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Posted - Jul 28 2007 : 10:22PM
The long season is similar to a horserace. Some teams get out of the gate fast, build up momentum, and then coast down the stretch and hot teams overtake them. Others get off to a bad start, either through injury, clubhouse turmoil, or roster confusion, right the ship, and like a drag racer, finish fast and furious. Other teams lack talent, have idiotic ownership, moronic managers, bad-attitude players, and they finish way back, sometimes year after year. Or even decade after decade. The trading deadline is Tuesday so teams out of it can trade still productive but in the twilight of their career guys to teams looking for a boost down the stretch.
Let's take a look.
National League
There's 16 teams here. 5 Eastern, 5 Western, and 6 Central.
In the East, Florida and Washington are out of it as are San Francisco in the West, and Houston, Cincinnatti, and Pittsburgh in the Central. Defending World Series champs St. Louis is probably out of it too.
New York Mets, Philly, and Atlanta are fighting it out in the East. Philly got a hand injury to 2B Utley, one of their offensive stars, so I expect them to fade and Atlanta should overtake them shortly.
Milwaukee and, I know it's hard to believe, the Chicago Cubs, are 1-2 in the Central.
LA, San Diego, and Arizona, are fighting it out, and the .500 Colorado Rockies are 8 games back but time is running out so it's win now and often for them and there's 3 teams ahead of them. One might fade but not all 3. Better luck next year.
It's going to be a slugfest as no team has a safe lead and the wild-card race is wide-open. Some team may get hot and win 2/3rds of their remaining <60 games and winning at a .550 clip might win the wild-card spot. 7 teams with a shot (Colorado has one foot in the grave and Atlanta, Chicago, and Phily have one on a banana peel), 4 teams make the playoffs.
American League
There's only 14 teams here. 5 Eastern, 5 Central, and 4 Western. Baltimore and Tampa Bay are out in the East, and .500 Toronto is likely cooked too. Kansas City and Chicago are toast in the Central and .500 Minnesota has 2 teams to try to catch so they're likely dogmeat too. Texas and Oakland are dead and dying in the West.
That leaves Boston and New York in the East, Cleveland and Detroit in the Central, and Anaheim (I refuse to call them the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim) and Seattle in the West. That's 6 teams trying to play musical chairs for 4 playoff spots.
Boston looks like they'll cruise to the Eastern Division title, leaving the Yankees to try to sneak in the wild-card spot. They luck out by playing Chicago and Kansas City the first week of August and they're finishing July with Baltimore so if they're gonna give it a go, now is the time to make their move.
Detroit and Cleveland are neck and neck and they have a 5 game lead over the Yankees and 3 1/2 over Seattle for the coveted wild-card playoff spot. I think that unless things fall into place for NY or Detroit and/or Cleveland fade down the stretch, the wild card will be either Detroit or Cleveland, the other being the Central champs. It's a little early to put it away, there's almost 60 games left. Anaheim looks like the West champs. Seattle has snuck into the thick of things, but they lack pitching, a common problem in baseball. So do the Yankees, the Cubs, and Philly. Those teams win by outscoring the other team rather than out-pitching them.
Atlanta has enough pitching to make a run and if Andruw Jones gets his bat going, they'll be trouble. San Diego has pitching, but they don't score that much and Arizona and LA sing that tune too. The West looks wide-open.
The NY Mets look like they'll win the East, but they've been treading water after a great start and Milwaukee should win the Central. Look out below, here comes Chicago.
That leaves the fighting-it-out Dodgers, Padres, and Diamondbacks in the West and one of those teams should win the West and another the the wild-card but the Cubs, Braves, and Phillies have a shot at the wild-card spot but they've got to win and get it going now. That's 5 teams and 4 playoff spots. Atlanta, Chicago, and Philadelphia make it 8 teams but they need to make a move now, tomorrow ain't gonna cut the mustard. Maybe one of those teams will make a trade that reels in talent, fills a hole, sparks the team, and they get it going.
Remember, September 1 is 40 man roster time and some teams that have no chance bring in the Triple A guys and roll over and play dead for some teams and other teams bring in pitching help, base-stealers, defensive specialists, and other guys who make a difference.
Time will tell.
Updates as things can change fast.
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Posted - Jul 28 2007 : 10:38PM
Trivia question for you Bud (and anyone else interested). Who was the last Kansas City Royal to get a hit in an All-Star game?

