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Braves Take .5 Game Lead In Wild Card

Posted by LewaLew , Oct 03 2010 · 247 views
With their 8-7 win over the Phillies, the Braves have taken the lead in the Wild Card, and now whether a tiebreaker occurs or not rests solely on the Padres and Giants. A Padres win extends the season for two more days. A Giants win ends the season at game 162 and gets both the Giants and the Braves into the playoffs without tiebreakers.

The good news: the chance of baseball tomorrow is still 50%.


Game 162, The End Of The Season?

Posted by LewaLew , Oct 03 2010 · 337 views
Since the Turner Broadcasting Service (TBS) doesn't have the sense to show the biggest game of the day between the San Diego Padres and the San Francisco Giants, MLB Network's final game of Pennant Chase Coverage will feature the matchup that may conclude the question of who wins the West, or may prolong it to game 163--which would make it the fourth year in a row that a 163rd game would be necessary.

2007 National League Wild Card Tiebreaker

8 vs. 9

A questionable call at home plate was the difference maker in this game, but the Padres were not going to argue with it, instead trusting the umpire's judgement, putting an end to their season. The Rockies would then advance on to NLDS to face the NL East champion Phillies, the West Champion Arizona Diamondbacks in the NLCS, and then went on to be swept by the American League Champion Boston Red Sox in the World Series.

2008 American League Central Division Tiebreaker

0 vs. 1

John Danks and Nick Blackburn went into a highly competitive pitchers' duel, but the White Sox were the ones that scored first. Simple as that. The White Sox, unlike the winner of the '07 tiebreaker winners, the Rockies, were unable to progress past the first round, losing in the ALDS to the AL East and eventual American League Champion Tampa Bay Rays.

2009 American League Central Division Tiebreaker

5 vs. 6 F/12

The Twins and Tigers played a twelve inning thriller in the final regular season game at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, and it would end in a 6-5 win for Minnesota. Unfortunately for the Twins, that would be the last win for them in the Metrodome, as they would proceed to be swept by the AL East Champions and eventual World Series Champion New York Yankees, finishing off baseball in the Metrodome with a loss to New York.

2010 Game 162

vs. 4:30 ET, Sunday October 3 on MLB Network

The biggest game of the year, perhaps, for the San Diego Padres. Their season rests on this game, and they will be sending Mat Latos to the mound against Jonathan Sanchez. A loss give the Giants the West. A win ties the two, and depending on what the Phillies and Braves do.

Possible Matchups Tommorow:

2010 National League West Division Tiebreaker


Should the Padres and Braves win today, both the Giants and the Padres would fly to southern California, and San Diego, where Game 163 would be played by these teams for the National League West division. The loser of this game would then fly to Atlanta, where they would play Game 164 against the Braves for the Wild Card.

2010 National League Wild Card Tiebreaker


Should the exact opposite happen, and the Braves and Padres each lose today, there will be only one tiebreaker game for the Wild Card.

Possible Matchup on Tuesday

2010 National League Wild Card Tiebreaker

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Should the Braves and Padres each win today, the loser of tomorrow's NL West tiebreaker will play the Braves on Tuesday for the Wild Card.

All in all, I'm hoping for a Braves win and a Padres win. And currently, that's going well, as the Braves lead Philly 5-2 in the bottom of the 5th.


Darth Quade

Posted by LewaLew , Oct 02 2010 · 368 views

He's really quite a scary fellow. If he ever argues with an umpire, the call may be overturned for fear of force lightning. tongue.gif


Padres Push On

Posted by LewaLew , Oct 02 2010 · 505 views
The Padres stay alive with a win over San Francisco last night, and from the look of today's score, will push it to the final game of the season. Meanwhile, the Braves are in danger of losing the Wild Card, because with a win today by the Padres and a loss by the Braves, courtesy of the Phillies, the two teams will be tied in the Wild Card race.

Tampa Bay Loses the Lead

With last night's loss to the Royals, the Rays fell back by half a game to the Yankees, whose game was rained out last night. The Yankees seek to make that lead longer today, by sweeping a doubleheader against Boston, and currently are leading game 1.

In addition, with a sweep of the doubleheader today, the Yankees would clinch home field advantage for the AL East champs, and if they combine that with a Rays loss, New York would officially be AL East champions.

