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Bellinger not being in CF because of his back ended up being HUGE on that play.
Just re-reading the thread and wondered about this. Bellinger throws left-handed. The hit had a low bounce so, at best, Bellinger has to backhand it while bending over. Since they weren't playing Phillips to pull, that hit could have gone through and it would have been a nice clean finish
 

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Dave Roberts watched Alex Cora bypass his closer to bring in Chris Sale to close out the final game in 2018. He needs to be ready to do the same thing -- don't worry about upsetting Kenley Jansen. Just win the game.
 

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Ryan Yarbrough is a really good pitcher and had a 119 ERA+ this season. He's got to be way down list of bad pitchers starting a WS game. Mostly because he isn't one.
I am well aware who he is, he helped knock my team out a few weeks ago and he also allowed the weakest average contact of any SP in baseball this year. He is still TB's 4th starter who Cash didn't allow to start a postseason game previously without an opener and who only got into the 4th inning last night.
 

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Not sure anyone here has mentioned it, but TB didn't just need to win that game, they needed to win it that inning, because Glasnow or Snell was coming in next and then who knows who they start in the remaining games.
 

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Roberts just rode out Urias in game 7 of the NLCS - 9 up, 9 down to finish the game. Wasn't exactly "prisoner" to Jansen in that game
 

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View: https://twitter.com/kennymoralestv/status/1320354530253561857?s=21



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#1: this is just an amazing video
#2: from this angle you can see Arozarena and Smith in the same shot and get a sense for the timing. Arozarena trips at 10s and he’s about a third to a half of the way home. He’s flying. He’s in the top 5% of sprinting speed in MLB according to stat cast and here he’s traveling at 28.7 ft/sec. Smith starts his whiffed tag after the 12s mark and looks like he gets to where tag would have been placed just before 13s. So if you do the math, it would have been a close play. Smith’s intuition that he had to make a very quick tag was spot on.
 

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I think that angle makes it clear that Arozarena scores easily if he stays on his feet and Smith makes the catch and swipes.
 

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Not sure anyone here has mentioned it, but TB didn't just need to win that game, they needed to win it that inning, because Glasnow or Snell was coming in next and then who knows who they start in the remaining games.
Snell was warming in the bottom 8th on his bullpen day. Think one inning wouldn't have hurt the plans.
 
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Just re-reading the thread and wondered about this. Bellinger throws left-handed. The hit had a low bounce so, at best, Bellinger has to backhand it while bending over. Since they weren't playing Phillips to pull, that hit could have gone through and it would have been a nice clean finish
I don’t think handedness of the centerfielder was an issue. Softly hit ball, bounced three or four times before Taylor muffed it coming in on it. Had Bellinger been in he would have had time to square up on it.
I don’t see how the scorer didn’t give Smith an error for missing that catch. It’s not a great throw, but it’s a catchable throw. He just rushed it. We see it every Sunday in football games, receivers looking up before securing the catch. Got to have the ball to make an out.
And Jansen should have been backing up somewhere, but even if he’s backing up home, there’s no way they get Rice-a-Roni on that play.
 

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You’re knocking Kipling?

The Rays remind me of another Kipling character:

Though I've belted you and flayed you,
By the livin' Gawd that made you,
You're a better man than I am, Gunga Din!
 

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I don’t see how the scorer didn’t give Smith an error for missing that catch. It’s not a great throw, but it’s a catchable throw. He just rushed it. We see it every Sunday in football games, receivers looking up before securing the catch. Got to have the ball to make an out.
If you look at the box score now, it's now a double error on Taylor and Smith. Was changed sometime overnight. Phlilips advanced to 2nd and Taylor got the error on that, and Smith's error let Randy score, officially.

meanwhile, Glasnow cannot be going and throwing all these balls again....
 

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That was so close, can’t really fault the real time call but if you’re going to use replay it shouldn’t matter if it’s really close, make the right call
 

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it was impossible to tell on replay exactly when the tag was applied. they had no choice but to sitck with the call, would have been the same on an initial out call.
 

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Its kind of unfair to have one elite all around player on your roster. The Dodgers have at least two in Seager and JoKe. Maybe three if you squint at Mookie.