231 thoughts on “SEC picks, also there is a baseball game tonight”

  1. Can’t BELIEVE how many hours of my formative years Stephen J. Cannell was responsible for… This isn’t ALL of his stuff I watched… but these are ones I know I watched fairly regularly at one point or another.

    * 21 Jump Street
    * The A-Team
    * Baa Baa Black Sheep
    * The Commish
    * The Greatest American Hero
    * Hardcastle and McCormick
    * Hunter
    * Magnum, P.I. (acting)
    * Riptide
    * The Rockford Files
    * Stingray

    Just the hours watching A-Team, Magnum, and Rockford really add up.

  2. Ok scratch that. Let’s just say I’ll feel a little better if you guys beat Florida this weekend.

  3. She was very hot in Dollhouse, a show I actually liked. But she was one of the weaker links in the show. The strongest links, in my opinion, were Olivia Williams, Enver Gjokaj, Reed Diamond, and my college acquaintance Fran Kranz.

  4. Phillies lineup – no Victorino or Polanco:

    Rollins SS
    Francisco RF
    Utley 2B
    Howard 1B
    Werth CF
    Ibanez LF
    Dobbs 3B
    Ruiz C
    Kendrick P

  5. What are the chances Charlie and Bobby have a gentleman’s agreement for the phillies to take it easy this weekend and let a win or two slide the braves way?

  6. Continuing our conversation from the last thread about our Northerly Neighbors, here’s a slightly riveting story about Quebec, “The Most Corrupt Province in Canada“!

    (It being Canada, the magazine has already apologized for having given offense, writing, “Maclean’s is a great supporter of both the Carnaval and of Quebec tourism. Our coverage of political issues in the province will do nothing to diminish that support.”)

  7. RH Vance Worley will pitch Sat for Phillies. Hamels will pitch Sunday. They are going #1 Doc, #2 Oswalt, #3 Hamels for playoffs.

  8. @15

    I think as of now there are only standing room tickets available for this weekend.

  9. #15/#18 – yeah, thats true. I heard it was a packed house and only about 50-100 standing room tickets available now

  10. By the way, for those of you who wondered what was up with Will Carroll, wonder no longer:

    I left Baseball Prospectus – and let me be very clear: I left – for a number of reasons, but the most significant is that I have impossibly high standards for my work. I’m wrong a lot. It’s the nature of what I do, but each instance burns me. There was an episode this summer where it was clear the goals of the organization and the goals I had didn’t mesh any more. I can’t say any more about that, but it was the final straw for me and at that point, I began the process of leaving. In the end, I bought myself out of the contract and sold back the equity I had earned in the company. It was a better option for me not to write at all than continue to write there.

  11. Werth in centerfield tonight. Boras will be pleased.

    I know it probably makes sense with a two game lead with three to play, but I was kind of hoping we’d just keep rolling with the three man rotation right through the playoffs. We’re all-in at this point.

  12. The Phillies “taking it easy” are still way more talented than the Braves “desperately fighting for a playoff spot.”

    I know the other options suck, but it still burns me that Melky is in the lineup. Especially with a flyball pitcher in there.

  13. Great. Fox Sports has pulled their programming from Dish Network after Dish refused to pay a rate increase. Now I can’t watch the game. Anybody know were I can get it online?

  14. Courtney C- send me an email (greerscott50@gmail) and I will give you my password for MLB.com. I live inPhilly and I’m work, so the game is blacked out for me.

  15. I hope Turner is packed for Bobby this weekend. I can’t be there, unfortunately.

    Yeah I won’t be there either but, for reasons I’m not entirely clear on, I will be attending Joe Torre’s final game as Dodger manager on Sunday.

    I have three pretty sweet tickets and will be taking my daughter and her best friend. So it will be me, two five year old girls with no interest in baseball, and a meaningless Dodgers-DBacks game during the hottest week of the year. I expect it to be every bit as miserable as it sounds. Like Beachy tonight, if we make past the fifth inning, it will be a miracle.

    The Dad of the other girl, who is from Scotland and knows precious little about the game, wanted to take the girls and finally got tickets for the last game of the year. But – you guessed it – had a last minute business trip come up and now I’m stuck with it. It is Fan Appreciation Day presented by Hyundai so maybe I’ll win a car (if ‘car’ is indeed the proper word for a Hyundai). Although given the current ownership situation I expect the prizes to be pretty lean this year.

