Baseball Playoff Races Heating Up
Ah—the Dog Days of Summer . . . while this is usually the time when parents and children count the days until itâ€™s schoolâ€™s back in sessionâ€”we baseball fans do some counting of our own—how many games up, back or out are our favorite teams from playing October baseball.
From opening day and beyond, this baseball season has seen many division rivals compete head to head for 1st and now that itâ€™s coming down to the home stretch, expect these teams to show off with electrifying performances that will inevitably go down to the wire.
The National League Central division has experienced close and competitive races all season. While the Milwaukee Brewers and the St. Louis Cardinals are battling it out for division domination, it looks like the Pittsburgh Pirates have felt the bite of summer. Though they were previously on a tear, the Buccos have succumbed to summerâ€™s sultry heat dropping their last 10 games in the L column and it looks like they are going to miss the playoffs for a record 19th straight year.
In American League news, itâ€™s business as usual as the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox battle it out to see who gets the division crown and who gets the wild card spot. The AL West has the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim vying for a division title against the defending American League champs–the Texas Rangers. Although the Cleveland Indians are battling the Detroit Tigers for AL Central bragging rights, donâ€™t count out the Minnesota Twins just yetâ€”they are usually good for a late season surge in this mediocre division.
As for the rest of the playoff landscape, expect to see solid teams like the San Francisco Giants, the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Philadelphia Phillies play strong through the rest of the regular season. And, as the summer winds down, now is the perfect time to take in a game at your favorite ballpark and we have sports tickets for every team and every league.