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  • #34889
    Brian WaltonBrian Walton
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    Here are the matchups (seeds in parens). Who do you like?

    AL
    Boston (3) vs. Houston (2)

    Minnesota (5) vs. Yanks (4) – wild card
    winner vs. Cleveland (1)

    NL
    Cubs (3) vs. Washington (2)

    Colorado (5) vs. Arizona (4) – wild card
    winner vs. Dodgers (1)

    #34911
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    Anybody… except for the Cubs, the Yanks, the Dodgers or the Red Sox.

    I don’t know that much about other MLB teams, but:

    HOU v. CLE
    WAS v ARI

    and CLE winning the whole damn thing v. WAS.

    #34936
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    My predictions:

    NL:
    Dbacks over Rockies (WC)
    Dodgers over Dbacks (NLDS)
    Nats over Cubs (NLDS)
    Dodgers over Nats (NLCS)

    AL:
    Yankees over Twins (WC)
    Indians over Yankees (ALDS)
    Astros over Red Sox (ALDS)
    Astros over Indians (ALCS)

    World Series:
    Dodgers over Astros

    #35172
    Brian WaltonBrian Walton
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    Very entertaining Wild Card game now in B8th on TBS.

    #35173
    Brian WaltonBrian Walton
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    Diamondbacks and Yankees advance. Rockies and Twins go home.

    #35174
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    I don’t get all the complaining by some prominent sports writers about postseason baseball taking longer in time. Its the postseason and for as long as I remember its always gotten slower during the playoffs. Some of the old Yankees-Red Sox games would take 4+ hours for a 9 inning game.

    #35175
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    Maybe they were such huge fans of the Yankees or Red Sox that they didn’t notice, or didn’t care…but since the Yankees and Red Sox then aren’t there they don’t want to watch those game so they complain about how long they are and such…

    #35179
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    Bottom line…. more commercials.

    Do away with replay!!!!! Two men in black, wearing headsets, standing around waiting…. and waiting…. and waiting for someone far away to tell them what they already got right or missed. Ridiculous.

    #35183
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    I’d rather wait and get the play right then a team get hosed

    #35195
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    I’m a big fan of replay. I agree with Onyxgem. Better to get the play right.

    #35211
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    I think all 8 teams remaining have a legitimate argument that they could win it all. I don’t remember many years when it is this wide open. Having said that I will stick with my original picks. I got both WC games correct at least.

    #35229
    RatsbuddyRatsbuddy
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    Anybody but the Cubs. I didn’t mind seeing them win it all last year for obvious reasons. I mean, 108 years, wow, the poor Cubs and their fans.

    But no more. Lets hope its another 108 years.

    r/Rat

    #35255
    Brian WaltonBrian Walton
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    D-backs are reportedly being investigated due to a coach wearing an Apple watch during last night’s game. The Red Sox sign stealing earlier this summer involved similar technology.

    https://nypost.com/2017/10/05/did-diamondbacks-try-to-pull-off-red-sox-style-espionage/

    #35279
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    Any Cards fan who says they didn’t mind seeing the Cubs win should have their fan card revoked.

    #35280
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    I have a relative who works for the Cubs. Have to hope they do well. Sorry.

    #35298
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    Bcran just had his cards fan status revoked!

    #35349
    RatsbuddyRatsbuddy
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    Worst fears just came true. Cubs down the Nationals 3-0 in Game 1 in Washington. Hope this isn’t the beginning of the path to a 2nd world series title in two years.

    Anybody but the Cubs……

    #35350
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    I don’t see how the Cubs didn’t have a shot vs. a team that’s known as a bunch of chokers. Plus the Dusty factor is put into play.

    All I know is the Nats bats better wake up vs. Lester or they’re making an early exit again.

    #35390
    bicyclemikebicyclemike
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    Hopefully the Nats come back and take the next three. If nothing else, then we hope the Cubs lose in the next round.

    That Indians/Yankees game was an instant classic. Was in Wyoming mid-week, and while driving home I listened to game one of that series on XM, and was trying to come up with an Indians/Yankees team (a team made up of guys who played for both franchises). Here is a team (some former Cardinals on this team as well):

    C- Rick Cerrone
    1b – Chris Chambliss
    2b – Joe Gordon
    ss – Roger Peckinpaugh
    3b – Joe Sewell
    lf – Rocky Colavito
    cf – Bobby Bonds
    rf – Roger Maris
    p – Ralph Terry
    p – Allie Reynolds
    p – CC Sabathia
    p – George Frazier

    And of course Terry Francona’s dad, Tito, played for the Indians and Cardinals, but not the Yankees. Still remember a game my dad and I went to in 1966 when I was a kid, Cardinals vs Pirates. The Cardinals had acquired Orlando Cepeda about a month before this game, and I really wanted to see him play, but Red played Francona at first instead of Cepeda. Cepeda never even pinched hit, so I was disappointed. Also we lost 2-1 to Steve Blass. Nelson Briles started for us.

    #35415
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    858booyah, looks like you hit the nail on the head. Cubs are out to a 3-1 lead over the Nationals in Game Two. This one is a MUST win for the Nationals.

    #35416
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    Well it’s now the bottom of the 8th and Nationals now up 6-3 after Harper hits a tying 2 run HR and then there’s another HR…

    #35420
    Brian WaltonBrian Walton
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    Huge comeback as Cubs pen fails and Nats tie NLDS at one game each.

    #35421
    Brian WaltonBrian Walton
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    Per ESPN:

    “The Cubs were 67-1 in the regular season when leading by multiple runs entering the 8th inning. The Nationals were 1-37.”

    Obviously this is a point meant to show the pen had been dependable. What also caught my attention is the fact that in 67 of their 92 wins, the Cubs offense had already put them ahead by MULTIPLE runs through seven innings. I wish I had the comparable data for the Cards, but my gut tells me it is far less than 67.

    Derrick Goold commented about this on the 2017 Cardinals today.

    “The lack of consistent production from the lineup meant slim leads, putting a greater strain on the bullpen, which didn’t have the answers and ruptures.”

    https://www.stltoday.com/sports/baseball/professional/infused-with-cash-and-prospects-cards-front-office-focuses-on/article_5da26231-85e3-5fe9-8e01-a862465d8852.html

    #35427
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    During the Indians/Yankees game it was kind of sickening listening to the announcers pander to the New York fan base. They were almost tongue-tied when Cleveland tied the game in the eighth. I don’k think its the announcers’ fault, though. I think their bosses tell them to do that. The Yankees now have to win three in a row in order to move on to the next round. Ha!

    #35533
    Brian WaltonBrian Walton
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    Big wins for Red Sox and Yankees Sunday to avoid elimination. Massive homer by Bird for Yankees.

    As an aside, I did not realize until now that Joe Girardi does not have a contract for next year. The Yankees clearly have a different strategy for “managing” their manager position. The forever unanswered question is whether being hungry or being secure leads to better results.

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