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  1. I respectfully disagree with your choices of notable games.

    I don’t know if these were picked from a hat (Mets/Marlins? Simply because of some wunderkind top prospect? Meh) or simply for the LOLs (RedSox/Yankees, we’re all sick of ‘em, herp derp) or just on autopilot by NERD rankings because hey, Monday, we all take most of the morning to wake up.

    Or, to be a bit more constructive:

    Perhaps there should be an exception to the notable games feature this week, since this week is weird relative to the past 6 months. In the beginning part of the week, through as far as possibly Wednesday, there are several games where at least parts of the games will be interesting, even if the overall teams or pitchers themselves are not. And then at the end of the week, on Thursday and Friday, the notable games will be obvious, as they will be win-or-go-home sudden death Thunderdome sorts of affairs. And the division series starting on Saturday is self-explanatory. I think NERD largely goes out the window in circumstances like these.

    So with that in mind, here’s my real notable games for today:

    BAL v. TB: This one you had right. Rays win, and an Oakland loss means that Tampa Bay still has a pulse. Orioles win, and the stage is set via a Yankees loss and/or Oakland loss for an interesting finish. Hell, if the O’s and Yankees sweep there’s a quirk too.
    TEX v. OAK: A sweep by Oakland has them winning the West. Who saw that coming when the Rangers were off to the races in May? A sweep by Texas is part of the magic formula which rends time and space, converges elemental forces, summons ancient demons… um, sorry, it doesn’t do any of that, but it IS one half of the only way the Angels can limp into the playoffs. It’s also impressive considering it won’t be at the Arlington Launchpad.
    ANA v. SEA: It is entirely possible that the team that obtained the best pitcher in free agency last winter, the best hitter on the planet as of last year, and a rookie having an historic, possibly MVP season… will be knocked out of the playoffs tonight by King Felix and a team so laughably bad on offense that they’ve regularly featured Miguel Olivo batting cleanup. It is also possible the Angels sweep the M’s this week starting tonight, and pray for the Rangers to do the same to Oakland, see above.
    STL v. CIN, LAD v. SF: Ok, these may not be interesting on their own. But unless I’m doing the math wrong (always possible), a Cards win and a Dodgers loss kicks the Dodgers out and makes the Cards the 2nd WC, giving the Cards 2 days to ‘tune up’ for the play-in game with the Braves. It’s nifty that it just so happens that the teams that could determine whether it’s Cards or Dodgers as the 2nd WC, are the two thus-far confirmed division winners themselves. And Garcia rates pretty high on your NERD there, so the Dodgers have a tall order to have a half a pulse after tonight.
    WSH v. PHI: The Braves are playing the hapless Pirates, so pencil that in for a sweep. Which means the Nats need to get 1 win in the next 3 days to avoid their own little whirl of confusion to figure out who’s in the play-in. Wouldn’t it be tragic if the Nationals finally achieve relevance, and even beat the Braves in a one-game round to make the play-in game, then get kicked out by the Cards or Dodgers? Stage might be set for that tonight. I know the starting pitchers aren’t anything to write home about, but I also know I’ll probably be checking in on this game in the late innings to see if the Nats have clinched or not.

    So yeah. Welcome to October!

    Comment by Chris From Bothell — October 1, 2012 @ 11:41 am

  2. That was a good run down, albeit lacking redundancy, one-eighth baked statistics and overwrought analysis of yet another bad Lucas Duda at-bat.

    Comment by J.P. Widely — October 1, 2012 @ 12:07 pm

  3. Yep, that’s a good job you did, listing a bunch of games that involve playoff contenders.

    Comment by Toasty — October 1, 2012 @ 12:09 pm

  4. Texas and Anaheim getting sweeps is still only half of the most apocalyptically amusing scenario. If Tampa also sweeps Baltimore, you’d have a 3-way tie for the WC. Add in a Boston sweep, and you’d even get a tie atop the AL East.

    The National League seems to have sorted itself out for the most part, but at least the junior circuit is keeping the hopes for shenanigans alive just a little bit longer.

    Comment by Rex Manning Day — October 1, 2012 @ 1:52 pm

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