Around The Diamond: A Look At The American League

By Matthew Hochberg

Alfonso Soriano’s return to the Bronx has rejuvenated the New York Yankees. Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Last week, we looked at the National League and examined the postseason chances of the teams still left in the hunt. Now, we will take a glance to the other side of the standings – the American League (hey, we have to do something to keep ourselves busy since the D-Backs’ season is all but over)!

AL East:

Ah, this is a fun one. Four teams, all with playoff hopes yet only two will most likely reach October baseball. The Boston Red Sox (89-58) have the pennant race locked up. They lead the Tampa Bay Rays (78-66) by 9.5 games in the division and the New York Yankees (78-68) by 10.5 games. Followed by the Beaten-up Bombers, the Baltimore Orioles (77-68) trail by 11 games. The disappointing Toronto Blue Jays are in last place with a 67-78 record.

AL Central: 

The Detroit  Tigers (84-62) have a comfortable 6.5 game lead over the Cleveland Indians (77-68) for first place in the division. The Kansas City Royals (77-69) sit 7 games back of the lead followed by the Minnesota Twins (63-81) and Chicago White Sox (58-87) who, well, aren’t even worth talking about…

AL West: 

Things are actually pretty exciting in the West. Besides the NL Central, this is the tightest pennant race in all of baseball. The Oakland Athletics (84-61) are atop the division but the Texas Rangers (81-64) trail by just three games. On Friday, the two rivals begin a huge three game series in Texas.

AL Wild Card:

With less than three weeks until the end of the regular season, things are heating up for the two wild-card spots. Currently, the Rangers and Rays control their own destiny, but there are four teams within two games of the Rays for that vaunted second and final spot. The Yankees trail the Rays by just 1 game while the Orioles and Indians are 1.5 games back. The Royals are still very much in the mix, and sit 2 back.