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(Washington Post)   DC has a baseball team in the postseason for the first time since 1933. So do the players spray champage all over themselves like idiots? Nah, they sip it out of glasses. "We have a much bigger picture in mind"   (washingtonpost.com) divider line 53
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2012-09-21 12:32:02 PM
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2012-09-21 12:42:14 PM
I came
He and I came
The three of us came

EVERYONE came!
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2012-09-21 02:29:17 PM
Do they reactivate Strasburg?
 
2012-09-21 02:34:16 PM

thecpt: Do they reactivate Strasburg?


No way. they have shut him down. It would be counter intuitive and stupid to shut him down for a month then have him start throwing for a few post season starts.

They should have shut him down in April/May, like the Braves did with Medlen (into July even before he became a regular starter), so they would have him available down the stretch and into the post season.

I somehow don't think that management was really thinking playoffs this season or that would have been the obvious play.
 
2012-09-21 02:34:18 PM

thecpt: Do they reactivate Strasburg?


No. And stop asking.
 
2012-09-21 02:36:12 PM

thecpt: Do they reactivate Strasburg?


Yes, of course. So much has changed in the last 12 days.
 
2012-09-21 02:39:44 PM
I'm glad the Expos have a much bigger picture in mind. Cause everyone else is thinking, "we don't want to win a World Series."
 
2012-09-21 02:50:29 PM

srhp29: thecpt: Do they reactivate Strasburg?

No way. they have shut him down. It would be counter intuitive and stupid to shut him down for a month then have him start throwing for a few post season starts.

They should have shut him down in April/May, like the Braves did with Medlen (into July even before he became a regular starter), so they would have him available down the stretch and into the post season.

I somehow don't think that management was really thinking playoffs this season or that would have been the obvious play.


Meanwhile, Justin Verlander has thrown 100 pitches in something like 85 of his last 86 starts. Does his arm look like mush to you?

/I mean, if I wanted to see a museum piece, I'd go to the Smithsonian.
 
2012-09-21 02:51:50 PM
What did Harper have? A Fresca?
 
2012-09-21 03:06:44 PM

lunchinlewis: What did Harper have? A Fresca?


That's a clown question, bro
 
2012-09-21 03:17:55 PM
They just clinched no worse than the opportunity to play in the Wild Card Play-In Game. If they can't nail down the Division after backsliding (and losing three to the Braves), then it's a premature celebration.
 
2012-09-21 03:21:15 PM
1) Season's not over yet. Clinching is good, but celebrations aren't in order until the season's over. You still have to play some games.
2) Celebrating a wild-card spot seems...silly. Yes, you made the playoffs, but there's a bit of conventional wisdom in sports that if you only look at the series ahead of you (ALDS/CS), you may run out of gas winning that one, and not have anything left for the series after. The Nats do well to remember that they have to winubianmes once the postseason starts, and not to celebrate too much until postseason win #19.
3) The players always look like goons in those champagne-shower locker rooms. Unless they just won the WS, they look like fratboy morons celebrating on Thursday night, forgetting ALLLL about the P-Chem final on Friday morning.

// pffft, like a fratboy's in P-Chem
 
2012-09-21 03:23:52 PM

Dr Dreidel: The Nats do well to remember that they have to winubianmes once the postseason starts,


WTF kind of filterpwn was that?

The Nats do well to remember that they have to win nineteen games once the postseason starts,

// "win -the number 19- games" = attractive and successful?
 
2012-09-21 03:40:08 PM

Dr Dreidel: Dr Dreidel: The Nats do well to remember that they have to winubianmes once the postseason starts,

WTF kind of filterpwn was that?

The Nats do well to remember that they have to win nineteen games once the postseason starts,

// "win -the number 19- games" = attractive and successful?


that's the best filterpwn I've seen yet. In case you haven't figured out why yet, 1=I and 9= g so if you parse it wi- n*one*nine*ga- mes you get winubianmes after filter.
 
2012-09-21 03:40:33 PM

Dr Dreidel: Dr Dreidel: The Nats do well to remember that they have to winubianmes once the postseason starts,

WTF kind of filterpwn was that?

The Nats do well to remember that they have to win nineteen games once the postseason starts,

// "win -the number 19- games" = attractive and successful?


No team has ever won 19 post season games, so they are screwed.
 
2012-09-21 03:55:50 PM

srhp29: Dr Dreidel: Dr Dreidel: The Nats do well to remember that they have to winubianmes once the postseason starts,

WTF kind of filterpwn was that?

The Nats do well to remember that they have to win nineteen games once the postseason starts,

// "win -the number 19- games" = attractive and successful?

No team has ever won 19 post season games, so they are screwed.


PLAY AS MANY AS 19 games. They only have to win 11 of them.

