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Fenway
08-28-2007, 09:21 AM
Tonight we start off with Boston and NYY and Brewers at Cubs

Boston with simply one win in New York can punch their ticket to October but the rest of the AL :?:

Anaheim should win the west but the Central and Wild Card????? Wide open

Seattle and the Yankees losing of late have allowd Detroit to get back in the WC hunt ( this morning 3 back )

The Yankees appear to be an exhausted club ( and hurting ) but they have enough with Baltimore and Tampa to perhaps survive.

The White Sox do have something to play for. Not only should they be trying to move past Kansas City they can be king makers in the Central.....they own the Tigers.

The National League????? Who the hell knows.......Mets appear safe but that is it.

If St Louis can ever get back to .500 they may steal the Central ( and as last year showed could be a factor in the playoffs )

Right now you have ELEVEN teams with a shot in the NL......

It should be fun

MarySwiss
08-28-2007, 09:30 AM
Yep. Boston/Yankees. And we all know what that means, don't we? Time to put the rest of the world (and our lives) on hold while we all breathlessly await the outcome of the only sporting event that really matters.
:puking:

Fenway
08-28-2007, 09:48 AM
Yep. Boston/Yankees. And we all know what that means, don't we? Time to put the rest of the world (and our lives) on hold while we all breathlessly await the outcome of the only sporting event that really matters.
:puking:





ESPN is only doing one of the games this time ( tomorrow night ) :smile:

Standing Ovation
08-28-2007, 09:51 AM
Don't look now, but the Reds are only 6.5 games out of first.

Scottiehaswheels
08-28-2007, 10:06 AM
I think D'backs are a lock as either West Champs or wildcard... They have 1 more loss than the Mets. Wildcard they would be up like 6 or 7 if I remember right...

Fenway
08-28-2007, 10:11 AM
I think D'backs are a lock as either West Champs or wildcard... They have 1 more loss than the Mets. Wildcard they would be up like 6 or 7 if I remember right...

It does look like the west but if either the Padres or DBacks slip....yikes
http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/standings?date=20070828&type=wild&br=5&year=2007&order=false&st=2

TDog
08-28-2007, 12:37 PM
I see the top three teams in the NL Central doing their impression of the 1964 Phillies. It is incredible that St. Louis can be having such a profoundly mediocre season and be just one loss behind the first place team in late August. It's doubtful the Cardinals would be able to win the division with a record below .500, as much as I would like to see that because of the statement that would make. It's rare that the team with the fourth-best record ends up with the wild card, but the NL Central winner easily could end up being sixth or seventh overall.

It would knock Cubs fan down a couple of pegs if they have a below-.500 team to brag about. But you would still hear it. One of the reasons you hear so much talk about the Cubs going to the World Series is that The White Sox seemed to win it so easily in 2005. They believe that if the White Sox could win he World Series, it can't be so difficult.

StillMissOzzie
08-28-2007, 02:39 PM
Tonight we start off with Boston and NYY and Brewers at Cubs

Boston with simply one win in New York can punch their ticket to October but the rest of the AL :?:

Anaheim should win the west but the Central and Wild Card????? Wide open

Seattle and the Yankees losing of late have allowed Detroit to get back in the WC hunt ( this morning 3 back )

The Yankees appear to be an exhausted club ( and hurting ) but they have enough with Baltimore and Tampa to perhaps survive.

The White Sox do have something to play for. Not only should they be trying to move past Kansas City they can be king makers in the Central.....they own the Tigers.

The National League????? Who the hell knows.......Mets appear safe but that is it.

If St Louis can ever get back to .500 they may steal the Central ( and as last year showed could be a factor in the playoffs )

Right now you have ELEVEN teams with a shot in the NL......

It should be fun

:reinsy
"Anyone who thinks that the Tigers can get back into the race must be crazy"

SMO
:cool:

MarySwiss
08-28-2007, 02:48 PM
ESPN is only doing one of the games this time ( tomorrow night ) :smile:

Thanks for the warning! :D:

DeadMoney
08-28-2007, 03:21 PM
I know the Cubs/Brewers series is big, but in light of many of their fans still acting like it's a 2-horse race (between the Brewers and them), here's a prediction:
On or before September 6 (that's in 10 days of games), the Cardinals will be in 1st place.

