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The MLB Playoffs Are Quickly Approaching

The long baseball season is nearing its end.  The summer is coming to an end and the Fall season is about to start.  With it will come the Major League Baseball Playoffs.  The first games of the playoffs start next weekend.  So let’s take a look at what teams are approaching the playoffs in this final week of the season.

The American League

The interesting note of the week is that no A.L. teams have clinched a playoff spot yet.  It has been a tight race for all of the divisional spots and especially for the two Wild Card spots.

East

In the East there is great competition between the division leading New York Yankees and the Baltimore Orioles.  The Yankees only lead that division by one game with the Rays in third place by only 5 games.

Central

The Central division has seen the Chicago White Sox fall quite a bit in the past week.  The White Sox are trailing the Detroit Tigers in the division by one game.  The third place team in the division is held by the Kansas City Royals who are fourteen games behind and have no hope for the playoffs.

West

The Western division has just as tight of a race as the Eastern division.  The Texas Rangers hold the top position with a record of 92-65.  The Oakland A’s have been surging ahead in the final month of the season and are only three games behind the Rangers.  In third place five games behind the Rangers are the Anaheim Angels. The Angels got off to a bad start at the beginning of the season but were able to turn their season around in the summer months.

Wild Card

Only six games separate the top five teams in the Wild Card race.  The Baltimore Orioles and the Oakland A’s are in the top spots.  The Angels are two games back.  The Rays are three games back, while the White Sox are six games back and will likely only be able to enter the playoffs with winning the Central division.

The National League

The almost half of the playoff spots in the N.L. have been claimed.  All but one of the divisions have champions already, which takes some of the excitement away.

East

This is the only division where a champion has not yet been crowned.  With the third place team the Phillies seventeen games back, its between only the Braves and the Nationals for the crown.  The Nationals have shocked the baseball world with an incredible season and they currently hold the top spot.  The braves are trailing by four games and still have a chance at winning the division.  Both the Nationals and Braves have clinched playoff spots.  The only question is which one will be the division champion and which one will be in the wild card position.

Central

The Cincinnati Reds won the division this past week.  They appear to be a team that could contend for the World Series Title in October.

West

The San Fransisco Giants won the division championship just a few days ago.  This team has been a great team built for the playoffs for a few years now.  The Giants won the World Series in 2010 and are looking to win their second in three years.

Wild Card

With the Braves having clinched a playoff birth there is only one wild card spot remaining.  The St Louis Cardinals hold the remaining spot at the moment.  The Dodgers and the Brewers are the only two teams that still have a chance for the remaining wild card.  The Dodgers are three games back while the Brewers are five back.  The Dodgers have been turning downward as September rolls along.  The Brewers have to win their remaining five games to have a chance.  The Cardinals will likely hold their position and go into a wild card playoff game with the Braves.

 

 

 

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Top 3 Stories From Week 3 Of The NFL

Week 3 of the NFL season was one of the most unpredictable so far this season.  It also so more controversy over the replacement referees.  It was a very exciting group of games, so let’s take a look at 2centsworthofsports.com’s top 3 stories from this week in the NFL.

The Replacement Refs Blow The Game For The Packers

The replacement referees have been atrocious the season.  They have missed many calls and made wrong ones as well.  On Monday Night the stand in refs made the worst call of the season.  In closing seconds of the final quarter with the Packers leading the Seahawks 12-7 the unthinkable happened.  Seahawks QB Russell Wilson completed a pass to Wide Receiver Golden Tate for the win, or did he.  What actually happened was Packers Defensive Back M.D. Jennings intercepted the pass and had it wrestled away from him by Tate while on the ground.  The play was reviewed referee Wayne Elliot who stated ”the ruling on the field stands”.  The Seattle faithful loved it but NFL fans everywhere were outraged.  This seasons referee’s have been horrible and until the lock out ends with the veteran refs we might be seeing a lot more games end this way.

Many Strong Teams Upset By Unlikely Foes

The season has only seen a few up sets during the first two weeks of play.  Week three brought with it many upsets.  The lowly Jaguars defeated the Colts on the road by a score of 22-17, outscoring the Colts 19-3 in the second half.  The Chiefs defeated the Saints in overtime 27-24.  The Bengals beat the Redskins 38-31, with excellent play from their QB Andy Dalton who threw for over 300 yards and had 3 TD passes.  The Titans stunned the Lions 44-41 in overtime.  The 49ers were defeated in the Metro dome by the Vikings 24-13.  The Steelers lost to the aiders 34-31, even though “Big” Ben Roethlisberger had a great game with 384 yards passing and 4 TD’s.  It was a wild and crazy Sunday.  Who know maybe we will see more of this as teams that have been lower level become stronger and more competitive.

Matt Schaub Takes An Illegal Hit And Losses Part Of His Ear

On Sunday afternoon the Houston Texans came into Denver to face the Broncos.  What happened would be one of the most gruesome sights in recent memory. The Texans QB Matt Schaub dropped back for a pass and was tackled by two Broncos Defenders simultaneously.  His helmet popped off and he immediately grabbed his ear.  When he removed his hands from his head he was missing a chunk of the upper portion of his ear.  Schaub showed his toughness and continued to play throwing for almost 300 yards and had 4 TD passes.  The Texans won the game by a score of 31-25.