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Beltway Baseball: Postseason preview

Oct 4, 2012, 2:00 PM EDT

The regular season has concluded, the postseason is about to begin, and we’ve got so much to talk about that this edition of Beltway Baseball could probably stand alone as a 30-minute TV show if they added commercial breaks.

Among the topics I discussed with CSNwashington.com’s Chase Hughes and the Washington Times’ Amanda Comak were what kind of postseason atmosphere we can expect in D.C., what kind of threats the Braves or Cardinals would pose as a first-round opponent, what kind of state the Nationals’ offense and pitching staff is in entering the playoffs and what kind of chances the Nats have at winning some postseason awards.

Enjoy the show!

  1. peric - Oct 4, 2012 at 2:19 PM

    Agree with Ghost Harper is the convergence point not the rotation not stras. His attitude first and foremost to which I attribute the "sea change" in Werth.Future league MVP perhaps multiple times. He truly is already a great one.

  2. Ghost Of Steve M. - Oct 4, 2012 at 2:32 PM

    Thanks Peric. Runs scored and playing hard.

  3. Pappy - Oct 4, 2012 at 2:35 PM

    I assume there is a bonus pool of some sort for the players for post-season? Does anyone know how that work? Is is a meaningful amount? Do they vote on how to split it up? Is there an additional pool for each step of the way?

  4. JaneB - Oct 4, 2012 at 2:38 PM

    Most fun show of the year. So far…. THANK YOU!

  5. Ghost Of Steve M. - Oct 4, 2012 at 2:42 PM

    You have to read the Boras story in the WaPo.

  6. Ghost Of Steve M. - Oct 4, 2012 at 2:47 PM

    Pappy, shares are voted for departed players. Each level the pool gets larger. To the players at league minimum like Shark and TyMo, and Lombo it will be significant. It's all relative.I expect full shares for Ramos and partials based on time on the roster.

  7. Ghost Of Steve M. - Oct 4, 2012 at 2:52 PM

    The Nats got best record by 1 game. Think of walkoffs this season by 2 players in small roles this year that came up huge in walkoffs: Wilson Ramos and Corey Brown.Biggest walkoff I think was Ian Desmond's walkoff HR early in the season.If 2 of those 3 walkoffs don't happen, Nats may be playing in the Wild Card.

  8. Ghost Of Steve M. - Oct 4, 2012 at 2:56 PM

    NBC Sports saying Ozzie Guillen will be fired.

  9. Ghost Of Steve M. - Oct 4, 2012 at 2:57 PM

    There may be no games today but there should be plenty of fireworks. Grab your popcorn, and Ph the Phoolies.

  10. Feel Wood - Oct 4, 2012 at 3:00 PM

    Ghost Of Steve M. said… Pappy, shares are voted for departed players.Kurt Suzuki should be getting a postseason share from both the Nats and the A's, just like Jose Molina got a share from both the Giants and Rangers in 2010. And if both the Nats and A's make the World Series he'll get a ring, win or lose.

  11. Ghost Of Steve M. - Oct 4, 2012 at 3:01 PM

    Feelwood, Good point. Also Storen should get full share.

  12. Ghost Of Steve M. - Oct 4, 2012 at 3:03 PM

    ESPN's top rated reliever is Fernando Rodney, not Kimbrel. ERA of 0.60 lowest ever over 50 innings.

  13. NCNatsie - Oct 4, 2012 at 3:08 PM

    I was thinking about Cabrera winning the triple crown – first since Yastrzemski 1967 – and wondering who will be the next one to do it.Right now, my money would be on Mr. Bryce Aron Max Harper.

  14. peric - Oct 4, 2012 at 3:11 PM

    I'll take Garcia and Duke. Both outstanding in September. Almost the "B" backend. Hope they both make the playoff roster.

  15. peric - Oct 4, 2012 at 3:16 PM

    I don't care what award for stats Harper wins. As long as he keeps winning the Viktor E. Frankl award for the best and most inspiring attitude in baseball. Exactly what baseball needed. He is a credit to his upbringing. He should be very proud just for that.

