01 October 2012

Who will win the AL East: Baltimore or New York?

There are three games left in the 2012 MLB season and we've got ourselves a race for the American League East. After both clubs won yesterday and clinched playoff berths, the New York Yankees and the Baltimore Orioles, in for the first time since 1997, are tied for the division lead. That also means they are tied for the top spot in the Wild Card. Who will win the division and who will be in the dreaded Wild Card play-in game?

We came very first to the O's being in the division lead, as the Yankees trailed the Blue Jays 5-1 in the fifth inning before rallying to win 6-3. If you look at both teams in their last 10 games, they look pretty similar as Baltimore is 7-3 and New York is 6-4. But the Yankees only went 4-3 in seven games against the Twins and the Jays while Baltimore has won their last four, albeit being against Toronto and Boston, so it would appear by that that Baltimore may have the momentum.

But here is why it will be the Yankees taking the East and Baltimore hosting the Wild Card on Friday. The Orioles close with a three game set in Florida against a red hot Tampa Bay club who is 9-1 in their last ten and still has an outside shot of getting a Wild Card spot while the Yanks close against the disastrous Red Sox, who are 1-9 in their last ten and while they would love to hurt the Yankees, they are in such disarray that it is unlikely that Bobby Valentine can motivate this team to give it their all.

While it would be great to see a one-game playoff, expect New York to be the division champs.

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