I knew it! I thought they were going to prove me wrong, and it took a lot longer than I thought, but I knew the Twins would catch the Tigers. With Detroit on a 3-7 skid (including losing 3 in a row) and the Twins on a 7-3 streak (including winning 4 in a row), the Twins are riding the bat of Joe Mauer and Justin Morneau straight to first in the AL Central. And they could give the Yankees trouble in the playoffs.
For the record, Chicago is in it as well -- they're 3 back in the divisional race and 1.5 back in the wild card -- so the Tigers are still capable of missing the playoffs entirely. This, after such feel-good vibe in Motown all summer, might push the city of Detroit to a riotous nature of epic proportions.
In the NL, the Marlins are only 2 out of the wild card race, and have been on fire last night. Cody Ross hit 3 home runs and drove in 7 last night to help destroy the Mets. And they still might fire Joe Girardi after the season. That's why I hate the Marlins. They win a World Series, they dismantle the entire team, and in a few years they win it again. Suddenly, they're looking like a real threat in the NL, and if I were the Mets I'd be worried and praying that Glavine and Pedro are healthy come playoff time. Credit the Marlins for doing well in acquiring and developing major-league-ready prospects like Anibal Sanchez, Hanley Ramirez, Josh Johnson, Dan Uggla (who, and I'm not kidding, sports the middle name "Cooley"), and Scott Olson. The Marlins were supposed to lose 100 games, now it looks like they're riding a great young staff to an 80-win season and the playoffs. Yikes.