Baseball has so many numbers that create stats that one could submerse themselves to the point of pure exhaustion and merely just swipe the surface of all that’s available to stat geeks and historians alike. In effort to be able to start and end this blog I will choose to review win streaks and the current chase to the post season, AKA “September Baseball“. According to MLB Rare Feats a winning streak of 21 games or more has happened only twice in the modern era. The New York Giants in 1916 hold the MLB record of 26 consecutive games. The Chicago Cubs in 1935 won 21 straight. The Rare Feats link shows each MLB Franchise and their respective win streak length.
The premise for this is there is currently 21 days left to the MLB regular season. Knowing MLB doesn’t play 21 days straight any team not bringing a win streak into the last 21 days of the season, post September 11, 2016, will not be capable of equaling the mentioned rare feats. The fun part here is to look at where your team is in the current post season race and what kind of a streak that they would need to pull off making this years post season bid.
Where was your MLB Team August 21st, 2016 (21 days ago)? Notables American League (AL) East had a lot of shuffling over the past 21 days. The Toronto Blue Jays were leading the division by 2 games but going 8-12 over the past 21 days while the Boston Red Sox went 11-8 to take over the division lead. The New York Yankees have gone 13-6 over that same stint and put themselves in the AL Wild Card (WC) Race. The interesting part here is the Yankees were sellers at the mid season trade dead line trading arguably the two best relievers in MLB being Aroldis Chapman and Andrew Miller and possible one of the best post season hitters in Carlos Beltran. In the AL Central the Detroit Tigers went 11-7 to put them 10 games 0ver .500 and solid in the AL WC Race. In the AL West the Texas Ranger’s went 11-7 to keep there lead over the 11-7 Houston Astros. In the National League (NL) East the New York Mets won 14 games the most of any MLB team during the past 21 days giving the Mets sole possession of that 2nd NL WC spot over the St. Louis Cardinals going 9-10 losing the top WC spot and falling to 3rd in the NL WC race. The NL Central Chicago Cubs continue their wining ways going 12-6. The NL West Los Angeles Dodgers and the San Francisco Giants were tied at 68 wins each. The Dodgers went 12-6 while the Giants went 8-9 giving the Dodgers a 3 game lead in the Division. The Giants Lead the NL WC over the red hot Mets by 1.5 games. The Giants will not be pulling off anything like that 26 game streak of 1916 but it will likely take something very notable to either hold off the Mets or take over the Dodgers.
Where is your team going? Well if you believe in streaks and or the team coming in hot, I hope you are a New York Yankee or New York Mets fan. If not you hope those teams aren’t coming into your town and hope they are going to the team that is in your way. Division Races in the AL East and the NL West are the only ones worth discussing. The Giants travel to Los Angeles for a 3 game series and host the Dodgers for the final 3 games of the season. That should play out to be some good SEPTEMBER BASEBALL. The AL East Division Leader Boston Red Sox will host the Orioles, Yankees, and Blue Jays and travel to Baltimore and New York. WOW! What a gridlock this could turn out to be. How much fun is it to watch the Yankees and the Red Sox face off anytime during the year now put it in SEPTEMBER with post season ramifications on the line. Not to mention final season for David Ortiz “Big Pappi”. I cant hardly wait to watch these two division races unfold! Looking at the WC races the NL has the Giants, Mets and Cardinal’s. Three historic franchises grind it out. The Mets are the hottest team in MLB with the easiest schedule in front of them, at least on paper. The Mets host the Atlanta Braves, Philadelphia Phillies and travel to the Miami Marlins and finish on the road versus the Phillies. All 3 teams the Mets play are below .500 and are currently playing below .500 ball. The Cardinals will host the Cubs bringing with them the best record in all of MLB then go on the road to San Francisco for some head to head wild card games. While on the road the Cards will play Colorado and Chicago Cubs finishing up at home against the losing trending Cincinnati Reds and the Pittsburgh Pirates. The strange issue here is the Cards don’t paly well at home. The Cards are the only team in post season contention that have a losing record at home. The Giants have the division games versus the Dodgers previously mentioned and host wild card contending Cardinals. Giants other games will be against the San Diego Padres and Colorado Rockies. The AL West WC is just as exciting especially with all the AL East division stuff going on. Only one team will come out the division leader the others all fall to the wild card race. Added to the AL East gridlock to the AL wild card is the Detroit Tigers and the Houston Astros. Both the Tigers and the Astros are playing winning ball however with 5 teams involved in the race it gets very complex. The Astros and the Tigers will not need a franchise best 12 game or 14 game winning streak respectively but will need to go on a winning streak of 8-10 games to take control of their respective spot because the Red Sox, Orioles, Blue Jays and Yankees will paly so many head to head games that they cant all lose.
So there you have it. Let me know where your team is and how they plan to impact SEPTEMBER BASEBALL!