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Pennant Race Report: August 27 32


First things first. Stephen Strasburg might need Tommy John surgery. Holy Guacamole! Strasburg is the phenom, the next great power pitcher, the future of the Washington Nationals. We all know he started with a boom! And now…a bust. THIS IS HUGE. Not only does it leave the Nats and their fans anxious about his future, but also it just makes you wonder how much pitch counts and innings matter and how it’s all really about luck and physical make-up. Is the difference between Strasburg and Randy Johnson (besides which arm they throw with) simply how tough their tendons are? Yeah, I know this is supposed to be about the pennant races, but this is just blowing the Brain’s brain right now. OK, I will try and focus…

AL East
Things are knotted at the top right now with the Yankees and Rays tied for first place. I will go out on a limb and say that this weekend’s Rays vs. Red Sox series in Tampa is a must-sweep for Boston. If they can’t gain ground in these games they’ll be all but out of it come September 1st. I also think it’s time to start worrying about the Yankees. CC Sabathia is literally their only reliable pitcher right now with A.J. Burnett, Phil Hughes and Javier Vazquez scuffling and Andy Pettitte still not back. Also, seriously, I can’t believe Strasburg might need Tommy John surgery and could be out for a year.

NL East
The Phillies just got swept, at home, in a four-game series by the Astros and the Braves lost three straight in Colorado. Wanna know a really bad way to mess up your playoff hopes? Losing a bunch of games to teams worse than you. Sheesh. What are they trying to do? Let the Mets back into the race? No seriously, these two teams confuse me. But I’m still going with Atlanta. If only because Eric Hinske is on their team and he’s a human good luck charm. Also, you know who isn’t in the race? The Nationals. And they might not be for a while because Stephen Strasburg might need Tommy John surgery. I simply can NOT get over it.

NL Central
Cincinnati was my pick for a sleeper this season and I still like them. But St. Louis is way too experienced to overlook and we’re about to enter September where you can’t make mistakes. I’d honestly want almost any other team than the Cardinals chasing me. Tony LaRussa and Albert Pujols have too much mojo together to think Cincy has this one locked up. They have a one and a half game lead going into a big series against the Cubs this weekend. And speaking of the Cubs, Professor Ulane wants me to mention that interim manager Mike Quade is undefeated. But I don’t care because I’m STILL freaking out about Strasburg. Get well soon, Stephen!!!!

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32 Comments

I think he should bat it would be hillarious lol!!! then poojouls could coach!! lolz

yankees take it all

I want to now more about AL East. Go Rangers!!!!

lolykinzz! IM UP SOO L8!!! Y insomnia!! lol jk im just bored lolykinzz. idk y i keep puttin lolykinzz haahahha aha lol! O WELL! HAAH I LOVE THE YANKEES BOO RED SOX!~!!! MUCH PROPS TO JUSTIN PEDROIAV LOL AND THE REST OF THE RED SOX THO:)!

YANKEES TAKE IT 2 YEARS RUNIN

I so sad the red sox might not make the playoffs this year :(

i`m not, Go CUBS

Write more about the AL Central. Go Tigers!!!

hunt for red october baby.joey votto triple crown yes not albert not miguel votto

I told everyone Strasburg wasn't worth the hype!

Who is your Top 10 Hitters in MLB? This is mine:
1) Albert Pujols
2) Miguel Cabrera
3) Josh Hamilton
4) Joey Votto
5) Alex Rodriguez
6) Ryan Howard
7) Prince Fielder
8) Carlos Gonzalez
9) Mark Teixeira
10) Justin Morneau

hey man, votto better than feilder? are you okay?

Robinson Cano and Brett Gardner should also be up there lol

I like Cabrera, Hamilton, and Pujols a lot.

Boo Pujols! Go Miguel Cabera!

AL MVP: Josh Hamilton
NL MVP: Albert Pujols
AL Cy Young: Clay Buchholz
NL Cy Young: Roy Halladay
AL Rookie of the Year: Brennan Boesch
NL Rookie of the Year: Jaime Garcia

AL MVP: Josh Hamilton
NL MVP: Joey Votto
AL Cy Young: Clay Buchholz
NL Cy Young: Adam Wainwright
AL Rookie of the Year: Brian Matusz, Auston Jackson, or Neftali Perez
NL Rookie of the Year:Jason Heyward, small chance Posey

Jaime Garcia?

Here it is:
AL MVP: Josh Hamilton
NL MVP: Albert Pujols
AL Cy Young: C.C. Sabathia
NL Cy Young: Ubaldo Jimenez ( I know he's been pretty cold since the All-Star Break but c'mon)
AL Rookie of the Year: Andrew Jackson
NL Rookie of the Year: Jason Heyward ( Really, there is nobody who even comes close)

Albert Pujols will win the Triple Crown!

wrong votto

Red Sox's pitching is going to give them a chance.

i like the bat

You mean Pat the Bat, as in Pat Burrell.

Braves even without Chip win it all this year

I am a die hard Yankees fan and I understand that the pitching has been bad lately. However, I am guarenteed that the Red Sox are not gonna make the postseason this year. Why? Pedroia and Ellsbury, two table-setters in the line-up, are out for a while. So, Beltre and Ortiz can hit all the homers they want, but it's not gonna matter if there's nobody on base to score with them. That leaves the Yankees the division or the wild card. Let's see if I'm right, Red Sox nation.

burnett lied to trainers0... why would he lie over somethingg so simple.

CC is good!

I Agree that the Yankees are not pitching so well lately but still might win it all.

Why talk about Strasburg in every section if he's injured and he only plays for one team Brain.

Talk about strasburg in every section because he could be the the current, the past, and the then for a while!

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