By Ian Palmer
In Major League Baseball news, the American League playoff race sees the Baltimore Orioles on top of the East Division on September 12th with the Los Angeles Angels leading the West and the Kansas City Royals sitting in first place in the Central. The Oakland Athletics hold down the first wild-card spot with the Detroit Tigers hanging onto the second one.
Let’s look closer at how things currently stand:
American League West
|Athletics||81-65||10 games back|
|Mariners||79-66||11.5 games back|
The Angels were ahead of the Oakland Athletics by just 4.5 games last week, but have now extended that lead to 10 games after going 8-2 in their past 10 contests while Oakland was 3-7. The Angels were just one game ahead of the A’s two weeks ago. The A’s are still in a decent position for the first wild-card spot though with a one-game lead. This has shrunk from a five-game lead two weeks ago. The third-place Seattle Mariners are 11.5 games behind the Angels in the division, but are just half a game out of the second wild-card spot behind Detroit. The Houston Astros and Texas Rangers are fourth and fifth in the West and out of the race. The Angels are almost a lock to make the playoffs with MLB.com giving them a 100 per cent chance as of Sept. 12. Oakland is almost as good as in the playoffs as well with a 92.6 per cent shot and Seattle at 35.4 per cent.
American League Central
|Tigers||80-66||0.5 games back|
|Indians||76-69||6 games back|
American League East
|Blue Jays||76-69||10.5 games back|
|Yankees||75-70||11.5 games back|
The Baltimore Orioles are the kings of the East Division with a 10.5 game lead over the Toronto Blue Jays and an 11.5-game cushion over the third-place New York Yankees. The Orioles and Blue Jays have both gone 8-2 in their past 10 outings with the Yankees at 5-5. The Blue Jays are sitting 3.5 games behind the second wild-card spot while the Yankees are 4.5 off the trail. The Orioles should reach the postseason and were given a 100 per cent chance while the Yankees were at 2.6 and the Blue Jays hopes pegged at 4.6 per cent.
American League Wild Card Standings
|Athletics||81-65||+1.0 game up|
|Tigers||80-66||Currently have 2nd spot|
|Mariners||79-66||.5 game back|
|Indians||76-69||3.5 games back|
|Blue Jays||76-69||3.5 games back|
|Yankees||75-70||4.5 games back|