Friday, August 26, 2011

MLB Races Heating Up

Taking a look at the playoff picture in both leagues, there seems to be a lot of similarities. Both leagues have two Eastern teams that are pretty much guaranteed playoff spots, with the Yankees and Braves holding large leads with just a month left in the season. The Yankees are very much in the race for the division as they are just 1 game behind the Red Sox, but the Braves are 6 games back of the Phillies, who are determined to reach the 100 win plateau.

Those four teams are truly the elite of the league right now, though there are a few teams who have emerged from a muddled pack. The Brewers in particular, have been playing outstanding baseball, as they have opened up a 9.5 game lead on the Cardinals. Milwaukee has put a lot of money into this season's roster, so it's nice to finally see them play up to their potential. The Brewers have a ton of talent at the front end of their rotation, to go along with their great lineup and elite bullpen. Meanwhile the Tigers have opened up a cushion in the AL Central, as the rest of the division's struggles continues. Justin Verlander has 19 wins and is putting together one of the best seasons we've seen in awhile.

Out West, we have ourselves a pair of close races with the Angels trailing the Rangers by 2 games and the defending-champion Giants are 3 games behind the Diamondbacks. Arizona shook off a 6 game losing streak and has won 3 straight since then. The Giants have played poorly in the past month, but they have 6 games left against Arizona in the season, making for a great race in the NL West. The same could be said about the AL West with the Rangers losing their last 3 games against the Red Sox. The Angels have been able to climb back in the race by winning 6 in a row.

Even with six playoff spots with clear front-runners, we do have two races out West that will get quite interesting in late September.


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