As the season gets closer to mid-August, and ever closer to the end of the season (or at least the stretch run), there are some races that couldn’t be any closer. In the American League Central the Chicago White Sox own just a half game lead over the Minnesota Twins. But things are even closer in the National League East and the NL West.
As the day begins on Thursday, August 14th, the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Los Angeles Dodgers are dealocked atop the NL West. At least both of these teams are above .500. So the race doesn’t have to be discounted because all the teams in the division are horrible. But still, neither the D-Backs or the Dodgers would be anywhere near .500 if they played in any other division in the league. These twok teams are helped along by the fact that the other three teams in the division may be the 3 worst teams in the baseball. Still, this looks like it’s going to be a very close race. I still like the Dodgers to win it thanks to Joe Torre and Manny Ramirez.
Meanwhile, there’s an even better race going on in the NL East. The New York Mets and the Philadelphia Phillies are tied atop the division. And then the Florida Marlins are just a game and a half back. This race is even more important since it looks like the Milwaukee Brewers will grab the Wild Card. That means only the winner of this division will be able to go to the playoffs.
So the stakes are high in all of the close division races. There will be no playoffs for the 2nd place team in the AL Central, the NL West, or the NL East. It’s win the division or go home. And with only a little over a month a half left in the season, things are going to be very exciting.