That Time When There Was A 51 Minute Game

As of late, it seems as if baseball is getting longer and longer. In fact, this past season had the longest games ever in baseball history. In fact, I covered length of game in this article on January 6, 2020. If you were to read that article, you would discover that games in the 1950’s were A LOT faster than they are today.

If the 1950’s were faster than today, what would the 1910’s be like?

The date was September 28, 1919. It was a game between two teams out of contention: the New York Giants (the baseball team) and the Philadelphia Phillies. The Giants were 86-53 up to that point (they finished 2nd in the National League) and the Phillies were 47-89. It was the first game of a doubleheader.

The Giants set out Jesse Barnes, and the Phillies sent out their best pitcher, Lee Meadows. Both pitchers were good for their respective teams.

This game was a very quick game. Noticeably quick. Most likely, too quick. This game ended in 51 minutes. They played all nine innings.

What if I told you that this wasn’t even the shortest game in baseball history? That there had somehow, someway been a game shorter than 51 minutes? That honor would go to a 1915 game that ended in a whopping 35 minutes. Needless to say, the game was rained out after the bare minimum 5 innings.

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Predictions For Round 2 Of The Playoffs

Since I didn’t do overall predictions, I’ll do it by rounds and do in depth scouting reports for the conference series. So without a further introduction, let’s predict the Divisional Series!

American League:

(1) Rays vs (5) Yankees: Rays

This one is going to be a close one. Both teams are very good, and players from both teams are on fire. Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge are back, and Brandon Lowe and Blake Snell are on fire.

I’m going to give the nod to the Rays, solely because of their superb bullpen. However, it could very well flip and I think that this series is going to be decided in 5.

(2) Athletics vs (6) Astros: Athletics

The Twins are terrible in the postseason, so that win doesn’t make the Astros good. The Athletics, however, are genuinely amazing. I expect this to be decided in 3 or 4 games.

National League:

(1) Dodgers vs (4) Padres: Padres

I’m very high on the Dodgers, but I think that this series will go to the Padres. This will be an upset if they do win, but I’ll take an upset here. Manny Machado, Fernando Tatis Jr, Wil Myers, and Eric Hosmer are all doing superb this year. In the rotation, Zach Davies and Dinelson Lamet have been Cy Young level.

For the Dodgers, no player has been better than Mookie Betts. Will Smith has also been hitting very well from the catcher spot. Clayton Kershaw, Dustin May, Julio Urias, Tony Gonsolin, and Walker Buehler form the league’s best rotation.

This will be an amazing series. I expect it to go to 5, either way. Expect Tatis Jr and Betts to break out.

(2) Braves vs (6) Marlins: Braves

I still can’t believe that the Marlins are in the playoffs, but here they are. They will run into the NL East powerhouse Braves. It will not be close, going in favor of the Braves.

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Final Playoff Predictions Plus Key Games

We still have some craziness out in front of us. Even though all of the spots are clinched in the American League, there is still some things yet to be played out. For example, the AL Central.

The last time that I published an article, the White Sox were 3 games ahead. Now they’re 1 game back. That could change tonight, as we could be facing a 3 way tie at the end of the season. Let’s take a look at that, plus other scenarios that could unfold in the AL Central:

Scenario 1: Twins win division

This seems to be the most likely scenario. They have 2 games against the Reds at home. If they win both games against the Reds, it’s an automatic bid. If they win 1 and the Indians and White Sox both lose, it’s also automatic.

Scenario 2: 2 Way Tie between the Twins and Indians

This is another likely scenario, which would happen if the Twins won one game and lost the other, and the Indians won against the Pirates twice. The White Sox would have to lose at least one game.

Scenario 3: 2 Way Tie between the Twins and White Sox

The White Sox would have to win their 2 remaining games and the Twins would have to lose a game. This seems unlikely.

Scenario 4: 3 Way Tie

Ah, the interesting one. To know what would happen here, we have to take a look at the tiebreakers.

Tiebreakers for a 3 way tie:

  1. Record against the two other clubs combined.
  2. If two teams are tied, record against the other club.
  3. If all three teams are still tied, intradivision record.
  4. Intradivision record.

Let’s take a look at what would have to happen for this scenario to even occur in the first place:

Sub-Scenario 1:

Twins lose 1 game, White Sox and Indians both win 2 games.

