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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Games 162 Game Chatter

Let’s smash all the game 162 game chatters into one thread, shall we? There is a full slate of games, but as far as playoff races are concerned, these are the games that matter (although if you want to talk about any of the other games for any reason, feel free).

Red Sox (Lester) vs. Orioles (Simon) at 7:05 PM
Yankees (TBD- no, seriously, TBD) vs. Rays (Price) at 7:10 PM
Phillies (Blanton) vs. Braves (Hudson) at 7:10 PM
Cardinals (Carpenter) vs. Astros (Myers) at 8:05 PM

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   201. Cowboy Popup Posted: September 28, 2011 at 07:30 PM (#3941384)
CP: Should be on ESPN3 (online), if you get that.

So it is! For some reason ESPN's scoreboard doesn't tell you that the way they do for college football. Thanks for the heads up!
   202. RB in NYC (Now Semi-Retired from BBTF) Posted: September 28, 2011 at 07:37 PM (#3941388)
Wow, CG SHO for Batista. Good for him.
Given he hasn't thrown many innings, that should lower his ERA like 3/4s of a point.
   203. Steve N Posted: September 28, 2011 at 07:38 PM (#3941389)
If the Red Sox had only traded for Miguel Batista they would be a lock.
   204. Sweatpants Posted: September 28, 2011 at 07:42 PM (#3941395)
Didn't Willie Wilson in 1982 take similar measures as Jose Reyes today we he eeked out a 'batting title' the last time a Brewer was seriously close to winning it?
Wilson sat out the last game of the season with a four-point lead over Robin Yount. In game 162, Yount, playing in a loser-goes-home game, went 3-4 to finish one point back.
   205. Spahn Insane Posted: September 28, 2011 at 07:44 PM (#3941396)
If the Red Sox had only traded for Miguel Batista they would be a lock.

Well, it's not too late...
   206. Sam M. Posted: September 28, 2011 at 07:46 PM (#3941398)
Given he hasn't thrown many innings, that should lower his ERA like 3/4s of a point.


Overall, his season ERA drops from 4.24 to 3.60. Pretty good for a late September day's work.
   207. Bad Doctor Posted: September 28, 2011 at 07:47 PM (#3941401)
I do give the Astros a punchers chance with Myers on the mound.

Heh.
   208. Guapo Posted: September 28, 2011 at 07:52 PM (#3941405)
Dellin Betances

"TB Can See Ill End"

But Alfredo Simon is an anagram for

"Morons Afield" or "Failed Morons"

So I think the anagram battle is a wash right now.

(I'm ready for these games to start)
   209. RB in NYC (Now Semi-Retired from BBTF) Posted: September 28, 2011 at 07:56 PM (#3941408)
Overall, his season ERA drops from 4.24 to 3.60. Pretty good for a late September day's work.
Two-thirds of a run on his last day. That's pretty good.
   210. Knock on any Iorg Posted: September 28, 2011 at 07:56 PM (#3941409)
FYI, regular old fashioned ESPN on DirecTV channel 206 shows Red Sox @ Orioles in the channel grid this evening.
   211. Gamingboy Posted: September 28, 2011 at 08:02 PM (#3941413)
Updated Checklist;

Conradian Play [ ]
Rain Delay [ ]
Ryan Lavarnaway went to Yale [ ]
Russell Martin shows his hatred towards the Red Sox [ ]
Moneyball reference [ ]
Pujols-in-final-year-of-contract mention [ ]
The manager of a contending team is thrown out [ ]
Buck Showalter is thrown out [ ]
The manager of a spoiler team other than the Orioles is thrown out [ ]
Matt Wieters does something makes Red Sox fans take his name in vain [ ]
LaRussa does what LaRussa does as far as the bullpen [ ]
Tito leaves someone in too long [ ]
The Cards-Astros game is in the 7th inning or later when the last EST timezone game is finished [ ]
Carl Crawford appears to be a double-agent for the Rays [ ]
Pujols goes deep [ ]
Somebody in one of the other games today does something noteworthy like a No-no or hitting 3 home runs or something [ ]
Dramatic home run 7th inning or later [ ]
Shot of out-of-town scoreboard showing score of game of other contending team [ ]
Use of Starter in relief (except for the Phillies) [ ]
Selig has heart attack []
Extra Innings [ ]
Game continues/is played in near-monsoon because Selig demands it [ ]
Triple play [ ]
TV Announcers observe that this team has nothing to play for, but is refusing to roll over for its opponent:
Orioles [ ] Yankees [ ] Phillies [ ] Astros [ ]
Pujols needs 3 RBIs to keep streak alive [ ]
Bucky Dent mention [ ]
During a rain delay, they mention Rick Dempsey's grand Babe Ruth performance [ ]
Mention of "Catching Hell" [ ]
Mention of NBA lockout [ ]
Mention that Alfredo Simon could have killed a guy [ ]
Mention that Brett Myers once assaulted his wife [ ]

