Sunday, October 3, 2010

An October day that defies description

As if 161 games weren’t enough, and obviously they weren’t, we’re down to one more game with the AL East, NL West, and both Wild Cards still to be decided and the fate of five teams hangs in the balance. Obviously the stakes are not that high for the Yanks and Ray because the loser gets the Wild Card birth but there’s more to it than that. Actually the Rays should have wrapped this thing up a long time ago but have only managed to go 5-4 over their last 9 against the worst in the AL Mariners, Orioles, and Royals so even if they do win tomorrow how much momentum are they really bringing into the post season and how big a difference will home field really make if you only bring 10k to the ballpark? Conversely, even with all of that said, It may mean more to the Yankees who could be in trouble if they are away from the confines of the new Yankee Stadium as their pitching staff has a few question marks, specifically how effective will AP be in the post season and what happens if CC drops a game? In both cases the post season actually starts a day early. What was unpredictable has turned into pure madness in the NL as the Padres who looked like they shot themselves in the foot as they made the final turn on the last 220 of the race but have suddenly found themselves in a position to control their own destiny after taking two straight from the Giants in their head-to-head matchup. Aided by some divine intervention and from the defending NL Champs who took the first two games from the slumping Braves the Padres now find themselves in a tie for the wildcard and only one game back of the Giants for the NL West division crown. What seemed impossible at the beginning of the week and after losing at home to Cub s to put themselves in a must SWEEP position against the Giants, IN SAN FRANCISCO, they are just one game away. But, as you know, this is when I rain on the parade by letting the SD fans know that the GMen are sending out Jonathan Sanchez to the bump (6-2) his last 8 decisions and has only given up more than 2 runs once during that span and the Giants scored 17 in that same game and that was one of his six wins. The Padres will counter with a rookie, although a very good one, in 14-9 Mat Latos. I for one will tune in just to see how the kid responds. Which brings us to the train wreck that seems to be the Atlanta Braves, losers of 6 in their last 10, including two straight to the Phillies, when one more would have wrapped up the Wild Card. Now they find themselves in a must win and go through Cole Hammels (5-1) his last six decisions with two shutouts, or end the dream of sending Bobby Cox out a champion. Who do you think will advance in both the NL and AL? Let us know here and in any of the quick links.

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