This has to be the dullest September for MLB ever. There are no real division races going on other than the annual Yanks Sox battle for 1st. Every other division the leader has a blow out lead that would be tough to lose with just over a monh left in the season.
It’s been a pretty boring MLB season in general. The Indians and Pirates were the surprise teams that made it interesting for longer than expected, but they eventually fizzled out. There are only 6 teams in the NL above .500 and you know there isn’t a team who will put up any kind of fight against Philly in the postseason.
As a Red Sox fan, I am far from confident that a playoff spot is secured. Seven games over the Rays with a few more games against them and the Yankees is no safe lead. Throw in an injured(?) Josh Beckett and a suddenly struggling offense and who knows. The pitching does not inspire confidence, either.
Arizona has to be a pretty good surprise.
The Tigers have just pulled away in the last couple weeks. The AL Central has been a good race til then.
LA and Texas are still at it.
The Red Sox and Yankees are not through either.
There is action for some.
there is always the huge collapse that devastates some team and scars their fans for generations.
Sox vs. Yankees doesn’t do it for me since they’re both way ahead on the wild card scale. The East title is nifty from a bragging rights perspective, but they’ve both got an inside track to the big prize.
That, and I’ll just take a good ballgame any day. Standings and championships haven’t meant much to me since the Dodgers have sunk into their cesspool of wicked depravity. I just like to see some good baseball. Nureyev never looked as good as an infield turning a 3-6-1 double play.
The AL central should have really been fun to watch in September. The Twins, Sox, Tigers, and Indians should all have been within 5 of eachother at the end of August. But the Twins have just been awful all year, the Sox never got any consistency, and the Indians faded. Tigers win by default. hurrah.
I’ll be pulling for the Brewers come October.
I sort of follow the White Sox (they’re my wife’s favorite team), and I have no idea how they hung around as long as they did. Only Konerko and Pierzynski have been hitting well (and Pierzynski’s been out for weeks now), and they spent the entire first half of the season with two everyday players (Rios and Dunn) hitting at or below the Mendoza Line. The pitching has been fair, I suppose, and maybe that’s how they stayed in games.
Phils AND BoSox fan here. Yes, we already know who the wild cards are, but what about Cleveland or Detroit?
And the Diamondbacks? Seriously? NL West is terrible anyway. And the AL West? I’m closet rooting for the Angels to take out Texas. If the Rangers make it to the postseason, I think they might be in the WS again. Also watch out for Milwaukee.
Cleveland is 7.5 games back in the standings and currently down 5-0 in the 2nd inning to Detroit. They’ve only got five games left against the Tigers this season (including tonight). So while they are not absolutely dead in the water right now, they need to win those five games, at the very least.
And they’ve certainly got an uphill battle tonight.
ETA: Make that 6-0, now, with Carmona out of the game after 1.1 innings.
Agree with this. Cleveland came to town Aug. 19, about 1.5 games back. With today’s win, since then the Tigers have won 16 of 20, including 9-0 against Cleveland and Chicago, the two teams chasing them.