// great - 1 filterpwn and 1 brainpwn
// can I get a mulligan on this thread?
 
2012-09-21 04:06:57 PM

srhp29: thecpt: Do they reactivate Strasburg?

No way. they have shut him down. It would be counter intuitive and stupid to shut him down for a month then have him start throwing for a few post season starts.

They should have shut him down in April/May, like the Braves did with Medlen (into July even before he became a regular starter), so they would have him available down the stretch and into the post season.

I somehow don't think that management was really thinking playoffs this season or that would have been the obvious play.


It's counter intuitive and stupid to shut your ace down in the regular season to 'save him for later'. WHAT later? The playoffs ARE the 'later'. And then they wonder why Strasburg got so worked up. When the playoffs come for a player, they come. There is no 'there are going to be so many years after this'. It's all hands on deck right now. Every pro athlete knows the playoffs don't come for THEM every year, and in some cases they never come at all. For all you know, this is the only season Strasburg will ever be on a playoff team and it just got taken away from him. To save him for "later", which for all you know could be 15 years of cellar-dwelling. Or a blown-up arm next season no matter how much it's babied and a premature career end.

For fark's sake, they put starters in the bullpen in the playoffs just to squeeze a little more work out of them.

I guarantee you Strasburg is going to remember this when his contract comes due. He is not re-signing with the Nationals after this, at any price. To hell with pitch counts and inning counts. When he gets into free agency, he is going to someone that will actually play him in the playoffs.
 
2012-09-21 04:07:55 PM
I admit it, I'm on the Nationals bandwagon and would be happy to see them win it all.
 
2012-09-21 04:12:23 PM

Dr Dreidel: // can I get a mulligan on this thread?


Wrong sport. Here you get charged with a 2-base error and we all boo.
 
2012-09-21 04:16:08 PM

Gosling: He is not re-signing with the Nationals after this, at any price


Really? You think, when his agent has time to explain it, that he would leave a franchise that wants to make sure he has a long profitable career so he can go to one that will pitch him until his arm falls off and maybe ruin his career and earning prospects for a single shot at the post-season? No, he'll sign back with Washington, as long as they offer the best deal.
 
2012-09-21 04:25:43 PM
Out in 1st or 2nd round. No playoffs for another 2 decades.

Impossible to comprehend but who would have believed it in Baltimore in the late 90's or Toronto in 93, or Seattle in 2001. Let's not forget KC and Milwaukee in the 80's.

Even with more teams getting in there will be 5 or 6 that never make the playoffs until the next change in format.

Sometimes your shot at a title is your only shot.
 
2012-09-21 04:32:56 PM
What a postseason this will be. My favorite team has always been the Reds, then the Rangers joined them from the AL. And Davey Johnson has always been one of my favorite all-time managers, will be fun to watch all of it.
 
2012-09-21 04:39:47 PM

Gosling: srhp29: thecpt: Do they reactivate Strasburg?

No way. they have shut him down. It would be counter intuitive and stupid to shut him down for a month then have him start throwing for a few post season starts.

They should have shut him down in April/May, like the Braves did with Medlen (into July even before he became a regular starter), so they would have him available down the stretch and into the post season.

I somehow don't think that management was really thinking playoffs this season or that would have been the obvious play.

It's counter intuitive and stupid to shut your ace down in the regular season to 'save him for later'. WHAT later? The playoffs ARE the 'later'. And then they wonder why Strasburg got so worked up. When the playoffs come for a player, they come. There is no 'there are going to be so many years after this'. It's all hands on deck right now. Every pro athlete knows the playoffs don't come for THEM every year, and in some cases they never come at all. For all you know, this is the only season Strasburg will ever be on a playoff team and it just got taken away from him. To save him for "later", which for all you know could be 15 years of cellar-dwelling. Or a blown-up arm next season no matter how much it's babied and a premature career end.

For fark's sake, they put starters in the bullpen in the playoffs just to squeeze a little more work out of them.

I guarantee you Strasburg is going to remember this when his contract comes due. He is not re-signing with the Nationals after this, at any price. To hell with pitch counts and inning counts. When he gets into free agency, he is going to someone that will actually play him in the playoffs.


You are preaching to the choir. I just meant that it would have been better if they were going to only let him pitch so many innings to start him later rather than end him early. The Braves didn't start Medlen until late in the year, but he did pitch out of the bullpen prior to that. It kept his innings down. He had the same surgery as strasburg.

Oh and Medlen's numbers are better than Strasburg's too. Like it's not even close.
 
2012-09-21 04:39:55 PM

Galloping Galoshes: Dr Dreidel: // can I get a mulligan on this thread?

Wrong sport. Here you get charged with a 2-base error and we all boo.


