Archive for the ‘Wild Card’ Category

The Getting Blanked Show returns for your viewing pleasure in a tidal wave of beige fall fashion. Three librarians get together to discuss the sadsack AL Central, the birth of Bundy, the NL playoff picture among other things. Then we gleefully discuss the fall of Scoiscailism in California. Let freedom ring! Oh oh! A crucial #prophate update: Parkes the worst.

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For years, it seems, the American League Central has had the reputation of being the weakest of the six divisions in baseball. Whether true or not, it would be difficult to put the competition in this particular division on the same scale as its American League East and American League West brothers. With the emergence of the Texas Rangers and Oakland Athletics, combined with the free agent spending of the Los Angeles Angels, the gap only appears to be widening.

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At the conclusion of Major League Baseball’s regular season, assuming that no tie breakers are required to determine playoff eligibility, the two teams with the best records in each league that didn’t win their divisions will face each other in a one-game playoff, the winner of which will go on to face the best team in the league in a division series.

While this will be the first time that a planned one-game playoff will carry such importance, it also marks the only time that MLB will allow a roster of 25 players to be constructed specifically for a single match up. That’s right, as ESPN’s Buster Olney confirms, Wild Card teams will set 25-man rosters for what is essentially the play-in game, without being bound to the same roster if they’re fortunate enough to win and advance to the League Division Series.

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Still going! The Getting Blanked show breaks down (I guess) all the latest and greatest news from the Wild Card World. 67% of the Getting Blanked team continue pushing hard against the Rise of the Orioles, for which there is sure to be considerable karmic Hell to Pay. We also make fun of Bobby Valentine because it is Monday and debate the National League MVP because Buster Posey.

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The St. Louis Cardinals, who currently hold the final Wild Card spot in the National League, will have a familiar face back on the mound this week.

Carpenter has missed the entire season after being shut down in spring training with numbness and weakness in his shoulder, arm and neck. Carpenter and the Cardinals felt that taking three months off from throwing would allow the right-hander the opportunity to make a return soon after the All-Star break, but after a few setbacks, surgery was required. He was expected to miss the remainder of the season, but Carpenter, through hard work and dedication, is ready to pitch again after declaring himself ready following a 95-pitch simulated game on the weekend.

If the Cards hang on and make the playoffs, Carpenter, who was on the Disabled List as of September 1st, would be eligible for the post season roster. In his career, the three-time All-Star has posted a 144-92 record with a 3.76 ERA, 3.80 FIP, 3.40 xFIP. He is also under contract next season, due to make $10.5 million.

The final Getting Blanked of the week! Today’s episode features the kind of raw, unfettered realness you’ve come to expect from the GB crew: mea culpas and breathless fanboyism – the total package.

We talk about the Wild Card races, a Jeter injury and the unstoppable A’s. Then Parkes falls on his sword for last week’s Prop Hate before we fire up an all-new edition of Prop Hate. Also: I talk to Felix Hernandez of the Seattle Mariners. Seriously.

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In less than three weeks, Major League Baseball’s regular season will be over. Or, so Major League Baseball hopes. With the proximity of so many teams to the top of divisions and in contention for the first and second Wild Card spots, it’s very much possible that the regular season will extend one or two games in order to break ties around the league. Such possibilities force the image of the Batman villain Joker, sitting in Bud Selig’s stead, and in charge of the potential ceremonious mayhem.

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