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Playoff race: Angels narrow lead in wild card

Posted on: September 21, 2011 11:24 pm
 
Angels

By Evan Brunell

The Red Sox lost yet again on Wednesday, blowing another late-game lead to the Orioles. Fortunately for Boston, the Yankees clinched the AL East title on Wednesday with a 4-2 victory over the Rays, taking both games of the doubleheader. The Rays have now slipped to 2 1/2 games behind the Red Sox, so the Red Sox have some breathing room with one more game off the books.

However, it's time to stand up and take notice of the Angels, who are now tied with Tampa in the wild card chase, defeating the Blue Jays to move to 2 1/2 games behind the Red Sox. With an easier schedule ahead, the Angels might even be considered the more likely team to beat Boston, if any team can. But playoff odds don't agree, likely because the Angels have to play one more game than both Tampa and Boston.

With a tough schedule that includes four more games against the Yankees, it will be a tall task for Tampa to overcome 2 1/2 games this late in the proceedings. But the Angels have a shot, with a remaining game against Toronto followed by three upcoming games against Oakland followed by a three-game set with the Rangers, who will be more concerned with setting their team up for the postseason than who wins the wild card.

Boston Red Sox
88-68
Remaining schedule: 3 @ NYY, 3 @ BAL
Coolstandings.com expectancy of wild card: 84.5 percent

Tampa Bay Rays
85-70, 2 1/2 GB
Remaining schedule: 3 v. TOR, 3 v. NYY
Coolstandings.com expectancy of wild card: 8 percent

Los Angeles Angels
85-70, 2 1/2 GB
Remaining schedule: 1 @ TOR, 3 v. OAK, 3 v. TEX
Coolstandings.com expectancy of wild card: 6.5 percent

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Posted on: December 7, 2011 9:03 pm
 

Playoff race: Angels narrow lead in wild card

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Since: Aug 15, 2011
Posted on: September 22, 2011 2:10 am
 

Playoff race: Angels narrow lead in wild card


The Rangers won't get past the first round.
The Rangers would have to get past the first round if they were to play the Angels as the Angels would be the wild card winner and would not play the Rangers in the first round.
As for the Red Sox...they were not expected to contend this season given the number of inuuries they sustained to their pitching staff, infield and outfield positions.

Also the Redsucks were "the team to beat" all the way up to September, funny how quick the fans are to leave Red sucks nation when their team is not juiced... I mean winning.



Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: September 21, 2011 11:41 pm
 

Playoff race: Angels narrow lead in wild card

The Rangers won't get past the first round. They have had it fairly easy against the AL West, but when the Angels win the wild card and go on to face the Rangers the world will know just how overrated the Rangers are. As for the Red Sox...they were not expected to contend this season given the number of inuuries they sustained to their pitching staff, infield and outfield positions. 


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