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Wednesday, September 12, 2012

AL playoff race: September 12, 2012

AL East

BAL 80-62 [7-4 in SEPT]
NYY 80-62 [5-6 in SEPT]
TBR 77-65 [6-4 in SEPT] (3 GB)

AL Central

CWS 76-66 [4-7 in SEPT]
DET 75-67 [5-6 in SEPT] (1 GB)

AL West

TEX 85-57 [7-4 in SEPT]
OAK 82-60 [8-3 in SEPT] (3 GB)

AL Wildcard

OAK 82-60 [8-3 in SEPT]
BAL 80-62 [7-4 in SEPT] / NYY 80-62 [5-6 in SEPT]
TBR 77-65 [6-4 in SEPT] (3 GB)
LAA 77-66 [6-5 in SEPT] (3.5 GB)
DET 75-67 [5-6 in SEPT] (5 GB)

MLB.com: O’s walk off, keep pace with Yanks atop AL East
MLB.com: Granderson’s two homers keep Yanks atop AL East
MLB.com: White Sox lose game, division ground to Tigers
MLB.com: Dempster wins fifth straight as Texas tops Tribe

MLB.com: A’s @ Angels

NTNgod Posted: September 12, 2012 at 11:04 PM | 48 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Walks Clog Up the Bases Posted: September 12, 2012 at 11:06 PM (#4234380)
Raise your hand if you thought we were moments away from seeing Cody Ross arrested on the field for (attempted?) murder.
   2. Lassus Posted: September 12, 2012 at 11:16 PM (#4234391)
What happened? Can't find video.
   3. DKDC Posted: September 12, 2012 at 11:20 PM (#4234393)
Ross was called out on an outside pitch and then started screaming at the ump. For a split second it did look like he was going to do a two-handed whack-a-mole on the ump, but I think that was incidental.

Too bad the Sox couldn't pull it out tonight. The O's just can't find a way to pull away from the Yanks.
   4. Commissioner Bud Black Beltre Hillman Posted: September 12, 2012 at 11:21 PM (#4234394)
[Raises hand]
   5. Dr. Vaux Posted: September 12, 2012 at 11:21 PM (#4234395)
And the damned White Sox are coming back again.
   6. Jolly Old St. Nick Still Gags in October Posted: September 12, 2012 at 11:21 PM (#4234396)
What happened? Can't find video.

The ump called him out on a 3-2 pitch that was about six inches low and outside. He really did look like a Fortissimo Crescendo Eruption of Mt. Vesuvius out there, but the strike zone was erratic all night and both teams got several blatantly bad calls in their favor.
   7. Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: September 12, 2012 at 11:26 PM (#4234397)
Yet another 1st-and-3rd, less than 2 out situation, and another pair of stranded runners. Angel baseball has become a study in self-immolation.
   8. Jolly Old St. Nick Still Gags in October Posted: September 12, 2012 at 11:26 PM (#4234398)
####### Soriano damn near gave me a heart attack out there. First he starts off by giving up a home run and a fly ball to the wall, and then an easy two out one-hopper back to the mound bounces right off his ####### glove and keeps the Red Sox alive. He then gets another one-hopper on the first pitch to Ellsbury and this time he actually held onto the ball. Reminded me of the time that Yogi Berra dropped a Ted Williams' foul ball that would've given Allie Reynolds his second no-hitter of the season, and then after he dropped it, Williams fouled another pitch into the same spot for the 27th and final out. Deja vu all over again tonight.
   9. escabeche Posted: September 12, 2012 at 11:36 PM (#4234404)
Nate McClutch gets it done again. 3 up on Tampa Bay with 20 left to play and I start to think we could actually hold them off.
   10. Morph Posted: September 12, 2012 at 11:37 PM (#4234405)
I've been waiting to spend an evening chilling out with Dylan's new album. These Yankees games just aren't allowing me to do it. Emotions running high, can't vibe in the aftermath.
   11. escabeche Posted: September 12, 2012 at 11:39 PM (#4234406)
And make sure to watch Machado fake a throw to first and make a fool of Rich Thompson, who starts scampering home with what he thinks is the go-ahead run and instead gets caught in a run-down. "My apologies, Mr. Thompson, but I will be scoring the go-ahead run this evening," said Machado.
   12. DKDC Posted: September 12, 2012 at 11:43 PM (#4234411)
#11 is worth linking.

