Baltimore Orioles (65-51) +1.5 Games
Nothing short of the best race in baseball is going on in the American League East, and currently the Orioles are sitting at 0.5 games back of the Blue Jays. Right now’s a tough time after they lost three of four to the Oakland Athletics this past week. Baring a collapse it does look as though the Orioles will see the postseason once again this year, whether it be through a Wild Card play-in game or not.
Boston Red Sox (63-52) 0 Games Back
The Red Sox are also locked in the heat of the skin tight AL East race, and currently they sit in third. That’s still good enough for a playoff birth if the season ended today. The Red Sox have a chance to catapult themselves ahead of some competition though, as their next road trip includes a trip to Baltimore and a trip to Detroit.
Detroit Tigers (62-54) 1.5 Games Back
The Tigers have shocked many to put themselves in the position that they’re in. But they’d likely be in an even better position if they hadn’t lost five consecutive games, including a sweep to the Mariners last week. That said, Detroit has a chance to right the ship with a four game series against the Red Sox, and then four straight series against teams with losing records.
Seattle Mariners (61-54) 2 Games Back
Quite simply, the Mariners are in the thick of the AL Wild Card race because they have won seven of their last eight games, including sweeps of the Angels and the Tigers. Robinson Cano remains in the AL MVP discussion as he leads the team that signed him to a more than lucrative contract three years ago. Now the Mariners can center their focus on making up ground in the AL West as their next three series’ are against losing teams.
Los Angeles Dodgers (65-51) +4.5 Games
The Dodgers currently sit one game back of the Giants, in what has shaped up to be a very interesting NL West race. Their 65-51 record has given them a commanding lead in the NL Wild Card race, as they’re currently 4.5 games better than the next closest team, leading one to believe that the Dodgers are more than poised to see postseason baseball once again this coming October.
St. Louis Cardinals (61-56) 0 Games Back
Speaking of teams with notable postseason streaks, the Cardinals are trying to fight their way into their sixth consecutive postseason. It’s not nearly as easy this time as it was a year ago, as they hold the lead by the slimmest of margins. But winning the Wild Card play-in game looks to be the Cards’ only option, as they currently sit 13 games back of the Cubs in the NL Central.
Miami Marlins (60-56) 0.5 Games Back
A three game losing streak has dropped the Marlins out of the lead for the second Wild Card spot. It was a tough week for sure for the Fish, as they lost Giancarlo Stanton for the year, once again. The next week won’t be any less important, as they travel to Pittsburgh to fend off the Pirates who sit one game back of them.
Pittsburg Pirates (58-56) 1.5 Games Back
The Pirates have their hands full as they’ll look to continue their postseason streak to four straight seasons. They’ll have their hands full in the coming weeks as they’ll take on the Giants, the Marlins and the Astros, three teams with postseason hopes of their own. The health and the production of Andrew McCutchen down the stretch will likely play as large a roll as any as the Pirates look to reclaim their postseason spot.