September 23, 2009

The lone race

by Dan Bilicki In: Baseball

There’s one hell of a race going on for the playoffs that doesn’t even matter. Yet, since we need stories about baseball’s pennant drive, we’re going to have to endure the AL Central watch for another 10 days.

Seriously, what’s the point?

Either the Detroit Tigers or Minnesota Twins will take the crown of the worst division  in the majors, then shouldn’t have any trouble being swept by New York, no matter how you feel about the Yankees pitching staff right now.

You can complain that the Yanks don’t have much reliability in the way of starters beyond CC Sabathia, but who do the Tigers or Twins have? Justin Verlander, then nobody that I’d rely on for a playoff drive in Detroit while the Twins supposed aces are Scott Baker (13-9) and Nick Blackburn (11-11).

There’s no doubt this race will come down to the four game series that the teams have against each other, but the despite having playoff ramifications, the only people watching it will probably be the Yankees for scouting purposes alone. I’m doubting the entertainment value already.

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  1. [...] is now two games ahead of Minnesota for the AL Central title. But, as I’ve stated before, this race is essentially moot. So, why not take a look back at the predictions from the beginning of the season before looking [...]

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