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NL playoff race: September 29, 2012

NL Wildcard

STL 85-73 [14-12 in SEPT]
LAD 83-75 [13-12 in SEPT] (2 GB)

The Chase for .500

PIT 77-81 [7-20 in SEPT]

MLB.com: Cards’ hold on Wild slot dented in extras loss
MLB.com: Kemp homers twice as Dodgers gain on Cards

MLB.com: McCutchen halts slump with walk-off blast in ninth

NTNgod Posted: September 30, 2012 at 12:00 AM | 26 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: cardinals, dodgers, pennant race, pirates

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   1. Davo Dozier Posted: September 30, 2012 at 12:36 AM (#4249148)
Milwaukee can still make the playoffs!
   2. Joey B.: posting for the kids of northeast Ohio Posted: September 30, 2012 at 12:45 AM (#4249149)
I'm going to say this again and again if I have to, and this is especially for all the Nationals fans out there: we are NOT playing for a God-damn pennant on Sunday afternoon! We're only playing for a better playoff seed is all.
   3. Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: September 30, 2012 at 02:24 AM (#4249167)
It's nice to see the Dodgers finally figured out how to hit again. Too bad they let about a month go by of total floundering, so it's probably too late.
   4. bunyon Posted: September 30, 2012 at 09:34 AM (#4249201)
I'm not sure what you mean, Joey. Do you not think winning the division important?

If I told you that you'd fall to the WC, you'd be okay with that?


I've always thought winning a division is important, even in the one-WC team era. You won something. It's especially true if you win that division with the best record in the game.
   5. Bourbon Samurai in Asia Posted: September 30, 2012 at 09:54 AM (#4249212)
I don't know what hes talking about. We want to win the damn division. One more win!
   6. Joey B.: posting for the kids of northeast Ohio Posted: September 30, 2012 at 10:08 AM (#4249216)
I'm not sure what you mean, Joey. Do you not think winning the division important?

Yes, winning the division is important, especially in this new playoff format. It's just not the "pennant" is all I'm saying. The pennant is when you win the league and go to the World Series.
   7. bunyon Posted: September 30, 2012 at 10:24 AM (#4249222)
Oh, okay. Sure. Are people - anywhere - saying the division is the pennant?
   8. salvomania Posted: September 30, 2012 at 11:04 AM (#4249237)
yes, they are. I've read a number of posts/comments (other sites, of course) that equate winning the division with winning the pennant.
   9. Rickey! On a blog from 1998. With the candlestick. Posted: September 30, 2012 at 11:23 AM (#4249245)
yes, they are. I've read a number of posts/comments (other sites, of course) that equate winning the division with winning the pennant.


I find it hard to believe that Natinal fans are stupid.
   10. Depressoteric Posted: September 30, 2012 at 12:07 PM (#4249263)
I find it hard to believe that Natinal fans are stupid.
On the other hand, I would be thoroughly unsurprised to find that Atlanta Braves fans are dumber than ten sacks of rocks.
   11. Rickey! On a blog from 1998. With the candlestick. Posted: September 30, 2012 at 12:10 PM (#4249265)
On the other hand, I would be thoroughly unsurprised to find that Atlanta Braves fans are dumber than ten sacks of rocks.


You can't have a good adulteress stoning without sacks of rocks, asshat. Have they put airbags on that bandwagon yet?
   12. Greg K Posted: September 30, 2012 at 12:17 PM (#4249267)
I find it hard to believe that Natinal fans are stupid.

At least you can rely on them to fly their flags right side up.

Presumably anyway.
   13. Rickey! On a blog from 1998. With the candlestick. Posted: September 30, 2012 at 12:42 PM (#4249278)
At least you can rely on them to fly their flags right side up.


What makes you think that wasn't intentional?
   14. bunyon Posted: September 30, 2012 at 03:36 PM (#4249365)
For all the Brave bashing, it's looking like one more day will be required for the Nats to win their not-pennant.

So, is there a divisional prohibition against two teams from the same division playing in the LDS? Besides the Nats defeating the Braves in the division, if the Braves do advance, there is a not impossible chance they'd have a the third best record - would the Nats get the Giants?

The Nats having to play the first two of the LDS in Atlanta just seems wrong - and I say that as a Braves fan.
   15. robinred Posted: September 30, 2012 at 03:40 PM (#4249367)
would the Nats get the Giants?


No. AFAIK, play-in winner plays best record.
   16. bunyon Posted: September 30, 2012 at 04:09 PM (#4249377)
Wow. That really has the potential to screw the overall winner. If I'm the Nats, I may try to let the Reds pass.
   17. bunyon Posted: September 30, 2012 at 04:09 PM (#4249378)
By the way, Robin, don't think I've congratulated you. Congratulations.
   18. Rennie's Tenet Posted: September 30, 2012 at 04:22 PM (#4249388)
Including other sports, I've always thought that the best overall record should earn you the choice of your first round opponent.
   19. JE (Jason Epstein) Posted: September 30, 2012 at 04:56 PM (#4249408)
So, is there a divisional prohibition against two teams from the same division playing in the LDS? Besides the Nats defeating the Braves in the division, if the Braves do advance, there is a not impossible chance they'd have a the third best record - would the Nats get the Giants?

The Nats having to play the first two of the LDS in Atlanta just seems wrong - and I say that as a Braves fan.

I am nearly certain that MLB did away with that prohibition.
   20. Rickey! On a blog from 1998. With the candlestick. Posted: September 30, 2012 at 05:13 PM (#4249417)
Assuming the Braves win the play-in round, the Nats would travel to Atlanta for games 1 and 2 of the NLDS.
   21. They paved Misirlou, put up a parking lot Posted: September 30, 2012 at 05:27 PM (#4249425)
I am nearly certain that MLB did away with that prohibition.


They did. Otherwise, nobody would know who of where they are playing until after the play in game.
   22. bunyon Posted: September 30, 2012 at 07:36 PM (#4249485)
So, this year, the team with the best record in the NL will have to wait until the play-in is played in order to learn their opponent, who might well be the second best team in the league, and will then have to fly to that city to play the first two games of a five game series?


Yecch.
   23. robinred Posted: September 30, 2012 at 08:35 PM (#4249535)
By the way, Robin, don't think I've congratulated you. Congratulations.




Indeed. No way the Reds get it done without my watching on Extra Innings.

The Nats and Reds are actually both 96-63 as of today, so the Braves could play the Reds in the Division Series.
   24. bunyon Posted: September 30, 2012 at 08:45 PM (#4249538)
Thanks for the vote of confidence. I completely anticipate the Cardinals beating the Braves in the one-off.

But, either way - Reds or Nats - the team that finishes "first" will get screwed, I think. I suppose the chance to lock up homefield in the LCS is important. But I'd rather know earlier who I'm playing. I suppose if the Cards do advance, they're clearly worse than the other four teams. But Braves/Giants? Toss up.

Guess I'm worried for nothing. Just hope my team can advance to the LDS.
   25. cardsfanboy Posted: September 30, 2012 at 08:58 PM (#4249547)
I suppose if the Cards do advance, they're clearly worse than the other four teams.


Why would you say that?
   26. bunyon Posted: September 30, 2012 at 09:41 PM (#4249573)
No idea, CFB. Just going on record. To be fair, I haven't managed to catch a Cards game in over a month, so I really have little idea how well they're playing/how good the are. I'm just saying you're going to have 4 teams between 95-98 wins and then an 87-89 win team. The Cardinals certainly aren't a bad team and are plenty capable of winning it all. Just that their overall results are a notch below the other four teams.

Like I say, I completely expect you guys to beat us on Friday.

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