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2011-08-19 10:39:07 AM
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ROLL TRIBE
 
2011-08-19 10:43:26 AM
I never thought I'd hear the words "The Brewers can't be stopped" to describe anything other than a drive into last pace.

This is such a weird day.
 
2011-08-19 11:24:35 AM
Sorry, but the Brewers have been feasting on the dregs on the NL Central for most of the month. It's good they're beating teams that a solid squad should be able to handle, but let's see how they fare when they have to play the Phillies or the Diamondbacks.

I think if the playoffs started today, we'd be in Philadelphia for the opening series. That'll be ow.
 
2011-08-19 11:57:45 AM
Meanwhile, the Rangers took 3/4 from LA this week to open a 6 game lead. Would have been a 4 game sweep too if not for Trumbo. Colby Lewish pitched a GREAT game. Hopfully, we get that Colby, the good Colby for the playoffs

/Only 4.5 games back out of 1st in the AL now too.
 
2011-08-19 12:56:30 PM
Goddamndogassastros.
 
2011-08-19 01:26:11 PM
So the Indians have taken seven of ten, including 2/3 against Detroit and 2/3 in Chicago, both series I expected them to lose. Following a four-game series in Detroit, we've got 11 games against the Mariners, Royals and Athletics. This is good.
 
2011-08-19 01:29:03 PM
There's still hope for the Pirates (to finish above .500)
 
2011-08-19 01:32:51 PM

CavalierEternal: So the Indians have taken seven of ten, including 2/3 against Detroit and 2/3 in Chicago, both series I expected them to lose. Following a four-game series in Detroit, we've got 11 games against the Mariners, Royals and Athletics. This is good.


Meanwhile in Detroit Jim Leyland continues to post some of the dumbest batting orders in the history of baseball to ensure the Tigers blow their lead.

How Jim Leyland is hurting the Tigers (new window)

That and no pitcher except Verlander seems to know how to win a game without a 6 run cushion.
 
2011-08-19 02:04:36 PM
And my beloved Giants continue to self-destruct. :(
 
2011-08-19 03:58:06 PM

Hauptmann: Sorry, but the Brewers have been feasting on the dregs on the NL Central for most of the month. It's good they're beating teams that a solid squad should be able to handle, but let's see how they fare when they have to play the Phillies or the Diamondbacks.

I think if the playoffs started today, we'd be in Philadelphia for the opening series. That'll be ow.


Right now, it would be Arizona at Philly and Atlanta at Milwaukee. Thankfully, the Brewers only play 2 teams over .500 the rest of the season (Cardinals and Phillies).
 
2011-08-19 04:02:30 PM
no Cubs-Hendry firing thread yet?
anyways, Cub-Card game is entertaining Mooreland is not a bad announcer.
and Hope Solo will toss the first ball out Sunday and chat with the boys, and larry king is in the booth now!
/Larkey Jesper next?
 
2011-08-19 04:02:42 PM

Dancin_In_Anson: Goddamndogassastros.


I will not have you insult my Phillies' farm team like that ;)
 
2011-08-19 04:07:35 PM
www.sportable.com

/fan since '95
 
2011-08-19 04:07:41 PM
I'm hearing that the Twins will/have put Jim Thome on waivers. So if your team is playing us in the coming week, there's a good chance we'll trade him to you for a sack of sunflower seeds and some bubble gum.
 
2011-08-19 04:10:30 PM

CavalierEternal: So the Indians have taken seven of ten, including 2/3 against Detroit and 2/3 in Chicago, both series I expected them to lose


It does generally help you win when you KO a starting pitcher with a liner to the face in the second inning. I can't believe they even let Humber hang out there trying to convince them to let him stay in the game -- you order his ass into the clubhouse immediately after a guy takes a headshot like that. They put him on the 15 day DL already.
 
2011-08-19 04:10:55 PM

VvonderJesus: I'm hearing that the Twins will/have put Jim Thome on waivers. So if your team is playing us in the coming week, there's a good chance we'll trade him to you for a sack of sunflower seeds and some bubble gum.


I could see the Indians bringing him in at a discounted price in order to be able to give Travis Hafner a breather every few days, as well as to try and reclaim the 90's magic we got back when we brought in Kenny Lofton in '07.
 
