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Postseason preview

Oct 6, 2010, 1:55 PM EDT

Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER
Tim Lincecum will try to lead the Giants to their first title since Willie Mays' catch in 1954.

Ah, feel that crispness in the air? See those leaves starting to change colors? Notice no sign of baseball around these parts?

Yes, October is in full swing and the postseason begins today. In New York and Minnesota and Tampa Bay and Texas and Philadelphia and Cincinnati and San Francisco and Atlanta, the tension really begins to mount now. For the rest of us, the real fun begins.

This month will be a little strange for me, because I've been used to covering the playoffs and World Series. I haven't missed one since 2004 when I was on the Redskins beat, but I have to say I'm actually looking forward to watching it all play out on TV. Instead of missing most games other than the one I was covering, I'll have the opportunity to watch them all … well, aside from some of today's early proceedings because Stan Kasten is holding his farewell press conference at 3 p.m. (Interfering with our lives right down to the end, huh, Stan?)

Since I'll be watching most of it, and since I know you'll be watching most of it, I wanted to make sure I'm providing a forum for everyone to discuss it. So, just like the regular season, I'll be posting threads for each scheduled game this month, with lineups, TV/radio info andRead more »

  1. Anonymous - Oct 6, 2010 at 4:05 PM

    Interesting that you focus on the Yankee pitching staff, and not the Twins. After Liriano (who even Twins fans are nervous about, given his erratic reputation), Pavano has been effective this year but has his demons, and Brian Duensing is a rookie. Both Liriano and Duensing are lefties, traditionally tough on the Yankees (who loaded up on lefty power hitters to take advantage of Yankee Stadium). But the 2010 Yankees hit for more power and a higher OPS against lefties than righties. Would I be surprised if the Twins won? No, not really. That's a good ballclub. Do I think the Yankees should be favored to win it all, or even make the WS? Not necessarily. But I think this matchup works in their favor. Yankees in five, four if they win tonight.John C.

  2. Anonymous - Oct 6, 2010 at 5:58 PM

    I know this isn't the proper place to post this but I read on MLB Rumors that Adam Dunn will be a type B free agent and that the Nats would only get one pick for him if he signs elsewhere. This could be a real blow to Mr. Rizzo's plans if they were to only get one draft pick for him.Your thoughts Mark

  3. natsfan1a - Oct 6, 2010 at 7:36 PM

    Thanks for the forum, Mark. Looking forward to the postseason threads.

  4. Sec3MyCleanupMan - Oct 7, 2010 at 4:54 AM

    That would be http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/adam_dunn/Adam Dunn: Type B Free Agent?By Tim Dierkes [October 5, 2010 at 11:05am CST]As I mentioned earlier, Eddie Bajek's reverse-engineered Elias rankings are subject to change if we find errors. However, the current end-of-season iteration presents an interesting possibility: Adam Dunn may be a Type B free agent.We have Dunn at 74.166 points in the NL 1B/OF group, tied with Derrek Lee and just shy of Angel Pagan's 74.353 Type A status. If Dunn is a Type B, here are the implications:

  5. SofaForThePlayoffs - Oct 7, 2010 at 4:57 AM

    I love the irony. If Dunn is a Type B, he'll cost the Nats more to re-sign than if he were a Type A, and they'll probably have to do it.

  6. James - Jan 21, 2011 at 8:39 AM

    They are good team. I hope they will be so good in future too.Buy Xanax

Archives

NL EAST STANDINGS

W L GB
WASHINGTON 75 57 --
ATLANTA 70 64 6.0
MIAMI 65 67 10.0
NEW YORK 62 72 14.0
PHILADELPHIA 61 72 14.5
Through Thursday's games

UPCOMING SCHEDULE
FRI: Nats at Mariners, 10:10 p.m.
SAT: Nats at Mariners, 9:10 p.m.
SUN: Nats at Mariners, 4:10 p.m.
MON: Nats at Dodgers, 8:10 p.m.
TUE: Nats at Dodgers, 10:10 p.m.
WED: Nats at Dodgers, 4:10 p.m.
THU: OFF
Full season schedule

Mark joins Rob Carlin and Joe Orsulak every Thursday at 4 p.m. on Comcast SportsNet for a half-hour show on the Nats, Orioles and rest of MLB. Re-airs Thursdays at 11:30 p.m., Saturdays at 9 a.m. and Sundays at 11:30 a.m.

ON THE RADIO

As ESPN-980 AM's Nats Insider, Mark makes daily appearances on the station's various shows. Here's the 2014 schedule (subject to change)...

MON: 12:45 p.m.
TUE: 2:30 p.m.
WED: 4:30 p.m.
THU: 2:30 p.m.
FRI: 1:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m.
SAT: 10:30 a.m.

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