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Posted - Jul 28 2007 : 10:59PM
Utley had the hand surgery and it wasn't as bad as they exspected. Out a month max; he'll probably be able to hold a bat in 2 weeks.
That said, of course I expect them to fade anyway.

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Posted - Jul 28 2007 : 11:03PM
I think it is possible for the NL Central to produce the Wild Card.
Milwaukee might not hold out, their batting average is the worst in the majors since the All-Star Break. The last few years they have taken a nose-dive post break. The parts just aren't in sync right now. Maybe too many young parts.
Regardless, I like their future. Braun hasn't cooled off and is hitting over .340 with big power numbers. The Braun-Fielder combo backed by two decent outfield power bats should be a hell of a line up. Get Gwynn jr. as the lead-off hitter and Weeks back batting and it is potent.

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Posted - Jul 28 2007 : 11:56PM
San Diego put NL ERA leader Chris Young on the DL and he'll miss at least 3 starts. Bad news for the Padres. On occasion, a team puts a guy in that blossoms and the change is sort of addition by subtraction. Usually it isn't, a team suffers sometimes both offensively and defensively, or they're forced to use pitchers who haven't got ML talent.
The Angels put a guy named Willets in left field when G. Anderson went on the DL and the guy proceeded to hit, steal bases, score runs, and the Angels won big in June. They've faded in July, sent down SP Ervin Santana, put SP Bartolo Colon on the DL and Scott Shields, the set-up guy, usually reliable, blew a couple of games, closer F. Rodriguez blew a couple too, the hitting slumped, and Seattle took advantage and crept closer.
The Angels play small-ball. They're dead last in HR's but they move runners along, steal bases, hit for average, and they have 3 reliable starters in Lackey, Escobar, and Weaver and they're good defensively. The slump coincided with a concussion to 1B Kotchman who's stroke is returning after 3 weeks of flailing and a second trip to the DL for 2B Kendrick, but Figgins is hitting for average and he steals bases, distracts pitchers, and he can play anywhere except catcher, pitcher, and 1B. The main power hitter Guererro won the All Star Game HR contest and hasn't hit one since.
They've been spinning their wheels and they're either going to get it together or set in the west. Pitching, their strong suit, hasn't been all that great lately but Saunders came up from Triple AAA Salt Lake and he's their only left-handed starter and he's been a bright spot. The 5th starter is anybody's guess, Colon having elbow and shoulder problems, Santana had an ERA of 8 and was sent to Salt Lake, so the Angels will try spot starters until September when they can call up some guys from the minors. That's 5 starts from who knows who.
Seattle just might overtake the Angels.
Last Royal to get a hit in the All-Star game? My first guess would be Sweeney but KC has sucked so badly for 20 years that it might be George Brett or Bo Jackson from the 1980's. The 1989 All Star game was in Anaheim and I remember Jackson hit a ball about ankle high like a 2 iron off Rick Reuschel way deep into the center field seats. Reuschel was from the hillbilly area of Illinois and when he was asked about the pitch Jackson hit he drawled, 'Ball wasn't even in the strike zone.' I always remembered that because of the funny way he talked--that kind of drawl isn't heard often. Steve Busby was a pretty good pitcher for KC long ago and we went to the same high school. I've been to George and Ken Brett's tavern in Manhattan Beach. I used to live in Hermosa Beach which wasn't too far away and it was a sports bar hangout but that was 25 years ago. I wonder if they still own it.
Edited by - budtugley on 7/29/2007 12:29:30 AM
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Posted - Jul 29 2007 : 3:19AM
Unfortunately, it looks like this could be true. Every time they start to win, they go and lose about the same amount of games (which cancels out the wins).

