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OMNICHATTER’S not the man they think he is at home, oh, no, no, no, for September 20, 2017

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   1. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: September 20, 2017 at 02:22 PM (#5535190)
ALL RISE! And the Yanks ain't dead quite yet.
   2. The Yankee Clapper Posted: September 20, 2017 at 02:23 PM (#5535192)
2-run HR by Aaron Judge brings Yankees within 1; 3-2 Twins in 3rd. That's # 45 for Judge, with 100 RBI.

EDIT: Gary Sanchez follows with solo shot to Monument Park. 3-3.
   3. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: September 20, 2017 at 02:24 PM (#5535193)
And, presto, Sanchez ties it! That didn't take long.
   4. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: September 20, 2017 at 02:30 PM (#5535201)
Looks like Bartolo is finally done, huh? Sad for baseball.
   5. Pat Rapper's Delight (as quoted on MLB Network) Posted: September 20, 2017 at 02:35 PM (#5535206)
/throws chair

/throws chair again
   6. The Yankee Clapper Posted: September 20, 2017 at 02:42 PM (#5535214)
"Glove-assisted" leadoff triple for Ellsbury in 4th.

EDIT: Greg Bird's 2nd double of the game scores Ellsbury and drives Colon from the game. 4-3, Yankees.

2nd EDIT: Brett Gardner single drives in Frazier. Judge up with runners on the corners, one out. 5-3, Yankees.

3rd EDIT: Gary Sanchez RBI single makes it 6-3!
   7. Blastin Posted: September 20, 2017 at 02:59 PM (#5535234)
And now it's 9-3.

Twins, please win out after this game so we can play you just one more time this year thx bai
   8. The Yankee Clapper Posted: September 20, 2017 at 03:00 PM (#5535235)
Didi Gregorius 3-run HR makes in 9-3 Yankees. That's # 25, a record for a Yankee shortstop.
   9. Heart of Matt Harvey Posted: September 20, 2017 at 03:01 PM (#5535236)
Yankees starting to hit like it's April again.

WHAT IF Bird hadn't gotten hurt?
   10. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: September 20, 2017 at 03:05 PM (#5535239)
Best thing about this game now is that Girardi can keep Shreve in and not use his best relievers. Also the way Bird's looked.
   11. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: September 20, 2017 at 03:07 PM (#5535242)
What happened to Severino? Is he hurt?
   12. Blastin Posted: September 20, 2017 at 03:11 PM (#5535246)
He was laboring (70 pitches in 3 innings) and I think they figured, eh, day off tomorrow, let's bullpen. No indications of injury, he was throwing 100+ and had 3 ks. Mauer had him in a 13 pitch at bat.
   13. Optimistic Moses Taylor, optimist Posted: September 20, 2017 at 03:12 PM (#5535247)
Joe Posnanski @JPosnanski 15h15 hours ago

Yankees now 87-33 against Twins since 2002. In tomorrow's game, I hear the Twins are using these new rocket skates they just got from Acme.

Ken Tremendous @KenTremendous 3h3 hours ago

The last time the Twins even tied a season series with NYY was 2006 (3-3). The last time they won a season series was 2001 (4-2).

Ken Tremendous @KenTremendous 3h3 hours ago

Three times since 2002, the Twins have *won their division* and gone winless vs. NYY.

2009 (0-7)
2003 (0-7)
2002 (0-6)


So because the Yankees will be such overwhelming favorites in the WC game, the Twins win 17-3, right?
   14. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: September 20, 2017 at 03:12 PM (#5535248)
What happened to Severino? Is he hurt?

Not hurt, just no rhythm. Mauer took him into a 13 or 14 pitch count, then got a hit, Polanco followed with another hit, and it was obvious he didn't have it today. He wound up throwing 71 pitches in just 3 innings, and Girardi figured he'd suffered enough. It was like that Saturday afternoon Red Sox game at the Stadium earlier in the season.

