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Fenway
08-15-2011, 11:26 AM
AL

Texas has started to pull ahead of Anaheim and now has a 4 game lead. Anaheim is 8.5 behind NYY for the wild card.

Boston and NYY are still neck and neck as even though Boston has beaten the Yankees 10 of 12 this year, the Yankees have made it up against everybody else. While both teams look certain to make the playoffs, the division is huge as who ever captures the East would have home field against Detroit, Cleveland or Chicago and the other team most likely has to go to Texas.

NL
Philadelphia can start printing playoff tickets and the Brewers have taken command in the Central ( now up by 5 ) - St. Louis is playing well but the Brew Crew is red hot right now.

Arizona and San Francisco are only 2 games apart.

Wild Card has the Braves up by 4.

IF there was an extra wild card, Tampa and Anaheim would be in a dog fight, as would St. Louis and San Francisco.

Zakath
08-15-2011, 06:31 PM
While the Giants did kind of come out of nowhere last year to win it all, their struggles to maintain control of that division this year are interesting. Their offense, which was never that great, is really pathetic this year (29th in runs scored and OBP, 27th in batting average, 26th in slugging). They've gone 13-15 since the break while the D-Backs have gone 19-9. While Arizona doesn't hit well for average (only .250, 18th in MLB), they're 7th in runs scored and slugging.

The D-backs have a very interesting road trip ahead of them, with 3 in Philly, 3 in Atlanta, and 4 in Washington, while the Giants have 4 in Atlanta before heading to Houston for 3. The two have 6 games left with each other in September.

PKalltheway
08-15-2011, 11:25 PM
Tonight, the Brewers defeated L.A. 3-0, while the Cards fell in Pittsburgh 6-2. Milwaukee now owns a six-game lead in the NL Central.

If the Cards don't straighten up and fly right soon, things could be getting late early in St. Louis, to borrow one of Yogi Berra's sayings.

Zakath
08-15-2011, 11:44 PM
Tonight, the Brewers defeated L.A. 3-0, while the Cards fell in Pittsburgh 6-2. Milwaukee now owns a six-game lead in the NL Central.

If the Cards don't straighten up and fly right soon, things could be getting late early in St. Louis, to borrow one of Yogi Berra's sayings.

The Cardinals haven't been that bad; the Brewers are just tearing it up.

Brewers have lost 2 games all month (actually dating back to July 26), both ironically to the Cardinals (17-2 in those games). Cards have barely been over .500 since the break, 16-14, while the Brewers are 22-8, and damn near unbeatable at home this season (45-15 now).

Brewers have been lucky enough to play Houston twice during this stretch, as well as getting Pittsburgh and the Cubs at home. Their pitching has been phenomenal, only giving up 46 runs in those 19 games (13 of those in the two losses), giving up 2 runs or less 12 times (4 shutouts).

palehozenychicty
08-16-2011, 07:07 AM
The Cardinals haven't been that bad; the Brewers are just tearing it up.

Brewers have lost 2 games all month (actually dating back to July 26), both ironically to the Cardinals (17-2 in those games). Cards have barely been over .500 since the break, 16-14, while the Brewers are 22-8, and damn near unbeatable at home this season (45-15 now).

Brewers have been lucky enough to play Houston twice during this stretch, as well as getting Pittsburgh and the Cubs at home. Their pitching has been phenomenal, only giving up 46 runs in those 19 games (13 of those in the two losses), giving up 2 runs or less 12 times (4 shutouts).

I think they're the one team who could beat the Phils in a playoff matchup. The Brewers are really flying under the radar.

Giants have a budding rivalry with the Phils, but that ridiculously awful lineup may keep them out of the playoffs. As good as Posey is, you shouldn't be relying on a catcher for team production.

hawkjt
08-16-2011, 09:37 AM
''The Beard'' Brian Wilson, gave it up in the 9th vs the Braves last nite.
The Braves have now come from behind to win 21 games in the last inning....wow. Very clutch at bat by the rookie Freeman with 2 out,bases loaded,down one run, 3-2 count, hard hit ground ball basehit up the middle..game over! Giants led 4-2 going into the bottom of the ninth.

But, I still think the Giants run down the D-Backs by the end of Sept.
Something about the Giants and california teams in the last 6 weeks, they always seem to have the extra juice...no humidity. Now, the D-Backs have similar conditions so,maybe they also have the batteries charged...should be the best race,imo,outside of the AL Central,which I see going down to the wire. Three team races are the best.

Zakath
08-16-2011, 10:47 PM
Milwaukee now up 7 on St. Louis, with a walkoff RBI single by...

Mark Kotsay

to beat the Dodgers 2-1 in Milwaukee. Brewers now 46-15 at home.

Off Mike MacDougal, no less.

ComiskeyBrewer
08-17-2011, 02:38 AM
Milwaukee now up 7 on St. Louis, with a walkoff RBI single by...

Mark Kotsay

to beat the Dodgers 2-1 in Milwaukee. Brewers now 46-15 at home.

Off Mike MacDougal, no less.

Was at the game tonight. Most stress free 9th i've ever seen(in a tie game). two walks(including one on 4 straight when the batter was trying to bunt the runners over) and two hits. Dodgers are in really bad shape right now.

hawkjt
08-17-2011, 09:22 AM
The races are quickly stretching out.
Rangers pulling away from the Angels.
Brewers pulling away from the Cards.
Phillies comfortable over the Braves.
The Red Sox and Yanks comfortably in the playoffs.
Even the D-Backs putting some distance on the Giants.

The AL Central is going to have to be the pennant race that saves baseball this September, along with the NL West.
I really think the AL Central could be the three team,center of the baseball universe chase down the stretch.
C'mon Sox, make it happen!