2011-08-19 04:11:39 PM

CavalierEternal: So the Indians have taken seven of ten, including 2/3 against Detroit and 2/3 in Chicago, both series I expected them to lose. Following a four-game series in Detroit, we've got 11 games against the Mariners, Royals and Athletics. This is good.


It's only three games in Detroit, but your point stands. If Cleveland and Detroit stay within a game or two until the end of the season, that last series of the year will decide it.
 
2011-08-19 04:12:54 PM

lacrossestar83: [www.sportable.com image 542x600]

/fan since '95


sweeeet!

larry king his trying to sing "take me out" now.....cuuuuuubbies!
 
2011-08-19 04:13:32 PM

Leeds37: CavalierEternal: So the Indians have taken seven of ten, including 2/3 against Detroit and 2/3 in Chicago, both series I expected them to lose. Following a four-game series in Detroit, we've got 11 games against the Mariners, Royals and Athletics. This is good.

It's only three games in Detroit, but your point stands. If Cleveland and Detroit stay within a game or two until the end of the season, that last series of the year will decide it.


Ah, my mistake. The Seattle series is the four-game, I forgot that we had a double-header next week.
 
2011-08-19 04:14:32 PM
as a baseball fan, would like to see Thome go back to the tribe.
 
2011-08-19 04:16:45 PM

CavalierEternal: VvonderJesus: I'm hearing that the Twins will/have put Jim Thome on waivers. So if your team is playing us in the coming week, there's a good chance we'll trade him to you for a sack of sunflower seeds and some bubble gum.

I could see the Indians bringing him in at a discounted price in order to be able to give Travis Hafner a breather every few days, as well as to try and reclaim the 90's magic we got back when we brought in Kenny Lofton in '07.


Ok, but you're going to need to throw in a WWE Ice Cream Bar of The Miz.
 
2011-08-19 04:17:33 PM

VvonderJesus: CavalierEternal: VvonderJesus: I'm hearing that the Twins will/have put Jim Thome on waivers. So if your team is playing us in the coming week, there's a good chance we'll trade him to you for a sack of sunflower seeds and some bubble gum.

I could see the Indians bringing him in at a discounted price in order to be able to give Travis Hafner a breather every few days, as well as to try and reclaim the 90's magic we got back when we brought in Kenny Lofton in '07.

Ok, but you're going to need to throw in a WWE Ice Cream Bar of The Miz.


How about we call it even at a sixer of Great Lakes Christmas Ale?
 
2011-08-19 04:21:45 PM

GQueue: CavalierEternal: So the Indians have taken seven of ten, including 2/3 against Detroit and 2/3 in Chicago, both series I expected them to lose

It does generally help you win when you KO a starting pitcher with a liner to the face in the second inning. I can't believe they even let Humber hang out there trying to convince them to let him stay in the game -- you order his ass into the clubhouse immediately after a guy takes a headshot like that. They put him on the 15 day DL already.


I've been waiting to see a .gif of him taking the baseball to the dome with "BOOM HEADSHOT" guy worked in there somehow.


I myself am stoked for the game tonight. It won't be starting until 1am local time, but there's a bar across town that is usually open all night long on weekends during baseball season where I usually meet up with a few other expats for the big games. I will be wearing my horn-rims and my replica 1989-vintage Rick Vaughn #99 jersey. Will probably get some odd looks on the Métro, but whatever.
 
2011-08-19 04:22:38 PM

expobill: as a baseball fan, would like to see Thome go back to the tribe.


Phillies, where he'd have a actual chance to win the WS.

FTFY
 
2011-08-19 04:24:36 PM

Goopotato: There's still hope for the Pirates (to finish above .500)


They just might squeak by and end the season a game or two over 500. Everyone blames the losing streak on the bad call in Atlanta, but it sure seems to be their problems started when Pedro Alvarez returned.

Now that Superman has returned to Smallville, they just might get back on track. Winning the series against the Phillies was a good start.
 
2011-08-19 04:25:51 PM

geo9270: expobill: as a baseball fan, would like to see Thome go back to the tribe.

Phillies, where he'd have a actual chance to win the WS.

