Jake Peavy rips the Padres

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Not the team, the ownership for getting rid of Kevin Towers last year.  Jon Paul Morosi from FOX has the quotage:

“Kevin Towers getting let go out there is an absolute joke. You can quote me on that. Kevin Towers
is a heck of a general manager. You see the product of his work. Moorad and those guys just took
over the team last year. They didn’t change that team — (Jon) Garland’s
pitched well for them, but they didn’t make any significant moves to
that team, that coaching staff.

“Kevin Towers put that team together. That’s almost all his people
there. And he didn’t have hardly anything to work with, either. That was
not the right move, letting him go.”

He’s not wrong about the merits of Kevin Towers who, while far from perfect, got a lot more out of an often cash-strapped Padres team than most guys would have.  He had some bad drafts, he made some good trades, but he never drove the team off a cliff. As Peavy says, the guys getting it done right now are Towers’ guys.

It’s just that Towers really wasn’t Jeff Moorad’s guy, and that’s really what was going on there.  It happens. If I bought a team I’d probably want my guy there too.

Red Sox look to punch their ticket to the World Series tonight

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Thanks to some amazing defense, some big hits and — to continue to beat this horse, a bad call by Joe West — the Red Sox have a 3-1 lead in the ALCS and look to clinch the AL Pennant tonight down in Houston.

If you believe in momentum, you’d have to say it’s on Boston’s side. If you believe that momentum is the next day’s starting pitcher, however, you’d have to say things favor Houston more than the standing of the series would suggest. All of which makes me wish Game 5 was starting right now, because it figures to be a tense and exciting affair.

ALCS Game 5

Red Sox vs. Astros
Ballpark: Minute Maid Park
Time: 8:09 PM Eastern
TV: TBS
Pitchers: David Price vs. Justin Verlander
Breakdown:

If someone told you that you had to win one baseball game against the Martians to save the human race, you could do far worse than calling on Justin Verlander to be your starting pitcher. Among the pitchers still in the postseason, he’d almost certainly be your choice right now.

Does Verlander himself appreciate the situation? This is what he said about that yesterday:

“I mean, these are all must-win games at this point. Every time you take the mound I don’t think there’s any difference whether it’s 2-2 or 3-1.”

Look, we’re asking him to beat the Martians here, not win the National Math Bee, so let’s let that go. The point is that after all of these years he’s still one of the most dominant pitchers in the game and after the exhausting, see-saw battle of Game 4, he stands the best chance of giving Houston what it needs: a quick, quiet and drama-free win.

Not that the Red Sox are likely to roll over for that. They didn’t the first time they faced Verlander in this series. They Astros won, yes, and Verlander limited them to two runs on two hits. But he also issued four walks and wasn’t his sharpest overall. Boston didn’t capitalize on his mistakes as best they could, but he’s not invincible.

For Boston it’s David Price. He allowed four runs on five hits and four walks over four and two-thirds innings in Game 2, not factoring in the decision. That’s not great, but given the talk leading up to that game being all about how Price is a postseason flop, the fact that the Sox won it in the end had to bouy him at least a little. As does the fact that, here, tonight, it’s not 100% on his shoulders. Sure, the Sox want to close this out, but with a 3-1 lead there is less pressure on Price than on his former teammate Verlander. Worth noting, though: Price is on short rest and warmed up in the bullpen last night in case he was needed to bail out Craig Kimbrel. He may not go deep into this game.