Sub-Scenario 2:

Twins lose 2 games, White Sox and Indians both win 1 game.

Either way, let’s take a look at who would get the tiebreakers:

  1. Twins
  2. Indians
  3. White Sox

National League:

There are 2 spots still to be taken, with 5 teams still mathematically in contention. Let’s take a look at them:

1. Cardinals

Although they haven’t clinched yet, they are almost there. They aren’t going to play a full 60 games, but that likely won’t be a problem for them. As of right now, they’re 29-27.

2. Giants

They’re 29-29 right now. Their main competitor are the Phillies. To eliminate the Phillies, they have to win at least 1 game while the Phillies lose at least 1 game. Of course, they could also win 2 games or the Phillies could lose 2 games, but the Phillies hold the tiebreaker over the Giants.

3. Phillies

If they win 2 games and the Giants win 1 game, they can get into the playoffs. Remember, they hold the tiebreaker over the Giants.

4. Brewers

It would take something unexpected for the Brewers to get into the Playoffs. This is a little more complicated. They would have to grab a Wild Card spot, which would consist of the Brewers winning 2 games, the Giants winning 1, and the Phillies winning 1. They could also win only one game, but the Giants and Phillies would have to lose both.

5. Mets

This is the most unlikely scenario. The Mets would have to win all three of their remaining games, and the Phillies would have to lose two games. The Giants would also have to lose 2 games. It’s still possible!

Key Games:

Anything that involves the White Sox, Indians, Twins, Phillies, Mets, Brewers, Giants, and Cardinals!

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September 20 Playoff Predictions

We have 8 days until the end of the season. There are 4 spots already clinched, leaving 12 remaining spots to be taken. I define “in contention” by > 5% chance as rated by baseball-reference.com. According to that metric, there are 16 teams fighting for those 12 spots. It’s going to be crazy.

The division winners are just about set, with these teams winning their divisions:

• Braves (NL East)

• Cubs (NL Central)

• Dodgers (NL West)

• Rays (AL East)

• White Sox (AL Central)

• Athletics (AL West)

The only division that might flip is the AL Central, with the Twins being 3 games back from the White Sox. However, this seems ever unlikely as the White Sox have 8 games left and the Twins have 6 games left. Let’s look at what would need to happen for the AL Central to flip in favor of the Twins:

• The White Sox would need to go at least 3-5, with the Twins winning all 6 remaining games. If the White Sox go 3-5, the Twins couldn’t only win 5 games because the White Sox hold the tiebreaker over the Twins. Taking the Twins’ winning percentage, there is a 4.3% chance that the Twins would win out. And it also doesn’t seem very likely that this would happen, as the White Sox have a 4 game series against the Indians were they are very likely to split. That leaves 4 games in which the White Sox could also split. Going 4-4 would eliminate the Twins entirely, and even if they went 3-5 the Twins would have to win all of their remaining games.

The Crazy National League

While the American League is pretty locked up with that Twins – White Sox race being the closest, the National League is in complete mayhem. In the National League, there are 2 spots available for the Wild Card teams. There are 5 teams contending for those 2 spots. Let’s look at those teams:

• Phillies (27-25) — Remaining Schedule: 1 vs Blue Jays, 4 vs Nationals, 3 vs Rays

Beyond the Phillies, there are 3 teams tied for the number 2 spot. Let’s take a look at those 3 teams:

• Reds (26-27) — Remaining Schedule: 1 vs White Sox, 3 vs Brewers, 3 vs Twins

• Brewers (25-26) — Remaining Schedule: 1 vs Royals, 3 vs Reds, 5 vs Cardinals

• Giants (25-26) — Remaining Schedule: 1 vs Athletics, 4 vs Rockies, 4 vs Padres

The one other team in contention is the Mets who are currently 24-28. They have 1 game against the Braves, 3 against the Rays, and 4 against the Nationals to close the season.

In other words, 4 teams are fighting for 1 playoff spot. Let’s look at the tiebreakers for the 3 teams tied in the Wild Card spots, because it’s growing more and more likely that it will end in a tie at the end of the season:

• Head to Head record (if applicable)

• Intra-division record

• Final 20 division games

• If it’s still a tie, you keep moving back 1 game and see if both teams won. If one won and one lost, then the team who won would get the tiebreaker. It would keep moving back until the tie is broken.

