The Yankees nearly completed consecutive sweeps of the Blue Jays and the Rays before losing 4-2 to Tampa on Sunday. The Pinstripes are still just four games out of the AL East lead, and just two games behind the Toronto Blue Jays and Baltimore Orioles in the AL Wild Card race. The Boston Red Sox are 7-3 over their last 10 games, but have grueling 11-day stretch in which they play the Orioles seven times and the Yankees four times. These series can make or break Boston’s chances to win the AL East.
Cleveland remains the clear favorite to win the division as the club maintains a seven-game lead over the Detroit. The Indians have 20 games left, and guess what? They’re all divisional match ups. Kansas City is nine games out of first place, but still has six games remaining against the Tribe. One bright spot for the Minnesota Twins: All-Star snub second baseman Brian Dozier now has 39 home runs and 93 runs batted in.
Despite Seattle’s five-game win streak, they find themselves tied with the Houston Astros for second place in the division, and 9.5 games back of the juggernaut Texas Rangers. Clearly, the deadline moves made by Texas have paid off, and should be enough to carry the club to the playoffs as the top seed. The Angels are nowhere near playoff contention, but Mike Trout continues to make his case for the AL MVP.
The Mets can’t seem to gain any ground on the red hot Nationals. Washington has won three straight and seven of their last ten, which puts the Mets nine games back of first place. New York does hold a half-game lead over the St. Louis Cardinals for the second NL Wild Card spot. Miami needs to go on an absolute tear to put themselves back in the playoff conversation. The Marlins are five games out of the second NL Wild Card spot heading into Monday’s games.
The Cubs became the first team to 90 wins on Friday with a 2-0 victory over the Houston Astros. Chicago has a chance to wrap up the division this week as the club’s magic number is down to just 5. As previously stated, St. Louis is a half-game back of the New York Mets for the second NL Wild Card spot. Like Miami, Pittsburgh is on the outside looking in with a six-game deficit in the NL Wild Card race.
The Dodgers lost 4-1 to Jose Fernandez and the Marlins on Friday night in Clayton Kershaw’s return to a big league mound. The Dodgers ace threw 66 pitches in just three innings of work, but did not experience any injury setbacks. The Giants continue to fight their way back to the top of the NL West, as the club completed the three-game sweep of the Arizona Diamondbacks. San Francisco can continue its hot streak on Monday as a three-game series against San Diego kicks off in the City by the Bay.
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