Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Lets Race

A quick run down of the races around the league and my best guess on who will be there and who will be golfing.
In the AL Baltimore clinched about a month ago. They have a comfortable 43 game lead. They have an 18 game lead for the top spot so good luck with that.
All the rest of the division have 5 games between first and second place. Minnesota leads the North by 5 over a rolling Pawtucket. Minnesota has given up a cozy lead as Pawtown has played 43-17 for a .716% over their last 60 to gain ground. They still have 7 games to play against Baltimore where Minnesota is done with them for the season. They also play the team they are tied with in the Wild card, Honolulu four times plus a three game set against the Millers.
In the AL South Memphis has regained the top spot. The five game lead might be too much to over take with 9 straight games against playoff teams. If they can gain ground over the next nine games there might be a race. Memphis though does not have it any easier of harder. I would like to to go down to the wire and have that last three game set against each other matter.
In the AL West Omaha has the lead with Honolulu in trail. These two teams play each other on also the last 3 games of the season so I hope it comes down to that. Omaha is playing a hard schedule down the stretch who's opponents winning percent is about .560 while Honolulu is around .500. A difference of about 76 wins over the next 10 series.
the Wild Cards look to be about set unless Detroit can find one more run this season. Honolulu and Pawtucket share the same record and they will be playing for seating if they don't over take their divisions.
This AL shakedown leave Durham, Detroit and Scottsdale out.

If you want races you will have to look at the NL.
In the NL North Fargo holds a slim one game lead over Montreal. Five of Fargos last ten series are against teams holding a winning record. Montreal has series still to play against Houston, Philly, and the team they trail Fargo. This one could come down to the wire and it will be something to watch as the season runs low.
Philadelphia is comfy cozy up by 11 in the East. And Houston holds a strong 16 game lead in the South.
The NL west has Sacramento up by the familiar five games over Vancouver. This race really comes down to how well Vancouver plays Washington. They play The Senators seven straight times.
The real race in Kaline this season is the NL wild card. Montreal has the fifth spot there for now while they battle Fargo for the North. They lead by a passable four games. For the final spot four teams are within two games and they all play each other a few times here and there. If Washington can beat the Whitcaps in their seven straight or vice verse one team is done. El Paso seems to have a tough series on ever Horizon but if they win they will be in... maybe. LA seems to have a hard go of it the rest of the way but they do have some talented player. Oh this is going to be a great race again this season.