Thursday, September 4, 2008

Baseball saves it's best for last and gears up for a great September

Where do you begin when talking about the amazing September this is going to be for MLB? With divisional and wild card races that will more than likely come down to the last weekend of the season the only thing that will be missing is are the Yankees. Starting in the AL Central where the White Sox and Twins have played about 140 games and still can’t pick a winner, only separated by a game. They have three more with each other near the end of September that could decide it. The winner moves on and the loser goes home with the Sox of Red owning the WC. It looked like the afore mentioned Red Sox were content in pulling off another wild card run to the World Series, but a recent stumble by the Rays have given them visions of taking down the division. It has been over 100 years since a club has gone from the worst record in baseball to the best, and that was before MLB as we know it, so odds would be in favor of a Tampa collapse, and with 17 of their last 25 on the road it doesn’t look good. However, the entire baseball world has doubted them all year, so it wouldn’t surprise me to see them stare down adversity and take this thing at the wire. Hey, the Republicans had more people at their convention that the Rays draw for a home game so going on the road may not be such a bad thing after all.



On the flip side of the coin, each NL race is still up for grabs and the Wild Card is slated to go to Milwaukee right now, but don’t pencil them in just yet as of all the teams left in the hunt, in either division, the Cubs have the least home games (6), and the most road (16) to that 4.5 game deficit may not be as secure as it looks in the morning paper. On the right coast, the Mets must try to hold off Philly (3 back) which will be tough due to the offensive power of the new “Lumber Company”, the upcoming 3 game series could open the door for the Phils and put the fear of life into the NY faithful that it will be a reenactment of last year’s collapse, or the Mets could turn over a new leaf, with their new coach, and slam the door shut. Lastly, we come to MLB’s version of Division II the NL West, as bad as the division is, the race has made up for it. The Dodgers and D-Backs hook up for three-game stint that will put one of them in the cat bird seat. They both have more games on the road than they do at home and are BARELY playing .500 ball now so don’t look for much to change down the stretch. In other words, a 3 game lead could prove to be insurmountable. No worries, the winner of this division goes in as the default playoff entry and will be a “feeder fish” for some lucky team with the second best record. So, of all the subplots coming down the stretch, who will be left standing? Talk about it here and on in the MLB chat rooms.

11 comments:

md1087xx said...

whats in the water up there in cheese land to make you believe that the brewers have a chance at getting out of the first round and then on top of that beating the Cubs in the nlcs? thats laughable. chicago is the best team top to bottom in the majors and has the best starting staff with 3 number ones. cant argue that its fact. brewers making out of the first round would be like actually thinking the packers will make the playoffs. lol

chirules3 said...

I'm still really surprised to see even Brewer fans conceding the NLC to the Cubs. You have two more series against them and have a much easier schedule! If you continue to have these slight falters then yes, you will need the wild card. But if you play solid, the cubs will surely lose first. Either way, you should end up playing each other in the playoffs. Good luck Brewers!

Warriorswim32 said...

You all talk about how the cubs beat down the brewers in milwaukee and I will admit it the kill three games and thanks to Rickie Weeks defense stole the game CC pitched in.

But I would just like to ask who has won 4 out of the 6 played in Wrigley this year. Oh yeah that is right it is the Brew Crew.

Cubs fans dont go counting your chickens before they hatch, cuz you will have homefield which means (based on this seasons results) you are likely to lose to the Brewers at home.

robcho said...

reporting on the Milwaukee Brewers is a joke. The Brewers have not played in anybody's shadow. It was the Cubs, who panicked when the Brewers were able to land Sabathia by mortgaging what was left of their major league talent in order to obtain the often-injured Rich Harden. My suggestion to Mr. Rogers is to worry about the Cubs. It's Semptember now and Cub fans know what that means. Couple that with 16 out of their last 22 on the road and non-Cub fans again will be chanting, "(C)ompletely (U)seless (B)y (S)eptember...

ND9999 said...

the CUBS have everything, there is a reason the cubs are in first. for the postseason the cubs have just has good of a pitching rotation has any other team, there bullpen is the just the best wit samarzija and marmol and wood, the cubs have hitting (everyone knows that), they have EXPERIENCE (soriano, zambrano, Dlee, wood, and a lil more wit all the guys from last year buts that only one year), the cubs are also a clutch team A-ram has 44 rbi's in the 7th inning or later and soriano can do some late postseason damage like against the D-Backs in 2001

Kliner said...

Cubs will win the NL Central, no doubt, and the Cubs will take it to the Brewers if the Brewers can manage to get to the NLCS. I think its alot of hype over something so simple to see. Brewers are just setting themselves up for some major disappointment. They're not a world series team. They're really not.

RW3RW3 said...

UGA to the west coast...how about USC to the east coast? SEC schedule...4 teams in the top 10? Two losses and you're still likely to be better than anything West of the Mississippi...Pete Carroll is great with 4 weeks to prepare...try preparing EVERY week in the SEC!!

Sorry for all of you non-SEC fans but, let's be honest, without us beating up on one another week-in, week-out, you'd never have a shot at the BCS championship (all apologies to you Buckeye fans...).

happyincincy said...

This discussion goes to the core of being a true fan. I grew up in NY as a Mets fan in the 60s cause my grandfather was one and I went along for the ride. Still remember how bad they were until Seaver was drafted, then the miracle in '69. Have only been following the Sox seriosly for 10 years, but truly understand the pain, then jubiliation of following a winner. Hang in there, Rays fans, looks like your franchise is turning a corner.

cmaxwl99 said...

I'm from Chicago & I have been a Red Sox fan since 85'. I was young and saw a young Clemens and a young Greenwell playing and I took interest in them. Then as I got older, I learned all the history and the Sox have been a passion ever since. Tampa is a young team filled with guys that should have been great.... and are now finally playing well. Let's see if they can hold it together. True fans are gained by consistancy. They are the fans that live with you through the good and the bad. Like us Red Sox fans ;)

fishfanforlife said...

I don't understand why the Rays are always in the same discussion with the Marlins as far as attendance is concerned. Dome or not, the Rays would NEVER have a game like that yesterday. Clearly we haven't had the same success as the Fish, we now actually have an owner, for the most part, who gives a crap about winning and not just lining his pockets (Hello Namoli).

Florida is a baseball state. The weather isn't the only reason why clubs have been coming here for Spring Training over the past 70 years.

Never has been a baseball town. it has been football forever and will always be.

buccaray said...

what was a rays fan supposed to do until this year..hop on a board and say..alright we won tonight..we're only 27.5 games out of first now..everybody kiss are butt and show us some respect?? fans that have seen them at their worst have every right to be excited and trade blows with the big boys..especially ones that showed up at the suncoast dome/thunderdome/tro picana field and have tortured themselves with sitting through the nightly debacles..if you ever sat through the "hit show" you deserve to talk some smack as far as I'm concerned.

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