3 is the magic number...The Sox are up by 3.
The Yankees are 8-8 versus the D-Rays. 35-32 versus the AL East.
The playoffs lineup in the Yankees favor as of today. They haven't lost to Cleveland this year, but are 3-6 against the Angels. The Wild Card gets Cleveland at this point.
Drew is on a tear and, hopefully, it carries through the playoffs. With the return of Youk and Manny, and Drew and Lowell still hitting, this becomes a dangerous lineup.
The Mets are struggling over in the NL East. If the Phillies catch them, the Mets are likely not to make the playoffs.
I am rooting for the Royals to overtake the White Sox in the AL Central.
I am glad the World Series is in an American League ballpark.
Santana is pitching for the Twins today. That means he won't pitch in Fenway. Probably good news for the Sox in terms of winning the division.
Ellsbury is the CF next year. No doubt. I am guessing Coco is gone.
With Ellsbury, Pedroia, Youk, Papelbon, Lester, Buchholz, and possibly Bowdoin at cheap money, and on the roster next year one has to give credit to the scouts for finding so much talent...Secondly, do they run at a big free agent? A-Rod at SS? That won't happen, but that is the only place I could see an upgrade...Unless they cut Lowell loose and run at A-Rod for 3b...
Of course, they could package a few players to Texas if they are willing to part with Saltalamacchia...but, I doubt they would...
Lastly, Francona has done a great job in a strange situation. Deciding on whether or not to play for the division, while having to rest guys...He seems to be making all the right decisions, right now...