The MLB All-Star Break is just around the corner, but the boys of summer have put another week in the books. Let’s take a look at how the American League is shaping up after 13 weeks of baseball. As usual, each team will be represented by their current record, win percentage, and number of games back in each division.
- Boston (50-34, .595, 0 GB)
- Baltimore (47-36, .566, 2½ GB)
- Tampa Bay (43-39, .524, 6 GB)
- New Yankees (42-39, .519, 6½ GB)
- Toronto (40-41, .494, 8½ GB)
Chris Davis is making his bid up in Baltimore for the upcoming All-Star Game, helping the Orioles to close in on Boston’s divisional grip. But the bigger story may be the recent collapse of the Toronto Blue Jays. After their 11-game win streak ended last week, they’ve since lost five of their past seven games. They did regain the services of shortstop Jose Reyes, but there’s still plenty of work to do.
- Detroit (43-37, .538, 0 GB)
- Cleveland (44-38, .537, 0 GB)
- Kansas City (38-41, .481, 4½ GB)
- Minnesota (36-42, .462, 6 GB)
- Chicago (32-47, .405, 10½ GB)
The Tigers and Indians have now landed in a tie for the division lead. This could turn out to be a very heated race to the finish line between these two. Cleveland helped their own cause tremendously over the weekend, when they went to the south side of Chicago and picked up a weekend sweep. Don’t fall asleep on Kansas City, as they were expected to be one of those surprise teams still hanging around the yard at the end of September.
- Texas (48-34, .585, 0 GB)
- Oakland (48-35, .578, ½ GB)
- Los Angeles (39-43, .476, 9 GB)
- Seattle (35-47, .427, 13 GB)
- Houston (30-52, .366, 18 GB)
The Rangers and A’s have pretty much total control over the AL West. The Angels are riding the second hottest streak in the game as they start the new week, but still have a long way to go if they want to catch up and make things interesting at the top.
One team that has certainly had their share of problems this year are the New York Yankees. Aside from the multitude of injuries that keep mounting up, now there are problems between Alex Rodriguez and Yankees GM Brian Cashman. They’ve lost five in a row and seem to be on a sudden downward spiral. Keep your eyes on them over the next couple of months, things could get very interesting.
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