What to Watch for in September
Baseball’s second greatest rivalry promises to deliver a thriller of a finish this year. Finishing top two for the wildcard would be something of a consolation prize for the Dodgers after going pretty much all-in the past month in acquisitions. Just a refresher on the names that the team has brought in: Hanley Ramirez, Shane Victorino, Brandon League, Joe Blanton, Josh Beckett, and Adrian Gonzalez. Throw in Carl Crawford for next season as well. Meanwhile, the Giants lost Melky Cabrera, one of the top hitters in the NL this season, to suspension and their only major recent acquisition was the struggling Hunter Pence. Still the Giants came into Chavez Ravine and took three straight from Los Angeles last week in rather dominant fashion. Luckily, we’ll still see the teams go head-to-head six more times this year, including a three-game series at Dodger Stadium to close out the season, and possibly, to close out of the team’s season.
Important dates for your calendar:
Dodgers @ Giants: September 7 – September 9
Giants @ Dodgers: October 1 – October 3
1) AL Wild Card
As of now, four teams are separated by a single game for the top AL wildcard spot. The Orioles and A’s sit at the top with the Rays 0.5 games back and the Tigers 1 game back. Then there’s the Angels, who only trail by 4.5 games. The A’s and Angels without a doubt have the toughest schedules down the stretch. The A’s have out-of-division series against the Orioles and Tigers and close their season playing 7 of their last 10 games against the 1st place Rangers. The Angels face-off against the Tigers in early September and play 6 games against the Rangers. And the teams play 7 games against each other as well. Then after what should be a back-and-forth standings jumble for 35 days, the top two will face of in a one-game playoff to actually make the playoffs. So yeah, make sure to stay tuned as the race continues to develop.
Important dates for you calendar:
Angels @ Athletics: September 3 – September 5
Tigers @ Angels: September 7 – September 9
Athletics @ Angels: September 10 – September 13
Rays @ Orioles: September 11 – September 13
Orioles @ Athletics: September 14 – September 16
Athletics @ Tigers: September 18 – September 20
Orioles @ Rays: October 1 - 3