"E-potato, adv on rhetorical error", if you're scoring at home.
 
2012-09-21 04:43:18 PM

Galloping Galoshes: Really? You think, when his agent has time to explain it, that he would leave a franchise that wants to make sure he has a long profitable career so he can go to one that will pitch him until his arm falls off and maybe ruin his career and earning prospects for a single shot at the post-season? No, he'll sign back with Washington, as long as they offer the best deal.


Not getting to pitch in the playoffs can ruin a career to. How many people have gotten designations like 'best player never to win a championship' and 'best player never to make the playoffs' and things like that? Money doesn't make that go away.
 
2012-09-21 04:59:53 PM
good for them...and nothing against the other teams trying to get in, but I do hope Baltimore gets in. I'd normally passively watch a non-Red Sox playoffs / world series, but I'd pay close attentions if The O's played the Nationals. It makes MLB seem more fair when these teams get in - though I'm not mistaking either as low-budget teams.
 
2012-09-21 05:04:29 PM

Gosling: Galloping Galoshes: Really? You think, when his agent has time to explain it, that he would leave a franchise that wants to make sure he has a long profitable career so he can go to one that will pitch him until his arm falls off and maybe ruin his career and earning prospects for a single shot at the post-season? No, he'll sign back with Washington, as long as they offer the best deal.

Not getting to pitch in the playoffs can ruin a career to. How many people have gotten designations like 'best player never to win a championship' and 'best player never to make the playoffs' and things like that? Money doesn't make that go away.


No, but you won't know that until the end of a career. A very long, profitable career. Which is the direction in which his agent, Scott Boras, will direct him. This team is built in the Atlanta mold and should compete for years.
 
2012-09-21 05:05:39 PM
You know, when DC finally got an MLB team again, I was just happy to have one. My attitude was "they can be in the cellar for the next 20 years, I don't care."

Why you're not seeing more celebration in DC by fans is that we're simply too dumb struck. No one expected this. FTFA: "By D.C. standards, this is a ballclub from Mars." - Yep.

/also many of us still have an unhealthy obsession with the Redskins
//stopped being a Skins fan after the season tickets scandal
///OK to lose for 20 years, it's not OK to treat your fans like trash
 
2012-09-21 05:16:36 PM

IlGreven: Meanwhile, Justin Verlander has thrown 100 pitches in something like 85 of his last 86 starts. Does his arm look like mush to you?



Strasburg has terrible mechanics that make him more prone to injury.  Saw a great article on it with diagrams of how he slots his arm when throwing, and other things he does to his body that aren't good.  Verlander, as far as I know, has fine mechanics.
 
I don't agree with how Strasburg has been handled this year, but still... he is prone to injury and should have had an inning maximum. 
 
I thought they should have had him skip starts or pitch every 7th or 8th game during long stretches.
 
2012-09-21 05:30:13 PM

Gosling: It's counter intuitive and stupid to shut your ace down in the regular season to 'save him for later'. WHAT later? The playoffs ARE the 'later'. And then they wonder why Strasburg got so worked up. When the playoffs come for a player, they come. There is no 'there are going to be so many years after this'. It's all hands on deck right now. Every pro athlete knows the playoffs don't come for THEM every year, and in some cases they never come at all. For all you know, this is the only season Strasburg will ever be on a playoff team and it just got taken away from him. To save him for "later", which for all you know could be 15 years of cellar-dwelling. Or a blown-up arm next season no matter how much it's babied and a premature career end.


It's a decision that reeks of the same strategic acumen as Pinella pulling Zambrano from Game 1 of the 2007 NLDS.
 
2012-09-21 05:37:00 PM

Galloping Galoshes: No, but you won't know that until the end of a career. A very long, profitable career. Which is the direction in which his agent, Scott Boras, will direct him. This team is built in the Atlanta mold and should compete for years.


Among the predictions made for this year were:

*The Tigers were the very first team you could pencil in for the playoffs as surefire winner of the AL Central
*The White Sox were going nowhere
*Neither was Oakland
*The AL East was a four-team race with only Baltimore being completely without hope
*Milwaukee's season was over when they traded Greinke
*The Marlins were going to make a huge splash in the NL East
*The Nationals weren't going to have to worry about what to do with Strasburg should they make the playoffs, because they weren't going
 
2012-09-21 06:23:28 PM
Thaïs expo fans souls Luke to congratulante thé nationales on théorie playoffs qu'est!!
 
2012-09-21 06:41:33 PM
DC has a baseball team in the postseason for the first time since 1933. So do the players spray champage all over themselves like idiots? Nah, they sip it out of glasses. "We have a much bigger picture in mind", will be beaten 4-2 in the NLCS by the Giants

/you heard it here first
 
2012-09-21 07:14:21 PM
They finally kicked the First in war, First in peace, and Last in the American/National League thing, eh? Good for them. Now, if only the Pirates could put together a winning season.
 