EDIT: coke to Blastin
   15. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: September 20, 2017 at 03:12 PM (#5535249)
He was laboring (70 pitches in 3 innings) and I think they figured, eh, day off tomorrow, let's bullpen. No indications of injury, he was throwing 100+.

Thanks! Saw he was out after 3 and got worried.

BTW, MLB.com Gameday is really a piece of crap these days. Doesn't update. Shows you pitch by pitch from two innings ago. Freezes your browser. Just awful.
   16. Blastin Posted: September 20, 2017 at 03:15 PM (#5535250)
BTW, MLB.com Gameday is really a piece of crap these days.


It also, when I went to watch the Didi homer, said he apologized to Joe Mauer for hitting him with a backswing.

1. Didi is awesome and he did indeed apologize to the catcher for doing so (before beginning his trot).
2. Mauer hasn't been a catcher for a damn long time.
   17. Jose is an Absurd Doubles Machine Posted: September 20, 2017 at 03:17 PM (#5535255)
MLB.com Gameday is really a piece of crap these days. Doesn't update. Shows you pitch by pitch from two innings ago. Freezes your browser. Just awful.


The last two years I've been really disappointed with it (I use the app). Replays in particular cause it to just completely stop working. The Red Sox had a game early in the year where they got a game tying triple in the bottom of the 8th that was reviewed. It didn't get updated again until the game was over.

The other thing I've noticed the last couple of years are not only are highlights inconsistent (sometimes they lock up) but they are shorter. There is probably a techie reason for it but the highlights don't have as much video as they used to.
   18. The Yankee Clapper Posted: September 20, 2017 at 03:17 PM (#5535256)
He was laboring (70 pitches in 3 innings) and I think they figured, eh, day off tomorrow, let's bullpen.

And his last inning was something like 45 pitches. I think they just didn't want to risk any further effects from that. Seems to have worked out well.
   19. Jose is an Absurd Doubles Machine Posted: September 20, 2017 at 03:18 PM (#5535258)
So because the Yankees will be such overwhelming favorites in the WC game, the Twins win 17-3, right?


This still operates on an assumption they don't win the division. I don't think the Sox are going to fall apart but if the Yankees lose three more games in the regular season I'll be shocked.

If they are the WC and play the Twins they may as well start Tyler Austin, he'd probably throw a two hit shutout against the Twins.
   20. Blastin Posted: September 20, 2017 at 03:22 PM (#5535262)
No, Torreyes.
   21. Blastin Posted: September 20, 2017 at 03:23 PM (#5535263)
Seems to have worked out well.


And immediately. They were tied in a few minutes. And now it's 10-3.
   22. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: September 20, 2017 at 03:28 PM (#5535267)
The sacrifice fly is an underrated play. So many players these days continue to hack wildly and strike out or pop-up with man on 3rd and less than two outs.
   23. Jose is an Absurd Doubles Machine Posted: September 20, 2017 at 03:28 PM (#5535268)
According to Twin beat writer Mike Berardino the kid who got hit was responsive as she was taken out.
   24. Blastin Posted: September 20, 2017 at 03:31 PM (#5535277)
This is getting out of hand here.
   25. Jose is an Absurd Doubles Machine Posted: September 20, 2017 at 03:39 PM (#5535281)
The sacrifice fly is an underrated play. So many players these days continue to hack wildly and strike out or pop-up with man on 3rd and less than two outs.


The thing I'll say is you've got to swing hard enough to get the ball deep enough for the runner to tag. Making contact with a weak grounder doesn't do a lot of good. Just a quick snapshot of % of runners on third with less than 2 outs driven in;

1977 - 51%
1982 - 53%
1987 - 52%
1992 - 53%
1997 - 53%
2002 - 54%
2007 - 54%
2012 - 52%
2014 - 52%
2015 - 50%
2016 - 50%
2017 - 50%

That's more of an impact than I expected honestly. Teams seem to get about 350-400 of those chances a year so it's worth about 15 runs. That's about a win and a half right? Not unimportant. I don't really have time to go back and look at overall performance in those situations to see if the lower percent of pickups is offset by better overall batter performance.

