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post #51 of 436
If the game is at PNC I like the Pirates chances. They are 44-20 at home as of now. Though Id rather just catch the Cards.
post #52 of 436
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New SI cover.  I'm buying it!

 


The video is the best with Stroup high stepping with Bryant

post #53 of 436

Turner Field is a death trap.

 

http://deadspin.com/braves-fan-dies-after-fall-from-upper-deck-1727545306?utm_campaign=socialflow_deadspin_twitter&utm_source=deadspin_twitter&utm_medium=socialflow

 

3 people dying there?  It's safer for a Dodger fan in the Giants parking lot.

post #54 of 436

The Cardinals are amazing.  Lose your best pitcher and your slugging first baseman for the year, no problem.  They remind me of the 1996-2000 Yankees teams.  They don't have a bunch of great superstars, but everybody on the team is good and every new player they get becomes 20% better as soon as they throw on the Cardinal uniform.

post #55 of 436
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They really are the model franchise in the sport. Though they're gonna have a tough draw against the Pirates in the Divisional round.

post #56 of 436
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They really are the model franchise in the sport. Though they're gonna have a tough draw against the Cubs in the Divisional round.

Fixed that for you.

post #57 of 436

The Cubs are really lucky that the one game playoff will be on the road. 35,000 vice-tight sphincters would've been some bad mojo.

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Fixed that for you.

Nah he was right the first time. Pirates.
post #59 of 436
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The Cardinals are amazing.  Lose your best pitcher and your slugging first baseman for the year, no problem.  They remind me of the 1996-2000 Yankees teams.  They don't have a bunch of great superstars, but everybody on the team is good and every new player they get becomes 20% better as soon as they throw on the Cardinal uniform.

As a Cub fan I've been watching them do it so long that I expect it. Injuries don't matter. They are a well run machine. Thus year takes the cake tho.
post #60 of 436
The Cardinal's front office is so good.  They don't seem to make the same mistakes that other teams make.  As great as the Giants have been the last few years, they occasionally like to set money on fire with some of their signings.  The Cardinals passed on giving Pujols the years he wanted which was the right call.  The kids they bring up from the minors all seem to perform well.  They battle thru injuries, tragedies (Oscar Tavares), and everything else to win their division every year.
 
It's going to be an interesting off season to see what they do with Jason Heyward.  People are saying he's going to want a huge contract.  To me he's an above average player.  I don't think there is any way the Cardinals pay him $17-20 million a year for 6-7 years. 

Edited by bob loblaw - 9/3/15 at 7:57am
post #61 of 436

Heyward is going to get paid as is Fowler.  Good OBP guys are always in high demand.  

 

 

Cards won't re-sign him.  

post #62 of 436
Thank you Dodgers.
post #63 of 436
Amazing how bad we played the past three series and we lost no ground.
post #64 of 436

The Nats are a joke.  Up 7-1 in a must win and they fail.  Matt Williams should start sending out his resume.  Looking at the Box Score he put his closer Paplebon in the 8th and after he gave up a HR he lets him pitch the 9th. 

 

Wonder what Harper will say now. 

post #65 of 436

WTF happened to the Astros?  They never really got over the 10 games over .500 hump and stretch it to 15 or 20 over to put Texas and the Angels away.  Every other division leader is 20 over and the Rangers are only 11 over.  

 

Anyone see Scherzer tell Matt Williams to get back to the fucking dugout(something like that) then when he got the final out that inning he was yelling at Williams.  trying to think of who should replace him next year.  Any ideas?  I hope it's Dusty Baker.

post #66 of 436

Twins are 1 game out of the second WC spot!  What a epic meltdown by Houston.

post #67 of 436
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WTF happened to the Astros?  They never really got over the 10 games over .500 hump and stretch it to 15 or 20 over to put Texas and the Angels away.  Every other division leader is 20 over and the Rangers are only 11 over.  

Anyone see Scherzer tell Matt Williams to get back to the fucking dugout(something like that) then when he got the final out that inning he was yelling at Williams.  trying to think of who should replace him next year.  Any ideas?  I hope it's Dusty Baker.

What happened to the Astros? Easy: they are an extremely young team that has extremely overachieved so far this year and they are beginning to come back to Earth.

And, yeesh, that Scherzer/Williams interaction was ugly. The crappy thing is that Williams will be fired (and he should be because he is just an awful in-game manager) and will be the scapegoat for the entire team (sans Harper and possibly Scherzer) underachieving.
post #68 of 436
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What happened to the Astros? Easy: they are an extremely young team that has extremely overachieved so far this year and they are beginning to come back to Earth.

And, yeesh, that Scherzer/Williams interaction was ugly. The crappy thing is that Williams will be fired (and he should be because he is just an awful in-game manager) and will be the scapegoat for the entire team (sans Harper and possibly Scherzer) underachieving.

 

So not like the Cubs!

post #69 of 436
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So not like the Cubs!

The Cubs have a lot of rookies this year too but they also have a bunch of vets along to guide them. And Joe Maddon doesn't hurt either.
post #70 of 436

I was joking....But, yeah, they do have a really nice mix. 

 

 

MLB best records are now in the NL Central.  Unreal.

post #71 of 436

I love how my lovable, injury riddled, underdog, mid-market Yankees are hanging in there.

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I love how my lovable, injury riddled, underdog, mid-market Yankees are hanging in there.


219 Million doesn't buy what is use too.

post #73 of 436
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219 Million doesn't buy what is use too.


Nothing like the Dodgers at 300M.

post #74 of 436
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What happened to the Astros? Easy: they are an extremely young team that has extremely overachieved so far this year and they are beginning to come back to Earth.

