IF THE PLAYOFFS STARTED TODAY… September 30, 2010

September is over after today… teams that are still alive tomorrow can officially say they were in it into October. But how far?

Time is running out on San Diego and despite a slew of injuries the Braves just might limp across the finish line. The Giants have all but clinched a better record than the Reds (2 games up with 4 to play is hard enough to make up for Cincinnati… but San Francisco has the tie breaker as well.) Now all the Giants have to do is CLINCH!

The AL East crown might largely depend on how much the Red Sox care about winning. I for one hope the Red Sox make it to 90 wins… and they have to win tomorrow in Chicago and then win the series against the Yankees… and that would all but torpedo the Yankee’s Divisional Hopes.

Anyway… Let’s look at the current match ups.

AMERICAN LEAGUE DIVISION SERIES

TAMPA BAY RAYS (AL East Champion)
has home field advantage over
TEXAS RANGERS (AL West Champion)

MINNESOTA TWINS (AL Central Champion)
has home field advantage over
NEW YORK YANKEES (AL Wild Card)

NATIONAL LEAGUE DIVISION SERIES

PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES (NL East Champion)
has home field advantage over
CINCINNATI REDS (NL Central Champion)

SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS
(NL West Champion)

has home field advantage over
ATLANTA BRAVES (NL Wild Card)

No change but at least the Twins won and are getting some of their starters back. Lest we forget, the Twins are only one game back of Tampa for the best record in the American League (man what bad timing for that 4 game losing streak.)

Giants and Padres play day games tomorrow… it could be down to the wire.

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Rays fans got their money’s worth

Free tickets!
It turns out Rays fans aren’t bad fans… they are just bargain hunters.

Try that out in Boston or New York or Chicago or St. Louis… free tickets for a potential World Series team.

20,000 of them.

Actually Oakland and Pittsburgh should try that out.
Hell, San Diego should have over Labor Day. They gave ONE free ticket to me. What’s another 19,999 between friends?

The Rays offense didn’t show up. Ah well… what do you expect for nothing?

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Girardi and Vazquez talk on the mound

At one point during a typical Javier Vazquez start (less then 5 innings, more than 5 runs) he got hit by a line from Blue Jays’ John Buck.

Joe Girardi and the training staff came running out to talk to him.

GIRARDI: Javy! Are you alright?

VAZQUEZ: I’m fine skip. Let’s play ball.

GIRARDI: Man this looks bad. You could have been killed.

VAZQUEZ: What are you talking about? I picked it up, I threw the guy out at second.

GIRARDI: No. I think there’s some real damage here. Can you even move your arm?

VAZQUEZ: What the hell? I’m fine. I’m ready to keep pitching.

(Girardi grinds his teeth as he talks to Vazquez real close face to face.)

GIRARDI: It would be a SHAME if this line drive took you not only out of the game but maybe even ends your season.

VAZQUEZ: Ends my season? I’m making my bid for a post season start.

(Girardi fumes.)

GIRARDI: Gee Javy… how AWFUL would it be for me to not include you on the playoff roster because of an INJURY. But I guess you would be looked at as a warrior who gave his body for the team as opposed to a bust of a starting pitcher whose ERA starts with a f*cking 5!!!

VAZQUEZ: (Standing his ground.) I’m fine.

GIRARDI: You know you being injured… it would be a shame but it would be a no brainer for me to have a healthy pitcher on the team and no loss of honor for you. Don’t you agree Javy?

(The Umpire breaks it up.)

UMP: Hey, is he ready to pitch?


VAZQUEZ: You bet I am… and you’ll see. Not only am I healthy but you are going to know EXACTLY where I fit on this playoff roster.

(Girardi glares at him and walks back to the dugout. Vazquez pitches to the next batter…)

(An inning later Vazquez lets up a 3 run homer to put the Yankees in a 7-0 hole. He finishes the game and probably his Yankee career with 4 2/3 innings, 7 runs, 10 hits, 2 walks and 0 strikeouts. His record is 10-10 and his ERA is 5.32.)

(Girardi takes him out.)

GIRARDI: You just COULDN’T play hurt, could you?

VAZQUEZ: (Shoulders slumped.) Does this affect my post season chances?

GIRARDI: Don’t worry. I am sure we can get you tickets to the games.

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