Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Mathematical elimination...

I suppose it was inevitable, though it started to look like the pinstripped stars would align - the New York Yankees were mathematically eliminated from the post-season last night, marking the first time in 14 seasons that Derek Jeter and co. will not be able to play in October. For their part, the Yankees beat Toronto last night - it was a Boston victory over Cleveland that clinched at least the AL Wild Card for the Red Sux.

All that really remains to be seen in the American League is who clinches the Central Division. Will it be the Minnesota Twins, or the currently-first-place Chicago White Sox (w/ Ken Griffey, Jr.)? The Twins are 1.5 games back from the White Sox - whom they beat last night, and face tonight and tomorrow night. A Minnesota sweep puts them in the lead going into their final series against Kansas City; Chicago finishes the season playing Cleveland. A photo finish?

As for the National League, Philadelphia and the New York Mets are neck and neck, while Los Angeles will try to extend its 3.0 game lead over the Arizona Diamondbacks. As for the Wild Card - it comes down to either the Phillies or the Mets, or the Milwaukee Brewers, who have certainly had a less than rosy September thus far.

I'm looking forward to October - not only do we get the return of hockey, continued football, but arguably the most exciting post-season of the Big Four. Stay tuned...

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