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#41 nmigliore

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Posted 22 September 2013 - 11:05 PM

Dreadful series for Baltimore in Tampa Bay this weekend. They lost a tough one in 18 innings on Friday and have scored just 2 runs over these last two days. They sit at 4.5 out of the final WC spot with just 7 games to go. Yankees took 2/3 from the Giants but lost the finale which dropped them to 4 games out with 6 to go. KC took 2/3 from Texas but sits 3.5 out with 7 to go. It seems like a pretty bleak outlook for all of these teams.

 

In addition to the Rays, the Indians were big winners this weekend, sweeping the Astros and now sitting with 1.5 game lead on the Rangers for the final WC spot (this sure seems like a 2-horse race for the final spot). Cleveland's remaining schedule? 2 vs the White Sox and 4 @ the Twins. That's about as soft as it gets. Texas fortunately gets the Astros for 3 and then the Angels for 4, who I'm sure would just love to stick it to Texas.

 

In the NL, the Cards watched the Reds/Pirates beat up each other while they took care of business vs Milwaukee to enter the final week with a 2 game lead in the Central. The Reds/Pirates remain tied for homefield advantage in the Wild Card Game but each team still has a shot at the division. With the AL WC shaping up to be a 2-team race for the final spot (with the Indians as likely winners due to their lead and softer finish) this NL Central insanity will probably be the most interesting playoff race to watch over this final week..... and it all culminates with the Reds/Pirates meeting AGAIN for 3 (in Cincy) to end the season next weekend. Here's to hoping the division is still up for grabs by next weekend and Reds/Pirates 2.0 doesn't become a more boring (if still entertaining) "Who Gets Homefield Advantage In the Wild Card Game?" series.

 

The Dodgers, Braves, Red Sox, and A's all wrapped up their divisions while Detroit will do so very shortly. Enjoy the final week.


Edited by nmigliore, 22 September 2013 - 11:12 PM.

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Posted 24 September 2013 - 12:28 PM

Fantastic piece on Mike Trout by Rany Jazayerli of Grantland: http://www.grantland...ce-major-leaguehttp://www.grantland...ce-major-league

 

I don't want to excerpt just one thing because there is a ton of great stuff in there. Go read it. 


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Posted 26 September 2013 - 03:32 PM

Just got to read that piece on Trout, really well done.

 

http://espn.go.com/m...ire-2014-season

 

As expected Selig is retiring after 2014. I may not like him and a lot of things he has done but after enduring the wrath of Gary Bettman, I will never complain about another commissioner.


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Posted 26 September 2013 - 10:52 PM

So as we enter the weekend, the NL Central race is basically over: the Cards, facing the Cubs, need just a win or Pirates' loss to clinch the division with 3 games to go. The Pirates' division odds may be hopeless but they are up a game on the Reds for homefield advantage in the NL Wild Card Game. The two teams will meet in a 3-game series starting tomorrow.

 

The finish to the AL WC race should be a little more exciting. The Rays and Indians just keep winning -- 7 in a row for each team with their wins tonight. Despite the eliminations of Baltimore, New York, and Kansas City earlier in the week, Texas continues to hang in the race with 4 straight wins themselves, highlighted by a walk-off win tonight on a Jurickson Profar homer to begin their final series vs the Angels. The Rays are up 2 games on Texas with 3 to play, so they are basically in at this point, though a rough series in Toronto could lead to them losing homefield advantage in the AL Wild Card Game. The real playoff race, however, will be Cleveland vs Texas, though I still think Cleveland walks away with it because of their lead (+1 game lead) and easier opponent (Minnesota). 

 

The playoffs are only 5 days away!


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Posted 27 September 2013 - 12:43 PM

Kind of big news regarding Cuban players:

 

http://www.baseballa...r-cuban-talent/

 

The market for Cuban players—and the way that major league teams are able to scout them—could be on the verge of significant overhaul.

 

Mexican League officials are in discussions with the Cuban government to import top Cuban players to play in the Mexican League next season. Those players, Baseball America has learned, would play in Cuba’s top league, Serie Nacional, during the winter, then could play in Mexico during the spring and summer.

 

More meetings are expected to occur within the next month to hammer out the mechanics of how Cuban players could be brought to the Mexican League, whose teams are not affiliated with major league organizations, even while the league is technically a member of Minor League Baseball.

 

The system could potentially allow the Cuban government to make money off the players by leasing their rights to a Mexican team, while the players would be allowed to make a salary from their Mexican club, something they receive little of in Cuba. After the Mexican League season, the players would return to Cuba.

