Patterico's Pontifications


September Pennant Races

Filed under: General — JD @ 6:11 am

[guest post by JD]

A little change of pace, from the normal daily nonsense emanating from our elected officials …

Pennant races in September. There aren’t many that are still in question, in some cases due to weak divisions, a d others, teams that have run away with the division. Barring epic meltdowns, the RedSox, Braves, and Dodgers seem to be virtual locks. Cleveland is 6.5 back on Detroit and Cabrera, who was having another monster year. Texas is 3 back on Oakland. And my Cardinals lead the Pirates by 1 game, and the Reds by 3, in a race that should be settled in the last day or so of the season.

The NL wild card race is a virtual tie between Pittsburgh and Cincinnati, the NL Central is loaded, 3 teams with over 80 wins already. Washington is 6 back and will have a huge challenge to catch the teams ahead of them.

The AL wild card race is chaos. Texas and Tampa are tied for the lead, with the Yankees 1 back, Cleveland and Baltimore 1.5 back, and Kansas City 2 back. There could be a single game playoff again? How cool would a 3-way tie be?

I love fall baseball. You will never hear a Cubs fan say that.



  1. Sorry, Elissa.

    Comment by JD (2f46d6) — 9/12/2013 @ 6:23 am

  2. I love fall baseball, too, JD. My anabolic steroid, amphetamine, and vicodin stocks show an increase in earnings.

    Comment by nk (875f57) — 9/12/2013 @ 6:25 am

  3. I am not a Cubs fan, JD. Of course, this year being a White Sox fan was just as frustrating. Still, we are able to bask in the faint warm glow of remembering that we had a very very good fall in 2005.

    Comment by elissa (6b3fdb) — 9/12/2013 @ 6:51 am

  4. I thought you were a Sox fan, hence the sorry.

    Comment by JD (2f46d6) — 9/12/2013 @ 7:24 am

  5. I used to love baseball. Growing up in So Cal in the 70s, I was treated to Nolan Ryan pitching for the Angels, and the Dodgers having a good team almost every year (although, I admit, they always seemed to be chasing the Reds, even when they were winning). To give you an idea of how old a Dodger fan I was, I can remember when Steve Garvey played 3rd base. It was a great time to be a baseball fan.

    I stopped following the sport some years back. But it’s good to see the Dodgers playing well again.

    Comment by Chuck Bartowski (11fb31) — 9/12/2013 @ 7:37 am

  6. So, wait, do you actually believe that the Cubs will never make it back to the playoffs or the series? ‘Never’ is a long time and any prediction containing it is usually quite wrong.

    Comment by Joe (9a8587) — 9/12/2013 @ 8:03 am

  7. Greetings:

    One of the best bits of wit/wisdom about baseball that my father passed on to me, probably to cool my early season ardor, went “All you have to do is play .500 ball and get hot in September.”

    Comment by 11B40 (95c3a1) — 9/12/2013 @ 9:17 am

  8. The Dodgers went from last place to first to knock my Dbacks out of first place. It’s like the Dbacks forgot how to hit which won’t win games.

    Comment by PatAZ (7cc529) — 9/12/2013 @ 9:18 am

  9. The sports news of the week that I care about: the US men’s national team defeated Mexico 2-0, making it the first team in north america to qualify for the 2014 world cup.

    Comment by aphrael (f55c78) — 9/12/2013 @ 9:20 am

  10. soccer isn’t a sport. it’s just boredom with uniforms.

    Comment by redc1c4 (abd49e) — 9/12/2013 @ 9:56 am

  11. and the Dodgers still have plenty of time to collapse…

    Comment by redc1c4 (abd49e) — 9/12/2013 @ 9:56 am

  12. “soccer isn’t a sport. it’s just boredom with uniforms.”

    - redc1c4

    Man, you sound old. Are you old? You must be old.

