Monday, September 15, 2008

MLB gears up from grand finale

Where else can you start but the AL East as the current has shifted once again, and now the Red Sox are again in position to steal the division away from the Rays (whose fans still don’t seem to care). Getting help from their nemesis NYY, the Sox are down by only a game going into Tampa for a 3-game set where they are 0-6 this year. However they do have the ‘Ace’ of their pen, Matsuzaka (16-2) on the bump to start the series who has not lost a game since July 28. Conversely, the Rays will counter with their ace, Kazmir(11-6) and look to extend their lead. Keep in mind the loser does not automatically go home for the year, but the consolation prize is a round trip ticket to Anaheim, California to visit Disneyland and Angels, and an exit from the playoffs. Keep in mind the Rays must go on the road for their next TEN after this series so at least a 2 -1 split is mandatory. The schedule and fate favor the Sox, do you think the Rays can hold them off?





From there we jump to the other side as the NL East and Central have dogfights of their own going with just as many sub plots. A Milwaukee collapse down the stretch (3-7 last 10) has opened the door and Houston (winners of 13/15) has walked right through it and find themselves only 2 games out. An immediate byproduct of this was the firing of manager Ned Yoast Monday. However divine intervention may want to see the Brew Crew back in the playoffs for the first time since the Regan Administration. Due to the turbulent hurricane weather the games had to be move to a dome stadium as a stipulation of Bud Selig, and they indeed up in Milwaukee at Miller Park, and were promptly ‘No-Hit’ by Carlos Zambrano in a game they almost had to have. Obviously there is outrage coming form the Astro clubhouse but the show will go on, on the road for the Stros’ that is, and they miss out on two crucial home games down the stretch. Is thre incredible late season surge over?

5 comments:

wylies99 said...

Silly Mets fans, it wasn't Willie Randolph that made the Mets lose in 2007.

It was BAD PITCHING in September.

It was the GM's fault for loading the team with old and often injured pitchers.

NOW, the same thing is happening again.

Will some of you Mets fans FINALLY admit that the Mets GM is at fault?

Blame the GM for "Mets collapse, Part 2" in 2008.

rolmoney said...

The Mets are 10-5 against washington so far. I know you were trying to say that since they have the season series against the Mets it doesn't make them better, but they DON"T have the season series, so it's a fallacious argument.

Both teams are going to have to deal with some question marks down the stretch. Obviously, the biggest flaw in either team is the Mets bullpen. But the Mets had just rolled off an amazing stretch despite that pen, before losing 3 of 4 and prompting the whole "September Collapse" thing.

Anyone following this season knows that's a crock. The Mets were 7.5 out in June, and tied it up the first day after the All Star break. Since then, both the Mets and Phils have owned and lost small leads, never more than 3.5 games. (Actually, neither has yet yielded a lead of more than 3). This has been a real pennant race. How anyone could call it a collapse based on the Mets losing 3 of 4 is beyond me. Right now the Phils have momentum. But they have had it at various points in this race, only to see it swing back to the Mets.

Like last year, this will go to the last weekend. Maybe the loser gets the wild card this year (I think so).

Anonymous said...

Phillie fans...

Colorado wanted to know if you wanted the broom back from last years playoffs so you could sweep your bs pride under the carpet...

Look, neither the Mets or Phillie fans have anything to cheer about...

Neither team is THAT great that they can afford to talk trash...

It will play itself out and when the season is over, I guess we will all know the situation...

Phillie has half decent starters, decent bullpen, and occasional offense...

Mets have good starters, horrible pen, good offense...

Mets have as many wins now as they did last year...

Phillie is 3 games better than last year...

May the best/luckiest team win...

mm8812 said...

I love how Philly can try talkin trash about the Mets when the Mets hold the season series what? 11-7??

Guess that means we are better?

I mean cmon...

Why? That didn't stop Mets fans from denying that the Phils were flat out better last year eventhough the Phils took the seaosn series 12-6. That's what fans do in a rivalry. How many times did Red Sox fans rip the Yankees when they got their #### beat every year? Same thing with Cubs fans when the Cards were winning the division and the Cubs finished last, their fans still ripped St. Louis.

AmazinAmazinAmazin said...

Collapse? Give me a break...3.5 games....

The way the pen shakes out is this:

Manuel will call on Joe Smith a lot more in close situations. He doesn't give up the long ball...

Ayala will still get his chances, but will be on a short leash...

The starters have been fine, but I will admit, Pelfrey looked exhausted in his last start...

Enough of the collapse stuff, if they make it in the playoffs great, if not, Omar is out of a job...lol...

This is why they play 162 games, right? To see who makes it and see who doesn't...

They shouldn't be talking about a collapse, they should be talking about how the Astros got totally hosed by MLB because MLB wants the Cubs in and the Astros out...

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