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Fenway
05-17-2005, 03:47 PM
This week the 2005 season will be 25% completed and it is already becoming clear which teams in the AL will be fighting for the 4 playoff spots.

Teams that don't look like they will be around are Seattle (http://www.sportsline.com/mlb/teams/page/SEA), Oakland (http://www.sportsline.com/mlb/teams/page/OAK), Kansas City (http://www.sportsline.com/mlb/teams/page/KC), Cleveland (http://www.sportsline.com/mlb/teams/page/CLE), Detroit (http://www.sportsline.com/mlb/teams/page/DET) and Tampa Bay (http://www.sportsline.com/mlb/teams/page/TB). Of the remaining 8 I would rule out Toronto (http://www.sportsline.com/mlb/teams/page/TOR) and Texas (http://www.sportsline.com/mlb/teams/page/TEX) over the long haul.

I think the Los Angeles Angles of Orange County and the City of Anahein in the State of California will win the west with Texas fading and the Rangers will be no factor in the wild card. Toronto will soon be in 4th and there they will stay.

Now it gets interesting.

The 2 surprise teams are Baltimore (http://www.sportsline.com/mlb/teams/page/BAL) and your Chi. White Sox (http://www.sportsline.com/mlb/teams/page/CHW). I like everybody else didn't think the Orioles could compete with the big boys but so far they have met every challenge and they are +10 in their division. Likewise the White Sox have feasted on the AL Central where they are a +14. That is the key stat for the White Sox..if they keep beating up on Detroit, Cleveland and Kansas City and play only .500 against everybody else they should advance. Chicago maybe the only team in the AL that will win 100 games.

If the White Sox do advance it means one of the early season favorites is in BIG trouble. The Twins figure to improve on their +3 in the division but even if they can't catch Chicago they could still win 95 games by feeding off the weak sisters in the Central.

That leaves Boston and New York.

NYY cured a month of problems in 10 days and they are doing what they do best, feast on the bottom feeders. But with Baltimore improved and Tampa Bay playing .500 at home I don't see them winning more than 95 games and the same applies to Boston.

If this season comes down to everybody bunched together around Labor Day one look at the White Sox and Twins schedule for September will make fans in the east ill. The White Sox are in fantastic shape.

Frater Perdurabo
05-17-2005, 03:50 PM
This week the 2005 season will be 25% completed and it is already becoming clear which teams in the AL will be fighting for the 4 playoff spots.

Teams that don't look like they will be around are Seattle (http://www.sportsline.com/mlb/teams/page/SEA), Oakland (http://www.sportsline.com/mlb/teams/page/OAK), Kansas City (http://www.sportsline.com/mlb/teams/page/KC), Cleveland (http://www.sportsline.com/mlb/teams/page/CLE), Detroit (http://www.sportsline.com/mlb/teams/page/DET) and Tampa Bay (http://www.sportsline.com/mlb/teams/page/TB). Of the remaining 8 I would rule out Toronto (http://www.sportsline.com/mlb/teams/page/TOR) and Texas (http://www.sportsline.com/mlb/teams/page/TEX) over the long haul.

I think the Los Angeles Angles of Orange County and the City of Anahein in the State of California will win the west with Texas fading and the Rangers will be no factor in the wild card. Toronto will soon be in 4th and there they will stay.

Now it gets interesting.

The 2 surprise teams are Baltimore (http://www.sportsline.com/mlb/teams/page/BAL) and your Chi. White Sox (http://www.sportsline.com/mlb/teams/page/CHW). I like everybody else didn't think the Orioles could compete with the big boys but so far they have met every challenge and they are +10 in their division. Likewise the White Sox have feasted on the AL Central where they are a +14. That is the key stat for the White Sox..if they keep beating up on Detroit, Cleveland and Kansas City and play only .500 against everybody else they should advance. Chicago maybe the only team in the AL that will win 100 games.

If the White Sox do advance it means one of the early season favorites is in BIG trouble. The Twins figure to improve on their +3 in the division but even if they can't catch Chicago they could still win 95 games by feeding off the weak sisters in the Central.

That leaves Boston and New York.

NYY cured a month of problems in 10 days and they are doing what they do best, feast on the bottom feeders. But with Baltimore improved and Tampa Bay playing .500 at home I don't see them winning more than 95 games and the same applies to Boston.