 

 

Cuba can make some nice money off of this and MLB scouts can get a better look at these Cuban players too. Mexican League teams can't just sell Cubans to MLB teams like they could with other players, but you have to wonder if we eventually see that. Cuba is losing lots of star players to defection and of course receiving nothing in return. At least with this they would get some money in return for essentially loaning their stars to the Mexican League during their offseason (they play during the winter).


Edited by nmigliore, 27 September 2013 - 12:44 PM.

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Posted 27 September 2013 - 12:52 PM

Kind of big news regarding Cuban players:

 

http://www.baseballa...r-cuban-talent/

 

 

Cuba can make some nice money off of this and MLB scouts can get a better look at these Cuban players too. Mexican League teams can't just sell Cubans to MLB teams like they could with other players, but you have to wonder if we eventually see that. Cuba is losing lots of star players to defection and of course receiving nothing in return. At least with this they would get some money in return for essentially loaning their stars to the Mexican League during their offseason (they play during the winter).

 

Not to make this political, but that the government sees any person, much less a baseball player, to be leased out as a form of revenue is a bit creepy.

 

To the main point, I can't see this lasting very long.  If the players that are going to Mexico are any good, they're taking the first chance they can to defect.  I think Cuba shuts down the program shortly after that.


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Posted 28 September 2013 - 08:11 PM

Tomorrow has shaped up to be a wild finish to the regular season in the AL. 

 

First off, the Sox are the #1 seed, leaving the Tigers and A's to meet in the ALDS next Friday. But the wild card..... wow. The scintillating Rays have lost two in a row while the Indians and Rangers have kept up their winning ways, leading to the Indians to have +1 game lead on the Rangers and Rays, both of whom are tied for the 2nd wild card spot. The Indians are the only team guaranteed to play beyond tomorrow as of right now; the worst that can happen to them is a loss with the Rays and Indians winning, which would mean a tiebreaker game on Monday in Cleveland. Bill Chastain of MLB.com lays out the possibilities:

 

If the Rays win what could be a make-or-break game on Sunday in Toronto against the Blue Jays, they can't yet be eliminated from postseason contention. A three-way AL Wild Card tie at the end of play on Sunday would require two tiebreaker games, the first of which would take place between the Rays and Indians in Cleveland on Monday. The loser of that game would head to Arlington to play the Rangers on Tuesday to determine who would oppose Monday's winner in Wednesday's AL Wild Card Game. If the Rangers and Indians lose on Sunday and the Rays win, finishing the day in a tie with Cleveland, no tiebreaker would be necessary; Tampa Bay would host Cleveland for the Wild Card Game. If all three contenders play to the same result on Sunday, the Rays and Rangers would play a one-game tiebreaker in Arlington, based on Texas' four wins in the seven-game season series between the two clubs.

 

How fun would it be to see 3 games (two tiebreakers, one actual AL Wild Card Game) to determine who faces Boston in the ALDS next Friday? That's what I'm pulling for here. Either way, tomorrow is going to be crazy. Here are the probable pitching matchups:

 

Rays (@ Blue Jays, 1pm ET): Matt Moore vs Todd Redmond

Indians (@ Twins, 2pm ET): Ubaldo Jimenez vs Scott Diamond

Rangers (vs Angels, 3pm ET): Yu Darvish vs Jason Vargas

 

In the NL, the Cardinals clinched their division Friday and with the Pirates taking the first two of their series vs the Reds, they've clinched homefield advantage for Tuesday's NL Wild Card Game. I guess if there is one race left, it's to determine the #1 seed/who avoids the Dodgers between the Cardinals and Braves. But with all due respect to that, nobody is going to give a sh!t tomorrow. All eyes will (as they should) be on the Rays, Indians, and Rangers.


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Posted 28 September 2013 - 10:17 PM

I hope the A's beat the Tigers in the ALDS for obvious reasons.

The 3 game scenario is fascinating. I'd rather see the Indians eventually move on to play and hopefully defeat the Red Sox. In the end I'm pulling for whoever comes out of the NL though.


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Posted 29 September 2013 - 04:16 PM

Indians beat the Twins and clinched homefield advantage for the AL Wild Card Game. The Rays almost blew a 7-0 lead but held on to guarantee themselves another game. Pressure is on the Rangers to win to force a tiebreaker game (they're currently winning 3-2 in the 7th). If they lose, it's Indians vs Rays as the Wild Card Game. 


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Posted 29 September 2013 - 04:33 PM

And to top off a fun day, Henderson Alvarez gets a no-hitter in the strangest way possible: a walk-off run on a wild pitch in the bottom of the 9th. And nice that he got to do in front of a GIGANTIC crowd (for the Marlins anyway).


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Posted 29 September 2013 - 05:07 PM

Rangers win, setting up a Game 163 between them and the Rays, in Texas, tomorrow night! 


Edited by nmigliore, 29 September 2013 - 05:07 PM.

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