Winning ugly: The Cardinals topple the Brewers and win the NL Pennant

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Maybe I should say “beating ugly.”  Because while there were all kinds of things in this game that were hard to look at, the Brewers looked way worse in losing 12-6 to the NL Champion St. Louis Cardinals.

Three more errors tonight made for seven in Milwaukee’s final two games.  Fourteen more hits allowed means 24 in those two games.  The Brewers’ defense — never a strength — and their pitching suffered a complete meltdown in Games 5 and 6 of the NLCS.

From the moment Shaun Marcum blew up in Game 2 of the series, people were asking whether he’d get to pitch in Game 6.  The response back, however, was who else could Ron Roenicke use? The next arm on the staff was Chris Narveson and he’s no great shakes himself, so Marcum got the call. And he promptly gave up four runs on three hits.  From there it was Narveson, who was even worse, giving up five runs on four hits.  It seemed that either answer was the wrong one.  The Brewers — whose pitching was vastly improved in 2011 — simply didn’t have enough of it as the season came to a close.  A good arm like Marcum’s was simply too tired. And there was no one else to pick up the slack.

As for the Cardinals, it was the same old story:  a starting pitcher didn’t go deep but the bullpen stepped in and disabused the opposition of any notion that it could get itself back into the game.  Edwin Jackson had nothing on his pitches and his command was nonexistent. But then the pen gave Tony La Russa seven innings of three-hit, two-run ball.

And now we have a World Series matchup: Texas vs. St. Louis, beginning on Wednesday.  We’ll have a more in-depth preview of the festivities between now and then, but my knee jerk reaction: the Cardinals have a good bullpen pitching well and a lot of pop up and down that lineup.  But the Rangers have a better bullpen and more pop in theirs.  Although, I suppose someone could totally disrupt the script at this point and, say, leave a starting pitcher in for as many as five or six innings, but why go crazy now?

If we’ve learned anything this fall it’s that predicting baseball is for suckers.  But we still have our opinions, and this man’s opinion is that the Rangers seem like the stronger team.  We have two full baseball-free days in which to consider the matter, however.  For now: congratulations to the St. Louis Cardinals: champions of the National League.

Jose Canseco tweeted some dumb things about sexual harassment yesterday

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Former A’s star Jose Canseco made a series of tweets about sexual misconduct and politicians yesterday. Those tweets led to condemnation from his former team and from NBC Sports California, which employed him as an analyst in 2017.

Among his tweets were comments such as, “What is going on with all these politicians molesting women I’ve been molested by several women and never complained,” and “These women complaining against sexual misconduct are just racist against ugly men.” After he began to receive pushback, he tweeted about political correctness and claimed that the media was overly concerned with him. The tweets, as of this writing, are still up on his page if you’re curious to see them.

Late yesterday, the A’s said this in response:

Among the A’s “most trusted partners,” is NBC Sports California, which is — full, obvious disclosure — affiliated with NBC, and which broadcasts A’s games. Last season Canseco worked for the network, serving as a pregame and postgame analyst. NBC Sports California said the following in response to Canseco’s tweets:

Jose Canseco is no longer an employee with NBC Sports California. His agreement with us ended after the 2017 baseball season. We certainly don’t agree with his comments, which do not reflect the values of our network or our team partner.

Canseco, who has found himself in and out of controversy many, many times since breaking on to the scene in the 1980s, had found notoriety with his Twitter account in recent years. Several of his tweets, many of which were composed by ghostwriters, went viral due to their surreal or absurd quality. One strongly suspects that these tweets were not written by his creative team.