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#1 NomarRS05

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Posted 20 September 2009 - 01:15 AM

This is a very good team that's coming together at just the right time. We should be thankful.

Let's take care of business again in Bal.

#2 Kilgore A. Trout


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Posted 20 September 2009 - 02:11 AM

Just to get this above yesterday's game thread...
Win it for Alice:



Poor girl. All she wanted to do was enter a dance marathon, get some attention from a Hollywood producer, get some movie work and perhaps become famous. Then after two months of solid dancing, some asshole steals all your stuff, leaves you destitute, and the nicest sailor in the history dies in your lap. Its enough to turn anyone crazy and make them shower in a ball gown.

#3 paulftodd


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Posted 20 September 2009 - 02:17 AM

9 is also the Yankees magic number for the division. Red Sox are only 5 games back in the loss column, playing the Orioles and KCR while the MFY are playing on the WC with 3 games against the Angels and 1 more left against the M's, before both teams come back east to play 3 in the toilet.


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Posted 20 September 2009 - 08:00 AM

Number 9

Number 9

Number 9

Number 9

Number 9

I hope Daisuke is a Beatles fan

#5 Andrew


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Posted 20 September 2009 - 08:41 AM

Good morning Baaaaaltimore

#6 bosockboy


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Posted 20 September 2009 - 09:03 AM

One more good start from Daisuke will officially seal my optimism for this October.

#7 MakMan44


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Posted 20 September 2009 - 10:08 AM

I'm thinking the best part of today is there's not going to be any MDC suckness.

#8 Kevin Youkulele


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Posted 20 September 2009 - 10:19 AM

No Ortiz today.

per Globe:
Red Sox
1. Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
2. Dustin Pedroia, 2B
3. Victor Martinez, 1B
4. Kevin Youkilis, 3B
5. Jason Bay, LF
6. J.D. Drew, RF
7. Mike Lowell, DH
8. Jason Varitek, C
9. Alex Gonzalez, SS
P- Daisuke Matsuzaka

Baltimore Orioles
1. Brian Roberts, 2B
2. Felix Pie, CF
3. Matt Wieters, C
4. Nick Markakis, RF
5. Luke Scott, LF
6. Ty Wiggington, DH
7. Michael Aubrey, 1B
8. Justin Turner, 3B
9. Cesar Izturis, SS
P. Jason Berken



#9 Foulkey Reese


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Posted 20 September 2009 - 10:44 AM

How many bases will Ty Wiggington steal today?

#10 Harry Agganis

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Posted 20 September 2009 - 10:56 AM

Does Dice K get a by because the Catain is catching? He obviously will be afraid of throwing too low.

#11 mikeford


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Posted 20 September 2009 - 11:00 AM

The king stay the king.

#12 Brianish

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Posted 20 September 2009 - 11:09 AM

Filed under: Baseball games we will win.

#13 Snodgrass'Muff


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Posted 20 September 2009 - 11:16 AM

A Red Sox win and a Yankees loss puts us 4 back in the loss column with 14 games (they'd only have 12) left to play, three of which are head to head with them. Aside from them, we play KC, TOR and CLE. They play LAA, KC and TB.

This division race is not quite over.

Edited by Snodgrass'Muff, 20 September 2009 - 11:17 AM.


#14 Foulkey Reese


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Posted 20 September 2009 - 11:20 AM

QUOTE (Snodgrass'Muff @ Sep 20 2009, 12:16 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
A Red Sox win and a Yankees loss puts us 4 back in the loss column with 14 games (they'd only have 12) left to play, three of which are head to head with them. Aside from them, we play KC, TOR and CLE. They play LAA, KC and TB.

This division race is not quite over.

Would you prefer a nice easy coast to the WC with Tito able to rest players and maybe skip Lester once, or a mad dash to the finish line with the Sox going all out just to try and catch NY?

I'm on the fence.



#15 NomarRS05

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Posted 20 September 2009 - 11:22 AM

QUOTE (Foulkey Reese @ Sep 20 2009, 12:20 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Would you prefer a nice easy coast to the WC with Tito able to rest players and maybe skip Lester once, or a mad dash to the finish line with the Sox going all out just to try and catch NY?

I'm on the fence.


