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The NFL plays Sunday. But you, the baseball fan, are being treated to four playoff games in a row, more than 12 hours of our game. For this writer, that's a lot more enjoyable.
DETROIT -- I'm heading back to Chicago this morning after seeing Justin Verlander do what Justin Verlander does -- dominate. That puts the Tigers in a really good position to win this series, despite being the lower seed; if it does happen to go the distance, Verlander can throw again on normal rest Thursday. If Doug Fister throws well enough this afternoon in Detroit -- and that's a pretty quick turnaround for both teams -- that puts the A's in a tough spot. (At least the umpires stayed out of controversy in both of Saturday's games.)
This afternoon and evening will provide more than 12 hours of baseball. I know, I know, most of you will be watching the NFL Sunday afternoon, particularly when the Bears game starts at 3 p.m. CT, but I'll (mostly) stick to baseball. Even though the Cubs are far from any sort of contention for one of these series, this is what the season is played for -- a chance to win the World Series.
One thing I am not looking forward to is having to listen to the ancient Dick Stockton again. What names will he mess up in the Nats/Cards series? Will we hear about "Bruce" Harper? Or "Yoda" Molina? The announcing in general so far has been pedestrian and dull; you'd think TBS could do better. The fact that Bob Brenly will share the booth with Stockton will make listening to that series more tolerable.
MLB.com Gameday for Athletics/Tigers. Game time: 11 a.m. CDT. TV: MLB Network. Announcers: Matt Vasgersian and Jim Kaat.
|2012 - Tom Milone||13-10||31||31||1||0||0||0||190.0||207||90||79||24||36||137||3.74||1.28|
|2012 - Doug Fister||10-10||26||26||2||1||0||0||161.2||156||73||62||15||37||137||3.45||1.19|
MLB.com Gameday for Nationals/Cardinals. Game time: 2 p.m. CDT. TV: TBS. Announcers: Dick Stockton, Bob Brenly and David Aldridge.
|2012 - Gio Gonzalez||21-8||32||32||2||1||0||0||199.1||149||69||64||9||76||207||2.89||1.13|
|2012 - Adam Wainwright||14-13||33||32||3||2||0||0||198.2||196||96||87||15||52||184||3.94||1.25|
|2012 - CC Sabathia||15-6||28||28||2||0||0||0||200.0||184||89||75||22||44||197||3.38||1.14|
|2012 - Jason Hammel||8-6||20||20||1||1||0||0||118.0||104||48||45||9||42||113||3.43||1.24|
MLB.com Gameday for Reds/Giants. Game time: 8:30 p.m. CDT. TV: TBS. Announcers: Brian Anderson, Ron Darling, Joe Simpson and Tom Verducci. (Do these games really need four announcers?)
|2012 - Bronson Arroyo||12-10||32||32||1||1||0||0||202.0||209||86||84||26||35||129||3.74||1.21|
|2012 - Madison Bumgarner||16-11||32||32||2||1||0||0||208.1||183||87||78||23||49||191||3.37||1.11|
This will be the only thread for today's games; if it gets too slow, post another one in the fanshot area. Discuss amongst yourselves.