Baseball continues to get more intense as each day passes, and we are certainly seeing the teams that know they still have a chance as opposed to those just waiting for the off season. And on this fine Sunday Funday, I give you my best crystal ball view point of what the beginning of October will look like for baseball fans....
Yes, I am leaving both the BoSox and the Yankees out of October action this year, do you think America will survive such a thing? But I already feel that the Yanks are out of it, so that brings it down to the BoSox, the White Sox, and the Twins. Of the three, Boston plays the tougher schedule by far across the elite of the league so I have them being the odd man out. I believe in the Twins as an overall consistent team ahead of the White Sox, so the Twins get the division, the Sox get the card.
I give the Dodgers the nod over the D-Backs with the recent addition of Manny, I don't think he will start creating major locker room issues until the off season. Also, having Torre running the show doesn't hurt anything. I gave the Phillies the nod over the Mets. I simply think the Mets spent most of their energy making their big run right after the All Star Break, they have hung in longer than I thought, but will faulter in the next couple weeks.
Read on for my Sunday MLB picks.....
Atlanta Braves @ Arizona D-Backs -106(-1.5runs)
I got my azz handed to me yesterday by thinking the Braves couldn't take 3 straight in the D-Backs house. I was obviously wrong, which brings me to the point where it is my money pick today. With Brandon Webb on the mound for 'Zona, it means the line isn't necessarily favorable, but it is as good as gold with the rehabbing Mike Hampton toeing the rubber for the Braves. Unfortunately, the D-Backs have already had a 4 game losing streak at home earlier this year, which is what they currently have, but the bright side is that Mr. Webb shut that spicket off back in May, just as he will today. Zona wins 5-1.
Minnesota Twins +159(-1.5runs) @ KC Royals
Of all the potential sweeps on the table today, I feel like this is the one most likely to happen. The Twins bring Scott Baker to the field who has been extremely stable throughout the year, you know he is going to give up a couple, you know he is gonna give you about six innings, and about 70% of the time he is gonna give you a win. He lost his last time out, so I have got to believe the odds of a win today bumped up a bit. I also look at the big picture and the Twinkies only have a .5 game lead over the Albino Sox, so they know they have to take advantage against a Royals team that is just waiting for the end of September to get here. Twins win 6-4.