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2012 Playoffs Thread

Posted: 10/5/2012 4:23 PM

2012 Playoffs Thread 


Just thought we could have one universal thread to discuss the 2012 postseason if anyone is interested. Right now, the NL Wild Card game has started. A tie game at 0 heading into the 2nd inning.

The AL Wild Card game is tonight with the Orioles heading south to take on the Rangers.

Any predictions for who wins it all? I think it's a World Series matchup of New York vs. Cincinnati with the Reds beating the Yankees in 6.
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Posted: 10/5/2012 5:20 PM

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The Braves will be soooo angry if StLouis knocks them out of the post season. I believe the O's will beat Texas. Almost no one on the planet thinks this will happen. They have literally ceded the game to the Rangers. But I think there will be an upset. O's want it more. They want a rematch with the Yanks. They have been a team of destiny this year. Texas OTOH went nearly wire to wire and blew it.
I think that may be on their minds.
Baltimore is going to surprise a lot of folks tonite. I'll be very disappointed if they lose.

If the O's get eliminated, my choice for the WS will be Cincinnati..they haven't won in a while. they have a very balanced team. There would be no team in AL I like.
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Posted: 10/5/2012 6:06 PM

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I'm hoping the braves come back and win it for Chipper, would be nice to see him play a few more games
 Meyer and May will be top of the rotation starters by 2015. 
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Posted: 10/5/2012 6:09 PM

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Rookie mistake by Simmons there, if you bobble it it has to be thrown to 1st base...
 Meyer and May will be top of the rotation starters by 2015. 
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Posted: 10/5/2012 9:55 PM

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insagt1 wrote: T I believe the O's will beat Texas. Almost no one on the planet thinks this will happen. They have literally ceded the game to the Rangers. But I think there will be an upset. O's want it more. They want a rematch with the Yanks. They have been a team of destiny this year. Texas OTOH went nearly wire to wire and blew it.
I think that may be on their minds.
Baltimore is going to surprise a lot of folks tonite. I'll be very disappointed if they lose.

If the O's get eliminated, my choice for the WS will be Cincinnati..they haven't won in a while. they have a very balanced team. There would be no team in AL I like.
Yeah, I thought going in they had a good chance with Saunders vs. Darvish.  That insurance run in top of the 7th looks VERY large.
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Posted: 10/5/2012 10:11 PM

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Uehara with a helluva 8th inning there... hopefully, it doesn't fire his teammates up! biggrin
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Posted: 10/5/2012 10:28 PM

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O'day was great and Matusz really did the job against Hamilton in a tough spot.  I'd only use that guy as a LOOGY, btw... he's very good against lefties and conversely, equally horrible against righties.
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Posted: 10/5/2012 11:04 PM

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Heck of a game and heck of a disappointment for the Rangers biggrin.
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Posted: 10/5/2012 11:08 PM

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Good old Joe N gave the O's a big boost with a lousy 9th inning!!! Thank you Joe. The check is in the mail!!

Great game by the Orioles...I said they wanted it more and they got it done. Hamilton didn't get it done. Saunders surprised everyone in baseball with a solid effort. Now its on to play the Yankees. One of these days, one of my favorite teams will actually beat those pests.......
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Posted: 10/5/2012 11:27 PM

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insagt1 wrote: Good old Joe N gave the O's a big boost with a lousy 9th inning!!! Thank you Joe. The check is in the mail!!

There are a number of people more deserving of the check than Joe Nathan in this game and we all know Joe Nathan isn't the reason Texas going home early (don't we?).  Secondly, you already know my philosophy on using closers in non-close situations.  It was a mistake by Ron Washington and he cost his team.

Over in the other dugout, Showalter simply pulled all the right strings.  The only thing I'd have done differently, is I'd have pinch-run for Thome after he drew the walk.  Ford probably scores from first on the double...
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Posted: 10/5/2012 11:28 PM

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insagt1 wrote:  Now its on to play the Yankees. One of these days, one of my favorite teams will actually beat those pests.......
Please, please, dear God, please let the Orioles beat the Yankees.

Love,

Brian450
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Posted: 10/6/2012 5:14 PM

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Go A's! Beat up on those damn Tigers! biggrin
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Posted: 10/6/2012 5:30 PM

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Brian--I know you like Nathan...so I was just sort of pulling your chain a bit. I subscribe to what everyone was saying last night also about teams using closers in non closing situations. The adrenaline flows differently. Nathan also apparently didn't pitch as well at home this year. The two runs he gave up were huge. Noted too that Johnson came in a 'non save' situation...but certainly a 'game' situation...and he struggled to close it out.

Hamilton IMO wore the biggest pair of goat horns. He was their go-to guy and he really messed up. While he 'produced' the only Texas run...he also killed a huge rally which could have turned the game early.

