I would be angrier about the Cardinals loss, except for two things.
- They just came off of a Cubs sweep.
- The Reds lost, so we’re still up 3 1/2 games.
At any rate, I’m still going to talk about something else. And that something is the potential division and wild card winners. As has been the case the last couple of years, some unlikely teams have emerged this season and especially as of late.
Now, some people predicted a breakout year for the Tigers and some even that the Mets might upset the Braves in the NL East. But, nobody predicted the complete meltdown of Atlanta.
Just click here look at these pre-season predictions by the ESPN guys.
Of the 19 polled, over half predicted Atlanta would win the East. And of the 7 who picked the Mets? All of them said that the Braves would end up in 2nd. Only a couple even predicted a wild card for the Phillies and now they look like the clear favorite. Most thought that the AL Central would belong to the Indians and a few picked Roy Oswalt as the NL Cy Young. Both of these things now seem pretty improbable. And that is the fun in watching baseball. You can analyze it until you’re blue in the face, but baseball is baseball and you truly never know what might happen.
Now, with about a month left to play this season, many of the playoff spots are completely up for grabs. KC is the only team that is "officially" out of contention, but a few teams like the Pirates, Cubs or Devil Rays might as well be.
There are about 22 teams that have the possibility of still walking away with one of eight playoff spots. And realistically, about 15 teams that have a very legitimate shot at making it to October.
So, my question now is who are your predictions for the remainder of the season? Which scenario do you now see happening that you never would have said at the beginning of the season? An All-NY World Series? The NL Wild Card coming out of the West? The Tigers winning it all?
Basically, I’m looking for your picks of all the division winners, wild card winners and World Series team from both leagues. So, who’s it going to be? Cardinals over Yankees? Tigers over Mets? Padres over Twins? They’re all very real possibilities.
Come on, be brave and boldly make your picks. Look at it this way. You can’t be any further off than the ESPN crew was.