For one more day, it’s the time of year when there’s nothing on but baseball (apparently some people think that’s a bad thing?), and some interesting MLB divisional races are revealing themselves to us, like a sweet Christmas gift unwrapping itself.
Metsy already told you about some of the MLB divisional races earlier today, so now we’ll explore the flipside – probable last-place teams…after the jump.
We hear a lot about who is leading baseball’s six divisions, but let’s not forget the battle for the basement that is happening at the same time. Given Tampa Bay’s success this year, it’s pretty clear that finishing last and therefore getting high draft picks can make a very, very big difference. (And if your team‘s front office used to be helmed by Allard Baird, your team gets top draft picks every year and is still bad. Gads.)
Who will the 6 worst teams in baseball be? Here’s how I see it goin’ down:
AL East: Baltimore
Toronto and Baltimore are the candidates for last in this division, and I see Baltimore winning (err, losing) this one. AJ Burnett and Roy Halladay are in a battle for team supremacy, and this can only mean good things for the Jays for the rest of the season, at least when it comes to avoiding the cellar.
AL Central: Cleveland
Cleveland’s in last place now, and I think that’s where they’ll finish. They’re currently 3 games behind the Royals, and the two teams still have seven games against each other. Barring some insane hot streak by either team (or a crazy dozen-game losing streak by Kansas Cit–oh wait), this one will be close, but ultimately Cleveland will come out on the bottom…
AL West: Seattle
This one’s a no-brainer. Seattle has been disappointing its fans horribly all season, and will continue until the season is over.
NL East: Washington
Another easy one. Braves fans can be grateful that Washington has been this bad so fewer people notice how un-good Atlanta’s season has been. At this writing, the Nats have the worst winning percentage in baseball. If they keep that up, Washington fans* can console themselves in next June’s draft when their team gets to pick first.
*if those exist
NL Central: Pittsburgh
The Pirates and Reds are in a dead heat for last place, with only a half a game separating them right now. But a deep sense of tradition compels me to predict that Pittsburgh will be alone in last by season’s end.
NL West: San Diego
This wasn’t an easy decision, as San Diego and San Fran are vying for the bottom spot in the division about which I care the least. To be totally honest, a coin flip helped me choose the Padres, who currently trail the Giants by five games. Man that division sucks.
Programming note: check back often during the Olympics (and also Fourth Place Medal, because Chitown Chick is awesome), as we will have a metric crap-ton of Olympic coverage, replete with lots of hotties. Happy Thursday!