With a month to go in the 2008 baseball season, races are really heating up.
Tampa Bay is for real! They didn’t let three late season injuries to key players derail them from their apparent destiny.
The White Sox and Twins have been in a dogfight all season long. With no apparent challenge from the Tigers and Indians within their division, both teams will need to get red hot to ensure one team wins the division and the other team secures the wild card spot.
Is this the year for the Angels? With a magic number of 9, they are enjoying a lead in their division that differentiates them from Angels’ teams past. What a great balance of speed and timely hitting they have. They should be the team to beat in the American League.
On a personal note, being a die hard Clevelander, I can’t help being thrilled with the Yankees out of contention since what seems to be 100 years. Now, if we can assist the Red Sox in a late season collapse…YeeeeeeeeHaaaaaaaaw!
The Mets and Phillies are much like the White Sox and Twins in a dogfight for their division. Between the two teams, the division winner moves on and the loser goes home as the wild card is more than likely out of reach, but with some 25-27 games remaining, anything can happen.
Lou Pinella has his Cubs in control of their own destiny. With the best record in baseball, they have the Brewers hot on their heels. This is probably the Cubs year. Lou is pushing all the right buttons. The Brewers, with the infusion of Cy Younger CC Sabathia, are making a run for the division but will probably secure the wild card in the N.L. There is nothing in the cards for St. Louis this year.
Arizona is still holding onto first in the West. When will the Dodgers get hot? Come on Joe Torre, make your move now. Apparently the Rockies will not enjoy a repeat stretch run frenzy as they did last year.
We can predict and figure all we want, but somewhere, someone is going to have a surprise stretch run…who will it be?
Strap yourself in for the great ride known as the game of baseball in September!