I think Cleveland will take one of the covered Wild Card spots. We shall see. Regardless, there will be plenty of lively discussion about the Tigers quest to take the World Series Championship, along with the Indians surge into the playoffs, in the AL Central thread.
Most teams go with a 3 man rotation in the first round
Finishing ahead of Oakland matters, and not simply because of home field. It matters because the team with the best overall record is going to play a frazzled, tired, pitching-depleted opponent in a best-of-five series starting at home a week from Friday. For the Sox, it means staying home and playing a best-of-five against the Rays, Indians, or Rangers. More important, it means not playing a first-round series against the Detroit Tigers.
The difference is enormous. There are no sure things in playoff competition, but your goal is to put yourself in the best position to advance. If the Sox play the Rays, Indians, or Rangers, they should advance; they will be playing a team that struggles through the final weekend to get into a wild-card game, uses one of its best pitchers to win a wild-card game on Wednesday, then travels to Boston to open a best-of-five at Fenway. The Sox went 6-1 against the Indians this year. They went 12-7 against Tampa Bay. They went 2-4 against Texas, but in September of 2013 the Rangers have looked a little like the Red Sox of September 2011.
The fact is, which they all tend to ignore, in baseball HFA does not give a team an advantage at all. This is a simple fact that ever sports writer can choose to ignore by believing what they want to believe, but believing it to be true does not make it true.THIS!!!! A thousand times this!! The difference between the #1 seed and the #2 seed in the AL this year is ginormous!! HFA is only half the story.
that you lord!!!
I'm hoping for a Red Sox/Cards WS but an A's/ Braves WS would be good too