MLB News Update
1. Tampa Bay Rays (66-45), 2. Cleveland Indians (62-49); 1. St. Louis Cardinals (65-45), 2. Cincinnati Reds (61-51)
As of August 8/5/13
The Wild Card races continue to take shape as we move into the dog days of August.
In the American League the Tampa Bay Rays and Cleveland Indians lead the way but there are a couple of teams close on their tails.
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The Rays are just a game out in the American League East and with the way they’re playing it looks like they should be one able to claim one of those three playoff spots. They took two of three from the San Francisco Giants over the weekend with David Price leading the way. The ace left hander has now allowed just one earned run in each of his last three starts and in that time period he hasn’t walked a single batter while striking out 17. Price has just 15 walks on the season.
In Cleveland the Indians have won nine of their last 10 ball games and they’re getting great pitching from guys like Justin Masterson and Scott Kazmir. The left handed Kazmir came into the season just trying to win a job and he’s been excellent all year long. He threw six shutout innings in Miami on Sunday and is now 7-4 with a 3.66 ERA. They start a huge four game series with the Detroit Tigers on Monday night, whom they trail by three games in the American League Central.
The Texas Rangers and Baltimore Orioles sit right behind, just a half game and 1.5 games respectively. Texas picked up two big wins over the Athletics over the weekend while the Orioles have struggled. Baltimore is now just 4-6 over their last ten and lost a series over the weekend to the Seattle Mariners. The New York Yankees and Kansas City Royals are both 4.5 games behind.
In the National League it’s the St. Louis Cardinals and Cincinnati Reds leading the way. The Cardinals took two of three over the weekend from the Reds and did so in dominating fashion, scoring 28 runs in the victories. Cincinnati was able to steal the middle game and remain 4.5 games up on the Arizona Diamondbacks. Arizona is just a game over .500 and they’ve lost six of 10. They’re 5.5 games behind the division leading Los Angeles Dodgers. The Washington Nationals are the only other competitor and they’re just 54-57 on the year and 6.5 behind Cincinnati. They’ll take on the Atlanta Braves the next three days as they look to make up ground in the division as well.