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  • 09/14/2013, 10:38AM ET

More exciting wild card race.. AL OR NL?

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I'll take NL as more exciting..

While the AL has 6 teams contending for 2 spots, (Tampa, yanks, orioles, rangers, Indians and KC)..
The NL has the fading reds vs the red hot nats..
It wasn't too long ago that the reds had an insurmountable 10 game lead over Washington..
Fasten your seat belts..
The reds only have a 4.5 lead over the east coast boys now..
To make things worse for cinci..
Washie has the pitching to make a charge..
The nats have won 7 in a row and they have awesome Gonzalez pitching tonight..
I smell blood in the water..

Yes, 6 teams fighting for 2 spots is alot of fun..
But there is something beautiful about an epic collapse..
Remember th 2011 Red Sox getting reeled in by the rays?
It turned into must see tv every night..

A collapse is better than a race..


While the NL may have a little bit of excitement, it is basically wrapped up.

The Reds have been struggling, but they still have a 4 1/2 game lead over the Nats, is it possible? Yes. But you really cant even call it a race yet.

In the American lead, the Rays and the Rangers, who are in a series right now are only a half game out for the top spot, and the Indians are breathing right down their neck, The O's, Yankees, and Royals are right there too. What makes this race very exciting is all the matchups we see still remaining When the Rays are done playing Texas, they play a series vs Baltimore then go on to play the Yankees. Baltimore still has 6 games left against Boston, but the Tribe has a very watered down remaining schedule. The Royals play Texas when they are done playing Cleveland. This is pure excitement going into the home stretch of the season.

The Rangers and the Rays are struggling, and have some very crucial series's coming up that will determine the playoffs. Maybe if the Nats played the Reds at the end of the year, the race would be more exciting, but it would be nearly impossible for the Reds to blow their lead.


Ok.. I will predict the nats stay red hot and beat the reds for the last wild card..
(To me, coming back from a 10 game deficit.. Is more exciting)..

In the AL?
The 2 wild card spots will go to Indians and rays..
The yanks aren't very good this year..
Royals don't have enough talent..
Rangers have lost too many games recently..
Orioles have to play Boston too many times..

Indians seem to be on a year right now..
The rays have enough quality starting pitching, to nab the last wild card..



6 teams fighting for 2 spots, is great for the sport..
I just think a 10 game collapse is more historic..


A 10 game collapse would be more historic. But a 10 game collapse is not going to happen. The Reds really havent even been in a slump as of late. They are 6-4 in their last 10 and carry a 4 1/2 game lead over Washington. The Nationals cannot afford more then maybe one loss and they still play @ St Louis and @ Arizona. The Reds play Houston tonight, they play one more series on the road, then they end the season with 6 straight home games.

How can you say the Royals dont have enough talent? Do I think they will win the WC? no. But they are only 3 1/2 games out and have a legit chance. A team with not enough talent would not be in striking distance this late. The Yankees same way, they aren't the Yankees we know, but they are still in the hunt. I think it will be the Tribe and the Rays as well. This AL Race is far more exciting then the measly NL race where the closest team to the WC is 4 1/2 back.


Ok..
We both agree on the tribe and rays..



The reds have 6 remaining games vs Pitt..
The pirates are a very good team..
I think that Pitt will sink the reds ship and the nats will remain red hot..


The Reds really have not been bad as of late, like I mentioned earlier they are 6-4 in their last 10. The Nationals are 9-1 in their last 10 which is very good, but how long will it last.

"The pirates are a very good team.."
Yes but so are the Reds, The Bucs are only up a game and a half over Cinci, and those 6 games will be played on who plays home in the WC game or maybe who wins the division. The Nats have to go on the road to play St Louis who still hasn't locked up the NL Central, because the Pirates and the Reds are chasing them, so they wont be playing lightly. There odds are just way against the Nats and you really cant even call the NL Wild Card a race unless you consider the Reds, Pirates, and Cardinals fighting it out for the Central and the first wild card spot. Lets still remember that Cincinnati has their last 2 series's at home with a 4 1/2 game lead, and Washington has their last 2 series's on the road with a 4 1/2 game deficit.

