It’s time to take a quick look around Major League Baseball now that we’ve had enough distance between us and the All Star game. Sometimes the little break after the first half of the season allows team to regroup and get ready for a second half push. At other times teams seem to lose their momentum or their focus, or maybe it’s just that their opponents in the MLB take advantage of the break in better ways. Who knows? But there are some pretty close division races going on right now and it’s good to make note of who’s in the running.
In the AL East the Boston Red Sox are holding a two-game lead over the New York Yankees. Surprisingly to me the Tampa Bay Rays have just fallen further behind. I think it’s a two horse race from here on out.
There are four teams in the AL central within striking distance with the Detroit Tigers currently in front. Of all the divisions in the MLB, this is the hardest to predict.
The Texas Rangers and LA Angels are making the AL West another two horser. I like the Rangers.
The Philadelphia Phillies and Atlanta Braves lead the NL East with only a handful of games apart.
I guess I cursed the Pittsburgh Pirates. A few weeks ago I was calling for the Pirates to take a lead in the NL Central. Now they’ve fallen behind the Milwaukee Brewers.
Can the Diamondbacks keep up with the San Francisco Giants? Nah.