September 26, 2012 in Major League Baseball
We've entered the final full week of the 2012 MLB regular season! There's still a few playoff berths that are undecided as we enter this last stretch of games.
The N.L. Playoff race is down to a few teams battling for the second Wildcard berth that is currently occupied by the defending World Series Champion St. Louis Cardinals.
The A.L. Playoff race is a little more unsettled with two divisions and both Wildcards yet to be decided.
Down The Stretch They Come!
- Washington Nationals (93-60) – It's all about clinching the N.L. East at this point and getting rotation set for the franchise's first N.L. Playoff action!
- Cincinnati Reds (92-61) – Has clinched the N.L. Central and now it's all about seeding.
- Texas Rangers (91-62) – Will clinch the A.L. West sometime this week.
- New York Yankees (89-64) – Andy Pettitte's been money since coming off the D.L., but the Orioles are in lockstep with them in the A.L. East race.
- Baltimore Orioles (88-66) – Their first trip to the A.L. Playoffs since 1997 is almost a reality!
- Atlanta Braves (88-65) – Chipper will play in one final postseason before riding off into the sunset.
- San Fransisco Giants (84-63) – N.L. West winner looks ready to roll when the postseason begins!
- Oakland A's (86-67) – Starts this week with a 2 game lead for the second A.L. Wildcard berth. Will play seven of last ten games against the Rangers. Can they hold on?
- Los Angeles Angels (84-69) – Will play six of last nine games against the Mariners.
- Tampa Bay Rays (83-70) – Starts week 3 games behind A's for Wildcard.
- St. Louis Cardinals (83-71) – Looks like Cardinals will get a chance to defend their title in the N.L. Playoffs. A battled tested group that could be scary in October.
- Chicago White Sox (82-71) - Has a 1 game lead over the Tigers in the A.L. Central, but a tough closing schedule may trip them up.
- Detroit Tigers (81-72) – Easy closing stretch and Miguel Cabrera's bat should allow them to overtake the White Sox and win A.L. Central crown.
- Milwaukee Brewers (79-74) – Has been playing really well over the last month to get back into the N.L. Wildcard race, but it may have come too late.
- Los Angeles Dodgers (79-74) – Still alive for a Wildcard berth, but it's going to be tough on them.
- Philadelphia Phillies (77-76) – Like the Brewers their late surge may have come too late. A lot of teams are hoping it's too late!
- Arizona Diamondbacks (77-76) – Still alive but it's not going to happen.
- Pittsburgh Pirates (75-78) – May not finish .500, wow!
- San Diego Padres (73-80) – Has been scrappy after a bad start to the season.
- Seattle Mariners (72-81) – A team with future potential.
- New York Mets (70-83) – R.A. Dickey may win 20 games and a possible CY Young Award at 37 years old.
- Kansas City Royals (70-83) – Interesting offseason ahead!
- Boston Red Sox (69-85) – Who will manage this team next season?
- Toronto Blue Jays (67-86) – This team can contend next season if healthy. Things went south on them in a hurry with injuries this season.
- Miami Marlins (66-87) – Interesting offseason ahead?
- Minnesota Twins (64-90) – Has a chance to play the spoiler over last 10 games, but can they do it?
- Cleveland Indians (63-91) – Hard to believe this club was (37-32) leading the A.L. Central by 1.5 games on June 22, what happened?
- Chicago Cubs (59-94) – Can they avoid 100 losses?
- Colorado Rockies (59-94) – Season can't end fast enough!
- Houston Astros (50-104) – They finally reached 50 wins in the middle of September! Still on course for that elusive 110 loss plateau!