The Weekend in Baseball

September 27, 2008 |

First off lets start with the Tampa Bay Rays. Since the Red Sox lost to the Yankees early this morning the Rays are officially AL East Champs and will open the playoffs at home against either the White Sox or Twins.

There is 1/2 game separating them with 2 days left in the season. If it stays that way after Sunday the White Sox play the Tigers in a make up game Monday and then may play the Twins in a playoff game Tuesday.

The other AL series will be the Red Sox and Angels with games 1-2 on Wednesday and Friday in Anaheim.

Now for the fun part. The NL races are crazy. The Phillies need either one more win or one Mets loss to lock up the NL East again. The Mets look to be collapsing again. They close down Shea Stadium today and tomorrow in must win games against the Marlins. They are even starting Johan Santana on three days rest today.

The Mets are one game behind the Brewers for the Wild Card. The Brewers are hosting a Cubs team that has nothing to play for since they have wrapped up home field advantage already. If the Mets and Brewers are tied they play a one game playoff Monday night at Shea.

Can you imagine if that turns out to be the real last game at Shea?  I want to see the Mets out of the playoffs just so I can listen to the talk show hosts and callers on WFAN go crazy on Monday or Tuesday morning. Last year that was the best radio you will ever hear not on WNST.

On top of all of that Mother Nature has decided that the east coast needs more heavy rain and wind this weekend so rain delays and rain outs could make things even more interesting.

By the way for the 3,000 people who still care the O’s play the Blue Jays this weekend. I am predicting the O’s will get swept again and go into the offseason with a nice 11 game losing streak.

Who do you think will get into the playoffs? Who will be watching them at home? Can the O’s win one of their last 2 games? Feel free to leave me comments with your answers.