New York: 85-56, .603
Detroit: 86-58, .597
Good for a little cheer on a day when it’s welcome.
Let’s just hope the Yanks can get fully healthy by October (Moose & Mo in particular).
Wow, 1.5 whole games. Guess we can stop playing baseball now.
It’s a pretty clear trend, though. Yankees rising, Tigers falling. This has been ongoing for some time. Do you think the Tigers will recover and finish with the best record, Paul?
I don’t. I’m surprised they’ve hung on this long. But the Yankees haven’t exactly been tearing it up either. The Yankees are “rising” to the tune of 2 or 3 games above .500 over the last month, while the Tigers sink like a stone. At this point, I’d be susrprised if they make the playoffs. In a season with so many great individual performances across so many teams, there has been no single team that’s really looked consistent for a lengthy stretch…
Don’t mean to be a wet blanket, but this has more to do with the Tigers stumbles than the Yankees successes. (But the Yankees are winning, unlike the Red Sox.)
Although the Yanks, Twins and Athletics seem to be the only AL teams winning consistently right now.
Come on, Twins, come on, Twins! And Chisox too!
(this is all very selfish: I picked Gardenhire for MoY and the Tigers to finish out of the playoffs and need help in our predictions battle since the Sox have stunk it up so bad…)
Y’know, I remember people downplaying the ChiSox last year when they started to come back to earth at the end of last season (it’s been a relatively similar pattern for the ’05 White Sox and ’06 Tigers). Then they took one whole loss in the playoffs.
Mind you, I don’t *think* (though I don’t know, either) that the ChiSox’ bad times last year were as bad as Detroit’s been around the last month. Can’t wait to see who makes it into this postseason.
I have a friend who is a huge Tigers fan. I posed this question to him, over the internet:
Me: In a way, isn’t it better for the Tigers to be the 2-seed in the playoffs? That way, the matchups in the first round would be Yankees-Twins and Tigers-A’s. That way the Tigers wouldn’t have to go through both the Twins and the Yanks to get to the series. Just a thought.
Him: if we keep playing like this we won’t make the playoffs… lead down to 3 games… gulp [it’s actually down to two games now. If the Tigers end up not making the playoffs, he will take it very hard, let me tell you]
So, he didn’t really answer my question, but obviously he isn’t too confident in his team right now…
But I’d like to ask Yanks fans the same question. Isn’t it better to have the 2-seed and face the A’s in the first round rather than the Twins? I mean, seriously, if one of the Central teams is the one-seed, they will tire each other out, whereas the Yanks would have to go through first the Twins and then the Tigers, assuming the standings stay the way they are. Wouldn’t it be easier to get the A’s and then whichever Central team made it out of the first round, rather than two central teams? I’m just curious to know what you all think.
I think it’s interesting that the assumption is the A’s can’t play with the big boys. Granted, they seem the weaker/est team in any matchup, but the same thing has been said about them basically all year.
Laura: by rule. two teams from the same division can not play eachother in round 1, so the Yanks are going to be facing a central division team, no matter what their record. the only question is which one.
Shit! You’re right…So the Yanks will get the Wild Card either way then, won’t they? Meaning if all stays the same, they will get the Twins, correct? Hahaha.
If things continue the wildcard could very likely be the Tigers…and based on pitching and lineups I would want the Tigers over any other team. The A’s have held serve against the Yanks this year and Liriano/Santana scares the bejesus out of me…but the Tigers who we have owned all year (only two losses came in ninth inning, holding a lead with Mo unavailable) would be very welcome.
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