****If I were Chase Utley’s agent, I would advise him to drop his appeal. He didn’t play last night and it is unlikely that Mattingly would thrust him into the fray tonight. That makes two games “served”. MLB would probably buy that. Meanwhile, he can conjure up a statement that says something like, “Maybe, I was a little too aggressive on that play” – and we move on til the Winter when the Baseball Gods meet to refine the rules.
****David Price coming into a game in the fifth inning with a five run lead tells me that either the Blue Jays have no confidence in their bullpen or maybe they were just desperate to get Price a playoff win, cheap as it was.
****There is no reason why games need to be scheduled one at a time. Fans should be able to pick the game of their choosing, much like we see with the NFL. Oops, I forgot – what’s wrong with me? That would negate the $$$ grab by MLB and their sponsors.
****Joe Madden is a perfect fit for the city of Chicago and the Cubs.
****Okay, how many of you will be watching the Democratic Debate on CNN tonight? Raise your hands please, I can’t see them.
****I tend to like watching playoff baseball, especially because the crowds are frenzied and very loud – and this trends to drown out the voices of the announcers.
****But on the other hand, I would buy my own satellite if I could listen to Vin Scully’s call of a ballgame every night.
****Either the strike zone graphics we see now are off or these umpires are doing a pretty darn good job of calling balls and strikes these days.
****Could the resume of Joe Torre as both a successful player and manager support the position he has now with MLB any better? Sometimes, they do get things right.
****Is there any doubt now (despite what Terry Collins said that he was “saving him” for the crucial third game last night) that Jacob DeGrom is the Ace of the Met’s staff – and not Matt The Brat.