In that time:
Cubs - 3 Brewers, 3 Houston, 3 LAD
Brewers - 3 Cubs, 3 Pittsburgh, 3 Houston
Cardinals - 3 Houston, 3 Cincy, 4 Pittsburgh

All season I've said that I don't see 'anyone, but the Cardinals' winning that division and although their pitching sucks, I'm sticking to my initial prediction on this one.

Fenway
08-28-2007, 03:23 PM
Thanks for the warning! :D:

There is a chance that Baseball Tonight and Sportcenter might give the score however :tongue:

VenturaFan23
08-28-2007, 04:56 PM
Don't look now, but the Reds are only 6.5 games out of first.

Wow, that division is REALLY sad

ode to veeck
08-28-2007, 05:01 PM
the sox are only 17 games from overtaking Seattle for the WC slot

MUsoxfan
08-28-2007, 05:04 PM
Go Brew Crew
Go Sawx

Nellie_Fox
08-28-2007, 05:04 PM
the sox are only 17 games from overtaking Seattle for the WC slotSo you're saying there's a chance!

jenn2080
08-28-2007, 05:18 PM
GO Brewers and anyone else that can take out the Red Sox and the Yankees.

TDog
08-28-2007, 05:26 PM
GO Brewers and anyone else that can take out the Red Sox and the Yankees.

Unfortunately, the only team that can take out the Red Sox is the Yankees.

chisoxfanatic
08-28-2007, 05:28 PM
Go Cardinals (or Brewers)!!!

PKalltheway
08-28-2007, 10:00 PM
I see the top three teams in the NL Central doing their impression of the 1964 Phillies.
Hell, St. Louis almost did their impression of the '64 Phillies last year when Houston and Cincinnati were closing in on them. The Astros and Reds didn't get eliminated until the last weekend of the season. A lot of people were thinking "what goes around, comes around" because the Cards were the ones that bumped off Philly in '64, and they were gonna get what they had coming to them. That turned out not to be the case, obviously.

Fenway
08-28-2007, 11:07 PM
Boston loses Cubs win

StillMissOzzie
08-28-2007, 11:15 PM
Boston loses Cubs win

:puking::puking:

SMO

ode to veeck
08-29-2007, 12:02 AM
Unfortunately, the only team that can take out the Red Sox is the Yankees.

And the Tigers just made that a whole lot tougher for the Yanks

Fenway
08-29-2007, 09:51 AM
Well the 28 million dollar man pitches against Beckett tonight....

Good game last night and Damon won it with a 2 run homer.


Yankees have a new setup man in Chamberlain and this kid looks like another Jenks.

ma-gaga
08-29-2007, 10:14 AM
Twins are effectively eliminated by losing this series to Cleveland, and they still have to face Captain Cheeseburger tonight...

pfft. What a crappy season. :cool:

spiffie
08-29-2007, 10:49 AM
Well the 28 million dollar man pitches against Beckett tonight....

Good game last night and Damon won it with a 2 run homer.


Yankees have a new setup man in Chamberlain and this kid looks like another Jenks.
Add another kid to the bunch, as they've demoted Mussina from the rotation for now, and called up a kid from the minors, Ian Kennedy.

chisoxmike
08-29-2007, 11:03 AM
Twins are effectively eliminated by losing this series to Cleveland, and they still have to face Captain Cheeseburger tonight...

pfft. What a crappy season. :cool:

I feel so sorry for you.

Fenway
08-29-2007, 11:10 AM
Mets lose 3 in a row and suddenly the Phils only 4 behind

palehozenychicty
08-29-2007, 12:29 PM
Mets lose 3 in a row and suddenly the Phils only 4 behind

Ryan Howard is a man's baseball player. That homer was awesome.