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Posted - Jul 29 2007 : 3:39AM
Friends -
My two squads, the Phillies and Padres, are both hanging near the top in their respective divisions, but both got issues. The Phillies' problem is pitching depth, (ain't that everybody's?), while the Padres lack of hitting is starting to catch up with them.
The Phillies are rolling lately and have really been mashing the ball since the All Star Break, but they are still down two starting pitchers from a staff that wasn't that good to begin with, and the bullpen has been a gas can all year. Even before Tom Gordon got hurt. Bret Myers is supposed to be back soon to help the starting rotation, but now Utley and Rowand both go down with injuries. Just don't know if we are gonna have enough to catch the Mets who haven't played all that great themselves.
The Padres, have pitched great all year, both the starters and in the bullpen, but since the All Star Break the bullpen has started to crack. They've blown three straight good performances by Greg Maddox and they are looking kinda tired. Now Chris Young goes on the DL and Jake Peavy has only won once in a month. Plus, David Wells is giving up home runs at a record pace. The problem is that the pitchers have had to be too perfect for too long, cuz the Pads can't hit. And they really can't hit the long ball. They've led the NL West most of the year, but they are starting to fall behind as the Diamondbacks get hot and the hated Dodgers continue to play okay. None of these teams are gonna run away, so things should stay interesting.
The Phillies gotta win games 9-8, and the Padres gotta win games 2-1, and I don't know if either of that can continue all season.
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Posted - Jul 29 2007 : 8:00AM
You remember well, not only did you get the player you also got the hit. Brett has a restaurant/sports bar right in the middle of Country Club Plaza in K.C. too. It tells you all you need to know about the Royals in that it has been 18 years since any of them have had a hit in the All-Star game though I think Alex Gordon or Billy Butler could break that string in a couple of years. They've actually played over .500 since early May and won two out of three at Boston and at Detroit last week. June was their first month over .500 since 2003.

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Posted - Jul 29 2007 : 4:31PM
I had a chance to study baseball a little closer and the team that looks like the drag racer kicking it into gear is the Chicago Cubs. Their pitching has jelled, they quit fighting each other in the dugout and clubhouse, concentrated on beating the opponenets instead, and in the last month the team has played as a team. Sure Soriano hits leadoff when he's a natural #3 hitter and the team hasn't hit the longball the way many of us thought they would, but they're winning without that which means they can get better. They're nipping at Milwaukee's heel and the Brewers play Earl Weaver baseball--hit 2 3 run homeruns and win 6-5. Milwaukee is fairly balanced, decent pitching, decent offense, but Chicago is coming on fast.
I suspect that Chicago will overtake Milwaukee but, as we all know, Chicago has a 100 year history of failing when it counts. These two teams have the advantage of playing in the Central where they can feast on Cincinnatti, Pittsburgh, Houston, and St. Louis. It looks like 12 games over .500 might snag the wild-card spot and these two can fatten up on weak competition.
We'll see if Atlanta can trade for Texas 1B Teixeira since they use 48 year old Franco there and they've had no production from that position all year long. He'll help offensively and defensively and he'll most like inspire the rest of the Braves to kick it up a notch. The NY Mets have good pitching but only an average offense and good pitching carries teams far but they've been a .500 team the last 3 months.
Who can figure out the NL West? 3 teams, all with good pitching but nothing special offensively are duking it out.
They might beat each other up allowing Chicago, maybe Atlanta, or even Philly if they can trade for a reliable starter and/or bullpen help to make a run down the stretch. Milwaukee could wind up as the wild-card with Chicago winning the Central or vice-versa.
The American League is more settled. Unless the Yankees or Mariners get going, the wild-card will be Detroit or Cleveland with the other winning the Central. The Anaheim Angels traded Jose Molina, their backup catcher with major league experience to the Yankees and Napoli, the starter back there pulls a hamstring. They need to trade for a reliable catcher or hope untested Jeff Mathis blossoms otherwise these guys might fade and if Seattle can find pitching help, they can make a move. The Angels are using 2 Triple A guys back there and pitchers rely on cathers knowledge to call pitches and the inexperience could spell trouble.
Well, this is where the winners win, the losers lose, and some teams get a shot-in-the-arm by bringing in guys who can provide immediate help and others suffer a key injury, get guys back from the DL, or make other personnel decisions that make or break a team. Some get going, some fade.
Should be interesting these last 2 months.

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Posted - Jul 29 2007 : 10:10PM
Milwaukee's bullpen was used a lot in the first half of the season and the last few games the bullpen has collapsed.