With the collapses of Texas and Tampa Bay, and Cleveland, Baltimore, KC, and the Yanks staying consistent. This will be a huge race in the final 2 weeks with 6 teams fighting for 2 spots.

September 14, 2013  10:42 AM ET

14 games remaining..

September 14, 2013  10:43 AM ET

Reds have:
2 vs mil
6 vs Pitt
3 vs Houston
3 vs mets

September 14, 2013  11:18 AM ET

Nats have:
2 Phil
3 Atlanta
4 Mia
3 st Lou
3 ari

September 14, 2013  11:30 AM ET

Don't feel like arguing this, but it's clearly the AL. The AL has 6 teams within 4.5 for either WC spot (and if you just cut it down to a playoff spot, not necessarily WC 1, they're a lot closer), while the NL has one team within that distance of just the second wildcard spot.

September 14, 2013  12:01 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

14 games remaining..

For cinci..
15 for nats..

September 14, 2013  12:12 PM ET

"But there is something beautiful about an epic collapse.."

The Rangers are collapsing, they've lost 7 of 8 and 9 of their last 11, and the Rays are definitely collapsing too, despite winning their past two games they're still 6-13 over their past 19, which few playoff contenders can survive this late in the season.

September 14, 2013  12:12 PM ET

To make this TD more exciting..
We can also pick who grabs the 4 wild card spots..

September 15, 2013  04:43 PM ET

J guess baseball isn't exciting..
Ha ha..

September 16, 2013  02:25 PM ET

AL.

September 16, 2013  02:26 PM ET

If I find some motivation buried in a couch cushion or something I'll take this one.

September 16, 2013  02:43 PM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Don't feel like arguing this, but it's clearly the AL. The AL has 6 teams within 4.5 for either WC spot (and if you just cut it down to a playoff spot, not necessarily WC 1, they're a lot closer), while the NL has one team within that distance of just the second wildcard spot.

This. Although, I would enjoy a collapse by the Reds.

September 18, 2013  09:55 AM ET

I submitted my argument, but its not showing up, does that mean I have to write it again?

September 18, 2013  10:31 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

I submitted my argument, but its not showing up, does that mean I have to write it again?

No, it is just trying to tell you to leave Fannation forever.

September 18, 2013  12:21 PM ET
QUOTE(#12):

I submitted my argument, but its not showing up, does that mean I have to write it again?

Only write 1100 characters..
If you get too close to 1200, the argument won't post..

(1130 is my magic number)..

September 18, 2013  01:00 PM ET
QUOTE(#13):

No, it is just trying to tell you to leave Fannation forever.

Awww... that was harsh.

September 18, 2013  01:01 PM ET
QUOTE(#14):

Only write 1100 characters..If you get too close to 1200, the argument won't post..(1130 is my magic number)..

Mine is 1170.

September 18, 2013  01:04 PM ET
QUOTE(#11):

This. Although, I would enjoy a collapse by the Reds.

Doesn't seem likely at this point but it's weird how the AL features a couple of collapsing teams in the Rangers and Rays.

Seems like an annual thing these days, some team (or two) is gonna blow it big time right at the end of the season.

September 18, 2013  03:19 PM ET

"Rangers have lost too many games recently.."

Wouldn't that qualify as a collapse, HCF? The AL has two teams collapsing (Rangers and Rays), while the NL has zero teams collapsing, yet you picked the NL as the more exciting race because of collapses.

September 18, 2013  06:00 PM ET
QUOTE(#14):

Only write 1100 characters..If you get too close to 1200, the argument won't post..(1130 is my magic number)..

I've gotten away with 1200 a few times recently but usually I use 1185.

 
September 18, 2013  10:16 PM ET
QUOTE(#9):

AL.

Word up!

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