8/16/14 How was your Week?

Posted: August 16, 2014 by Sports Time Radio in baseball, sports, Uncategorized

While the NFL pre-season is up and running and that has a lot of people preparing for their fantasy football drafts don’t forget about MLB and some of the good pennant races they still have going. A couple of division leaders are trying to pull away, but there are still some divisions up in the air.

In the American League East the Baltimore Orioles (69-51) have gotten away from the Toronto Blue Jays (63-60) by 7 1/2 games entering Saturday’s games. The New York Yankees (61-59) are in 3rd place 8 games back and the Tampa bay Rays got themselves back to .500 at 61-61 and are 9 games out of 1st place. Defending World Series champions the Boston Red Sox (55-66) are 14 1/2 and last in this division. With a little over 40 games left in the season the Orioles look like they’re going to win this division. Baltimore is 7-3 in their last 10 games while the Blue Jays are the opposite 3-7 in their last 10 games. The Yankees have hung around this race most of the season, but you have to wonder if they’re really a threat.

The A.L. Central has become an interesting division to watch these last few weeks. This division has always been the Detroit Tigers (65-55) to lose and right now they find themselves 1 1/2 games behind the Kansas City Royals (67-54) who’ve been the hottest team in baseball and are 9-1 in their last 10 games. 1 1/2 games isn’t much of a division lead and don’t sleep on the Cleveland Indians (61-60) just 6 games back. The Chicago White Sox (58-64) are 9 1/2 back, but are a non-factor in this division. The Minnesota Twins (54-66) are 12 1/2 games out and in last place in this division. Can the Tigers get righted and win this division or will the Royals stay hot and win it. Don’t forget that Cleveland was a playoff team last season.

It seems like when I hear an expert talk about the A.L. West they act like the Oakland A’s (73-49) have this division wrapped up. Going into play today the A’s have just a 1 game lead over the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (71-49) in the division. The Seattle Mariners (66-55) are trying to hang around, but are 6 1/ games back. The Houston Astros (51-72) are out of last place in this division for the first time since they moved into it a few seasons ago as the Texas Rangers (47-75) are at the bottom. By the way the Astros are 22 1/2 games out of first while the Rangers find themselves 26 games out.

Over in the National League, the Washington Nationals (67-53) have opened up a little room between themselves and the Atlanta Braves (62-60) in the N.L. East for the first time this season. The Nationals are 6 games up on the Braves and 8 games ahead of the Miami Marlins (60-62) who I’m sure everyone had fading by this point in the season. The New York Mets (58-65) are 10 1/2 games out while the Philadelphia Phillies (54-68) with a veteran roster find themselves 14 games out of 1st place.

In the N.L. Central the Milwaukee Brewers (68-55) seem to have been in 1st place all season long, but this is still a very close division race. The Brewers have a 2 games lead over the St. Louis Cardinals (65-56) who’ve been hanging right there with the Brewers this season. The Pittsburgh Pirates (64-58) are right there in this division race as well just 3 1/2 games back. It can be tough to jump multiple teams this time of year, but that’s what the Cincinnati Reds (61-61) need to do in this division. The Reds are just 6 games back at this point of the season, but like I mentioned it will be tough to jump three teams. The only team out of the N.L. Central race is the Chicago Cubs (52-69) 15 games behind.

The N.L. West has been a two team battle for a while now and the Los Angeles Dodgers (70-54) have opened up a 5 1/2 game lead over the San Francisco Giants (63-58) headed into Saturday’s action. The reason the Dodgers have opened up a little lead is they are 6-4 over their last 10 games while the Giants have struggled at 3-7 over their last 10 games. The San Diego Padres (57-64) find themselves in 3rd place in the West 11 1/2 out. The Arizona Diamondbacks (53-69) and the Colorado Rockies (47-75) are the final two teams in this division. The Diamondbacks are 16 games out of 1st while the Rockies are 22 games behind the division leader.

How did your pre-season standings compare to what’s going on right now? I have three of the division winners picked correctly right now. Of course there are a little over 40 games left in the regular season for most teams and some of these races are so tight that a game here or a game there can change everything. It should make the last month plus of the baseball season exciting to watch even though a lot of people have switched to football mode. I’m telling you don’t give up on baseball; you might miss something!

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