Sunday, July 10, 2005

The Battle of the Easts

Just looking at the MLB standings right now, it is amazing how similar to the two leagues are shaping up. Both Central Divisions basically seem decided, barring a catastrophe on the part of either the White Sox or the Cardinals. Both West Divisions see teams with solid leads, but still within reach. And in the East divisions things are interesting.

In the NL of course all five teams are either around or quite a bit above .500, and it is still quite conceivable any of the five might manage to win the pennant - though there are of course two main contenders. In the AL things are even more interesting, given that all of the Red Sox, Orioles, and Yankees are within 2.5 games of each other, and that the Blue Jays are not so far behind either. You get the feeling in both divisions it could go right down to the wire. Hopefully the second half of the season will not disappoint.

At a guess, from this point I'll say Atlanta and Boston will win the pennants, the Nationals and Orioles will get the wildcards - but that's just my enthusiasm speaking!!! If Sammy Sosa actually managed to bat anywhere near the others in the order it might be different, but at the moment even watching him play (as I did last night) it even looks like the Orioles are dragging some deadweight there.

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