Life is too short to spend the rest of it down here in Tampa Applesauce: Schwin and a miss, Finding Nimmo (at Citi), Sox be chokin'!

(GOB) Oh come on! (/GOB) (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

Meet the Mets

Josh Stinson took his name out of the race for 2012 closer, giving up a go ahead (go behind?) three run homer as the Reds beat the Mets 6-5. Jose Reyes did go 3-4 and inched ahead in the NL batting title race, so at least that is something to look forward to in the last two games. Jason Bay was still out of the line-up with a sinus infection, since I know you were all wondering, and David Wright's back is fine, really.

Brandon Nimmo took batting practice at Citi Field yesterday and then talked to reporters. I would rather he just took more batting practice, but he did have this awesome thing to say.

Ted Berg discusses the possibility of two 15 team leagues and then invites Toby Hyde onto The Baseball Show to talk about the movers and shakers in the Mets farm system. Needs more Gorski, and they both still like Tejada more than me.

Daniel Herrera stopped by the MLB fan cave and for some unfathomable reason decided to hide his awesome hair under a ski cap.

Howard Megdal takes a closer look at R.A. Dickey's hard luck season.

And apparently the Mets are just being jerks to the Yankees about their AAA team.

Around the Playoff Races

Ruh Roh Raggy! The Red Sox fell back into a tie with the Rays as they lost to the Orioles in a wild one at Camden. The big blow came on a Robert Andino three run inside the park home run that saw Jacoby Ellsbury nearly obliterate himself on the center field fence. Meanwhile, the Rays beat the Yankees 5-2, behind a stellar performance from Big Game James. Now things get interesting.

In the NL, the Braves continue to be rather hapless, falling to the Phills. The Cardinals couldn't take advanatge, though, losing their contest with the Astros in ten innings. That was the Phillies 100th win of the season, by the way. Ugh ugh ugh.

Fangraphs has started to take a look at playoff rotations, starting with the Tigers and the Phillies.

BTBS confirms the obvious, that Mariano Rivera is kind of a freak. And #95 on that list just makes me have a sad.

 

Around the NL East

The Nationals scored three in the ninth to win a super meaningless game in Miami. The official attendance was 21,058. *stifles chortle*

Jack McKeon will not be back next year as Marlins manager. Let the Ozzie Guillen rumors begin!

 

Around MLB

The south side Chicago CVS will no longer have to fill Kenny Williams' antacid prescriptions, as the White Sox have released Ozzie Guillen from his contract. Chicago did manage to win his last game at the helm at least, while Mark Buerhle is also looking towards a future not on the south side.

Doug Fister continues to make me look stupid, striking out nine Indians en route to eight shutout innings and a blow out victory.

I don't really have any interest (nor is it my place) to comment on the John Lackey stories. I will point you to Lone Star Ball's excellent take. Fangraphs has an interesting one as well.

Oof, Johnny Damon is going to make the Hall of Fame someday, isn't he? Speaking of hits, Melky Cabrera got his 200th hit last night. That's of the season, not in his career. Melky. Cabrera. Also, Vlad Guerrero set the record for most hits by a Dominican-born player in MLB, passing ageless wonder Julio Franco. That is your hit parade for Tuesday September 27th, 2011

Baseball-Reference takes a look at most home runs in a player's final seasons on their blog. I am now developing an unhealthy curiosity about Roy Cullenbine. Also, Ted Williams Age 41 season was kind of ridiculous.

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