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Falcon84
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MLB: Down To The Last Two Weeks

Sun Sep 16, 2007 10:56 am

We head tomorrow (Sunday) into the final two weeks of the MLB regular season. The A.L. races are all but wrapped up, even though in the Central the Tigers are still within striking distance of the Tribe, and the Yanks can still make trouble for the BoSox. The Angels seem comfortably in front of the M's.

In the NL, no one wants to win the Central, the Kid Dimondbacks are still in front of the Pads, and the Mets look like they may hang on to the East.

For the wild card, in the AL it's between the Yankees and Tigers right now, and the Tigers have closed within 2 1/2 games of the Bombers. In the NL, San Diego leads by one, with 5 other teams giving chase. Looks like the Wild Card races are the only hot ticket right now.

What's your take on the final two weeks? Team/individual predictions?

Mark it here: Peavy and Sabathia will win the Cy Young awards.
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RE: MLB: Down To The Last Two Weeks

Sun Sep 16, 2007 11:01 am

Quoting Falcon84 (Thread starter):
What's your take on the final two weeks?

Our final two weeks were back in July.

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Oh well, the Bucs are trying to do a decent job playing spoiler in the NL Central - here's hoping next season, a new president, a new GM, and (hopefully) a new manager will help cure a good many of our ills.
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RE: MLB: Down To The Last Two Weeks

Sun Sep 16, 2007 11:05 am

Quoting Falcon84 (Thread starter):

What's your take on the final two weeks? Team/individual predictions?

Mark it here: Peavy and Sabathia will win the Cy Young awards.

Don't know about the above, but Manny Acta ought to get more than a few votes for NL Manager of the Year. For a team supposedly destined to set an all-time record for futility, the Nats have acquitted themselves quite nicely.
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RE: MLB: Down To The Last Two Weeks

Mon Sep 17, 2007 12:09 am

Quoting Falcon84 (Thread starter):
Mark it here: Peavy and Sabathia will win the Cy Young awards.

The AL is tough... you've got lots of good pitchers having sensational years... Josh Beckett, CC Sabathia, Fausto Carmona, Johan Santana, Dan Haren... although I think the latter 2 will suffer in the voting because their teams aren't in contention

I concur that Peavy will win the NL...
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RE: MLB: Down To The Last Two Weeks

Mon Sep 17, 2007 4:22 am

Just when one thought the Diamondbacks might have a safe lead 4 games with 15 to go, then back to back poor starting pitching has cut the lead in half.

Quoting Duff44 (Reply 3):
I concur that Peavy will win the NL...

No brainer , although I going with Beckett for the AL CY Young.
 
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RE: MLB: Down To The Last Two Weeks

Mon Sep 17, 2007 4:33 am

Quoting AirCop (Reply 4):
No brainer , although I going with Beckett for the AL CY Young.

So would I... I have it down to Beckett and Carmona, and you can make good arguments either way.

But I'm a homer at heart, so it would be Beckett Big grin
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RE: MLB: Down To The Last Two Weeks

Mon Sep 17, 2007 4:45 am

I'll be happy if the Padres get in even on the wild card, I'll be even happier if we don't have to play the goddamn Cardinals for the 3rd straight year. The Pads need a chance to make it past the NLDS, and playing the Cards just doesn't work for us.
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RE: MLB: Down To The Last Two Weeks

Mon Sep 17, 2007 4:54 am

I am going to predict a all NY MVP year. (although that guy from Colorado (I forget his name) will challenge David)

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RE: MLB: Down To The Last Two Weeks

Mon Sep 17, 2007 5:10 am

Quoting Duff44 (Reply 3):
you've got lots of good pitchers having sensational years... Josh Beckett, CC Sabathia, Fausto Carmona, Johan Santana, Dan Haren...

Why is it that Chien-Ming Wang and his 18 wins get overlooked/ He lost the Cy Young with his performance yesterday, but he is still one of the best in the league.

Quoting Dragon-wings (Reply 7):
although that guy from Colorado (I forget his name) will challenge David)

If the Rockies make the playoffs (big if), Matt Holliday should be MVP. Same thing for Prince Fielder and the Brewers.

