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Going into Monday, September 3 (Labor Day):

AL EAST
Boston 82-55 -
New York 76-61 6 GB

Well, give credit to the Yanks for sweeping the Red Sox. Then take it back, because they gave up two of three to Tampa Bay. But while the Yanks might be out of the division race, they're in the driver's seat for the Wild Card, meaning they'll have a psychological edge in October.

AL CENTRAL
Cleveland 78-58 -
Detroit 73-64 5.5 GB

Wow, the Tigers sure coughed one up on Sunday against Oakland. Their way into October may have to come through the Wild Card. Tigers fans can take solace in knowing Kenny Rogers comes back on Wednesday. And I think it's pretty safe to count the Twinkies out.

AL WEST
Los Angeles of Anaheim 80-56 -
Seattle 73-62 6.5 GB

The Angels just might have the division won after sweeping the M's. Or you can look at it as the M's giving up the division, since they've dropped nine straight. Their series against the Yanks is crucial.

AL WILD CARD
New York -
Seattle 2 GB
Detroit 3 GB

Both the Yanks and Mariners are backing into the Labor Day three-game series, but the Wild Card implications are huge. If Detroit can stop coughing up the big ones, they just might surprise everyone. And with New York and Seattle going at each other for three games, their time to strike is now. I hope they can, because if the Yanks make it in, they have what it takes to win it all (decent offense, so-so pitching staff, rookie who has more K's than IP, another rookie that could easily win Game 7 of the World Series, closer just exiting his prime...that sounds an awful lot like the 2002 Angels...)

NL EAST
New York 76-60 -
Philadelphia 72-64 4 GB
Atlanta 69-68 7.5 GB

I'm getting a sense that the Phils aren't going away. They swept the Mets last week and now have me thinking they could make a lot of noise in October. They also have a chance to finish off the Braves once and for all this week. It should be noted, though, that Pedro Martinez is about to make his grand return. That's an absolute must-see, because his comeback could either be a big lift or it could absolutely devastate Queens morale.

NL CENTRAL
Chicago 70-65 -
Milwaukee 69-67 1.5 GB
St. Louis 67-66 2 GB

While the AL races are seemingly decided, the NL Central is getting tighter. The Brewers get a big lift getting Ben Sheets back, but the Cubbies can say the same about getting Alfonso Soriano. The Cards, on the other hand, are getting Mark Mulder. I'd give the advantage to Chicago on this one.

NL WEST
San Diego 75-61 -
Arizona 76-62 -
Los Angeles 71-65 4 GB
Colorado 70-66 5 GB

The NL West, meanwhile, is the closest race of all. The big series of interest is obviously San Diego and Arizona, which starts on Labor Day. Loser likely gets the Wild Card. The Dodgers are Rockies are nearly out of it, but don't count them out. Especially the Dodgers, who just picked up Esteban Loaiza and David Wells (even if the Pads and D-Backs absolutely own this team). This will obviously go down to the wire.

NL WILD CARD
San Diego -
Arizona -
Philadelphia 3 GB
Los Angeles 4 GB
Colorado 5 GB

I'd venture a guess and say the Wild Card's going through the West. San Diego is definitely the team to be afraid of from this list, especially with that A-level pitching staff.

(edited by It's False on 3.9.07 0417)


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    Originally posted by It's False
    AL EAST
    Boston 82-55 -
    New York 76-61 6 GB

    Well, give credit to the Yanks for sweeping the Red Sox. Then take it back, because they gave up two of three to Tampa Bay. But while the Yanks might be out of the division race, they're in the driver's seat for the Wild Card, meaning they'll have a psychological edge in October.



Yanks still have to play another series against Boston in another week or so. Maybe we should wait until we see how that series goes before declaring any "psychological edge"?





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