Tater Trot Tracker: Championship Series, Day 2

Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Roy Halladay watches a fly ball during batting practice for the NLCS MLB baseball series in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, October 15, 2010. REUTERS/Tim Shaffer (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASEBALL)

Ugh. That was an ugly loss for the Rangers last night after C.J. Wilson had done such a good job of shutting the Yankees down. One of my favorite things about MLB’s playoffs, though, is how quickly the next game is played. The Rangers can come back from that meltdown less than 24 hours later and just forget about it. Let’s hope they do.

Of course, the big game of the day is Game 1 between the Phillies and Giants, where Roy Halladay will face Tim Lincecum. I don’t expect many home runs from that game, but that’s quite all right with me. I just hope it lives up to its billing.

Today’s tater trots should be posted shortly after they occur in the game. Be sure to check back often. And follow me on Twitter for other thoughts about today’s games.

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Yankees vs. Rangers

Game 2

David Murphy, Texas Rangers – 19.35 seconds (Season average: 22.05 seconds): Another quick start for the Rangers highlighted by a nice, quick trot around the bases. This is actually Murphy’s quickest trot of the year, with the previous high being a 19.42 second trot.

Robinson Cano, New York Yankees – 24.12 seconds (Season average: 22.11 seconds): For the second day in a row, Cano cuts into the Rangers lead with a solo home run. And, for the second day in a row, Cano puts a little more into his trot. He enjoyed watching this upper deck blast.

Giants vs. Phillies

Game 1

Cody Ross, San Francisco Giants – 22.01 seconds (Season average: 21.96 seconds): There goes the no-no!

Carlos Ruiz, Philadelphia Phillies – 19.52 seconds (Season average: 21.99 seconds): “Anything you can do, I can do better!”

Cody Ross, San Francisco Giants #2 – 22.67 seconds (Season average: 21.96 seconds): Cody Ross is Roy Halladay‘s kryptonite. There is no other explanation.

Jayson Werth, Philadelphia Phillies – 22.32 seconds (Season average: 21.84 seconds): Who was it again that said there probably wouldn’t be many home runs in this game?

About Larry Granillo

Larry Granillo has been writing Wezen Ball since 2008 and has dealt with such touchy topics as Charlie Brown's baseball stats and Ferris Bueller's day off. In 2010, he got the bright idea to time every home run trot in baseball; he has been missing ever since.