Veteran readers of the blog might remember that August 1 is a very important day here. It's the day, what with the non-waivers trade deadline behind us, that we start to look forward to the playoffs.
If the season ended today, these would be your playoff teams and seeds:
American League: Boston (1) vs. Detroit (3), Texas (2) vs. Yankees (4).
National League: Philadelphia (1) vs. Milwaukee (3), San Francisco (2) vs. Atlanta (4).
Every time either the teams or the seeds change, we'll update it here. In the meantime, here's some early food for thought: In the first 16 seasons of the wild-card era, exactly 75 percent (96 of 128) of the teams that entered August in a playoff position wound up in the playoffs.
Please discuss with your neighbor.
Let's go over just the basics this morning:
--At the Yankees' victory over Baltimore, I wrote about the Yankees' lack of action at the trade deadline. It has set up a very interesting scenario in which the club will look to young, internal re-enforcements like Manny Banuelos, Jesus Montero and maybe Adam Warren.
The Yankees' heaviest activity Sunday very well might have been speaking with Houston about Wandy Rodriguez. But besides the fact that the Astros didn't want to pay enouhg of the money owed Rodriguez, the Yankees also wondered whether Rodriguez would be even as good as Ivan Nova, who might wind up as the team's fifth starter if Phil Hughes has another bad outing tomorrow night. This coming week, the Yankees will probably go with a six-man rotation.
--Here are my trade deadline winners and losers.
--Because Derek Jeter left the game early with an injury, and because Robinson Cano started at DH, Joe Girardi had to get creative with his lineup adjustment. The result was playing Francisco Cervelli at second base for two innings before Giarrdi switched Cano to second base, eliminating the DH.
--The Mets lost again in Washington, and with the trade deadline past, the pressure now falls on them to sustain a good pace and therefore sustain fan interest.
--Jon Niese committed a key baserunning error for the Mets.
--Have a great day.