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Friday, September 14, 2012

NL playoff race: September 13, 2012

NL Wildcard

ATL 81-63 [7-5 in SEPT]
STL 76-68 [5-7 in SEPT]
LAD 74-70 [4-7 in SEPT] (2 GB)
PIT 72-70 [2-9 in SEPT] (3 GB)
MIL 72-71 [9-3 in SEPT] (3.5 GB)
PHI 72-72 [9-3 in SEPT] (4 GB)
ARI 71-72 [5-5 in SEPT] (4.5 GB)

MLB.com: Cards edge Dodgers to add Wild Card cushion
MLB.com: Phillies’ win streak ends after wild eighth inning

NTNgod Posted: September 14, 2012 at 01:18 AM | 22 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: braves, brewers, cardinals, diamondbacks, dodgers, pennant race, phillies, pirates

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   1. Sleepy supports unauthorized rambling Posted: September 14, 2012 at 03:14 AM (#4235468)
Cardinals went 4 for 16 (.250, duh) with RISP tonight, yet somehow managed to only score two runs. Which sounds bad, until you consider that they were 4 for 31 (0.096) over the 3 games with SD, and 7 for 39 (.139) over the four games before that. Signs of life; I'm hopeful.

Also, Lance Lynn looked great. And the Phillies lost, so I was wrong.
   2. Shoebo Posted: September 14, 2012 at 04:23 AM (#4235469)
The D Backs have appeared on this standings list in name only.
   3. Joey B. is being stalked by a (Gonfa) loon Posted: September 14, 2012 at 08:07 AM (#4235510)
Boy, that mega blockbuster trade is working out great for the Dodgers, isn't it? They're just slugging the living crap out of the ball these days!
   4. Tippecanoe Posted: September 14, 2012 at 08:40 AM (#4235523)
If you think this is good, just wait until they get the well-seasoned 30-something Carl Crawford into the lineup for a few years. You'll see some real mashing then.
   5. Harveys Wallbangers Posted: September 14, 2012 at 09:06 AM (#4235536)
corey hart is nursing an injured foot that apparently is pretty painful. he is going to try and gut it out but i don't expect much.

go get'em fellas. got nothing to lose
   6. Joey B. is being stalked by a (Gonfa) loon Posted: September 14, 2012 at 09:15 AM (#4235544)
Since going back closer to home, Adrian Gonzalez has an OPS+ of 83 and just 1 lousy home run. Yikes. About the best you can say about him so far is that he has been marginally better than James Loney.
   7. JJ1986 Posted: September 14, 2012 at 09:20 AM (#4235549)
Since going back closer to home, Adrian Gonzalez has an OPS+ of 83 and just 1 lousy home run.


And the home run was in his first PA.
   8. salvomania Posted: September 14, 2012 at 10:21 AM (#4235614)
Last night was Lance Lynn's first quality start in 6 weeks---and the Birds sure needed it.

Love those wins against the team that's breathing down your neck....
   9. cardsfanboy Posted: September 14, 2012 at 10:24 AM (#4235621)
Last night was Lance Lynn's first quality start in 6 weeks---and the Birds sure needed it.

Love those wins against the team that's breathing down your neck....


I'm more afraid of the Phillies than I am of the Dodgers...mind you I'm most afraid of the Cardinals and their recent inability to actually score runs.
   10. McCoy Posted: September 14, 2012 at 10:30 AM (#4235636)
Fear the cubs. They're making a run!
   11. cardsfanboy Posted: September 14, 2012 at 10:38 AM (#4235652)
Fear the cubs. They're making a run!


Has to be more fearsome than the Bears. :)
   12. salvomania Posted: September 14, 2012 at 11:16 AM (#4235713)
I'm more afraid of the Phillies than I am of the Dodgers.


I hear that... 18 games is still a lot to play, but if the Birds can play .500 the Phillies would have to go 13-5 to force a tie.

Cardinals play 9 vs. contenders---including 6 vs. the Class of the NL in the Reds and Nationals---but the other 9 are against the Astros and Cubs. So .500 looks doable (knock on wood), and would put a lot of pressure on the Phillies/Brewers (and Diamondbacks) to have to play almost must-win ball from here on out.

With the way the Padres have been playing, the Dodgers have the toughest remaining schedule: 9 vs. Stl/Cin/Wash, 6 vs. Padres, 3 vs, Rockies.
   13. esseff Posted: September 14, 2012 at 12:34 PM (#4235825)
Chris Carpenter is about ready to pitch in.

here he is, one simulated game away from fulfilling the goal that only he had. Barring any surprise development, Carpenter is set to make his season debut next week.

"Gotta love surprises," general manager John Mozeliak said earlier this week.

A pitcher whose 2012 impact was supposed to come as a cheerleader has worked himself into position to provide an unexpected jolt during the season's final weeks.
   14. esseff Posted: September 14, 2012 at 12:36 PM (#4235827)
See below
   15. esseff Posted: September 14, 2012 at 12:38 PM (#4235833)
Chris Carpenter is about ready to pitch in.
   16. Joey B. is being stalked by a (Gonfa) loon Posted: September 14, 2012 at 12:42 PM (#4235837)
The Cardinals should have shut Carpenter down in September last year; then he probably would have been available all season long.
   17. cardsfanboy Posted: September 14, 2012 at 01:18 PM (#4235876)
The thing about Carpenter, you are only expecting 3 starts out of him, one of which you have to assume is going to be a disaster start, he's not really going to be a factor for the season, the hope is of course those three starts get him in shape for the post season,(assuming we make the post season)
   18. Perry Posted: September 14, 2012 at 01:31 PM (#4235896)
Boy, that mega blockbuster trade is working out great for the Dodgers, isn't it? They're just slugging the living crap out of the ball these days!


When the guys on Slate's podcast talked about it a couple of weeks ago they kept referring to it as "the Punto trade," which still makes me chuckle every time I recall it.
   19. salvomania Posted: September 14, 2012 at 02:26 PM (#4235968)
The Cardinals should have shut Carpenter down in September last year; then he probably would have been available all season long.


I have to wonder if Joey B is being facetious...

They might not have made the postseason without him (complete-game two-hit shiutout in Game 162 to clinch a berth), and they wouldn't have been to, much less won the World Series without him (outdueled Halladay 1-0 in clincher of NLDS, going the distance and allowing only three hits, then had two more wins against the Rangers).

I think everyone involved is OK with how it worked out.
   20. Joey B. is being stalked by a (Gonfa) loon Posted: September 14, 2012 at 02:34 PM (#4235978)
My comment was indeed facetious and farcical.
   21. salvomania Posted: September 14, 2012 at 03:04 PM (#4236008)
My comment was indeed facetious and farcical.


That was pretty good.
   22. esseff Posted: September 14, 2012 at 05:58 PM (#4236190)
Pirates lose again and are now even with the Brewers.

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