If we sweep the Yankees, maybe the mad dash approach will be justified. Otherwise I can't see how it makes sense.

#16 Mystic Merlin


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Posted 20 September 2009 - 11:24 AM

QUOTE (Foulkey Reese @ Sep 20 2009, 12:20 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Would you prefer a nice easy coast to the WC with Tito able to rest players and maybe skip Lester once, or a mad dash to the finish line with the Sox going all out just to try and catch NY?

I'm on the fence.


I'm not.

Five in the loss column with fifteen left to play? It's pretty unlikely that the Sox will catch them. Regardless, the NY series next weekend will probably settle the dilemma one way or another.

#17 Snodgrass'Muff


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Posted 20 September 2009 - 11:26 AM

QUOTE (NomarRS05 @ Sep 20 2009, 12:22 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
If we sweep the Yankees, maybe the mad dash approach will be justified. Otherwise I can't see how it makes sense.


Yeah, I'm thinking the same. You don't start resting people until you see what happens in the series against NY. If we sweep, (and haven't given back a couple of games in the loss column before then) it's probably worth pushing for home field advantage, which is a big deal with this team. If we don't sweep or if we enter that series 5 or 6 back in the loss column, just coast to the playoffs and get people rested up.

#18 Brianish

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Posted 20 September 2009 - 11:31 AM

Obviously it hinges on the series with the Yanks. But if that goes well, it seems to me that if you have a shot at the division, you go for it.

#19 Djiraan Iraassi


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Posted 20 September 2009 - 11:44 AM

Before today games, we are half a game ahead of LAA in the standings. This would mean home field advantage for the ALDS, wouldn't it? Is this worth the effort or should Tito rest the team?

Edit: can't spell ADSL

Edited by Djiraan Iraassi, 20 September 2009 - 11:45 AM.


#20 Andrew


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Posted 20 September 2009 - 11:47 AM

QUOTE (Djiraan Iraassi @ Sep 20 2009, 12:44 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Before today games, we are half a game ahead of LAA in the standings. This would mean home field advantage for the ALDS, wouldn't it? Is this worth the effort or should Tito rest the team?

Edit: can't spell ADSL


This has been discussed frequently and is not complicated. The Wild Card team will NEVER have home field advantage while playing another team in their league. The W-L record does NOT matter.

#21 Harry Agganis

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Posted 20 September 2009 - 11:47 AM

QUOTE (Djiraan Iraassi @ Sep 20 2009, 09:44 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Before today games, we are half a game ahead of LAA in the standings. This would mean home field advantage for the ALDS, wouldn't it? Is this worth the effort or should Tito rest the team?

Edit: can't spell ADSL

No wild card never gets home field

#22 Foulkey Reese


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Posted 20 September 2009 - 11:49 AM

Ugh Kilgore come on. You're making me uncomfortable over here.



#23 Djiraan Iraassi


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Posted 20 September 2009 - 11:50 AM

QUOTE (Andrew @ Sep 20 2009, 06:47 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
This has been discussed frequently and is not complicated. The Wild Card team will NEVER have home field advantage while playing another team in their league. The W-L record does NOT matter.


Oops, sorry. Thanks for the correction. Doesn't seem right, though, that with a better record than both LAA and DET we wouldn't have home field advantage because we are playing in a stronger division.

#24 Andrew


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Posted 20 September 2009 - 11:52 AM

QUOTE (Foulkey Reese @ Sep 20 2009, 12:49 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Ugh Kilgore come on. You're making me uncomfortable over here.


Yeah, what was with that? He could hardly get his words out.

QUOTE (Djiraan Iraassi @ Sep 20 2009, 12:50 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Oops, sorry. Thanks for the correction. Doesn't seem right, though, that with a better record than both LAA and DET we wouldn't have home field advantage because we are playing in a stronger division.


I agree, but Bud Selig likes to do things arbitrarily.

#25 summerof75

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Posted 20 September 2009 - 11:52 AM

QUOTE (Djiraan Iraassi @ Sep 20 2009, 12:44 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Before today games, we are half a game ahead of LAA in the standings. This would mean home field advantage for the ALDS, wouldn't it? Is this worth the effort or should Tito rest the team?

