So here we are in the middle of a race for the postseason. And it feels a little odd to say the least. This is uncharted territory for me. I started covering the Mariners at the end of the 2006 season, so this is a new experience for me.
Here’s the standings ….
Obviously, there’s been a lot of scoreboard watching with the Tigers, but you should also be watching the Royals too. Many people, including our venerable columnist Larry Stone, who think the Tigers will catch the Royals and take over first place in the AL Central.
Since I’m flying back and have some time to kill, I figured I’d post the remaining schedules for the four remaining teams. I think the Mariners have the toughest schedule with more road games than other teams (yes, I know they play better on the road) and seven games with the Angels – the best team in baseball.
The Tigers and Royals have five games against each other. Detroit is 10-4 against KC this season.
Seven games with the Angels and four in Toronto. Quick turnaround for the Mariners from Toronto back to Safeco for the final three games.
The latest fiascos against the Astros and White Sox show that there are no guaranteed wins over bad teams. But that extended home stand could be helpful against an awful Rangers team and horrible Phillies squad. The A’s are 45-27 at home.
Seven games against the Twins and three against the White Sox. But the Tigers are 6-6 against Minnesota and 8-8 against Chicago this season and 8-8 against Cleveland.
The Royals have seven games remaining with the White Sox. They are 8-4 against Chicago this year. We saw how bad that Red Sox teams is with its lack of starting pitching. Four games with the Indians is interesting. KC is 7-9 against them this year and there’s a chance they’ll face Corey Kluber in that series.