I hope the O's can beat NY...they are due. (just keep Jeffrey Maier away from both stadiums!!!)
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Posted: 10/6/2012 6:10 PM

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insagt1 wrote: Brian--I know you like Nathan...so I was just sort of pulling your chain a bit. I subscribe to what everyone was saying last night also about teams using closers in non closing situations. The adrenaline flows differently. 
Yeah, I know... but honestly, who wouldn't LOVE having Nathan on their team?  Dude is a stud, definitely quieted doubters out there this year and simply earned his contract in Texas.

To say he didn't pitch as well at home is true, but it'd be another thing altogether to say he pitched 'poorly' at home.  First of all, it's a known fact that no one pitches better in Arlington than anywhere else.  Everyone knows how well the ball carries in Arlington.  But Nathan still converted 18-21 save opps at home and opponents batted .224 against him.  I saw a couple of his blown saves and yeah, luck played a large role in those losses.  On the road, he was ridiculous, of course, posting 19/19 saves and ERA less than 1. 

And yeah, the adrenaline just doesn't flow the same.  Uehara was awesome the inning before, striking out the side.  The guy is built for the 8th and 9th innings in non-save situations, why not put him back out there?  BIG mistake by Washington... I'd argue that the Orioles getting that insurance run against Holland with two out and Matusz coming in to strike out Hamilton with tying run on were much larger daggers in the scheme of things.
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Posted: 10/6/2012 7:45 PM

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I like Bob Melvin immediately reaching for Pat Neshek when Parker got into trouble.  And great to see Neshek able to help his team, even though he's certainly being challenged with something bigger than a game of baseball...
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Posted: 10/6/2012 8:24 PM

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brian450 wrote:
insagt1 wrote: Brian--I know you like Nathan...so I was just sort of pulling your chain a bit. I subscribe to what everyone was saying last night also about teams using closers in non closing situations. The adrenaline flows differently. 
Yeah, I know... but honestly, who wouldn't LOVE having Nathan on their team?  Dude is a stud, definitely quieted doubters out there this year and simply earned his contract in Texas.

To say he didn't pitch as well at home is true, but it'd be another thing altogether to say he pitched 'poorly' at home.  First of all, it's a known fact that no one pitches better in Arlington than anywhere else.  Everyone knows how well the ball carries in Arlington.  But Nathan still converted 18-21 save opps at home and opponents batted .224 against him.  I saw a couple of his blown saves and yeah, luck played a large role in those losses.  On the road, he was ridiculous, of course, posting 19/19 saves and ERA less than 1. 

And yeah, the adrenaline just doesn't flow the same.  Uehara was awesome the inning before, striking out the side.  The guy is built for the 8th and 9th innings in non-save situations, why not put him back out there?  BIG mistake by Washington... I'd argue that the Orioles getting that insurance run against Holland with two out and Matusz coming in to strike out Hamilton with tying run on were much larger daggers in the scheme of things.
When you are a hitting team like Texas, it is much easier erasing a 2 run deficit (3-1) than a 5-1 deficit. The two runs Nathan gave up were deadly and took away a lot of strategy plus a lot of hope. Even if they had hit the grand slam, it would have only tied the game instead of won it....plus the hitter would have not swung for the fences...he could have delivered a single to tie the game. Nathan's performance did not help. And for this one night, I was quite happy about it. Look how quickly the Yankees tied up the game Tuesday against Boston...down 3-1, single, HR and poof...new game.

Koji came over to Texas in the Chris Davis, Pedro Strop trade. Both teams benefitted. O's would love to get Koji back. Strop was very good until the final month, when he really struggled. I think his arm just ran out of pitches.

Hamilton fanning on 3 pitches against Matusz was indeed a major dagger. Hamilton came up very tiny when it counted most this week. I'm betting he doesn't get re-signed by Texas. (would the Twins sign him? Ans: not for the money he will be asking...but he might look good in a Twins uni)
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Posted: 10/7/2012 2:55 PM

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anybody check out the new board we will have to go to any day now? Its AWFUL. Simply terrible,

Why do they do stuff like this? Get something decent and screw it up.
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Posted: 10/7/2012 3:12 PM

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Agreed, I can't stand it.   It's better than that reddit site that AaronSpew was touting, but that is not saying much.

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Posted: 10/7/2012 6:42 PM

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I can't stand that other board as well. I'm confused if this was "shut down" why we can still post here.

Anyway, Detroit won today as well as Washington. Baltimore-New York is in a rain delay while Cincy and San Fran play tonight.
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Posted: 10/7/2012 6:48 PM

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Whoa, new board? Did I miss the memo?
 Meyer and May will be top of the rotation starters by 2015. 
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