- Cleveland Indians 98-58 (No Change)
- Los Angeles Dodgers 99-57 (No Change)
- Washington Nationals 94-61 (No Change)
- Houston Astros 95-60 (No Change)
- Boston Red Sox 91-64 (Up 2)
- Arizona Diamondbacks 90-66 (Down 1)
- Chicago Cubs 87-68 (Down 1)
- New York Yankees 86-69 (No Change)
- Minnesota Twins 82-74 (Up 2)
- Colorado Rockies 84-72 (Down 1)
- Milwaukee Brewers 82-74 (Down 1)
- St. Louis Cardinals 81-74 (Up 1)
- Kansas City Royals 76-79 (Up 1)
- Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 77-78 (Down 2)
- Tampa Bay Rays 76-80 (Up 3)
- Texas Rangers 76-79 (No Change)
- Oakland Athletics 72-83 (Up 3)
- Seattle Mariners 75-81 (Down 3)
- Toronto Blue Jays 73-83 (Up 1)
- Miami Marlins 73-82 (Up 1)
- Baltimore Orioles 75-82 (Down 4)
- San Diego Padres 70-86 (Up 1)
- Atlanta Braves 70-84 (Down 1)
- Pittsburgh Pirates 71-85 (Up 2)
- New York Mets 66-89 (No Change)
- Cincinnati Reds 66-90 (Down 2)
- Chicago White Sox 63-92 (No Change)
- Philadelphia Phillies 62-94 (Up 1)
- San Francisco Giants 61-95 (Up 1)
- Detroit Tigers 62-94 (Down 2)
Fans of those teams who are not in contention, the season is almost over. One more week left and the misery of the 2017 MLB season will be complete. At least most of you have football season to look forward to. That is, if you are not from New York. Sorry Mets fans, it is not getting any better.
Seven of the ten playoff spots have been locked up. The Cubs should lock up the NL Central soon enough, while the Brewers, Rockies and Cardinals are fighting it our for the last NL Wild Card spot. The Minnesota Twins have a commanding lead over the Angels and Royals for the second AL Wild Card spot, and they should lock that up soon enough as well.
The Twins are the most shocking team of all the possible playoff teams, in my eyes. They started the season off hot, but fell off towards the middle. They were half-sellers at the deadline, as they traded Jaime Garcia and Brandon Kintzler. However, they are now a couple of wins away from being a playoff team. Not to mention, they have been playing this well without their young star, Miguel Sano. He is not likely to return for the regular season, but they have not ruled out a postseason return just yet. Joe Mauer, Brian Dozier and Byron Buxton have been leading this Twins’ offense. Yes, you read that right. JOE MAUER. He is currently hitting .308 to go along with 35 doubles and 70 runs batted in. He is the veteran presence that this team needed to make this type of run. Kudos to you, Joe.
In the National League, I am shocked the Brewers are still in it. They, like the Twins, have surprised. A young team, that I did not think was ready to take a playoff leap just yet. However, they are fighting for a Wild Card spot, as they just two games back with a week left in the regular season. Let’s take a look at the remaining games for the Rockies, Brewers and Cardinals, who are all 2.5 games within each other for the second WC spot.
The Rockies will play 3 games against the Marlins and 3 games against the Dodgers. All of their games will be at home, where they thrive. However, the Dodger are beginning to get back on track. The Marlins and Dodgers have a combined winning percentage of .553. The Rockies are going to rely heavily on Charlie Blackmon and Nolan Arenado to seal the deal. The Brewers and Cardinals will close out the season in St. Louis for 3 games. That series could be a lot of fun to watch if the Rockies choke in their final 6 games. Before they meet, the Brewers will play the lowly Cincinnati Red in a 3-game series and the Cardinals will play the red hot Cubs in a 4-game series. Out of all three of these teams, I am giving the Rockies an advantage due to all of their games at home and a 3-game series against the Marlins. Playoff baseball cannot come any sooner!
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.