FTFY


The point of his going back to Cleveland would be that it's a good baseball story. He'd be going back to the team that he started out on, played for for eleven years and whose cap he'll be wearing into the HoF one day.

The only reason he'd go back to Philly would be to try and piggyback to a World Series that he probably wouldn't even see any playing time in.
 
2011-08-19 04:30:27 PM
Trumbo stabbed me in the heart last night.
 
2011-08-19 04:32:00 PM

NuttierThanEver: Meanwhile in Detroit Jim Leyland continues to post some of the dumbest batting orders in the history of baseball to ensure the Tigers blow their lead.


What, you mean regularly putting 3 of your worst hitters 1, 2, and 3 doesn't make sense?

Cabrera is barely going to eke out 100 RBIs this year. But why put Avila in front of him when you can put Magglio?
 
2011-08-19 04:34:36 PM

CavalierEternal:

How about we call it even at a sixer of Great Lakes Christmas Ale?


I have to consult my close personal friend Nevin Shapiro first.
 
2011-08-19 04:35:09 PM

Uncle Pooky: Trumbo stabbed me in the heart last night.


You guys hava good lead and team, good luck on the playoff run.
 
2011-08-19 04:35:51 PM

VvonderJesus: CavalierEternal:

How about we call it even at a sixer of Great Lakes Christmas Ale?

I have to consult my close personal friend Nevin Shapiro first.


If this ends in a hotel gang-bang, I feel like everyone wins.
 
2011-08-19 04:36:11 PM

Hauptmann: Sorry, but the Brewers have been feasting on the dregs on the NL Central for most of the month. It's good they're beating teams that a solid squad should be able to handle, but let's see how they fare when they have to play the Phillies or the Diamondbacks.

I think if the playoffs started today, we'd be in Philadelphia for the opening series. That'll be ow.


Cubs took 2 of 3 from playoff-bound Atlanta and then went into historically-bad Houston and resumed with embarrassing themselves as a baseball team.

It doesn't matter who you play. When you're winning as many games as the Brewers are winning, there's no taking away from it.
 
2011-08-19 04:37:52 PM

CavalierEternal: VvonderJesus: CavalierEternal:

How about we call it even at a sixer of Great Lakes Christmas Ale?

I have to consult my close personal friend Nevin Shapiro first.

If this ends in a hotel gang-bang, I feel like everyone wins.


except for the hotel
 
2011-08-19 04:44:02 PM
The Central will be decided this weekend. The team that takes this series takes the division. Yes, I know that they still have 6 more games against each other but the winner of this series wins it.
 
2011-08-19 04:59:21 PM
www.wallpaperpimper.com
 
2011-08-19 05:02:27 PM
Ever since the Nyjer Morgan/Kite flying thing, I decided to be a Brewers bandwaggoner. Good timing, hope they keep it up.
 
2011-08-19 05:11:00 PM

CavalierEternal: VvonderJesus: I'm hearing that the Twins will/have put Jim Thome on waivers. So if your team is playing us in the coming week, there's a good chance we'll trade him to you for a sack of sunflower seeds and some bubble gum.

I could see the Indians bringing him in at a discounted price in order to be able to give Travis Hafner a breather every few days, as well as to try and reclaim the 90's magic we got back when we brought in Kenny Lofton in '07.


in that case, is Paul Sorrento or Carlos Baerga available?
 
2011-08-19 05:16:26 PM

Leeds37: CavalierEternal: So the Indians have taken seven of ten, including 2/3 against Detroit and 2/3 in Chicago, both series I expected them to lose. Following a four-game series in Detroit, we've got 11 games against the Mariners, Royals and Athletics. This is good.

It's only three games in Detroit, but your point stands. If Cleveland and Detroit stay within a game or two until the end of the season, that last series of the year will decide it.


The really interesting thing about that weekend.......the preceeding week the Indians come home from a road trip to play Seattle (make-up game) and 4 against the Sox, 4 against the Twins (twoo double-headers). What a gauntlet.....if they take the division....they'll be spent for the playoffs. No way will the bullpen hold up.
 
2011-08-19 05:23:54 PM
Since the Mariners are playing hockey these days, I'm becoming interested in the Brewers.
 
