Originally posted on The Outside Corner  |  Last updated 9/13/13
Is it just me, or are the bad teams getting *worse* over the season's final month of play? Anyway, here's your penultimate edition of the watchability rankings prior to the postseason rankings. RANK TEAM CHANGE SCHEDULE COMMENT 1 +3 vs CHC vs SD The Pirates might have 90 wins at this time next week when they're preparing to face off with the Reds. If that's the case, they may have already clinched a playoff spot. 2 -1 vs SF @ AZ Who would have thought back in April that this four game Giants-Dodgers series was just going to be a coronation? 3 -- 0 vs NYY vs BAL Red Sox fans must be taking some serious glee in potentially ruining the seasons of the Yankees and (especially after 2011) the Orioles 4 -2 vs SD @ WAS The Braves are probably going to end up clinching the NL East in Washington. Oh sweet irony... 5 +4 @ TEX vs LAA Unlike last year, when Oakland needed a tremendous run in September to make the playoffs, the A's are coasting into the postseason in 2013. 6 -- 0 vs KC vs SEA Detroit hasn't wrapped up the AL Central quite yet, but it's going to take a vicious streak for them to fall from their perch. 7 -- 0 vs SEA @ COL The Cardinals are going to be in a dog fight with the Pirates down the stretch, given the schedules of both teams. 8 -3 vs OAK @ TB The Rangers are 2-8 in September, and their next ten games are against teams they're competing with for a playoff spot. This could get ugly. 9 -1 @ MIL @ HOU The Reds are the third NL Central team that gets a respite with the schedule this week, but they *did* just lose a series at home to the Cubs. 10 +1 @ CHW @ KC The Indians couldn't put the Royals out of their misery this week, so they'll try again next week. 11 -1 @ MIN vs TEX How crucial was the Rays' win on Thursday against the Red Sox? If they blew that one, I'd be afraid they'd continue to circle down the drain. 12 +1 @ DET vs CLE It's remarkable that the Royals are still in this one, but winning two out of three probably isn't good enough the rest of the way. 13 +1 vs PHI vs ATL The Nationals are 25-13 since August 1st, but the hole they dug before that was just too deep to get out of. 14 +1 @ BOS @ TOR Their series in Tampa against the Rays in two weeks is going to be just lovely. 15 +1 @ TOR vs BOS This Orioles team is better than last year's Orioles team...except their record in one-run games has flipped. 16 -4 vs COL vs LAD You can't blame Arizona's descent in the NL West standings on just the Dodgers, as the DBacks are four games under .500 in the second half.  17 +1 @ HOU @ OAK The Angels have put together a nice 15-5 run and are in position to screw up the seasons of the A's and Rangers this month. 18 -1 @ WAS vs MIA This is becoming a very boom or bust team, and Ryne Sandberg's one run magic is still just rolling right along. 19 -- 0 vs CIN vs CHC Three of their final five series of the season are against playoff teams. Well that's just not fair. But none are against the Pirates, so Pittsburgh will be cheering heavily for the Brew Crew. 20 -- 0 vs LAA vs CIN Reds, Indians, Rangers, Yankees. If you want chaos, you want the Astros to win a lot down the stretch. 21 -- 0 vs BAL vs NYY At least they're not as bad as the 2012 Marlins... 22 +7 @ LAD @ NYM I don't really have anything to say anymore, except for "the Giants will be lucky to not finish last". 23 -- 0 @ ATL @ PIT San Diego is your designated "NL elite team sacrificial lamb" this month. 24 -- 0 @ PIT @ MIL Cardinals fans cheering for the Cubs. Heh. 25 +3 @ AZ vs STL If the Rockies don't end up with 90 losses, I will be positively stunned. 26 -1 vs MIA vs SF 2-9 in September? That seems about right. 27 -5 @ NYM @ PHI What's that? Jose Fernandez has been shut down for the year? Oh. 28 -1 vs TB @ CHW Only someone who hates themselves would go to any of those Twins-White Sox games this week. 29 +1 @ STL @ DET No Felix, no peace. Know Felix, know peace. 30 -4 vs CLE vs MIN It's almost as if the White Sox knew they might fall out of the top five of the Draft, so they decided to completely stop trying the rest of the way. Poor Chris Sale. [follow]

This article first appeared on The Outside Corner and was syndicated with permission.

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