Did you happen to hear about that amazing comeback in the ninth in the Dodgers-Padres game? If you didn’t, you must have pencils in your ears. The Dodgers were down 9-5 in the bottom of the ninth when suddenly Marlin Anderson has hit the 4th straight homerun to tie the game up in the ninth. Then the Padres scored a run in the tenth but that didn’t deflate the Dodgers…apparently. In the tenth, Nomar Gaciaparra, (former Red Sock by the way) with a man on base, hit a walkoff homerun to take the lead in the NL West.
Mets. Right now, (8/23/06) the Mets have there division won no problem so they have no pressure going into the playoffs. They are the only team in there division over .600%, .510% for that matter. There the best team in the NL by far, (Cardinals, 2nd best, .524%) and the 2nd best in the MLB. Their only real competition is the Tigers. They’ll probably face them in the World Series if not, the White Sox. It’ll be hard for the Mets but they can do it. They’ve got good bullpen, great defense, and a team that really works together. Mets win.
A-Rod has latley been letting his team down. 2 Grand Slams this year, sure. But also more double plays than you can count. Alex hasn’t been coming through in clutch situtions. This will hurt them in the post season. Ever since they got A-Rod they haven’t won a World Series. Maybe a new curse? This may sound crazy but it is accurate so far.
Alex has the most errors of any 3rd baseman in the AL. That is pretty bad. But still with the errors and double plays, the Yankees are in first place in the AL East. The Yankees are hanging in there. But who knows, maybe he’ll slap another ball out of another fielder’s glove again like he did in the 2004 ALCS. 🙂
Red Sox. I know what you’re thinking. Of course I would say the Red Sox. The battle is between the Red Sox and Yankees. The difference between those two teams is their power hitters. Big Papi and A-Rod. This is what decides the AL East, who is more clutch. Obviously David Ortiz. Remind me, 6-8 walk-offs? It’ll be close but Red Sox are dominant at home and are better in the overall Yankee-Red Sox ’06 season series.
Tigers. White Sox are 6.5 games out of 1st place. That is way too much considering how many games are left in the season. Tigers are too much for the White Sox and Twins. They’ve got Verlander, Guillen, and Ordonez. Tigers get to the playoffs and go far.
AL WEST Winner
Athletics. Like the Tigers, they are too far ahead of the others to lose division. They are too good.
’s bullpen is way too strong for the others. Bottom-line: They win the division without a problem.
AL Wildcard Winner
Yankees. The Yankees always find a way to get into those playoffs. Same thing this year. They are as good as last year and have almost all of the same players as last year. They’ll make it to the playoffs like last year, but it’s a 50/50 chance for the ALCS. With the Tigers, Red Sox, and A’s involved it’ll be tougher than 2004, that’s for sure.
NL EAST Winner
Mets. The Mets blew it last year, yes. But they won’t this year. They’ve got a better team that can really work together and hang on to that Division Title. Also, they’re opponents: Nats, Phillies, Braves etc. They are not going anywhere. Mets win the division and go to the NLCS.
NL CENTRAL Winner
Reds. The Reds are 1 ½ games out of first. But the way they’re playing right now is better than the way the Cardinals are. They are winning the Reds-Cardinals series which is giving the Reds momentum to win more games. They have the best away record in the division and that is going to help.
NL WEST Winner
Dodgers. The NL West isn’t that great of a division. None of the teams are over .550 right now. I don’t think the Diamondbacks are better than the Dodgers. But the Diamondbacks are going somewhere. They are out of the division but not out of the wildcard. Sorry, D-Backs…good job Dodgers.
NL Wildcard Winner
Diamondbacks. Diamondbacks squeeze out the last great effort they have in the end of the season. They beat the Cardinals in the nail biting wildcard race. They may not go far, but they made it. Good effort, Diamondbacks.
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