The Baseball Desert

Friday, September 03, 2004

Break out the brooms

Normally I'd be unhappy about about my fantasy baseball team taking a hit last night with Bartolo Colon's 11th loss of the season, but in this case I'm OK with it, because it means that the Red Sox took the third game of their series against the Angels to complete the sweep.

With all this excitement in the American League it had escaped my notice that their are other teams starting to put together good runs and make a challenge for the postseason. The Marlins are also on a roll right now - yesterday they swept the Mets and rang up their seventh straight win, putting them just 2 1/2 games behind the Cubs in the Wild Card race. The two clubs are scheduled to play a three-game series this weekend, but Hurricane Frances seems to have other plans.

However, the imminent arrival of the hurricane has done nothing to dampen the spirits of Florida manager Jack McKeon, who was in a playful and buoyant mood after last night's win and had this to say to the New York press:
"It was nice seeing you guys. We'll see you in the playoffs. We'll see you over in Yankee Stadium."
After last season's performance, it wouldn't be that much of a surprise...