   26. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: September 20, 2017 at 03:59 PM (#5535297)
BTW, MLB.com Gameday is really a piece of crap these days. Doesn't update. Shows you pitch by pitch from two innings ago. Freezes your browser. Just awful.

Funny, but I often have Gameday on my desktop while the TV is on downstairs, and Gameday's never more than a pitch behind the live action.

Now if you're talking about mlb.tv, that's another story. That's often at least a minute or two behind the "real" TV, and also behind the audio feed from the radio. And when I go to another window for more than a minute, when I return to mlb.tv I have to refresh my browser in order to get the picture. The audio remains on, however.
   27. Bote Man Posted: September 20, 2017 at 05:02 PM (#5535355)
Another "out" for the Sherwin-Williams paint can donation:

and a home run ball hit by an Angels player that lands in the can on the fly will benefit the Foundation.


So if Aaron Judge or some other visiting player knocks one into the giant paint can, sorry Charlie!
   28. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: September 20, 2017 at 06:11 PM (#5535395)
Obviously Miley vs Sale isn't the best of matchups, but Miley's gone 2-0 with a 1.50 ERA against the Red Sox so far this year, so maybe he'll have one more good outing in him before they haul him up to the side of a mountain and leave him there to die.
   29. Roger Cedeno's Spleen Posted: September 20, 2017 at 07:09 PM (#5535414)
Another "out" for the Sherwin-Williams paint can donation


I watched video of the Upton HR... and the whole paint can thing looks as fake as a nine dollar bill. The only way a ball gets in there on the fly is if it's hit a mile in the air and comes down like a pop-up... rather unlikely for the 460-foot plus shot needed to get it there. And if it goes in, it will probably bounce right back out unless the bottom is padded. I'd bet big money that the bottom is bare metal and that a ball that bounces back out also does not count. I wonder if one reason why the Angels and Sherwin-Williams were so adamant about their denials was because nobody bothered to insure the "contest."
   30. Andere Richtingen Posted: September 20, 2017 at 07:17 PM (#5535417)
I for one am glad that no one has hit one into the Sherman Williams paint can. The company wants to cover the entire planet in paint.
   31. Bote Man Posted: September 20, 2017 at 07:26 PM (#5535420)
Who needs the Mets??

Monroe County News @monroecounty
Sen. Rubio, Tim Tebow serve lunch to the public at 11:15 a.m. Thurs. at Coca-Cola on Big Pine Key. #keysrecovery
   32. Jose is an Absurd Doubles Machine Posted: September 20, 2017 at 07:59 PM (#5535436)
Sale now with the second most single season Ks for the Sox in club history.

Pedro 313
Sale 292
Clemens 291
   33. cardsfanboy Posted: September 20, 2017 at 07:59 PM (#5535437)
nice start to the game for the Cardinals, 5-0 lead in the third.
   34. cardsfanboy Posted: September 20, 2017 at 08:01 PM (#5535440)
Cardinals with 4 players with 20 hr this season, and Molina, Fowler and Gyorko all have 18 now. No NL team has ever had 7 players hit 20 hr in a season... I don't think the Cardinals will either, but it's at least something to watch since the Cardinals are out of any race....although it feels wrong to root for the Cubs this week.
   35. Bote Man Posted: September 20, 2017 at 08:02 PM (#5535441)
Nice start to the game for the Nationals: Trea Turner hit the very first pitch of the game over the fence to give the Nats an instant 1-0 lead. Then Freddie Freeman happened, 1-1 tie.

