World Series Reading List

We were treated to a magnificent seventh game of the World Series last night, and I hope you had a chance to watch it.

Madison Bumgarner was terrific throughout the series, and then he delivered the knockout blow with five scoreless innings from the bullpen last night.

Two ex-Rainiers became World Series champions: Mike Morse and Yusmeiro Petit.

Morse had the go-ahead RBI single in the fourth inning last night, giving the Giants a 3-2 lead that stood up as the bullpens dominated the remainder of the game.

The Giants would not have been in the Series if not for the long relief work of Petit – especially in that 18-inning game against the Nationals in the NLDS.

The game generated a lot of great angles for the baseball writers. I’m linking to the best stories I found today, so enjoy!

World Series Links:

  • Here’s Roger Angell on Christy Mathewson, Madison Bumgarner, and Clayton Kershaw.
  • Michael Powell of the New York Times visited Bumgarner’s father in rural North Carolina.
  • Here’s a fun list of the best World Series pitching performances ever. We have another Christy Mathewson sighting, which is one of the great things about baseball: something can happen today that reminds fans of something that happened 110 years ago.
  • Ken Rosenthal got into the mindset of Madison Bumgarner.
  • One of the crucial moments in the game was a spectacular replay-review double play the Giants turned. Grant Brisbee analyzes the play. Included in that post – the second video down – is the official MLB “statscast” which is quite interesting.
  • Another key play came with two outs in the ninth, when the Giants outfield bungled Alex Gordon‘s single into three bases. Should Gordon have been sent home on the play? Jeff Sullivan scrutinized it for Fangraphs.
  • This story from San Francisco has a section on Mike Morse and his contributions.
  • Jay Jaffe of Sports Illustrated looks at the Giants off-season situation and future prospects.

Mariners Links:

  • The Angels drafted Rainiers lefty Brian Moran in the Rule 5 Draft last year, saw him go down with an elbow injury in spring training and require Tommy John surgery, and now have returned him to the Mariners. So we could see Moran in Tacoma next year, I suppose.
  • The Justin Smoak situation caused Larry Stone to reflect on the worst moves of the Jack Z administration.
  • Free agency starts Tuesday and Ryan Divish posted the (almost) complete list of available players.

No baseball until… the Arizona Fall League All-Star Game on MLB Network on Saturday. It’s going to be a long winter, eh?

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