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The State of the Races

Sep 12, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

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AL EAST

The spread: The Yankees had a less-than-fabulous weekend in Anaheim yet they extend their lead over Boston to three and a half. Which tells you everything you need to known about Boston’s weekend in St. Petersburg.  The Red Sox now lead the Rays by a mere three and a half in the wild card. And they have four games remaining against one another.

The skinny: If the Rays catch and beat the Sox, there are not enough bookend analogies in the world available to describe the horrifying beginning and end of Boston’s season.

AL CENTRAL

The spread: The Tigers keep winning and the other guys don’t. They’re up 10.5 over Chicago, eleven over Cleveland.

The skinny: “Verlander and Fister and pray for a twister …”  Eh, needs work.

AL WEST

The spread: No change over the weekend. Texas’ lead is two and a half.

The skinny: September 26-28th, Texas vs. Anaheim. Here’s hoping it’s still close.

NL EAST

The spread: The Phillies continue to lay waste. It’s a 12 game lead. The Braves are in desperate need of the Heimlich Maneuver. Their wild card lead over St. Louis is a mere 4.5 after getting swept.

The skinny: Philly lost yesterday, but really, it’s almost comical how much better they look than anyone else in the NL.

NL CENTRAL

The spread: The Brewers dropping two of three three of four to Philly combined with the Cards’ sweep of the Braves reduces St. Louis’ deficit to six games. But really, St. Louis is shooting for Atlanta.

The skinny: The Cardinals face the Phillies this weekend. First time I’ll be rooting for the Phillies all year.

NL WEST

The spread: The Diamondbacks extend their lead over the Giants to eight and a half games.

The skinny: The Giants are activating Barry Zito. That’s like putting your freshman quarterback in the game to get some reps. In other words, the competitive portion of this contest is over.

  1. proudlycanadian - Sep 12, 2011 at 10:12 AM

    Come off it Craig. We know that you secretly love the Phillies.

  2. Jonny 5 - Sep 12, 2011 at 10:21 AM

    http://i56.tinypic.com/n5q0zr.gif

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Sep 12, 2011 at 10:55 AM

      Backstory please

    • Francisco (FC) - Sep 12, 2011 at 10:56 AM

      It seems to me Roy is describing a little fishing there isn’t he?

    • Jonny 5 - Sep 12, 2011 at 11:14 AM

      I thought he was merely reenacting what the Phillies did to the Braves and Brewers recently…. Honest…. :P

  3. cardsfanindelaware - Sep 12, 2011 at 10:28 AM

    “… I’ll be rooting for the Phillies all year.” Boo Craig!!

    For the 1st time ever I actually rooted for the Phollies to sweep the Brewers. They disappointed me.

    • Francisco (FC) - Sep 12, 2011 at 10:54 AM

      Dude, they took 3 of 4… AT MILLER PARK! Come on!!!

  4. rmalmstrom - Sep 12, 2011 at 10:31 AM

    Verlander and Fister and hide your sister!

  5. Francisco (FC) - Sep 12, 2011 at 10:32 AM

    The Brewers dropping two of three to Philly

    *cough* three of four *cough*

  6. 12strikes - Sep 12, 2011 at 10:41 AM

    “The spread: The Brewers dropping two of three to Philly combined with the Cards’ sweep of the Braves reduces St. Louis’ deficit to six games. But really, St. Louis is shooting for Atlanta”

    How Cow Craig… I know you hate the Phillies, but to paraphrase history is just wrong.

    The Brewers dropped 3 of 4. Or another way of saying it is that the Phillies WON 3 of 4.
    (Just having fun with you)

  7. Francisco (FC) - Sep 12, 2011 at 10:53 AM

    First time I’ll be rooting for the Phillies all year.

    Dare I say will we El Bravo post GO PHILLIES! this weekend? :D

  8. Ace - Sep 12, 2011 at 11:43 AM

    Braves fans rooting for the Phillies, Red Sox fans rooting for the Yankees. Dogs and cats, living together. . . .Mass hysteria!

    • hittfamily - Sep 12, 2011 at 12:35 PM

      Rays fans rooting for the Yankees as well. The Rays play the Yanks in their last series. The Rays are hoping to see a lineup that is comfortably resting their starters, not fighting a 3 team playoff race.

    • Francisco (FC) - Sep 12, 2011 at 12:37 PM

      And Murray is a Cubs Fan! :D

  9. cardswin - Sep 12, 2011 at 1:09 PM

    “The skinny: The Cardinals face the Phillies this weekend. First time I’ll be rooting for the Phillies all year.”

    That’s cold…

  10. foreverchipper10 - Sep 12, 2011 at 9:26 PM

    Putting your freshman quarterback in? Great Scott, Craig! Is that a football reference? I never thought I’d see the day!

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