We’ve almost reached that point: playoffs. Even with the initiation of collegiate and professional football, I’m still having cravings for some playoff baseball. I thought I’d take a glance at how things stand currently.
From my perspective, I see the AL East and wild-card spot locked up by the Yankees and Red Sox, and the Verlanders – I mean Tigers – have a tight grip on the AL Central. Regarding the West, even though only 3 1/2 games separate the Rangers and Angels, since Texas has held the division-lead for 114 straight days, I feel confident they will end up winning the pennant. Similar to the AL East, the NL East also looks to have two playoff spots wrapped up with the star-studded Phillies winning the division, and the Braves grabbing the wild-card position. With two legitimate NL MVP’s – Prince Fielder and Ryan Braun – the Brewers look to be in playoff-form with the Cardinals in their rear-view mirror. If I had to envision one ball-club making a run for taking over a division, it would be the Giants of the NL West, but many things would have to happen first. Justin Upton would have to stop playing like the best player in the league, Ian Kennedy would have to begin to lose his touch on the mound, and the Giants batters would have to provide more run support for their pitchers. In the end, though, I see how things stand now being the end-results for this MLB season.
Current MLB standings as of September 7, 2011
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