Division Foes So Close, They're Practically Doing It

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After a weekend of slugfests, the races in 5 out of 6 divisions are downright claustrophobic. Four of them, all 3 in the NL and the AL East, have a second place team that sits a single game out, and the Twins are only 2.5 out in the AL Central. The AL and NL east also have third place teams that are within 3 games of the top.

Will anything shake out this week? The ever mystical trade deadline approacheth and with so many horses still near the lead things could get a little hectic. Let's take a look at a few major matchups happening on the field from now until Sunday.


  • Today through Thursday, White Sox at Twins: Minnesota took a big 2 out of 3 over the weekend in Cleveland to keep pace with Chicago. The Twins had been struggling away from home but held serve going back to the Metrodome where they've been dominant as of late. 19 of their next 25 divisional games are at home, so a strong showing this week could put them in strong position. The White Sox are swinging the bats well, averaging over 6 runs a game in their last 10. Jermaine Dye has homered in 3 straight.

  • Today through Thursday, Cubs at Brewers: It's all about the Centrals this week, baby. This four game set pits the top two in the NL Central and features great starting pitching matchups in each game. Tonight CC Sabathia takes on Ted Lilly in what I'm dubbing "The Butter Belt Leftpocalypse." Tomorrow is Carlos Zambrano vs. Ben Sheets in a duel with so many fastballs you'll have white hot fire shooting out of your asshole. Wednesday is Ryan Dempster vs. Manny Parra and Thursday is Rich Harden vs. Dave Bush.

  • Today through Wednesday, Mets at Marlins: The Mets hit the road for six games this week, starting in Dolphins Stadium. New York is hitting well and the Marlins are flailing at the plate. Nolasco, Olsen and Johnson start for the fish and they need quality out of all three.

  • Thursday through Sunday, Diamondbacks at Dodgers: These teams spend the early part of the week playing San Diego and San Francsico, respectively so chances are they'll still be neck and neck by Friday. Both teams are bandied about in trade rumors and should have a couple of new faces by the time the weekend rolls around.

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13 Comments

"The Twins had been struggling at HOME but held serve going back to the Metrodome"

"FRIDAY is Rich Harden vs. Dave Bush."

CTC,
You have more errors than Dan Uggla... ZING!!!

Did you stay up too late last night watching the game?


I WAS TESTING ALL OF YOU. BC TWINS FAN WINS.

Fixed. Sorry.

The Marlins have huge bats and possibly the poorest grasp of baseball fundamentals I've ever seen.

I'm so excited! I'm so.... scared.

@FMRA
I watched part of that game yesterday(thanks TBS). It was a brutal game to watch. Even Manny would have caught up to that fly ball in the eighth last night.

BOOM 3-PITCH STRIKEOUT
BOOM FAILURE TO LEG OUT AN EXTRA BASE HIT
BOOM BOTCHED ROUTINE PLAY

..oh snap, another Dan Uggla home run, nice

BOOM FAILURE TO PROPERLY PLAY THE GAME

Sigh. I love the Fishies, but yes, yesterday was brutal.

Harden vs. Bush gets no sex joke? Come on!

The word Bush hasn't been funny to me in 8 years.

In bizarro baseball world, Tigers/Indians has an impact on the division race.

/cries softly

@ CTC
I come here for baseball chat and lobster babies. KEEP THE POLITICAL DISCOURSE TO YOURSELF, GAL FRANKEN.

@ BC Twins Fan: Gah! I had no idea the game was on TBS so I listened to it all on my XM! TBS really should call me or something when they're gonna show my favorite team.

@The Kid
For some reason MLB doesn't make a big deal of their TBS Sunday national broadcasts like they do with the ESPN and the Fox ones.

@BC
For some reason? If you don't watch the Mets, Yankees, Red Sox, or Dodgers, you typically have no reason to care.

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