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RE: MLB: Down To The Last Two Weeks

Mon Sep 17, 2007 5:57 am

Out of curiosity, who is mathematically eliminated from playoff contention at this point?
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RE: MLB: Down To The Last Two Weeks

Mon Sep 17, 2007 5:57 am

Quoting Mir (Reply 8):

Why is it that Chien-Ming Wang and his 18 wins get overlooked/ He lost the Cy Young with his performance yesterday, but he is still one of the best in the league.

Because his ERA isn't even in the top 10 of the AL (tied with Roy Halladay in 16th at 3.82), all the others are in the top 6 (Sabathia the worst at 3.21).

Also has very low strikeout numbers compared to the rest:
Santana - 220 (31 starts)
Sabathia - 198 (32)
Beckett - 180 (28)
Haren - 174 (31)
Carmona - 126 (30)
Wang - 94 (28)

WHIP isn't as low as the rest either.
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RE: MLB: Down To The Last Two Weeks

Mon Sep 17, 2007 5:59 am

Quoting AirCop (Reply 4):
No brainer , although I going with Beckett for the AL CY Young.

Sorry, I give it to CC. He's been incredible since the break, and, if the Indians had had any offense in July and August, would be over 20 wins right now. He's been the best pitcher in the AL the second half of the year. He'll win it, especially if he nails down his last two starts.
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RE: MLB: Down To The Last Two Weeks

Mon Sep 17, 2007 6:09 am

It looks like the Mets are making it interesting in the NL east. The Phillies just swep them AGAIN 10-6  Angry

Quoting Mir (Reply 8):
Matt Holliday

Thats him. Don't know why I forgot his name.
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RE: MLB: Down To The Last Two Weeks

Mon Sep 17, 2007 6:13 am

Quoting Yellowstone (Reply 9):

Every team has roughly 13-15 games left to play (we'll say 14 for simplicity's sake.) So any team who is 7 or so games behind their division/wild card leader is done.

The Red Sox pretty much have the AL East in the bag. It's theirs to lose basically and that statement means anything when it comes to the Sox's history...

The Brewers are only 1 gb from the Cubs in the abysmal NL Central and 5 gb in the wild card. That shows how pitiful that division is. What happened to the Brewers and their forlorn fans who thought they were scoring free burgers from George Webb at some point this season?
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RE: MLB: Down To The Last Two Weeks

Mon Sep 17, 2007 6:15 am

I'm pissed that the Tribe lost today. But the past couple games have been great. Friday (I was there) was great, and there were people watching the game, and they were actually loud for one (Shocking stuff). And Fousto just made himself look like a leading Cy Young candidate yesterday.

Go Tribe!
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RE: MLB: Down To The Last Two Weeks

Mon Sep 17, 2007 8:06 am

I am thrilled that my Tigers swept the Twinkies, and head to Cleveland on a roll. Leyland set up the rotation so that Rogers, Verlander, and Robertson go against the Tribe. And the Tigers face only Carmona and not Sabbathia this week.

I was accused by KROC of "pimping" for the Tigers, so I must be realistic. I think a sweep in Cleveland will be tough, but they are playing very well right now. I am hopeful they will catch and pass the Yanks for the W/C.

Go get'em Tigers!
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RE: MLB: Down To The Last Two Weeks

Mon Sep 17, 2007 8:42 am

Quoting Falcon84 (Thread starter):
In the NL, no one wants to win the Central

I think the Cubs will finally step up and win this thing. They play the Pirates, Reds, and Marlins for the rest of the season. All three of those teams suck a fair amount of balls. The Brewers however finish the season playing the Astros, Braves, Cardinals, and Padres. The Braves and Padres are still fighting for their playoff lives, and will not be easy wins. If the Cubs stay consistent, then they will win the Central.
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RE: MLB: Down To The Last Two Weeks

Mon Sep 17, 2007 10:01 am

Quoting Yellowstone (Reply 9):
Out of curiosity, who is mathematically eliminated from playoff contention at this point?

Mathematically eliminated:
Texas
Baltimore
Kansas City
Chicago White Sox
Tampa Bay
San Francisco
Washington
Florida

Everyone else is mathematically alive either for the Division or Wild Card...
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RE: MLB: Down To The Last Two Weeks

Mon Sep 17, 2007 12:57 pm

Congratulations are due to Jim Thome, who hit a walk-off home run today for #500 (to beat the Angels no less).

A great player, and a future HOFer.