Get any more in if you want!
   212. aleskel Posted: September 28, 2011 at 08:06 PM (#3941416)
Scott Proctor sighting []
   213. Spahn Insane Posted: September 28, 2011 at 08:07 PM (#3941417)
I do give the Astros a punchers chance with Myers on the mound.

Heh.


Oh man. I don't even think Harveys meant that as a joke.

But since my hatred of the Cardinals and my hatred of wife-beating scumbags are more or less equivalent, what the hell--let's see a, erm, lights-out performance from Myers tonight...
   214. Mike Emeigh Posted: September 28, 2011 at 08:08 PM (#3941418)
I think starting Betances is the best of a bunch of bad options for Girardi tonight. The Rays don't have a lot of wait-for-your-pitch guys, and that could work to Betances's advantage.

-- MWE
   215. salvomania Posted: September 28, 2011 at 08:08 PM (#3941419)
Conradian Play [ ]


What is this? Someone sneaks into the dugout and kills the manager?
   216. JJ1986 Posted: September 28, 2011 at 08:10 PM (#3941421)
What is this? Someone sneaks into the dugout and kills the manager?


I think it's when a player makes two errors on the same play.
   217. Good cripple hitter Posted: September 28, 2011 at 08:10 PM (#3941422)
It's named after Brooks Conrad, who had a number of horrible misplays in the playoffs with the Braves.
   218. Spahn Insane Posted: September 28, 2011 at 08:11 PM (#3941423)
What is this? Someone sneaks into the dugout and kills the manager?

The horror. The horror.
   219. boteman is not here 'til October Posted: September 28, 2011 at 08:11 PM (#3941424)
Chris Volstad delivers the last first pitch at Joe Robbie Stadium low for ball 1 at 16:11 EDT.

And he promptly walks Ian Desmond on 6 pitches.
   220. Spahn Insane Posted: September 28, 2011 at 08:12 PM (#3941425)
What is this? Someone sneaks into the dugout and kills the manager?

I think it's when a player makes two errors on the same play.


I prefer to meld Joseph and Brooks into one for these purposes.
   221. Spahn Insane Posted: September 28, 2011 at 08:14 PM (#3941431)
Speaking of all this--will Tito's command be terminated with extreme prejudice after tonight?
   222. Famous Original Joe C Posted: September 28, 2011 at 08:23 PM (#3941441)
Accordiing to Boston.com, Clay Buchholz will be in the bullpen tonight, active, and available for "4-5 outs".
   223. Fernigal McGunnigle has become a merry hat Posted: September 28, 2011 at 08:24 PM (#3941445)
So I think the anagram battle is a wash right now.


In anagramland, the Boston Red Sox are the Robot Sex Dons.

If the Sox acquire Chen before his start in Minnesota tonight, he presumably flies straight to Tampa so as to get some rest before the game Thursday. If the Red Sox lose and the Devil Rays win, he then presumably flies back to KC or wherever he's living at the moment, having gone his entire Red Sox career without seeing or speaking to a teammate or a member of the Red Sox field staff.

EDIT: Make that his second Red Sox career, of course. Who could ever forget his 12+ innings of heroics in May of 2003.
   224. NJ in DC (Now unemployed!) Posted: September 28, 2011 at 08:24 PM (#3941446)
Montero starting at C for the Yanks.

Russell Martin shows his hatred towards the Red Sox [X]
   225. boteman is not here 'til October Posted: September 28, 2011 at 08:25 PM (#3941447)
Strasburg makes short work of the Marlins, with a little help from his fielders.
   226. JustDan Posted: September 28, 2011 at 08:26 PM (#3941449)
Strasburg pitches a perfect first inning, striking out 2.
   227. They paved Misirlou, put up a parking lot Posted: September 28, 2011 at 08:29 PM (#3941455)
In anagramland, the Boston Red Sox are the Robot Sex Dons.