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Posted - Aug 7 2007 : 8:22PM
Things can change quickly. Not so much day to day but week by week.
Taking a peek at the National League, the Mets are cruising along in the Eastern Division, but Philadelphia has dug in and it looks like they aren't gonna roll over and die, Atlanta make a couple of shrewd moves at the trading deadline and filled a couple of holes so here they come.
Milwaukee and Chicago are now neck and neck in the Central, but Soriano's quad strain has to hurt the Cubs. They've talked about him coming back in a couple of weeks but that's way too optimistic IMHO. He might come back if the Cubs make the playoffs. The Chicago North Siders had a great July, but August has them spinning their wheels so we'll see if they can overcome the loss of one of their better players. Milwaukee just plods along, winning enough to keep them competitive but the time to win is now.
The Dodgers have played their way out of first place and the Arizona Diamondbacks have gotten hot at the right time to forge ahead in the West. Even Colorado has hope now that no one in the National League is playing well except Arizona and no team looks like a lock to win. Only the Mets are sitting pretty but they don't strike fear into anybody and they have to keep an eye on the Phillies and Braves. San Diego is playing .500 ball lately and if they can get some offense going they can be there too.
We have 3 teams in the East, 2 in the Central, and 4 in the West looking for playoff spots. There's only 4 available.
If any of these teams can get hot like Arizona has recently or the Cubs did in July, they'll make a move towards the top as 12 games over .500 looks good now. Maybe 87 wins will do the trick. It wouldn't surprise me to see the wildcard make the playoffs with a record of 87-75 and that might be good enough to win any of the 3 divisions. Talk about parity.
Over in the American League, Detroit and Cleveland decided to slump together with Detroit being even worse. That's allowed the Yankees and Mariners to climb into the thick of the wildcard race and Minnesota is lurking in the weeds like a snake-in-the-grass ready to join the chase if they can get a winning streak started. Seattle took advantage of Anaheim's slide to get close but they've lost their momentum and the Angels have played better in August after a bad July but they're not locks for anything. Boston looked like a lock for the Eastern Division title, but the Yankees are playing better and they're only 6 games back. The Red Sox need to keep on playing and take care of business since the Yankees play a soft schedule from here on out with the exception of having to play a maybe desperate Detroit. Boston has it a little tougher schedule-wise. These guys better fatten up on Baltimore and Tampa Bay and the Indians need to feast on Chicago and KC, teams Cleveland will play 9 times in the last 7+ weeks. Detroit has to face the Yankees 8 times and vice-versa maybe giving Seattle some hope. Seattle doesn't have to face Boston at all, they have what looks like an easy August but Sept will make or break them as they have to play Anaheim, NY, and Cleveland.
The dog days of August. Some bark and bite, some will roll over and play dead.
It's gonna get good the rest of the way.

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Posted - Aug 7 2007 : 10:58PM
Glavine reached 300! The last 30 took a while.

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Posted - Aug 30 2007 : 6:21PM
Phillies won 11-10, bottom of 9th, this afternoon.
4 game sweep of the Mets.
Now 2 back.
Maybe we will have a race afterall. Naah.

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Posted - Aug 30 2007 : 7:51PM
As an Anaheim (I refuse to call them Los Angeles) fan, it was gratifying to see the Angels sweep 3 games in Seattle.
Philly got through the injury to Utley without giving up any ground, now they have to deal with the elbow injury to their best starter Hamels. You don't see a call often on a play like Anderson taking out Iguchi to break up a double play. It was the right call you just don't see it more than a couple of times a year and it gave the Phillies a much needed win over the Mets.
Philly is nipping at the Mets heel and Atlanta made a great trade to get Teixeira and now it's the Braves turn to play the Mets. If Atlanta's gonna make a move, now is the time.
Meanwhile, the Dodgers played shitty baseball for the month of August and it's the Diamondbacks and Padres tied for the lead in the NL West. The Dodgers ain't out of it but they don't impress me. They had to sign San Diego castoff Wells to fill the 5th starter spot so best of luck to that. Colorado made a run at things but they can't seem to get consistant play and they're running in place.
Over in the Central, the Milwaukee Brewers slid down like strippers panties on the brass pole runway. Chicago hasn't taken advantage, they had to deal with the loss of Soriano but he's back and the Cubs lead over there and wouldn't you know it, the Cardinals decided that winning games this time of year is a good idea and now they're in it too. The winner of that division might be under .500.
Like I said earlier, 12 games over .500 might grab the wildcard spot. Some team has to get hot like Arizona did but the Diamondbacks have settled back to earth and they lost 3 straight to San Diego and now those two teams are neck and neck.
The Yankees beat Boston 3 straight times while Seattle was losing 3 straight to Anaheim and those two teams are fighting for the wildcard spot. Cleveland took advantage of the Detroit Tigers playing bad baseball and they lead the Central by 4 games. Minnesota hasn't had the great 2 week stretch to get back into it and it doesn't look like they can.
I don't think the Yankees have enough pitching to catch the Red Sox and Seattle doesn't have enough pitching to catch the Angels either. For some reason, Anaheim beats up the Yankees in NY but they roll over and play dead in Boston. Fortunately, the wildcard team should be the Yankees or the Mariners which means that, if things stay somewhat they way they are now, Boston would play the Mariners or Indians and the Angels would play the Yankees or Indians depending on who wins the wildcard.
On Saturday, the teams can use the 40 man roster and bolster the weak spots.
September is where the winners win, the losers lose and the cream will rise to the top.
Should be a good show.

