The Home Stretch

Tuesday, September 01 2009 @ 09:35 AM EDT

Contributed by: braden

The beginning of September is usually when I start paying close attention to division races and Wild Card standings.  In looking at where things stand this morning, there really isn't a whole lot to talk about, is there?


The AL division leaders, New York, Detroit, LA, hold 6.5, 3.5, and 6 game leads respectively.  And it's not much more exciting over in the NL as the Phillies, Cardinals and Dodgers are up by 7.5, 10.5, and 5.5.

So how about the Wild Card?  Well, the Red Sox have a pretty firm grip on things with a 4 game lead over Texas and 5 over the Rays.  Everyone else is done. 

The NL, though, is where we just might find our excitement this month.  After a weekend sweep, the Giants have pulled into a tie with Colorado while Atlanta and Florida remain 3 and 4 games back respectively. 

So there you have it.  As it stands, it doesn't appear as though 2009 will be the Year of the Race.  But let's hear from you.  Who've you got in the NL Wild Card race?  Can the Twins catch the Tigers?  Will Boston hold on in the AL? 


- The Dodgers have attempted to solidify things by acquiring both Jim Thome and Jon Garland.

- If at the beginning of the year, someone told you that on September 1st, two Jays would have combined for 58 HRs and 176 RBI, how many of you would've had at least one of Rios or Wells in that duo?  Both?  Would anyone have guessed Aaron Hill?

Anyway, it's a beautiful day for a ballgame....Let's play two!