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Baseball Insider: September 21, 2008 - September 27, 2008

Santana On Short Rest: Yea or Nay?

Let's play You Make the Call again... If you're the Mets, would you be starting Johan Santana today on short rest, as they did today? Here is the argument against it: 1) In reality, you still need to win twice -- since you trail the Brewers by one in the...

By Dave Sheinin  |  September 27, 2008; 3:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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ALDS schedule set

The Los Angeles Angels clinched the best record in the American League last night when Tampa Bay lost to Detroit, and opted for the longer division series schedule that calls for an extra day off. Los Angeles, which will play the Red Sox for the third time in five years...

By Tom Heleba  |  September 27, 2008; 8:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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While you were sleeping...

Marlins 6, Mets 4 Story | Box The Aftermath: Wow, the sequel to this horror flick is just as putrid as the original! Facing a must-win, Johan Santana gets the start today on short rest. Still, the picture is not pretty. Comment: Not long after the Mets' creaky bullpen barely...

By Marc Carig  |  September 27, 2008; 5:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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If only ...

Perhaps the most amazin' sentence to appear in Saturday morning's baseball coverage of The Post: If games ended after eight innings, the Mets would have entered Friday with an eight-game lead over Philadelphia in the NL East, according to Stats, LLC....

By Tom Heleba  |  September 27, 2008; 12:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
 
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Two Big Roster Decisions

Weather permitting, this should be another fabulous night of baseball -- though probably not as fabulous as last night, with those three walk-off finishes to three critical games in a span of an hour. And oddly, all five teams still fighting for playoff spots (Mets, Phillies, Brewers, Twins and White...

By Dave Sheinin  |  September 26, 2008; 4:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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March Comes Early

My friend Paul, a reporter in Metro, compared last night's major league action to the NCAA basketball tournament. And how right he was. Three games -- the Mets-Cubs, Brewers-Pirates and Twins-White Sox -- all ended within 57 minutes of each other and all three ended with a walk-off hit. Thanks...

By Tom Heleba  |  September 26, 2008; 1:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Baseball Returns to the '50s. Thanks.

In what may, in hindsight, be regarded as the beginning of the post-steroid era, baseball's statistics, always the sport's aesthetic touchstone for keeping the game in balance, appear to have returned to one of the sport's healthiest periods -- the '50s. Look at the league leaders entering the final...

By Thomas Boswell  |  September 26, 2008; 11:32 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Breaking News: Ozzie Guillen To Suspend Campaign!

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Embattled Chicago White Sox Manager Ozzie Guillen has decided to suspend his 2008 playoff campaign and return to Chicago in an effort to confront the growing emotional crisis currently gripping the city's south side. Guillen said he might also delay tonight's scheduled game against the Cleveland Indians...

By Dave Sheinin  |  September 26, 2008; 9:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
 
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Tug of the Jersey

If anybody has seen highlights of Ryan Braun's game-ending grand slam for Milwaukee last night, you'll notice that he untucked his jersey after rounding third base while heading for home. Prince Fielder did the same thing after a walk-off blast on Tuesday. According to a segment on ESPN radio I...

By Tom Heleba  |  September 26, 2008; 8:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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5-Day Planning

This isn't exactly what the schedule-makers anticipated when they slated the Yankees to play at Fenway Park to close the regular season. Heck, it's not what I had planned either. As a lifelong member of Red Sox Nation (don't hold it against me, I will try to limit all references...

By Tom Heleba  |  September 26, 2008; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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The Late Show

Hi everyone. My name is Cameron Smith, and I'm an online sports producer here at washingtonpost.com. I'm also one of the bloggers here at Baseball Insider, so while you don't know me now, don't worry, you will soon. I'm also headed across the pond tomorrow to run the final leg...

By Cameron Smith  |  September 26, 2008; 12:12 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
 
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Mets II (Oh, No, Not Again!)

After last night's 10th inning defeat when Luis Ayala gave up three runs in the 10th to the Cubs, Mets manager Jerry Manuel sent all the wrong messages with his post-game comments. Typical was: "It is critical that we do a better job...At this juncture, it was probably our...

By Thomas Boswell  |  September 25, 2008; 7:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
 
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Looking Ahead to Tonight: The Brewers' Hail Mary

You have to love the final few days of the regular season, when contending teams will go to extraordinary lengths to keep their seasons alive. How extraordinary? Well tonight, the Milwaukee Brewers, who would be dead meat right now if the Mets' bullpen was even halfway decent, are starting a...

By Dave Sheinin  |  September 25, 2008; 5:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
 
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Rays the roof? Not so much

The Rays will have to wait around to find out if they clinch the AL East, despite the best efforts of Ben Zobrist. The utility man - who two years ago was part of the Aubrey Huff trade to Houston -- homered twice. Still, the Rays fell 7-5. Zobrist's second...

By Marc Carig  |  September 25, 2008; 4:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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Sleepwalking Rays?

With the Tampa Bay Rays hoarding top draft picks for the better part of the decade, it was only a matter of time until they put an end to their misery. And while it was clear they were probably going to climb out the basement this year - a likelihood...

By Marc Carig  |  September 25, 2008; 2:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
 
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Hold On a Minute, Boz...

Now, I love the Moose as much as the next guy. Covered him for a number of years in Baltimore. Still love sitting and talking ball with him. Fully appreciate what he has accomplished. Will be rooting hard for him to win No. 20 on Sunday, because I do believe...

By Dave Sheinin  |  September 25, 2008; 12:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
 
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Mussina Deserves Hall of Fame -- Already

Most Career Wins Above .500 since 1920 1) Roger Clemens +170 2) Lefy Grove +159 3) Randy Johnson +135 4) Whitey Ford +130 5) Greg Maddux +128 6) Warren Spahn +118 7) Mike Mussina +117 8) Jim Palmer +117 9) Pedro Martinez +115 10) Mordecai (Three Finger) Brown +109 11)...

By Thomas Boswell  |  September 25, 2008; 10:53 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
Categories:  Hall of Fame , Yankees  
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It's A Blog!

The baseball staff at The Washington Post is pleased to announce the birth of its new blog, Baseball Insider, born this morning at 9 a.m. and weighing - well, let's just say it weighs less than Dmitri Young's pinkie. Both blog and parents are doing extremely well and looking forward...

By Dave Sheinin  |  September 25, 2008; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (36)
 
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