The MLB regular season is starting to officially wind down, as four teams have clinched a playoff spot (Indians, Astros, Nationals, Dodgers).
- Cleveland Indians 93-57 (No Change)
- Los Angeles Dodgers 96-53 (No Change)
- Washington Nationals 90-59 (No Change)
- Houston Astros 91-58 (Up 1)
- Arizona Diamondbacks 87-63 (Down 1)
- Chicago Cubs 83-66 (Up 2)
- Boston Red Sox 85-64 (Down 1)
- New York Yankees 82-67 (Down 1)
- Colorado Rockies 82-68 (No Change)
- Milwaukee Brewers 79-70 (No Change)
- Minnesota Twins 78-71 (No Change)
- Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 76-73 (Up 1)
- St. Louis Cardinals 77-72 (Down 1)
- Kansas City Royals 73-76 (Up 1)
- Seattle Mariners 74-76 (Up 2)
- Texas Rangers 73-76 (Down 2)
- Baltimore Orioles 73-77 (Down 1)
- Tampa Bay Rays 73-77 (No Change)
- Toronto Blue Jays 70-80 (Up 1)
- Oakland Athletics 66-83 (Up 2)
- Miami Marlins 69-80 (Down 2)
- Atlanta Braves 67-81 (Up 2)
- San Diego Padres 66-83 (No Change)
- Cincinnati Reds 66-84 (Up 1)
- New York Mets 65-84 (Up 1)
- Pittsburgh Pirates 68-82 (Down 5)
- Chicago White Sox 60-89 (Up 1)
- Detroit Tigers 62-87 (Down 1)
- Philadelphia Phillies 58-91 (Up 1)
- San Francisco Giants 58-93 (Down 1)
If you were to ask people two years ago which teams would be in the top 10 in the league, I could bet you that you would receive some people having the Giants, Tigers and Mets all in there. Look at them now .. They are three of the worst teams in the league this year. The Giants and Mets have had to face a lot of injuries, but the Tigers have just underperformed tremendously. The Giants and Mets have a chance to rebound next year if they can stay healthy. The Tigers, on the other hand, look like they are beginning a full rebuild.
What a historic streak it was for the Cleveland Indians. Watching them win game number 22 was truly something special. Two outs in the bottom of the 9th, down by one run and Francisco Lindor delivers a RBI double to tie the game. Fast forward to the bottom of the 10th and Jay Bruce plays the hero as he drives in the winning run on a walk off hit. This Indians team is pissed off and hungry. They want back in the World Series and right now, I do not see anyone standing in their way.
Bryce Harper has began to hit in batting practice again and the Nationals expect him to be back for the playoffs. With the Dodgers struggling, the National League is wide open. It will be a lot of fun to see who will take the NL Pennant this year. The Cubs are starting to catch fire as are the Rockies. The Diamondbacks are playing good baseball as well. A playoff field that should contain players such as Nolan Arenado, Bryce Harper, Paul Goldschmidt, Clayton Kershaw, Kris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo, Zack Greinke, Charlie Blackmon and so on, will be a lot of fun to watch.
The playoff field seems almost set. I know there are still about two weeks left in the season, but five teams from each league seem locked in. The only question is, who will be the second Wild Card teams from each side? It seems as if the Rockies are playing good enough baseball to secure that second Wild Card spot in the NL. The Brewers are only 2.5 games back, but I think the Rockies have too much firepower to lose that spot. In the American League the race should come down to the Twins and the Angels. It will be fun to watch that race wind down, but I am hoping it goes to the Angels. I would love to see Mike Trout in the postseason.
I'm a washed up D3 college baseball player who is pursuing their MBA in Accounting. I love baseball, basketball, and football; while rooting for the New York Mets, New York Knicks, and New York Giants. Most of the time it is full of misery. I have recently found a passion for writing about sports. I have posted a few articles for Last Word on Sports and I have now created my own website (the-sportstalk.com). You can check out my articles there and also follow the twitter account @_thesportstalk.