  16. I’m listening to Reds announcers talking about how, if Drew Stubbs were a rookie, he’d win ROY over Heyward this year…

    Can this game start already?

  17. With Hinske hitting a homer and getting a bases loaded walk in his last 2 PA I’m surprised he isn’t getting a start tonight. At least he is a power threat.

  18. If Albert Pujols were a rookie, he’d beat Heyward for the award, too, IMO.

    Any Milton High alums on this board? VU’s looking to close out its 2011 hoops recruiting class with an athletic shooter named Dai-Jon Parker. I’m trying to remember the last basketball player from Georgia we signed, and it may have been Brendan Plavich back in 2000. Kind of hard to believe.

  19. 36- The crazier part is that I think he can really get it done, based on his first two starts.

  20. He’s facing almost all of them. Victorino sits, but I don’t think anyone else scary is out. If Beachy can get through this, I’ll be impressed.

  21. has heyward been wearing the protective brace on his thumb while running? i dont remember.

  22. Watching Melky’s swing is like watching Frenchy. You see them swinging so hard just to see a routine flyout, ha.

  23. Hey,did you guys hear? Beachy was not drafted? Wow. On a side note, Jerome Bettis is from Detroit.

  24. So, the braves goes to po if the braves win and the padres lose today?

    Nella fantasia esiste un vento caldo,
    Io sogno d’anime che sono sempre libere,
    Come le nuvole che volano

    I have been being addicted to an angel’s voice.

  25. 69- That’s right. If either happens, the Braves are guaranteed to host a play-in game.

  26. Chip must’ve not ever heard the word “jinx” before. He keeps talking about the playoffs like there a done deal and it’s making me nervous.

  27. That Georgia lottery commercial was indefensible. Not just a bad idea, but an idea that leaves no beginnings of a clue as to what its aims or inspirations were.

    Because goats breathe fire, right? In fairy tales and stuff?

    Oh, well at least it’s normal to bring a goat to a bar and grill, right? And goats are emblematic of luck and gambling. No?

    Well, here we go. At least there’s that old story about the goat that laid the golden eggs. That must have been it. Wait, goats are live-birthing?

  28. Howard would have been out if we were in the shift, right? Or were we?

    Too bad about the quicksand in LF and SS. It’s really making Melky and AAG look bad.

  29. How can we get rid of Chip?

    Well, Dish Network found a way, but it’s a little extreme. Listening to Don and Jim now. I would listen more often if it was synced with TV. How on earth is Don not on TV? Don and Jim are miles better than Chip and Joe.

  30. Jim Powell is really, really good. If I get desperate, I pipe my radio through my laptop so I can delay it to sync with TV. You have to do it with broadcast radio, though, because internet radio lags.

  31. I really don’t like the idea of Beachy going through the order again next inning. Could get ugly.

  32. The phillies don’t have any easy outs. No melkys on that team.

    .396 OBP for Ruiz. Really? He actually leads the team.

  33. Melky sprints backwards to play the ball on a short-hop. He’s one of the worst all-around players I’ve ever seen (and there have been *lots* of bad Braves over the years). How this guy is on a major league roster is just baffling to me.

    (There that should be enough poor-mouthing to at least force Melky to get the game winning hit tonight)

  34. I’m kind of glad he only struck out with a guy on first. When he’s up, I expect the worst.

  35. Well he’s 0 for his last 18 and has a sub 600 OPS this month. Can’t do much worse than that.

  36. When the team really need him, if he can’t be available. He is a good-for-nothing. Though chipper is one of my favorite braves even he is a good-for-nothing. He is not a real hero.

  37. I would like to introduce Melky to a nifty new maneuver. It’s called the “slide”. Quite useful when trying to get to that ball at your feet.

  38. I don’t think NL minor league affiliates should have the DH. Pitchers need to learn to hit, baserun, etc.

  39. Chip said all year long Heyward has been clutch, which makes me immediately think he hasn’t been.

  40. Heyward actually has been “clutch.” .930 OPS with RISP, 1.095 OPS with RISP and two outs.

  41. this is past bobby being stubborn. now, he’s just being an idiot. MELKY IS HORRIBLE, BOBBY! WHY WOULD YOU BAT SOMEONE HORRIBLE 5TH?

