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September: Time to Make Predictions
by Keith Glab,
September 9, 2008

Will the inexperienced Rays continue to struggle down the stretch and let the Red Sox overtake them in the division?  Can the Chicago White Sox still win the AL Central without Carlos Quentin?  Can the Mets hang on without Billy Wagner? Who prevails: Adam Dunn's Diamondbacks or Manny Ramirez' Dodgers? 

Only the eight playoff teams remain above the Line of Death as we reveal the Baseball Evolution Power Rankings for the final time this season.

In a way, it is bold to make playoff predictions with nearly three weeks remaining in the season.  In another, it's pretty chicken to have not made them at the beginning of September, having waited for the weekend's Mets/Phillies and Dodgers/D-backs series to finish and gotten news that key stretch players Carlos Quentin and Billy Wagner would each miss the rest of the regular season.

The dust having settled, we do see a much clearer picture of who the favorites are.  Nearly as important as a team's current record at this point is their remaining schedule.  For instance, the White Sox and Twins' respective schedules doomed the Sox even before Carlos Quentin and Paul Konerko went down.  To that effect, we are listing the split of remaining games for contending teams in our rankings.

So if you want to be surprised at the end of the season, stop reading here.  If you'd like to know which eight teams will continue to play in October, read on and feel free to comment.


Questions? Concerns? Comments? Keith lives in Chicago, IL, and can be reached at