Now watching for signs of a #GioTantrum
   36. Andere Richtingen Posted: September 20, 2017 at 08:06 PM (#5535443)
Time to get someone warmed up in Chicago before this gets completely out of hand.
   37. cardsfanboy Posted: September 20, 2017 at 08:06 PM (#5535444)
And if it goes in, it will probably bounce right back out unless the bottom is padded. I'd bet big money that the bottom is bare metal and that a ball that bounces back out also does not count. I wonder if one reason why the Angels and Sherwin-Williams were so adamant about their denials was because nobody bothered to insure the "contest."


Wouldn't the insurance require them to pay out only if the actual conditions were met, if they decided to pay out to save pr, it seems very unlikely to me that the insurance company would cover that.
   38. cardsfanboy Posted: September 20, 2017 at 08:07 PM (#5535447)
Looking at the scores. Yea SF, Yea Pit, Yea TB...and of course Yea Cardinals.
   39. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: September 20, 2017 at 08:08 PM (#5535449)
I watched video of the Upton HR... and the whole paint can thing looks as fake as a nine dollar bill. The only way a ball gets in there on the fly is if it's hit a mile in the air and comes down like a pop-up... rather unlikely for the 460-foot plus shot needed to get it there. And if it goes in, it will probably bounce right back out unless the bottom is padded. I'd bet big money that the bottom is bare metal and that a ball that bounces back out also does not count. I wonder if one reason why the Angels and Sherwin-Williams were so adamant about their denials was because nobody bothered to insure the "contest."

The initial 2014 press release touted a "more friendly angle for the batter" because...get this...the back of the can is ONE FOOT taller than the front. The whole thing reeks of bad faith from the start.
   40. Andere Richtingen Posted: September 20, 2017 at 08:13 PM (#5535455)
   41. Optimistic Moses Taylor, optimist Posted: September 20, 2017 at 08:16 PM (#5535456)
Jon Lester, currently the Cubs's 6th best starter.
   42. Andere Richtingen Posted: September 20, 2017 at 08:20 PM (#5535462)
Lester has nothing. I think he's hit 92 twice.
   43. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: September 20, 2017 at 08:21 PM (#5535464)
Obviously Miley vs Sale isn't the best of matchups, but Miley's gone 2-0 with a 1.50 ERA against the Red Sox so far this year, so maybe he'll have one more good outing in him before they haul him up to the side of a mountain and leave him there to die.

Obviously they should've taken Miley up that mountain before the game began.
   44. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: September 20, 2017 at 08:22 PM (#5535465)
The (irrational) good news is that, unlike a couple weeks ago, even at 4-0 this one doesn't feel like it's out of reach if Lester can settle down.
   45. cardsfanboy Posted: September 20, 2017 at 08:31 PM (#5535468)
Molina ties a career high rbi, only 80, but a career high...HOF. HOF. HOF. :)
   46. Walks Clog Up the Bases Posted: September 20, 2017 at 08:34 PM (#5535471)
Short of a triple play, that was pretty much the worst-case outcome for the Cubs given that they were a ball from having the bases loaded with no outs.
   47. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: September 20, 2017 at 08:37 PM (#5535473)
I mean, a huge bird of prey flying off with Happ would have been worse, but that's less of a concern when they're playing in a dome. So yeah, that's pretty much spot-on.
   48. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: September 20, 2017 at 08:39 PM (#5535475)
Hm. An unsuccessful pickoff...throw? Would you call it that? It looked like Lester was taking a shot at one of those tiny Nerf basketball hoops.
   49. Bote Man Posted: September 20, 2017 at 08:39 PM (#5535476)
Jon Lester, currently the Cubs's 6th best starter.

That fits perfectly with Joe's 6-man rotation!
   50. Optimistic Moses Taylor, optimist Posted: September 20, 2017 at 08:40 PM (#5535477)
Jesus ####### Christ Lester
   51. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: September 20, 2017 at 08:46 PM (#5535481)
And, that's the ballgame. Lester at his absolute worst.
   52. Optimistic Moses Taylor, optimist Posted: September 20, 2017 at 09:03 PM (#5535485)
Regardless of how shitty Lester was, offense only has 2 hits thru 6.
   53. the Hugh Jorgan returns Posted: September 20, 2017 at 09:09 PM (#5535488)
Miley's gone 2-0 with a 1.50 ERA against the Red Sox so far this year,


Will the real Wade Miley please stand up? Yes! Looks like a cruisy win for the Sox with Sale doing his best Chris Sale impression.

yes, lateish post, was in a meeting.

