Skip to comments.MLB playoffs 2013 (Baseball Live Thread)
Posted on 09/24/2013 3:47:19 PM PDT by campaignPete R-CT
For the first time since 1992, the Pittsburgh Pirates are in MLB's postseason. The Bucs clinched at least a spot in the wild-card game after a 2-1 victory over the Chicago Cubs that ended with a bizarre play at the plate, and a 4-3 loss by the Washington Nationals to the St. Louis Cardinals. The loss eliminated the Nats from contention.
The Cincinnati Reds are playoff-bound as well, after beating the New York Mets, 3-2 in 10 innings. The focus over the regular season's final six days now shifts to the NL Central race, which the Cards still lead by two games over the Pirates and Reds.
Lost in the NL happenings Monday: The Detroit Tigers were unable to clinch a playoff berth in the American League. They lost, 4-3 in 11 innings, to the Twins in Minnesota.
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It is hard to see how the final week will hold as much excitement ...
Tiebreaker rules off the MLB site ...
the AL tiebreakers for seeding are
OAK over DET and both over BOSTON
contrary to the belief of some, OAK has clinched the tiebreaker over BOS
and it is ATL over LAD and both over STL
Wild cards took all of teh excitement out of pennant races, and is part of the reason I no longer follow MLB.
Go Dodgers, I guess.
I watched the Rays/Orioles game, and was hoping for another inning, so they could tie the record. They set the record for the most pitchers used in one game.
Gnats screwed the pooch last season, saving Strasbourg for something or another.
Tonight’s notable Games
Chicago WS @ Cleveland 7:05 PM
TB @ NYY 7:05 PM
NYM @ Cincinnati 7:10 PM
Milwaukee @ Atlanta 7:10 PM
Houston @ Texas 8:05 PM
Pittsburgh @ Chicago Cubs 8:05 PM
Detroit @ Minnesota 8:10 PM
Washington @ St Louis 8:15 PM
Boston @ Colorado 8:40 PM
Oakland @ LAA 10:05 PM
Kansas City @ Seattle 10:10 PM
LAD @ SF 10:15 PM
Rangers are 15-2 this year against the Stros....Against the rest of the league......70-69.
In a way by playing in the Western Division, is like being spotted 10 wins over the teams in the other divisions.
oops, wrong year, wrong century.
The season plus the Playoffs are so long — still, a one-game WC round seems too short. 3 games, maybe ...
Let’s go Bucs!!!!!
No way to treat a fellow Gator !
The thing about the one game WC playoff, is that now it places much more importance on winning the division than before.
PITT over STL
STL over CINN
PITT-CINN tiebreaker to be determined this weekend. head-to-head they are 8-8 with 3 to play.
TEX over TB
TB over CLEVE
CLEVE over TEX
So it would be TB @ CLE on MON, with the winner going to the wildcard game. The loser plays @ TEX on TUES to determine the other entry.
Perhaps, but all 3 NL Central qualifiers could end up many games better than the West Div. Dodgers, and one WC game to decide doesn’t seem right.
Tampa already winning 3-0 against the Stankees.
Tonight, the Spotlight is on:
among others. One of whom may come up big in a big spot.
Either TEX has to start winning or STL has to start losing to make things interesting.
The Pirates won’t go very far in the playoffs, but it’s still sweet to have a winning season after 21 years.
As we say here, the Pirates done good.
(Oops! Wrong thread.)
CLE already up 1-0, end of 2.
MLB ping, new thread
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I still can't understand that decision. They came THIS close to defeating the Cards. Straz would have been the difference.
I’m kind of mixed on the Pirates. Their pitching is as good as any team in the playoffs. Its all going to come down to their offense. If it gets hot, its going to be an interesting October. If its stagnant, well, they’re doomed :-).
Switching back and forth.
Hope the Tigers can wrap this up tonight. Verlander was classic Verlander last night despite the loss. 10 K in 3 and a half innings.
Peralta will be rejoining the team for the final 3 games.
MLB pingc, new thread
Precisely .. this'd be a REEEAL good time for McCutchen and Alvarez to get back to form .. kinda perplexed that Walker's not starting tonight.
Fingers crossed that there was a lot more champagne sprayin' than champagne drinkin' last night !
Thanks for including me! (even tho I’m a Yankee fan)LOL!
But also, GO TRIBE!!
Post-season baseball in the BEST.
does Jeff Locke have an injury or being rested?
He started three games in the NLCS against the Mets, and the Mets won two of them (Hershiser didn't get a decision in either game). His only victory in that series was a 6-0 shutout in Game 7. He enhanced his credentials for series MVP by coming out of the bullpen to save Game 4, though. He did win two games in the World Series, but that looked very dominant because the series only went five games. I'm not sure he would have been ready to start a Game 7 if the series went that long.
That team had a pretty good group of three starters (Hershiser, Tim Belcher and Tim Leary), all of whom had ERAs below 3.00 and won more than 60% of their decisions.
The Pirates suffer from a lack of consistency. If they could be consistent, the World Series would be theirs. Perhaps that consistency will come next year.
Probably not due up in the rotation for another couple days.
As a matter of principle I’m OK with wild-card teams in the playoffs, but not in any sport where unbalanced schedules make it completely unfair. The NFL is the worst offender here, since the season isn’t long enough to come close to a balanced schedule.
Thanks for the ping. Worried about the Reds. Glad there is a MLB ping list. GO CARDINALS!!
REDS: Leake is out after 54 pitches.
faced 12 batters, 8 hits. In ‘12, he wasn’t too effective in SEPT/OCT.
Good point. The problem, though, comes when you have wild-card contenders from different divisions. Imagine the scenario of a 10-6 team that doesn’t even make the playoffs because they lost a wild-card tiebreaker to another 10-6 team in a different division that went 6-0 against three very weak division opponents during the course of the year, and went 4-6 against the rest of the NFL.
If they have to face Johnny Cueto in a one game playoff, they have problems. Big ones. He owns us. We have won a game he started, but he left the game early hurt.
Our offense will certainly dictate how well we do. Our bullpen is pretty stable. Melancon has faltered a bit this past week, but hes been lights out otherwise. Grilli looks like he is back to normal. Im not worried there nor does starting pitching concern me. Liriano, Burnett, Morton, and Cole all look pretty good.
Our offense had some glaring holes in RF and at 1B. Byrd has been great in RF .... Morneau hasn’t done much at 1B. The rest of the offense has had issues throughout the season, but they seem to be coming together right now.
All in all, yeah, they’re a bigger threat next year if they address the 1B and RF holes in the offseason (we do have an option for RF in our minors) ... that was killing us most of the season. However, if this team goes on a streak like they did in June, its going to be pretty interesting for Pirate fans this October.
The only problem Cutch is having is long ball ... he’s a bit lacking there compared to last year. Alvarez has got to quit the human windmill impressions :-). He almost has the same strikeout total as Burnett!
Locke went a bit wild after the all star break. They’re kind of resting him. He had a pretty high walk/hit rate before the break. Everything seemed to catch up with him. He also seems exhausted.
Yep re Pedro .. they’ve got him down at 7th in tonight’s order .. whether Cutch gets hot again or not (prolly will, imo), he comes across as a genuinely good guy.
Rangers bats go back to sleep.
Back to back HR from the Tiggers.
And followed up by a 2 run Homer by Austin Jackson.