Who Owns October? (WOO) Tally Updated for October 7, 2013

Photo: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times

Photo: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times

Each winning team for every post season game gets a pitcher and a hitter who earn a full WOO.
And at my discretion, I award a 1/2 WOO to a worthy player on the losing team.

For a full explanation, click HERE.

From today’s games:

Receiving 1 WOO

Alex Cobb was not on top of his game but he kept the Red Sox from breaking open the game in his 5 innings of work and helped set up Tampa’s 5-4 come from behind win.

Matt Holliday provided all the offense the Cardinals with need with his 2 run homer that sparked St. Louis’ 2-1 win over the Pirates.

Clayton Kershaw pitched on short rest and threw 6 innings with 2 unearned runs, 6 strikeouts and 1 walk. He would not get the decision but the Dodgers would prevail, 5-4.

Evan Longoria saved the series with one swing of his bat by launching a 2 out 3 run homer in the 5th that woke the Rays up. Tampa would go on to win 5-4.

Dan Otero worked out of trouble in two scoreless innings from the bullpen and prevented the Tigers from staging a comeback as the A’s won 6-3.

Seth Smith got two hits including a 2 run homer that gave the A’s insurance in their 6-3 win in Detroit.

Juan Uribe launched a 2 run 8th inning go ahead come from behind homer that gave the Dodgers the clinching lead over the Braves that they would not relinquish, 5-4.

Michael Wacha threw a no hitter into the 8th inning and kept the Cardinals alive, defeating the Pirates in Pittsburgh, letting up just 1 run and 1 hit for a final of 2-1.

Receiving 1/2 WOO:

Jose Alvarez stopped the bleeding in Detroit with 3 innings of no hit shutout ball out of the bullpen. It would not be enough as the Tigers could not score or mount a comeback, losing 6-3.

Pedro Alvarez broke up the no hitter with a towering home run that brought the Pirates to within one run. It would be practically all of the Pirates offense in their 2-1 loss.

Jacoby Ellsbury got three hits, two of them doubles, and a stolen base and scored 2 of the Red Sox 4 runs in their 5-4 loss to the Rays.

Freddy Garcia stunned the Dodger Stadium crowd with a wonderful 6 inning performance where his lone blemishes came on a pair of solo homers. He struck out 6 and let up only 2 runs and would have received the win if the bullpen did not melt down in the 8th.

Charlie Morton let only 2 Cardinals score and allowed only 3 hits while pitching into the 6th in the Pirates 2-1 loss.

Jhonny Peralta drove in 1/3 of the Tigers entire run total for the series with his game tying 2 run single in the 4th. The Tigers would lose 6-3.

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A mystery that will perplex scientists and historians for generations to come

Why the hell did Roy Oswalt throw Juan Uribe an off speed pitch?
Seriously… the guy has a busted wrist and looked overpowered on the first few pitches. He wasn’t going to get around on one of those fastballs.

And oh yeah, the winning run was on third with less than 2 outs.
I would call that a situation where you needed a strikeout.

Off speed pitch… deep fly to left… and somehow the Giants with the makeshift lineup consisting of guys with torn biceps, hurt wrists and the 16th caller on KNBR are one win away from the World Series.

Seriously?
An off speed pitch?

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The Giants win on June 7th looms large now

I bet when the Giants came from behind to beat the Reds on June 7th of this year, neither Giants nor Reds fans thought it was a big deal.
There was still 2/3 of a season left to play and who was going to remember a game that Enerio Del Rosario let up a go ahead RBI single to Juan Uribe?
It looks pretty important now…
Hear me out.
Right now, I think nobody in the National League wants to face the Phillies in a best of 5 series. Halladay, Oswalt and Hamels are all pitching like aces. Good luck winning 3 out of 5.
Stretched out over 7… maybe you can pull it off.
With the National League as tight as it is, home field advantage in the Division Series (and avoiding Philly’s big 3) right now would come down to the NL Central leading Reds and the NL West leading Giants.
Both teams have identical records, 83-64.
So playoff seeding and essentially home field advantage (and avoiding Philadelphia) will be decided by their head to head record.
The Giants and Reds are done playing each other in the regular season. Their final season series record?
Giants 4 wins… Reds 3 wins.
So because the Giants won one more game head to head, THEY would open the playoffs at home and the Reds would travel to Philly.
Each win the Giants had over the Reds is now looming large… especially that 1 run come from behind win in June that I bet nobody noticed.
15 games left Giants. They are ALL big now… as big as the June 7th game.

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