By Jordan Wevers @JordanWevers on August 28, 2014
Autumn is just around the corner, which means baseball's most intriguing month is almost here. September is full of call-ups, waiver claims, pivotal win/loss streaks and excitement galore. Here are some of the storylines that will punctuate the month.
It was Jose Abreu and Nelson Cruz in the first half. In the second, it has been all Houston's Chris Carter. He's hit an MLB leading 14 HRs since the All-Star break, averaging one home run in every 10 ABs. Cruz and Abreu have slowed their pace considerably. Cruz averaged a HR every 13 ABs pre All-Star, compared to once every 23 ABs post All-Star. Abreu homered every 11 ABs in the first half, but now averages a long ball once every 33 ABs.
That's no to say he won't pitch again in 2014. The Yankees are in the thick of an AL wild care race. With the stability of Brandon McCarthy, Shane Green and Michael Pineda as starters in the second half, Girardi will not rush Tanaka back. The only way he will pitch in September is if the organization feels confident enough to start him on Sept. 30 in the single game AL wild card match-up--assuming the Yankees qualify, that is.
In 1960, Ted Williams did not suit up for the Red Sox's final three games of the season on the road. He instead finished his playing career in front of a home crowd at Fenway. Much speculation has been made about Jeter doing something similar. The competitor inside Jeter won't let him. His final three road games at Fenway could be crucial to one last World Series run by the Captain. He will be in the lineup, with a standing ovation inevitable.
Johnny Cueto has had a great season so far in 2014. Much debate is over whether Kershaw qualifies for votes since he missed all of April. None of that should matter. He leads the NL in wins, WPCT, ERA and has a strong chance to surpass Strasburg and Cueto in SO before September comes to a close. If Kershaw wins the triple crown of pitching despite missing 5-6 starts this year, it would be asinine to not award him his second consecutive Cy Young.
With the loss of their best starting pitcher too huge a blow to overcome, the Angels will secede the AL West crown to the Athletics and their far superior rotation in the month of September. Relegated to a wild card berth, the Angels will lose to either the Tigers, Mariners or Yankees in the one-game playoff on Sept. 30 because every one of those teams has someone better than Jered Weaver or C.J. Wilson that will get the start.
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