Thursday, September 27, 2007
Playoffs draw near
With about seven to nine games left, the Major League Baseball teams in both leagues are pounding the diamonds hard to shed the “boys of summer” label for one which reads the “boys of October.”
The remaining games are no longer overshadowed by the expectations of the crumbling of the most prestigious record in MLB. Verily the new all-time “Sultan of Swat” will not be returning to the San Francisco Giants, the club announced last week.
“It’s always difficult to say goodbye,” Giants owner Peter Magowan said. “There comes a time when, I think, you have to move in a different direction.”
It was also announced last week that the leather covered sphere which was driven over the wall to drive Barry Bonds to the top of the heap, brought a cool three quarters of a million at the market.
Now the all important questions are who will have the hottest pitching staff and the biggest bats to claim the season.
The National League will not have to worry about any last minute heroics from the St. Louis Cardinals. Going into the weekend games, and even with their 7-4 victory over Houston, they are still nine and a half clicks behind the NL Central leading Chicago Cubs. And it is probably a good thing that the Cubs is a baseball team instead of an aerial performing team. They have a reputation for “crashing and burning.”
If appearances mean anything, the American League appears to be exhibiting great strengths. These teams share the best records going into Sunday games. The BoSox, Indians and Angels were all leading their respective divisions with 91 wins each. NL teams fall far short of that mark.
The Cubs’ Alfonso Soriano probably had the best summation after this two homer performance in the Cubs-Pirates game on Saturday. This gave Soriano 11 roundtrippers this month alone. He allowed that as far as he is concerned, the Cubs are still playing to make the playoffs.
Al, you can bet that the five teams battlings for the wild cards definitely share your sentiment.
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