Just got done listening to the podcast, AWESOME show. #1 — your being pumped came through at the end of the episode, and it only fueled my fire even more. You guys should’ve had “Rocky” music playing in the background throughout the whole episode, especially during Curt’s “good signs” segment. Great stuff.
When I compare this team to the teams of the last two years, this year’s team is leagues beyond the previous two. Last year’s team, the pitching was in shambles, nobody was hitting, and even if we had made the playoffs, I had no faith in us getting anywhere. Same with 2010 — Chipper and Prado were hurt at the end of the year, and even though it felt like we could’ve made some magic for Bobby’s final year, the postseason exit wasn’t a huge shocker.
This year’s team, everybody’s healthy (knock on wood). As y’all pointed out, the pitching has been phenomenal, the hitting has been good (for the most part), the bullpen has been great.
And, there’s this: whether it’s the Dodgers or the Cardinals that we play on Friday, neither team has faced Medlen as a starter this year. So we got that going for us. Which is nice.
It is possible that Bal & NYY could end up tied and have to play one game to decide who is the AL-E champ and who is #1 WC.
And is also possible for TB, Oak & LAA to have a three-way tie to see who is the #2 WC. So, I gather:
Two of the teams would play to see who would play the third to see who would play the loser of Bal – NYY to see who would host Texas in the “first round” of the playoffs…
More fun could be that Oak flies from Texas to Florida and TB flies from Baltimore to Florida to play the next day, then TB travels to California to play LAA the next day, then TB (which is all but out of it – .01% chance according to ESPN) flies back home to Florida to host Texas the next day…
it was better this way because at best we would have tied the nats, done a one game playoff, in which case if we lost, we then do a one game wildcard playoff…burning our starters in the process…now we know we just win the wildcard playoff and we go with a 3 man rotation against nats, and win it
i dunno if i am captain obvious and you said this in the podcast…havent listend yet