Cinci vs. the Phils

With yesterday's loss to the Milwaukee Brewers, the Cincinnati Reds have all but clinched something they would prefer not to have--a showdown with the Philadelphia Phillies in the National League Division Series. The Reds have done notoriously poor against teams with a winning record, and unfortunately for the Reds, they'll be facing the team with the top record in the National League, unless the Padres or Giants take the Wild Card away from the Braves, since the Phillies will be allowed to play a Wild Card team from outside the NL East in the NLDS.


Blackhawks Beat The Penguins, 5-2

Posted by LewaLew , Oct 01 2010 · 204 views
Listened to the game on WGNRadio.com. Pretty awesome game. Hossa scored twice, Pisani once, Sharp once, and Kane got his first preseason goal. Corey Crawford did terrific, having two shutout periods and giving up only two goals in the third. Hawks are in good shape.

The next game is against the Blues at the UC on NHL Network--US and WGN News 720 AM.

Go Hawks and Good Night.


M L B Network Pennant Chase Coverage Game 2

Posted by LewaLew , Oct 01 2010 · 197 views
Stay tuned in to MLB Network. Once the Phillies are through destroying the Braves, the Padres-Giants game will be on in game two of the MLB Network Pennant Chase Coverage doubleheader. Of course, some of you have already started watching the D-Backs-Dodgers game, so enjoy that.

I unfortunately, will miss the game--bedtime. It's too bad the last exciting pennant chase is on the west coast.


Pennant Chase Coverage On M L B Network

Posted by LewaLew , Oct 01 2010 · 1,184 views
I'm watching Phillies @ Braves on MLBN. With a win, the Braves clinch a tie in the Wild Card. Those that get it locally can see Yankees @ Red Sox. Afterwards comes more Pennant Chase Coverage of the Padres @ Giants, and for those who get the local feeds for that game, D-Backs @ Dodgers (Which really isn't Pennant Chase Coverage, since both teams are eliminated).

Anyhow, main thing is, if you have MLB Network. GO THERE!


Wat The Cee

Posted by LewaLew , Oct 01 2010 · 226 views


By the way, remember to rate this here blog. Five stars is most preferable. biggrin.gif


Current Playoff Bracket

Posted by LewaLew , Oct 01 2010 · 533 views
I have created an MLB Playoff Bracket that will be updated as the postseason goes on. The one in this post won't change, but the one in the content block is the one I'll update.








Padres Are In Trouble

Posted by LewaLew , Oct 01 2010 · 404 views
The Padres are going to be under heavy pressure now. The final series of the season for San Diego is a three game set on the road against the team they're chasing, the San Francisco Giants, and since the Giants' magic number is 2 now, a loss by the Padres would clinch it for San Fran. What does that mean for the Friars? It means sweep or go home, and after that, they may even need to win a fourth game in a row to stay in it.

In the event that the Padres do sweep the Giants, their next worry will depend on the Atlanta Braves' record. If at the end of the season, the Braves record is lower than that of the Padres and Giants (which is very likely as Atlanta is facing the National League East Division Champion Philadelphia Phillies), it won't be a concern, as both teams would make the playoffs--the Padres as NL West Champions due to having won the season series against the Giants, and San Francisco as the Wild Card. Should Atlanta have the same record or higher than the tied clubs, however, the Pads and Giants would play a fourth game--a tiebreaker--at Petco Park in San Diego, since the Padres have home field advantage in a tiebreaker game against the Giants due to the season series win. In addition, if the three clubs all have the same record, and the Padres lost the West Division tiebreaker, to make the playoffs, they would have to win a 164th game--a Wild Card tiebreaker--against the Braves at Turner Field in Atlanta.

Of course, none of that will be necessary if the Padres don't sweep, and that will be a difficult task by itself.

Who will win the East?

While not as important as the NL West race where neither of the teams are assured of a berth, the AL East race is still one to watch, as the Rays' loss yesterday ties themselves with New York with three games left for each team. Who has the advantage? The simple answer is the Rays. Tampa Bay's last three games are in Kaufman Memorial Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri, where they will face the worst team in the AL Central, the Kansas City Royals. Meanwhile, last year's World Series champions face a team that nearly swept the Yanks last week, and would love to win their final series against their hated rivals, the Boston Red Sox. Plus, all the Rays need to do to win the division is tie with the Yankees, and since the Rays already won the season series with the Yankees, Tampa Bay would be awarded the top seed.