And, yeesh, that Scherzer/Williams interaction was ugly. The crappy thing is that Williams will be fired (and he should be because he is just an awful in-game manager) and will be the scapegoat for the entire team (sans Harper and possibly Scherzer) underachieving.

For whatever reason, they have almost completely lost the ability to win on the road. To start the year that an incredible road record and then somewhere along the way that totally flip flopped. They still have a chance to take the division back as they will play the Rangers again for 3 games at home before the season is over. Most Astros fans weren't expecting what we got for this season so it's not a total gut punch (though worsened quite a bit that it comes at the benefit of freaking Dallas).

post #75 of 436
This Naionals collapse keeps getting more beautiful by the day. I would say that Papplebon going after Harper in the dugout would be the cherry on top of a delicious sundae but I'm sure they have something even more special in store for the last week.
post #76 of 436

Just saw that.  Matt Williams has lost control.

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Just saw that.  Matt Williams has lost control.


Matt Williams hates Bryce Harper it would seem. 

post #78 of 436

Then Williams went with Pap with a 4-4 game.  Resulting in a 2 run shot!   Team is a total cluster.  

post #79 of 436

Damn.  Cards about to lose.  I have a feeling that we are going to be in STL for the WC game.

post #80 of 436

That wouldn't be horrible.  Cards can't score and they hit the shit out of them in STL.

post #81 of 436

I would much, much rather play the Cards.

post #82 of 436
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Congrats to the Dodgers. Hope they enjoyed pouring the bubbly last night. Last taste they gonna get. GO METS!

post #83 of 436
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Weird if true:

 

http://www.si.com/mlb/2015/10/04/toronto-blue-jays-mark-buehrle-retire-sunday

 

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Toronto Blue Jays’ starting pitcher Mark Buehrle will pitch in two innings Sunday and then call his career a quits, reports Bruce Levine of 670 The Score. 

 

Buehrle is not expected to be included on the Blue Jays’ postseason roster.

post #84 of 436

I think the Jays will struggle in the playoffs.  Outside of Price nobody scares you.  I would have thought they would use Buehrle as a 4th starter.  He did win a World Series so his experience could be helpful.

post #85 of 436
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Even if he wouldn't be part of the rotation, or a long man out of the pen, you'd think he'd hold off on retiring in case a Jays starter gets hurt and he's needed in a possible later round.

 

Guess he hasn't said it himself so could all be bunk.

post #86 of 436

I would hope if he isn't on the roster he would stick around and chill in the dug out or bullpen. 

post #87 of 436
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Yikes. Should have retired before this game.

post #88 of 436

They should have just let him get 200IP.  It was 7-0 so it was well over.

 

Rangers/Astros are in line for a 1 game playoff for a 1 game playoff.

post #89 of 436
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Angels are imploding so likely no tie-breakers on Monday.

post #90 of 436

damn.  I love do or die games.

post #91 of 436
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I think the Jays will struggle in the playoffs.  Outside of Price nobody scares you. 

 

Estrada has been very good, and Stroman has looked really good so far. Oh yeah, and they have the best offence in baseball.

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Estrada has been very good, and Stroman has looked really good so far. Oh yeah, and they have the best offence in baseball.


And great pitching, which you find in the playoffs, tends to shut down great hitting.  I don't see them winning it all.

 

And Matt Williams was just fired.  From Manager of the year to out of a job.  Damn expectations.

post #93 of 436

Considering it is just a wild card "play in" game, I have a hard time feeling like the Astros are actually "in" the playoffs right now even though everything else says they are. But frankly this whole season was so unexpected I'm just enjoying the hell out of it. Even despite them choking away the division. Hopefully they beat the Yankees tomorrow so my opinion of them being in the playoffs will then align with everyone else's.

post #94 of 436
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There has been chatter of making the Wild Card matchup a best 2 out of 3 but I like it as is. It accomplishes two things by making it a punishment to not win your division and it opens the playoffs with immediate do or die drama. Stoked for these games this week.

 

And CC Sabathia is in rehab.

post #95 of 436
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There has been chatter of making the Wild Card matchup a best 2 out of 3 but I like it as is. It accomplishes two things by making it a punishment to not win your division and it opens the playoffs with immediate do or die drama. Stoked for these games this week.

 

And CC Sabathia is in rehab.

I don't mind the one game do or die either.  I'd prefer three, because baseball is usually decided by at least three game sets during the year.

 

It's just one of those rare years that the 3 best records in baseball are in the same division. 

post #96 of 436
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There has been chatter of making the Wild Card matchup a best 2 out of 3 but I like it as is. It accomplishes two things by making it a punishment to not win your division and it opens the playoffs with immediate do or die drama. Stoked for these games this week.

 

I'd rather see the best-of-5 series upgraded to 7. Those series can currently be won by 1-2 pitchers. Shoot, the A's might've made a couple of WS by now if they weren't getting bounced nearly single-handedly by Verlander.

 

The 1-gamers are fun. For everyone except fans of the two teams, but screw those jerks! :)
 

post #97 of 436
Legacy game tonight for Tanaka.  The Yanks paid him a lot of money to win games like this.  I think he will give up a couple runs early then settle down.  The question will be can the Yankees scratch out enough runs.  I think they will.  Yanks win 4-3.
post #98 of 436

And AROD hits a homerun tonight.

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Please tell me Mendoza is staying for the playoffs over that nut job Schilling.  I heard he was coming back and now-no Curt.

post #100 of 436
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ESPN has no more playoff games after this.

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