• If it’s still a tie (it’s nearly impossible at this point), a coin flip would decide

Let’s go through the tie breakers. The Brewers and Reds have the first tiebreaker, making their 3 game series against each other ever more important. The Brewers need to take 2 out of 3 games to tie the season series, and the Reds also need to take 2 out of 3 games to insure they get the tie breaker.

The Reds are 19-18 vs NL Central opponents, while the Brewers are 16-16. The Brewers have 8 games remaining vs NL Central opponents, making a tie less likely after this. I suspect that the Brewers would win after this tiebreaker.

We haven’t even factored in the Giants yet. Their intra-division record currently sits at 15-17, but they still have 8 games against NL West opponents. That could easily change.

As I look at it closely, it seems very unlikely that the Mets will make the playoffs.

One last scenario before I give you my playoff predictions:

• The Giants, Brewers, and Reds tie at the end of the season.

The tiebreaker would then go to the team with the highest winning percentage in their division play. If two teams tie for winning percentage, then the two team tie breaker rule applies. We looked at that above with the Reds and the Brewers.

Playoff Predictions:

Wild Card Divisional Conference World Series

1 Rays

—————-| 1 Rays

8 Blue Jays |—————–|

—————-| | 1 Rays

4 Twins |——————–|

—————-| 5 Yankees | |

5 Yankees |—————–| |

—————-| | 1 Rays

|—————————–|

3 Athletics | |

—————-| 3 Athletics | |

6 Astros |—————–| | |

—————-| | 3 Athletics | |

2 White Sox |———————| |

—————-| 2 White Sox | |

7 Indians |—————–| |

—————-| | 1 Dodgers

|—————————–

National League |

1 Dodgers |

—————-| 1 Dodgers |

8 Giants |—————–| |

—————-| | 1 Dodgers |

4 Padres |——————–| |

—————-| 4 Padres | | |

5 Phillies |—————–| | |

—————-| | 1 Dodgers |

|—————————–|

3 Braves |

—————-| 3 Braves |

6 Cardinals |—————–| |

—————-| | 3 Braves |

2 Cubs |———————|

—————-| 2 Cubs |

7 Marlins |—————–|

—————-|

We’ll see what happens in 8 days! Thank you for reading.

Will Pitchers Ever Hit Again?

When we heard that the MLB would be implementing a universal DH rule, we all started to wonder if pitchers would ever hit again. The obvious answer that comes to your head is no if you think that this rule will stay, but let’s look a bit closer.

Will this rule stay?

This is a key factor. I don’t want to give any guarantees, but I do think that it won’t stay. That would solve this question pretty quickly.

If it does stay, will they ever hit again?

Yes. There are so many scenarios that could arise to make a pitcher hit again. There are some really good hitting pitchers — take Michael Lorenzen or Shohei Ohtani for example — who could bat as pinch hitters. In 2016 Madison Bumgarner batted for himself instead of a DH, and he proved his manager’s decision right as he hit a double.

Will it affect baseball in a negative way if the rule stays?

Yes and no. It won’t hurt the players — far from it — but it might annoy some old timers who don’t like the new rule.

To me, it doesn’t matter whether pitchers bat or not, because at the end of the day it’s just baseball. And that will never, ever change, no matter the rule change.

Baseball News Now History, Statistics, and More

When I started Baseball News Now on December 1, 2019, I had no idea that we were going to get this far. It was a long Sunday. But to know how Baseball News Now came to be where it is, let’s look at what happened before there was a website:

Late September

I wrote my first article about the Downfall of The Cubs. Link

September 29

I release a newsletter. I would do this every day until October 4th. The next time that I would release my newsletter would be October 14, and then after that October 17.

November 12-30

I would write two articles, each on the Astros scandal.

December 1

At about 1:00 PM, I think to myself “What if I start a website?”. I had no clue how the hell I was going to start a website on my own, as I had no programming experience in HTML, so I searched “easiest way to make a website”. Wix.com popped up as the number one search result. There’s also a free plan, which was nice as I had no budget.

I would write 19 articles in December.

Mid-February

I connect my website to a domain — https://baseballnewsnow.com is officially born.

April 16

I started a newspaper called Baseball News Today. I only released one edition, as I couldn’t find anything else to write about.