Just a really impressive play, especially for a 20 year old shortstop playing out of position.
   13. sardonic Posted: September 12, 2012 at 11:45 PM (#4234414)
Cespedes just put the A's up 2-0 in the sixth with a laser over the left center fence off Santana.
   14. Curse of the Andino Posted: September 12, 2012 at 11:49 PM (#4234415)
I think they must have had film on Thompson, with all the earlier pick off attempts. So maybe the key was just remembering instructions.

/Manny, Manny, Manny.
   15. sardonic Posted: September 12, 2012 at 11:53 PM (#4234419)
Griffin just set down Hunter, Pujols and Morales in order, getting Hunter swinging on a filthy curve. Eight straight put down by Griffin.
   16. Best Regards, President of Comfort, Esq. Posted: September 13, 2012 at 12:00 AM (#4234423)
The ump called him out on a 3-2 pitch that was about six inches low and outside.
Pitch FX says it was 0 inches low and 0 inches outside.
   17. Random Transaction Generator Posted: September 13, 2012 at 12:07 AM (#4234425)
When you watch the video in #12, listen for "The Price is Right" fail music after the play.

Oh, and an awesome play by Machado.
   18. Jolly Old St. Nick Still Gags in October Posted: September 13, 2012 at 12:15 AM (#4234431)
The ump called him out on a 3-2 pitch that was about six inches low and outside.

Pitch FX says it was 0 inches low and 0 inches outside.


Okay, in that case my conscience is clear, and the umps still owe us one for that botched game-ending call in Baltimore last Saturday.
   19. Walt Davis Posted: September 13, 2012 at 01:00 AM (#4234448)
Nice to see Dempster having a nice little run for the Rangers.
   20. bunyon Posted: September 13, 2012 at 01:01 AM (#4234449)
A's win. Harold tried to keep talking up Vernon Wells and Wells kept making outs when they went to his at-bats.
   21. Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: September 13, 2012 at 01:06 AM (#4234452)
THAT'S BECAUSE VERNON WELLS IS A ####### PIECE OF #### #### ########### PIECE OF DOUCHNOZZLE JUST LIKE THE REST OF THOSE ############# PIECES OF ########### ########. HOW MANY ####### 1ST AND 3RD OUTS YOU GONNA MAKE, YOU ####### ############# PIECES OF TAINT? HOW MANY MORE TIMES YOU WANNA POP OUT WITH RUNNERS ON, YOU GLORYHOLE EATING #############. YOU GOT WHAT TWENTY MORE GAMES OF ####### YOURSELVES IN YOUR OWN ASS WITH RUNNERS ON SO LETS GET TO IT, YOU #### EATING #######. LET'S SEE HOW ####### TERRIBLE YOU CAN BE, YOU DOG BANGING #############.
JO2QEGR

DGF
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   22. Willie Mayspedes Posted: September 13, 2012 at 01:15 AM (#4234455)
Impressive rant.
   23. Good cripple hitter Posted: September 13, 2012 at 01:21 AM (#4234457)
The Jays once named a concessions combo "Vernon Wells Pop Fly Popcorn". It always seemed weird to me that they'd name a combo after a player doing something bad, but ever since then it seems like he always pops out with runners on.
   24. Walt Davis Posted: September 13, 2012 at 02:03 AM (#4234469)
JO2QEGR

Translation please.
   25. Greg K Posted: September 13, 2012 at 04:07 AM (#4234479)
The Jays once named a concessions combo "Vernon Wells Pop Fly Popcorn". It always seemed weird to me that they'd name a combo after a player doing something bad, but ever since then it seems like he always pops out with runners on.

