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3 to watch: The Fitting three into two edition

Posted on: September 26, 2010 9:35 pm
 
As Bruce Bochy walked out to the field for batting practice Sunday, he turned back with a message.

"Kansas City, 1," the Giants manager said. "See, I'm watching the scoreboard."

For four more days, Bochy will keep watching, and not to see if the Royals score another run. For four more days, the Giants and Padres and Braves will eye each other from a distance, knowing that all three teams remain very much alive and that only two playoff spots can be divided among them.

It's really that simple now in the National League. The Phillies are in, and the Reds are basically in, too. The Rockies, it now seems certain, are out.

So among the Giants, Padres and Braves, the teams that end up with the two best records will make it. The team that ends up worst among those three won't.

As the week begins, Bochy's Giants have the advantage, holding a half-game lead over the Padres (and thus holding first place in the NL West) and holding a one-game lead over the Braves (who trail the Padres by half a game in the wild-card race).

The Braves have other advantages, mostly because the Padres and Giants meet at the end of the week (meaning that for the last three days of the season, one or the other them has to lose), but also because their final three games are against the Phillies, who by then will no doubt have officially clinched the NL East crown and will be more focused on preparing for the playoffs than on beating the Braves.

But the Braves have other issues, mainly that they're not playing nearly as well as the Giants or Padres are right now.

In any case, it should be a fun week for everyone, at least until one of the three teams gets knocked out.

"Intense," Giants outfielder Cody Ross said. "This is as much fun as I've ever had playing baseball."

On to 3 to watch:

1. The Braves have their final six games at home, where their 52-23 record is the best in the majors. That much we know. Now, if we only knew who was going to pitch. The Braves told reporters Sunday in Washington that Jair Jurrjens may get a shot in his sore knee Monday, in hopes that the pain will let up enough that he can start a game for the first time since Sept. 14. There's been some thought that Jurrjens could return for Marlins at Braves, Tuesday night (7:10 ET) at Turner Field , but the Braves also said that they've considered bringing Tim Hudson back on three days' rest to make that start. If Jurrjens can't go, and if manager Bobby Cox doesn't want to use both Hudson and Derek Lowe on short rest, the other option would be to use rookie Mike Minor, who seems to have hit a wall and is 0-2 with a 9.37 ERA in four starts this month.

2. The Padres have rotation questions of their own, and the biggest one is how Mat Latos will do. Latos has been San Diego's top starter all year, but in his last three starts he's 0-3 with a 13.94 ERA, and has lasted a total of just 10 1/3 innings. Latos faces Ryan Dempster in Cubs at Padres, Tuesday night (10:05 ET) at Petco Park . The way the Padres' rotation sets up, Latos would also start the final game of the season, Sunday in San Francisco.

3. So how about the Giants? They have Monday off, and that leaves them with the question of whether to pitch Tim Lincecum on his normal day, in Diamondbacks at Giants, Thursday afternoon (3:45 ET) at AT&T Park . The other option would be to pitch Barry Zito Thursday on normal rest, and save Lincecum for the first head-to-head game with the Giants on Friday night. Bochy said Sunday that such a plan hasn't yet been discussed, but he added that they will "talk about the club and any changes" on Monday. As of now, the pitching matchups for the series with the Padres would be Zito vs. Clayton Richard on Friday, Matt Cain vs. Tim Stauffer on Saturday and Jonathan Sanchez vs. Latos on Sunday.
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Since: Sep 9, 2007
Posted on: September 27, 2010 9:48 pm
 

3 to watch: The Fitting three into two edition

Well said, Knobler should be doing restaurant reviews..

Hey Knobler, where did you 'learn' to write? Aside from jumping on and off the Rockies wagon with each win and loss (see past articles over last week THEY ARE OUT!, THEY ARE IN! THEY ARE OUT!) you make some statements that are beyond overstating the obvious(like your byline pic is the best you could do with your hair?). In this drivel you pass as professional journalism (you are getting paid aren't you?) you state;

"So among the Giants, Padres and Braves, the teams that end up with the two best records will make it. The team that ends up worst among those three won't."

DUH dumkov! Thanks for explaining how it works.  And you missed it completely on the Braves/Phillies series.  If you think pro athletes will just call it in if they have clinched against a team they may be playing a week later, you are proving to all of us that you have never been an athlete.  It is called "making a statement".  Now the Phils may want to set up their rotation but more than that they will want to dominate a potential playoff contender.

One good thing about your byline, when I see that pic froom now on I am clicking the back button...




Since: Sep 9, 2007
Posted on: September 27, 2010 9:45 pm
 

3 to watch: The Fitting three into two edition

Hey Knobler, where did you 'learn' to write? Aside from jumping on and off the Rockies wagon with each win and loss (see past articles over last week THEY ARE OUT!, THEY ARE IN! THEY ARE OUT!) you make some statements that are beyond overstating the obvious(like your byline pic is the best you could do with your hair?). In this drivel you pass as professional journalism (you are getting paid aren't you?) you state;

"So among the Giants, Padres and Braves, the teams that end up with the two best records will make it. The team that ends up worst among those three won't."

DUH dumkov! Thanks for explaining how it works.  And you missed it completely on the Braves/Phillies series.  If you think pro athletes will just call it in if they have clinched against a team they may be playing a week later, you are proving to all of us that you have never been an athlete.  It is called "making a statement".  Now the Phils may want to set up their rotation but more than that they will want to dominate a potential playoff contender.

One good thing about your byline, when I see that pic froom now on I am clicking the back button...








Since: Sep 9, 2010
Posted on: September 27, 2010 9:23 pm
 

3 to watch: The Fitting three into two edition

I'm rooting for the west coast teams


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