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AL Wild Card Update, Thru Friday, 09/23/2016

September 24, 2016

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THE 2016 AMERICAN LEAGUE WILD CARD RACE

THROUGH ALL GAMES OF Friday, 9/23/2016:

TEAMS W L PCT. GBWC1 GBWC2 GL
BLUE JAYS 84 69 .549 LEADS + 1.0 9
TIGERS 83 70 .542 – 1.0 LEADS 9
ORIOLES 83 71 .539 – 1.5 – 0.5 8
MARINERS 81 72 .529 – 3.0 – 2.0 9
ASTROS 81 73 .526 – 3.5 – 2.5 8
YANKEES 79 74 .520 – 5.0 – 4.0 9
ROYALS 77 77 .500 – 7.5 – 6.5 8

GL above = Games Left to Play

“…. further down the stretch …. the hooves of the Jays, Tigers, and Orioles are heating up for the final charge at the two-horse winner finish line ….. as the ‘Stros watch the M’s rumble past them …. There’s an old saying at this track and most others …. you can’t win a race if you can’t hold a lead ….. and you can’t hold a lead without pitching in the late innings ….. even if you do get a little angel dust in your eyes ….. you either fight it off and keep moving up …. or you fall back while the halos keep throwing banana peels under your horse’s feet for the only joy left for losers …. and that’s to spoil it all for some of the contenders who were only pretenders from the start. ….. When a guy you let go because he couldn’t hit his way out of a wet paper bag gets to drink champagne with the his new division-winning club on the same night that your guys are choking to death on served up stale angel food cake …. all we can say is …. “HOUSTON, WE HAVE A PROBLEM” …. but not-to-worry …. food poison is worse on the jockeys than it is on the horse you rode in on! …. Want some consolation as this race rolls on to a finish without much surviving hope for another AJ Hinch “F-EM” serenade in the WC#2 spot winner clubhouse this year …. just remember …. ‘WE ARE H-TOWN – WHERE MEMORIES ARE SHORT IN THE SHORT TERM, BUT PAIN IS FOREVER IN THE LONG RUN …. WHEN IT COMES TO OUR HOPES FOR VICTORY ON THE VARIOUS FIELDS OF OUR ATHLETIC DREAMS!’ …. at any rate, we are technically NOT out of it yet …. so, let’s finish the race before we schedule the funeral. …. They shoot horses, don’t they? …. How about relief pitchers?”

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Bill McCurdy

Publisher, Editor, Writer

The Pecan Park Eagle

Houston, Texas