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Old 09-19-2012, 06:23 PM   #876
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I'm not sure blowing a 3 game lead in 15 games would be a monumental collapse, its not exactly a huge number. In fact, we could blow it with a single bad series. We held on for a 3-2 win as Gavin Floyd pitched a great game tonight, which we needed considering Detroit bombed Oakland. There's 15 games left. If the Tigers go 10-5 and the Sox go 7-8, it will be a tie and it will hardly be because someone "collapsed". There's a long way to go. If we were up 3 with like 8 to play, then yeah that would be a collapse, but not at 15, where merely going .500 (which is not an awful thing) is good enough to get you beat.

The key for Chicago will be really taking care of business against Cleveland. We've got 6 games against them left and we need to win 4 of those games because the Anaheim and Tampa Bay series will be tough.

I'm going to peg the White Sox as needing 9 more wins to pull this off. I know DET has had issues with MIN and KC, but those are weak teams. If they can win 2 out of 3 vs. OAK and I think they will, I could see them winning each of their remaining series 2-1 and the KC series 3-1, so that would put them at around 11-4, so we need to go 9-6.

9 more. If we can get 4 from Cleveland, that leaves 5 more. I'll give us one win vs. Anaheim, two wins out of four vs. Tampa Bay, that's 7. Sale HAS to beat Chen tomorrow and Chen has had our number a little bit. We need to win tomorrow for sure cause Verlander will win. That would be 8 and then we need one more win, somewhere. If we can get to 9, it would force them to win 12 and that's tough.

KFC is up 1 -0 on WS. I was at the last Chen Sale game, we barely won that one thanks to a Danks dropped fly but hoping we can come back tonight, nothing like getting owned by a bad team during a penant run.
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Old 09-19-2012, 06:30 PM   #877
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Now that Cabrera is #1 in the league in both RBI and batting average, it's time to talk triple crown. Does he have it in him to beat Hamilton by 2+ HR over the next 15 games?
That would be epic.

Nobody has done it since Yaz in 1967....45 years.

The A's have walked Miggy twice today and are trying to steer clear of him.

Last night's hitting display by Miggy was bad ass.
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Old 09-19-2012, 06:33 PM   #878
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I read somewhere today that if you tie in a category with another player, you still are considered a Triple Crown winner....so if Miggy and Josh Hamilton tied in HRs to lead the league, it would still be considered winning the Triple Crown if he was also leading in batting average and ahead or tied in RBIs.

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Old 09-19-2012, 06:35 PM   #879
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BOOM!!!!!!

Miggy goes yard again.

41st on the year, 130th RBI.

Give that man the MVP.
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Bruce Chen continues his mastery of the White Sox. Sale pitched well, but got literally no runs in support.

Lead down to 2 games with 14 to go.
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Old 09-19-2012, 09:53 PM   #881
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Ichiro went 7 for 8 today, as New York swept a doubleheader with Toronto.

Ichiro stole 4 bases in the second game.

Andy Pettitte won the first game for the Yankees....his first game back after breaking his leg on June 27th.

Yankees take a one game lead in the division over the Orioles.
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Old 09-21-2012, 09:13 PM   #882
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So around mid season I believe broncocalijohn was getting at me for a comment I made about how Mark Trumbo would possibly end up being a short term wonder boy.
Trumbo had a stellar first half, way ahead of his normal level, and his second half he has just bottom dropped hardcore.
Striking out at a rate of 1 every 3 plate appearances, only hitting .211 with an OBP of .261, Slugging .339 and OPS of .600.
To me, it seems his value is in between the two. 250ish average, .300ish OBP, and slugging .475-.500ish. Sort of an average player when it all boils down who has massive power, but misses a lot.
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Old 09-22-2012, 02:07 PM   #883
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Tigers are within 1.5 games of the White Sox and are beating the Twins 7-0 in the 4th inning.
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Old 09-22-2012, 02:07 PM   #884
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WASHINGTON -- Gio Gonzalez became the majors' first 20-game winner in 2012, and the first pitcher for a Washington baseball team with 200 strikeouts since Walter Johnson in 1916, taking a shutout into the sixth inning Saturday to help the Nationals close in on their first NL East title by beating the Milwaukee Brewers 10-4.
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Old 09-22-2012, 02:12 PM   #885
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In 56 games with the Yankees, Ichiro is batting .333.

