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After Week 2, plenty has been shaken up. The Rangers, while still deadly, have fallen out of favor. The Red Sox are on a winning streak, but Carl Crawford is still absolutely useless. The Rockies did quite well for themselves, rocketing up the standings. The Orioles are 6-8 after starting 6-1, and the Angels have won five in a row to match the Rangers at 10-5. Yup, plenty’s going on now, so let’s look at what would happen if the playoffs started as of Monday, April 18, before the day’s games:
Philadelphia‘s pitching staff is out in force, featuring back-to-back complete games from Roy Halladay and Cliff Lee. Cincinnati‘s pitching hasn’t been nearly as good lately, and Joey Votto can’t help Cincy against Philly’s monster staff.
The Indians are busy convincing the world that they won more than the Red Sox lost. They’re doing a good job of it, too. But the Yankees have won twice in a row over the previously uber-tough Ranger. Having Mariano Rivera will usually make you the favorite; C.C. Sabathia doesn’t even have a win yet. The Yankees are once more the team to beat.