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  1. METROPOLITAN 1. New York Rangers 5. New York Islanders 6. Washington Capitals 8. Pittsburgh Penguins 9. Columbus Blue Jackets 10. Philadelphia Flyers 14. New Jersey Devils 16. Carolina Hurricanes ATLANTIC 2. Boston Bruins 3. Montréal Canadiens 4. Tampa Bay Lightning 7. Detroit Red Wings 11. Toronto Maple Leafs 12. Florida Panthers 13. Ottawa Senators 15. Buffalo Sabres PACIFIC 2. Los Angeles Kings 4. Anaheim Ducks 8. Vancouver Canucks 9. San Jose Sharks 11. Arizona Coyotes 12. Calgary Flames 13. Edmonton Oilers CENTRAL 1. Chicago Blackhawks 3. Colorado Avalanche 5. St. Louis Blues 6. Minnesota Wild 7. Dallas Stars 10. Nashville Predators 14. Winnipeg Jets PLAYOFFS EAST New York Rangers defeat Pittsburgh Penguins in 5 Boston Bruins defeat Detroit Red Wings in 6 Montréal Canadiens defeat Tampa Bay Lightning in 5 New York Islanders defeat Washington Capitals in 7 New York Rangers defeat New York Islanders in 6 Boston Bruins defeat Montréal Canadiens in 7 Boston Bruins defeat New York Rangers in 6 WEST Chicago Blackhawks over Dallas Stars in 5 Los Angeles Kings over Minnesota Wild in 6 Anaheim Ducks over Vancouver Canucks in 5 Colorado Avalanche over St. Louis Blues in 7 Chicago Blackhawks defeat Colorado Avalanche in 7 Los Angeles Kings defeat Anaheim Ducks in 6 Chicago Blackhawks defeat Los Angeles Kings in 6 STANLEY CUP FINALS Chicago Blackhawks defeat Boston Bruins in 5
  2. If I had told you five years ago today that the Orioles, who lost 98 games in 2009, would be facing off with the Royals, who lost 97 games in 2009 in the ALCS five years down the road, you'd laugh me out of the building. Needless to say, this is going to be a very...refreshing, shall we say, ALCS. It's going to be a great series to watch. The team with the most home runs in baseball versus the team with the least. The team with by far the most stolen bases in baseball versus the team with by far the least. Two absolutely polar opposite small market teams squaring off to see which one goes to the World Series for the first time since the 1980s. Just to think that either the Baltimore Orioles or Kansas City Royals will be playing in a World Series this year. Wow. It's gonna take a while for this to sink in, but it is oh so sweet.
  3. This is baseball's biggest problem. at least they're trying to fix it. I'd love to see umpires stop letting these guys fiddle with their gloves after every pitch. The bat didn't even come off your shoulders. You stood entirely still. What the f-ck do you need to adjust your gloves for?It's the batter's way of buying time to contemplate his approach for the next pitch. When you're facing a pitcher who's got not only a fastball in the high-90s but a ridiculous change-up and wicked curveball (or off-speed of some sort) as well, it's important for the hitter to have a really good idea of his approach on a pitcher-by-pitcher, pitch-by-pitch basis. Bull- . I played baseball for damn near 20 years. You don't need to step out on every pitch to get "a really good idea of the pitcher's approach." If you can't figure that out by watching from the dugout and on-deck circle, you suck and all the time in the world between pitches isn't going to help. It's a lot different when the pitch is being thrown at a speed such that you have to start the swinging process before the pitch is actually thrown.
  4. This is baseball's biggest problem. at least they're trying to fix it. I'd love to see umpires stop letting these guys fiddle with their gloves after every pitch. The bat didn't even come off your shoulders. You stood entirely still. What the f-ck do you need to adjust your gloves for?It's the batter's way of buying time to contemplate his approach for the next pitch. When you're facing a pitcher who's got not only a fastball in the high-90s but a ridiculous change-up and wicked curveball (or off-speed of some sort) as well, it's important for the hitter to have a really good idea of his approach on a pitcher-by-pitcher, pitch-by-pitch basis.