  16. Natslifer - Oct 4, 2012 at 3:22 PM

    I was really hoping Ozzie would stay so the disfunction in Miami would continue.

  17. Natslifer - Oct 4, 2012 at 3:22 PM

    dysfunction

  18. Theophilus T. S. - Oct 4, 2012 at 3:24 PM

    Guillen and Valentine richly deserve getting canned. The almost-as-good news is that it seems doubtful there will be many more managerial vacancies this year, so fewer opportunities for stoopid owners to recycle them.

  19. MicheleS - Oct 4, 2012 at 3:26 PM

    Just an FYI. for those of you on Twitter, some accounts have been hacked and Direct Messages are going out. If you get one of the DM's that says"Heh u didnt see them tapping you" Don't open it. Let the person know that they have been hacked. Change your passwords.SCNatsFan if you are under the same name on twitter, you have been hacked

  20. Ghost Of Steve M. - Oct 4, 2012 at 3:28 PM

    The Marlins even without Hanley is the definition of dysfunction. Ozzie had the horses but couldn't make them drink the right water.Bobby V is melting down and placing the blame. How lucky he didn't end up in DC.

  21. Doug - Oct 4, 2012 at 3:29 PM

    Anybody see that a ton of Standing Room only tickets went up on Stubhub today for all 3 divisional games? Did the Nats have an online sale? I thought that it was day of game only for Standing Room tickets?

  22. SCNatsFan - Oct 4, 2012 at 3:32 PM

    Michele I am not… but Thanks for checking. And here I thought I was all alone being a Nats fan in this state.

  23. Doug - Oct 4, 2012 at 3:32 PM

    Never mind…got too into the hype of Teddy and clinching the #1 seed didn't see that they went on sale to the public yesterday…

  24. natsfan1a - Oct 4, 2012 at 3:36 PM

    I thought so, too, Doug, but after the fact I noticed an item on the team site saying that some standing room tix would be sold yesterday evening. It also said that there were some held out for day-of-game sales.

  25. natsfan1a - Oct 4, 2012 at 3:36 PM

    Oh, right, Coke.

  26. Section 3, My Playoffs Sofa - Oct 4, 2012 at 3:48 PM

    SRO were available online from 4 pm yesterday. I missed out on home game 1 (NLDS game 3), but did get game 4, so unless somebody sweeps, I'm good.

  27. Doug - Oct 4, 2012 at 3:49 PM

    Well the Nats wonderful PR department gave people exactly 3 and a half hours to read the release (while Game 162 was going on) and realize tix were on sale. Press release came out at 12:30pm and tix went on sale at 4pm….Pretty ridiculous as previous reports said all standing room tickets would be sold at the day of the game.

  28. Feel Wood - Oct 4, 2012 at 3:51 PM

    Section 3, My Playoffs Sofa said… SRO were available online from 4 pm yesterday. I missed out on home game 1 (NLDS game 3), but did get game 4, so unless somebody sweeps, I'm good.Down in front!

  29. Section 3, My Playoffs Sofa - Oct 4, 2012 at 3:58 PM

    FeelWood, I was in 135, row Z for the clinch night game, and by the third inning, my wife gave me the serious look and said "You have to stop doing that now." By the top of the sixth, she was yelling at them herself.

  30. Section 3, My Playoffs Sofa - Oct 4, 2012 at 4:04 PM

    So, the SRO seats for Home Game 1 (NLDS game 3) were gone inside of 10 minutes, based on my trying to get them about then.

  31. TheManBearPig - Oct 4, 2012 at 4:07 PM

    "I was thinking about Cabrera winning the triple crown – first since Yastrzemski 1967 – and wondering who will be the next one to do it.Right now, my money would be on Mr. Bryce Aron Max Harper."Cabrera was especially good down the stretch, when his numbers were Harper-esque.

  32. MicheleS - Oct 4, 2012 at 4:12 PM

    Thanks Mark, Chase & Amanda…Can't wait for these during the next several weeks.

