There are plenty of legit playoff races happening in the National League right now. The Phillies currently have the National League’s best record and would have home field advantage through the World Series… and yet are only 2 games in the loss column away from missing the playoffs all together. The Braves, Phillies, Padres, Giants and Rockies are all within 4 games of each other and 2 will be playing golf in October.
In the American League? Not so much.
The Yankees/Rays series looks like a potential great one… but they are both making the playoffs. Not a lot of suspense other than posturing.
The Rangers have opened an 8 game lead with their recent 5 game winning streak. They could cut their magic number to single digits by the weekend.
Taking 2 of 3 isn’t going to cut it. That would give the Twins a 5 game lead with 16 to play…
But a White Sox sweep could make things interesting.
A sweep would mean the White Sox would be only 3 games back of the Twins and the rest of their schedule would be against no legit contenders. The Tigers, the A’s, the Angels my Red Sox and the Indians will all (barring a miracle) be playing out the string.
Then again, the Twins would also be playing teams without much to play for (including Toronto and Kansas City.)
But 3 games can be made up in a weekend… and there are three weekends left.
A White Sox sweep could mean they would need to make up a game a week and have a shot.
Now the Twins are only 2 games behind the Rays for the best record in baseball and could take home field advantage through the ALCS if they make up those two games.
But I don’t want playoff posturing. I want a pennant race.
So let’s go White Sox. Redeem the American League regular season!!!
Tim Lincecum is about to make arguably the biggest start of his career. After a month or so when the Giants couldn’t get any decent starting pitching, suddenly things have turned around.
And a lost season is looking more and more found as the Giants remain 2 back in the loss column for the NL West lead and 1 game in the loss column for the NL Wild Card with 24 to play. (And a possible season making 4 game series in San Diego starting day after tomorrow.)
He had a grotesque August where he went 0-5 with a 7.82 ERA and pitched just over 5 innings a start.
His first start in September was a solid 8 innings 1 run win.
They need another start like that against the D’Backs. They need Cy Young Lincecum.
Which means, Giants… let him do WHATEVER he was doing in 2008 and 2009 when he won his first two Cy Young Awards.
Look away, say “Do what you’ve got to do” and don’t ask questions. Yeah he got in a little bit of trouble in the off season… and no, I am not condoning any illegal activities.
Just wink and say “I don’t want to know.”
If there was a guy showing up in a Tie Dye shirt listening to Phish on days Lincecum pitched last year… FLY HIM IN!
The Giants have a shot to make the post season and possibly line up a playoff rotation that could send them right to the World Series.
And they need Lincecum to be an ace. And if it was smoke and mirrors (and smoke) that helped him win, then cue up the Marley and make it work.
And don’t get all Holier than Thou about strange dudes showing up to the Giants clubhouse with substances.