    Comment by Leviticus (2ad05b) — 9/12/2013 @ 9:59 am

  13. Although is should probably be said that the US-Mexico game was a nice result on the back of a really bland game. Not a barn-burner, by any means.

    Comment by Leviticus (2ad05b) — 9/12/2013 @ 10:01 am

  14. Greetings:

    Please stop picking on soccer. If I have been born without arms, I’m sure that I would have played it some.

    Comment by 11B40 (95c3a1) — 9/12/2013 @ 10:02 am

  15. Soccer’s for girls.

    Comment by nk (875f57) — 9/12/2013 @ 10:04 am

  16. Aphrael – I like that Klinsman has them more offensive minded.

    Comment by JD (2f46d6) — 9/12/2013 @ 10:18 am

  17. i’m old enough to realize that soccer is boring.
    if i want to see people run, i’ll watch a track meet: at least there is a finish line at those.

    Comment by redc1c4 (abd49e) — 9/12/2013 @ 10:40 am

  18. With the Red victory over the Cubs yesterday, the Giants were officially eliminated. While they will always be the 2012 World Series champions, they are no longer defending champions, as they can no longer defend their title. I guess we Giants fans will have to be satisfied with every even numbered year.

    My wife is a die-hard Cubs fan. They will win the World Series in our lifetime.

    Comment by aunursa (7014a8) — 9/12/2013 @ 11:25 am

  19. Comment by Chuck Bartowski (11fb31) — 9/12/2013 @ 7:37 am

    I watched Moon Shots!

    Comment by askeptic (b8ab92) — 9/12/2013 @ 11:55 am

  20. My wife is a die-hard Cubs fan. They will win the World Series in our lifetime.

    I hope you plan on living a looooooooooooooong time.

    Comment by JD (5c1832) — 9/12/2013 @ 11:57 am

  21. Comment by aunursa (7014a8) — 9/12/2013 @ 11:25 am

    99.44% of all Cub fans die “unrequited” – the rest change teams.

    Comment by askeptic (b8ab92) — 9/12/2013 @ 11:57 am

  22. Year after year after year, many Giants fans doubted whether the team would win a World Series in San Francisco in our lifetimes. It didn’t happen with Willie Mays, not with Will Clark, and not with Barry Bonds. We suffered playoff defeats that were just as painful as 1984 and 2003 were to the Cubs.

    Now we’ve won two in the past three years.

    If it can happen for us, it can happen for them.

    Comment by aunursa (7014a8) — 9/12/2013 @ 1:12 pm

  23. I don’t hate the Cubs. They’re just not my team and never have been. But I sort of like decrepit olde Wrigley and I go to a couple Cubs games every year, too. I’ll be there for a game next week in fact when the first place Braves are in town. So we already know how that will end.

    Comment by elissa (6b3fdb) — 9/12/2013 @ 1:48 pm

  24. Well, if the Dodgers get into the Series, I’ll be there. It’s been 25 years. I was there for Gibson’s homer, so maybe lightning will strike twice.

    Comment by Kevin M (bf8ad7) — 9/12/2013 @ 2:34 pm

  25. I swear, Lucifer himself must have an adjunct office at Yankee Stadium. You can’t kill those cockroaches.

    Comment by harkin (350fdd) — 9/12/2013 @ 4:23 pm

  26. 24.”I was there for Gibson’s homer……..”

    Admit it, those were your taillights behind the 76 ball.

    Comment by harkin (350fdd) — 9/12/2013 @ 4:24 pm

  27. Nope. I stayed for the last out, which never came.

    Comment by Kevin M (bf8ad7) — 9/12/2013 @ 5:42 pm

  28. Soccer is for athletes he don’t need a tv timeout to catch their breath. It is also a sport for athletes who don’t need to go on a weight-loss program during the prime of their career. Yeah, I’m talkin’ bout you, big dumb Shaquille !

    Comment by Elephant Stone (6a6f37) — 9/13/2013 @ 12:20 pm

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