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AL playoff race: September 17, 2012

AL East

NYY 83-63 [8-7 in SEPT]
BAL 83-64 [10-6 in SEPT] (0.5 GB)

AL Central

CWS 80-66 [8-7 in SEPT]
DET 77-69 [7-8 in SEPT] (3 GB)

AL West

TEX 87-59 [9-6 in SEPT]
OAK 84-62 [10-5 in SEPT] (3 GB)

AL Wildcard

OAK 84-62 [10-5 in SEPT]
BAL 83-64 [10-6 in SEPT]
LAA 80-67 [8-6 in SEPT] (3 GB)

MLB.com: White Sox slide past Detroit, up lead to three
MLB.com: O’s rout Mariners, close in on first-place Yanks

NTNgod Posted: September 17, 2012 at 07:34 PM | 31 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: angels, athletics, orioles, pennant race, rangers, tigers, white sox, yankees

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   1. Ivan Grushenko of Hong Kong Posted: September 17, 2012 at 07:39 PM (#4238485)
Did the Tigers consider starting Scherzer on 4 days rest instead of Fister?
   2. The Long Arm of Rudy Law Posted: September 17, 2012 at 07:44 PM (#4238494)
It was nice hearing Tom Paciorek working with Hawk. Actually, it was nice hearing Tom Paciorek, in spite of Hawk.
   3. esseff Posted: September 17, 2012 at 07:52 PM (#4238507)
So the A's now head out on a ten-game trip -- three at Detroit, three at New York, four at Texas. Is it possible that this dream season might yet turn into a pumpkin?
   4. chisoxcollector Posted: September 17, 2012 at 07:58 PM (#4238510)
For the first time all season, I think the White Sox might actually pull this off. I've been waiting all season for Detroit to go on a tear, and it just isn't happening. I think I underestimated how awful their defense is... probably the worst I've ever seen from a decent team... even worse than some of those early-mid 00s Yankee teams.
   5. Jose Remains The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: September 17, 2012 at 08:12 PM (#4238522)
That rain out the other day was huge. The White Sox getting to avoid Verlander really worked out pretty damned well for them and then the Tigers kicking away that game yesterday is probably the one the Tigers will look back on as the game that killed their season. The one bit of good news for Detroit right now is that after this series with Oakland they get to finish with KC and Minnesota exclusively.
   6. Mark Edward Posted: September 17, 2012 at 08:31 PM (#4238532)
For the first time all season, I think the White Sox might actually pull this off. I've been waiting all season for Detroit to go on a tear, and it just isn't happening. I think I underestimated how awful their defense is... probably the worst I've ever seen from a decent team... even worse than some of those early-mid 00s Yankee teams.


I'm still a little concerned about the rotation, and Quintana's start today didn't help. But the pen was absolutely fantastic today.

Also, I've been fine with Ventura's managing style throughout most of the season, but with the expanded rosters he's been over-managing. Too many pitch-runners, using too many relievers, etc.

This was the first Sox game I've got to watch in about 2 weeks as I've moved away from Chicago and have been ridiculously busy with work. Nice to hear Hawk & Wimpy was a pleasant surprise.
   7. madvillain Posted: September 17, 2012 at 08:45 PM (#4238537)
Also, I've been fine with Ventura's managing style throughout most of the season, but with the expanded rosters he's been over-managing. Too many pitch-runners, using too many relievers, etc.


Well, I'd be in agreement with you except when things go like today, where Ventura "overmanaged" his way to 15 straight outs and a commanding 3 game lead with 16 to play. The players make the manager look good and vice versa.
   8. Crosseyed and Painless Posted: September 17, 2012 at 09:00 PM (#4238544)
Tigers defense did them in the last couple of days. Fitting way to sink the ship. Infante is a total disappointment.
   9. DKDC Posted: September 17, 2012 at 09:15 PM (#4238555)
This is supposedly the easy part of the Orioles schedule with 13 against the Mariners, Jays and Sox. But none of those teams are pushovers. I'd be ecstatic with a 7-6 run going into the final series in Tampa, but I'm prepared for much worse than that.
   10. Athletic Supporter was shiny, now he's all rusted Posted: September 17, 2012 at 09:42 PM (#4238572)
So the A's now head out on a ten-game trip -- three at Detroit, three at New York, four at Texas. Is it possible that this dream season might yet turn into a pumpkin?


It's possible. It's always been possible.
   11. madvillain Posted: September 17, 2012 at 09:45 PM (#4238578)
Tigers defense did them in the last couple of days. Fitting way to sink the ship. Infante is a total disappointment.


He sure has been. He had what, zero errors before the trade and now he has like 7 with Detroit, that's just crazy, the sort of thing no gm can possibly imagine (nor should he) when making a trade like that. Sometimes it's just not your year. Between their defensive ineptitude, lack of anything resembling solid corner outfielders and bad luck (with umps, weather, etc) it's just not Detroit's year.