And the Tampa Bay Rays are Samba Party, YA!
   228. boteman is not here 'til October Posted: September 28, 2011 at 08:31 PM (#3941457)
Pudge gets a standing O from the Marlins "crowd" in recognition of his 2003 year there.

I'd like to know why all those orange seat backs showed "unavailable" on the Marlins ticket web site this morning. I really didn't want to sit out in the Fish Tank in RF for this, of all games. StubHub was being obstinate.
   229. winnipegwhip Posted: September 28, 2011 at 08:32 PM (#3941461)
Accordiing to Boston.com, Clay Buchholz will be in the bullpen tonight, active, and available for "4-5 outs".


So each batter in the Orioles order will get at least one chance to face Buchholz.
   230. Phil Coorey is a T-Shirt Salesman Posted: September 28, 2011 at 08:35 PM (#3941463)
So each batter in the Orioles order will get at least one chance to face Buchholz.



...and we will be tortured with 123 throws over to first base as well.

What a day we have in front of us.
   231. Bad Doctor Posted: September 28, 2011 at 08:35 PM (#3941466)
Moneyball reference [ ]

It's almost the #1 movie in the land, and the Phils-Braves game is a Moneyball draftee versus one of "the three aces Moneyball ignored." If the announcers don't mention it in that game, what the hell are they gonna flap their gums about for 3 hours?
   232. Guapo Posted: September 28, 2011 at 08:36 PM (#3941468)
If this Bruce Chen thing happens, I'm going to be really pissed off, and it has nothing to do with any dislike of the Red Sox. Playing a full 162 game season and then importing a guy for a one-game playoff is just not kosher. I would fully support Selig bringing out the "best interest of baseball" hammer to prevent this from happening.
   233. boteman is not here 'til October Posted: September 28, 2011 at 08:36 PM (#3941469)
Strasburg issues his first BB this season since his return. His nickname should be Zero since that's how many walks I expect him to issue.
   234. Spahn Insane Posted: September 28, 2011 at 08:39 PM (#3941473)
If this Bruce Chen thing happens, I'm going to be really pissed off, and it has nothing to do with any dislike of the Red Sox.

Is that actually being discussed (outside the BBTF realm, I mean)?
   235. The John Wetland Memorial Death (CoB) Posted: September 28, 2011 at 08:39 PM (#3941474)
A- team for the Yankees tonight, at least to start the game.

Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Robinson Cano DH
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Nick Swisher RF
Andruw Jones LF
Jesus Montero C
Eduardo Nunez 2B
   236. Conor Posted: September 28, 2011 at 08:41 PM (#3941477)
Strasburg issues his first BB this season since his return. His nickname should be Zero since that's how many walks I expect him to issue.


I just checked, Strasburg has a career K:BB rate of 108 to 19, and a career FIP right around 2.00.
   237. Guapo Posted: September 28, 2011 at 08:42 PM (#3941478)
Is that actually being discussed (outside the BBTF realm, I mean)?


Yes- do a google news search for "Bruce Chen."
   238. Phil Coorey is a T-Shirt Salesman Posted: September 28, 2011 at 08:42 PM (#3941479)
TBD


I want TBD!!
   239. Bad Doctor Posted: September 28, 2011 at 08:42 PM (#3941480)
If this Bruce Chen thing happens, I'm going to be really pissed off, and it has nothing to do with any dislike of the Red Sox. Playing a full 162 game season and then importing a guy for a one-game playoff is just not kosher. I would fully support Selig bringing out the "best interest of baseball" hammer to prevent this from happening.

If only there were a big money free agent-to-be pitcher whose team was out of the playoffs, like Halladay finishing his career with the Jays or Sabathia with the Indians, for the Red Sox to go after.

And if only we could then capture the outrage and sanctimony from the BBWAA in their articles to use as a clean power source for all of the country's needs for the next six months or so.
   240. JJ1986 Posted: September 28, 2011 at 08:42 PM (#3941481)
A- team for the Yankees tonight, at least to start the game.


That's an A+ lineup against a lefty. Swisher and Jones both kill them.
   241. flournoy Posted: September 28, 2011 at 08:42 PM (#3941482)
If this Bruce Chen thing happens, I'm going to be really pissed off, and it has nothing to do with any dislike of the Red Sox.