2012-09-21 07:27:03 PM

Dr Dreidel: // pffft, like a fratboy's in P-Chem


I think my entire p-chem class was made up of my frat brothers -- granted it was Alpha Chi Sigma, but a fraternity nonetheless...
 
2012-09-21 07:44:21 PM

IlGreven: srhp29: thecpt: Do they reactivate Strasburg?

No way. they have shut him down. It would be counter intuitive and stupid to shut him down for a month then have him start throwing for a few post season starts.

They should have shut him down in April/May, like the Braves did with Medlen (into July even before he became a regular starter), so they would have him available down the stretch and into the post season.

I somehow don't think that management was really thinking playoffs this season or that would have been the obvious play.

Meanwhile, Justin Verlander has thrown 100 pitches in something like 85 of his last 86 starts. Does his arm look like mush to you?

/I mean, if I wanted to see a museum piece, I'd go to the Smithsonian.


You belong in a museum!

Ok, I just really wanted to say that, but Verlander is not coming off TJ surgery...
 
2012-09-21 08:08:10 PM
Clearly Strasburg will want to sign with the Reds. Dusty would have no problem letting him pitch!
 
2012-09-21 08:57:22 PM

skinink: I admit it, I'm on the Nationals bandwagon and would be happy to see them win it all.


Right next to you -- ex-Fairfax County person who didn't give a fark about baseball. Now I live in Iowa and have a plethora of teams to support, but my "home" team is first.

/also deranged, sociopathic 'Skins fan
 
2012-09-21 09:07:06 PM
They should have celebrated more, they won't have another reason to later.
 
2012-09-21 09:51:06 PM

Decillion: Impossible to comprehend but who would have believed it in Baltimore in the late 90's or Toronto in 93, or Seattle in 2001. Let's not forget KC and Milwaukee in the 80's.


See also: St. Louis Cardinals in 2004 (105 wins, lost to "4 days in October") and 2005 (100 wins, lost NLCS to Lance Berkman and the goddamn Crawford Boxes)

/5 WS appearances and 2 wins within my lifetime, I ain't complainin'
 
2012-09-21 09:51:57 PM
I hope we can see a Beltway Series, because it would be good seeing the O's take down the Gnats in one more series this year.
 
2012-09-21 09:58:48 PM

06Wahoo: I hope we can see a Beltway Series, because it would be good seeing the O's take down the Gnats in one more series this year.


The Nats had their hands full with the Yankees and O's -- freaked me out back in May.
 
2012-09-21 10:12:41 PM
F*ck yeah, Brewers.
 
2012-09-21 10:20:15 PM
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2012-09-21 10:51:07 PM

picodenico: F*ck yeah, Brewers.


I'm beginning to wonder if they're ever going to lose for the rest of the season.
 
2012-09-21 11:14:25 PM
Half the Nat's aren't even drinking age yet (yes, I'm exaggerating)

/Yankees 12 wins in Sept and it's only Sept 21 (in response to " I wonder if they'll have less wins than an NFL team in a month")
 
2012-09-21 11:46:40 PM

Joe_diGriz: picodenico: F*ck yeah, Brewers.

I'm beginning to wonder if they're ever going to lose for the rest of the season.


Right now, they believe they can beat anyone. And they are playing like it.
 
2012-09-21 11:48:20 PM

Doogled: IlGreven: srhp29: thecpt: Do they reactivate Strasburg?

No way. they have shut him down. It would be counter intuitive and stupid to shut him down for a month then have him start throwing for a few post season starts.

They should have shut him down in April/May, like the Braves did with Medlen (into July even before he became a regular starter), so they would have him available down the stretch and into the post season.

I somehow don't think that management was really thinking playoffs this season or that would have been the obvious play.

Meanwhile, Justin Verlander has thrown 100 pitches in something like 85 of his last 86 starts. Does his arm look like mush to you?

/I mean, if I wanted to see a museum piece, I'd go to the Smithsonian.

You belong in a museum!

Ok, I just really wanted to say that, but Verlander is not coming off TJ surgery...


The point I'm making is, Verlander is doing this in an era where a manager is "ruining his pitchers" if he just lets them pitch. No one is accusing Leyland of ruining Verlander's arm, are they?
 
2012-09-21 11:50:32 PM
They're saving the champagne showers for when Teddy wins.

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2012-09-22 12:11:30 AM

expobill: Thaïs expo fans souls Luke to congratulante thé nationales on théorie playoffs qu'est!!


Holy fark! Me too!
 
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