May 15

I think to myself, “I have a website. I need to do something with it.” So I acted on that thought, as I stayed up until 2:00 AM writing 10 articles. I release those articles daily.

June

I had my best month, and it’s not even close. I had a total of 357 unique views in June alone, including a 62 view day. I would routinely release 10+ articles a day, often taking up most of my day. One day, I released a Q&A with Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer that got 115 views. You can check it out here.

July

I started slowing down, releasing only 14 articles the whole month.

August

You thought that that was slow, in August I only released FIVE articles. They weren’t very good articles either.

End of August/Beginning of September

BNN Podcast episodes 1 and 2 come out.

September

So far, I’ve released 6 articles. I hope to get that up to 15 by the end of the month.

So we’re here now. By some miracle, I’m still here. Let’s take a look at where we are.

Total Views: 1247
Total Unique Views: 604
Blog Posts: 185
Different Products: 6
Guest Bloggers: 1

Thank you for getting the website to where it is. I couldn’t have done it without you, the reader. There is no way that I could thank you enough. Thank you for reading.

Baseball News Now Podcast Episode 3 Postponed Plus Article Plan For The Next Week

It’s been too long. It’s been wayyyyy too long. I would really like to release more content on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis. I am very sorry that that hasn’t happened — yet.

I plan to release a LOT of baseball content in the next month. Whether it’s weekly wrap ups, the podcast, spreadsheets, or anything else that I may do, it’s going to be a lot.

As we prepare for the final stretch of the baseball season, here’s what I plan to do weekly:

• 3-4 articles (including weekly wrap up)

• Weekly Wrap Up

• One podcast episode

• One “surprise” (spreadsheet, feature, whatever really)

I am also happy to announce that I will be doing A LOT to market the website as we near the World Series. I am not going to set up any long term goals because life is too crazy to predict, but I will set up some reasonable expectations for the site. This will most likely include:

• Any form of preseason prediction (podcast, magazine, article)

• Any form of spreadsheet involving statistics

• A new stat (hopefully)

Thank you for reading and following along with the website!

RIP TOM SEAVER (FULL MEMORIAL)

As I looked at the news, I could now believe my eyes. It was right there. It says “Legendary Pitcher, Tom Seaver, Dies At 75”. Even though I have never personally seen him pitch, a quick look at his baseball-reference page will tell you that he is a living legend. Not just a legend. A superhero that plays baseball.

He didn’t just play baseball. He loved what he did. He always did it well. Click on this link to find one of his last public appearances. He was diagnosed with Dementia on March 7, 2019 and this appearance went live on YouTube just 2 days after.

In total, he played for the Mets, Reds, White Sox, and Red Sox. He had a 2.21 ERA and 25 Wins to lead the Miracle Mets to a World Series title. He was successful wherever he went, tearing up the big leagues en route to a huge list of accomplishments:

• Hall Of Fame

• 3x Cy Young

• Rookie Of The Year

• 12x All Star

• 1969 World Series

• 3x ERA Title

• 109.9 WAR

• 2.86 ERA

• 311-205 Record

• 12 HR, 28 2B, 108 BB, 2x PH

Tom Seaver’s legacy will always live on as one of the best players to ever play the game. He is the best Mets player of all time, standing next to players such as David Wright and Dwight Gooden.

Baseball News Now Podcast Partners With A Twelve Year Old’s View On The World

Baseball News Now Podcast has OFFICIALLY partnered with a new podcast called “A Twelve Year Old’s View On The World”. I am so proud to announce this because this podcast is AMAZING. It only has one episode, but it makes me want to listen to it on repeat.

What is this podcast? What’s it about? This is a podcast where a 12 year old talks about news, politics, sports, and anything else that pops into his head! This is not in any way affiliated with My Personal Blog, just putting that out there.

There’s going to be episodes 3 times a week, which means pretty much every other day you can listen to a new episode!

Now, where can you listen? I’m going to recommend that you listen on anchor.fm. Here’s a link to the specific webpage for his podcast. You can also listen on Spotify if you have that, but anchor is the best way to listen.

If you guys don’t listen then you’re pretty much ignoring life. They are very informative and interesting. A Twelve Year Old’s View On The World will be featured in the next episode of the Baseball News Now Podcast.

Once again, check it out right here.