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Posted - Aug 30 2007 : 9:45PM
I've been following my adopted team, the Seattle Mariners, pretty closely since re-locating to the Puget Sound area. I am thoroughly unimpressed by what I see.
Well that might be a little harsh, but the lineup has no focal point, no deadly presence in it. While the idea of a balanced offense looks good on paper, the notion that eight or nine hitters can stay hot for the last third of the season was far-fetched to begin with and is looking as though it's about to unravel.
The Angels just left town and it was clear that they are the significantly superior team, though just two games separated them in the standings at the outset of the series.
Compounding things, of course, is the M's inferior starting pitching. Hitters supposedly do well if they get hits 30% of the time. Mariner pitchers do well if they retire Vladimir Guerrero 30% of the time in tight situations.
The state of the pitching staff is such that I expect them to make a run at Orlando Hernandez in the offseason. But with his limited no trade clause, I don't look for the Mariners to be able to secure him.
I am resigned to the inevitability of the following headline in the Post-Intelligencer when Hernandez snubs them:
O anti-M's
All right, I made that last part up.
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Posted - Aug 31 2007 : 8:57AM
The Royals and Twins play in a brutally scheduled four game series this weekend. They play a double header today to make up the game that was postponed when the bridge collapsed. First game at 1:00 second game at 7:00 then tomorrow they play at 11:00am because the University of Minnesota has a football game at 7:00 that night. Three games in less than 24 hours, I don't know how either manager can handle their bullpen.

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Posted - Aug 31 2007 : 2:34PM
Well at least they had the good timing to quickly employ September call-ups if they choose.

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Posted - Aug 31 2007 : 3:38PM
For Philly to be this close, it's a miracle..they have overcome a ton of injuries to key players and a bullpen that is absolutely horrible..but this team can hit and score runs. They are making it very interesting and I'm hoping they stay in the hunt these last couple of weeks. With Utley, Howard, Rowand, and an surging Burrell, they might just take the East...I sure hope so.

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Posted - Sep 1 2007 : 12:25AM
Fuck Fuck Fuck!
The Mariners lost again. We almost caught the Angels, now we have fallen mightily.
I knew going into this year that starting pitching might be a problem. I think most of our guys have over-achieved this year.
I do like our offense, even though I think they're just slumping right now. Look for them to get back on roll real soon.
Our defense and relievers have been pretty solid all year.
We'll know more after the end of this road trip against Toronto, New York & Detroit (Yikes!).
I'm keeping the faith!
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Posted - Sep 1 2007 : 8:41AM
Of course it helps if your starting pitcher is throwing a perfect game entering the ninth inning

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Posted - Sep 17 2007 : 5:48PM
Now we're down the the last two weeks, some teams have only a dozen games left to play and the picture is much clearer, at least on the American League side of the coin. Unless the Yankees collapse at home this week, they look like the wildcard team and Cleveland, Anaheim, and Boston are jockeying for the best record and home field advantage in the playoffs.
Over in the National League, the NY Mets and Arizona D'Backs are neck and neck for the best record and home field advantage. Chicago and Milwaukee are vying for the Central title. Advantage Cubs at this moment but things can change fast. At this time, San Diego is in the wildcard race drivers seat but the Phillies are in their rear-view mirror and even the Dodgers have a chance although that's fading quickly.
This is where the winners win and the losers lose--like St. Louis and Seattle, two teams that got hot to make a charge and then got stuck in the mud. Or Arizona, who began to win in August and they've kept up the pace through September. The Yankees were spinning their wheels through the All Star break but they've turned it on since.
I have to give lots of credit to the Philadelphia, they've hung tough through the injury adversities and their ability to beat the NY Mets like rented drums.
I love this time of year. The baseball races are cooking and both college football and the NFL are in full swing. The NHL will be dropping pucks on the ice in a couple of weeks and the NBA begins shortly after that. If you're a sports fans, this is cornutopia time.
Edited by - budtugley on 9/17/2007 5:50:50 PM

