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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

AL playoff race: September 18, 2012

AL East

NYY 83-63 [8-7 in SEPT]
BAL 84-64 [11-6 in SEPT]

AL Central

CWS 81-66 [9-7 in SEPT]
DET 78-69 [8-8 in SEPT] (3 GB)

AL West

TEX 87-60 [9-7 in SEPT]
OAK 84-63 [10-6 in SEPT] (3 GB)

AL Wildcard

OAK 84-63 [10-6 in SEPT] (0.5 GA)
NYY 83-63 [8-7 in SEPT] / BAL 84-64 [11-6 in SEPT]
LAA 81-67 [9-6 in SEPT] (3 GB)

MLB.com: Orioles work overtime to grab share of first place
MLB.com: Trio of solo shots the winning formula in KC
MLB.com: Tigers slam past A’s behind Miggy’s big night
MLB.com: Weaver improves to 18-4 with 100th career win

MLB.com: Inclement weather puts Pettitte’s return on hold

NTNgod Posted: September 18, 2012 at 10:36 PM | 40 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: angels, athletics, orioles, pennant race, rangers, tigers, white sox, yankees

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   1. escabeche Posted: September 18, 2012 at 11:15 PM (#4239748)
The way things are looking, Nate McLouth on second with 2 outs and Adam Jones at bat may have been the best chance the Orioles had not to get shut out by this mysterious Seattle rookie.
   2. escabeche Posted: September 19, 2012 at 12:21 AM (#4239780)
If anybody's watching this on TV, do Baltimore's hitters look as helpless as they sound when they face this guy?
   3. Walks Clog Up the Bases Posted: September 19, 2012 at 12:29 AM (#4239785)
What's this nonsense with Nate McLouth suddenly deciding to once more resemble a relatively useful ballplayer?
   4. escabeche Posted: September 19, 2012 at 12:39 AM (#4239792)
TEAM OF DESTINY!
   5. DKDC Posted: September 19, 2012 at 12:53 AM (#4239800)
Wedge just announced Jaso as a pinch hitter, and then immediately pinch hit FOR Jaso when the O's brought in a lefty.

So the Mariners best hitter is out of the game and he didn't get a single at bat.

Liddi, who pinch hit for Jaso, struck out on 4 pitches to end the inning.
   6. Belfry Bob Posted: September 19, 2012 at 01:59 AM (#4239813)
Really disliked a couple of Buck's 'small ball' moves tonight...first, pinch-running for Chris Davis in the ninth; I immediately thought 'you're gonna be sorry later you did that...and especially giving up McLouth to bunt...the man is hot, and you're giving away an out when your secone batter after that is Avery (which should have been Davis in the first place.) REALLY disliked that move, double play potential be damned.

O's don't have enough firepower to be taking out regulars for pinch runners AT FIRST BASE.
   7. Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: September 19, 2012 at 02:09 AM (#4239815)
I thought Ackley's drive was going to be a walk-off homerun. Spacious SAFECO kept it to a double, though :/
   8. boteman Posted: September 19, 2012 at 02:10 AM (#4239816)
I already gave up the Os for lost when Strop came on, but dadburned if he didn't keep the Ms from scoring. If they can't do something in the 13th then I'm gonna have to rest my weary bones.
   9. Belfry Bob Posted: September 19, 2012 at 02:17 AM (#4239817)
I have to give up now. It's 2:15 and I have to get up at 6:30. I can't believe I'm going to bed, but since even if the O's go ahead now I'd have to stay up for the M's, I just can't any more.

It's a big game, too - with the A's losing, there's ground to gain there, also the Yanks not playing...but it's the Angels that bother me the most...don't like them getting closer with Felix up against the O's tomorrow night.

I'll be hopeful.

Sorry to see the Pirates drop out of it tonight. Love their ballpark and they have great people working there, hope they get some post-season ball soon.
   10. Belfry Bob Posted: September 19, 2012 at 02:20 AM (#4239818)
Oh, so Steve 'I Should Be Starting' Johnson gets 'em out before I can even brush my teeth...well, one more O's at-bat, then...
   11. Belfry Bob Posted: September 19, 2012 at 02:29 AM (#4239820)
Jones and Wieters (especially) look like they should be in bed. So that's where I'm going.
   12. Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: September 19, 2012 at 02:35 AM (#4239821)
Oliver Perez is back in MLB?
   13. Good cripple hitter Posted: September 19, 2012 at 02:40 AM (#4239822)
I knew that Ollie had made it back to the majors as a reliever in Seattle, but I just looked up his line and it looks like a mirage. It's only 20 innings, but his walk rate is a minor miracle.
   14. Srul Itza At Home Posted: September 19, 2012 at 03:12 AM (#4239826)
Well, if you're going to go 16 innings, better to do it after the rosters have expanded.
   15. vortex of dissipation Posted: September 19, 2012 at 03:15 AM (#4239827)
Miguel Olivo had four walks in 287 PA going into tonight's game. He's got three tonight, and a stolen base.
   16. Austin Posted: September 19, 2012 at 03:31 AM (#4239830)
Boy, to have runners on first and third with one out and then have the next two hitters line out... that's awfully frustrating for Baltimore.