Imagine how awesome it would be if they did that and then the Rays hammered him. Hey, nice trade!
   242. JJ1986 Posted: September 28, 2011 at 08:45 PM (#3941488)
If only there were a big money free agent-to-be pitcher whose team was out of the playoffs, like Halladay finishing his career with the Jays or Sabathia with the Indians, for the Red Sox to go after.


Sadly, the only guy who remotely fits this description pitched yesterday.
   243. The John Wetland Memorial Death (CoB) Posted: September 28, 2011 at 08:48 PM (#3941492)
That's an A+ lineup against a lefty. Swisher and Jones both kill them.


Nah, the A+ lineup against LHP, especially against a team that loves to run, would have Cano back at 2nd, Montero DHing and Martin behind the plate.

In any case, tonight's lineup isn't that far off, though, again, it'll probably only look like that for about 5-6 innings.
   244. RB in NYC (Now Semi-Retired from BBTF) Posted: September 28, 2011 at 08:48 PM (#3941493)
That's an A+ lineup against a lefty. Swisher and Jones both kill them.
I assume everyone gets two ABs today, and that's it.
   245. Rafael Bellylard: Built like a Panda. Posted: September 28, 2011 at 08:56 PM (#3941502)
Only one for Jeter if he gets a hit in the 1st.
   246. zack Posted: September 28, 2011 at 08:59 PM (#3941506)
The Nationals should play the cancelled game against the Dodgers, if they win today they'll be 80-81. The last time they weren't losers was their first season in DC, at exactly neutral.
   247. The Long Arm of Rudy Law Posted: September 28, 2011 at 09:01 PM (#3941508)
Didn't Willie Wilson in 1982 take similar measures as Jose Reyes today we he eeked out a 'batting title' the last time a Brewer was seriously close to winning it?

Reyes did a mountain of cocaine?
   248. Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: September 28, 2011 at 09:03 PM (#3941509)
[246] The rained out Dodger game was with the Pirates, not the Nats.
   249. The John Wetland Memorial Death (CoB) Posted: September 28, 2011 at 09:03 PM (#3941510)
Al Leiter sitting in on the Marlins broadcast today.

He's way more animated than he is in the Yankees booth.
   250. boteman is not here 'til October Posted: September 28, 2011 at 09:10 PM (#3941524)
The rained out Dodger game was with the Pirates, not the Nats.

A Dodgers-Nats game was rained out and was not rescheduled, leading to the odd number of total games that prevents the Nats from ending 81-81. They can't do better than 80-81 this year as a result.

The first half of that 2005 season was delirious for Nats fans. Here was a ragtag bunch of castoffs, has-beens, and never-wases in first place for a time. They ran off 9 victories in a row in early June to give us a tease of how good it could be. Then they tanked. If only...
   251. vortex of dissipation Posted: September 28, 2011 at 09:13 PM (#3941526)
If this Bruce Chen thing happens, I'm going to be really pissed off, and it has nothing to do with any dislike of the Red Sox. Playing a full 162 game season and then importing a guy for a one-game playoff is just not kosher. I would fully support Selig bringing out the "best interest of baseball" hammer to prevent this from happening.


Bruce Chen, meh. Yu Darvish, now that would be cool...
   252. bunyon Posted: September 28, 2011 at 09:23 PM (#3941535)
Forget Pedro. Bring back Clemens.
   253. Tom Cervo, backup catcher Posted: September 28, 2011 at 09:32 PM (#3941547)
Al Leiter sitting in on the Marlins broadcast today.

He's way more animated than he is in the Yankees booth.


Someday I will get my wish of a Singleton, Cone, Leiter booth. And it will be glorious.
   254. Lassus Posted: September 28, 2011 at 09:32 PM (#3941548)
The "Reyes weaksauce" thing might gain a little traction - lead story on PTI today.
   255. Lassus Posted: September 28, 2011 at 09:34 PM (#3941551)
Braun on PTI today, too, I wonder what HE'LL say.
   256. bunyon Posted: September 28, 2011 at 09:39 PM (#3941557)
The "Reyes weaksauce" thing might gain a little traction - lead story on PTI today.

While it's true that players have done this forever, they didn't do it in the era of 24/7, over the top, yell at the top of your lungs constantly sports journalism.
   257. Lassus Posted: September 28, 2011 at 09:45 PM (#3941560)
Braun 1000% gracious, Jose one of the game's great players, glad he left a door open for him, and he even brings up that if he's 3-4 he has to stay in for the 5th AB not just BECAUSE, but because they are fighting for home field tonight. Didn't explicitly SAY it was a different situation for him and Jose, but implied it, really, by leaning on the importance of the game tonight.
   258. Sam M. Posted: September 28, 2011 at 09:47 PM (#3941563)
Braun on PTI today, too, I wonder what HE'LL say.


