s homer. I am still mystified why the umpires didn’t pull the teams completely off the field.

And another thing… why was Sam Dyson talking smack to Troy Tulowitzki while leaving the field after giving the go-ahead homer in the seventh? I hope Tulo said one thing to him – “Scoreboard.”

Also in this episode:

  • Chase Utley and the case of the illegal slide
  • Steve Spurrier will be hard to replace in South Carolina
  • Clayton Kershaw finally comes up big in the playoffs
  • Do the Mets have more magic left?
  • Travis Shaw learning third for Boston – Panda out?
  • My pick for team of the week

You can listen to the latest episode here or subscribe to it on iTunes to have it automatically downloaded to your iOS devices. As always, I welcome your comments and suggestions.

Enjoy, and thanks for continuing to listen every week!

Baseball Playoffs the Topic of Podcast #27

Dallas Keuchel delivers a pitch. (photo by Arturo Pardavila III on Flickr - Originally posted to Flickr as "Astros vs. Yankees: 8/25/2015". Licensed under CC BY 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons - https://commons.wikimedia.org)

Dallas Keuchel delivers a pitch. (photo by Arturo Pardavila III on Flickr – Originally posted to Flickr as “Astros vs. Yankees: 8/25/2015”. Licensed under CC BY 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons – https://commons.wikimedia.org)

The wild card baseball playoffs begin tonight, and podcast host Gene Gumbs breaks down both games. Will Dallas Keuchel be overwhelmed by his first playoff appearance, or will the likely American League Cy Young winner keep his cool and bounce the New York Yankees from the playoffs? Gumbs is betting on the latter and sees the Astros squeaking by.

In the National League, it should be another pitcher’s duel in Pittsburgh as NL Cy Young contender Jake Arrieta of the Chicago Cubs takes on Gerrit Cole and the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Cubs are the trendy (and sentimental) favorites in the NL, but a team full of youngsters that have never been to the playoffs have a tough hill to climb. While Arietta owned the Pirates this year, Gumbs believes the Pirate bullpen could be the difference maker.

Also in this episode:

  • Breaking down the monster mash between Toronto and Texas
  • An in-depth look at the Houston Astros lineup
  • Can anyone beat the Cardinals
  • More drama in New York with Matt Harvey
  • The resurgence of Kendrys Morales in KC
  • A rather dubious achievement for the National Football League
  • My pick for team of the week

You can listen to the latest episode here or subscribe to it on iTunes to have it automatically downloaded to your iOS devices. As always, I welcome your comments and suggestions, and I want to thank some of my loyal listeners – like Dennis Schimmel and Joe Rollar – for their encouragement and ideas.

Enjoy, and thanks for continuing to listen every week!