• The Race For The ’07 AL Wildcard Berth

    Posted by on August 30th, 2007 · Comments (14)

    Here are the remaining games for the Yankees, Mariners and Tigers this season:

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    Seattle really does have a tough road ahead for themselves. What bothers me here is that the Yankees have 19 games to play against Toronto/Tampa/Baltimore (who would all love to knock the Yanks out) whereas the Tigers have 13 games to play against Texas/K.C./Chicago (who will be thinking about going home already next month).

    Those six games that the Tigers get to play the White Sox could be the difference between New York or Detroit taking the Wildcard this season. We just saw how the White Sox laid down for the Red Sox. Think they’re going to be any more up for the Tigers? I doubt it.

    In the end, it appears that it’s going to be between the Yankees and Tigers – and a close race at that.

    Comments on The Race For The ’07 AL Wildcard Berth

    1. August 30th, 2007 | 9:17 am

      BTW, is it just me, or, are things getting real interesting in the NL East now too?

    2. rbj
      August 30th, 2007 | 9:49 am

      I’m not sure why you think that the Yankees’ divisional rivals want to knock the Yankees out, yet the Tigers’ divisional rivals just want to go home. Texas/K.C./Chicago don’t have pride too?

    3. JeremyM
      August 30th, 2007 | 9:54 am

      Well, he’s right on Chicago, but KC has been playing really good ball and Texas doesn’t seem to be phoning it in either.

      And the NL East really has tightened up, I didn’t realize Philly had closed the gap that much.

    4. Raf
      August 30th, 2007 | 9:56 am

      BTW, is it just me, or, are things getting real interesting in the NL East now too?
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      It isn’t just you… September will be very interesting.

      That was a BS call by the umpire to end the game yesterday. I don’t know how that’s called interference, when Anderson touched the bag.

    5. MJ
      August 30th, 2007 | 10:00 am

      We just saw how the White Sox laid down for the Red Sox.
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      They didn’t lay down, they simply aren’t a good team. Let’s not forget the Yanks humiliated the White Sox this year as well. Maybe not as badly as Boston, but it’s not like Chicago really showed up for their games vs. the Yanks.

      What’s my point? My point is that Boston did what they were supposed to do against a shitty team, just like the Yanks did. The only reason the Yanks lost ground last week is because they picked a bad time to start losing. Boston simply took care of business. What, we expected Boston to match the Yanks loss for loss when they were playing arguably the worst team in the AL?

    6. August 30th, 2007 | 10:03 am

      ~~~Texas/K.C./Chicago don’t have pride too?~~~

      have you seen the White Sox lately? there’s no pride there.

    7. Gabe
      August 30th, 2007 | 10:32 am

      Fine, I’ll buy Chicago, but hasn’t K.C. just beaten the stuffing out of Detroit the last two nights?

    8. rbj
      August 30th, 2007 | 10:40 am

      KC in August 12-13
      Tampa 13-14
      And Texas is 13-13

      My point is that I don’t see where our bad opponents are going to be gunning for us, whereas the major league players opposing the Mariners are just going to lie down. Those guys are going to be playing for pride/better contracts/roster spots too.

      Chicago is just plain bad, with a bad manager.

    9. August 30th, 2007 | 10:44 am

      Steve – one question …

      In Seattle’s home and away split – are you counting their “away” game vs. Cleveland that they play in SafeCo as an away game or home game?

    10. August 30th, 2007 | 11:03 am

      ~~In Seattle’s home and away split – are you counting their “away” game vs. Cleveland that they play in SafeCo as an away game or home game?~~

      Home game. The one road game listed is the one to be played today.

    11. August 30th, 2007 | 11:12 am

      Okay.

      To add, because I was thinking about blogging this topic today – Seattle has lost five in a row and now has to travel roughly 8,500 miles between now and Sept. 25.

      They’re done like dinner.

    12. August 30th, 2007 | 12:04 pm

      That’s why I wrote:

      “Seattle really does have a tough road ahead for themselves.”

      {wink}

    13. antone
      August 30th, 2007 | 12:56 pm

      I was worried more about Detroit than Seattle because of Seattle’s tough schedule the rest of the season but the way Detroit has played against KC the last two games is definitely encouraging. Too bad the Yanks couldn’t have split with DET the last series then DET would be 5 games behind instead of 3.

    14. JeremyM
      August 30th, 2007 | 1:12 pm

      Wasn’t the Cleveland game the one where the “Human Rain Delay” Hargrove waddled out to the field with his club losing and basically forced the cancellation with one out to go to make it official?

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