He should say, "Reyes had a great season, and he set the bar high. Watch me clear it tonight, boys."

That would be simultaneously classy and cocky. Frankly, this is a perfect situation. I will be thrilled if Jose Reyes wins the batting title, and I will be totally OK if Ryan Braun does what he needs to do (which is no small task, regardless of the opposing pitcher) and takes it away from him. Braun will have earned it.

EDIT:

Saw what Braun said (via Lassus) after I posted. Good for him. Makes me feel even more good about it if he happens to take it away tonight. If Braun is up to the task, he deserves it.
   259. Tom Nawrocki Posted: September 28, 2011 at 09:52 PM (#3941569)
He should say, "Reyes is going to have a lot of fun polishing his Bronze Bat, or whatever they give the guy with the highest batting average, while I'm busy playing in the WORLD SERIES."
   260. boteman is not here 'til October Posted: September 28, 2011 at 09:53 PM (#3941571)
Strasburg works 6 innings of 1-hit shutout ball. Now Mattheus on to pitch for the Nats with a 2-0 lead.
   261. andrewberg Posted: September 28, 2011 at 09:58 PM (#3941577)
Tim Wakefield: Tweak Midlife OR Emit If Walked OR Fake Wild Time

Nomar Garciaparra: Arm Crap Roar Again

Justin Morneau: Injure Amounts

Kirby Puckett: Butt Key Prick. wait what?
   262. Kurt Posted: September 28, 2011 at 09:58 PM (#3941578)
From Rotoworld:

CSNNE.com's Sean McAdam reports that the Red Sox have "given up" on trying to find a last-minute starter.Jon Lester will take the mound on Wednesday night against the Orioles. If the American League Wild Card then requires a tiebreaker, the Game 163 starter will come from within the Red Sox organization. Bruce Chen was a target for Boston, but he'll be a Type B free agent this offseason and so the Royals decided to keep him
   263. The John Wetland Memorial Death (CoB) Posted: September 28, 2011 at 10:01 PM (#3941584)
Strasburg works 6 innings of 1-hit shutout ball. Now Mattheus on to pitch for the Nats with a 2-0 lead.


With 10ks, no less.
   264. Sam M. Posted: September 28, 2011 at 10:04 PM (#3941587)
He should say, "Reyes is going to have a lot of fun polishing his Bronze Bat, or whatever they give the guy with the highest batting average, while I'm busy playing in the WORLD SERIES."


Bronze, you say? I'm pretty confident that both of 'em have earned themselves a silver bat this year, that goes with the Silver Slugger award. That will be Reyes' second (2006), and Braun's fourth in a row.

This may have been the greatest season ever by a Mets' shortstop. Reyes has 5.8 WAR in just 125 games, which is a hair short of the 5.9 he earned in 153 games in 2006. He packed as much quality into fewer games, but you might prefer 2006 because he was there for the whole season. His place as the best SS in team history is secure. His chance to build a more substantial legacy even than that is going to turn on what happens in the next three months.
   265. Lassus Posted: September 28, 2011 at 10:11 PM (#3941590)
How I am going to watch four baseball games simultaneously while attempting also to continue reading REAMDE by Neal Stephenson this evening is something I haven't exactly formed a strategy for yet.
   266. The John Wetland Memorial Death (CoB) Posted: September 28, 2011 at 10:20 PM (#3941605)
Notes from the Asylum ...


Reyes, in the lead for the National League batting crown, delivered a bunt single to lead off the bottom of the first inning of the Mets' 3-0 win over the Reds. He then was pulled as New York Mets manager Terry Collins adhered to the shortstop's request to be removed if he singled. Some fans booed after realizing Collins had sent Justin Turner to pinch-run for Reyes.

Reyes, bidding to become the first player in franchise history to win a batting title, finishes the season with 181 hits in 537 at-bats (.3371 average).

...

Reyes said postgame the idea to leave after one successful at-bat was his own, not Collins' call.

An emotional Collins, fighting tears during his postgame media conference, said he worked hard in his first season at the Mets' helm to earn his players' respect and did not want to jeopardize it by not adhering to Reyes' wishes.