Sale now with the second most single season Ks for the Sox in club history.


How many did he have today when you posted this? Does he have a reasonable shot at 300 for this game?
   54. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: September 20, 2017 at 09:11 PM (#5535490)
Len and JD making it totally worthwhile by mocking traditional sportswriter narrative:

"You know why they're so good in extra innings? Because they never quit."

"They wanted it more."

"They have intestinal fortitude."

Have I mentioned that I love these guys?
   55. Bote Man Posted: September 20, 2017 at 09:18 PM (#5535493)
How many did he have today when you posted this? Does he have a reasonable shot at 300 for this game?

Oh, I don't think he could face 300 hitters in one game, now.
   56. madvillain Posted: September 20, 2017 at 09:30 PM (#5535498)
For those keeping track, Moncada has now surpassed Devers in wRC+. That did not seem likely 30 days ago. Moncada just hit a 107.2mph bullet into the garbage can area in RF at Houston. He's sitting at a wRC+ of 115.
   57. the Hugh Jorgan returns Posted: September 20, 2017 at 09:36 PM (#5535500)
Sale at 99 pitches, just cruising. Has been a little up and down the last few starts though, some suggest getting tired at the end of the year. Pen has been worked hard past 2 games.

Do you sit him at 99 pitches and try to keep him a little more fresh for next start?
   58. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: September 20, 2017 at 09:37 PM (#5535501)
Do you sit him at 99 pitches and try to keep him a little more fresh for next start?

If you let Sale pitch the next inning, turn to page 73.

If you bring in a reliever, turn to page 56.
   59. Jose is an Absurd Doubles Machine Posted: September 20, 2017 at 09:41 PM (#5535504)
I think Sale is done. He looked like he was laboring a bit in that inning. Really slowed it down. If he everything was the same and he had had an easy inning I’d send him back out but he looked worn down.
   60. Jose is an Absurd Doubles Machine Posted: September 20, 2017 at 09:42 PM (#5535505)
I believe he’s on 299 now Hugh.
   61. Bote Man Posted: September 20, 2017 at 09:45 PM (#5535509)
Wanna hear a sad story? The Braves bullpen.

The end.
   62. the Hugh Jorgan returns Posted: September 20, 2017 at 09:46 PM (#5535511)
#60, just saw that.
Do you bring him out for the 8th or just sit him and keep him well rested?

Cr*p, sorry, didn't read your post in #59 before posting the above.
   63. Jose is an Absurd Doubles Machine Posted: September 20, 2017 at 09:56 PM (#5535518)
And now he’s on 300!
   64. Bote Man Posted: September 20, 2017 at 10:00 PM (#5535519)
The Braves' Closer™ issued 3 consecutive bases-loaded walks to push the Nats from a 2-1 deficit to a 4-2 lead. Then Dr. Rex Brothers added fuel to the fire by giving up a couple RBI singles. Matt Wieters struck out twice in the same inning, and now it's 7-2 Nats going to the bottom of the 8th.
   65. Meatwad Posted: September 20, 2017 at 10:09 PM (#5535522)
Ok if the cubs go back to back to back to back to back to back to back we have a game.
   66. Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: September 20, 2017 at 10:26 PM (#5535529)
Holy ####, what has happened to the entire Dodger bullpen?
   67. phredbird Posted: September 20, 2017 at 10:29 PM (#5535531)
man ... the doyers on a four-game skid. they have lost 20 of their last 25.
   68. Bote Man Posted: September 20, 2017 at 10:30 PM (#5535533)
OK, Nats win. Now which game should I watch?
   69. cardsfanboy Posted: September 20, 2017 at 10:33 PM (#5535535)
OK, Nats win. Now which game should I watch?


