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2006-09-30 23:40
by Bob Timmermann


- Playoff spot still to be decided. That's the NL Central. The Cardinals lead the Astros by 1 1/2 games. The Cardinals magic number is one and they can clinch the division with a win at home against Milwaukee at 11:15 am PT (Carlos Villanueva vs. Chris Carpenter). Or the race would be over if Houston loses at Atlanta at 10:05 am PT (Chris Sampson et al. vs John Smoltz). If St. Louis loses and Houston wins, the Cardinals would play one more game at home against San Francisco at 12:05 pm PT.


- The magic number for both Detroit and San Diego to clinch the division championships in the AL Central and the NL West respectively. Both teams are in the playoffs as are the teams they tied with, Minnesota and Los Angeles. Detroit hosts Kansas City at 10:05 am PT (Odalis Perez vs. Jeremy Bonderman). Minnesota hosts Chicago at 11:10 am PT (Javier Vazquez vs. Scott Baker). The Dodgers play at San Francisco at 1:05 pm PT (Eric Stults vs. Jason Schmidt). San Diego plays at Arizona at 1:40 pm PT (Woody Williams vs. Brandon Webb).


- Day left in the managerial tenure of Frank Robinson in Washington. And likely Joe Girardi in Florida. And Dusty Baker in Chicago. And maybe Felipe Alou in San Francisco.


- The difference in the AL batting race between Joe Mauer and Derek Jeter. Beware the denominator! Jeter has over 100 more ABs than Mauer. And the lead is actually is actually .0016 (.3462 to .3446). Freddy Sanchez leads Miguel Cabrera by .003.


- The lead in the NL strikeout race held by Aaron Harang over Jake Peavy. John Smoltz is 10 back and he has one start.


- Brandon Webb's lead over Roy Oswalt for the NL ERA title (2.88 to 2.98). Oswalt may get one more start if the Astros play a tiebreaker against the Cardinals Tuesday.


- Grady Sizemore's lead over Michael Young in the AL doubles race (53 to 52).


- Freddy Sanchez's lead over Luis Gonzalez in the NL doubles race (53 to 52).


- Carlos Delgado's lead over Jason Bay, Freddy Sanchez, and Andruw Jones in the NL sacrifice flies race (10 to 9).


- Roy Oswalt's lead over Clint Barmes and Cory Sullivan in the NL sacrifices race (20 to 19).


- Barry Bonds's lead over Ryan Howard in the NL intentional walks race. (38 to 37)


- Miguel Tejada's lead over Victor Martinez and Michael Young in the AL GIDP race (28 to 27).


- Aaron Harang's lead over Brandon Webb and Chris Carpenter in the NL complete games race (6 to 5). Webb and Carpenter both pitch Sunday.


- Daniel Cabera's lead over Jose Contreras and John Lackey in the AL wild pitch race (17 to 16). But none of those pitchers are scheduled to go Sunday.


- Jeff Francis's lead over Ramon Ortiz for NL intentional walks issued (15 to 14). Ortiz is scheduled to pitch Sunday for Washington.


- Is the loneliest number that you'll ever do

They will also play:
Mets at Washington - Wanted: New object of irrational hatred among managers. Please apply within.
Philadelphia at Florida - San Diego and L.A. fans no longer hang on the play-by-play calls of Tommy Hutton and Rich Waltz.
Tampa Bay at Cleveland - If the Devil Rays lose, they finish with a .247 road record. That will make some people happy.
Toronto at Yankees - The guys who decorate the fields for the playoffs want everybody to keep things neat.
Cincinnati at Pittsburgh - The Reds can finish at .500 with a win.
Baltimore at Boston - Devern Hansack is just 245 wins short of the record for most wins by a pitcher born in Nicaragua.
Colorado at Chicago - Yesterday, these teams combined to use 50 players, including a record 20 pitchers.
Oakland at Los Angeles of Anaheim - The Angels are the kings of the LA/OC Metro Area! But out of the playoffs.
Seattle at Texas - The Rangers can finish at .500 with a win.

2006-10-01 01:02:47
1.   JJoeScott
Another nice 1, Bob.

Here's what I'm wondering: If the Giants have to fly to St. Louis, does Jason Schmidt have to make the trip? And, come to think of it, will Barry?

2006-10-01 01:07:19
2.   Bob Timmermann
Maybe Jason Schmidt really likes Ted Drewes.
2006-10-01 01:16:02
3.   trainwreck
That is a lot of 1s.

Here is a link to an article about Clemens, Pettite, and Tejada being named as steroid users (probably Griddle worthy).

2006-10-01 01:17:45
4.   trainwreck
2006-10-01 01:33:42
5.   Chiron Brown
I just wanted to let you know that on the NL rankings you don't have the Dodgers listed. San Diego is in the #2 spot and the #4 spot. Hopefully, by this time tomorrow, you can change the #2 spot.
2006-10-01 01:44:20
6.   Bob Timmermann
There was much cutting and pasting today.
2006-10-01 02:26:18
7.   Sospiro0
and my birthday!
2006-10-01 02:30:19
8.   trainwreck
Happy Birthday!
2006-10-01 03:31:59
9.   dzzrtRatt
Brilliant post, Bob.
2006-10-01 11:38:04
10.   Travis
I thought MLB recently changed its rule on counting statistics in tiebreaker games in regular season statistics. I'm pretty sure they don't count now.

If so, even if Oswalt struck out 11 on Tuesday, he wouldn't be the NL strikeout leader.

2006-10-01 12:24:26
11.   Bob Timmermann
From Rule 10.21

Any games played to break a divisional tie shall be included in the statistics for that championship season.

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