  33. Feel Wood - Oct 4, 2012 at 4:15 PM

    Natslifer said… NatsLady – I haven't looked yet but where did you get your t-shirt with the roster list?Watching on TV Tuesday night, I saw someone in the front of one of the sections down the LF line wearing a T shirt with the four pennants on it – 1924, 1925, 1933 and 2012 – in a line like on top of the scoreboard. Anyone seen that one for sale anywhere?

  34. TheManBearPig - Oct 4, 2012 at 4:46 PM

    Do we have to wait until the Nats win the 2012 pennant before wearing the four pennant T shirt? We don't want to anger the baseball gods.

  35. Feel Wood - Oct 4, 2012 at 4:50 PM

    The Nats have already won a 2012 pennant. The only question is which one. NL East Champions is in the bag, but could yet be superceded by NL Champions or World Champions. Teams never fly more than one flag for a particular year. The highest one wins out.

  36. TheManBearPig - Oct 4, 2012 at 5:06 PM

    I hadn't heard a division championship referred to as a "pennant." I'm pretty sure that "pennant winner" has always meant league champion, but of course, the term was coined before the leagues were split into divisions, and it makes sense to recognize the regular season accomplishment of division winners.

  37. A DC Wonk - Oct 4, 2012 at 5:14 PM

    Does anyone know whether game #3 will be a night or day game? If that is unknown, does anybody know when we will know?

  38. natsfan1a - Oct 4, 2012 at 5:37 PM

    It's unknown, Wonk. I believe we'll find out after the opponents are known (i.e., after Friday's wild card game).

  39. Scooter - Oct 4, 2012 at 5:39 PM

    Whonk, I don't know that game times are ever really final until like the night before, when it's clear which teams are actually playing and which game has the chance for the most drama. But, I do know that the American League team that plays just north of Jersey will have a home game on the same date as the Nats' game #3. If one game is picked for the prime-time slot, I know which one I'd guess.So what I'm saying is, I think the Nats will prolly play in the afternoon. (1 or 4 or so.)

  40. Feel Wood - Oct 4, 2012 at 6:09 PM

    I hadn't heard a division championship referred to as a "pennant."If it's not a pennant, then why is the quest to win it called a pennant race?

  41. Feel Wood - Oct 4, 2012 at 6:21 PM

    There are four LDS games currently on the schedule for Wed the 10th, but one of them (SF @ CIN) is an if-necessary Game 4. Also, TBS is scheduled to air three games that day and MLB Network airs one. So they are set up to have two prime time night games if necessary. If all four games aren't played that day, then they would probably go with only one prime time game. That means the decision of what time the Nats game will be played on Wednesday may not be made until the day before.

  42. Secret wasian man - Oct 4, 2012 at 11:17 PM

    Can't say I'm upset if Ozzie gets the gaffe. DEF. a hook used to grab a marlin.

  43. NatsNut - Oct 5, 2012 at 1:13 AM

    Mark,You're not just a good writer, you are really good on camera too. Your pace is sharp but conversational, you're clear an concise without a lot of silly fillers, and you don't have those annoying fake, emphatic lilts that most reporters have. Nice job.

Archives

FINAL NL EAST STANDINGS

W L GB
x-WASHINGTON 96 66 --
ATLANTA 79 83 17.0
NEW YORK 79 83 17.0
MIAMI 77 85 19.0
PHILADELPHIA 73 89 23.0

NL POSTSEASON SCHEDULE

NL WILD CARD GAME
WED: Giants at Pirates, 8:07 p.m. (ESPN)

NLDS
FRI: Game 1, Pirates at Nats, 12:07 p.m.,
OR Giants at Nats, 3:07 p.m. (FS1)
SAT: Game 2, PIT/SF at Nats, 5:37 p.m. (FS1)
MON: Game 3, Nats at PIT/SF, TBA (MLBN)
OCT. 7: Game 4, Nats at PIT/SF, TBA (FS1)*
OCT. 9: Game 5, PIT/SF at Nats, TBA (FS1)*
*if necessary

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