2011-08-19 05:24:09 PM

CavalierEternal: VvonderJesus: CavalierEternal: VvonderJesus: I'm hearing that the Twins will/have put Jim Thome on waivers. So if your team is playing us in the coming week, there's a good chance we'll trade him to you for a sack of sunflower seeds and some bubble gum.

I could see the Indians bringing him in at a discounted price in order to be able to give Travis Hafner a breather every few days, as well as to try and reclaim the 90's magic we got back when we brought in Kenny Lofton in '07.

Ok, but you're going to need to throw in a WWE Ice Cream Bar of The Miz.

How about we call it even at a sixer of Great Lakes Christmas Ale?


Wait.... Last year's Christmas Ale (which is probably stale by now), or Christmas Ale to be named later?
 
2011-08-19 05:25:32 PM

steeltormentor: Leeds37: CavalierEternal: So the Indians have taken seven of ten, including 2/3 against Detroit and 2/3 in Chicago, both series I expected them to lose. Following a four-game series in Detroit, we've got 11 games against the Mariners, Royals and Athletics. This is good.

It's only three games in Detroit, but your point stands. If Cleveland and Detroit stay within a game or two until the end of the season, that last series of the year will decide it.

The really interesting thing about that weekend.......the preceeding week the Indians come home from a road trip to play Seattle (make-up game) and 4 against the Sox, 4 against the Twins (twoo double-headers). What a gauntlet.....if they take the division....they'll be spent for the playoffs. No way will the bullpen hold up.


I would be far more worried about the Tigers bullpen if I was you. The Indians bullpen after 44 games in 45 days is still better than Detroit's bullpen on four days rest.
 
2011-08-19 05:35:07 PM
St. Ru lets Dotel pitch to a lefty and loses game. He's a genius.
 
2011-08-19 05:35:33 PM
Go Rangers!
 
2011-08-19 05:36:10 PM

CavalierEternal: steeltormentor: Leeds37: CavalierEternal: So the Indians have taken seven of ten, including 2/3 against Detroit and 2/3 in Chicago, both series I expected them to lose. Following a four-game series in Detroit, we've got 11 games against the Mariners, Royals and Athletics. This is good.

It's only three games in Detroit, but your point stands. If Cleveland and Detroit stay within a game or two until the end of the season, that last series of the year will decide it.

The really interesting thing about that weekend.......the preceeding week the Indians come home from a road trip to play Seattle (make-up game) and 4 against the Sox, 4 against the Twins (two double-headers). What a gauntlet.....if they take the division....they'll be spent for the playoffs. No way will the bullpen hold up.

I would be far more worried about the Tigers bullpen if I was you. The Indians bullpen after 44 games in 45 days is still better than Detroit's bullpen on four days rest.


Oh believe me, if Leyland doesn't screw it up...the bullpen probably will. Sparky Anderson used to use his 'set-up' men by bringing them in for a particular batter. Leyland starts out the half-inning with 'em....whether or not the previous pitcher was on fire or barely survived the inning. Makes no sense to me at all. If Verlander or Sherzer just got through the 7th, bring 'em back out. Heck, Papa Grande might only need to pitch to 1 or 2 batters to end it.
 
2011-08-19 05:54:03 PM
Well actually, Subby, Kershaw did manage to stop the Brewers yesterday, but the series was still 3 games to 1 at the end. But I digress.

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THE JUGGERNAUT ROLLS ON.
 
2011-08-19 05:54:07 PM
Scherzer better not fark everything up tonight.

Go Tigers
 
2011-08-19 05:56:08 PM
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CUBS WIN! CUBS WIN!
 
2011-08-19 05:56:37 PM

steeltormentor: If Verlander or Sherzer just got through the 7th, bring 'em back out.


Verlander gets that level of trust all the time, Sherzer is another story. Leyland's big problem is being too loyal to his players and using them in situations where he shouldn't.
 
2011-08-19 05:57:24 PM
Jason Kipnis is on the D.L. now. Woe is Cleveland.
 
2011-08-19 06:04:54 PM

CmndrFish: Well actually, Subby, Kershaw did manage to stop the Brewers yesterday, but the series was still 3 games to 1 at the end. But I digress.

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THE JUGGERNAUT ROLLS ON.


it was only after seeing this image this big that i finally saw that it contained letters
 
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