  5. The baseball gods would surely make up for this by providing a Cardinals-Giants NLCS. Honestly, Cardinals over Orioles in 6 is probably the most likely World Series scenario as it stands right now.
  6. Removing Shields after only 88 pitches in favor of a raw rookie starting pitcher not used to coming out of the bullpen probably wasn't Ned Yost's greatest display of brilliance.
  7. I'll chime in with my predictions: AL Wild Card Game Oakland Athletics 2, Kansas City Royals 3 (What's that, you say? A win-or-go-home game featuring the A's? The trend continues here as James Shields leads the hosting Royals to their first postseason victory in a coon's age.) NL Wild Card Game San Francisco Giants 4, Pittsburgh Pirates 7 (Over 40,000 strong at PNC Park lead their Pirates to a wild card game victory for the second consecutive season) American League Divisional Series Detroit Tigers over Baltimore Orioles 3-2 (The homer-happy Orioles may find it difficult to rely on the long ball against an extraordinary Tigers' pitching staff. Baltimore's offense may flourish at Camden Yards, but Detroit and its more balanced offense will ultimately come out on top.) Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim over Kansas City Royals 3-0 (The Royals, having already pitched James Shields in the wild card game, will be unable to outscore the 98 win Angels, who should take care of the Royals in this series with little resistance.) National League Divisional Series Los Angeles Dodgers over St. Louis Cardinals 3-1 (One can only hope that the Cards' luck will run out against a Dodgers team that seems primed for a deep playoff run. St. Louis shouldn't be able to match up to Los Angeles in this series.) Washington Nationals over Pittsburgh Pirates 3-2 (The stellar starting pitching the Nationals boast will be enough to take care of the Pirates in the end, but not without a few scares along the way.) American League Championship Series Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim over Detroit Tigers 4-3 (Scherzer, Price, and Company will shine for Detroit, but the Angels will exploit the Tigers' bullpen and win some key games late to take home the AL Pennant.) National League Championship Series Los Angeles Dodgers over Washington Nationals 4-2 (Dodgers starting pitchers will narrowly overmatch their Nationals counterparts, and the LA offense will prove superior to that of Washington as Kershaw and Co. snatch the NL Pennant.) 2014 World Series Los Angeles Dodgers over Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 4-2 (This Freeway Series will feature Mike Trout being cooled off by Dodgers pitching, as Clayton Kershaw adds a World Series ring to his collection that already consists of three Cy Young awards and an MVP trophy.)
  8. This'll be your catch-all thread for Major League Baseball playoffs discussion, predictions, Cardinals-related complaints, etc.
  9. It's not hard to lose a baseball game when your bullpen in said game consists of a guy who was cut from the Sioux Falls Canaries earlier this season, John flipping Axford, and Bobby "The Raspberries" LaFromboise. Can you tell I don't want the Cardinals to win the division?
  10. As much as I hate the Yankees and believe that the whole Jeter shebang has been way overdone this entire season, watching that live go down the way it did was actually really cool.
  11. CS85, where art thou? I guess I'll have to fill in... By the end of the game, the Bears secondary was equivalent to that of an intramural flag football team for recovering alcoholics, but luckily Rex Ryan calls plays like he'd taken several dosages of narcotics and been repeatedly hit in the head with a pickaxe. Cutler played well, though.
  12. My best guess is that Pete Carroll was busy talking strategy to his team, so he just kinda said "Uh, Tarvaris, you're not busy. Head on out there for the toss.".
  13. I wonder how that conversation must have gone... Ray: Hey, Roger, just wanted to come out clean and let you know that I hit and KOed my fiancée in an Atlantic City elevator this offseason. Roger: Oh, that's alright, Ray. We'll sweep this under the rug as long as you continue to increase the NFL's revenue margin with your sky-high jersey sales and whatnot! Ray: Thanks, Rogie, you're the best!
