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    Well, it’s probably quite a bit on the late side to be posting this, but better late than never, right? And, there is definitely a lot to talk about/a lot of excitement this time of the year as we start the final month of the season and get ready for the playoffs… and also, bonus points because I figure this is a really good time to post this, as Cleveland is barely clinging on to 1st place in the scuffling AL Central by a single game, after playing really good since the All Star break, Cleveland has fallen into a deep slump, playing by far their worst baseball of the season… only time will tell if they will emerge from this slump before it is too late, but Minnesota and Chicago are breathing down our neck, and despite 3 Wild Card spots now, that is not a likely path for any of the 3 Central contenders… so… as of this moment, I would like to recognize that we are in 1st place and currently a playoff team… this may be the last day this season that I get to say it, so I’m going to put it out there, and hope for the best!
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    After seeing Toronto sweep both ends of the doubleheader in Baltimore yesterday to get a 4 1/2 game cushion on the Orioles, I think Toronto's odds of making the playoffs got a little better. I highly doubt they'll overtake the Yankees and Rays, but with anything possible these days, it's just a matter of seeing what happens.

    On that note, it's looking like the Seattle Mariners are gonna break their 20 year drought.
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    I definitely like Toronto’s chances of making the playoffs now. It will be important for them to beat Baltimore tomorrow and take the series… but even though Baltimore gave us fits in our series against them last week, I don’t think they are good enough to hang with Toronto/New York/Tampa Bay yet… too inexperienced, missing a couple of pieces still. Their improvement this year has been surprising though. Toronto doesn’t have to worry much about anyone else, the 3rd wild card is not coming from the Central, we are all far enough behind, and Cleveland/Minnesota/Chicago all have plenty of game against each other… we are only gonna send 1 team to the playoffs this year, and it is probably the one that performs the best in the head to head matchups. We benefit from a quirky 6 game series against the Royals to end the season, so that helps. We are fortunate, because the AL Central is the only place where we would still have a shot at the playoffs.
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    I really thought the Jays would take a step forward this year, but they remain an inconsistent, albeit exciting, young squad.

    Their pitching depth won't get them far in the playoffs, I fear. I'm still thankful that after the peak of the mid 2010s, I didn't have to wait long for this rebuild to pay dividends.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Number1ChanseyFan View Post
    Well, it’s probably quite a bit on the late side to be posting this, but better late than never, right?
    Yeah, I'm the last person who should criticize a "better late than never" post.

    It's going to be a curious postseason year, without a doubt. We have long-harangued teams like Cleveland, Toronto, and (probably) Seattle sitting alongside perennial powerhouses, Albert Pujols somehow back in a Cardinals uniform for the first time since I was active on TPM (cue personal shame), he and Mike Trout entering the postseason riding the wake of a pair of historic home run chases, etc., etc.

    Truth be told, though, given the sheer number of playoff spots, rather than focusing on the teams or individual players, the biggest point of interest for me is actually the byes. I've been wondering how teams will respond to having such a long time away. Yes, they'll get the chance to reset their rotations, but will there be any rust as a result of breaking the daily rhythm of the game? In other sports leagues (see: the NFL), a first-round bye can be a godsend. In baseball, I genuinely question whether receiving a bye would do more harm than good.
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