Not Many Races Left in Major League Baseball
The Tigers host the Yankees this week at Comerica Park. One team is still very much in playoff contention. One is not. The Yankees are in second place in the East, 4 ½ games behind the Red Sox. The Indians pulled one out in the 9th to beat the Red Sox 5-4 in a match-up of first place teams. If the season ended today, the Yankees would play the Twins in a one-game Wild Card playoff. But New York could still win their division.
The Indians have a 5 ½ game lead over the Twins in the Central division. (the Tigers are 15 back.) But the Twins and Royals still have a chance, especially as the Tribe’s Andrew Miller aggravated a right knee injury and was pulled from Monday’s game. It comes just days after their relief ace returned from the disabled list. Slugger Carlos Santana also left the game with an injury, exiting in the eighth inning with lower back tightness.
Two teams that could end up in the World Series face off Tuesday night when the Washington Nationals visit the Houston Astros. Both teams lead their respective divisions in the National and American leagues. The Astros lead the AL West by 12 ½.
The Nationals lead the East by 14 games. The Dodgers got a grand slam from Curtis Granderson and Yasiel Puig hit a homer in the 12th as the Dodgers beat the Pirates 6-5. The Dodgers have a 20 ½ game lead over the Rockies.
The only tight race in baseball right now is in the NL Central, where the Cubs lead the Brewers by 2 ½ and the Cardinals by 3 ½.
The Rockies and Diamondbacks are the current top Wild Card teams in the National League.
The Tigers were off on Monday and send Matt Boyd to the mound tonight, and the Yanks will counter with Masahiro Tanaka. Tune in at 6:45, on 95.3 WBCK.