I had a feeling Ichiro had some gas left in the tank and needed to go to a team with some bats around him in the lineup.

I wonder if the Yankees will try and re-sign him to something like a 2 year deal after the season?
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Can anything go right today?

Miami up 19 and inside the GT 30 in the 2nd quarter....loses a guy to a gruesome injury, has a dumb fumble and are down 22-19 at the half?

The Tigers are raping another opponent?

I'm waiting for life to balance out. Like now.
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Old 09-22-2012, 02:24 PM   #887
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BOOM!

Miggy smashes his 42nd HR on the season, trying Josh Hamilton for the league lead.

Tigers up 8-0 on the Twins.
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Triple Crown Update:

Batting Average:

Miguel Cabrera: .333
Mike Trout: .326

Home Runs:

Miguel Cabrera 42
Josh Hamilton 42

Runs Batted In:

Miguel Cabrera 131
Josh Hamilton 123

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Old 09-22-2012, 03:47 PM   #889
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Tigers win 8-0 to get within 1 game of the White Sox, who play the Angels tonight.

Doug Fister pitched a complete game shutout: 9 innings 7 hits 0 ER 0 BB 7 Ks.
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Nice....the Angels go up 4-0 on the White Sox after the first inning.
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Another day....another loss. This is a really bad time for a 4 game losing streak, BTW.

Half game lead....thats as slender as it gets.
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The Angels beat the White Sox 4-2 tonight.

Their lead is trimmed to .5 games over Detroit.

The last 2 weeks of the regular season are going to be exciting.
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Another day....another loss. This is a really bad time for a 4 game losing streak, BTW.

Half game lead....thats as slender as it gets.
That half game can disappear even if the White Sox win today, since the Tigers are playing a double header.

If the White Sox have any luck, the A's will go 2-5 against the Rangers over the next couple of weeks.
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Lost 5 in a row now. Thankfully Detroit lost both games of their doubleheader against Minnesota so the lead is up to 1. Get it the **** together Robin..Detroit isn't going to keep stepping on their own *****. Have to sweep the Tribe now.
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Lost 5 in a row now. Thankfully Detroit lost both games of their doubleheader against Minnesota so the lead is up to 1. Get it the **** together Robin..Detroit isn't going to keep stepping on their own *****. Have to sweep the Tribe now.
Don't count on it.

If there were more than 10 games left, Kansas City might get even money to take the division at this point.

Both the Tigers and the White Sox look like they have no interest in the postseason.
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So around mid season I believe broncocalijohn was getting at me for a comment I made about how Mark Trumbo would possibly end up being a short term wonder boy.
Trumbo had a stellar first half, way ahead of his normal level, and his second half he has just bottom dropped hardcore.
Striking out at a rate of 1 every 3 plate appearances, only hitting .211 with an OBP of .261, Slugging .339 and OPS of .600.
To me, it seems his value is in between the two. 250ish average, .300ish OBP, and slugging .475-.500ish. Sort of an average player when it all boils down who has massive power, but misses a lot.
No doubt a big slump and I wonder if it started after the HR hitting contest. He is above averages with his homeruns. He went from touching a little over .300 to around .265. Still young in this league.

I will cede that Cabrera is going to have a great chance at the MVP with his triple crown threat. He is hitting better while Trout's average has gone down about 25 points. He is doing incredible as a leadoff hitter but tough to deny Cabrera's run.
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Attended all 3 games of the Angels sweep over the Sox. Damn if we couldnt extend the season maybe a week. All 5 pitchers doing great but 2.5 games behind the As for the last spot. I guess I need the Rangers to kick ass over the A's this week.
Weaver took his 19th win today. CCy Young award? I am thinking so.
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http://espn.go.com/dallas/mlb/story/...land-athletics

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Rangers officials said that Hamilton saw an optometrist and was diagnosed with ocular keratitis, a drying of the cornea caused by too much caffeine and energy drinks.
Jesus, this guy is a human train wreck. If it's not one thing it's the other. The guy shows all the classic signs of someone with serious addictive and obsessive disorders. It's like he can't not go overboard with something.
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Tigers beat the Royals 6-2 tonight.

Justin Verlander with 8 stellar innings to pick up the win.

Prince Fielder did some yard work.

Indians are up 1-0 over the White Sox in the 5th inning.
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Indians now up 3-1 in the 6th inning.

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