2016 World Series Game 5 Live Blog
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Carson Cistulli
7:57
This has begun! This largely one-sided conversation has begun!
7:58
And Eric Longenhagen, who's far more likable, will arrive soon.
Eric A Longenhagen
7:58
I'm totally here.
7:59
And ready to appear likable.
Miguel Sano
7:59
Over/under 12.5 outs for Bauer tonight?
Carson Cistulli
8:00
I'd guess over. Francona will likely be a bu more patient tonight, is my idle speculation.
charles
8:00
Prediction. Chapman comes into the game in sixth to face Napoli and Lindor. End of rally. Strop closes game to give Cubs 4 to 2 win. And Cowboy Joe wins stare-down with Heyward.
Carson Cistulli
8:00
August Fagerbuns wrote about the Cubs' pen earlier today: http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/the-difference-between-cleveland-and-chicagos-bullpen/.
8:01
He cites Maddon in that post, essentially making comments to the effect that there's little change of Chapman entering early.
Tom
8:01
What are the odds that Jason Heyward willl be able to re-engineer his swing over the winter to at least be an average hitter again?
Carson Cistulli
8:01
Which, of course, doesn't mean Chapman WON'T enter earlu.
*Early.
8:02
I don't know, Tom. Eric added that message. You here, Longenbuns?
CanIShowYouMySpitball
8:02
what has surprised you guys the most this series?
Eric A Longenhagen
8:02
I think they're slim. Long levers + stiff wrists = long swing and I can't think of a way that deals with Heywards issues that work around those two problems without totally castrating the power.
Carson Cistulli
8:03
To CanIShowYouMySpitball: Josh Tomlin -- and, in the postseason, Cleveland's rotation, generally. They've been fantastic. Surprisingly fantastic.
Oblarg
8:04
Without regards to the specific teams at hand, which do you feel is more entertaining: A historic championship drought ending, or continuing?
Carson Cistulli
8:04
I think that, after the Red Sox *ended* their drought, it renders the continuation of the Cubs drought more interesting.
Eric A Longenhagen
8:05
I'd like to see it end like all other things.
Deep In the Hole
8:05
Eric, have you seen Tyler Lawrence play (Murray St)? What do you think about him?
Eric A Longenhagen
8:06
I have not.
Carson Cistulli
8:06
Over/under on Trevor Bauer's outs tonight.

>12.5 (45.5% | 65 votes)
 
<12.5 (54.5% | 78 votes)
 

Total Votes: 143
Show Me Your Tittos
8:06
Did home field advantage matter in this series?
Carson Cistulli
8:07
It probably *existed* to some degree, yes. But it's so slight in baseball relative to other sports. Just about 54%.
Andrew
8:07
first use of castration in this chat?
Carson Cistulli
8:08
I don't know *when*. As for who, though: that will be Eric Longenhagen.
Eric A Longenhagen
8:08
I've already used it.
Carson Cistulli
8:09
So, I *do* know when: the past.
Lucas
8:10
Eric, I'm confused. Why is that Heyward won't be able to fix his swing? Just a year ago he was a well above average hitter. Why wouldn't he be able to get back to that ability?
Eric A Longenhagen
8:12
Heyward has made several adjustments during his career and each time opposing pitchers have responded. It's promising that he's done it in the past, but his hole right now is pretty clear and has been for a while and no adjustment has been made.
Carson Cistulli
8:12
For reasons that needn't be discussed, I'm watching the FOX 43 (Harrisburg, York, Lancaster, Lebanon) broadcast of this game even though I live in Maine. I am about to learn more about Pennsylvania's capital region than I expected!
King kang
8:13
How about same survey for Lester >12.5 outs?
Carson Cistulli
8:13
Fair enough.
Eric A Longenhagen
8:13
I am watching the FOX Deportes broadcast online.
Carson Cistulli
8:13
Over/under on Jon Lester's outs tonight.

>12.5 (94.9% | 111 votes)
 
<12.5 (5.1% | 6 votes)
 

Total Votes: 117
How's your Spanish, Longenhagen?
Eric A Longenhagen
8:13
Improving.
Gabe
8:13
I hope you like Senate ads, Carson!
Carson Cistulli
8:14
Yes. There appears to be an entirely civil, not-at-all-antagonistic senate race occurring in PA.
JC
8:14
Commercials in a swing state sound like a great time.
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