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Hi Folks Mel Allen here with another exciting edition of This Week in Baseball

Well friends we are down to the last week of the season, and we still have two of the divisions and a slew of player awards up for grabs!

In the AL East, the Blue Jays have come back from the dead and the Indians have hit a rough patch to make this a close race. The Indians have managed only 1 win in their last 10 games, including a sweep up in Toronto. There is certainly panic along the Cuyahoga as the Tribe fired manager Doc Edwards after game 142, promoting John Hart who brought a more relaxed attitude to the team. They better hope that does the trick folks because that Blue Jay's lineup is mashing. Fred McGriff and Cecil Fielder have surged into the lead for OPS in the AL, and Fielder is just one home run away from tying Roger Maris' record of 61 homers in a single season! The Red Sox are technically still in it, sitting 6 back with 8 games to go, but they've been foundering themselves, winning just 3 of their last 10. The Indians arguably have the rougher remaining schedule so they're going to need to step on the gas.

In the AL West, it's all but over folks. The Angels hold a 6 game lead over the A's with 8 to go. That Angels' pitching staff has been the difference just like ol' Mel predicted a few weeks ago. They boast 4 pitchers in the top 10 in wins, and 3 in the top 10 in ERA and WHIP. Mike Witt is on his way to his second consecutive and third Cy Young Award overall.

In the NL East it's the same story - all over but the finishing touches. The Mets hold an 8-game lead as of today's episode with a magic number of 1. The Mets' roster is loaded up and down and the only big question left is if they can finally put it all together and win the whole shebang.

The NL West is our other division that's still up in the air. To the rest of the division the Giants are just like a movie villain that takes shot after shot but just won't die. The Astros have gotten close, even tied it up and taken a small lead on a couple of occasions, but now sit 2 games back. The Giants will be embarking on a 3-game road trip to Toronto for the second-to-last series of the season that will have major ramifications for the NL West and AL East. The Astros on the other hand have a much easier schedule, facing the Orioles, Brewers and Padres, all of whom are treading water or worse.

Here is Mel's pre-post season post-season prediction:

AL East: Indidans
AL West: Angels
AL Champs: Angels

NL East: Mets
NL West: Astros
NL Champs: Mets

World Series Champs: New York Mets

In the Award races, things appear to have solidified in a few cases. The aforementioned Mike Witt seems to be a lock for AL Cy Young, while the Astros' Mike Scott has the inside track to win it for the 3rd consecutive time in the NL, though Dwight Gooden is close.

For MVP, I think Kal Daniels of the A's is looking good to win his second consecutive award, as his mix of power, speed and batting average is outstanding. In the NL it is going to come down to the wire folks. Based on what I'm hearing from the sportswriters, Darryl Strawberry of the Mets is the leader for now, but Barry Bonds of the Pirates, Daryl Boston of the Expos and Glen Davis of the Astros are all right on his tail. If Davis puts together a big week and helps the Astros overtake the Giants he could easily catapult to the lead in my humble opinion.

For Rookie of the Year, Marcus Hanning of the Indians looks solid in the AL, putting together very good offensive numbers (.291, .859 OPS, 24 hr, 93 rbi) and playing solid defense while helping greatly in a heated division race. Over in the NL, I still like the Braves' John Smoltz (14-8, 3.82, 1.22 WHIP).

Well folks that's it for today's episode. It's gonna be a great week watching those two divisions and the NL MVP award come down to the wire. Enjoy!

Welcome to the Stirrups and Cookie Cutter League

Welcome to the league, about to kick off the 1989 season. We have some innovative rules here, like an in-season draft and import of real rookies each year. With any luck we'll be adding the D-Backs, Rockies, Rays and Marlins and moving the Expos in a few years, avoiding a strike, moving into non-Cookie Cutter stadiums, and expanding the playoffs like they did in the majors (except the strike part). Thanks and good luck!

Big game for Meusel lifts Astros to victory

Kevin Meusel drove in 4 runs, carrying Houston to a 10-2 victory over the Orioles. | Box

Correa whiffs 9 in 7-2 win

Ed Correa struckout 9 Chicago batters in a 7-2 win for the Rangers. | Box

Knoeck powers Twins to win over Royals

Tim Knoeck blasted 2 homers, lifting the Twins to a 7-4 win over Kansas City. | Box

Yankees fall to Mets despite Leiter's efforts

Al Leiter whiffed 10 batters, but the Mets managed to beat the Yankees, 4-3. | Box

Puckett blasts off, leads Angels to win

Kirby Puckett blasted 2 homers, lifting the Angels to a 8-4 win over Montreal. | Box

WHO'S HOT - Last 5 Games

K. Puckett, Angels .4003 HR11 RBI
J. Traber, Mets .3753 HR9 RBI
T. Knoeck, Twins .4293 HR6 RBI
M. Webster, Expos .4092 HR7 RBI
B. Farrell, Cardinals .4293 HR5 RBI

WHO'S NOT - Last 5 Games

R. Hudler, Cardinals 3 for 25 (.120)
L. Dykstra, Mets 3 for 24 (.125)
E. Martinez, Royals 4 for 23 (.174)
A. Trammell, Tigers 3 for 22 (.136)
O. Gilmore, Dodgers 1 for 20 (.050)

Leaders: AVG

D. Mattingly, Yankees .340
G. Young, Astros .321
J. Oquendo, Cardinals .318
W. Joyner, Angels .309
T. Varitek, Pirates .305

Leaders: WHIP

U. Lugo, Rangers 1.00
J. Roman, Cubs 1.00
M. Scott, Astros 1.01
B. Sebra, Expos 1.01
J. Rijo, A's 1.05

Traded Draft Picks

A’s 1st to Yankees
Indians 2nd to Expos
Pirates 1st to Tigers
Royals 2nd to Twins
Angels 1st to Twins

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