That's ok, they got lucky last year, let the Sox have the luck this year.
   12. escabeche Posted: September 17, 2012 at 09:46 PM (#4238580)
I'd be ecstatic with a 7-6 run going into the final series in Tampa


Really? I wouldn't. No, those teams aren't pushovers, but they aren't good either. Yeah, if the Orioles go 7-6, Tampa won't catch them, but LAA might, and in any event you'd be looking at a very close three-way race for the last WC going into the closing series.
   13. DKDC Posted: September 17, 2012 at 09:53 PM (#4238589)
The angels would have to go 9-3 (in a stretch with 6 games against the rangers and 3 against the white sox) to catch the Os if they go 7-6.
   14. Random Transaction Generator Posted: September 17, 2012 at 10:10 PM (#4238610)
Detroit and Tampa failing to win are ruining my hopes for a clusterf*ck game 162 through 167.
   15. McCoy Posted: September 17, 2012 at 10:19 PM (#4238625)
Tampa gone and died. Tis a shame. That'll help the crappy city narrative get off to a strong offseason.
   16. Gamingboy Posted: September 17, 2012 at 10:44 PM (#4238648)
Orioles already have six on Six-Org.
   17. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: September 17, 2012 at 10:53 PM (#4238659)
Orioles already have six on Six-Org.

Seven now. Don't even make a freaking effort, Seattle.
   18. DKDC Posted: September 17, 2012 at 10:56 PM (#4238662)
Lest we miss a chance to rag on Mr Cameron, the O's were ranked #30org prior to this season.

Season run differential at -13 now. But +44 over the last two months.
   19. Walks Clog Up the Bases Posted: September 17, 2012 at 10:56 PM (#4238665)
It was nice hearing Tom Paciorek working with Hawk. Actually, it was nice hearing Tom Paciorek, in spite of Hawk.


Disagree. It was almost like having a Hawk clone in the booth at times. I don't know if I've ever heard an announcer let out a "Woo!" after a player drew a walk.

And boy, the Rays are doing a nice bit of self-destruction.
   20. Gamingboy Posted: September 17, 2012 at 10:58 PM (#4238666)
7-1. Lead remains six on Sixorg
   21. TerpNats Posted: September 17, 2012 at 11:04 PM (#4238674)
In March, conventional wisdom had the Yanks, Rays, Bosox, Rangers and Angels battling for four postseason slots, with the Tigers as close to a lead-pipe cinch as possible. Now, it's entirely possible that four of those six will see their seasons end Oct. 3.
   22. Gamingboy Posted: September 17, 2012 at 11:07 PM (#4238678)
Looking at the Nintendo ads in Japanese in the back, I have to wonder whether they should even be bothering- are they still showing Mariners games in Japan now that Ichiro is gone?
   23. DKDC Posted: September 17, 2012 at 11:26 PM (#4238703)
Through 4 innings, and Endy Chavez has ended three of them with an out. What's the record for innings ended in a 9 inning game?
   24. rlc Posted: September 18, 2012 at 01:45 AM (#4238783)
Looking at the Nintendo ads in Japanese in the back, I have to wonder whether they should even be bothering- are they still showing Mariners games in Japan now that Ichiro is gone?


Last time I checked, Nintendo still owned the Mariners.
   25. Ivan Grushenko of Hong Kong Posted: September 18, 2012 at 03:18 AM (#4238802)
Also they do still have Iwakuma and Kawasaki.
   26. RMc is Fairly Irrefutable Posted: September 18, 2012 at 08:08 AM (#4238827)
The White Sox are terrible, just terrible. Unfortunately, the Tigers are more terrible.
   27. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: September 18, 2012 at 08:47 AM (#4238848)
Mariners-Orioles result was Hector Noesi's first start since July 4. Didn't go so well for him. The announcers just kept saying "Well, that was another slider, and still, he just can't make that slider do what he wants."

Ex-Mets fan favorite Oliver Perez came on in long relief sporting a mind-bogglingly awful haircut and looked like Felix Hernandez by comparison.
   28. Lassus Posted: September 18, 2012 at 09:50 AM (#4238905)
Ex-Mets fan favorite Oliver Perez came on in long relief

Wait, WHAT?

Holy crap, he's pitched in 29 games this year.
   29. Yeaarrgghhhh Posted: September 18, 2012 at 09:54 AM (#4238908)
When they brought him into the game I thought "hey, another Oliver Perez. That's funny."
   30. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: September 18, 2012 at 10:07 AM (#4238924)
Mariners-Orioles result was Hector Noesi's first start since July 4

Ex-Mets fan favorite Oliver Perez came on in long relief

Like I said, no effort from Seattle.
   31. Esoteric Posted: September 18, 2012 at 10:34 AM (#4238950)
Ex-Mets fan favorite Oliver Perez came on in long relief sporting a mind-bogglingly awful haircut and looked like Felix Hernandez by comparison.
Don't look now, but ol' Ollie has actually been quite good in relief for the Mariners this season.

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