The Boston Red Sox are surging while the New York Yankees are free falling, yet the two teams status in the American League East hasn’t changed with the Red Sox leading and the Yankees trailing, now three games back. Rounding out the American League East, the Tampa Bay Rays sit in third place, five games back while the Orioles and Blue Jays are falling more out of the race.
The Toronto Blue Jays were on the cusp of entering the fray, but just cannot climb over the .500 mark and now they ended this past week with a four game losing streak and have lost eight of their past 10 to fall to 37-44.
In the American League Central, the Cleveland Indians have made some separation as they now lead the division by three games with the Minnesota Twins and Kansas City Royals tied for second place. The White Sox and Detroit Tigers are tied for the 4th and 5th spots as they’re both eight games back.
The Houston Astros increased their already large lead in the American League West as they now lead the division by over 14 games with the Los Angeles Angels sitting in second place with an even .500 record. One game separates the Angels from the 3rd and 4th place teams (Seattle Mariners & Texas Rangers) while the Oakland Athletics sit in last place with the worst record in the American League.
In the Wild Card race, the second spot is still up for grabs as the Rays have retaken their hold of the spot while they’re clinging to a half game lead over the Twins and Royals. Six teams are still within two games of the second Wild Card spot.
Over in the National League, the East is pretty much decided as the Washington Nationals are running away with the division as they’re the only team above .500.
In the Central, the Milwaukee Brewers still lead the division, increasing their lead to two games over the Chicago Cubs. The St. Louis Cardinals trail close behind, but the Pittsburgh Pirates and Cincinnati Reds have all but fallen out of contention.
The National League West has three of the top teams in baseball, with the Los Angeles Dodgers leading the division by two and half games over the Arizona Diamondbacks. The Colorado Rockies are in third place with a record of 48-36, while the San Francisco Giants and San Diego Padres the two worst teams in the majors.
The NL Wild Card race is pretty much locked down with the Diamondbacks and Rockies holding the top two spots.
If the season ended today, the playoff picture would have the Red Sox, Indians, and Astros as the division leaders with the Yankees and Rays as the two AL wild Card teams while over the National League, the Nationals, Brewers, and Dodgers would win the divisions and the Rockies and Diamondbacks would play the Wild Card game.