Handicapping the MLB Stretch Run
Ten days from now we’ll be into October, and the MLB regular season will be over. Before then, though, there is a whole lot of betting left to be done.
Capping the Division races
Only the AL East and AL Central are really in play at this point.
Crucial series: New York at Minnesota, Sept. 24-26. Minnesota has won four of six, and took two of four in New York earlier. If New York falters here the O’s can get ahead -- they play four “gimme” games against Toronto.
Crucial series: Cleveland at Chicago, Sept. 24-26. Chicago has lost five straight, but it returns home for an easy three-gamer. If the Sox don’t have two wins by Tuesday, though, they could be in trouble. Detroit is struggling, too, so Chicago needs to find momentum and maintain its lead.
Capping the wildcard races
Crucial series: Angels at Rangers, Sept. 28-30. The red-hot Angels play six against hapless Seattle, so these three in Texas will matter most. With a strong performance they could climb past the A’s - who are faced with seven against the Rangers.
Crucial series: St. Louis at Houston, Sept. 24-26. The cards swept the Astros last week. If they do it again here and it should be all over in the NL.
Capping clinched clubs
Three NL teams have secured their postseason tickets. We’re unlikely to see a strong, representative effort from any of them down the stretch.
With serious questions about who their fourth starter will be and how to shape the rotation, you can be sure they will focus on this far more than on winning down the stretch.
The Reds celebrated their title on Sunday by giving five starters the day off. Rest appears to be their focus for their remaining games.
They have a bit more work to do. They have secured a wild card spot, but they still have to win the division. When they do, though, Davey Johnson says that rest will be his only priority.
Capping teams out of the race
Give up on:
Ozzie Guillen is a serious distraction and Atlanta and Philadelphia will be hungry for wins, so it seems likely that the Marlins will give up -- or keep giving up like they have for weeks now.
They are an ugly, injury-riddled mess. They play the Orioles and then the Yankees, so they will feature prominently in the fate of their division title. An 0-8 record over that stretch is conceivable.
There is still fight in:
The Twins have won four of six, showed no fear against Detroit this weekend, and could give those Tigers and the Yankees some headaches this week.
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- August 30, 2015 - 1:35 PM
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The visitors hand the ball to James Shields (9-5, 3.74 ERA) who was shelled for five runs off eight hits over just 5 2/3's innings in a setback to the Nationals on Tuesday; Shields would strike out only two, while issuing four walks in the 8-3 setback. Shields has regressed as the season has progressed, having now given up five runs in two of his last three starts. And unfortunately for Shields and the Friars, a date on the road is not what the doctor ordered at all for the veteran to get back on track as he's a poor 4-4 with a ballooned 4.97 ERA away from friendly confines to date. The home side counters with Alec Asher (0-0, 0.00 ERA) who makes his debut at the major league level, the 23-year old was a poor 6-10 with a pedestrian 3.97 ERA and 137 hits allowed in 133 2/3's innings in Triple-A Lehigh Valley. With more questions than answers surrounding these two starters, the OVER does indeed become a very legitimate option in this particular matchup.
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