2011 Wild Card Goes Down To Last Game Of Season
Today is the last day of the 2011 MLB season and it is ending with some excitement. Baseball fans in Boston, Tampa Bay, Atlanta and St. Louis will be chewing their fingernails later tonight as their teams try and reach the 2011 MLB Playoffs.
Of course I am talking about the Wild Card chase. Boston and Tampa Bay are both currently tied for the 2011 AL Wild Card with exact 90-71 win-loss records. And the Cardinals and Braves are tied for the 2011 NL Wild Card lead as both sit at 89-72 entering today’s last day of the 2011 baseball season.
If you are not a fan of any of the four teams trying to squeeze their way into the playoffs today, this a dream come true and will be fun to watch tonight. But like I mentioned above, fans of the “Final Four” teams will be having sweaty palms later tonight with every pitch.
The Atlanta Braves and Boston Red Sox are stumbling to the finish line as they try to reach the 2011 postseason. Particularly the Red Sox, who have blown a nine-game lead in the last 23 days and they now have a fight on their hands with Joe Madden and his hot Tampa Bay Rays. The Red Sox have gone 7-19 in this last month of September. Only the 1952 Red Sox have had more losses in September than this 2011 team. The ’52 Sox lost 20 games that month. If they lose tonight they will tie the team record and meanwhile if the
Rays win tonight, it’s “Sayonara” for Boston.
In the National League, the Atlanta Braves have mirrored the Red Sox as they too chose the last month of the 2011 baseball season to go into a slump. They have a 8-17 this month and have coughed up the Wild Card lead as the St. Louis Cardinals have caught them for the Wild Card lead. It is really tough for Braves’ fans because the Cardinals have gotten to play the horrific Houston Astros the last three games and their Atlanta team has
had to deal with the mighty Philadelphia Phillies, who now have 101 wins on the season after they whipped up on Derek Lowe last night for a 7-1 win. The Cardinals were busy beating up on the Astros 13-6.
The MLB Network, which is the best baseball coverage in my opinion, will be a hot location tonight for baseball fans across America as we will be tuning in to see what teams go on to the 2011 post season and which ones go home for the winter. ESPN Wednesday Night Baseball will be showing the Red Sox-Orioles game at 7PM ET.
Baseball is a funny game. You play 162 games a season and some times all the marbles come down to the last game on the last day. Thank you Bud Selig for introducing the Wild Card to Major League baseball back in 1995.