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Posted - Sep 17 2007 : 6:36PM
I appreciate your periodic updates a lot.
As for the Phillies ("You hang 'em, we bang 'em"), they do seem to own the Mets but I'm betting they break my heart again. Still, if they got into the playoffs, it might be interesting. Whoever they play, no lead is safe.
Edited by - Billy Bathgate on 9/17/2007 6:37:29 PM

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Posted - Sep 17 2007 : 6:57PM
Whoever green-lighted hiring that unbearable douchebag Dane Cook to be in the post-season commercials that we're going to be bombarded with for the next month needs to be abducted and handed over to the CIA to use as a test subject for new torture techniques.

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Posted - Sep 17 2007 : 11:48PM
Phillies now 2 1/2 back..Mets are on a terrible downward spiral..

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Posted - Sep 21 2007 : 8:09PM
The Phillies are a game-and-a-half out of first place and the Mets are reeling like a drunkard staggering out of a tavern at 2AM. They could miss the playoffs.
The Padres and D'Backs are neck and neck in the West, the Cubs are 2 games up on the Brewers but they play their last 6 on the road, 3 in Cincy, 3 in Fla. and they're a decent road team. Milwaukee is at home for the rest of the year after visiting Atlanta this weekend, St. L comes to town for 3 and then the last 4 hosting San Diego. That's gonna be a big series for both teams. Meanwhile, the Cubs are beating up the Pirates and they're in the Windy City til Sunday.
Arizona host the Dodgers for 3 this weekend, then they go on the road for 3 in Pittsburgh and 3 in Colorado. San Diego plays Colorado in SD for 3, then they travel to SF for 3 and Milwaukee for 4. The Brewers win at home and lose on the road so the Padres should try to have a game or two lead by this time next week.
The Mets are in Florida this weekend, then they return to Shea for 3 with the Nationals, a make-up game with St. L. on Thursday, and then 3 with Marlins. Pretty soft schedule but they aren't playing well.
The Phillies are in Washington for 3, then Atlanta comes to town for 3 and the Nationals for 3.
I'll do the American League a little later.
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Posted - Sep 21 2007 : 8:40PM
If the Mets are reeling what are the Red Sox doing, besides destroying their bullpen that is?

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Posted - Sep 21 2007 : 8:58PM
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If Bonds is smart, he'll retire, but he'll probably wind up on some American League team as a DH.

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Posted - Sep 21 2007 : 9:18PM
Boston has managed to surrender the best record in the American League but they're in the playoffs along with Anaheim, The Yankees, and Cleveland. Detroit had a chance but they've lost 3 straight while the Yankees won 4 straight. They're alive mathematically but not realistically.
The Red Sox have been losing in the road and their last 3 are in Tampa this weekend before returning to Fenway where they win big against Oakland, and then Minnesota.
The Yankees are another team that wins at home and loses on the road. They finish at home this weekend with Toronto before visiting Tampa for 3 and the Orioles for 3.
Cleveland, like Anaheim, NY, and Boston, wins at home and loses on the road and they finish their home games against Oakland this weekend and then they travel to Seattle for 3 and KC for 3.
Meanwhile, Anaheim finishes their home scehedule this weekend against the Mariners and then they travel for 3 against Texas and 3 with the A's.
Any one of those 4 teams could finish with the best record and home field advantage in the playoffs. Boston and NY play for the Eastern division championship, the other is the wildcard most likely. The Red Sox finish at home while the others are on the road so advantage Sox.
Should be interesting.
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Posted - Sep 21 2007 : 10:23PM
He's within half a year of 3000 hits. He'll find a way to hang around long enough to reach it then retire at the end of the year.
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Posted - Sep 24 2007 : 4:20PM
This just in: Milton Bradley is an idiot.

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Posted - Sep 24 2007 : 7:27PM
This is great for the Phillies!! I'm really hoping they get in after all they have been thru this year.

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Posted - Sep 24 2007 : 9:21PM
There's a reason why some guys who have talent wear out their welcome quickly. Milton Bradley and Jose Guillen come to mind.
This might not be all that bad for the Padres. Sometimes injuries like Bradley's result in addition by subtraction.

