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Fenway
07-04-2011, 07:06 AM
Half of the 2011 season is in the books now and 10 teams in the AL and and 9 in the NL can still dream of October.

NL WEST
Giants so far have been keeping the D-Backs at bay and the Rockies are still lurking - Padres and the Dodgers are done.

Safe bet McCourt will dump a lot of payroll before the deadline and things really look bleak for the Bums.

NL EAST
Philly and Atlanta are the class and a good chance the WC comes from there.

NL CENTRAL
Best race in baseball and most fans pulling for Pittsburgh. Houston looks like a lock for worst team in MLB. They looked awful against Boston.

AL WEST
Anaheim is tied with Texas - Seattle right behind. Even Oakland can sneak back in.

AL EAST
Bos and NYY with Tampa still there. Expect WC to come from here.

AL CENTRAL
Nobody seems to want it. Don't write the Twins off - they have made up a lot of ground. The White Sox division record of 6-11 is killing them.

Zakath
07-04-2011, 08:52 AM
Half of the 2011 season is in the books now and 10 teams in the AL and and 9 in the NL can still dream of October.

NL WEST
Giants so far have been keeping the D-Backs at bay and the Rockies are still lurking - Padres and the Dodgers are done.

Safe bet McCourt will dump a lot of payroll before the deadline and things really look bleak for the Bums.


Giants pitching should win this division for them again.

McCourt's becoming a PR disaster for MLB, and Selig looks weaker and weaker every day because of it.


NL EAST
Philly and Atlanta are the class and a good chance the WC comes from there.


I don't think this is a race by September 1. Atlanta outside of Jurrjens and maybe Hanson doesn't have the pitching to stay with Philly. They should grab the WC, because I doubt a second team will emerge from the quagmire of the Central.


NL CENTRAL
Best race in baseball and most fans pulling for Pittsburgh. Houston looks like a lock for worst team in MLB. They looked awful against Boston.


Imagine how bad they'd be without Hunter Pence. Clint Hurdle deserves Manager of the Year for the job he's done in Pittsburgh. Not sure who emerges from that, but the Cardinals won't if Pujols doesn't come back soon and strong.


AL WEST
Anaheim is tied with Texas - Seattle right behind. Even Oakland can sneak back in.


Texas is the weird team in that division, since their pitching staff isn't propping them up and they can actually hit for power (they have more HR than the Mariners and A's combined). Have to think their offense will give them enough to win the division, but not by much.


AL EAST
Bos and NYY with Tampa still there. Expect WC to come from here.


If Tampa could ever learn to be a dominant team at home, they could win this. Yankees have played 10 more at home than on the road; they only have 9 home games in August and 12 in September. Not sure how long the ex-Sox arms can keep up.


AL CENTRAL
Nobody seems to want it. Don't write the Twins off - they have made up a lot of ground. The White Sox division record of 6-11 is killing them.

Sox have actually played fewer division games than anyone in baseball, which consequently means they have more left than anyone in baseball (55 of 77). I dare say that the division record doesn't hurt as much as the lack of offense (12th in HR, 23rd in 2B, 28th in 3B, 17th in AVG, tied for 26th in SB), especially in clutch situations.

Detroit doesn't have another pitcher outside of Verlander. Asdrubal Cabrera's been most of Cleveland's offense. Minnesota's M*A*S*H unit has somehow kept them from completely falling out of it, and KC is, well, KC.

It is ripe for the taking.

Fenway
07-04-2011, 09:47 AM
Selig has to go slow as McCourt will be in court on all fronts.

How much the payroll gets slashed will be ugly to watch.

DonnieDarko
07-04-2011, 03:42 PM
Should the Sox try to acquire any of that salary shed that the Dodgers are likely to do?