There is just about two weeks left of the 2009 MLB regular season. Most teams have played 149 or 150 games, leaving only 12 games left on the schedule to make a run for the playoffs. With only 4 playoff spots for each league, it is tough to make a move this late. We’ve seen it in the past with teams like Houston and Colorado who win something like 20 of their last 21 games and end up in the playoffs. Could it happen again in 2009?
Let’s take a look at the current division leaders:
AL East – New York Yankees
AL Central – Detroit Tigers
AL West – Los Angeles Angels
NL East – Philadelphia Phillies
NL Central – St. Louis Cardinals
NL West – Los Angeles Dodgers
AL WC Leader – Boston Red Sox
NL WC Leader – Colorado Rockies
Of the current division leaders, the closest races are in the NL West with the Dodgers and Rockies, and the AL Central with the Tigers and Twins. Unless there is a collapse for all ages, the Yankees and Red Sox will be in the playoffs. Boston trails New York by 5 games in the division, so it’s not likely they’ll pass the Yankees there but the Wild Card should be theirs.
In the AL Central, the Tigers are only up by 3 games. If the Twins want to make the playoffs, they’ll have to dethrone the Tigers. With 12 games left, it’s quite possible… especially considering the Twins and Tigers still have to play a 4-game series next week.
In the National League, it’s likely the Dodgers will win the West, but Colorado only trails by 5 games. The Dodgers and Rockies finish the 2009 season with a 3-game series in LA. If the Dodgers stumble this week, the West could come down to the final three games. Either way, both teams should be a lock for the playoffs.
Anything can happen in the final two weeks of the season. There are still 17 teams with a mathematical chance of making the playoffs. We’ve seen weird things happen in the past so do you think a surprise team will win something like 11 of their last 13 games and sneak into the playoffs? Maybe the Giants or the Marlins?