"I said, 'If I go 1-for-1, take me out of the game,'" Reyes said. "And I did that. If I went 0-for-1, maybe I'm still in the game until I get a hit. ... I wanted to stay in the game, but (Mets fans) have to understand, too, what's going on. They have to feel happy about it if I win the batting title. I do that for the team, for the fans too, because they've been supporting me all the way through. I've (had) throughout my career a lot of ups and downs here with a lot of injuries. One thing I do all the time is give 100 percent on the field."
   267. Juan Uribe Marching and Chowder Society Posted: September 28, 2011 at 10:21 PM (#3941608)
Lassus' cup truly runneth over.
   268. Guapo Posted: September 28, 2011 at 10:42 PM (#3941624)
Logan Morrison the last batter in the history of Sun Life Stadium, striking out against Drew Storen.

Roger Bernadina with the last hit and RBI.

Bryan Petersen with the last HR (in yesterday's game).

(The first batter was Jose Offerman striking out vs. Charlie Hough. The first hit was Bret Barberie. The first RBI was Walt Weiss. The first HR was Tim Wallach.)
   269. boteman is not here 'til October Posted: September 28, 2011 at 10:43 PM (#3941626)
Postgame interview w/Logan Morrison (or Morrsion if you prefer): "Ozzie is going to do all the talking for us, so I won't have to..."
   270. Tom Cervo, backup catcher Posted: September 28, 2011 at 10:50 PM (#3941632)
A-Rod scratched with a sore knee. 99 games and 116 OPS+. At least he only has 6 more years on his deal...
   271. AROM Posted: September 28, 2011 at 10:50 PM (#3941634)
I'm in Oriole Park, section 54 row 12. Wearing an Oriole #5.
   272. Greg Maddux School of Reflexive Profanity Posted: September 28, 2011 at 10:52 PM (#3941637)
Are the Brewers really starting Greinke today?

What's the rotation for the post-season? If it's Gallardo, Marcum, Greinke then having Greinke pitch today makes sense. Game Three would be Tuesday next week, right?


How utterly ridiculous.

Milwaukee was my NL pick, but I'm now hoping they go the way of the 2002 Braves. Best pitcher third. Feh.
   273. Srul Itza Posted: September 28, 2011 at 10:52 PM (#3941638)
Strasburg finishes with a win, and Pudge gets to catch him. Nice end to the season.

Think Pudge can find a back-up job somewhere for 2012?
   274. Lassus Posted: September 28, 2011 at 10:52 PM (#3941640)
It's a shame the Sox chatterers will be chattering over there and not here.
   275. boteman is not here 'til October Posted: September 28, 2011 at 10:53 PM (#3941642)
Marlins doing the walk down memory lane introducing a lot of the old players, managers, and owners (Huizenga got a hearty round of boos).

I swear Benito Santiago looks like he could be Mike Lowell's father.

And Pat Rapp(er's Delight)
   276. The John Wetland Memorial Death (CoB) Posted: September 28, 2011 at 10:54 PM (#3941646)
New lineup for the Yanks:

Jeter SS
Granderson CF
Teixeira 1B
Cano 2B
Swisher RF
Jones LF
Montero C
Nunez 2B
Laird 3B
   277. Brian White Posted: September 28, 2011 at 10:56 PM (#3941648)
How I am going to watch four baseball games simultaneously while attempting also to continue reading REAMDE by Neal Stephenson this evening is something I haven't exactly formed a strategy for yet.


Wait, Neal Stephenson has a new novel out?

*checks Amazon*

Sweet. If the Braves finish choking away a playoff spot, I'll still have something to do with my free time over the next few weeks.
   278. Dan Posted: September 28, 2011 at 10:57 PM (#3941650)
Jeter SS
Granderson CF
Teixeira 1B
Cano 2B
Swisher RF
Jones LF
Montero C
Nunez 2B
Laird 3B


It was nice of MLB to allow the Yanks to play 2 second basemen to give Betances a chance of beating Price.
   279. staring out the window and waiting for fenderbelly Posted: September 28, 2011 at 11:01 PM (#3941654)
I did the same thing, BW. Thanks for the heads up, Lassus. If between the four games and the book you STILL have a free min, let us know what you think of it.
   280. Gamingboy Posted: September 28, 2011 at 11:03 PM (#3941657)
Here we go!
   281. The John Wetland Memorial Death (CoB) Posted: September 28, 2011 at 11:05 PM (#3941661)
It was nice of MLB to allow the Yanks to play 2 second basemen to give Betances a chance of beating Price.