  14. Not to mention that any chance they had of Cardinaling their way into the playoffs has been blown to bits by Melk Man's season ending injury.
  15. *insert obligatory "we'll see" comment here*Seriously, though, I think we're really beating a dead horse with these crownking imitations. Getting back to baseball, as much as I enjoyed seeing the Cubs beat up on the Brewers (well, more like the Brewers beat up on themselves; they were comically bad to say the least), all the Brewers being swept did was open the door for the damn Cardinals. And of course Cards gonna Card, so they went ahead and swept the Pirates to distance themselves from both the Brewers and Bucs and park themselves firmly in first place. In true Cubs fashion, the Pirates will probably lose two out of three at Wrigley, the Brewers will continue to spiral out of control, and the Cardinals will have a large lead on the rest of the NL Central by the end of the weekend.
  16. So the other two relievers can just burn in hell?(As to whether they'll really burn in hell or not, we'll see. )
  17. Other than Al Hrabowsky's off the wall comments what's bad about it? I for one, while love watching Cards games, would much rather listen to Mike Shannon tell me about the game. Yesterday was perfect. College football muted on the tube while listening to the Cards game on the radio. Besides, anything is better than WGN One of those condescending clowns was talking about a family of four they had met whose members were split half and half between Cubs and Cardinals. He went on to say "Well, half of 'em or winners and half of 'em are losers!" to which the other laughed. And this is after the Cubs had won the first two games of the series in convincing fashion. Aside from being supremely despicable touters of "The Cardinal Way" and all of its "we are superior and therefore entitled to winning" philosophies, they're also pretty awful commentators in my opinion. They're annoying as hell and they hardly ever have anything insightful to add to the broadcast. With regards to ing Len and JD, I've wanted a new announcing tandem for the Cubs even in the Len and Bob days when the broadcast was tolerable because Brenley's insight could sometimes trump Kasper's vapidity. You spoke too soon. . That being said, what I've seen the past few weeks is remarkably promising. I'll blame Murphy's Law and Rick Renteria for these past two losses to the Fardinals, but it's been absolutely enthralling watching the Cubs sweep the O's (especially as a Cubs fan living in the DC-Baltimore metro area heehee) and continue to perform admirably against the Reds and Cardinals. Guys like Alcantara, Soler, and Hendricks have really added to what was already a promising pool of young talent.
  18. Fox Sports Cardinals: Everything you hate about the Cardinals in the form of a TV broadcast.
  19. Kansas City and Portland are much better NHL expansion markets than Las Vegas and a second Toronto team, IMO. The NHL would have to surpass all OITGDNHL levels of stupidity displayed ever before to expand in Las Vegas. Phoenix, Miami, Raleigh, Nashville, and Dallas all have larger metro area populations than Las Vegas and those franchises all struggle to draw a sufficient crowd. Las Vegas in the NHL would be absolutely catastrophic.
  20. Kompany and Zabaleta beg to differ (and I'm sure Cahill and Terry would have a fair bit to say about that declaration as well).
  21. Are those seats the ones which (on TV) bounce up-and-down like a lowrider when La Barra Brava get into it?I'm guessing that they wouldn't be selling seats in the midst of a rowdy supporters group on StubHub, which would mean I'll be sitting in the section directly across the pitch from La Barra Brava. If not, I'll be in for quite an interesting afternoon.
  22. I'll be attending the DC United vs. New York Red Bulls match at RFK this Sunday afternoon. It should be a blast, especially since I was able to find seats in the fourth row of the Lower Midfield section for a surprisingly low cost. Not to mention I'll be witnessing Eastern Conference-leading DC United matched up against a star-studded Red Bulls side in the heat of the playoff hunt.
  23. Paging all statisticians... Game 1: Twins 20, Tigers 6 Game 2: Twins 12, Tigers 4 Game 3: Twins 6, Tigers 8 Game 4: Twins 4, Tigers 13 Aggregate score: Twins 42, Tigers 31 Total runs: 73 This has gotta be some sort of record for a four game series.