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    Ludwick - Baseball - a game of inches?

    A question for you baseball fanatics. Is baseball considered a "game of inches"? I thought that football was known as the game of inches. The reason I ask comes from an article about the Dodgers - Cardinals game last night. Here is the excerpt from Tom Singer's article on MLB.COM :

    The lefty-hitting Ludwick swung late on a Weaver heater, but that simply resulted in an opposite-field liner that kissed off the low box-seat fence tantalizingly to the left of the foul line.
    "Yeah, wish that ball had been an inch-and-a-half to the right," said Ludwick, who would also score the Cardinals' final run in the ninth after singling off Los Angeles closer Jonathan Broxton. "Guess that's why they say it's a game of inches."

    Is that true, or did Ludwick just pull a Yogi Berra?


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    Re: Ludwick - Baseball - a game of inches?

    I stopped reading when they said Ludwick batted LH.



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    Re: Ludwick - Baseball - a game of inches?

    I didn't really say everything I said.
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    Re: Ludwick - Baseball - a game of inches?

    of course it is a game of inches. Way more than football. An inch on or off the plate is the diffrence between strike three/ball four/or a homerun. An inch down the fowl line is the diffrence between a bases clearing triple and strike two. An inch outside of the middle infielders glove is the diffrence between an inning ending double play and a RBI single. I could go on and on. Baseball IS the game of inches.

    Sorry, I digress....



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    Re: Ludwick - Baseball - a game of inches?

    Ugh. I thought for sure that ball was fair. Would have cleared the bases! Instead the Cards strand 14 guys on base. Offense hasn't gotten off the crapper for the last 3 weeks.



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    Re: Ludwick - Baseball - a game of inches?

    Quote Originally Posted by cardinal&gold View Post
    Ugh. I thought for sure that ball was fair. Would have cleared the bases! Instead the Cards strand 14 guys on base. Offense hasn't gotten off the crapper for the last 3 weeks.
    Yeah, the amazing part of that game was that it wasn't only the Cards that couldn't take advantage of men on base - the Dodgers left 16 stranded.

    Also, to the previous poster, thanks for the clarification on "the game of inches." I guess I don't disagree with that analysis, I think that I have heard that phrase more often in FB (how many times has a first down just been a matter of inches).

    Oh, Cardinal&Gold, speaking of "crapper" - if you notice in my avatar, the KSU fans are also going into the crapper! : )


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    Utah Utes, Illinois Illini. The University of Pennsylvania thought about following this pattern by calling themselves the Pennsylvania Pencils. However, they were afraid their students would start chanting "We're No. 2"

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    Re: Ludwick - Baseball - a game of inches?

    I have always heard "the game of inches" as being associated with baseball.



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    Re: Ludwick - Baseball - a game of inches?

    yea at least i didn't see this game right in front of my face. I went down on the 2nd for the Cards/Brewers game and that was just meltdown city after Wainwright was pulled. I hope they turn can turn it on now!




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    Re: Ludwick - Baseball - a game of inches?

    What sport isn't a game of inches?

    Basketball the difference between a made and a missed shot is inches.

    Football the difference between a first down and 4th down, a complete pass and an incomplete pass, is inches.

    Baseball the difference between a hit and a strike-out is missing the ball by less than an inch.

    Golf the difference between missing and making a putt is often an inch.

    Tennis the difference between in and out is often an inch.

    Even NASCAR, and yes this is giving them credit for being a sport, the difference between a crash and no crash is an inch.

    Kind of a weird question....



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    Re: Ludwick - Baseball - a game of inches?

    GO BLUE!!!!

    At least for game 1, the notion of the Cardinals 1-2 pitching punch and the Dodgers bullpen not being a factor has been squashed. I'm tired today though, that was a long game.


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    Re: Ludwick - Baseball - a game of inches?

    Quote Originally Posted by djkent01 View Post
    GO BLUE!!!!

    At least for game 1, the notion of the Cardinals 1-2 pitching punch and the Dodgers bullpen not being a factor has been squashed. I'm tired today though, that was a long game.
    I was surprised by how sluggish Carpenter looked. Both teams looked rather rusty, but the Dodgers much less so.

    I did read that the Cards haven't lost games on consecutive days started by Carp and Waino since June. Though Kershaw is going to be very tough.



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    Re: Ludwick - Baseball - a game of inches?

    Quote Originally Posted by cardinal&gold View Post
    I was surprised by how sluggish Carpenter looked. Both teams looked rather rusty, but the Dodgers much less so.

    I did read that the Cards haven't lost games on consecutive days started by Carp and Waino since June. Though Kershaw is going to be very tough.
    The announcers last night were saying that the Cards have struggled against left handed pitching this season. Kershaw is a tough lefty, but he's young and he's been injured. You never know how that will pan out. Weaver won't be available tonight, so if it gets away early from Kershaw, it will likely be a pitching by committee evening - which isn't bad given the Didgers bullpen.

    Also, keep in mind the Dodgers have only lost three games in a row once, and four games in a row once this season. If the Cards want to be in this series, they need to win tonight IMO.


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    Re: Ludwick - Baseball - a game of inches?

    Quote Originally Posted by kentkel View Post
    A question for you baseball fanatics. Is baseball considered a "game of inches"? I thought that football was known as the game of inches. The reason I ask comes from an article about the Dodgers - Cardinals game last night. Here is the excerpt from Tom Singer's article on MLB.COM :

    The lefty-hitting Ludwick swung late on a Weaver heater, but that simply resulted in an opposite-field liner that kissed off the low box-seat fence tantalizingly to the left of the foul line.
    "Yeah, wish that ball had been an inch-and-a-half to the right," said Ludwick, who would also score the Cardinals' final run in the ninth after singling off Los Angeles closer Jonathan Broxton. "Guess that's why they say it's a game of inches."

    Is that true, or did Ludwick just pull a Yogi Berra?
    Baseball is most definately a game of inches. In that case, if he had hit the ball a fraction of an inch below where he did, it would have been a measly foul ball behind the plate.



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    Re: Ludwick - Baseball - a game of inches?

    Quote Originally Posted by djkent01 View Post
    The announcers last night were saying that the Cards have struggled against left handed pitching this season. Kershaw is a tough lefty, but he's young and he's been injured. You never know how that will pan out. Weaver won't be available tonight, so if it gets away early from Kershaw, it will likely be a pitching by committee evening - which isn't bad given the Didgers bullpen.

    Also, keep in mind the Dodgers have only lost three games in a row once, and four games in a row once this season. If the Cards want to be in this series, they need to win tonight IMO.
    I agree, the Cards need to win tonight to have a prayer of advancing. The way they played last night, I am actually kind of expecting them to lose again tonight. They have struggled against LHP for the better part of this decade, no matter how mediocre some pitchers might be against the rest of the league. I was surprised they were able to get so many baserunners against Wolf... then not surprised that they couldn't hit with RISP.

    My guess is: Wainwright goes 7 IP and gives up 3 or fewer runs scored, but Kershaw holds the Cards to 1 or even zero, and the Dodgers win again.



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    Re: Ludwick - Baseball - a game of inches?

    Quote Originally Posted by thatguy View Post
    of course it is a game of inches. Way more than football. An inch on or off the plate is the diffrence between strike three/ball four/or a homerun. An inch down the fowl line is the diffrence between a bases clearing triple and strike two. An inch outside of the middle infielders glove is the diffrence between an inning ending double play and a RBI single. I could go on and on. Baseball IS the game of inches.

    Sorry, I digress....
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