Edit: can't spell ADSL

???????

#26 Hee Sox Choi

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Posted 20 September 2009 - 11:57 AM

I would rather have a swarming hive of killer bees shoved up my honey-covered cornhole than give up the division to the Yankees without a fight.

#27 pk1627

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Posted 20 September 2009 - 12:05 PM

QUOTE (Harry Agganis @ Sep 20 2009, 10:47 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
No wild card never gets home field


Excellent use of the double negative. I bet Sox can get home field if they win the ALCS.

#28 Rooster Crows

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Posted 20 September 2009 - 12:31 PM

Let's go for two Dice-K - show these suckers some of the WBC domination and move one step closer. Get him some runs early, guys, so he doesn't have to sweat it out. Kick ass one and all.

GO SOX - WIN TODAY!

#29 Brianish

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Posted 20 September 2009 - 12:42 PM

Jesus Christ I love Orioles games.

#30 curly2

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Posted 20 September 2009 - 12:47 PM

Mike Lowell can flat-out hit.

#31 Djiraan Iraassi


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Posted 20 September 2009 - 12:47 PM

In play, (more) run(s)

#32 rajendra82

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Posted 20 September 2009 - 12:47 PM

Berken = Dice-K without the escape plan

#33 Reggie's Racquet

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Posted 20 September 2009 - 12:50 PM

QUOTE (curly2 @ Sep 20 2009, 10:47 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Mike Lowell can flat-out hit.

And Tek cannot.

#34 Brianish

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Posted 20 September 2009 - 12:50 PM

QUOTE (rajendra82 @ Sep 20 2009, 01:47 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Berken = Dice-K without the escape plan


Escape plan = Varitek

#35 Sprowl


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Posted 20 September 2009 - 12:52 PM

The slurve is back!

#36 rajendra82

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Posted 20 September 2009 - 12:52 PM

Are you allowed to catch a third strike?

#37 Reggie's Racquet

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Posted 20 September 2009 - 12:52 PM

And Tek catches strike 3

#38 O Captain! My Captain!

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Posted 20 September 2009 - 12:53 PM

QUOTE (Sprowl @ Sep 20 2009, 01:52 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
The slurve is back!


And it's back big!
Roberts looked really bad there.

#39 BoSoxFink


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Posted 20 September 2009 - 12:55 PM

Man couldn't they have done something to avoid playing the Pats and Sox games at the same damn time!

#40 God's Cop


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Posted 20 September 2009 - 12:56 PM

Where did the 1-2 miss?

#41 O Captain! My Captain!

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Posted 20 September 2009 - 12:57 PM

QUOTE (BoSoxFink @ Sep 20 2009, 01:55 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Man couldn't they have done something to avoid playing the Pats and Sox games at the same damn time!


And it's not like either of these games don't matter, but neither of them are playoffs either.

#42 Snodgrass'Muff


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Posted 20 September 2009 - 12:59 PM

Man... Wieters is good.

Wonder if the O's would give him up for Delcarman and PTBNL...

#43 Brianish

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Posted 20 September 2009 - 12:59 PM

This guy is FORGIVEN

#44 rajendra82

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Posted 20 September 2009 - 12:59 PM

Bases not loaded = good.

#45 O Captain! My Captain!

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Posted 20 September 2009 - 12:59 PM

Damn. Daisuke striking out the side, and looking pretty good doing it. I know it's the Os, but. Encouraging.

#46 Reggie's Racquet

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Posted 20 September 2009 - 12:59 PM

Just imagine where we would be if this DiceK showed up in April.

#47 Brianish

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Posted 20 September 2009 - 01:00 PM

QUOTE (O Captain! My Captain! @ Sep 20 2009, 01:59 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Damn. Daisuke striking out the side, and looking pretty good doing it. I know it's the Os, but. Encouraging.


Os offense is nothing to sneeze at.

#48 Harry Agganis

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Posted 20 September 2009 - 01:00 PM

Starting well

#49 Brianish

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Posted 20 September 2009 - 01:02 PM

Hilarious.

#50 Djiraan Iraassi


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Posted 20 September 2009 - 01:02 PM

So a 5.0 IP, 15 SO, 115 Pitches performance from Mr. Matsuzaka tonight?