12:10 pm January 27, 2012, by David O'Brien
January 30th, 20121:40 pm
Charles, I know it’s not fair for a 95 win team to lose a one-game wild card playoff to a 85 win team, but if they are going to have the two wild cards anyway, my thing is make it hard on the wild card teams, because I am so tired of them winning everything when they didn’t even win their division. Cases:
Marlins, 8 games back in their own division, win 97 WS.
Mets, well back in their own division, lose 2000 WS.
Angels, WC team, win 2002 WS over Giants, another WC team.
Marlins, once again a distant second in their division, win 2003 WS.
Red Sox, another WC team, win 2004 WS.
Astros, WC team, loses 2005 WS.
Tigers, WC team, loses 2006 WS.
Rockies, WC team, loses 2007 WS.
And, after a 3-year break from this madness, the 2011 Cardinals, who barely WON the WC, win the 2011 WS.
That’s 10 Wild Card teams, and 5 WC WS winners, over a 15 period, or a third of the WS participants, and a third of the WS winners, were WC teams. And because of how they settle the home field advantage for the World Series by the All-Star winners, it is fair game that a wild card team could get home field advantage if they get to the WS. And even in the other series, they still get up to 3 home games. So some kind of handicap, in my opinion, is in order. So if we MUST have two wild cards, let them face off in a single elim match-up, with the loser going home, and the winner going on the road, one major pitcher down, without any travel time. That’s my take anyway. And I’m sorry about the 95 win team, but they could have won their division and saved themselves the trouble.
January 30th, 20123:23 pm
If past history is any indication the Braves will package them all for a superstar free agent and loss him after one season. Did any of you see the Texas Rangers lineup this year. The days of Ted Turner are gone and so are our chances of a World Series appearance. I may be wrong, but I don’t think so. Go Braves anyway.
January 30th, 20124:07 pm
January 30th, 2012
If past history is any indication the Braves will package them all for a superstar free agent and loss him after one season. Did any of you see the Texas Rangers lineup this year. The days of Ted Turner are gone and so are our chances of a World Series appearance. I may be wrong, but I don’t think so. Go Braves anyway.”
Now your so-called past history (as opposed to future history, I guess) consists of how many occurences? One? Yes, it is useful to take one example, done 4 years ago when a different GM was in office, and apply that as typical policy.
January 30th, 20128:40 pm
Just the sheer number of errors that Pastornicky has had in the minors is cause for worry. I know minor league fields are reason for some extra errors, but SS is such an important fielding position that something needs to be done quickly IF Pastornicky’s error totals continue at such an alarming rate. Yes, he’s shown a good stick, but so has Simmons, and IMO Simmons will turn out to be a much better fielder.
I know some of you are saying, “My God, have SOME sort of patience”, but after the way last year ended, my patience is already wearing thin and Spring Training hasn’t even begun.
With the Nationals and Marlins taking some giant steps toward improvement, and the Braves not doing so, and with our less than stellar manager back at the helm, we could be looking up at everyone but the Mets. Better hope the pitching stays healthy and Heyward jumps back on the horse or come August, we may be ready for football season.
Is this post pessimistic enough for you? Sorry, that’s just how I feel after the Braves jumped off of the cliff last September, and with so little change being made [a hitting coach being dumped is about it, FW is otherwise crossing his fingers that injuries are few and comebacks are many], then a pessimist I will remain…for now.
February 1st, 201212:59 pm
If these guys are so good what are they doingin the minors? There defense might be good but how about there offense? We need someone who can hit. What’s the team doing to address that issue?
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