Pit vs Mil tie game ninth inning. one of them is a wild card contender.
   70. Bote Man Posted: September 20, 2017 at 10:36 PM (#5535539)
Pit vs Mil tie game ninth inning. one of them is a wild card contender.

OK, whom should I root for?

nvm. I'm rooting for the Pirates.
   71. LA Podcasting Hombre of Anaheim Posted: September 20, 2017 at 10:43 PM (#5535543)
Root for the Angels. Help a brother out.
   72. Bote Man Posted: September 20, 2017 at 10:47 PM (#5535544)
OK, now I'm rooting for the Angels. I hope it works!
   73. madvillain Posted: September 20, 2017 at 10:48 PM (#5535546)
[If you let Sale pitch the next inning, turn to page 73.

If you bring in a reliever, turn to page 56.

You decide to pull Chris Sale. After the game you find your new pants cut into pieces. While hiding your embarrassment on the way home, you are run over by a car. THE END. ... <flip to dog ear>
   74. LA Podcasting Hombre of Anaheim Posted: September 20, 2017 at 10:55 PM (#5535551)
OK, now I'm rooting for the Angels. I hope it works!
Tie game! Cron continues his strong 2nd half! You get partial credit for that.
   75. cardsfanboy Posted: September 20, 2017 at 10:59 PM (#5535553)
So what are the real races remaining in baseball?

Division
AL East Boston 3 games up on the Yankees.... they have zero games remaining against each other.... How in the world did that happen, did ESPN suck up all their games on Sundays? That just seems like poor planning by MLB.
So Yankees have to make up 3 games in 10 games, possible, but hard to do without a head to head matchup.

AL Central locked up by Cleveland.

AL West Houston locked up.

So we have a wild card race...
Yankees have locked up that one they get the first seed.
Minnesota is currently up 1 game...Angels are 1 game back but still playing, could be .5 back or 1.5 back after tonight(currently losing 1-0 in the 2nd inning)
Texas is 3.5 back, still playing so that will change.
Seattle is 3.5 back also, and are playing Texas.... So this series is going to really help one team, and really hurt another team.
And KC is also 3.5 back.

Tampa Bay and Baltimore are still slightly in it at 4 games back and 5.5... In reality Baltimore has no shot, and Tampa, even if they win out, still probably require too much of things falling right to win... As it stands it's of course Minnesota to lose, but the Angels has a realistic chance... the rest require a bit of luck and a convergence of events beyond their own ability.

In the NL, two of the divisions are locked, and the third requires a collapse(which isn't impossible. Technically speaking, if the Brewers win out, from here to the end of the season, they force a one game playoff, if the Cubs win every game other than their games against the Brewers. If the Cubs lose even one game to a non-Brewer over the rest of the season, and the Brewers win out, they win the division)

So in those scenarios, two teams still control their own destiny (unfortunately the Cardinals are not one of them... even if the Cardinals win out, someone else would have to lose a game for the Cardinals to make the post season....this is the time when I despair...)
   76. cardsfanboy Posted: September 20, 2017 at 10:59 PM (#5535554)

nvm. I'm rooting for the Pirates.


Right team. :)
   77. Dag Nabbit at ExactlyAsOld.com Posted: September 20, 2017 at 11:02 PM (#5535557)
In the NL, two of the divisions are locked, and the third requires a collapse(which isn't impossible. Technically speaking, if the Brewers win out, from here to the end of the season, they force a one game playoff, if the Cubs win every game other than their games against the Brewers. If the Cubs lose even one game to a non-Brewer over the rest of the season, and the Brewers win out, they win the division)

The key thing here: starting tomorrow the Brewers host the Cubs for a four-game series.
   78. cardsfanboy Posted: September 20, 2017 at 11:05 PM (#5535560)
Oops posted early in 75.