Heh, he *might* need 5 infielders.

Well, here we go.

For the record, I'm rooting for wins from ATL, STL, BOS AND TAM.

PLAY-IN GAMES, #######!!!

Oh, lovely, ESPN3 has Berthiaume and KRUK?!?!?!? doing the NYY v TAM game.

Guess it's back to the YES feed ...
   282. Lassus Posted: September 28, 2011 at 11:06 PM (#3941663)
I did the same thing, BW. Thanks for the heads up, Lassus. If between the four games and the book you STILL have a free min, let us know what you think of it.

Some whiner on Slate had problems with it being so mainstream. It's more of a modern thriller done in the Stephensonian style and language. Now, I love his style and language, regardless of the setting, so I'm liking it, although it is a bit more "normal" than most of his other work. It's also rather tense as far as the main characters being in danger and a little credulity-straining as most thrillers are. I'd SAY, after 409 pages, that it's more likely to be liked by the hardcore fans than newcomers, but I'm basing that on nothing at all, I've read almost no reactions or reviews at all.


Here we go!

Get my email, GB? I was right. ;-)
   283. Sweatpants Posted: September 28, 2011 at 11:06 PM (#3941664)
Diaz is starting over Heyward for Atlanta. I guess that's in anticipation of Hamels.
   284. Phil Coorey is a T-Shirt Salesman Posted: September 28, 2011 at 11:07 PM (#3941667)
Didn't the Sox rest Billy Baroo in 2003 to preserve his batting title?
   285. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: September 28, 2011 at 11:07 PM (#3941669)
It's a shame the Sox chatterers will be chattering over there and not here.

Spoil sports.
   286. Brian White Posted: September 28, 2011 at 11:10 PM (#3941673)
Diaz is starting over Heyward for Atlanta. I guess that's in anticipation of Hamels.


And batting seventh. That's in anticipation of Blanton going two innings, and not a single Braves baserunner reaching.
   287. RB in NYC (Now Semi-Retired from BBTF) Posted: September 28, 2011 at 11:10 PM (#3941674)
Oh man, I am excited for this
   288. JJ1986 Posted: September 28, 2011 at 11:11 PM (#3941680)
Oh no, John Kruk is announcing.
   289. Lassus Posted: September 28, 2011 at 11:11 PM (#3941681)
Honestly, none of these games are as important to me as the Milwaukee game.
   290. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: September 28, 2011 at 11:12 PM (#3941684)
Honestly, none of these games are as important to me as the Milwaukee game.

Got a bet down?
   291. Lassus Posted: September 28, 2011 at 11:13 PM (#3941689)
Oh no, John Kruk is announcing.

It is times like this that I'm happy for my old all-access MLBAM account that bizarrely no one at the site has yet disabled.


Got a bet down?

Braun/Reyes.
   292. Sweatpants Posted: September 28, 2011 at 11:13 PM (#3941691)
Jimmy Rollins can make even his routine groundouts annoying.
   293. Gamingboy Posted: September 28, 2011 at 11:14 PM (#3941692)
Get my email, GB? I was right. ;-)


No, I must have missed it...
   294. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: September 28, 2011 at 11:14 PM (#3941694)
Braun/Reyes.

Really? Batting title?

To each his own.
   295. Justin T., Director of Somethin Posted: September 28, 2011 at 11:14 PM (#3941695)
The Rays are probably screwed. Squeezing the hell out of Price is probably the best way for Joe West to get noticed, and he knows it.
   296. JJ1986 Posted: September 28, 2011 at 11:15 PM (#3941697)
MASN has Simon throwing 102.
   297. The John Wetland Memorial Death (CoB) Posted: September 28, 2011 at 11:15 PM (#3941706)
Ah, the 1st Sutcliffe's been drinking again moment of the game.

Of Simon: "there aren't 5 better fastballs in the game today ..."
   298. Famous Original Joe C Posted: September 28, 2011 at 11:16 PM (#3941709)
Phil, come over to the Sox chatter.
   299. Biff, highly-regarded young guy Posted: September 28, 2011 at 11:16 PM (#3941713)
MASN has Simon throwing 102.

NESN has 97. That's a bit of a difference.
   300. Sweatpants Posted: September 28, 2011 at 11:19 PM (#3941718)
1-0, Phillies.
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