Unless the Twins pull ahead.

The AL Central champs are but a game behind Tampa Bay and New York for best record in the American League, and if the Rays and Yanks don't watch out, Ron Gardenhire's Minnesota Twins may end up as the top seed in the AL.

Managerial Mayhem

Yet another team announced today that they would be replacing their manager--the New York Mets. Jerry Manuel's Mets finished in fourth place again this year, and thus, it will no longer be Jerry Manuel's Mets.

Of course, this all adds to what may be a very interesting situation in the offseason, as around ten teams will be looking for managers, including my Chicago Cubs, due to Lou Piniella's retirement. One of the prime candidates on every team's list is Ryne Sandberg. The Hall of Fame second baseman is currently the manager of the Cubs AAA affiliate, the Iowa Cubs, and has led every team he has managed in his four years as a minor league manager to a first place finish. Sandberg has also won the Pacific Coast League Manager of the Year award for his first season with the Iowa Cubs, and from the look of it, may manage in the MLB next season. However, before any team can talk to Sandberg about a big-league job, they've got to get permission from the Chicago Cubs, who have Sandberg and current interim manager Mike Quade (referred to by me as Darth Quade for his very scary face) on the tops of their list.

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Bzpower Members' Teams

Here, the favorite teams of all the BZPower members I can find are listed. If you'd like me to add you, please comment in the Official Favorite MLB Teams Entry of the BaseBlog. I will try to add you as soon as possible.

National League

Central Division

Chicago Cubs: LewaLew, 55555, What?, Megan51, Makuta Jarvan

Cincinnati Reds: None

Pittsburgh Pirates: WERE DOING THIS

Milwaukee Brewers: Cherixon, Than the Moa

St. Louis Cardinals: Toa Onarax, Toaman25
West Division

San Francisco Giants: Nuju Metru, Iro, Great being Velika

Los Angeles Dodgers: None

Colorado Rockies: Shadix, Alpha123, xccj

Arizona Diamondbacks: Progenitus Worldsoul

San Diego Padres: thoron

East Division

Philadelphia Phillies: Akuna Toa of Sonics, Legolover-361, Sir Dr. Mr. Count Celu MD

New York Mets: Bambi

Atlanta Braves: None

Miami Marlins: None

Washington Nationals: None

American League

Central Division

Minnesota Twins: Zakitano, Takuma Nuva, Zerothemaster

Detroit Tigers: None

Cleveland Indians: Aho-Chan

Kansas City Royals: None

Chicago White Sox: terminallyCapricious

West Division

Texas Rangers: Rarity, tent163phantoka

Los Angeles Angels: thebeggarpie

Oakland Athletics: None

Seattle Mariners: Kakaru, Toa Kaithas, Swert
Houston Astros: Flaredrick: Forgotten One

East Division

New York Yankees: Captain Marvel, Kylus, Toa 11, Zarayna

Boston Red Sox: Chro, Iskandar

Toronto Blue Jays: Blade: Hero of Truth

Baltimore Orioles: Princess Grr (That's the Smeaginator, if he has another name change sometime again)

Tampa Bay Rays: Sumiki

2nd Favorites

Nuju Metru: New York Yankees

Iro: Oakland Athletics

WERE DOING THIS: New York Yankees

Zerothemaster: Colorado Rockies
Toa Onarax: Boston Red Sox
xccj: Seattle Mariners
Kakaru: Colorado Rockies
Flaredrick: Forgotten One: Texas Rangers
Great being Velika: Oakland Athletics

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I'm LewaLew, former BZPower RK, former Reporter, and former unofficial baseball blogger. Once, this blog served as the home of my primarily baseball-related musings. Now that I'm in college, I have little time for baseball and BZPower, so it sits here idle except for an occasional visit on my part. Please enjoy or cringe at what you read from my past, and if you'd like, go ahead and comment in the favorite baseball teams entry so that the next time a blue moon rolls around and I visit, I can add you to that content block.

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