Tater Trot Tracker: Division Series, Day 4

Tampa Bay Rays hitter Carl Crawford hits a single in the first inning of Game 3 of their American League Division Series MLB baseball game against the Texas Rangers in Arlington, Texas October 9, 2010. REUTERS/Mike Stone (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASEBALL)

It’s the fourth day of the postseason, and the third day of the semi-live Tater Trot Tracker.

Tonight’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 tonight’s games.

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Rays vs. Rangers

Game 3
Ian Kinsler, Texas Rangers – 22.07 seconds (Season average: 22.82 seconds): That’s the biggest problem with a national broadcast. It means there’s only one camera angle on the home run, so, when they don’t show the batter touch home plate, there’s nothing I can do to get the time. With Kinsler’s homer, we got a nice view of Nolan Ryan’s face rather than Kinsler scoring. Maybe Postseason.TV will help me… I splurged on the miracle of Postseason.TV, and it worked perfectly for me. Kinsler’s trot, as seen by the dedicated centerfield camera, was a nice, average 22.07 seconds.
Carl Crawford, Tampa Bay Rays – 20.87 seconds (Season average: 21.68 seconds): Tampa Bay fans must love seeing the face of their franchise these last 6 or 7 years hit an insurance home run in the top of the 9th of this game.
Carlos Pena, Tampa Bay Rays – 20.75 seconds (Season average: 22.03 seconds): The Rays have certainly decided to step up here in the late innings. With the second home run of the inning, Tampa Bay adds three runs to their score to go up 6-2 over the Rangers heading into the bottom of the ninth.

Yankees vs. Twins

Game 3
Marcus Thames, New York Yankees – 22.86 seconds (Season average: 23.53 seconds): As if the Yankees weren’t off to a good enough start already, the fourth-inning, two-run blast from Thames gives the Yankees an early 4-0 lead. Now, we’ve seen plenty of 4-0 leads blown so far this postseason, but I doubt the Twins really want to be facing that deficit in an elimination game.
Nick Swisher, New York Yankees – 23.35 seconds (Season average: 22.04 seconds): The seventh-inning blast puts the Yankees ahead 6-0, sending the Twins to the ropes even more. That must explain why Swish took extra time rounding the bases.

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.