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The postseason starts two weeks from tonight (Fri., Sept. 30) with the two ALDS series. Start times are tentatively scheduled for 5:00pm ET and 8:30pm ET.

The two NLDS series will start Saturday, Oct. 1.
 

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Once again, all four LDS will be televised by TBS.

Th ALCS will be televised by Fox this year, and the NLDS by TBS. As usual, Fox will televise the World Series.
 

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5 pm start time on a Friday night ?

I guess it beats 4:30 ...

If Texas beats out the Tigers for the #2 seed, I can see the start times being 6:00 and 9:30.

The next day (Saturday) will be the most interesting. I read somewhere that TBS wants to televise all four games in a row (if a game runs over the allotted 3.5 hour window, the next game would start on TNT).

That Saturday could look something like this:
NLDS- @ Philly-12:30pm ET
ALDS- @ Detroit- 4:00pm ET
ALDS- @ NYY- 7:30pm ET
NLDS- @ Arizona- 11:00pm ET
 

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Jimbo said:
I thought the Phillies had already clinched ?

45 games over .500 and 11+ games up on their closest opponent ...

Phills clinched a playoff spot, not the division. The Phils just clinched the division today

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If Texas beats out the Tigers for the #2 seed, I can see the start times being 6:00 and 9:30.

The next day (Saturday) will be the most interesting. I read somewhere that TBS wants to televise all four games in a row (if a game runs over the allotted 3.5 hour window, the next game would start on TNT).

That Saturday could look something like this:
NLDS- @ Philly-12:30pm ET
ALDS- @ Detroit- 4:00pm ET
ALDS- @ NYY- 7:30pm ET
NLDS- @ Arizona- 11:00pm ET

I just looked at my program guide for next Saturday (Oct.1) on TBS. Their tentative schedule shows them on the air from 11:30am ET until 2:30am ET (Saturday night/Sunday morning). :eek:

11:30am- MLB On Deck
12:00 noon- LDS Playoff
3:30pm- LDS Playoff
7:00pm- LDS Playoff
10:30pm- LDS Playoff
2:00am- Inside MLB

Arizona (being the only PT team left) would obviously be the 10:30ET game, but they currently trail Milwaukee by 1 game for the #2 seed in NL. If the Brewers beat out the D-Backs, TBS would have to shuffle their lineup (probably move one of the games to TNT).
 

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If the Red Sox/Rays/Angels end in a three way tie, it would certainly bring chaos to the LDS schedule......




The Rays will have first choice of potential tiebreaker scenarios, because their combined 16-10 record against the Red Sox and Angels was the best head-to-head winning percentage of the three teams. So they would have two options:

• Let the Red Sox and Angels play an elimination game Sept. 29 -- then face the winner of that game Sept. 30 on the road, or • choose to play two elimination games, the first at home Sept. 29, and the second (if they win) at home again Sept. 30.
The Rays likely would decide to play just once, naturally. So the Red Sox would get the next choice because their 12-14 head-to-head record was better than the Angels' 6-10 record.
Boston would have the choice of playing both elimination games at home or playing the first at home and the second on the road, and clearly would opt for the two home games.
Meanwhile, there is still potential for a three-way tie in the National League wild-card race among the Atlanta Braves, St. Louis Cardinals and San Francisco Giants. If that happens, the Cardinals get first choice, the Braves second.

What happens in case of two-way ties? They would be decided in a one-game playoff the day after the regular season. Here is how they would work:

• The Rays would host the Red Sox or the Angels;
• Angels at Red Sox;
• Giants at Braves;
• Braves at Cardinals;
• Cardinals at Giants.
Baseball has held eight one-game tiebreaking elimination games since the start of division play in 1969. It has never had to face the mess that a three-way tie would create, but suddenly, that mess could be looming -- as soon as next week.
 

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Bill, you must have bitten your fingernails to the bone with the way the Sox have been playing. I had the same problem with the Mets in 2007 and 2008. Man, has Crawford and Lackey been busts or what? I was watching NESN and they simulcast Dennis and Callahan and they played a clip of Francona really getting mad at someone. I think Francona and the team are frustrated as hell.

Also, there have been some buzz that Francona's job might be on the line. I believe Peter Gammons mentioned it.
 

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Bill, you must have bitten your fingernails to the bone with the way the Sox have been playing. I had the same problem with the Mets in 2007 and 2008. Man, has Crawford and Lackey been busts or what? I was watching NESN and they simulcast Dennis and Callahan and they played a clip of Francona really getting mad at someone. I think Francona and the team are frustrated as hell.

Also, there have been some buzz that Francona's job might be on the line. I believe Peter Gammons mentioned it.

Not everyone can come in and play great the first year of thier new team, others can't handle a pennant race, different type of pressure.

Crawford for example, I think it's just a case of him pressing this year, I expect him to be the Crawford of old next year, much like Granderson had a very sub par year for him last year and has bounced back quite nicely this year, that said, I don't expect the same from Granderson next year, something more than avg, but less than this year.
 

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Wish my Reds were in it again this year, but now I guess I will root for whatever team has never won. Go Rangers!
 

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Bill, you must have bitten your fingernails to the bone with the way the Sox have been playing. I had the same problem with the Mets in 2007 and 2008. Man, has Crawford and Lackey been busts or what? I was watching NESN and they simulcast Dennis and Callahan and they played a clip of Francona really getting mad at someone. I think Francona and the team are frustrated as hell.

Also, there have been some buzz that Francona's job might be on the line. I believe Peter Gammons mentioned it.

If anybody's job is on the line, it should be Epstein's!
 

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If anybody's job is on the line, it should be Epstein's!

I totally agree. There's very little Francona can do about injuries and lack of consistency. As they send up players from the minors, he is trying to fit them in the line-up without pissing off veterans AND trying to win...not as easy as it looks. Hell, imagine if Boston was in the National League...without the DH rule, the juggling would have been worse! He is trying to make lemonade out of piss water, as the saying goes. I think considering everything that has gone wrong with the pitching, I think he has done a damn good job.
 

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I totally agree. There's very little Francona can do about injuries and lack of consistency. As they send up players from the minors, he is trying to fit them in the line-up without pissing off veterans AND trying to win...not as easy as it looks. Hell, imagine if Boston was in the National League...without the DH rule, the juggling would have been worse! He is trying to make lemonade out of piss water, as the saying goes. I think considering everything that has gone wrong with the pitching, I think he has done a damn good job.


Excellent post..............couldn't have said it any better!! :up
 

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Bill, if you were GM of the Red Sox would you have gotten Lackey, Crawford and Gonzalaz?
1. Lackey: no way!! He was disaster waiting to happen

2. Crawford: I was excited to get him, but like many others have said, the Sox wayyyyy overpaid for him.

3. Gonzalez: this is the difficult one. Adrian is one of the best hitters in the game, BUT after they re-signed him to that mega-contract, I realized they could have kept Beltre AND added another pitcher for about the same money.

I STILL would have made the A-Gon trade, but with Youkilis' recent hip woes, it makes you wonder if keeping him at first (and keeping Beltre at third) would have been better for the team in the long run.
 

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I STILL would have made the A-Gon trade, but with Youkilis' recent hip woes, it makes you wonder if keeping him at first (and keeping Beltre at third) would have been better for the team in the long run.

Is there something in the dirt near 3B at Fenway?? First Lowell, now Youk???
 

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