The Last Day of the America League Regular Season

A lot is to be decided on the last day of the American League’s regular season, including whether or not Kansas City or Detroit is the Central Division Champs and whether or not the A’s hold on to a playoff spot or give it away to Seattle. In Central Division games today, the Tiger are playing the Twins, and despite being in the driver’s seat with a one-game lead, they have the most over rated pitcher in the game, David Price, going today, and he has done absolutely nothing since his acquisition from Tampa Bay to indicate that he is up to the task, with his 3-4 record and 3.97 ERA as a Tiger. the Royals, needing a win plus a Detroit loss will be facing the White Sox and Chris Bassitt, coming off a shutout of the Tigers. The Division winner will face the Angels in the first playoff round, while the lose and wild card team, will have that one-game do-or-die meeting against either Oakland or Seattle.

In baseball's best division, the American League West, the Angles have really slacked off since assuring themselves of having the league's best record, and will not reach the 100 win plateau. Today, they have Cory Rasmus facing Felix Hernandez and the Mariners in a game Seattle must win if they are to have a chance at a one-game playoff against Oakland for that final wild card spot and a meeting against the Central's number two team. They would need
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yet another Oakland loss against the Rangers, and the A’s losing today and then again in a one-game playoff would complete a total collapse not seen since the infamous Philadelphia Phillies collapse of 1964.

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On the regular season's last day, several important league leadership categories are still up for grabs. Jose Altuve seemed to have the batting title wrapped up a longtime ago, but the super hot streak that Victor Martinez has had has brought him within three points of Altuve. No one is close to Altuve in some other categories, as he will be the league leader in hits and stolen bases. Also a few days ago, it looked like Mike Trout was pretty well assured of the
RBI title, but there are still several players within striking distance, especially Miguel Cabrera who is only two behind and playing in that vital game today where he usually does his best.

If Hernandez pitches well today, he could win the ERA title. Going into today’s games, he trails Chris Sale 2.17 to 2.18 after an after-the-fact scoring change lowered his ERA from 2.34. Price in his game will also be trying for the league strikeout title. He goes into that game six behind Corey Kluber after leading the league most of the season. Once again, the American League will not have a 20-game winner, with Jered Weaver, Kluber and Max Scherzer tying for the league lead in wins at 18. In his split season pitching in both leagues, the Dodgers’ Kevin Correia falls one loss short of the American League loss title that will go to Colby Lewis. Unless Correia gets into today’s game and picks up the loss, as would be likely if he did get into the game, he will also fall one loss short of the major league lead for losses combined between the leagues. So close and yet so far, for both titles.

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