Another in week is in the books at the 2017 regular season nears the halfway mark.
The New York Yankees were finally able to halt their losing skid, but not before the Boston Red Sox caught up to them for first place in the division. The two longtime rivals are now tied for first place in the American League East, while also being tied for the first Wild Card spot.
The Tampa Bay Rays meanwhile, lost their spot in the Wild Card race as the Minnesota Twins swept the American League Central leading Cleveland Indians. Those two teams are now in possession of the second Wild Card spot and lead of the Central division with the Twins trailing the Indians by a half game.
Despite losing their spot in the Wild Card race, the Rays actually gained grounded on the Red Sox and Yankees in the division as they went from four games back to three games back during the past week. The Baltimore Orioles and Toronto Blue Jays are also managing to stay relevant they are 4.5 and 5.5 games back respectively.
In the rest of the divisions, the Kansas City Royals have been surging and now just two games behind the Twins and Indians, while the Chicago White Sox and Detroit Tigers and pretty much out of it.
The American League West is the Houston Astros to lose as they have over a 12 game lead on the Mike Trout-less Angels, who are still in a position to make a run in the Wild Card race as they’re tired with the Rays, just a game back of the Twins.
Over in the National League, the Washinton Nationals are running away in the East as they’re the only team with a record over .500. The Central has become a two team battle between the Chicago Cubs and the Milwaukee Brewers, with Milwaukee holding a one game lead over the Cubs.
The NL West has been the best division in baseball with three teams having among the best records in the majors. The Colorado Rockies are 15 games over .500, but they’re still over four games back of the Los Angeles Dodgers for the division lead. The Arizona Diamondbacks are in second in the division, just 1.5 games back of the Dodgers. However, Arizona and Colorado do possess the first and second Wild Card spots.
If the season ended today, the American League Division winners would be the New York Yankees, Cleveland Indians, and the Houston Astros, while the Boston Red Sox and Minnesota Twins would take part in the Wild Card game.
Meanwhile, in the National League, the Division winners would be the Washington Nationals, Milwaukee Brewers, and the Los Angeles Dodgers, with the Colorado Rockies and Arizona Diamondbacks playing the Wild Card game.