Upon further review… The Giants had a teeth grinder

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Well, that could have gone smoother as Instant Replay goes.

As someone who has been a long proponent of instant replay, I knew there would be some kinks and some moments where it doesn’t exactly work ideally.

Tonight with the long delay and inconclusiveness in Phoenix was one such night. Kinks need to be worked out.

But one thing is for sure. The Giants game should not have been hinging on a blown call here or there. San Francisco was up 4-0 before Arizona came to bat and Matt Cain was on the mound.

Game 1, the Giants won a game they had no business winning. Today, they returned the favor.

So I will update the “Dodged Bullet/Teeth Grinder” tally.

An explanation of what this is all about can be found HERE.

 

 

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GIANTS DODGED BULLET – TEETH GRINDER Tally

Giants blow a 4-0 lead and have one replay go against them as they lost 5-4 to Arizona. TEETH GRINDER

1 Dodged Bullet 1 Teeth Grinder

TOTAL: EVEN

 

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A’S DODGED BULLET – TEETH GRINDER Tally

0 Dodged Bullets 1 Teeth Grinder

TOTAL: -1

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RED SOX DODGED BULLET – TEETH GRINDER Tally

0 Dodged Bullets 1 Teeth Grinder

TOTAL: -1

 

All three teams are playing tomorrow. In fact the A’s play twice. The totals might be changing tomorrow. Stay tuned.

 

The Teeth Grinders and Dodged Bullets of 2014

Boston Herald Staff Photo by Matt West.

Boston Herald Staff Photo by Matt West.

OK, I am going to do an experiment this baseball season.

You know, because my daily podcast and following Who Owns Baseball every single day JUST ISN’T ENOUGH!!

But I think it will be interesting to track something.

In 2009, 2010 and 2011, I followed the Red Sox day in and day out figuring out which games they pulled out from the fire and which games they blew. Essentially trying to figure out, as a fan, if they surprised us with victories or did they crush us more.

Did we finish more games feeling like our team dodged a bullet or grinding our teeth in frustration?

Essentially I wanted to be able to track a whole year, not just the end, and see which side the team fell to.

Surprisingly, in 2009, a year they went to the playoffs, they finished with a negative score. They blew games they had a chance to win more than they won games that seemed lost.

In 2010, a year they faded, the number was reversed. In 2011, when the Red Sox pulled one of the notorious belly flops in baseball history, the Red Sox won 48 games they could have lost and lost 46 they should have won.

They finished +2 in a year where they clearly fell apart.

I didn’t do it in 2012 because it was so clear early on that the team was not a contender.

I didn’t do it last year because, well, I had no expectations for the 2013 Red Sox.

I am doing it again this year. But I am doing it a little differently. I would love to see all 30 team’s Teeth Grinder and Dodged Bullet ratio. But even I don’t have THAT kind of stamina. A lot of this is emotion. It relies on the feeling you get when you think “This game is in the bag” or “This game is hopeless.” Tough to do for EVERY team.

BUT I am in the Bay Area for most of the baseball season. My father is a rabid Giants fan. I am surrounded by A’s fans. I can do those three teams effectively.

Three teams, the Giants, Red Sox and Athletics, all have post season aspirations this year.

Which team will make it? And which team will have the highest Dodged Bullet/Teeth Grinder average.

I might as well start, one game into it. Unlike PREVIOUS VERSIONS where I list every game, for this three team race, I will simply record the most recent game and the up to date standings. It will take up less room.

So after Game 1…

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A’S DODGED BULLET – TEETH GRINDER Tally

A’s blow a wonderful Sonny Gray performance by letting up 2 runs in the 9th and losing 2-0 to Cleveland. TEETH GRINDER

0 Dodged Bullets 1 Teeth Grinder

TOTAL: -1

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GIANTS DODGED BULLET – TEETH GRINDER Tally

Giants overcome a 6-2 fifth inning hole to win the game with Posey’s 9th inning homer, 9-8, over Arizona. DODGED BULLET

1 Dodged Bullet 0 Teeth Grinder

TOTAL: +1

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RED SOX DODGED BULLET – TEETH GRINDER Tally

Red Sox strand 11 and waste a solid Jon Lester start, 2-1 to the Orioles. TEETH GRINDER

0 Dodged Bullets 1 Teeth Grinder

TOTAL: -1

 

So I am going to keep up this tally and see how three teams fare. What will it teach me? It will teach me that MAN I am spending a lot of time on the internet writing and recording about baseball!

Angels have the most grotesque Opening Day I’ve ever seen

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Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

The Angels needed to get far into this season avoiding injuries in order to compete.

I am sure they were expecting to at least get through the ceremonial first pitch without injuries.

Don Baylor, one of my favorite players as a kid, breaks his femur and needs to be carried off the field after trying to field Vlad Guerrero’s symbolic first pitch of the season.

So the opening image of the 2014 season for Angels fans is their one time beloved MVP and current hitting coach being carried off the field.

That is grotesque. And as omens go, as bad as any not witnessed by Gregory Peck.

The game itself? The Angels wasted a home run from Mike Trout as the pitching could not hold a lead and the bullpen turned a tight game into a laugher and Seattle won.

Not a good sign either. What is it about home plate in Anaheim? This is the same plate where Kendrys Morales jumped and broke his leg after a walk off homer.

Either way, the Angels are off to about as bad a first game as I can remember. 161 games left to right the ship.

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