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RE: MLB: Down To The Last Two Weeks

Mon Sep 17, 2007 7:35 pm

Quoting Stretch 8 (Reply 15):
And the Tigers face only Carmona and not Sabbathia this week.

Wrong. They face Byrd, Westbrook and C.C. in this series. Plus the Tribe has pounded Verlander more than once this year. I like the Tribes' chances for taking 2 out of 3.
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RE: MLB: Down To The Last Two Weeks

Mon Sep 17, 2007 11:03 pm

Leyland has his team playing with a lot of heart right now. I promise you that no team wants to face Granderson, Polanco, Shef, Maggs, and Guillen right now. Jones got his 300th save yesterday. We could have used some help from the Red Sox last night in catching the Yanks, but so be it.

Should be another good series.

GO TIGERS!
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RE: MLB: Down To The Last Two Weeks

Mon Sep 17, 2007 11:46 pm

The Tigers are showing something the Mets seem to be lacking right now - heart. I don't think they are going to catch Cleveland, and I am sceptacle that they can catch the Yanks just because they are playing out of their minds right now. At least they aren't just rolling over and are going to play it right until the last game!
 
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RE: MLB: Down To The Last Two Weeks

Tue Sep 18, 2007 11:49 am

Another UGLY loss tonight by the Mets. Nationals beat them 12-4  Angry . It seems like the Mets don't want the NL east title anymore  banghead  .
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RE: MLB: Down To The Last Two Weeks

Tue Sep 18, 2007 12:07 pm

WAY TO GO TRIBE!

Down 5-1, they rally in 11 to beat the Tigers. Jhonny Peralta has 2 homers, including the game-tying 2-run jack in the 8th with 2 outs, and for the 2nd time in 3 nights, Casey Blake hit a walk-off homer for the Indians.

They're up 5 1/2 now on the Motor City Kitties, and their magic number is down to 7.
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RE: MLB: Down To The Last Two Weeks

Tue Sep 18, 2007 7:27 pm

Quoting Dragon-wings (Reply 22):
Another UGLY loss tonight by the Mets. Nationals beat them 12-4 . It seems like the Mets don't want the NL east title anymore .

No Heart.
 
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RE: MLB: Down To The Last Two Weeks

Tue Sep 18, 2007 8:03 pm

Quoting KROC (Reply 24):
No Heart.

Well take comfort in knowing there's one NY team that's showing a bit of determination.
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Tue Sep 18, 2007 8:20 pm

Quoting LHMARK (Reply 25):
Well take comfort in knowing there's one NY team that's showing a bit of determination.

The Brooklyn Cyclones?
 
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RE: MLB: Down To The Last Two Weeks

Tue Sep 18, 2007 8:50 pm

I think the pixie dust that settled over Comerica Park last year has migrated to the SE and Jacobs Field. That one hurt last night, but if the Tigers must fail now, at least it is at the hands of a team and organization I respect. Verlander tonight, Robertson tomorrow afternoon. Come on Tigers!
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RE: MLB: Down To The Last Two Weeks

Wed Sep 19, 2007 12:00 pm

Quoting Stretch 8 (Reply 27):
Verlander tonight,

Gave up 7 runs for the third time this year to the Indians, including 4 home runs. Final score, Indians 7, Tigers 4!
Magic Number now 5 for the Tribe, with C.C. on the hill tomorrow.

Looks like there could be a clinching party on the North Coast this weekend!

GO TRIBE!
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RE: MLB: Down To The Last Two Weeks

Wed Sep 19, 2007 12:16 pm

Quoting LHMARK (Reply 25):
Well take comfort in knowing there's one NY team that's showing a bit of determination.

Only 2.5 in back of Boston now, 4 up on the Tigers.

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RE: MLB: Down To The Last Two Weeks

Wed Sep 19, 2007 12:25 pm

Quoting Mir (Reply 29):
Quoting LHMARK (Reply 25):
Well take comfort in knowing there's one NY team that's showing a bit of determination.

Only 2.5 in back of Boston now, 4 up on the Tigers.

