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If the Playoffs Started Today – MLB Week 9

Nine weeks are gone in the season and June is upon us. Detroit is struggling while Boston is moving back up. The Dodgers are looking to recover their old form. The Astros are only the fourth worst team in the league. The divisions are starting to open up, with division leads being between 3.0 and […]

If the Playoffs Started Today – MLB Week 8

The season’s second month is just about over. Josh Beckett threw the season’s first no-hitter. Boston has lost 10 straight. Toronto has taken advantage. Detroit and Oakland are struggling. Atlanta and Milwaukee are looking to hold on. The Wildcards are still in flux. It’s a fun time as we head into June, so let’s look […]

If the Playoffs Started Today – MLB Week 7

The season goes on, and while both East divisions remain tight top-to-bottom, the others now have clear leaders. The Wildcards remain tight, as does the race for #1 in the NL. Some teams are dealing with injuries, others are trying to get better performances out of a few guys. It’s a delicate time, so let’s […]

If the Playoffs Started Today – MLB Week 6

A month and a half into the season, things are still volatile. Atlanta is making a comeback. Texas is slipping. Several new teams are poking around the Wildcard races. In fact, except for Houston, every team in the AL is within four games of a Wildcard spot, if not there or better. Except for the […]

If the Playoffs Started Today – MLB Week 5

Five weeks are gone in the season, and the top teams are having trouble keeping their position, if they haven’t lost it already. Both Eastern Divisions are remarkably close from top to bottom as well. The NL East also sees all five teams currently at least at .500. With such a tumultuous start to May, […]

If the Playoffs Started Today – MLB Week 4

Coming up on the end of April, the Athletics have slowed and brought the AL lead into a pileup. That’s also true more than ever of the NL Wildcard race. The AL East is stretching out a bit, while the NL West is contracting. Teams all over the place are still having trouble breaking free […]

If the Playoffs Started Today – MLB Week 3

After three weeks of the season, Milwaukee and Oakland are still ruling the roost, while the AL East and Central divisions both have 2.5 games between top and bottom. Other than the League leaders, no clear contenders have emerged yet. Though the teams people though would do well are starting to sift their way up […]

If the Playoffs Started Today – MLB Week 2

Two weeks are gone in the MLB season. Plenty of teams that were taken with a grain of salt or even discounted before the season are pulling ahead in the early going. Other predicted contenders aren’t doing so well. Then again, it is early, and that can happen before teams settle into a groove. But […]

Strongest American League Threats to Boston’s Throne

The free agent market has been put on ice this winter, as the Major League Baseball offseason has been held up by the holidays and the grand pursuit of Japanese pitcher Masahiro Tanaka. However, players have been changing uniforms across the American League, both through massive contracts as well as significant trades. Before the drama […]

If the Playoffs Started Today – MLB Week 25

Just one week remains until the playoffs begin. Four divisions and five slots overall are locked up. The Wildcard race in the East is still heated at this late stage, so pay close attention to the melees in the upcoming weeks. It’ll be fun to watch who ends up with which seed, so let’s look […]

If the Playoffs Started Today – MLB Week 24

The playoffs are stating to come into picture, but the AL is still full of action in the season’s final two weeks. The Indians, Orioles, Yankees and Royals are all well within striking distance of the Rays and Rangers for a Wildcard spot. While five divisions are all but wrapped up, the Cardinals and Pirates […]

If the Playoffs Started Today – MLB Week 23

September is well underway, and the divisions are starting to wrap up. We’re really starting to get a good idea of who the final 10 teams will be, though a few teams on the outside in the AL still have some pretty legitimate hopes of a Wildcard berth. Even if a postseason birth is probable, […]

If the Playoffs Started Today – MLB Week 21

We’re rapidly getting down to the last month of the season, but nothing has slowed down yet. The AL is still tough as ever, though Oakland is starting to fall off just a bit. Pittsburgh’s troubles are finally catching up with them, which has served to make the NL Central race and NL overall a […]

If the Playoffs Started Today – MLB Week 20

20 weeks into the season, plenty of races are still in play. By the same token, many other teams are running out of time. The AL playoff teams are logjammed at the top. The NL is a little more open, but the Reds are starting to make things interesting again in the NL Central. A […]

If the Playoffs Started Today – MLB Week 19

The Waiver-Wire deals are well underway, and there are plenty of contending teams still looking to tweak their rosters in the event they finds themselves in a late-September race. Neither league is safe at the top, and with the #1 seed meaning a whole lot with a one-game Wildcard playoff, we’re sure to see a […]