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Sunday, September 16, 2012

NL playoff race: September 16, 2012

NL Wildcard

ATL 84-63 [10-5 in SEPT]
STL 77-70 [6-9 in SEPT]
LAD 76-71 [6-8 in SEPT] (1 GB)
MIL 74-72 [11-4 in SEPT] (2.5 GB)
PIT 73-72 [3-11 in SEPT] (3 GB)
PHI 73-74 [10-5 in SEPT] (4 GB)
ARI 72-74 [5-7 in SEPT] (4.5 GB)

MLB.com: Braves sweep Nats, pull within 5 1/2 games of first
MLB.com: Cards work 12 innings to regain Wild Card lead
MLB.com: Braun’s blasts back brilliant [Wily] Peralta in win
MLB.com: Alvarez’s two homers not enough to stop Cubs
MLB.com: Phils cap rough weekend in Houston with loss
MLB.com: Corbin’s bat leads D-backs’ rout of Giants

NTNgod Posted: September 16, 2012 at 08:15 PM | 27 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: braves, brewers, cardinals, diamondbacks, dodgers, pennant race, phillies, pirates

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   1. Harveys Wallbangers Posted: September 16, 2012 at 08:41 PM (#4237519)
cards win a marathon.
   2. JJ1986 Posted: September 16, 2012 at 09:26 PM (#4237542)
Phillies really blew it this weekend.
   3. Walks Clog Up the Bases Posted: September 16, 2012 at 09:45 PM (#4237549)
Anthony Rizzo made a fan for life today. That grand slam won some dude a pretty nice car.
   4. Depressoteric feels Royally blue these days Posted: September 16, 2012 at 09:45 PM (#4237550)
Man, if you can't defeat the Houston Astros...
   5. Austin Posted: September 16, 2012 at 10:02 PM (#4237560)
I predicted that the Phillies and Astros would split the series. I'm not too surprised that I was wrong, but I am quite surprised I was wrong in this way.
   6. with Glavinesque control and Madduxian poise Posted: September 16, 2012 at 11:14 PM (#4237602)
And the Braves sweep the Nats pretty decisively. I hope it foreshadows a postseason series...
   7. base ball chick Posted: September 16, 2012 at 11:22 PM (#4237607)
don't know what's wrong with the astros - we keep getting the breaks. here and i was dreaming of 121 and now i'm wondering if we'll even reach 110. they're having a hard enough time getting to 100.

8 wins this MONTH - that is july + august

and am i crazy or are the nats all Up Set since all the media hoo hah about strasburg getting shut down? seems they keep losing.

   8. Gold Star - just Gold Star Posted: September 16, 2012 at 11:23 PM (#4237608)
I cringe while writing this, but Kemp is killing the Dodgers. His production is breathtakingly bad since Man vs. Wall on 8-28.
   9. Sweatpants Posted: September 16, 2012 at 11:25 PM (#4237612)
That was the Braves' first series win against the Nationals this season. The best they'd done was split a four-game series.
   10. Jay Z Posted: September 16, 2012 at 11:36 PM (#4237623)
Wily Peralta went 8 shutout innings for the Brewers today. More importantly, they won the Marcum start on Saturday.

What sort of contract does Marcum get now? He was out for two months and has never looked good since coming back. What does that get you?
   11. Bourbon Samurai Posted: September 16, 2012 at 11:37 PM (#4237624)
The Nats seem to go through these little mini spots of offensive hopelessness once in awhile, especially when Morse is out. At least Harper is still hitting.
   12. flournoy Posted: September 16, 2012 at 11:54 PM (#4237633)
I finally feel relatively comfortable about the Braves' chances of getting to the Wild Card play-in. However, I do not feel comfortable about the play-in itself. The Braves always lose those kinds of games.

I also really don't consider the loser of the play-in to be a "playoff team."
   13. Walt Davis Posted: September 17, 2012 at 12:26 AM (#4237650)
His production is breathtakingly bad since Man vs. Wall on 8-28.

He's been mortal since returning from the first injury. A very nice but not Kempian OPS of 861 through Aug 28 and the latest slump has brought him down to 748 in the 2nd half.
   14. shoewizard Posted: September 17, 2012 at 02:40 AM (#4237679)
The Brewers are the story here.

The fact that they are just 2.5 games out of the coin flip is a bigger surprise than the Phillies being 4.5 games out.
   15. Robert in Manhattan Beach Posted: September 17, 2012 at 03:44 AM (#4237682)
Padres only six back!
   16. S.F. Giangst Posted: September 17, 2012 at 04:20 AM (#4237683)
Oh, hey, look it's a list of teams that can't manage a winning record on the road ('cept Altanta).

