2011 MLB Postseason Preview
By Jeff Dickson, Director of Food & Beverage
With the end of the South Atlantic League season, as well as the hot summer months, comes the ultimate showcase for the best of the best in Major League Baseball: the postseason. The colder weather means fall is upon us, and nothing says fall like playoff baseball. Eight teams will make the playoffs, but only one team can call itself World Series Champion come the end of the year. Which team will that be? That’s where the Crawdads staff comes in, as we will be previewing the 2011 playoffs with a different team preview each day, subject to change as the playoff races get settled.
As it stands now, only two teams have clinched a spot in the playoffs, the Philadelphia Phillies and the Detroit Tigers, so we’ll begin by previewing those teams. Most of the other races are all but settled, however there are still a few to keep an eye on. The Boston Red Sox are injured and slumping and have just a two game lead on the surging Tampa Bay Rays in the American League Wild Card race. The Wild Card race in the National League is almost as tight, with the Atlanta Braves holding a 2 ½ game lead over the St. Louis Cardinals. All the division leaders have at least a five game lead, so, barring any major collapse, those leads should hold up. As it currently stands, those leaders are the Milwaukee Brewers, Arizona Diamondbacks, New York Yankees and Texas Rangers.
We’ll kick off our previews tomorrow with the team with the best record in baseball, and a heavy favorite to win it all, the Philadelphia Phillies. Each day, we’ll feature a different team and once the previews are done and the playoffs are set to begin we’ll even post our predictions, so stay tuned to find out who we think will win it all!
Jeff is entering his second season with the ‘Dads and first as the director of food & beverage. The Oneonta, NY native joined the Crawdads in 2011 as a concessions assistant, and has previously worked with the Oneonta Outlaws as a sports marketing intern. Jeff is a die-hard fan of the Philadelphia Phillies and New York Giants.