MLB Week in Review
by Jordan Adams - 09/18/2006
Top AL Team | Minnesota Twins
Don't look now but the little team from Minnesota is just one game from knocking the Tigers out from the top spot in the AL Central. Winners of eight of its last ten games, this team has not let injuries affect them. Liriano and Radke still remain out but they have received timely pitching and clutch hitting, specifically from young bats Justin Morneau and Joe Mauer. And having baseball's best home record at 50-24 surely does help.
Worst AL Team | Tampa Bay Devil Rays
Despite having an overwhelming amount of young talent, the Rays still find ways to keep losing. At 57-92, they hold baseball's worst record. The team is currently on a seven game win streak and have not won more than three in a row since late May. Its safe to say the only bright spot remaining until the season concludes is rookie sensation Delmon Young. Since being called up, this prodigy is hitting .400 with three home runs and 10 RBI in 18 games.
League's Most Surprising Weekly Occurrence | Roller-Coaster Central Swing
Ever since the Tigers began its descent, many questioned if they could hold on. When the Twins began to take advantage of Detroit's losses, it came clear that they might possibly pass them. The biggest surprise is to see the White Sox's fall from grace. Chicago has dipped even lower than Detroit. If Minnesota finds first place, the Tigers will still make the playoffs. The defending champs have lost three in a row and just four of their last ten. They currently sit five out in the division and four behind the AL wild card leading Twins.
Top NL Team | Philadelphia Phillies
Still right on the backs of the Padres, Philly has done well to make sure they will be in the wild card race throughout its remaining games. Still yet to catch San Diego, the Phils are just 1.5 back, but the Dodgers' struggles leave Philly only one game back, of Los Angeles now that the Padres have overtaken the NL West lead.
Worst NL Team | New York Mets
Despite still having the league's best mark, there is no excuse to flop in Pittsburgh. On Friday the Mets needed just one win to mathematically clinch the division. They never got it and the weekend has passed. Getting swept is normally not a cause for concern, but seeing how New York is not taking care of business, could they be this year's version of the postseason Braves: cruise through the second half of the season and then busted in the first round?
League's Most Surprising Weekly Occurrence | Choking at Home
Way too often have road teams come in and pushed around home clubs in important series. Not just the previously talked about Mets, but Los Angeles blew a great chance to extend its NL West lead this weekend. San Diego came in and took two of three and left as the new holders of the division. Also, earlier in the week when the Marlins were just several games out in the wild card, they blew two ninth inning leads to the Mets at home and now sit one game under .500 and have most likely removed itself from contention.