What It Takes
I’m starting to get the feeling the Colorado Rockies might not have what it takes to make the playoffs this year. The San Francisco Giants either. A couple of my favorite teams struggling after making me giddy the first couple months of the season. As I stated a few weeks back there was no way all of my favorite teams in baseball were going to keep chugging along, surprising people as they played surprisingly good baseball.
I may have questioned early on whether the Hometown Team Boston Red Sox had enough positive baseball Juju to take them into the post-season. I probably didn’t call it Juju, but you get the idea. I’m convinced now that the Red Sox do indeed have enough pitching and defense and certainly more than enough offense to take them deep into October.
We may only be at the half-way point in the 2013 season, but what I’ve been watching on a nightly basis from these scrappy Red Sox looks too good not to take them into the playoffs. As long as their pitching holds up (isn’t that everyone’s issue?) they’ll make it.
And what about my hometown Detroit Tigers? They’re playing a back and forth game with those pesky Cleveland Indians, going so far as to relinquish their hold on first place in the AL Central last night and now sit half a game back. They’re a schizophrenic team, not sure they have enough offense or pitching at times, but when you look at it on paper they should be commanding a huge lead. I’m confident Jim Leyland will have them right in the thick of things come October.
The Pittsburgh Pirates are holding steady in first as are the Atlanta Braves, a couple of other favorite teams of mine. Even though the Braves have been playing crappy baseball of late they have the largest division lead in all of baseball. And what can you say about those Pirates that hasn’t already been said. Best record in baseball. They have stellar pitching and just enough offense to carry them. Here’s hoping 21 years of ineptitude will be washed away this year.
Speaking of A Rod, since I’m no big fan of his I could care less if he comes back this year or ever. The hated New York Yankees say they want him back, he says he wants to play for said hated Yankees, but honestly, at this point, who cares? Besides, he’ll be a mere shadow of the player he once was. Perhaps even a diminished A Rod is enough, but I doubt it.
I actually kind of hate the halfway point in the baseball season because that means we’ll be heading into the last half of the summer as well and we’ll also have to either endure or ignore what’s become that ridiculous mid-summer classic, the All-Star game, and all the attendant crap that goes with it. Whatever happened to them just playing the game, and playing it the right way?