MLB News: AL Post-Season Standings and Wildcard Standings as of 8/4/14
Mitch looks at the post-season playoff standings and power rankings as of August 4, 2014.
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As we hit August the stretch drive towards the end of the MLB season and the post-season is in full gear. The Major League Baseball trade deadline has come and gone though we are still going to see some activity through the waiver wire. Here is what the playoff picture looks like in MLB’s American League:
1) Oakland A’s- The A’s have the best record in baseball but they seem to have lost some team chemistry with all of the dealing. The lead in the AL West is down to one game.
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2) Detroit Tigers- The Tigers have played the fewest games of any team in baseball but they have the third highest winning percentage. I wouldn’t call the AL Central sewn up just yet.
3) Baltimore Orioles- The Orioles played well on the West Coast and they have a 3.5 game lead in the AL East to show for it. The Orioles have won every which way and are looking like a very tough out.
4) LA Angels- The Angels have the second best record in baseball and have been chasing the A’s for months but have reeled them in and are just a game back. At worst the Angels are very comfortable to host the AL Wildcard game in a worst case scenario.
5) Toronto Blue Jays-If the season ended today the Blue Jays would be in the playoffs. The Jays have been playing without Encarnacion so when they get him back they could make a run at the Orioles.
6) Kansas City Royals-The Royals trail the Jays by 1.5 games for the final Wildcard spot and they are just five back in the AL Central but are playing solid baseball.
7) New York Yankees-Do the Yankees send Derek Jeter out as a member of a post-season team or does he quietly walk like Rivera did last year? The ball is in their court.
8) Seattle Mariners-The Mariners are way back in the AL West but they are just two games behind the Blue Jays for the final Wildcard spot.
9) Cleveland Indians-The Indians were a playoff team a year ago and they did most of their damage late in the year so while they are three games back and have some teams to jump I wouldn’t count them out just yet.
10) Tampa Bay Rays- A few weeks back the Rays had the worst record in baseball and while they are three games under .500 they are just five games back from the final playoff spot and throughout the years the Rays have been strong finishers.
11) Chicago White Sox-The Chicago White Sox are 5.5 games out of the final Wildcard spot and have been up and down all year. The White Sox need better pitching if they want to be serious about being a post-season team.
12) Minnesota Twins-The Twins likely won’t be in the post-season this year as they are 8.5 games out. While the Twins are 10 games under .500 that is still an improvement over recent years.
13) Boston Red Sox-The Red Sox were sellers at the trade deadline and that was them symbolically waving the white flag and they will not be defending their World Series title.
14) Houston Astros-As bad as the Astros record looks on the surface this is a much improved team that may be just a year or two away.
15) Texas Rangers-This year is a throw out for the Rangers as injuries depleted them and they have lost more big name free agents than anyone. We are going to get some nice value on Texas next year.
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