If this season comes down to everybody bunched together around Labor Day one look at the White Sox and Twins schedule for September will make fans in the east ill. The White Sox are in fantastic shape.

Great "objective" analysis of the situation. I hope you are right. And for your sake, nothing would be sweeter than an all-Sox ALCS, with the Pale Hose winning, of course!
:tongue:

batmanZoSo
05-17-2005, 03:50 PM
I agree, but we gotta turn it around quick, starting tonight. We can easily win this series, then it's gonna be a battle for the rest of the month.

DumpJerry
05-17-2005, 03:55 PM
Nice analysis. I think there is some credibility to it. We need to get the last three games behind us. Last night AJ said "sometimes you have a bad game." This is true. Now, let's get some good ones in. A 10 game win streak will cure a lot of ills.

Fenway
05-17-2005, 04:10 PM
Nice analysis. I think there is some credibility to it. We need to get the last three games behind us. Last night AJ said "sometimes you have a bad game." This is true. Now, let's get some good ones in. A 10 game win streak will cure a lot of ills.

You were not going to play .750 ball

The last team that did that was the 1906 Cubs and we all know how THAT ended

The important thing is while the White Sox will have streaks of 3 losses 4 losses and probably 5 during the year, I can't see this team losing 8-9-10 in a row either.

mikehuff
05-17-2005, 04:21 PM
Wait a second. Dimitri Young told us that the Central is going to be a fight between Detroit and Cleveland.

Flight #24
05-17-2005, 04:22 PM
Wait a second. Dimitri Young told us that the Central is going to be a fight between Detroit and Cleveland.

Maybe he meant the "central" portion of the division? I.e. that part between the top (Sox, Twins) and the bottom (Royals)?

batmanZoSo
05-17-2005, 04:25 PM
Wait a second. Dimitri Young told us that the Central is going to be a fight between Detroit and Cleveland.

Ha...he'll never hear the end of this kind of stuff. :cool:

DumpJerry
05-17-2005, 04:25 PM
You were not going to play .750 ball
Since I don't play for the White Sox or any other team, that is dead-bang true.

Seriously, I don't expect the Sox to maintain a .700+ pace until Oct. 2nd, even thought that would be too much fun. I do think we are in the driver's seat for the AL Central, it is ours to lose.

Baby Fisk
05-17-2005, 05:02 PM
If this season comes down to everybody bunched together around Labor Day one look at the White Sox and Twins schedule for September will make fans in the east ill. The White Sox are in fantastic shape.
Fenway, have you gotten so sick of hearing about the Boston Red Sox that you are subconsciously morphing into a White Sox fanatic? :o:

The Wimperoo
05-17-2005, 05:51 PM
I still think Cleveland is going to make a run at the Sox and Twins. If that offense ever all gets hot at the same time it will be scary. Then again the same thing will happen if the Sox bats ever wake up.

I like Anaheim, Boston, Sox, and Twins to make the playoffs.

batmanZoSo
05-17-2005, 06:04 PM
Fenway, have you gotten so sick of hearing about the Boston Red Sox that you are subconsciously morphing into a White Sox fanatic? :o:

He don't want no part of this. :wink:

Fenway
05-17-2005, 07:47 PM
Fenway, have you gotten so sick of hearing about the Boston Red Sox that you are subconsciously morphing into a White Sox fanatic? :o:

Not me but

Spies told the gossip magazines that Jennifer Garner was a closet White Sox fan growing up in West Virgina and she has converted Ben Affleck.


http://pub.tv2.no/multimedia/na/archive/00175/garner_175156a.jpg

Daver
05-17-2005, 08:02 PM
The season is not three quarters over.


The quarter pole signifies the last quarter of a horse race.

beckett21
05-17-2005, 08:16 PM
Not me but

Spies told the gossip magazines that Jennifer Garner was a closet White Sox fan growing up in West Virgina and she has converted Ben Affleck.


http://pub.tv2.no/multimedia/na/archive/00175/garner_175156a.jpg

We'll take her back, but you can keep him. :redneck

Fenway
05-17-2005, 08:29 PM
The season is not three quarters over.


The quarter pole signifies the last quarter of a horse race.

http://www.drf.com/help/help_glossary.html#Q

QUARTER POLE- Marker one-quarter mile from the finish.


Hmmm

that may explain all my losing tickets :tongue:

http://ticketmart.com/art/img/beat6608.jpg (http://www.danielcohen.com/)