Wednesday Night Open Thread: 10/9/13

Happy Wednesday, everyone!

There is a Game Five tonight in St. Louis which means after it ends, the world will know the National League Championship Series matchup. The Dodgers are waiting to find out who their opponents are while the Pirates and Cardinals are vying for the positions.

The Pirates are looking to get into the NLCS for the first time since 1992, when I was a freshman in college and the Cardinals are looking to get in for the third year in a row. Gee, guys, give someone else a chance, would ya?

It should be an exciting night of baseball.

Enjoy the thread if you choose to actually use it.

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American League Wild-Card Preview: Rays at Indians

Tampa Bay Rays  Cleveland Indians
David DeJesus, LF Michael Bourn, CF
Wil Myers, RF Nick Swisher, 1B
James Loney, 1B Jason Kipnis, 2B
Evan Longoria, 3B Carlos Santana, DH
Ben Zobrist, 2B Michael Brantley, LF
Desmond Jennings, CF Ryan Raburn, RF
Delmon Young, DH Asdrubal Cabrera, SS
Yunel Escobar, SS Yan Gomes, C
Jose Molina, C Lonnie Chisenhall, 3B
Alex Cobb, SP Danny Salazar, SP

On September 1, the Cleveland Indians sat 3.5 games back in the Wild Card race, and 7.5 games behind the Detroit Tigers for the AL Central crown. When the dust settles on their regular season on September 29, the Indians had won the Wild Card, with only one game separating them from the Tigers. What happened in between? Danny Salazar, and a 21-6 record in the month of September.

Called up for good on August 7, pop-up prospect Danny Salazar struggled with command and the long ball in his first four starts.…

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Game 162: The party’s over

I kept telling people that I was okay with the Yankees not making it into October. I kept telling them I was tired and that I wanted a stress-free month but now that the end of the season is here, I’m really sad to see it go.

Anyway, here are the lineups for the last game of the 2013 season:

YANKEES
Nunez 5
Murphy 2
Granderson 8
Wells 7
Reynolds 3
Hafner DH
Adams 4
Ryan 6
Almonte 9

Huff P

ASTROS
Villar 6
Altuve 4
Dominguez 5
Carter 3
Martinez 9
Laird 0
Crowe 8
Corporan 2
Elmore 7

Bedard P

You’ll notice that Robinson Cano is missing from the lineup so it is quite possible that last night’s game was the last time we’ll see Cano in a Yankee uniform.

Enjoy the last Yankee game thread of the year, folks.

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Game 160: Last series of the season

Happy Friday. Here’s your game thread.

ASTROS
Villar SS
Altuve 2B
Dominguez 3B
Krauss DH
Carter 1B
Crowe LF
Hoes RF
Corporan C
Barnes CF

Oberholtzer P

YANKEES
Granderson CF
Nunez 3B
Cano DH
Soriano LF
Reynolds 1B
Adams 2B
Almonte RF
Ryan SS
Murphy C

Warren P

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Game 158: Bye Phil, don’t let the door hit ya where the good Lord split ya!

Here’s your game thread.

I’d tell you to have fun but I’m assuming this is going to be one of the worst games of the season because Phil Hughes on the mound in Yankee Stadium against the Tampa Bay Rays just spells disaster. But just think, this is probably Hughes’ last start as a Yankee so that’s a positive, right? Don’t get me wrong, I like the kid and really wish his Yankee career had turned out differently and who knows, maybe he’ll do better on another team.

RAYS
Zobrist SS
Myers RF
Loney 1B
Longoria 3B
DeJesus CF
Young DH
Joyce LF
Molina C
Johnson 2B

The Yankees will be facing David Price. Yeah, this isn’t going to go well for the boys from the Bronx at all. They couldn’t do anything against a guy who surrendered six walks and threw three wild pitches last night so what the heck will they possibly do against Price?

YANKEES
Nunez 3B
Rodriguez DH
Cano 2B
Soriano LF
Wells RF
Reynolds 1B
Granderson CF
Ryan SS
Stewart C

I’m not usually the type to encourage drinking but I think in order to get through this last few games, Yankee fans should imbibe.…

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Game 157: The final week is upon us

Well, this is depressing.

I thought I’d be okay with having a relaxing October but I realize now that I kind of thrive on the nerves and anxiety of playoff games and I will miss them a lot.

These are our final chances to see Mariano Rivera and Andy Pettitte pitch – Pettitte will make the final start of his career in Houston on Friday night – and it may be the last time we see some other guys like Phil Hughes, Joba Chamberlain, Curtis Granderson, Hiroki Kuroda and Robinson Cano. It’s even possible we may not see Joe Girardi here next season.

Okay, I’ll stop now because I’m making myself even more depressed.

The Rays are coming into this series having swept the Baltimore Orioles in four games effectively killing any chance the O’s had of making the playoffs. Are the Yankees next? Probably.

Here are the lineups:

RAYS
Joyce DH
Myers RF
DeJesus LF
Longoria 3B
Zobrist 2B
Loney 1B
Lobaton C
Fuld CF
Escobar SS

Matt Moore is starting for the Rays.…

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