Hunt for October: September 20, 2012

15 Days til the Postseason (via MLB.com)

Another day, another slate of games. With 6 afternoon games on the slate this weekend, followed by another 7 this evening things could be changing more and more.

Not to be biased or anything, I mean who would do that, I’ll start with my favorite team the Oakland A’s. The A’s are in must win territory facing a sweep at the hands of the Tigers. Losing the first 2 games of the series has put them back into a tie with the Orioles, who have been handling business themselves in Seattle. The Orioles have won the first two games of their 3 game slate in Seattle. On the plus side for Oakland, the Angels are playing the Rangers, so for a team like Oakland who is sandwiched in between the two, they can only help their cause with wins. While it is not realistic that they could win the division, they are only 4 games out, with a 3 game set next week in Texas ahead. With the A’s winning big in Detroit and avoiding the sweep, they ensured some momentum going into a huge 3 game set in New York against the Yankees.

Back to the AL East, where it looks as if the Baltimore Orioles just won’t go away. Now let us not forget that the Orioles haven’t made the playoffs in 15 years, nor had a winning season, so it is definitely a great Cinderella story. Speaking of Cinderella stories, it looks as if the Tampa Bay Rays are going to miss out on the playoffs, currently behind in the Wild Card by 6 games, and 6.5 back in the division. While the thought of last year still brings chills to our spines, it is unlikely that the Rays can complete the same type of comeback this year.

Over in the National League, the Reds joined the 90 win brigade yesterday with a win and lowered their magic number to 3. It is interesting to note that the NL Central and NL East division crowns have almost been decided, but the teams trailing in each division, the Braves in the East and the Cardinals in the Central are leading the Wild Card. So we could very well be seeing divisional rematches in the first round in both the National League as well as the American League. Over in the NL West, the Giants are pulling away in the division as well, lowering their magic number to 5. A completely different scenario all together from the American League, which has not one division close to being wrapped up.

With an exciting evening ahead, along with an exciting weekend of games ahead, things might start to define themselves a little more. Who knows, they could just resolve nothing and we could be at the same position on Monday. Not going to lie, I would love a repeat last 3 days just like last season, just hope my team isn’t the one with the heartbreak.

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