Fenway
08-29-2007, 03:46 PM
Funniest thing about last night was the foolish squirrel at The Stadium...he was all over the place watching the game :tongue:

http://www.boston.com/sports/baseball/redsox/extras/extra_bases/dailynews_bp_08_29_2007.jpg

MarySwiss
08-29-2007, 07:41 PM
Funniest thing about last night was the foolish squirrel at The Stadium...he was all over the place watching the game :tongue:



Well, that sure as hell was original.

And here's why (http://www.whitesoxinteractive.com/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=71920&highlight=squirrel)


Pretty sure it isn't the same squirrel, though. Why would a Sox-fan squirrel be caught dead (or alive) anywhere near the East Coast?

chisoxfanatic
08-29-2007, 09:26 PM
Well, that sure as hell was original.

And here's why (http://www.whitesoxinteractive.com/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=71920&highlight=squirrel)


Pretty sure it isn't the same squirrel, though. Why would a Sox-fan squirrel be caught dead (or alive) anywhere near the East Coast?
Ha! That was at Core of the Core last year!!! There was about a 10-minute delay or something!

A Yankee sweep here nullifies everything that happened this weekend. Beckett's got his back against the wall tonight.

harwar
08-30-2007, 07:43 AM
Boston loses Cubs win
Boston loses AGAIN .. Cubs lose .. I guess you forgot to update us,on all the exciting red sox - cubs playoff run news.Maybe its time to turn off espn for a while and just take a deep breath.

itsnotrequired
08-30-2007, 08:39 AM
Boston loses AGAIN .. Cubs lose .. I guess you forgot to update us,on all the exciting red sox - cubs playoff run news.Maybe its time to turn off espn for a while and just take a deep breath.

Boston will be around in the postseason. They have the best record in the majors and even if they piss away the division, they currently enjoy a 6 game in the wild card.

Cubs? Tougher call...

Fenway
08-30-2007, 09:06 AM
Boston loses AGAIN .. Cubs lose .. I guess you forgot to update us,on all the exciting red sox - cubs playoff run news.Maybe its time to turn off espn for a while and just take a deep breath.


and now Manny is out for at least a week and maybe longer.....

meanwhile J D Drew is getting worse........

Wild Card is looking more and more like New York. Seattle just imploded against Anaheim and the Tigers can't beat Kansas City.

palehozenychicty
08-30-2007, 09:33 AM
and now Manny is out for at least a week and maybe longer.....

meanwhile J D Drew is getting worse........

Wild Card is looking more and more like New York. Seattle just imploded against Anaheim and the Tigers can't beat Kansas City.


After the Tigers handed it to the Yankees, the Yanks were cooked. They've only tied the wild card, and they get Tampa this weekend. Would not shock me to see them lose twice to Tampa. Seattle may be running out of gas, but the next ten days will tell a whole lot. So hold on.....:rolleyes:

Fenway
08-30-2007, 09:38 AM
Meanwhile...here comes Philadelphia


http://pdn.philly.com/sport.jpg (http://www.philly.com/dailynews/sports/)

Another crazy night, another crazy win (http://www.philly.com/dailynews/sports/20070830_WELL__EXCUUUUUUUSE_ME.html)
PHILS BEAT METS AGAIN, THIS TIME WITH HELP OF INTERFERENCE CALL
ONE NIGHT, it's a 45-foot, game-tying single. Last night, it was runner's interference. That's what the Phillies have used to beat the Mets; last night, by a 3-2 score.

Fenway
08-30-2007, 09:39 AM
Well, that sure as hell was original.

And here's why (http://www.whitesoxinteractive.com/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=71920&highlight=squirrel)


Pretty sure it isn't the same squirrel, though. Why would a Sox-fan squirrel be caught dead (or alive) anywhere near the East Coast?