For the wild card it's still a little up for grabs, Arizona, like the Yankees have locked up the first spot. Colorado is being chased by Milwaukee and the Cardinals.
Col controls their own destiny, nobody they play are competitors against them for the wild card spot, so there is no ambiguity to their result, win out, they win. If another team wins out, they need to match them and they(the other team) can't do anything about it.

Cardinals and Brewers have three games remaining against each other, so winning out for either one eliminates the other from competition, but still requires the Rockies to lose a game(except, that as I mentioned, if the Brewers win out, they will at least force a playoff for the division)
   79. Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: September 20, 2017 at 11:10 PM (#5535561)
So a summary of the Dodgers last three games:
2 run lead in the 6th, lost
2 run lead in the 6th, lost
2 run lead in the 7th, lost
If the Phillies hadn't already been eliminated, there'd be a big narrative of them as the great comeback team. As it is, too little too late for them.
   80. LA Podcasting Hombre of Anaheim Posted: September 20, 2017 at 11:30 PM (#5535571)
I hate Ricky Nolasco so much.
   81. cardsfanboy Posted: September 20, 2017 at 11:33 PM (#5535574)
If the Cardinals win out, it would make the standings at a minimum, Cubs up by 1 over the Cardinals, and Cardinals two games up on the Brewers. (Note it's impossible for that to be the case of all three teams, but it's a starting point)

If the Cardinals win out, and the Brewers win just one game against the Cubs this series then that would guarantee a minimum of a tie breaker playoff.
If the Cardinals win out, there is no scenario for the Brewers to win the division then. So it's hard to decide what to root for... the Cardinals wild card chances is tied as much in their performance as the Rockies performance, meanwhile the Cardinals really could win the division by just being good and hoping that the Cubs aren't perfect.

STL Today wrote an article stating that the Cardinals should be rooting for the Cubss...but if you are pushing for controlling your own destiny, the only real choices is to root for Brewers and root for whoever is playing the Rockies.
   82. LA Podcasting Hombre of Anaheim Posted: September 20, 2017 at 11:38 PM (#5535576)
STL Today wrote an article stating that the Cardinals should be rooting for the Cubss...but if you are pushing for controlling your own destiny, the only real choices is to root for Brewers and root for whoever is playing the Rockies.
Teams five games back can't be talking about controlling their own destiny. The article's right; the Cards need the Brewers to lose and keep losing. (And of course, the Cardinals have to win and win and win.
   83. Bote Man Posted: September 20, 2017 at 11:47 PM (#5535577)
It's always time for a Cron tab!
   84. LA Podcasting Hombre of Anaheim Posted: September 20, 2017 at 11:50 PM (#5535579)
C.J. Cron in the 2nd half: .290/.351/.574. 2-2 tonight, both runs knocked in. My man.

And now Phillips with a double! C'mon, boys!
   85. Bote Man Posted: September 20, 2017 at 11:50 PM (#5535580)
Like the jersey in the Indians dugout says, the bullpen is just a Callaway.
   86. Bote Man Posted: September 21, 2017 at 12:39 AM (#5535590)
The Indians are trying to cut out the Middleton, to get the most bang for their bats.
   87. Bote Man Posted: September 21, 2017 at 12:56 AM (#5535595)
Bruce Butchers Ball, Angels Answer.
   88. LA Podcasting Hombre of Anaheim Posted: September 21, 2017 at 01:35 AM (#5535602)
Angels lose again. Opportunities come, opportunities go, and the Angels are still there, not good enough to do anything about it.
   89. cardsfanboy Posted: September 21, 2017 at 05:32 AM (#5535608)
Teams five games back can't be talking about controlling their own destiny. The article's right; the Cards need the Brewers to lose and keep losing. (And of course, the Cardinals have to win and win and win.


They have four games against the Cubs remaining and 3 against the Brewers, they have more control of their own destiny for the division than they do the wild card, yes they can control whether they leapfrog the Brewers, but they can't change anything about what the Rockies do.

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