In the Senior Circuit, it looks as if the Diamondbacks may have all but won the West. Their schedule from here on out includes only six games against teams with a winning record. Let me rephrase that; only six games remaining against a team with a winning record. That being the D-Backs closest divisional opponent, San Francisco. The Giants are a mess right now. They can't score runs, and their pitching has been quite suspect as of late. I just get that feeling that this is Arizona's year. They'll most likely join Milwaukee, Atlanta and Philadelphia as the N.L. playoff teams.
What a weekend in the Northeast, as well as the East Coast. Luckily for fans of the Metropolitans, hurricane Irene prompted two meaningless games against the Braves (Saturday & Sunday) to be postponed. I doubt those games will even be played. There's no point in putting Mets fans through any further misery and the Braves are going to play in the post season regardless.
The Brewers look unbeatable. Simply put. With two games remaining in August, the Brewers are 20-5 for the month. They basically used August to flush the Cardinals away for the season. How have they done it? Milwaukee is 20 games above .500 against their Central division rivals and have a MLB best 50 home wins. Folks, they are playing for home-field advantage throughout the post season. They do however, trail the Phillies by 8 games in the loss column for league's best record.
The A.L. Cy Young winner, Justin Verlander, won his 20th by beating Minnesota on Saturday. It may have been his worst outing of the year too. He went 6 innings while allowing 4 ER on a whopping 8 hits. He's still a stud though.
1. Adrian Gonzalez (Bos) - 28 AB, 11 H, 5 HR, 9 RBI, 8 R, .393 AVG
2. Ian Kennedy (Ari) - 2 GS, 14 IP, 12 H, 1 ER, 15 K, 1.00 WHIP, 0.64 ERA, 2 W
3. Bruce Chen (KC) - 2 GS, 15 IP, 9 H, 4 ER, 13 K, .173 BAA, 0.80 WHIP, 2 W
1. Mike Carp (Sea) - 27 AB, 3 H, 1 R, 2 RBI, 14 K, .111 AVG
2. Jim Thome (Cle) - 19 AB, 1 H, 1 RBI, 11 K, .053 AVG, .143 OBP
3. Matt Belisle (Col) - 4 G, 2 SVO, 3.2 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, .353 BAA, 0 SV