One of these things is not like the others
Six of these thing just don't belong (in the playoffs)
   17. shoewizard Posted: September 17, 2012 at 05:23 AM (#4237686)
What if things were kind of like the olden days.......

NL East
Was 89-57
Atl 84-63- 4.5 Gb
Stl 77-70-12.5
Pit 73-72-15.5
Phi 73-74-16.5
NYM 66-80-23.0
Mia 65-82-24.5
Chi 58-88-31.0

NL West
Cin 88-59
Sfo 83-63- 4.5 Gb
Lad 76-71- 12.0
Mil 74-72- 13.5
Ari 72-74- 15.5
SDP 71-76- 17.0
Col 58-87- 29.0
Hou 48-99- 40.0

4 team's fan base would still be interested, and 12 team's fan base would be completely focused on the NFL.
   18. Lassus Posted: September 17, 2012 at 09:03 AM (#4237745)
The real sad thing about this new playoff system is that it's gotta be basically impossible for the Nats to collapse bad enough to truly be out of it.
   19. Swedish Chef Posted: September 17, 2012 at 09:11 AM (#4237754)
The real sad thing about this new playoff system is that it's gotta be basically impossible for the Nats to collapse bad enough to truly be out of it.

With the old system it would have been impossible for them to miss as they are 12.5G up on St Louis. Now there is a chance that they lose the division lead to Atlanta and then lose the play in.
   20. Depressoteric feels Royally blue these days Posted: September 17, 2012 at 09:13 AM (#4237755)
The real sad thing about this new playoff system is that it's gotta be basically impossible for the Nats to collapse bad enough to truly be out of it.
"Sad" is apparently in the eye of the Metsfan beholder.

I'm not worried about the sweep. There was some sloppy play, to be sure, but bad officiating also didn't help things.

I do worry about facing the Braves -- especially Kris Medlen, who just looks devastatingly good -- in a playoff series, however. Here's to hoping they get eliminated with a flukey loss in the play-in game! By the Pirates!
   21. flournoy Posted: September 17, 2012 at 10:17 AM (#4237811)
I don't mind that the Nationals will make the playoffs. I like seeing new teams in the playoffs; I think it's cool. I'm pulling for the Pirates and Orioles, too.

I would mind, however, if the Nationals advance too far, or at least past the Braves. Sorry, my good will towards other teams only extends far enough to not interfere with the Braves.
   22. jingoist Posted: September 17, 2012 at 11:20 AM (#4237870)
The last 2 games that Medlen pitched against the Nats were more impressive than any that I saw Strasburg pitch this year.

I, like Esoteric, hope the Braves somehow get eliminated because the Nats cannot beat Medlin; and Minor looked dominating last night against the Nats lineup as well.

If we do have to face the Braves I am rooting for a Hanson/Hudson/Jurgens lineup.
Never happen; I know.
   23. bunyon Posted: September 17, 2012 at 11:34 AM (#4237879)
The Braves were a NL West team.

So:

NL East
Montreal 89-57
Stl 77-70-12.5
Pit 73-72-15.5
Phi 73-74-16.5
NYM 66-80-23.0
Mia Place to party
Chi 58-88-31.0

NL West
Cin 88-59
Atl 84-63- 4 Gb
Sfo 83-63- 4.5 Gb
Lad 76-71- 12.0
Mil American League
Ari Gleam in Bud's eye
SDP 71-76- 17.0
Col AAA team
Hou 48-99- 40.0
   24. flournoy Posted: September 17, 2012 at 11:40 AM (#4237884)
The Rockies and Marlins did get one year in the old two-division format.
   25. esseff Posted: September 17, 2012 at 11:58 AM (#4237901)
I cringe while writing this, but Kemp is killing the Dodgers. His production is breathtakingly bad since Man vs. Wall on 8-28.


It's gotten so bad that on Sunday, the Cardinals walked Ethier intentionally to face Kemp with the bases loaded in the bottom of the 10th or 11th. He flied out to end the inning.
   26. bunyon Posted: September 17, 2012 at 12:00 PM (#4237904)
Flournoy, Damn. I always think of them starting in 1995.
   27. shoewizard Posted: September 17, 2012 at 10:15 PM (#4238619)
The Braves were a NL West team.


I know. When I wrote it I had Atl in the west and Mil in the East. and I changed it. Thought it looked better that way from both a standings and a geographic standpoint.


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