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Old 09-01-2009, 12:34 AM   #1
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Default September -- Thoughts of the Day

Down the stretch they come. Which teams will end up in the post-season? The Yankees and Red Sox? The Angels and Rangers? The Tigers and Twins/White Sox?
In the NL, it appears the Phillies have the division all but wrapped up as do the Cardinals. The NL West is interesting because 3 teams are fighting for 2 spots. The Dodgers have a comfortable lead right now (6 games), but we've all seen what happens when teams are complacent coming down the stretch. The Giants and Rockies are tied for the WC lead, but are only 3 games ahead of the Braves and 4 up on the Marlins.
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It does not look like it is going to be the White Sox as they seem to be running up the white flag after dumping Thome and Contreras.

I am not sure I get Thome to the Dodgers as he can't play the field any more. What role is he supposed to play for the Dodgers?
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Yes I agree with you in sept there are many leagues Just wait and see
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The x-factor is going to be Smoltz. If he stands up and has anything left to give when the postseason rolls around I'll take him over Blanton or Happ any day. I'd only give the Phils a slight edge if Smoltz falls apart down the stretch, neither Blanton or Happ have the post season resume that Smoltz does.

But, ultimately, the Phils chief concern is going to be who closes out the games. How many games is Lidge going to cost them in the postseason?
I would be hard pressed to think that Smoltz in the postseason would go differently than his worst appearances with the Red Sox. Smoltz probably shouldn't even start in a playoff game. His postseason resume seems to be irrelevant.

Sure, Lidge is a concern for the Phillies. Still, once the playoffs come around, they'll likely have Madson, Pedro, Lidge and probably Brett Myers in the back of the bullpen in some form. Overall, I'd give the bullpen edge to the Phillies.

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But Lee has never pitched in the postseason before so we don't really know what to expect and Hamels has been mediocre at best this season. I'd give the Cards the slight edge just because Hamels has not been getting it done and both Wainwright and Carpenter have shown they can win big ball games in the postseason where Lee has not.
Wainwright hasn't shown he can win big ball games in the postseason. I'll certainly give you that Carpenter has and is a good pitcher. I don't think Wainwright's 10 innings of relief really can set him up as a playoff pitcher over Lee, however.
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Thome to the Dodgers is a bit of a "head-scratcher" although he is left handed and has some power. I see him as being the pinch hitter coming down the stretch.
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Wainwright hasn't shown he can win big ball games in the postseason. I'll certainly give you that Carpenter has and is a good pitcher. I don't think Wainwright's 10 innings of relief really can set him up as a playoff pitcher over Lee, however.
Really? So the fact that he closed games the year they won the series means nothing in comparison to a guy who has never pitched an inning in the post season?
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I would say that, yeah.

I'm not really trying to discount Wainwright the same way you are Lee, though.
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Cole Hamels with the complete game shut out. He had 8 IP of scoreless ball his last time out before this one, so, hopefully Hamels is rounding back into form in a season that has been a struggle.

Bottomline, when I'm saying Hamels/Lee is just as good as Carpenter/Wainwright, I'm projecting a GOOD Hamels around what he did in the postseason last season and not much of this season. Lee is a good pitcher, but, if the Phillies are going to win, Lee's the #2 piece in that rotation and Hamels has to be the top draw. Hamels has such a high ceiling as he showed in the playoffs last year, hopefully he can get back close to that.
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WOW !!! Tigers come up BIG again......down 2 in the 9th..they get 2 walks ,a single and a Grand Slam outta Brandon Inge......DAMN exciting end to a close game....

and a "Sweep" in Tampa...Minn loses...and the Tigs are 7 games up....

Sucks to hear about "Ernie's " cancer....used to listen to him on the radio all the time...(a few yrs ago)....he'll always be the "Voice of the Tigers" to me....

Murph....
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Tigers are playing well at the right time of the season.
I echo the sentiments about Ernie Harwell. He's one of the greats.
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Blech...glad football starts this week...
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What's with the Dodgers avatar? Boo, support your team even when they stink!
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What's with the Dodgers avatar? Boo, support your team even when they stink!
I am supporting my team, even by supporting the Dodgers for the remainder of the year. The White Sox traded Jim Thome to the Dodgers as a favor to him, so he could have a chance to get his ring. So, with the White Sox out of it for the year, I'm rooting for Jim Thome because he was such a class act during his time with the Sox and he deserves a shot at his ring. That means rooting for the Dodgers. Plus, I absolutely loathe what will most likely be 3 of the 4 AL playoff teams (Yanks, BoSox, Tiggers). Don't worry...I'm still a White Sox fanatic through and through.
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I am supporting my team, even by supporting the Dodgers for the remainder of the year. The White Sox traded Jim Thome to the Dodgers as a favor to him, so he could have a chance to get his ring. So, with the White Sox out of it for the year, I'm rooting for Jim Thome because he was such a class act during his time with the Sox and he deserves a shot at his ring. That means rooting for the Dodgers. Plus, I absolutely loathe what will most likely be 3 of the 4 AL playoff teams (Yanks, BoSox, Tiggers). Don't worry...I'm still a White Sox fanatic through and through.
Then put a Thome avatar there.
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Have at it, but post your information in the fantasy sports forum, OK?
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