Time to look at the baseball playoff races.

Posted: 09/19/2012 by levcohen in Baseball

With everyone focusing on football, baseball has really gone under the radar. It’s time for the stretch run, and with the added wild card spot for each league, there is added drama and pressure. Let’s look at the playoff picture.

The Locks:
Washington Nationals- NL East winner. The Nats are 6 games up with 2 weeks to go.
Cincinnati Reds- NL Central Winner. The Reds are 11 games up.
San Francisco Giants- NL West Winner. The Giants are 8 up.
Atlanta Braves- 1st wild card. The Braves are 6 and a half games up.

Texas Rangers- somewhere (probably AL West or maybe Wild Card #1). 3 games up on Athletics- they still have games head to head
Oakland Athletics- somewhere (probably Wild Card #1 or maybe AL West). Tied for first wild card, 3 games out of division leader Rangers.
Chicago White Sox- AL Central. 3 games up, they are going uphill and the Tigers are going downhill.

The Open Spots:
NL: Wild Card #2.

Leading Candidates:
St. Louis Cardinals. Lead by 2 games, not playing great.
Los Angeles Dodgers. Fading fast, still second in the chase.

Intriguing Dark Horses:
Milwaukee Brewers. They’ve gone 23-8 in their last 31 games. Within 3 games up wildcard.
Philadelphia Phillies. They’ve gone 27-15 in their last 42 games. At a .500 record.

Fading Fast:
Pittsburgh Pirates. They are 12-27 in the last 39 games. I’m predicting that they will end under .500 for the 19th straight time (they are 1 game over .500 now).

AL: East, Wild Card #2.

AL East Race:
New York Yankees vs. Baltimore Orioles. Yankees are .5 games up.

Wild Card Race:

Leading Candidate:
Yankees or Orioles (whoever loses the AL East Race)

Intriguing Dark Horse:
LA Angels. 3 games out. They are up and down.

Fading Fast:
Detroit Tigers. Lost crucial games to division leader White Sox.
Tampa Bay Rays. Lost 5 of 6. They can’t score.

My prediction:
In the NL, the Brewers OVERTAKE the Cardinals. You heard it here first.
In the AL East, the Yankees win the division and the Orioles get the 1st wild card
In the AL West, the Rangers hold on and the Athletics slump at the end. There is some drama, but the A’s hold on against the Angels.

  1. Philabundant says:

    Maybe my antipathy to the second wild card was wrong….sure adding excitement this year!

  2. Marinite says:

    Go Giants!!

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