Major League Excitement
Like 4 pre-schoolers fighting for only 2 sets of hotwheels, the Mets and Brewers/Twins and White Sox sure are making life interesting for baseball fans. With only 1 game to go, the Mets and Brewers are tied for the Wild-Card in the NL, and the Twins are 1/2 game ahead of the White Sox for the AL Central Division. This will make for a photo finish for the MLB playoffs race. As most baseball fans remember, the New York Mets held a 7 game lead over the Phillies in 2007, only to lose the last 12 of 17 games and also lose a playoff spot. It appears it may be happening again. I couldn’t help but laugh at the article I read in The Onion newspaper entitled “Mets to Play Brewers in One Game Choke-Off”. If the Mets and Brewers should both lose or both win on Sunday, they’ll head to a one game playoff against each other for the Wild-Card spot. Part of me wonders if the Mets are betting against themselves to lose the season? This is the second year in a row, COME ON PEOPLE!!
The White Sox go into Sunday 1/2 game behind the Twins, as they face the Indians. The Twins will face the Royals. Should the Twins win, they will win the AL Central Division. Should the Twins lose and the White Sox win, they will be forced to watch a one-game playoff between the Tigers and White Sox at US Cellular field. Are you confused yet? The Tigers are forced into playing the White Sox because if it is necessary, they would need to play a previous rain-out. If the Mets and Brewers are tied after Sunday, there will be a one game playoff at Shea Stadium on Monday.
The late season developments could prove to be a problem for both the Mets and the Brewers. The Brewers are pitching their ace, C.C. Sabathia tomorrow vs. the Cubs. Should they win the game, and should the Mets win theirs, they would not be able to pitch Sabathia or Sheets, who would have a combined 1 days rest. The Mets would not be able to pitch Johan Santana, as he would only have 1 days rest as well. And should either team decide to pitch their ace on 1 days rest, it would not allow for either team to start on the right foot should they make the playoffs. I am sure I have cured someone’s insomnia with this confusion.
I will make a prediction for who will end up on both sides, and I’m using a very complex mathematical system in order to make my prediction: I am going to flip a coin. And here is what I came up with!
1) The Mets will win the NL Wild-Card spot
2) The White Sox will win the AL Central Division
How is that for accuracy?