Great show, guys. I’m still holding out hope for the division, even though it’s going to be tough.
The one-game playoff is stupid. Sure, all of the added end-of-the-season suspense is good, but it’s a poor addition to the playoffs because of the undue amount of importance on a single game.
That being said, Medlen should start that game. And the way his schedule lines up, he would go on regular rest:
Wed, 9/19 at Marlins
Tue, 9/25 vs Marlins
Sun, 9/30 vs Mets
Fri, 10/5 vs ____
Of course, that’s if they keep him on regular rest. With two off days after his next start (Thur 9/20 and Mon 9/24), they could give him an extra day of rest and have him pitch the first game in Pittsburgh.
@3 – David – Nice work on Medlen’s schedule the rest of the way. I really hope they do the right thing and start him there. I know I said last night that you can’t really go wrong starting Hudson there – but I take it back. Go with your best and Medlen is by far the best right now.
i think id rather face the pirates out of all of those teams. but out of the likely winners ill take the cards. brewers offense is scary, and the dodgers have alot of talent and lefty pitching. but, almost no matter who wins, (other than the brewers) they will likely be stumbling into the playoffs, based on how they are playing now.
i would pitch hanson in the playoffs, but probably not until the 7 game series.
right now, i would work the rotation so that medlen goes on regular rest for the 1 game playoff on oct 5th, with huddy going in game 1 on the 7th. minor in game 2, with medlen coming back to pitch game 3 on regular rest. (off day between game 2 and 3, right) maholm in game for with huddy going again in game 5 if needed.
Really, Medlen should start on Tue the 25th, but someone has to get skipped in order for that to happen and to line up Medlen for the 5th on regular rest and to avoid pitching him on 3 days’ rest for the wild card play-in game.
Sheesh. I feel like I typed way too much to unnecessarily explain that.
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#9 — if you can’t read that, well…nevermind. Sorry about that. It’s a clip of Kimbrel doing wind-up imitations of Smoltz, Maddux, and Glavine…and then Batista doing his imitation of Kimbrel. If that link didn’t post, search for it on mlb.com.
Also sooner or later MLB will shorten the season to 158 games. Make the Wild card series a 3 game series and extend the Division series to 7 games. At least that’s what I hope.
The idea that a one game playoff makes the season more exciting is false. I can’t really get excited because of unknown of that game. The possibility that our season could be decided in one game is depressing not exciting.
Loved it when you asked the “what would Bobby Cox do” question on Medlen vs. Hanson and everyone including me said “NO” at the same time. I even said it outloud to myself alone on the way to work. Great stuff…..
Do you think we can guess who is going to pitch closer to time if they switch up the rotation? My only thing with pitching Medlen if he is still lights out till then that he HAS to have a bad outing sometime…..
Not “Braves” related, but good luck to the Falcons tonight. HUGE game to prove that they are the team we think and HOPE they are…. On paper anyway….wait a minute, doesn’t that sound like another Atlanta sports team we know?
Also, Leah, my fellow Austen fan, if you can get hold of any of Juliet Stevenson’s readings of Austen audiobooks, get it. She’s one of the best book readers out there. She hasn’t done P & P, but I’m listening to her S & S now and they say her Emma is one of the best audiobooks recorded.
Leah, I dunno what your audiobook consumption is like, but I pay 7.99 a month to audible.com for a Gold Membership which gives me one credit per month plus discounts on whatever I buy on top of the monthly credit.
A credit can be used for anything, including the $65 unabridged Crime and Punishment, which is seriously the very, very best audio performance of a book I’ve ever heard. It’s a good service. I’ve bought up all the Lewis they have, two Austens, 3 Dostoyevsky’s, some Hawthorne, and Don Quixote, and I don’t think I’ve spent $200 yet.
Also, you can return audio books you don’t like and get your credit back, which I’ve done 3 or 4 times (their Brothers Karamazov’s are awful).