Thursday, August 28, 2008

162 games may not be enough to decide half of MLB’s divisions.

In case you haven’t noticed, and judging by the attendance in Tampa Bay many of you have NOT, half the pennant races are still up for grabs with only 30 games to go. Two are currently within one game and change from day to day. Starting in the NL east where, after an amazing 7 run comeback win, the Phils find themselves only ½ game back of the Metropolitans. However, over the last month of the season the Phils have the more difficult schedule by far. With 17 games against teams in the pennant race as opposed to only 10 for the MYM, in a race that is so close we think that will be the difference. Furthermore after their collapse at the end of the season last year that cost Willie Randolph his job, don’t look for the Mets to repeat the feat. We like them to hold on and get take the division. The Brewers already got dibs on the Wildcard so to the victor go the spoils and the loser is home in time for Thanksgiving.

It’s a good thing baseball does not go by a “win by 2” like volleyball otherwise the AL Central could go to 200 games. Right now the White Sox have the upper hand and are a game up but by the time this is posted in could be the exact opposite. The Twins are starting their ‘kick’ down the stretch but at 6-4 and 5-5 respectively neither are setting the league on fire. The loser may still get a Wild Card birth here as the Red Sox up by two games for now, but that is subject to change. We happen to like the ‘South Siders’ down the stretch solely because of their strength of schedule, or lack there of, as they have a 3-game stint with the Angels who are not playing well and a 4-game with the Yankees who are now buried next to Hoffa and other NY gangsters. The one advantage the Twins do have is that the 3-game, head-to-head series vs. the White Sox that could decide it is in Minnesota. Who is your pick to come out of the AL Central?

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Rays now have best record in baseball and a few believers

The Rays look like they are looking to do more than just become a nuisance to the perennial powerhouses as someone forgot to tell them that they were just for show. Don’t look now but the Rays are now tied for the best record in baseball with the Angels and Cubs. Moreover, Tampa Bay is going toe-to-toe with team that has lead from start to finish this year and is arguably the team to beat in the AL. We have read a lot of post and there are a lot of people out there who owe the Rays an apology. They did not fade in the heat of the AL East and, like a good sprinter in the Men’s 200, are increasing their lead going into the home stretch. They also have the best home record in baseball to accompany the best overall. Now if they could just get the rest of the nation AND their home fans in Florida to take notice, they might be able to get more than 16k for a home game and it won’t seem like such a shock when they open the post season with home field advantage.

Monday, August 11, 2008

120 games into the season 5 out of 6 races, still up for grabs

In the AL East the Rays have proven all pundits wrong and actually do have the stones to hold off the Sox and Yanks. After stumbling out of the gate after the all-star break the Rays have won 8 of their last 10 and opened up a 4 ½ game lead in the AL East. With Joba out for a minimum of 15, and getting the prickly side of the broom in Anaheim, the Yanks appear to have a fork in them. Now the question is, can the “Mannyless” Sox have enough offense to run down the Rays? If not, they should be able to hold on to the Wild Card, get into the playoffs and then anything can happen. In the Central one would have to go with the ‘other’ sox to take down the crown, but one of the afore mentioned clubs could soon be “must win” series as the White Sox and Red Sox meet on the south side of a series that if a sweep occurs could change fortunes in a hurry.

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