MLB Races Heating Up!

This past week there have been some changes in the MLB landscape, with the Yankees taking over first place in the AL East and the Red Sox falling two games out of first place. Let’s see what other trends are developing.
In the AL Central, everyone seems to be losing but the Tigers. The White Sox and Twins are 10 and 10.5 games back respectively in their division. Which means the Wild Card battle is currently between the Twins, White Sox and Red Sox, with the two Sox tied.

The Western Division of the American League is too tight to call, although first place Oakland and the second place Angels have been winning as of late and third place Texas has dropped three in a row. Seattle is in fourth place and 6.5 games in back of the first place A’s.

In the Senior Circuit, the Mets are in command of first place, having a 12.5 game lead over the second place Philadelphia Phillies.

The Central sees the St. Louis Cardinals 4 games ahead of the second place Cincinnati Reds. The Astros are making a move for the Wild Card, with only 3.5 games between them and the Wild Card leading Reds.

The biggest news involves the streaking Dodgers, who have won 10 in a row! The Padres are now only 1.5 games in front of the second place Dodgers. Like the western division in the AL, the NL West is up for grabs with the difference between the first place Padres and the last place San Francisco Giants being only 4.5 games!

In the stretch, this season will come down to three things—pitching, pitching and pitching. Starting pitching, middle relief and the all-important closer.

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