He was back again last night I guess he loves baseball

http://bostondirtdogs.boston.com/BDD_squirrel_nyy_8.28.07_bg.jpg

Fenway
08-30-2007, 01:02 PM
The New York Times actually had a major story about the squirrel :?:


For Yankees, Squirrel’s Visit May Be Omen (a Bad One) (http://www.nytimes.com/2007/08/30/sports/baseball/30squirrel.html?_r=3&ref=baseball&oref=login&oref=slogin&oref=slogin)

itsnotrequired
08-30-2007, 01:06 PM
The New York Times actually had a major story about the squirrel :?:


For Yankees, Squirrel’s Visit May Be Omen (a Bad One) (http://www.nytimes.com/2007/08/30/sports/baseball/30squirrel.html?_r=3&ref=baseball&oref=login&oref=slogin&oref=slogin)

That squirrel sure has some crazy adventures. I remember the same squirrel running around WSI-fest last year. He burrowed a nest into Ozzie's beard and was thought to be lost. But here he is again, a thousand miles away and starring in a newspaper movie.

Fenway
08-31-2007, 09:37 AM
The Joy of Baseball

Click on image 4 of this gallery.

http://www.philly.com/philly/gallery/Utley_Ends_A_Wild_One.html?popup=y&c=y
The video was great.....fan catches home run ball and standing next to him was the Phanatic who then went nuts, the fans went nuts....

The Phillies were 7 down 6 days ago...now it is TWO
Talk about delicious irony.
In what figured to be the most significant victory in the short history of Citizens Bank Park, the Phillies stole a game yesterday from the New York Mets and their indomitable closer, Billy Wagner, who helped christen the park in a Phillies uniform in 2004.

http://www.philly.com/philly/hp/news_update/20070831_Broom_Town.html

http://pdn.philly.com/news.jpg (http://www.philly.com/dailynews/local/)

Meanwhile in Boston......panic mode again
http://www.boston.com/sports/baseball/redsox/articles/2007/08/31/rivals_went_chin_to_chin_once_again/

By Dan Shaughnessy, Globe Columnist | August 31, 2007
NEW YORK - Clearly, these two teams are constitutionally incapable of just playing baseball games.
No, with the Red Sox and Yankees, there's always more. We get headhunting, ejections, overturned calls by umpires, Major League Baseball fashionistas in the dugout, threats, random Beatle sightings, morality plays, and history . . . always lots of history.

Fenway
08-31-2007, 12:31 PM
NESN's columnist is right on the money

http://www.boston.com/sports/nesn/wilbur/sports_blog/blog/2007/08/31/emotional_rescue/


But there is no way these Red Sox are winning the World Series.

As far and as much as a fire for playing the game is concerned, the Yankees, Angels, and Indians all have to be considered superior American League squads. First-place Los Angeles put on the clamps, and shut down the Mariners to take control of the West with a 5 1/2-game lead over Seattle. The Indians put any lingering thoughts the Twins might have had about getting back into the race by sweeping and putting Minnesota in a nine-game hole.

Your Boston Red Sox? They go to the Bronx and show all the passion of a weasel on Xanax in getting swept by the Yankees, who made them look foolish offensively and even suspect on the mound, where Boston has honed its greatest strength this season.

The bright side is that the Red Sox will now get to beat up on the Orioles and Blue Jays for the next 10 days, so all is well. Except that teams like the atrocious White Sox aren't going to be playing in October.

Fenway
08-31-2007, 09:30 PM
Figures. Baltimore had lost 9 in a row but they beating Boston 9-3. Fighting Seaweed belting NYY as well.

Fenway
09-01-2007, 12:31 PM
Seattle and Detroit are falling out of the mix so it looks like Boston, Cleveland, Anaheim and NYY. #1 seed maybe the only thing in play.

Fenway
09-03-2007, 04:03 PM
Seattle picking a good time to win as they beating NYY big will be 1 behind

The Racehorse
09-03-2007, 04:25 PM
If the Brewers win the NLC, they can thank Craig Counsel who in a combined 2 ABs with runners on base & 2 outs each time, made Roy Oswalt throw 30 pitches... and came thru each time.

Brewers 5
Astros 3

Top of the 7th.

Rest of the Brewers need to take note of Counsel. That's how to fight the other team versus fighting with each other.

Go Brewers!

