Posted at 9:40 AM on May 17, 2005
by Ben Tesch
Suddenly the Bombers of the Bronx variety have won nine straight, and the Bombers of the South Side variety have lost three in a row. Is the law of averages coming into effect? Care to predict the win totals and where each team will be in their divisions by the break, or even the end of the year?
I see the Yanks going 27-16 from here to the break, sending its panel of stars to Detroit with an overall 47-35 record. Notables include going just about even with the Red Sox, giving up two out of three to the Twinkies, and getting swept by the Orioles late in June.
The Red Sox will get the slight edge; their 30-19 record from here to the break will propel Ortiz to win the homerun derby. The noteworthy bits of their schedule will consist of splitting with the Yanks and the Orioles (mostly due to some good pitching in the four game series before the All-Star game), as well as sweeping the Cubbies. They'll also take two of three games in each of their interleague series (against the Braves, the Phillies, and the Cardinals). Overall, they'll be staring down the stretch with a 52-35 record.
I think the Yanks will go 85-77 and finish out of the playoffs. Hopefully.