It’s been a nice run with the NFL but Major league baseball is fast approaching the home stretch, that time of year when every pitch takes on significance, every game can be a season changer, and every hit a season’s salvation. Let’s take a few minutes to look over the MLB and see who’s going to have a chance to get into the postseason.
In the AL East the Boston Red Sox are making the most noise. But they’re just a tiny bit louder than the Tampa Bay rays, who just got finished with a series win over the New York Yankees, a team that often owns the AL East but lost their grip in 2013. Both the Orioles and the Yankees are statistically still in it, but realistically the big race now is between Tampa Bay and Boston.
In the AL Central the Detroit Tigers are having a nice run, holding a six-game lead over the Cleveland Indians. Those same Indians should be setting their eyes on a Wild Card spot in our opinion. It doesn’t seem like they’re going to catch the Tigers.
It’s a different story in the West where the Texas Rangers are battling to keep Oakland at bay. A 2 1/2 game lead could evaporate fairly quickly and Oakland seems to be gaining steam at this point.
Over in the National League we see the Atlanta Braves holding a commanding lead over their nearest neighbor, the Washington Nationals. Sorry Nats, it ain’t gonna happen. But a late season surge could get you into the post-party.
The real action is in the NL Central where the Pittsburgh Pirates (gasp) and the St. Louis Cardinals are literally neck and neck, holding the division lead in tandem. Could 2013 be the year the Pirates break free?
Finally, the NL West is another race virtually locked. The LA Dodgers hold a 9 1/2 game lead over the Diamondbacks and it’s not going away unless a miracle happens.Eric Drouant