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Old 09-28-2011, 10:46 AM
 
Location: Albuquerque, NM
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Playoffs basically start this afternoon.

4 teams, Red Sox, Rays, Braves and Cardinals can extend their seasons with a win.
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Old 09-28-2011, 03:28 PM
 
Location: Asheville
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all 4 teams have there aces going.

I'm guessing there will be two extra games tomorrow.
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Old 09-28-2011, 04:49 PM
 
Location: Parts Unknown, Northern California
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It struck me that the Brewers are in a position to become the first team to win the pennant in both leagues.
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Old 09-28-2011, 05:50 PM
 
Location: Mequon, WI
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It struck me that the Brewers are in a position to become the first team to win the pennant in both leagues.
I think they are the only team to win a division in two leagues as well.
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Old 09-28-2011, 07:51 PM
 
Location: Vermont / NEK
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As of the 7th and 8th innings everyone is winning except the Rays.
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Old 09-28-2011, 10:05 PM
 
Location: Albuquerque, NM
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Boston chokes it away.

Rays batting bottom of the 12th
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Old 09-28-2011, 10:10 PM
 
Location: Albuquerque, NM
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Rays win. Red Sox lose

Cards win. Braves lose.

Rays and Cards in, Sox and Braves out
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Old 09-28-2011, 11:43 PM
 
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Filihok: Why Baseball is F’n Awesome! 2011 Final day AL Edition

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Final day of the season. Boston Red Sox and Tampa Rays tied for the final playoff spot. A win for either team will continue their season.

Dustin Pedroia singles and homers to give the Red Sox a 3 – 2 lead.

At the same time the Yankees were pummeling the Rays 7 – 0

Then the rains came in Boston; delaying the game

We have to assume that the Red Sox players were A) feeling somewhat confident with a lead and the Rays looking like they would be beat and B) watching the Yankees/Rays as the Rays began to come back.

Then, with the Rays down to their last strike, Dan Johnson, hitting .103 on the season, does this

Game tied. Going to extra innings.

The Red Sox and Orioles remain scoreless as:

In Tampa the Yankees get the first two batters on base in the top of the 12th. With the score tied, nobody out, and runners at first and third the Yankees have a 82% chance of winning the game when an outstanding defensive play by Rays’ star Evan Longoria erases the Yankees' runner at 3rd and doubles the Rays’ chance of winning to 42%. A strikeout and groundout leave the game tied in the bottom of the ninth.

In Boston, Jonathan Papelbon retires the first two batters that he faces in the ninth. With a 3-2 lead and only one out remaining, Boston has a 95% chance of winning the game.

Chris Davis hits Papelbon’s first pitch for a double. Boston still has an 86% chance of winning the game. Papelbon throws 2 balls, then Nolan Reimold swings and misses at two fastballs. Boston is one strike away from winning when Reimold hits a ground rule double over the right centerfield fence.

3 – 3 game.

One ball and one strike later Robert Andino comes to bat

Red Sox have to root for the Yankees to beat the Rays so Boston and Tampa can play one game tomorrow for the playoff spot. If Tampa wins Boston goes home.

Bottom of the 12th in Tampa.

After an Upton strike out, Evan Longoria who's already homered and saved a run with his glove comes up to bat.


What does collapse look like in graph form?




And from the other perspective




Click the link for links to videos of the plays...

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Old 09-29-2011, 12:10 PM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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I don't like Garcia starting Game 1 for St. Louis. He's too uneven, and subject to instant meltdown. It's a 5-game series, with no margin for error. Lohse was prepped for the Thursday tie breaker if necessary. Go with Lohse.

Their bullpen is so bad, I'd go with a 3-man starting rotation all the way through, with plenty of open dates. (Carpenter, Lohse, Garcia), with Westbrook and Jackson ready to come in early and go the rest of the way, if the starter gets in trouble. Stay with those 5 guys, and forget about pinch hitting unless a critical run is in scoring position.

In a 3-man rotation, the days of rest for the starter in Game 1 would be 4-5-4-6-4, so if nobody could ever pitch on 4 days rest, you'd only have to use a 4th starter 3 times---and that's if every series goes the limit.

Every other team has a decent bullpen and a quality closer, so this is not a factor, but for the Cardinals, it is crucial to keep those guys locked behind the bullpen gate.

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Old 09-29-2011, 12:55 PM
 
Location: The City
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For Phillies Nation, every game has felt like October - 10.03.11 - SI Vault
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