Familiar faces

The march toward October is in full swing, and we caught a good taste of what might happen in the postseason over the weekend at Fenway Park.

I don’t want to make any bold playoff predictions based on three games in July, but if the Yankees taking two out of three in Boston is any indication, I think Tampa Bay better start doing as well on the road as they’ve done at the Trop. Yep, the Bronx Bombers are back and making the American League East THE division to watch as the summer heats up, and their deal for Xavier Nady and Damaso Marte and rumored upcoming deal with Seattle — Jarrod Washburn, anyone? — should make them even stronger.

Here are some other O.G. observations that may or may not mean anything when that fall chill hits the air and the pennant races whittle down to eight teams…

The Angels continue to pile onto their AL West lead and best record in baseball, and now they add Mark Teixeira to the mix? Ridiculous. All that AND the fact that Vladimir Guerrero still hasn’t gotten hot. That’s a scary proposition for the rest of the league come October.

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The Mets are finally playing to their potential. I’m not sure if it has to do with replacing Willie Randolph with Jerry Manuel, but something’s clicking at Shea – particularly the ball off of Carlos Delgado’s bat.

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Watch out for Milwaukee. The C.C. Sabathia trade was genius and the Brew Crew has responded, big-time. And oh yeah, if you need any late-game heroics, Ryan Braun is clearly your man.

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So many games to watch, so little time. But the clock’s ticking down to the Trade Deadline and to October.

More commentary after the deals are done before Thursday at 4 p.m. ET …

O.G.

7 Comments

dodgers r winning the west

Gotta love the Brewers making a splash with the CC trade. And Braunie certainly is a stud. Check out my Brewers Blog for more info on the playoff bound Brewers!!

http://whosinrightfield.mlblogs.com/

Don’t count out the Phillies either…back in 1st place again as the see-saw of the NL East continues… :o)

Jenn
http://philliesphollowers.mlblogs.com/

Delgado has really put the Mets on his back with this terrific surge that he is having. Now we need the other Carlos and Mr. Wright to hit if the Mets are going to play some October baseball.

You make some good points. I would love to see you go nuts and criticize certain GMs and teams for not having the stones or backbone to pull the trigger to improve themselves this year, or for the future. The Mariners for instance, are years and years behind the A’s and Rangers in player development. Hope you freaks in Seattle enjoy watching the Mariners return to expansion mode and take their rightful place in the basement for the next few seasons. By the way, check out my blog at the link below:

http://westcoastyankees.mlblogs.com/

Once again, the Yankees, Red Sox and Dodgers steal the headlines… they’re the only ones with enough $$$ to do so.
–Jeff
http://redstatebluestate.mlblogs.com/

What about the Cards? I mean there doing a ton with nothing.

With Carpenter back and Wainwright is coming they are at least going to give the Cubs/Brewers a run for there money.

Can’t wait till it all plays out!!!

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