So, all of the playoff positions in the American League are just about decided, while the Senior Circuit is wide open. There are about five games left in the 2007.
The Los Angeles Angels and Cleveland Indians have captured the AL West and Central respectively, while the Boston Red Sox have nailed down a playoff spotâ€”either the AL East or Wild Card. The only two teams left in the hunt are the New York Yankees and the Detroit Tigers. The Yanks can win either the East or, more likely, the Wild Card. The Tigers can, possibly, take the Wild Card.
With five games left, the Red Sox are three up on the Yanks. The Bronx Bombers are 4.5 games ahead of the Tigers in the Wild card, which means the guys from New York, New York will most probably be in the post-season as the Wild Card club.
In the NL, no one is a shoe-in. The Mets lead the Phills by two and the Braves by four in the East. The Cubs are ahead of the Brewers by two in the Central. The Diamondbacks are 2.5 in front of the Padres and 3.5 ahead of the Rockies.
Forget the Brewers in the Wild Cardâ€”they are 4.5 out with five games left. The fadingâ€”rapidly fading Padres having lost four straightâ€”are still on top in the Wild Card hunt. The Phills are only .5 games behind them and the Rockies merely one. The Braves are 2.5 away from the Wild Card slot.
What do we know? Neither the Mets nor Philadelphia is assured of anything. Colorado has been a force winning eight in a row and the Braves have won three straight.
So that means it will be either the Mets or Phills taking first in the East. The braves may get the Wild Card (but it will be tough). Chances are in the Central the Cubs will be playing in October. The Brewers can only play after the regular season if they take the Central. The West is surely a toss-up, between Arizona, San Diego and Colorado. I believe in the Rockiesâ€”the team is surging, while all others are falling apart.
Pitching will out in this final week and into the playoffs. Last yearâ€™s champs, the St. Louis Cardinals, are out of it and the AL pennant winners, the Tigers of Detroit, may not make it.
It should be one heck of a final MLB week and weekend.
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