Just a very brief post highlighting how I will finish last in my own baseball pick ’em contest this year! I had big dreams of a post-season without New York or Boston.
AL East: Tampa Bay Rays
They are in third, way behind the Yankees and Red Sox. Virtually no chance of winning the East.
AL Central: Cleveland Indians
They are in fourth, six games back of the Twins. Still just 11 back of Detroit, though.
AL West: Oakland Athletics
Last place for the A’s out west. 12 games under .500, they were deadline sellers.
AL Wild Card: Minnesota Twins
Ha. Ha ha. The Twins’ chances of winning their division are far greater than leapfrogging Boston, Texas, and Tampa Bay for the Wild Card.
NL East: Philadelphia Phillies
Hey, I got one! But the Braves and Marlins are close behind.
NL Central: Chicago Cubs
Not the strong season we expected, but they are within striking distance of the Cards.
NL West: Arizona Diamondbacks
A lost season for Arizona, they are fourth behind the Dodgers, Rockies, and Giants.
NL Wild Card: Los Angeles Dodgers
They’re leading their division, so it would actually take a collapse for them to fall back to Wild Card.
Now here’s where the real fun starts…
World Series: Indians defeat Cubs
It sounded conceivable in April…
MVP: Grady Sizemore and Lance Berkman
Sizemore is hitting .241, Berkman .276 on teams that are in fourth place. Not happening.
Cy Youngs: Gavin Floyd and Edinson Volquez
Floyd is a so-so 9-7 for the White Sox, Volquez went 4-2 before being shut down with an injury.
I didn’t dig too deep into this, but my brother Alex Glanzer has the league’s top teams, the Yankees and Dodgers, in the World Series.