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#pounditSunday, September 24, 2023

Steve Lyons: Not a fan of home runs

Steve LyonsOne of the few benefits of having MLB playoff games broadcast exclusively on TBS (or another Turner channel) is that fans don’t have to listen to Steve Lyons’ inane ramblings while watching Los Angeles Dodgers games.

The guy’s commentary routinely doesn’t make sense, and he frequently gets indisputable items — like MLB rules — incorrect while providing analysis.

Even though Lyons wasn’t broadcasting Game 2 of the NLDS between the Dodgers and Atlanta Braves, fans still couldn’t avoid his absurd commentary. For instance, Lyons tweeted after the Dodgers lost 4-3 to the Braves that the team’s big mistake was Hanley Ramirez hitting a 2-run home run in the 8th inning to make it a 1-run game. Seriously.

I’m not even sure what’s the worst part about those tweets. That Lyons thinks we have to think deeper to get on his level of stupidity? That a guy who is a former Major Leaguer doesn’t even realize that half the relievers in baseball pitch from a stretch even with the bases empty? That he would rather have fewer guaranteed runs than more?

Shows how closely he was watching the game, because he didn’t even realize that Braves reliever David Carpenter pitched out of the stretch to start the inning when nobody was on:

David Carpenter

And whadda you know? It’s Craig Kimbrel pitching from a stretch with nobody on:

Craig Kimbrel

But one of the worst parts about home runs is they allow pitchers to go back to the windup and feel comfortable again! Because nothing makes a pitcher feel better than allowing a home run to the previous batter!

I mean good thing Darin Erstad and Scott Spiezio never homered with the Angels down 5-0 in Game 6 of the 2002 World Series to the San Francisco Giants otherwise they never would have come back, amiright? I mean however did the Angels rally for three more runs after Erstad’s home run cleared the bases? Damn those rally-killing home runs!

I bet Lyons is the kind of guy who doesn’t like strikeouts either because they don’t get fielders involved.

Take pity on Dodgers fans, because this is what they have to deal with for games Vin Scully doesn’t broadcast.

There really is only one proper response I can give you, Lyons:

Photo: Twitter/Steve Lyons


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