Luckily, after Seager's leadoff double, the dynamic trio of Montero, Robinson, and Figgins thoughtfully made it easy on him by making sure he didn't have to overexert himself by running further than second base.
   17. The Yankee Clapper Posted: September 19, 2012 at 03:41 AM (#4239831)
Lot of squandering in Seattle. Not sure how much longer I can go - the Yanks have a 1:00PM start for the make-up game.
   18. Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: September 19, 2012 at 03:42 AM (#4239832)
Well, that should about do it.
   19. Robert in Manhattan Beach Posted: September 19, 2012 at 03:45 AM (#4239833)
Somebody finally scored! If you believe in teams of destiny, the Orioles really check every box. I mean, Teagarden was hitting like a buck fifty coming in.
   20. Athletic Supporter can feel the slow rot Posted: September 19, 2012 at 03:47 AM (#4239834)
Man, that Baltimore-Anaheim play-in game is going to be a tough ticket.
   21. Gamingboy Posted: September 19, 2012 at 04:00 AM (#4239836)
Orioles win! Orioles win! In 18 innings! And it was by 2, not 1!
   22. Curse of the Andino Posted: September 19, 2012 at 04:05 AM (#4239837)
O's know, you just gotta score two runs every nine innings to beat the M's.
   23. Belfry Bob Posted: September 19, 2012 at 06:53 AM (#4239847)
Wow. If you'd told me the heart of the order would go 1-for-29, I'd say no way that would be a win. TT comes through yet again...how one man does so much with so few hits...
   24. Harveys Wallbangers Posted: September 19, 2012 at 07:32 AM (#4239849)
the angels are 9-6 in september and when i read anything written by angels fans they are accusing their team of rolling over and giving up.

what?
   25. Chris Fluit Posted: September 19, 2012 at 08:30 AM (#4239874)
And it's all Albert's fault. At least according to the Rangers broadcast team last night.
   26. escabeche Posted: September 19, 2012 at 08:30 AM (#4239875)
Headline: TEA, 4-2!
   27. escabeche Posted: September 19, 2012 at 08:31 AM (#4239877)
Teagarden, with his extra-inning gwerbie, is now hitting .152 on the season, with a total of 7 hits. Three of those have been extra-inning game-winners.
   28. Jose Is The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: September 19, 2012 at 08:55 AM (#4239889)
Headline: TEA, 4-2!


That's pretty good.


If you believe in teams of destiny, the Orioles really check every box.


Yeah, this is getting ridiculous. Did I read that's their 14th straight extra inning win or something like that?
   29. Chris Fluit Posted: September 19, 2012 at 09:35 AM (#4239917)
Did I read that's their 14th straight extra inning win or something like that?

Yup.
   30. vortex of dissipation Posted: September 19, 2012 at 12:55 PM (#4240116)
Headline: TEA, 4-2!


That's pretty good.


Seconded.
   31. The Yankee Clapper Posted: September 19, 2012 at 02:43 PM (#4240244)
The big news of the day might be Andy Pettitte pitching 5 scoreless innings coming off the DL, scattering 4 singles, and striking out 3. Yankee pitching was looking a little thin, but Nova & Pettitte look like they can contribute down the stretch.
   32. DKDC Posted: September 19, 2012 at 03:06 PM (#4240276)
You’re calling the big news of the day at 3 PM when the Orioles don’t even start playing for another 7 hours?

Bold move.
   33. Loren F. Posted: September 19, 2012 at 03:23 PM (#4240301)
Bigger news: Omar Vizquel hit #2,874, passes Babe Ruth. I expect this will push all the Middle East whatnot off the front pages.
   34. Famous Original Joe C Posted: September 19, 2012 at 03:28 PM (#4240307)
The big news of the day might be Andy Pettitte pitching 5 scoreless innings coming off the DL, scattering 4 singles, and striking out 3.

Yeah, shutting down a lineup with Jeff Mathis hitting 5th (!) really speaks volumes.
Eduardo Nunez has better hitting numbers this year than *anyone* in today's Jays lineup.
   35. The Chronicles of Reddick Posted: September 19, 2012 at 06:06 PM (#4240448)
Madison Bumgarner might have better hitting numbers than anyone in the Jays lineup
   36. The Chronicles of Reddick Posted: September 19, 2012 at 06:40 PM (#4240503)
Uh oh there is a Daric Barton sighting in the A's lineup tonight
   37. Poster Nutbag Posted: September 19, 2012 at 06:50 PM (#4240517)
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   38. Fred Lynn Nolan Ryan Sweeney Agonistes Posted: September 19, 2012 at 07:07 PM (#4240539)
Uh oh there is a Daric Barton sighting in the A's lineup tonight

Dude has seriously calm eyes. I see no problem here.
   39. esseff Posted: September 19, 2012 at 08:15 PM (#4240595)
Brett Anderson stumbles on one pitch, falls down on another and he's out of the game.
   40. Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: September 19, 2012 at 08:56 PM (#4240619)
The big news of the day might be Andy Pettitte pitching 5 scoreless innings coming off the DL


Or that that Yankee bullpen made it through 4 innings without getting blasted!

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