I've spent the morning pouring over charts, stats, and schedules and while this won't be a long post, I will be a pretty clear one. Right or wrong, this should give us something to talk about.
The Red Sox will miss the playoffs.
The White Sox will win the division, clinching by winning the first game of their final series.
The Indians will mount a furious charge, finishing just one game behind the White Sox although the last two games will likely be against a skeleton crew of Pale Hose as they would have clinched and prepped for their meeting with the Angels.
The Yankees will finish just strong enough to defeat the Red Sox, killing my preseason predictions as dead as dead can be, clinching by winning the penultimate game. Randy Johnson will pitch a complete game and point to the sky as Yankees fans (and Big Stein) forgive the heartache of the 2005 season.
Which, under these calculations means the playoffs will look like:
White Sox (HF) vs Angels
Yankees vs Indians
Cardinals (HF) vs Padres
Braves vs Astros