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Jon Paul Morosi discusses the AL Pennant Races with Jill Arrington.
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I am telling Arrington and it's time for another episode of behind it seems prison about those never stop improving and pleased to be joined by our national baseball writer dot com a recipe. Dick you African side that I didn't eight L races the Angels kept themselves and wild card contention with a big weekend sweep of the White Sox. What records they need of their final nine games to make the playoffs. Jill I think they need to go probably seven into when you look at the fact the Oakland a's who have a tough schedule down the stretch. May end up maybe go on somewhere around the -- the 45 range themselves they need to make up that two and a half game deficit here to start the week. I think the Eagles have a chance to play in a much better brand of baseball they of course have the MVP candidate in Mike Trout. But most importantly. Is they've been pitching battle in the got a huge win there from Jered Weaver on Sunday. He's finally pitching like an ace again he's had some health problems over the course of the year but he's right there in the Cy Young discussion. That's the key for them if the Angels can pitch well here over the final. Kind of a week and a half of the season they're right back in the thick of things. -- -- the Angels weekend sweep it doesn't seem like either the White Sox org Tigers want to win the AL central. Which do you think will ultimately make it to October. Joseph we have teams all across the country petitioning to move in the midwest. In a last ditch effort to qualify the American League central title because the White Sox and Tigers are hot really due to very good job closing this out. I think I still think the tires best team there between those two clubs with the way they pitch. Verlander now Max Scherzer is kind of the -- to watch going forward he's lined up to pitch twice more. He had a bit of a shoulder issue recently was not able to get the win there on Sunday. That's probably the got to watch the of course have Verlander the White Sox offense has just gone totally by the wayside all the scoring eight runs over the last five games all losses here and in the week so. That's a big concern for them the Tigers though defense continued to be the issue they've really -- the way -- the last four losses have been on defense so that is a big concern for them if they get that straightened out it's not gonna always be something -- really -- all that well here over the final ten days over the season but if they can just tighten up their play just a little bit defensively. I'd still like the Tigers pitching -- winning out over the end. And finally the Yankees are looking back -- thirteenth division title in eighteen years that -- we got a team no one expected to contend this season. What are the -- in the ALE. I still think right now -- the Yankees have that potent lineup we -- a couple ten run outburst here over the last few days. They do have a favorable schedule they play a couple of non contenders there Minnesota and Toronto on the road. Before finishing up with the Red Sox. I still believe the Yankees have what it takes to hold off the Baltimore Orioles. But you saw the Oriole magic yet again over the weekend at Fenway Park with a big hit from Jim told me -- and late inning comeback there so. That's still a dangerous team but I do think it's the the Yankees now -- kind of rounding into form. A-Rod I think is is is going to be a big factor more than down the stretch you saw his near walk off there over the weekend against Oakland so I I do believe he is that what it takes all the mop. They just have to get more they're veteran guys. Going again feeling good and this is a very balanced team and I think will be games in the playoffs despite all their flaws the Yankees have their pitching staff. All right thanks AP that's gonna do it for behind the scenes presented by -- never stop improving. I'm telling and.