When Well was on the Jays he was like one of those early-aughts baseball games where there only seemed like a handful of possible places for the hitter to hit the ball. He'd either pop it up or hit a line drive home run to the exact same spot in the left-field gap. Even when he was going good Vernon Wells popped up more than any human in history. I realize it's fairly easy to look this up and confirm it...but I'd rather just have the comfort of "knowing" this fact in my heart.
   26. Ivan Grushenko of Hong Kong Posted: September 13, 2012 at 04:32 AM (#4234482)
I've run out of superlatives to describe how amazed I am at the A's success this year. I never would have thought it possible in my wildest dreams. This probably just means my dreams aren't wild enough and I need to have more imagination. As much as I thought Beane was basically a fraud for the Moneyball thing, he's had an absolutely fantastic 12 months where seemingly all his moves have turned out brilliantly. If anyone would have told me that Brandon Moss, Brandon Inge, Ryan Cook, Sean Doolittle, Josh Reddick, Seth Smith, AJ Griffin, Bartolo Colon, Josh Donaldson, George Kottaras and Yoenis Cespedes would be important pieces in a playoff team 9 months ago I would have had them committed. Even 3 months ago I knew who these guys were but I didn't think they had a chance in hell of making the playoffs. I still don't think they're this good, but I don't care. They may finish last next year, but that's next year.
   27. boteman is not here 'til October Posted: September 13, 2012 at 05:23 AM (#4234484)
A's win. Harold tried to keep talking up Vernon Wells and Wells kept making outs when they went to his at-bats.

Lemme guess: "Vernon Wells is a professional baseball player! This guy knows how to get it done. He's been there. He's a proven veteran."

And that's before Harry pulled his lips off Wells' butt cheek. I wish MLB Network would give him the rest of the year his life off, or just relegate him to Diamond Demos since he actually imparts some useful knowledge in some of those.

Oh, and HOW 'BOUT THEM O's!!
   28. David Nieporent (now, with children) Posted: September 13, 2012 at 06:15 AM (#4234487)
And make sure to watch Machado fake a throw to first and make a fool of Rich Thompson, who starts scampering home with what he thinks is the go-ahead run and instead gets caught in a run-down. "My apologies, Mr. Thompson, but I will be scoring the go-ahead run this evening," said Machado.
A couple of days ago, Machado threw a ball away on a very similar hit, and I was cringing at that happening again. Then he holds on, and I'm breathing a sigh of relief, and before I have time to finish my breath... well, wow.

Hardy deserves almost as much credit as Manny for that play, though. I'm still not sure how he was there, given that (according to Manny) it wasn't a planned play.
   29. bunyon Posted: September 13, 2012 at 07:36 AM (#4234496)
A's win. Harold tried to keep talking up Vernon Wells and Wells kept making outs when they went to his at-bats.

Lemme guess: "Vernon Wells is a professional baseball player! This guy knows how to get it done. He's been there. He's a proven veteran


"He's just missing, almost on that one...and we're talking about a 3-run homer there."
   30. Shooty Survived the Shutdown of '14! Posted: September 13, 2012 at 08:25 AM (#4234516)
Brett Anderson and Jered Weaver today. And it's an afternoon game so I get to watch it!
   31. SoSH U at work Posted: September 13, 2012 at 09:51 AM (#4234574)
Hardy deserves almost as much credit as Manny for that play, though. I'm still not sure how he was there, given that (according to Manny) it wasn't a planned play.


You're right. That's a case of two guys playing really heads-up baseball. It only works because they were both thinking about other possibilities throughout the play.
   32. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: September 13, 2012 at 10:42 AM (#4234638)
If anyone would have told me that Brandon Moss, Brandon Inge, Ryan Cook, Sean Doolittle, Josh Reddick, Seth Smith, AJ Griffin, Bartolo Colon, Josh Donaldson, George Kottaras and Yoenis Cespedes would be important pieces in a playoff team 9 months ago I would have had them committed.

To be fair, Brandon Inge, Bartolo Colon and George Kottaras were important pieces in playoff teams last year.
   33. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: September 13, 2012 at 10:47 AM (#4234646)
To be fair, Brandon Inge, Bartolo Colon and George Kottaras were important pieces in playoff teams last year.