It's pretty much a lock that the Red Sox, Yankees, Indians and Angels will be in the Playoffs in the AL. Thing is, only 2 1/2 games separate the 4 teams, with about 10 games to go. Angels will win their division, and the Indians are almost a lock for the Central, but any one of the four could have the best record in baseball. Here's the current standings in the AL:

AMERICAN W L PCT GB

Boston 90 62 .502 --

Cleveland 89 62 .590 .5

L.A. Angels 88 62 .587 1

NYY 87 64 .576 2.5
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Wed Sep 19, 2007 11:31 pm

Falcon 84, Okay, I concede. But, taking a page from a wise admonition from KROC, don't become a pimp for the Tribe. I wish them well and think they are in great shape for a long run next month. Good luck.
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RE: MLB: Down To The Last Two Weeks

Thu Sep 20, 2007 1:07 am

I'm still trying to figure out how a team with 7 first or second year players in the starting lineup, the worst team batting average in the national league (29th in the majors), a team that is 26th in run scored, a worst ERA than the last place San Francisco Giants, and 22nd in fielding as the best record in the National League? The Arizona Diamondbacks have to be the surprise team of the year, now the question is can they hold on and make the playoffs.
 
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RE: MLB: Down To The Last Two Weeks

Thu Sep 20, 2007 7:18 am

The Los Angeles Angels just completed the sweep of Tampa Bay and look awesome for the playoffs.The magic number is three.
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RE: MLB: Down To The Last Two Weeks

Thu Sep 20, 2007 12:23 pm

Quoting AirCop (Reply 32):
I'm still trying to figure out how a team with 7 first or second year players in the starting lineup, the worst team batting average in the national league (29th in the majors), a team that is 26th in run scored, a worst ERA than the last place San Francisco Giants, and 22nd in fielding as the best record in the National League?

How? Because the Senior Circut sucks this year.  Big grin
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RE: MLB: Down To The Last Two Weeks

Thu Sep 20, 2007 1:20 pm

Hmm... the Yankees continue to act as if they're playing for something. Any naysayers present?
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RE: MLB: Down To The Last Two Weeks

Thu Sep 20, 2007 1:38 pm

Quoting LHMARK (Reply 35):
Hmm... the Yankees continue to act as if they're playing for something.



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RE: MLB: Down To The Last Two Weeks

Thu Sep 20, 2007 2:39 pm

NL West is wow. The Diamondbacks win 6-4, overcoming another lousy start by Doug Davis, only because the Giants 12 million dollar pitcher was even worst. Big crowd again at Chase Field. Then a former Diamondback saves the Padres with two outs in the bottom of the 9th, with a 3-run home run. 1 game lead for the young Diamondbacks with 9 to play.

Any bets that the Yankees will overtake Boston in the final few games. NY is only 1 1/2 back, how far back were they in May 12-13 games back?
 
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RE: MLB: Down To The Last Two Weeks

Thu Sep 20, 2007 3:03 pm

Quoting Mir (Reply 8):
If the Rockies make the playoffs (big if), Matt Holliday should be MVP.

Agreed...Holliday is sensational, and he even added 2 more jacks tonight against the Dodgers - his bat's been on fire lately...

The Rocks have a fighting chance here, since every game they have left is against NL West teams that are involved in the playoff hunt, so every game counts...we have one more with the Dodgers, and then a HUGE series vs. the Padres in San Diego that will make or break the Rocks' wild-card chances...
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RE: MLB: Down To The Last Two Weeks

Thu Sep 20, 2007 8:10 pm

Say goodbye to the Tigers for certain now. They're a excellent team; a class act, and I'd kill for that manager, but it's not their year this year. Shows how tough it is to repeat in baseball. They'll be back next season.

C.C. won #18 yesterday, and the Tribe can wrap it up this weekend against the A's, possibly.
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RE: MLB: Down To The Last Two Weeks

Thu Sep 20, 2007 9:28 pm

Quoting Falcon84 (Reply 39):
C.C. won #18 yesterday,

Think how great C.C. could actually be if he wore is friggin' hat the right way!!!  Wink
 
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RE: MLB: Down To The Last Two Weeks

Fri Sep 21, 2007 5:09 am

Quoting KROC (Reply 40):
Think how great C.C. could actually be if he wore is friggin' hat the right way!!!

He got the Jungle Karma last week, dude. He can wear his hat now anyway he likes.  Big grin
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RE: MLB: Down To The Last Two Weeks

Fri Sep 21, 2007 10:08 am

A bit off topic, but for us Detroit fans, the Lions are 2-0 for the first time since Reconstruction.
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