Mondays suck, and Mondays with no baseball really suck, and I just realized we are now looking at a long string of baseball-less Mondays, and after tonight, a long string of baseball-less Tuesdays, and even if the Rays can hang in and push this thing to seven games, it’s just a long string of no-baseball-nights, and darkness, and no fall league baseball, and oh no, spiraling now...
But wait! LIDOM games start in the Dominican Republic November 15th. Mariners super-prospect Julio Rodríguez will be playing for the Leonoes de Escogido, and you can sign up to watch all the LIDOM games here for a relatively modest price—I think it was around twenty bucks last year. I didn’t do it but this year I think I funnel my MLB TV savings into that. Is anyone else thinking about doing the TV package? Maybe we could schedule some watch parties and game threads if we had enough interest.
But perhaps I eulogize the 2020 season too soon! The Rays have one more chance to force a Game Seven, which they should do, because Game Sevens rule. The Tampa Bay Flappy Bois will roll out Blake Snell to try to save their season, while the Dodgers will roll with recently-crowned Baseball America Rookie of the Year, Tony Gonsolin, and can we just talk about that for a moment? Here’s their explanation of that, in case you didn’t read it ($), and I just. I’m hmm about it, and not just because I constantly mistype his name as “Tony Gosselin.” Gonsolin was really good when he was up, but the Dodgers optioned him a bunch of times in this shortened season, and at the end of it, he’d pitched just 46.2 innings. Marco Gonzales, if you want a contrast for a normal starting pitcher load, had pitched 69.2 (nice point two). And post-season stats shouldn’t enter into it, obviously, but he has a 9.39 ERA and a 1.7 WHIP in the post-season, being used mostly as an Opener, and hence my hmmm.
BA explains their logic as wanting to make a pick that will hold up over time, but to me, this feels like the opposite of that, and I think passing over Kyle Lewis, Luis Robert, and Jake Cronenworth will not age particularly well, if only because pitchers are so dang fragile and once Luis Robert gets his MLB bearings he’s going to do very bad things to baseballs for a very long time. And also, not to be super-homerish here, but KLew has almost a full year of ABs between last season and this season with the best sustained track record of the hitters.
Okay, that got a little rant-y, but I didn’t want to write a whole KYLE LEWIS SNUBBED FOR ROY BY BASEBALL AMERICA hot take article (I’m not even sure if he was!) but I had some Feelings I needed to Get Out. Thanks for indulging that. Back to tonight’s baseball game, in which Tony Gonsolin will probably throw a Maddux, just to shame the devil. (me. The devil is me.) I wouldn’t even be mad about it, tbh, because one cat person supports another cat person.
Ji-Leadoff-Man? Oh heck yes. Eagle-eyed readers will note the Rays have shuffled their lineup a little, while the Dodgers have stuck to their strategy of assembling their collection of rocket launchers and heavy artillery led by the twin powerhouses of Betts-Seager.
Also! For the weather-watchers, apparently conditions are a little stormy deep in the heart of Texas:
Update: the roof will indeed be closed. Kyle Seager has already hit a home run there anyway.
Game time is 5 PM, on Fox. Let’s all close our eyes and let possibly the last baseball of 2020 wash over us (and then immediately open our eyes because hey, look, baseball).