Juice16
09-03-2007, 07:58 PM
....... and in typical NL Central fashion, all 3 teams contending teams lose.

johnr1note
09-03-2007, 09:48 PM
If the Brewers win the NLC, they can thank Craig Counsel who in a combined 2 ABs with runners on base & 2 outs each time, made Roy Oswalt throw 30 pitches... and came thru each time.

Brewers 5
Astros 3

Top of the 7th.

Rest of the Brewers need to take note of Counsel. That's how to fight the other team versus fighting with each other.

Go Brewers!

Meanwhile, in the 8th, the Brewers' reliable bullpen melts down again, and Milwaukee loses the game. Whoever wins the NL Central will back into it.

The Racehorse
09-03-2007, 09:54 PM
Meanwhile, in the 8th, the Brewers' reliable bullpen melts down again, and Milwaukee loses the game. Whoever wins the NL Central will back into it.

Yup... once I posted that & stopped watching they imploded [again].

Fenway
09-05-2007, 09:41 AM
Seattle in a game they HAD to win just mailed it in against the Yankees.

But the Yankees had their secret weapon last night..

Timely hitting, a well-pitched game, an Alex Rodriguez shot into the stratosphere of the upper deck in left and, of course, their friendly neighborhood squirrel.

With the squirrel looking down from atop the right-field foul pole for the second time in a week, Chien-Ming Wang pitched 7-1/3 stellar innings, allowing one run on five hits, as he and Boston's Josh Beckett became the first 17-game winners in baseball last night.

http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/baseball/yankees/2007/09/05/2007-09-05_wang_arod_power_yankees_over_mariners.html

JimEdmonds15
09-05-2007, 12:35 PM
Cardinals also had a "RALLY SQUIRREL" and it was entertaining last night!

http://www.stltoday.com/stltoday/sports/slideshow/cards2007.nsf/show/8F3840AC41AF8DF08625734D00122863/$FILE/squirrel.jpg

Haha I dont feel like typing the story but I'm sure you can find out about it on any Cards forum!

Fenway
09-05-2007, 09:44 PM
Seattle getting killed again. Up to the Tigers to keep NYY out now.

Fenway
09-06-2007, 11:27 AM
A week ago the Phillies were only 2 back....

ugly loss for them in Atlanta

Phils blow 6-run lead, lose to Braves (http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/20070906_Crash_and_Burn.html)

palehozenychicty
09-06-2007, 11:58 AM
A week ago the Phillies were only 2 back....

ugly loss for them in Atlanta

Phils blow 6-run lead, lose to Braves (http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/20070906_Crash_and_Burn.html)


This is what happens when you have an atrocious pen. Crazy as it sounds, the Sox pen is better than both theirs and the Brew Crew. :o:

Fenway
09-07-2007, 10:48 AM
I beginning to think the battle for the #1 seed in the AL kis the only thing in play now.

Boston still leads Anaheim by 1 1/2 with Cleveland 3 1/2 behind.

Having home field will be huge especially the way all 3 of these teams play at home.

Oblong
09-07-2007, 12:30 PM
This weekend has the potential to settle things in the AL. With Cleveland at Anaheim for 4 (losing the first game), the Tigers have a shot to get somewhat back in it. A sweep of Seattle with 3 Cleveland losses means it's only a 4 game lead, with a 3 game series between the two teams still coming. But if Cleveland can at least split and Detroit loses one or more to the Mariners then the Indians should pretty much have it wrapped up.

The Tigers and Seattle are tied for the WC chase, 3 behind the Yankees who get to play the Royals this weekend. Don't see much chance for either team to gain unless they can sweep the other.

Huisj
09-07-2007, 12:31 PM
I'm kind of interested in seeing how Detroit plays this weekend against Seattle. Obviously, Seattle has been awful for two weeks, but the Tigers have also been pretty bad for a month or so now too. It almost looks like one of these two teams will have to sweep this series to stay close enough to the Yankees to have any shot.

Even though Detroit's offense looked pretty pathetic against the Sox this week, anyone think they can feed off two walk-off wins in a row and the return of Sheffield to get things going again?

EDIT: haha, looks like Oblong and I were thinking the exact same thing as we were typing our posts.