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The State of the Races

Sep 8, 2011, 8:25 AM EST

Chris Carpenter

AL EAST

The spread: Both the Yankees and Red Sox lose. New York stays ahead of Boston by two and a half.

The skinny: The Yankees, who just hosted Baltimore, now go down to Baltimore today for a makeup game. I’m sure everyone is thrilled to see these two play yet another game. All they need is rain. Oh, wait, there’s some in the forecast? Fabbo!

AL CENTRAL

The spread: The Tigers beat Cleveland again and the Sox lose. Make that lead nine over Chicago, nine and a half ahead of Cleveland.

The skinny: As long as no other playoff team is able to (a) trade for Shelley Duncan; and (b) circumvent playoff roster rules in a manner that allows him to play in the postseason, Detroit looks pretty good at the moment.

AL WEST

The spread: Rangers lose, Halos win, Texas’ lead is back down to two and a half.

The skinny: Both teams are off today, giving them time to contemplate how they have remained so close this season.

NL EAST

The spread: The Phillies beat the Braves — again — and are now ten and a half up.

The skinny: The Braves are a disaster at the moment and, after a Hurricane Irene-inspired double header today, they head to St. Louis for a three-game series against a Cardinals team that is suddenly only six and a half back in the wild card.

NL CENTRAL

The spread: Cards beat the Brewers — they took five of six from them in the two recent series — and are eight back with 19 to play.

The skinny: As noted above, sweep the wounded Braves and we’ll have an interesting wild card race on our hands.

NL WEST

The spread: Diamondbacks win, Giants lose, and the snakes have a seven-game lead again.

The skinny: The Dbacks play 13 of their last 19 at home.

  1. sdelmonte - Sep 8, 2011 at 9:09 AM

    Feels like the Yanks and O’s are playing a home and home series. For those of you longing for the NBA, this is as close as you will get for a long time.

  2. uyf1950 - Sep 8, 2011 at 9:22 AM

    Craig, actually there is quite a bit of rain in the forecast. We’ll see how the day shakes out. Wouldn’t it be ironic and fitting for the O’s who didn’t want to lose the gate receipts and insisted on this game being played in Baltimore on the Yankees only real day off in September if it never gets played.

    If this game does get rained out and isn’t immediately rescheduled and say the Yankees are 2 games ahead at the end of the season it won’t be rescheduled. No need. Then the O’s will lose the gate receipts, parking and concessions would be an interesting turn of events. And if I do say so myself sort of Yankees justice. I just made that up if you can believe it.

  3. mercyflush - Sep 8, 2011 at 9:31 AM

    No comments on Eric O’Flaherty beaning Chase Utley dead-on-the-head with a 91 mph fastball?? I was expecting to see a story this morning with the picture of Utley’s helmet, that clearly shows the circle where the ball hit him.

    Not saying it was purposeful (although he had no control issues on any other pitch he threw all night, he was downright surgical with the next batter Howard), but since Utley is now out for at least the first few games of a huge series with the Brewers, I thought it would be a big story on HBT today.

    • Craig Calcaterra - Sep 8, 2011 at 9:32 AM

      Dude, I don’t stop posting at 9AM. There’s a dedicated post about it coming up.

      • mercyflush - Sep 8, 2011 at 9:37 AM

        oh. uh, my bad.

  4. koufaxmitzvah - Sep 8, 2011 at 9:53 AM

    Dodgers will overtake the Giants for 2nd place.

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