As we get set to close another week of the baseball season, there continues to be a lot of fluctuation atop each division. At this very moment there is more space in the AL Central and the AL East but the AL West has gotten as close as can be. The NL West is still very lopsided but the NL East is a lot tighter and the NL Central is still very tight.
First, let’s talk about the AL East. The Boston Red Sox have now opened a 4 game lead in the division. The Yankees have now lost 2 series in a row. They are beginning to fade back again. Right now the Yankees are just a game ahead of the Rays.
Now, I still like the Yankees chances of winning the division. I really do. But I don’t like these ditches that this team seems to fall into.
Over in the National League the Brewers got swept by the AL Central leading Detroit Tigers. This little slide allowed the St. Louis Cardinals to take a 1.5 game lead in the division. But the Cubs and the Reds are right behind.
In the NL East the Philadelphia Phillies are in the middle of a losing streak. They’ve lost 6 straight games. The Mets have only been able to pull themselves to within 2 games because they’ve lost back-to-back games too. But the Florida Marlins are gaining ground. They’re now just 3 games back in the NL East.
In the NL West the Los Angeles Dodgers are still in total control of the division. Again, they won’t lose this division. However, Colorado Rockies have been playing the best baseball not only in the division but in all of baseball. I don’t see the Rockies catching the Dodgers but it isn’t out of the question for this team to earn a Wild Card spot in the playoffs.
Speaking of the Wild Card, the race for the Wild Card in the National League is going to be absolutely crazy. There are several teams that are good enough to earn the spot. Yet only one of them will actually earn the spot.
These next few months are going to be a lot of fun.