You're right on Colon and Kottaras, but I don't think you can say Inge's 80 OPS+ and -0.6 WAR were an important piece of Detroit's success.
   34. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: September 13, 2012 at 10:54 AM (#4234663)
He was good in the playoffs!
   35. Bourbon Samurai in Asia Posted: September 13, 2012 at 10:57 AM (#4234671)
I'm sort of amazed Cespedes only has 18 home runs. It seems like every time I see him he's whacking something into the bleachers.
   36. Danny Posted: September 13, 2012 at 11:11 AM (#4234697)
The A's SP have successfully adopted the Twins old strategy of never walking anyone. A's SP in the second half: 341 IP, 58 BB, 263 K.
   37. Shooty Survived the Shutdown of '14! Posted: September 13, 2012 at 11:16 AM (#4234705)
The A's SP have successfully adopted the Twins old strategy of never walking anyone. A's SP in the second half: 341 IP, 58 BB, 263 K.

The rookies are walking fewer guys in the Big Leagues than they did in the minor leagues. It's uncanny. I again want to thank the Red Sox for giving us back Curt Young.
   38. Harveys Wallbangers Posted: September 13, 2012 at 11:21 AM (#4234719)
i am glad for georgie the greek. he has earned a right to be on a roster
   39. esseff Posted: September 13, 2012 at 12:30 PM (#4234803)
PIECE OF DOUCHNOZZLE JUST LIKE THE REST OF THOSE ############# PIECES OF ########### ########. HOW MANY ####### 1ST AND 3RD OUTS YOU GONNA MAKE, YOU ####### ############# PIECES OF TAINT? HOW MANY MORE TIMES YOU WANNA POP OUT WITH RUNNERS ON, YOU GLORYHOLE EATING #############. YOU GOT WHAT TWENTY MORE GAMES OF ####### YOURSELVES IN YOUR OWN ASS WITH RUNNERS ON SO LETS GET TO IT, YOU #### EATING #######. LET'S SEE HOW ####### TERRIBLE YOU CAN BE, YOU DOG BANGING #############.


I'm a Cardinals fan, and I approve of this message.
   40. Yeaarrgghhhh Posted: September 13, 2012 at 02:50 PM (#4234989)
WTF is up with Jacob McGee?
   41. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: September 13, 2012 at 03:03 PM (#4235006)
WTF is up with Jacob McGee?

He rocks!
   42. jack the seal clubber (on the sidelines of life) Posted: September 13, 2012 at 04:23 PM (#4235097)
Lemme guess: "Vernon Wells is a professional baseball player! This guy knows how to get it done. He's been there. He's a proven veteran."


Harold Reynolds would still be playing Alvin Davis and Mike Moore if he was a GM. "They're in wheelchairs.....but they've done it before! Proven veterans with experience! ".

On the bright side Wells' OBP is up to .271 from .248 last year.
   43. The Chronicles of Reddick Posted: September 13, 2012 at 05:39 PM (#4235173)
Well looks like the Angels are going to salvage the final game
   44. esseff Posted: September 13, 2012 at 05:42 PM (#4235177)
A's-Angels was a great pitching duel for six innings, helped along by Laz Diaz.

Did seem like a strange time to give Jesse Chavez his A's debut.
   45. The Chronicles of Reddick Posted: September 13, 2012 at 05:50 PM (#4235189)
I'm just wondering why they haven't given Reddick a break considering his horrible slump.
   46. Yeaarrgghhhh Posted: September 13, 2012 at 05:59 PM (#4235209)
Another walk off win for the O's! And they just swept the Rays. Amazing.
   47. esseff Posted: September 13, 2012 at 06:03 PM (#4235218)
And now it's Baltimore-Oakland head to head for three games.

I had circled that series on the calendar back in April as one that would define the AL playoff picture.
   48. escabeche Posted: September 13, 2012 at 06:23 PM (#4235247)
BATTLE OF THE OVERACHIEVING VOWELS, with the season on the line.

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