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  1. Honestly, no. But why do I need to say they are different? Both runs were fantastic and a total ride. LOLWUT
  2. I hate this sentiment. The wild card game is part the playoffs. (1) I had problems with the construction of the three division format/wild card format combined with the unbalanced schedules, too. (2) I'd prefer a straight format where the teams go into the playoffs seeded directly by record. If the one-off atrocity must exist, it should be the Mets and Dodgers playing in that game. But I think that strays too much into a different discussion entirely. Without research (though it's me; I probably already know), surely this is the first time such a circumstance has happened since 1995; the three best records in one league all being in one division. To that end, that's extremely flukish, and for the Cubs or Pirates, it's just some treacherously awful luck, but you know what? A week ago, the Pirates and Cubs faced off at Wrigley, and that series meant almost nothing, and I found that to be a baseball tragedy. Four years ago, that series means the world to both teams, and all it really was was a "ok, so Cole and Arrieta are more likely to face each other there instead of here; ok" series. I didn't enjoy that development. So, anyway, to answer your question - 2015 looks like a once-in-20-years fluke. Weird stuff happens sometimes. If the Pirates finish with 98 wins and the Cubs 97, and the Cubbies missed out because of division, it would've been a rough pill to swallow, but I'd be just a bit more ok with that happening than a scenario where a team can finish with the second best record in the entire sport, and losing a one-off could keep them out of the playoffs. At the same time, I'm completely rooting for that to happen because I enjoy seeing (3) this playoff system produce ridiculous results that further justify my venom for it; that atrocious World Series matchup we had a year ago isn't enough to satiate me. 1. The unbalanced schedule doesn't make that big of a deal. source 2a. Ranking by record is fine, but there's nothing wrong with rewarding those who won their division. Yeah, it's a bummer the Cubs and Pirates happened to be in the same division as the Cardinals, but that happens. 2b. For the best team to finish with the best record 90% percent of the time, we'd need a 10,000 game season and I don't think daily tripleheaders are going to happen. source 3. It seems to me you long for the days pre-1969 when there was just a single table and the pennant winner went straight to the World Series. No muss, no fuss. Bring on the tripleheaders, I guess.
  3. I disagree with that logic. If you are arguing that Papelbon should come back for the 9th if the game was tied, then you definitely should argue that he should come back when you're down by one. You need to keep the margin as small as possible and if a second inning from Papelbon is what does it, then so be it.
  4. Bringing in Papbelbon for two innings was perfectly fine. After Storen walked the tying run in who else are you going to bring in? The bullpen management was fine this game. It's not his fault Treinen, Rivero, Storen couldn't throw strikes. And if you're going to say that the bullpen management last night would've been fine for Game 7 of the World Series then it's good enough for last night. Last night was the definition of a must-win game. Williams's bigger flaw was having Rendon continue bunt after the count got to 3-1. I'm not on the "fire Matt Williams" bandwagon, but I'm okay with it because managers are a dime a dozen. Rizzo is a great GM though and there is no way this disappointing season is his fault.
  5. The loss of Clippard makes the bullpen worse, but it shouldn't be a huge decline from the previous season. The Scherzer signing seems to be about insuring against the future more than a "2015 or bust" mentality. After this year, both Zimmermann and Fister will be free agents. After 2016, Strasburg becomes a free agent. Maybe the Nationals are able to sign/extend all of them, but odds are they won't. Scherzer gives the Nationals flexibility to possibly trade Zimmerman, Fister, or even Strasburg to help solidify the team in the future if Rizzo deems it necessary. The question I would have is why have the Nats not taken the brakes off the guy yet? He pitched 215 innings last year. Which was good enough for 14th in the majors and 5th in the National League. I would say that the brakes have been taken off. The Nationals aren't giving up on Strasburg. Rizzo simply has the philosophy that no player is "untouchable". If Rizzo got a good return for trading Strasburg that made the Nationals better, why shouldn't he do it? IN RIZZO WE TRUST!
  6. According to the Marlins website, the depth chart at 1B is Garrett Jones, Justin Bour, and Jeff Baker. LaRoche is a better hitter and fielder than Jones and is just a year older. Bour is still an unproven rookie. Baker is essentially Garrett Jones with a better glove (but not as good as LaRoche). Signing LaRoche is an unequivocal upgrade for the Marlins. Teams can't spend eleventy billion dollars on every position.
  7. Which is exactly my point. The fact that the Royals and Giants were in the World Series doesn't mean they were the best teams. Were they good? Yes. Did they deserve to be there? Yes. Were they the best teams in baseball this year? Eh....probably not. Playoffs have a large element of randomness. There's nothing wrong with that. But it does mean that we really shouldn't make grand declarations about the greatness (or lack thereof) because they won (or failed to win) 11 or 12 games in a month. For what it's worth, the effect of the unbalanced schedule is about 1 game in the standings for the worst teams. In the case of the M's, maybe they finish in the playoffs with a balanced schedule, but maybe they still finish a game out. Source
  8. I could not possibly disagree anymore with this statement. Literally, it's not possible. I agree with him. The Angels and Nationals had their chance. They were beaten. (1) Relatively easily by the two eventual pennant winners.People joke about how they don't want their favourite NHL team to win the President's Trophy because it's, more often then not, a postseason death sentence. So why do people freak out if the World Series isn't being contested by the two teams with the best records in the Majors? The playoff system is the way it is because simply giving the best regular season team in the NL and the best regular season team in the AL berths in the World Series would mean the death of Major League Baseball. (2) And, as this post season proved, would reward teams that wouldn't deserve those berths. 1. It is an overstatement to say that the Giants defeated the Nationals "relatively easily". Yes the series was 3-1, but both teams scored the same amount of runs over the course of the series. Furthermore, San Francisco's three wins were by one run each. That series could have just as easily been a 3-0 or 3-1 Nationals series victory. That particular series was extremely close and San Francisco did enough to come out on top. 2. I disagree with this statement for a couple of reasons. First, this isn't "Highlander" where there can only be one. The Nationals, Angles, or any of the other playoff participants would've been just as deserving World Series participants. Second, it presupposes that October baseball (or playoff games in any sport) is fundamentally different than the regular season. Which isn't true. Any playoff system means that the most talented team doesn't necessarily win. That doesn't mean that the eventual champion isn't deserving, but it also doesn't mean that the non-champions were undeserving. Sometimes luck smiles the other way.
  9. I actually laughed at the Strasburg joke. Well played. Roark is likely to be the odd man out. He's something like 40 innings over his career high of innings pitched in a season so they may want to ease his workload. He's definitely pitched well enough to be in the rotation though. It's a good problem to have.
  10. Doug Fister tosses a 3 hit, 9K, complete game shutout to help the Nationals clinch the best record in the National League for the second time in three years. He also pitched enough innings to qualify for the ERA leaderboard and now stands 4th in the league.
  11. Assuming it does change if Scotland votes yes, the simplest and most obvious answer is to eliminate the blue and re-center St. Patrick's cross for Ireland. Essentially this: You can add an outline around St. George's cross like the current Union Jack has to show it being in front of St. Patrick's cross (and to make it more aesthetically pleasing).