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Posted - Sep 27 2007 : 9:50PM
I'm juiced. The Phils have just taken over first place with the Mets. If the Mets don't get in, I can stop hearing about the 64 Phils collaspe. I hate the Mets and so glad that they are about to crash and burn.

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Posted - Sep 27 2007 : 11:04PM
Beat me to it. The Phillies are officially tied with the Mets.
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Local sportscaster said if they tie, the playoff will be in Philadelphia.
Edited by - Billy Bathgate on 9/27/2007 11:36:06 PM

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The Mets and the Phillies are tied at 87-72, but the Colorado Rockies have won 11 straight and they're 87-72 and San Diego is 88-71. Arizona is 89-70. There's 5 teams and only 3 playoff spots although either the Mets or the Phillies have to win the East and Arizona, San Diego, and Colorado can win the West. Arizona needs to win one of their final 3 to insure at least a tie for the wildcard. The wildcard winner is anybody's guess at this moment. There are scenarios for 3 or even 4 team ties for the wildcard spot. This makes for a fun weekend on the diamond.
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When you are a Royals fan there is no such thing as a fun weekend at the diamond.

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Phils win again, Mets lose again..Phils in first by a game with 2 to go. I just witnessed one of the best pitched games in a long time by Cole Hamels for the Phils..shades of Lefty Carlton...
 
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Sweet Arizona is in as are the Cubs!!

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Cole Hamels pitched a fantastic 8 innings of shutout ball.

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FTR - The red sox are my favorite , going back to the days of Fisk, Lynn, Rice, YAZ, Tiant
and I sympathaze with poor Bill Buckner.
He had a good career that was destroyed by one bad play.
BTW - I hate the damn yankees , and hope they burn in hell.
( well I respect the old timers like Ruth, Gehrig and even Jeter today , but I still try to hate the them over all ).
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We pretty much gave up on the Twins making it into the playoffs shortly after the All-Star break, but the games have still been a lot of fun to go to. For now it's great to see the Rockies rallying, and with a little luck maybe they still make playoffs.
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I've waiting 14 yrs for today..Phillies win Division. And it'a little sweeter since they played from behind the entire season on zero pitching. I hate the Mets and now the Phils proved they were the team to beat in the East. Most experts I've heard today think the Phils have a great shot at the World Series. They are an offensively dangerous team.
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I agree, being from western PA I have not had much to cheer about as we have the beer league Pirates. Working near Philly and I am on the Phillies bandwagon due to being a PA team.
The most impressive thing about the Phillies is the effort they play with. Without a doubt the hardest working team in MLB.

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It was sweet that Jamie Moyer, hometown guy and old fart who grew up with the Fightins' pitched the clincher. The post-game interview with him holding one of his kids in his arms and him choking up was a great moment.
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Moyer is a class act. I grew up in Philly and currently live about 20 minutes from Moyers hometown of Souderton PA..I'm so glad that Moyer will end up retiring in his hometown. This town in pumped.. J Rol should definitely win MVP. And as much as I beat down on Charlie at the beginning of the year, he should be coach of the year. This team's pitching is a joke and he somehow made it all work. Good job Uncle Charlie. Padres and Rockies have to play again, which also helps the Phils who will go with Hamels on Wednesday night.
 
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One last chance tomorrow. It hasn't been good for San Diego sports lately.
As I understand it, if the teams are tied for 1st in the division they just look at the record between the two teams as a tiebreaker. Is that true? Then why a game tiebreaker for the wild card spot?
And are Mets fans pretty pissed off. Didn't follow that one at all, just that they were 7 games up 3 weeks ago.

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To make it even worst for the Mets, Carlos Delgado's hand got broken by a Dontrelle Willis pitch.

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Posted - Oct 1 2007 : 2:27AM
Baseball ties are always played as games. One, it brings in some more loot, and baseball games are 1/162nd of a season so it's no big deal to play 163. Had the Mets and the Phillies tied with the same record as the Padres and Rockies, NY and Philly would have played for the Eastern Division title, and San Diego and Colorado would play an elimination game for the wildcard with the winner of SD/Col playing the loser of NY/Philly for the wildcard.
NFL football plays only 16 games and they have a formula for determining the playoffs for teams with with identical records. IIRC, head-to-head comes first, division records come second, conference records come third, and if it goes to a fourth, it's point differential. There could be a tie there too so it might come down to a coinflip. I'm not too sure about that one.
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