  42. @123 I know. I just thought it had become a perverse universe now that I just assume anything Chip says is wrong.

  43. Mystery Date
    Mystery Date

    Will it be a Lee? GASP
    Or a Melky….sigh.

    Open the door for your Mystery Date.

  44. Beachy’s struck out 15 in 15 innings. Just so you know. Really, I’d be in favor of carrying him as a long man on the NLDS roster. Especially if it’s him versus Melky.

  45. This situation feels familiar. Throw it 3 inches outside and see if he calls it strike three.

  46. I have no problem with that error going to Conrad. Conrad needs to have the arm strength to throw to first base with a catcher running.

  47. Moylan should have been out of the inning but you only exacerbate the problem by letting him face a LHB.

  48. He might be because of Medlen being on the 60 day DL, but I think we have to use that spot on Kimbrel who wasn’t on the 25 man on August 31st.

  49. Let me get this straight:

    A ball to center that should have been caught
    intentional walk
    error on easy grounder with catcher running

  50. We have multiple guys. Medlen, Chipper, Prado. The positional constraint is only within a playoff series, not for subbing people on the postseason roster.

  51. Even with this loss we’re in good shape. Out of 32 possibilities from the three NL West games and the two Braves games:

    In 26 situations, Braves win the wild card.
    In 3 situations, Braves tie just the Pads.
    In two situations, Braves tie the Pads and Giants.

    Only one out of 32 situations remaining if the team loses this game results in the Braves’ outright elimination.

  52. This sucks. Chip and Joe are clueless. No insight. I wish I could put this comment section on my tv and mute these two homers.

  53. This is not even close to a playoff caliber team. It will be some weird type of karmic justice when we back in after getting swept but the Pads losing 2 of 3, then proceed to win the World Series via a streak of completely improbable luck.

  54. You know you’re bad when Chip says something about you that is actually true and not just stupid.

  55. anyone else have Dish Network? What the hell is this with them not carrying Fox channels due to Fox’s price increases? its complete BS

  56. Put Kawakami in so the relievers Bobby likes to use are all (except Moylan) completely rested.

  57. If it makes anybody feel better, this was probably our least favorable matchup of the three, assuming the Hamels start is largely a bullpen game.

  58. MLB network has a thing in the corner saying “NYY/BOS rain delay.” Would they skip Giants/Pads for the Yankersox?

    I mean, I can always watch it on the MLB.TV, but the cable channel tends to not stutter at inopportune moments. Plus, it would just suck to exist in a world where that would happen.

  59. Beachy pitched his ass off.

    Basically it’s going to take a miracle for us to win on a day when Agony, Melky and McLoser are all in the lineup.

  60. My MLB network says Braves/phils but is showing TB/KC because I live in atl. Next game shows giants/pads.

  61. I think Hamels AND Oswalt are both pitching a few innings Sunday. So it has to happen tomorrow or we’re effd

  62. I really wish these guys would stop talking about Braves’ fans wishing the Phils would call off the dogs. We don’t. We want our guys to play freaking baseball. Cover 2nd. Catch a ball hit right at you. Look like you want to go to the post season.

  63. That play at the plate was nice. Padres pushed too hard, and the Giants didn’t mess it up.

  64. mac,
    let it go down that mike minor should have gotten out of that inning unscathed. brooks conrad sure is showing tonight why he’s a bench player and not a regular starter.

  65. Also, the more runs they score, the easier this game becomes to forget. Let’s hope the Giants win and just move on to tomorrow.

  66. Glad they got Boscan in. Seems like there have been some disasters that he should have gotten into before, and he was running out of time.

  67. fitting. melky will get to make the last out. it’s hard to blame cox on a night when the braves lose 11-5, but putting melky in the lineup at 5th is like playing russian roulette with 6 bullets.

  68. Very true, Mac. It’s a shame that he’s finally coming around but the rest of the team is just done.

    God, it needs to be tomorrow, and we need to freaking win.

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